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.
2012 took the place as the first violin:
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 received her musical education as a violinist at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Professor Yfrah Neamen. She undertook additional studies in baroque violin with Rachel Podger. Another study period led her to Professor Fuks at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, in the USA. She gained wide musical experience in various classical orchestras, such as the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, as well as from working with conductors such as Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel. Born in Berlin, she lives as a freelance artist in the city.
Anna Barbara Kastelewicz plays baroque violin and modern violin.
Her repertoire ranges from Renaissance to Contemporary and includes musicals and jazz.
On her baroque violin Anna Barbara Kastelewicz plays violin solo programmes of classical baroque literature – from early to high baroque.
Founder of the Camerata Instrumentale Berlin and Spiritus Rector of the ensemble. Studied at the HfM in berlin with Walter Karl Zeller. Violinist in the Orchester des Berliner Friedrichstadtpalastes and member in various chamber orchestra, for example the Berliner KammerOrchester and the Telemann Kammerorchester Sachsen-Anhalt.
Studied at the HfM in Berlin with Dieter Ansel, Walter Karl Zeller and Heinz Schunk. First Violin in the Deutschen Filmorchester Babelsberg and member of the Berliner KammerOrchester, the Camerata Instrumentale Berlin.
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
Modern, with Jazz or Tango elements:
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
„…Meister ihres Fachs mit brillantem Können.“
„…ein Ensemble qualifizierter Musikanten…“
„…auch hier war wieder eine exzellente Klangregie zu hören.”
„…schon die Programmkombination war verlockend.“
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„…ein absolut hochkarätiges Konzert.“