"It's not about adaption, but about the absolute search for the discovery of musical possibilities"
- WDR 3
The Wave Quartet
“Sonic acrobats at work: The Wave Quartet might now be a known quantity, but this exquisite ensemble remains refreshingly different.” (crescendo)
The Wave Quartet came into being when the world-renowned marimba player Bogdan Bacanu was making an adaptation for his instrument of JS Bach’s three concertos for two harpischords. He teamed up with his former pupil Christoph Sietzen – a prizewinner in the 2014 ARD International Music Competition and a Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organisation for the 2017/18 season – and with Emiko Uchiyama and Vladi Petrov, who had won a number of international competitions as a marimba duo.
"(...) the warm, earthy tone of well-played marimbas, I find the program highly enjoyable and approachable."
- American Record Guide
The ensemble made its debut in 2008 at the Berlin Konzerthaus, performing Bach’s C major concerto (BWV 1061a) in a version for four marimbas. Both the transcription and the performance were praised for respecting Bach’s original score and the spirit of historically informed performance. Since then, the Wave Quartet, placing a special emphasis on Bach and contemporary repertoire, has appeared at such venues as Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus (with the Mozarteum Orchestra) and the Athenaeum Bucharest (with the Romanian National Symphony Orchestra). Concerts and masterclasses have taken the Wave Quartet around both Europe and the Far East, a region where the ensemble has enjoyed great success since its early days.
Highlights of the 2017 - 2018 season are performances in concert halls such as Cologne Philharmonie, Müpa Budapest, Konzerthaus Berlin and Vienna, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Town Hall Birmingham, Bozar Brussels and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
The quartet’s first CD, Aurora Borealis, released in 2008, was followed in 2009 by a recording, made with Salzburg Barock and conductor Peter Sadlo, of the three Bach concertos that had formed the group’s starting point. Senza Ripieno followed in 2011, a programme of seldom-heard baroque music, performed on an intimate scale. 2016 brought the GENUIN Classics release Loco, a programme of tango-infused music by Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Gardel and numbers by the Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The quartet returned to Bach in 2016, collaborating with L'Orfeo Barockorchester , and a recording of the results was released by Sony Classical in September 2017 .
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- Radio Klassik Stephansdom
Early 2017 brought the world premiere, at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, of Emmanuel Séjourné‘s groundbreaking Gotan Concerto for marimba quartet, percussion and orchestra, a work dedicated to the Wave Quartet. The work features on the album Lauda Concertata, released on GENUIN Classics in late 2016.
The members of the Wave Quartet play exclusively on Adams marimbas.
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