Chamber music

Chamber music is mul­ti­tas­king. Each musi­ci­an tells a sto­ry and simul­ta­ne­ous­ly has to lis­ten and react to the sto­ries of his fel­low musi­ci­ans. You have to chan­ge from the role of soloist to accom­pa­nist, some­ti­mes in a frac­tion of a second. Particularly in quar­tet play­ing, you need enough cha­rac­ter to make room for your own part, and at the same time enough sen­si­ti­vi­ty to blend in. As a vio­la play­er, this con­stant swit­ching is a chal­len­ge, and that is pre­cise­ly what I love. In new com­po­si­ti­ons, I always try to look for new colours to tell my sto­ry, and in doing so explo­re the limits of tonal beau­ty each time.

Yulia

Chamber music has held a firm place in Yulia’s heart, espe­ci­al­ly sin­ce her work with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Oleg Maisenberg at the Kronberg Academy “Chamber Music Connects the World”. Since then she has made music with artists inclu­ding Michael Barenboim, Denis Matsuev, Daniel Ottensamer, Emmanuel Pahud, Kian Soltani and Jörg Widmann.

Yulia’s regu­lar cham­ber music ensem­ble is the
Streichquartett der Staatskapelle Berlin made up of the sec­tion lea­ders of the Staatskapelle. The ensem­ble ori­gi­na­ted from Daniel Barenboim’s wish to have all of Franz Schubert’s string quar­tets per­for­med for the ope­ning of the Boulez Saal in 2017 — a magni­ficent but qui­te con­si­dera­ble task.

Working on Schubert’s music pro­ved so enjoy­a­ble that they soon tur­ned to Johannes Brahms, play­ing all his string ‑and pia­no quar­tets with Elisabeth Leonskaja. Since then the quartet’s reper­toire has grown enor­mously to inclu­de Webern, Mozart, Puccini, Janáček and many others.

Contemporary cham­ber music is very important to Yulia. In 2018 she was the soloist in the first per­for­mance of Aribert Reimann’s Goethe-Zyklus “Sinnig zwi­schen bey­den Welten” along­si­de Daniel Barenboim (pia­no) and Eric Jurenas (coun­ter­te­nor). Since the ope­ning of the Boulez Saal she has been a regu­lar mem­ber of the Boulez Ensemble. With an ever-changing cast of musi­ci­ans from around the world, she gives pre­mie­res of works by com­po­sers from Jörg Widmann and Benjamin Attahir to Isabel Mundry and, of cour­se, Pierre Boulez.

Under the direc­tion of Francois-Xavier Roth, Yulia has per­for­med Boulez’s com­po­si­ti­ons “Le Marteau sans Maitre”, “Éclat / Multiples“, and „Messagesquisse” in the arran­ge­ment for solo vio­la and six addi­tio­nal vio­las in the Boulez Saal. On tour with the Boulez Ensemble, she has per­for­med at the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Paris Philharmonie, and also as a soloist in Boulez’s “Derive II”.

Chamber music

Chamber music is mul­ti­tas­king. Each musi­ci­an tells a sto­ry and simul­ta­ne­ous­ly has to lis­ten and react to the sto­ries of his fel­low musi­ci­ans. You have to chan­ge from the role of soloist to accom­pa­nist, some­ti­mes in a frac­tion of a second. Particularly in quar­tet play­ing, you need enough cha­rac­ter to make room for your own part, and at the same time enough sen­si­ti­vi­ty to blend in. As a vio­la play­er, this con­stant swit­ching is a chal­len­ge, and that is pre­cise­ly what I love. In new com­po­si­ti­ons, I always try to look for new colours to tell my sto­ry, and in doing so explo­re the limits of tonal beau­ty each time.

Yulia

Chamber music has held a firm place in Yulia’s heart, espe­ci­al­ly sin­ce her work with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Oleg Maisenberg at the Kronberg Academy “Chamber Music Connects the World”. Since then she has made music with artists inclu­ding Michael Barenboim, Denis Matsuev, Daniel Ottensamer, Emmanuel Pahud, Kian Soltani and Jörg Widmann.

Yulia’s regu­lar cham­ber music ensem­ble is the Streichquartett der Staatskapelle Berlin made up of the sec­tion lea­ders of the Staatskapelle. The ensem­ble ori­gi­na­ted from Daniel Barenboim’s wish to have all of Franz Schubert’s string quar­tets per­for­med for the ope­ning of the Boulez Saal in 2017 — a magni­ficent but qui­te con­si­dera­ble task.

Working on Schubert’s music pro­ved so enjoy­a­ble that they soon tur­ned to Johannes Brahms, play­ing all his string ‑and pia­no quar­tets with Elisabeth Leonskaja. Since then the quartet’s reper­toire has grown enor­mously to inclu­de Webern, Mozart, Puccini, Janáček and many others.

Contemporary cham­ber music is very important to Yulia. In 2018 she was the soloist in the first per­for­mance of Aribert Reimann’s Goethe-Zyklus “Sinnig zwi­schen bey­den Welten” along­si­de Daniel Barenboim (pia­no) and Eric Jurenas (coun­ter­te­nor). Since the ope­ning of the Boulez Saal she has been a regu­lar mem­ber of the Boulez Ensemble. With an ever-changing cast of musi­ci­ans from around the world, she gives pre­mie­res of works by com­po­sers from Jörg Widmann and Benjamin Attahir to Isabel Mundry and, of cour­se, Pierre Boulez.

Under the direc­tion of Francois-Xavier Roth, Yulia has per­for­med Boulez’s com­po­si­ti­ons “Le Marteau sans Maitre”, “Éclat / Multiples“, and „Messagesquisse” in the arran­ge­ment for solo vio­la and six addi­tio­nal vio­las in the Boulez Saal. On tour with the Boulez Ensemble, she has per­for­med at the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Paris Philharmonie, and also as a soloist in Boulez’s “Derive II”.