The quartet came out of the chamber music association, Camerata Instrumental Berlin in 2004. The idea was to offer a program for four violinists, but after a while because of the great artistic success and the variety of original compositionsitions it became an independent ensemble of two to four violins. Since then, the musicians have regularly worked as a violin quartet.
“Just Violins” is the only ensemble in Germany that is in this ensemblege. The extensive repertoire includes works of classical heritage, contemporary music, as well as own arrangements for this instrumentation.
Anna Barbara Kastelewicz
Anna Barbara Kastelewicz took over the position of first violin in the ensemble Just Violins and the orchestra Camerata Instrumentale Berlin in 2012.
The violinist Anna Barbara Kastelewicz is working as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. With performances and concert tours around Europe and Asia she is present nationally as much as internationally. She is playing and recording for broadcast, TV and various media-recordings.
Anna Barbara Kastelewicz plays baroque violin and modern violin. Her repertoire ranges from Renaissance to Contemporary, what is required when working with the Ensemble Just Violins and the Camerata Instrumentale Berlin and its wide repertoire.
Studied violin und composition at the HfM in Leipzig. Lives as an independent musician and composer in Magdeburg, where he recived numerous awards and scholarships for his compositional works. Member of the renowed chamber orchestra Musica Juventa Halle as well as of the Camerata Instrumentale Berlin.
Extract of the extensive program:
G.Ph.Telemann, Concerti für vier Violinen in C-Dur, G-Dur und D-Dur: Adagio und Allegro
J.S. Bach, Predludio in E-Dur nach Partita Nr. 3, bearbeitet für 4 Violinen von Thomas Kraemer
Charles Dancla, 8 Variationen für 4 Violinen
Joseph Haydn, Drei Trios für drei Violinen
Ignaz Lachner, Quartett op. 107 für vier Violinen Allegro moderato
Moderne, mit Jazz oder Tango Elementen:
Bela Bartok, Duo für zwei Violinen
Siegfried Borris, Partita für vier Violinen op. 113
Thomas König, Music 4 Violins Legere
Tilo Medek, “Tangoverstrickung” für vier Violinen
“…Masters of their craft with brilliant skill.”
“…an ensemble of qualified musicians…”
“…once again, excellent sound direction could be heard.”
“…the programme combination alone was enticing.”
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“…an absolutely top-class concert.”