An important feature of the ensemble CelloPassionato is its regular cooperation with composers. Its close ties with the composer create proximity to the work, inspire the interpretation and generate the feeling of being able to “read between the lines”. All the compositions recorded on this CD are a product of this cooperation. The works by Ali-Sade and Gubaidulina are released here as premiere recordings, whereas the works by Bonato and Kerer were written for the ensemble, premiered and subsequently recorded.
For over 15 years, Prof. Julius Berger has been running an ensemble made up of his finest students. Originally intended as an educational initiative, the ensemble soon started to catch the eye of organizers, festivals, radio stations and record companies. CelloPassionato, which is now directed by Hyun-Jung and Julius Berger, has guested at venues such as the Kronberg Cello Festival, the A·DEvantgarde Festival in Munich, the Asiago Festival in Italy, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and on the stages of Seoul in South Korea. The ensemble has also made numerous appearances in France, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Austria and, of course, in its hometown of Augsburg. Composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Wolfgang Rihm, Wilhelm Killmayer, Franghiz Ali-Sade, Giovanni Bonato, Manuela Kerer and Eduard Putz have trusted the ensemble with performances of their works or written new works for the ensemble. Commissioned works are currently being written by the composers Markus Schmitt and Oscar Strasnoy. Recordings of performances have been broadcast by various radio stations in Germany and Austria, by the Seoul Broadcasting System in South Korea and the Franco-German television network Arte. A number of CD releases are also available.