“[…] Big entertainment from a small ensemble.
With passion and virtuosity, Philharmonic Five ignited a firework of chamber music with noticeable symphonic undercurrents.”
Four soloists from the Vienna Philharmonic and one of the most prolific pianists of our time combine their aesthetics, virtuosity and modern, powerful dynamics to reinvent classical music. In addition to performing everyone’s favorite classical pieces, the ensemble takes the audience on a dazzling journey through different musical eras and styles. The multi-faceted repertoire, influenced by the Viennese style, covers a wide array of pieces from timeless treasures of the classical period to pop and film music by John Williams (Harry Potter) and Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible). Sergej Prokofjews ballet Romeo and Juliet serves as a wonderful link between Hollywood and classical music. While the ensemble only formed in 2017, the musicians have been working together for years, both within orchestral and chamber music settings.
Their debut album Mission Possible will be released by Sony Classical in January 2018 and features an eclectic range of pieces from Dvořák to John Williams that have been creatively arranged for the ensemble, many of them by the ensemble’s founder Tibor Kováč himself. The album title is also indicative of the chamber music ensemble’s principle: While the classic quintet repertoire will always be a part of the programme, the ensemble wants to transcend genres and branch out towards the new, whilst never losing sight of their classical formation. “Within Philharmonic Five we are much more free concerning the interpretation compared to an orchestra setting, where the conductor decides on the repertoire. We are at liberty to make music following our own ideas”, Tibor Kováč explains.
Tibor Kovac, Violin (Vienna Philharmonic –Violin)
Ekaterina Frolova, Violin (Vienna Philharmonic – Violin)
Gerhard Marschner, Viola (Vienna Philharmonic – Viola)
Peter Somodari, Cello (Vienna Philharmonic – Cello)
Christopher Hinterhuber, piano (Solist)
Philharmonic Five is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.
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