Berlin’s Oriel Quartett is engaged in a broad spectrum of music, from ancient to modern and jazz to pop.
The quartet’s members are young and experienced musicians: Alice Dixon (cello), Josa Gehrhardt (viola), and violinists Sabine Besser and Anna Eichholz. Highlights of recent years include concert programs with sopranos Sarah Dacey (Juice Vocal Ensemble), and Sarah Behrend, pianist John Kameel Farah and percussionist Daniel Eichholz, as well as video collaborations with artist Tanja Schmidt. The group have recorded for Kim Janssen, for the award winning film Grenzgang and played concerts at Colombia Club with Jherek Bischoff and Amanda Palmer.
In recent years the group has amassed a wide repertoire, which, alongside the usual canon of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Debussy, extends to Steve Reich, John Adams, Arvo Pärt, Terry Riley, Vivaldi, William Byrd and Henry Purcell. Each quartet member brings with them a new musical perspective, influenced in part by the varying styles of the institutions in which they have studied: the Universität der Künste in Berlin, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London and the Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig. As solo musicians its members work for a variety of ensembles, orchestras, and bands, as well as teaching. This combination makes their coming together exciting and innovative; an invitation to any musical endeavour.