In October 2023, the Ehrbar Chamber Music Society will launch its first concert season.
The pianist Biliana Tzinlikova, the violinist Klara Flieder and the cellist Christophe Pantillon, all three of whom draw on a wealth of experience as chamber musicians in a wide variety of formats, instrumentations and styles, have come together to combine their diverse skills gained from many years of international concert activity in the conception of a joint concert series in Vienna.
The concrete reason for this idea is the wonderfully successful restoration of the Ehrbar Halls in Vienna. The Great Ehrbar Hall is considered one of the best chamber music halls in Vienna and has a corresponding music-historical profile. The restoration of the hall and the entire complex, which now shine in new splendour, offers the audience and performing artists a highly attractive and acoustically first-class setting for musical encounters. The Ehrbar Chamber Music Society has chosen this very special concert venue as the focus of its artistic intentions.
The centrepiece of the concert series is the large standard repertoire of piano chamber music. Around this already extremely rich centre, chamber music literature is offered that is thematically or historically related to the respective selected works.
Top-class musicians from the large circle of colleagues and friends of the three core members of the ECMS will participate in the concerts as guests.
Already in its first season, the ECMS will be demonstrating its special concern to present outstanding young talents to the Viennese public and to give these promising artists a jump-start at the beginning of their careers. Biliana Tzinlikova, Klara Flieder and Christophe Pantillon, through their many years of diverse teaching activities, are very well connected with excellent young musicians and ensembles who are studying in Austria or are in the process of creating a place for themselves in Austrian concert life. Offering these young people a podium is a fixed point in the concert series. The second concert of the cycle will be performed by the duo Andreas Siles-Mellinger (violin) and Sophie Druml (piano) and the third concert will feature the very young Doppler Quartet.
The first evening of the concert series sets a vocal focus with its programme, on the one hand with the Scottish Songs by J. Haydn with Kammersänger Adrian Eröd, on the other hand with the second piano trio by F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, which dives into the chorale world of J. S. Bach with its last movement.
The second concert is dedicated to Czech repertoire. In addition to one of the highlights of the entire piano chamber music, the Piano Quintet by A. Dvorak, the rarely performed second Duo for Violin and Violoncello by B. Martinu will be performed, as well as the Romantic Pieces by A. Dvorak and the Sonata for Violin and Piano by L. Janacek, interpreted by the young guests Andreas Siles-Mellinger and Sophie Druml.
The third concert in the cycle commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of G. Fauré, to whose monumental Piano Quartet in C minor the second half of the programme is dedicated. Completely different aspects of French piano chamber music are presented in the piano trio from the still too little known oeuvre of the composer G. Tailleferre. In the string quartet by C. Debussy, the young Doppler Quartet will present itself with one of the greatest masterpieces of French chamber music.
The last of the four concerts, Schubert's Piano Trio in E-flat Major and the Trout Quintet, will bring to the stage works that are often – but always – heard with pleasure.