After four wonderful years at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, our Cologne concerts will now take place in the Humboldt Hall from 2024. This fantastic chamber music hall on the grounds of the Humboldt-Gymnasium on Kartäuserwall is being opened up for public concerts by the City of Cologne's Department of Culture and we are delighted to be able to perform here in future in outstanding acoustics. In addition, our programme focus © NRW 2024 will place a special focus on outstanding works of new music from NRW and there will be guest performances in Aachen, Düsseldorf and Wuppertal.

In this programme focus, works of recent and new music that are outstanding in their quality and have a special connection to Cologne and NRW are performed side by side with more familiar chamber music. The aim is to focus on this new music - as a natural part of the concerts - and thus contribute to this music finding its way into a general chamber music repertoire. The flowing integration creates a concert experience that spans the spectrum from early to contemporary music and emphasises the complexity of today's chamber music. The following composers and works are planned: Hans-Werner Henze (1926-2012): Minette - canti e rimpianti amorosi; Thomas Blomenkamp (*1955): Fandango for 6 cellos; Heinz Pauels (1908-1985): String Quartet op. 68 (revival after 40 years!); Tobias Kassung (*1977): Suite brève; Capriccio à la lumière du sud; Suite en quatre mouvements, Buenos Aires Fantasie II - nuit d'été dans une métropol, op. 19 (première); Christoph König (*1972): Klassik. Recomposed.


Three of the concerts will take place in Cologne in the new Humboldt Hall and with the three other concerts we will extend the appeal of our city of music to NRW. Let's look forward together to an exciting and outstanding year of classical music and the Kölner Klassik Ensemble. Experience the whole variety of today's classical chamber music - spanning epochs from early to contemporary music - and be inspired by our extraordinary programmes and the outstanding quality of the music.

Sponsors of the chamber concerts

Our chamber music series are or were supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Kunststiftung NRW, the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW and the RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur. As well as our board of trustees and sponsoring members of the Kölner Klassik Ensemble e.V.. We are very grateful for this support!

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