The Foundation: Ensemble Villa Musica – Competence in Chamber Music

Founded in 1990 in connection with the master classes of the state foundation Villa Musica in Mainz the Ensemble Villa Musica has earned an international reputation as one of the leading chamber music groups of our day. With always increasing enthusiasm the international music press has noticed the growth of an ensemble which is almost incomparable in its variety of instruments and repertoire.

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Founded in 1990 in connection with the master classes of the state foundation Villa Musica in Mainz the Ensemble Villa Musica has earned an international reputation as one of the leading chamber music groups of our day. With always increasing enthusiasm the international music press has noticed the growth of an ensemble which is almost incomparable in its variety of instruments and repertoire.

About 20 of Germany’s most renowned instrumentalists joined the group under the leadership of clarinetist Ulf Rodenhäuser. All of them were or still are first soloists in the great German orchestras and have taught for years as professors at German music academies Musicians such as the bassoonist Klaus Thunemann the cellist Martin Ostertag the violinist Thomas Brandis and the oboist Ingo Goritzki represent an unmistakably high standard of musical craftsmanship.

Aiming at the education of highly gifted young chamber musicians on the one hand, and at the performance and recording of forgotten masterworks of chamber music on the other hand, the ensemble has been able to contribute on many levels of German chamber music.

In connection with the CD producers Dabringhaus und Grimm, they published an exemplary series of CDs containing French chamber music by Fauré‚ Saint-Saëns, and Milhaud, Chech Music by Janácek, Klein and Schulhoff, late Romantic German Music by Spohr and Reinecke, and especially the Chamber Music of Paul Hindemith. All of the CDs have been given highest rates by the critics, some of them have received international awards.

Of course, the Ensemble Villa Musica is also regularly performing in concert halls and at music festivals all over the world. In Rhineland-Palatinate, Stuttgart, and Munich it has established its own concert cycles