Sarah Hiller, Florian Streich and Christian Claus met at the Frankfurt University of Music and Arts and have been playing together since 2012. They are accomplished and successful solo and chamber musicians who have played at many venues including Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Rheingau Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele and the famous ’Alte Oper’, Frankfurt, to name but a few. They have a large and varied repertoire ranging from the classical standard repertoire to contemporary. They are considered to be specialists in contemporary music and are known for bringing lesser-known classical works to a wider audience. They regularly attend masterclasses by well-known musicians. They all hold bursaries with Villa Musica and have won national and international prizes and awards as soloists and chamber musicians.
In spring 2015 they won a first prize at the international competition „ANEMOS“ in Rome, Italy and in October the second prize as well as several special prizes at the Liszt-Garrison Festival and Competition in Baltimore, USA. They were awarded the prize for the best interpretation of a work by Liszt and the prize for the best interpretation of an American composition. In 2016 they will be returning to the USA to play a number of concerts. They are very excited about having been asked to give several Masterclasses in 2016.
They are currently preparing a South-American concert tour for inter-cultural dialogue.
Florian Streich, cello, studied in Cologne, in The Hague/Netherlands and with Michael Sanderling and Angelika Merkle in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Peter Bruns, Claudio Bohórquez, Menahem Pressler and members of the Mandelring-, the Alban Berg- and the Fauré Quartett, to name but a few, gave him further musical insight. He won a great number of international prizes, plays concerts all around Europe and holded a teaching position at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK. Florian Streich plays a 1745 Testore cello, on loan from the Hoenes Foundation – Museum Villa Rot.
Sarah Hiller, piano, began studying with Fany Solter at the HfM in Karlsruhe, where she passed her Diploma, Master of Music and soloist examination all with distinction. She holds many national and international prizes and has played solo and chamber music recitals in many countries and recorded with WDR, SWR and Deutschlandradio Kultur. She played in Festivals and concert series like the Schwetzinger Festival, the Rheingau Festival and N.Y Chamber Music Festival. In 2009 she was awarded an Erasmus bursary to study with Homero Francesch. From 2010 she studied Chamber Music at the HfMDK in Frankfurt with Angelika Merkle, where she now holds a part-time lectureship.
Christian Claus, who was born in El Salvador (Central America), studied with Tomas Eckardt (Deputy solo clarinettist at the Hessischen Staatstheater, Wiesbaden) and Prof. Laura Ruiz-Ferreres at the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main where he took his diploma as well as his post-graduate advanced solo performance examination. During his studies he played as an academy player with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Freiburg/Baden Baden who regularly invited him to play with them as well as the orchestras in Wiesbaden, Gießen, the Badischen Philharmonic Pforzheim, the Philharmonic Südwestfalen and the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt am Main. He has played in the most important German concert halls like the Berlin and Cologne Philharmonics, the concert halls in Freiburg, Baden-Baden to name but a few as well as on renowned platforms in Paris, Madrid, Basel, Luzern, Tokyo and Osaka. Christian Claus has attended masterclasses given by amongst others Dr. Mariana Liebowitz (USA), Francois Benda (Berlin) and Ralph Manno (Cologne). He holds bursaries with the Carl-Hempel Foundation for Science, Art and Charity Wiesbaden, the Pestalozzi Foundation Frankfurt am Main, the Richard-Wagner-Foundation Wiesbaden, the Hans and Stefan-Bernbeck Foundation Frankfurt am Main as well as the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation and the Villa Musica Foundation Rhineland Pfalz. He has performed as a soloist at the Rheingau Music Festival with the piano virtuoso Fazil Say, with the State Orchestra Gießen and the Jungen Sinfonikern Frankfurt am Main. Christian Claus plays clarinets (solo models B/A) by Herbert Wurlitzer, Neustadt an der Aisch.
Beethoven C-Dur Sonate
Fazil Say Sonate "Vier Städte"
Brahms F-Dur Sonate
Samuel Barber Sonate
Liszt Elegy Nr 1
Bartok Rumänische Volkstänze
Liszt "La Lugubre Gondola"
Boulanger Trois Pièces
Barber Cello Sonate
Muczynski Klarinetten Trio
Bernstein Klarinetten Sonate
Schickele „Autumn Trio“
Mendelssohn Cello Sonate D- Dur
Fauré Trio op 120
Boulanger Trois Pièces
Debussy "L'après midi d'un faune"
13.01.2016 / Frankfurt a.M.
13.-21. 02. 2016 / Teneriffa
26.02.2016 / Frankfurt am Main
02.04.2016 / Stuttgart
23.04.2016 / Bad Homburg
30.04.2016 / München
11.06.2016 / Frankurt a.M.
13.07.2016 / Baltimore (USA)
07.10.2016 / Gagern-Gymnasium Frankfurt a.M.
15.10.2016 / University of Baltimore, USA
Frankfurt am Main. Die Musik, die Stadt - Eine Filmkollage zu Frankfurter Kompositionen
A multi-medial concert experience, which both musically and visually depicts and reflects Frankfurt illustrating the diversity of the city and the active cultural life of the metropolis. In joint cooperation with the Hindemith Institute and The City Archive of Frankfurt am Main.