ANTHONY EMROLD PHILLIP
Daniel Ahlert and Birgit Schwab have established themselves in the musical world with lively interpretations and an unusual combination of instruments. Their repertoire for mandolin, lute and guitar comprises music from the early baroque to the present. They rediscover forgotten works of old masters and inspire contemporaries to compose for them. Besides chamber music, working with orchestras occupies a major portion of the duo’s time. They perform all the existing double concertos for mandolin and guitar, and the most important solo concertos for these instruments as well. For years, Daniel Ahlert and Birgit Schwab have delighted audiences with their vivid performances, with CDs that set new standards, and with a style of playing that always puts the music first. The two artists studied at the Musikhochschule in Wuppertal, Germany, with Dieter Kreidler (guitar), Hans-Michael Koch (lutes), and Marga Wilden-Hüsgen (mandolin/baroque mandolin). In addition to their performing experience, both can look back on years of successful teaching at music schools, universities, and in master-classes.