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The ensemble projects4cellos / The Four EvangCellists is a cello quartet, which was founded in October 2008. All four members were students at the FRANZ LISTZ University of Music Weimar, Germany, and were educated by Professor Brunhard Böhme and Professor Maria-Luise Leihenseder-Ewald. The name of the quartet developed due to the fact, that the cellists share their forenames with the four evangelists (Matthew, Marc, Luke and John).

projects4cellos are very versatile in their choice of repertoire. Their program includes works originally written for cello quartet and arrangements. And so their musical range extends across various styles and periods, including classical pieces (e.g. serenades and concertos), new music, various dances and folk songs, world music as well as jazz and ragtime. The ensemble has played throughout Germany for years now, its concerts praised by press and public alike. Thanks to their widely varying concert programs The Four EvangCellists enjoy great popularity with young and old. Because of their ever-growing repertoire they can offer topic concerts as well as an increasing number of performances together with selected guest musicians in expanded lineups.

A particular focus in their musical creations projects4cellos see in the interpretation of opera literature. In November 2011 their first CD “cellopera” was published - a collection of opera excerpts arranged for four cellists - with works of Bizet, Mozart, Puccini, Beethoven, Mascagni, Delibes, Humperdinck, Offenbach, Nicolai and Saint-Saëns. Numerous digital publications for downloads on common international platforms followed. Some of these publications are dedicated to jazz. Then in May 2013 their second CD “journey” was published. It features pieces and dances from all over the world. The listener is taken on a musical journey accompanied by dances, Chinese folk songs or traditional Celtic pieces. Other CDs and releases feature nocturnes, tangos, and a full album of interpretations with guest musicians.

Since 2010 The Four EvangCellists have been giving valuable advice and suggestions to future musicians in numerous workshops and school concerts. In 2013 they founded a young, talent promoting music festival called “Hofer Cellotage” (“Hof Cello Days”). In the same year the four musicians became honorary members of the art and music association “Vox coelestis” (e.V.) Weimar. A highlight for projects4cellos both as artists and teachers was their participation in China’s “3rd Chengdu Jiezi International Youth Music Festival” in the southern province Sichuan in summer 2019.



Die Vier EvangCellisten

 

Lukas Dihle

 

Lukas Dihle, born in Worms in 1987, received his first cello lessons when eight years old from Ilka Wagener and was a student at the specialist music school “Schloss Belvedere” in Weimar. Here he studied with Gisela Vieweg and Prof. Maria-Luise Leihenseder-Ewald, with whom he furthered his studies at the FRANZ LISZT University of Music Weimar. He works with many orchestras throughout Thuringia and was a founding member of “Die 12 Thüringer Cellisten”. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestra, participated in master classes with Valter Dešpalj and Peter Bruns, was a member of the Festival Ensemble Stuttgart, and has performed as a chamber musician at the Beethoven Festival Bonn. Since December 2009 he has been working with the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar (Staatstheater Thüringen), where he has held a tenured position since 2011. Furthermore, Lukas Dihle consistently works as a judge for the reputable music competition “Jugend musiziert” and offers numerous workshops and masterclasses together with his quartet.

 

 

Hanno Riehmann

 

Hanno Riehmann, born in Weingarten in 1984, received his first cello lessons when eleven years old from Michael Grüner at the music school in Ravensburg. From 2004 to 2009 he studied with Prof. Brunhard Böhme at the FRANZ LISZT University of Music Weimar and completed his artistic diploma in April 2009. He went on to study with Prof. Maria-Luise Leihenseder-Ewald. He was a member of the Junge Münchner Philharmonie, has worked with the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar (Staatstheater Thüringen) and participated in master classes with Valter Dešpalj and Jens Peter Maintz. Since March 2009 Hanno Riehmann has played with the Staatstheater Meiningen (Meininger Hofkapelle), where he has been one of the Associate Principals since 2011. In Meiningen he has also been regularly involved with chamber music and besides held various workshops and masterclasses together with his quartet. He has been mentor of the academic orchestra of the Technical University of Ilmenau for several years.

 

Mathias Beyer

 

Mathias Beyer was born in Stralsund in 1983 and had his first cello lessons at the age of seven from Hansjoachim Voß. He attended the specialist music school “Schloss Belvedere” in Weimar, where he was a student of Prof. Tim Stolzenburg. He went on to study with Prof. Maria-Luise Leihenseder-Ewald at the FRANZ LISZT University of Music Weimar. Mathias was a member of the Festival Ensemble Stuttgart, principal cellist of the RIAS-Jugendorchester and has participated in master classes with Josef Schwab, Valter Dešpalj and Peter Nagy. He worked casually with the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar (Staatstheater Thüringen) between 2006 and 2008, then under contract until 2009. At the same time he finished his University studies. From season 2009/2010 Mathias Beyer has been working with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Herford. Since 2015 he is Deputy Principal Cellist at the Neubrandenburgische Philharmonie.

 

Markus Jung

 

Markus Jung was born in Erfurt in 1981 and had his first cello lessons at the age of five from Helga Kaufmann in Altenburg. He was a member of several national youth orchestras (Deutsche Streicherphilharmie, RIAS-Jugendorchester) and prize winner of numerous competitions both as a soloist and a chamber musician. While studying with Prof. Tim Stolzenburg and Prof. Maria-Luise Leihenseder-Ewald at the FRANZ LISZT University of Music Weimar he held fellowship positions with the Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt (Theater Erfurt), the Staatstheater and Staatsorchester Kassel and was a student at the Academy of the Staatskapelle Weimar. He has also participated in master classes with Valter Dešpalj and Stephan Forck. In 2009/2010 Markus Jung had a one-year contract with the Staatstheater and Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg and since January 2011 has been working with the Hofer Symphoniker. His students are regularly awarded prize winners in various competitions. Moreover, Markus Jung has established the ”Hofer Cellotage” (“Hof Cello Days”) as their general manager since 2013 and offers international workshops and masterclasses together with his quartet. He has been invited as a judge for “Jugend musiziert” (prestigious competition for young musicians) and has acted as chairperson of the „Tonkünstlerverband Hochfranken e.V.“ since 2018.

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