They cross musical borders, alternating between the classical string quartet and groovy jazz and pop arrangements: the four musicians of the vision string quartet, who established themselves very quickly on the international string quartet scene. They got to know each other while studying, as Daniel Stoll recounts: “Back then I founded an ensemble with our first violinist Jakob Encke and cellist Leonard Disselhorst – it was actually only intended to balance out our studying” – including a double bass and a baritone violin. “But somehow we were too many people to find times to rehearse, which is why the classical quartet combination materialised again.”
Since then, the four young musicians from Berlin have been revolutionising the concert world: with a programme concept where classical string quartets are heard at the beginning of the evening, while on the second half they perform jazz and pop songs arranged for four string players – including corresponding lighting and sound: “That’s when we play much more rhythmically, suddenly start stressing off-beats and sometimes imitate other instruments. The cello pizzicati enhanced with a subwoofer may then sound like a double bass, and we create grooves with our bows” (Daniel Stoll).
When they debut at the concerts of the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation, they present a “classical” programme: After Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s String Quartet in A minor op. 13 and the folklorically flavoured Fourth String Quartet by Grażyna Bacewicz, with which the Polish composer won the Composition Competition in Liège, Belgium in 1951, they will play Franz Schubert’s String Quartet ‟Death and the Maiden”.