Ensemble Raro

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Ensemble Raro was formed in 2004 by an international group of four very young musicians: Diana Ketler, piano, Alexander Sitkovetsky , violin, Razvan Popovici, viola, and Bernhard Naoki Hedenborg, cello. Their goal was to create unforgettable musical moments and to combine innovative approach with the rich European tradition of intimate and genuine chamber music making.

The inspiration for the ensemble’s name comes from Robert Schumann’s invented alter ego, Master Raro - a member of the Davidsbund and a mediator between Florestan and Eusebius, the two characters that were Schumann’s musical doubles and the contrasting voices of his creative psyche. Master Raro was, therefore, something of a balancing force, representing sound judgment and the need to find unconventional ways of moving forward. In this sense, Ensemble Raro is constantly looking for new contrasting program forms in which to establish fresh cultural, musical and literary connections. Since the members of Ensemble Raro are also in great demand as solo artists, it gives them even more possibilities to create different programs, ranging from solo pieces to quartets.

Ensemble Raro regularly gives master classes in Romania, Italy and Japan and developed SoNoRo - Interferences, an extended educational project dedicated to the most talented young Romanian musicians.

Ensemble Raro is the ensemble in residence at the Chiemgauer Musikfruehling Festival in Traunstein, SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest, Kobe International Music Festival, Pèlèrinages in München and Le Faure/Bordeaux. By creating these festivals the ensemble has full artistic liberty: they have improvised with DJ's, created multimedia shows with VJ's from Japan and Romania.

One of the literary soirées on the repertoire of Ensemble Raro is about love, Paul Wittgenstein and Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita with the actor Karl Markovics and the writer Lea Singer.

Technical details

The Master and Margarita

Karl Markovics - Recitation
Diana Ketler - Piano
Alina Pogostkina - Violin
Alexander Sitkovetsky - Violin
Razvan Popovici - Viola
Bernhard Naoki Hedenborg - Cello
Petru Iuga - Double Bass
Marcelo Nisinman - Bandoneon

Sergei Ivanovich Taneev
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich
Peteris Vasks
Astor Piazzolla
Marcelo Nisinman


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