ENSEMBLE NEW ART
Amplified guitar/ Guitar
Amplified double bass / Double bass
Piano and harpsichord
The percussionist Carmen Erb was born in Zurich and studied there at the Musikhochschule, playing with the Zurich Opera and other Swiss orchestras. As a chamber musician she is a member of the New Art and Opera Nova ensembles.
Hans-Peter Achberger studied percussion at the Feldkirch and Zurich Conservatories, and at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau studied Sinology, Philosophy and Musicology. He specialises in a range of music from contemporary percussion to dulcimer and psaltery works of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He is a principal in the Zurich Opera Orchestra and appears in a variety of chamber music ensembles and as a soloist.
Peter Degenhardt was born in Kassel. He studied with Andor Foldes and Aloys Kontarsky, has appeared as a soloist and in chamber music and founded a piano duo with Fuat Kent and a duo with the saxophonist Hugo Read. He is a professor at the Cologne Musikhochschule.
As a kind of European counterpart to Steve Coleman, Hugo Read has developed an independent way of playing and composing in which new jazz, elements of contemporary music, rhythmical energy and electronic additions are combined to a create a sound world of his own. Read, who is regarded as a typical representative of the new European jazz generation, wants to cross borders between new classical music and jazz, and in addition he regards himself as a composer of mostly suite-like forms as a basis of his work. From 1972 Read studied the flute at the Cologne College of Music with Prof. Ulrich and later classical saxophone with Prof. Buschmann. Since that time there have been international concert activities in the fields of jazz and new classical music, as well as productions
of chamber music. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras, including the Ensemble Modern and the New Art Ensemble, as well as with all the major European radio companies.
The harpist Silke Aichhorn is one of most active and versatile performers of her generation, appearing as a soloist and as a recitalist. She was trained at the Lausanne Conservatoire and Cologne Musikhochschule and has triumphed in a number of international competitions. With a comprehensive repertoire, she has appeared throughout Europe, in the United States and in Japan. She is a member of the Arpa Cantabile Trio, the Spohr Duo and the Salzburg Austrian Ensemble for New Music, and has made a number of recordings, together with broadcast and televised performances.
Alexander Swete was born in Bregenz and studied there at the Regional Conservatory and in Vienna at the Musikhochschule. He was a prize-winner in an international guitar competition held in Havana in 1988 and in the Munch ARD Competition in 1989, and took first prize in 1991 at the Paris Concours International de Guitare. His concert career has brought appearances throughout the world, with broadcasts, television appearances and recordings. He has collaborated with leading orchestras and conductors, with chamber ensembles and with distinguished singers, given master-classes and served on the juries of international competitions. He teaches at the Vienna University for Music and the Performing Arts and is guest professor at the University of Sarajevo.
A native of Buenos Aires, the double bass player Francisco Obieta studied agronomy while pursuing his musical training. Since 1988 he has served as second principal double bass in the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra and as professor at the Feldkirch Regional Conservatory. From 1984 to 1986 he held a Yehudi Menuhin Scholarship at Gstaad. The composers J. Mortimer, Franz Kikel and Peter Herbert have dedicated concertos to him, with the premières broadcast live by ORF. He has served as a jury member on various international competitions, collaborated in a number of chamber music ensembles and leads the successful tango group Sur. He has given many recitals, concerts and broadcasts, participated in a number of recordings and given special attention to research in electronic music. Since 1988 he has served as second principal double bass in the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra and as professor at the Feldkirch Regional Conservatory.