Artistic Director: Prof. Petru Munteanu
The CONCERTINO Ensemble was founded in 1986 by internationally renowned violinist and university professor Petru Munteanu with the aim to promote ensemble playing outside of higher education and to enable highly talented young instrumentalists to gain concert and solo experience. Through its founder, Prof. Petru Munteanu, the artistic director of the International Competition for Violin of the Hohenlohe Culture Foundation and the International Master Courses in Kloster Schöntal, the ensemble is particularly closely associated with the “Hohenlohe Cultural Summer” and since 1987 regularly in Hohenlohe guest. Several generations of young musicians have already outgrown the ensemble and are independent in their professional and concert life. Since 1996 the ensemble has been based at the University of Music and Drama Rostock and since 2012 at Leopold Mozart Zentrum Augsburg.
Decisive for the character of the CONCERTINO ensemble is that it performs without a conductor. This allows a very versatile design of the concert programs and promotes the feeling of community and the own musical responsibility of the players. The repertoire is very versatile: by reducing or expanding the cast, it is possible to perform numerous works ranging from duos to large compositions for string orchestra from the Baroque to the Modern. Several young German composers have written transcriptions of great virtuoso works for string ensemble for the ensemble, which were performed with great success.
Many of the members are laureates of major international competitions, know live performances on radio and television and are regularly invited to foreign concert series. The “CONCERTINO Ensemble” has been a guest at well-known festivals and has already performed in several countries in Europe (including Bolshoi Hall in Moscow) and in the USA. The tours to Italy, Romania, Russia, France and the USA have been very successful. A first CD recording was released in 1997, another in 2004. In 2015, two new CD’s will be released. 2016 is a CD with works by Mozart (soloists: Baiba Skride and Julius Berger).
c / o Prof. Petru Munteanu
Keltenstr. 12, D-86199 Augsburg
Tel .: 0049 – 821-5088 8867
Current information is available via the menu item: CONCERTINO 2019
Artistic and organizational direction Marcus Meyer and Irina Munteanu