Winners of the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award 2015 in Lugano, the four musicians of the Flex Ensemble have quickly established themselves as one of the most vibrant ensembles of their generation. Within a year of their formation, the Flex Ensemble was awarded 1st prize at the International Schumann Chamber Music Award in Frankfurt in 2013, where they also received a special prize for their interpretation of the Schumann piano quartet. They are the recipient of awards and prizes at the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Lodz/Poland, the Premio Trio di Trieste/Italy, and the Solti Foundation in England.

Based on this success, the Flex Ensemble has appeared at venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Beijing Performing Arts Center, the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg and Festivals such as the Festival de Musique de Menton, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, the Heidelberger Frühling, and the Prishtina International Music Festival. On many occasions their performances have been recorded and broadcast live on German Radio (SWR and NDR Kultur) and Dutch Radio (Radio 4).

The Flex Ensemble’s dedication to the major piano quartet literature is complemented by their wish to enrich artists and audiences alike by commissioning new works. Their programs include world premieres Márton Illés, Gérard Pesson and Johannes Schöllhorn. They collaborate with a wide range of distinguished artists such as Wolfgang Güttler (double bass), Oliver Wille (violin), Albrecht Mayer (Oboe), Daniel Rowland (violin), Elsbeth Moser (Bayan) and Kostas Raptis (bandoneon).

In addition to their concerts the members of Flex Ensemble create and perform musical programs for children. They visit schools and let children experience chamber music of all possible styles and characters.

Formed in 2012, the members of the Flex Ensemble study at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, working extensively with Oliver Wille. They had many inspiring masterclasses with Eberhard Feltz, Mark Gothoni, and Konrad Elser, to name a few. They are a scholar ensemble of Villa Musica, where they have worked with such influential mentors as Günther Pichler, the Artemis Quartett, and the Julliard String Quartet.

In November 2014 their Debut CD “The Arrival of Night” including works by Hartke, Brahms, and Piazzolla was released from GENUIN Classics. It has been reviewed as: “What a Debut!” (Rhein-Main-Magazin) “from elegant to elegiac, a wonderful harmonising ensemble” (hr2 Kultur), “A good production that makes you want to hear more from the Flex Ensemble!” (Das Orchester) and “Stunning! Truly, all three pieces on the CD received transcendent performances!” (Composer Stephen Hartke).
The Flex Ensemble is founder and artistic director of “Chamber Music Fest Rheinhessen” that takes place every year since 2014. They also started their own concert series called “imPULS” which takes place in Hannover since the 2016/17 season. Both initiatives consist of innovative programs reaching a divers audience.

Our members

Kana Sugimura

violin

Anna Szulc-Kapala

viola

Martha Bijlsma

cello

Endri Nini

piano

Dazu noch ein dramatisch-düsterer, aschfahler, trotziger Brahms, sein Klavierquartett in der „Schicksalstonart“ c-Moll, geschrieben in heißem Liebeskummer um Clara Schumann.

Udo Badelt, Tagesspiegel

Es war von den ersten Tönen klar, dass dieses Ensemble sich der musikalischer Perfektion annähert. Mühelos und subtil spielte das Flex Ensemble romantische Klavierquartette von Fauré und Brahms

De Schakel, Barendrecht