Exactly ten years ago, an invitation from the then director of the Goethe-Institut Karachi to perform in Pakistan gave the initial impetus for founding the ‘ensemble 4.1’, the only piano windtet of this kind in the world. 125 concerts, 2 CDs and an ‘OPUS Klassik’ nomination later, the ensemble is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year by performing in the Berlin Philharmonic, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Wigmore Hall in London and the Carnegie Hall in New York.
And of course, the anniversary celebrations would not be complete without holding concerts in Pakistan marking a return to the ensemble’s “birthplace”.
The Easy Riders of Viennese Classicism”
FOUR wind soloists and ONE Thomas Hoppe on the piano enthusiastically devote themselves to this wonderfully classic but neglected musical genre. Repeatedly emphasised by critics, the ensemble’s special communication and rousing atmosphere on stage has become its trademark. In addition to the main works for this instrumentation by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, ensemble 4.1 is primarily dedicated to discovering rarely played compositions from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Quintets by composers such as Walter Gieseking, Theodor Verhey, Heinrich von Herzogenberg and Gustav Holst are being brought back to an enthusiastic audience after a long absence.
The ensemble will be performing in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad in the second half of 2023.
Watch this space for more details soon!