With its unique programme, enthusiasm and artistic quality, Ensemble Resonanz ranks as one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras. In innovative programmes, the musicians connect classical and contemporary music, and their vivid interpretations create a special sort of resonance between the pieces, the audience and the stories told around the program.
The eighteen members of the string ensemble is organized in a democratic way and workas equals, without a permanent conductor. However, partners such as the violist Tabea Zimmermann and the cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras work with the ensemble on a regular basis. The work with composers and the constant development of an ever growing repertoire are the driving force behind the artistic work. Since the summer of 2018, the conductor, violinist and longtime friend of the Ensemble Riccardo Minasi is Artist in Residence.
In Hamburg the musicians perform in two very different locations – Hamburgs brand new Elbphilharmonie and the resonanzraum St. Pauli. The residency at the Elbphilharmonie includes the concert series Resonanzen, which consists of six large programs per concert season and is running in its 17th season with great success. The Ensemble also shapes the program of the Elbphilharmonie through joint educational projects and various festivals, emphasizing a vivid presentation of classical and contemporary music.
The home of Ensemble Resonanz remains the resonanzraum – Europe's first chamber music club – located within a converted bunker in the heart of St. Pauli. Here, the musicians present the monthly concert series URBAN STRING, developed by the musicians themselves and presented in co-operation with international DJs. The appropriatedly named »anchor events«, which invite the audience to new experiences around the concerts, take place here as well: from open rehearsals to philosophical discussions in the Bunkersalon.
The resonanzraum was awarded Best Club of the Year 2017 for its innovative program and received the international AIT-Award and the BDA Audience Award for its exceptional architecture. The concert series URBAN STRING was also awarded with the Innovation Award at the Classical Next Conference in 2016.
Based in Hamburg, the musicians perform at various festivals and leading concert halls worldwide, captivating audiences from Vienna, Luxembourg to Amsterdam, Tokyo, Tallinn and St. Petersburg.