Opera without vocals, purely instrumental? It works well if the music is so hymnful, so vivaciously felt […]. And lo and behold – everything seems more transparent and closer in the reduced instrumentation than in the usual orchestral fullness. Otto Paul Burkhardt (AUDIO 10/2021)
The attention to detail, the irrepressible joy in orchestral sound splendor as well as the multifaceted, chamber music perspective on well-known works of orchestral and operatic literature are the driving forces of the ensemble minui.
Located somewhere between chamber music and orchestra, the ensemble, consisting of five strings and four wind instruments, has been dedicated to the musical possibilities for large chamber music ensembles with elegance and sophistication since its foundation in 2016. While the program initially focused primarily on reductions of large orchestral works, opera music gradually became the ensemble minui’s great passion. “The sophisticated arrangements of the clarinettist Stefan Potzmann mark the starting point. They […] don’t lack anything in the drama and density of the original works“. Michael Gmasz (Radio Klassik Stephansdom 03/2020)
Already their debut CD with the perceptive title “ACT I” was nominated in several categories for the German Opus Klassik 2020. Ö1 as well as Radio Klassik Stephansdom and rbb Berlin presented the recording as “CD of the week”. Homogeneous and balanced, the nine versatile orchestra musicians offer previously unheard and sound-differentiated perspectives on large-scale opera and orchestral works, … reduced to what is essential for them: the music!
The ensemble minui reduces complex opera scores from around 1900 to nonet dimensions, surprising even connoisseurs: you can hear music by Puccini, Dvořák and Strauss in a completely new way.
Thanks to the witty arrangements of clarinetist Stefan Potzmann, even as an opera enthusiast with a total affinity for Stauss and Puccini, you gain an astonishing series of new insights into well-known scores. Wilhelm Sinkovicz (Die Presse 22.01.2020)
the musicians of ensemble minui:
Helmut Rosson was born in Klagenfurt in 1957. Studied in Klagenfurt with his father as well as in Vienna with Klaus Maetzl. During his studies, he had his first orchestral experiences in the Kärntner Sinfonie Orchester and in the Niederösterreichisches Kammerorchester. From 1981 he was a member of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, from 1983 to 1989 section leader of the 2nd violins in the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper. He has held the same position in the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra since the season 1989/90. He was part of numerous chamber music ensembles, „Wiener Instrumentalsolisten”, Instrumentalensemble des Carinthischen Sommers (Kirchenoper „Kain”), „Ensemble 3 + 1“, Camerata Carinthia and chamber ensembles of the Kärner Sinfonie Orchester. Numerous tours in Europe, the US and Japan.
Nejc Mikolic was born in 1990 in Kropa, Slovenia. He studied with Mile Kosi in Ljubljana and with Hans Peter Ochsenhofer in Vienna. While still a student he performed as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, for which he was awarded the Preseren Prize for students. After his studies he worked as principal viola player in the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra. As a member of various chamber music ensembles, he has played at numerous international festivals. Nejc Mikolic has been principal violist of the Kärntner Sinfonie Orchester from 2017 to 2022 and is teaching chamber music at the Music Academy in Ljubljana since 2021.
Native of Salzburg Sieglinde performs regularly as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician in all areas, including baroque music to romantic music on original instruments as well as contemporary avant-garde music. She studied flute and transverse flute in Vienna, Graz, Oslo, Amsterdam and Brussels and completed all her studies with honors. Participation in Europe’s leading period-instrument orchestras. Co-founder of the ensemble Klingekunst and long-time member of the Platypus New Music Ensemble, with whom she has performed countless premieres. In 2018 she was awarded the Pasticcio Prize by Ö1 for her CD with world premiere recordings of the earliest Viennese flute concertos. Concerts at well-nown festivals as well as tours in Europe, central and southern America and Asia.
Wilhelm E. Pflegerl was born in Mallnitz, Carinthia. At the age of eight he made his first acquaintance with the cello. After pre-studies in Salzburg, he moved to Vienna to complete his concert studies with Wolfgang Herzer and Stefan Kropfitsch with honor. Successful auditions oblige him to play in the National Symphony Orchestra Ireland, the Opera Graz and the Kärntner Sinfonie Orchester, where he is currently working as a principal cellist. Solo concerts with the KSO, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Orchester Verein, Pro Musica Salzburg, the Camerata Carinthia and the Carinthian Mountain Rifle Orchestra, among others.
Growing up in Styria, Clemens Böhm studied bassoon in Graz and Vienna with Johann Benesch, Stephan Turnovsky and Richard Galler, graduating with honors. Numerous master classes, both solo and chamber music, with Milan Turkovic, Bence Bogany, Stefan Schweigert and Robert Gillinger, among others, completed his education. He has been a member of the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra since autumn 2008. He has played in nearly all leading orchestras in Austria. Tours with the many different formations took him to various countries in Europe and Asia. Since 2009 he has also been working intensively on historical bassoon and has performed regularly with various ensembles. Since December 2019 he has been leading the bassoon class at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt.
Anna Gruchmann was born in Salzburg in 1993. She studied in Linz with Anton Schachenhofer and in Munich with Heinrich Braun. She completed her master of music in Vienna with Jan Georg Leser. Anna Gruchmann played in various orchestras such as the Camerata Salzburg, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. She had contracts at the Vienna State Opera and the Kärntner Sinfonie Orchester. Since the season 2019/20 she has been a member of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz.
Born in southern Burgenland in 1985, clarinettist Stefan Potzmann is the initiator and arranger of the ensemble minui. He received his first clarinet lessons from his father Johann Potzmann, followed by studies in Oberschützen, Graz and Vienna with Gerhard Schönfeldinger, Wolfgang Klinser and Johann Hindler. He has been a member of the Kärntner Sinfonie Orchester since 2011, before that he regularly substituted in the leading orchestras in Austria. His many years of work in the Camerata Salzburg were particularly influential in terms of music. After the ensemble minui was founded, numerous commissions followed, including orchestrations for symphony orchestras, editions of manuscripts from the 18th century for first recordings on the German label CPO, as well as reductions of entire opera productions. His clients include the Cottbus State Theater, the ensemble Klingekunst, ensembles from the Vienna Philharmonics, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Reed Quintet, the Weißensee Klassik Festival, the Kreisler Trio Vienna, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and the Stadttheater Klagenfurt.
Markus Höller was born in Hallein and studied in Salzburg with Hansjörg Angerer and Radovan Vlatkovic. Since 2009 he has been ass. principal horn player of the Kärntner Sinfonie Orchester. In addition to other orchestra engagements such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Camerata Salzburg, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, or the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, he has made appearances as a soloist, including in China, Germany, the Salzburger Festungskonzerten, in the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein Vienna on the french horn and on the natural horn or alphorn. In addition to these activities, chamber music is also very important to him, he has worked with artists such as Benjamin Schmid, Ariane Hering, Matthias Schorn, Daniele Damiano and the Theophil Ensemble Vienna.
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