ensemble balance

  • Yu Zhuang concert master
  • Sophie Schuster violin
  • Andreea Alcalde Polo viola
  • Ofer Canetti violincello
  • Veit Hübner double bass
  • Dominik Keller clarinet
  • Josu Alcalde Polo horn
  • Amrei Walter, Martin Stortz piano
  • Lars Jönsson harmonium/piano
  • Michael Israelievitch timpani
  • Friederike Kienle conductor


Since 1993, ›ensemble balance‹ has appeared in various chamber music formations. In response to the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020, the ensemble expanded its roster and repertoire, evolving into a symphonic chamber orchestra. In an effort to counter the restrictions of musical life during a pandemic, the musicians of ›ensemble balance‹ seek to lend an altered voice to selected symphonic works arranged for smaller ensembles.

The early 20th century arrangements of symphonies by Beethoven, Bruckner and Mahler have proven to be very successful and of the highest quality. During these uncertain times, ›ensemble balance‹ hopes all those works might serve as a timely challenge for contemporary composers and arrangers to recreate major symphonic works as chamber music.


In August 2020, ensemble balance completed an audio recording of the chamber version of Bruckner’s 7th Symphony for the Südwestdeutscher Rundfunk SWR. The 2020/21 season showcases live performances as well as international live streams of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.

›ensemble balance‹ explores elements of sound, character, and artistic expression, constantly evolving each profile to serve the music and the times. Through innovative programming and informed performance practices, the ensemble seeks to eliminate barriers between the performer and audience.

© 2020 Friederike Kienle ♫