4 Times Baroque
4 Times Baroque was founded in 2013 by the four young musicians Jan Nigges (recorder), Jonas Zschenderlein (violin), Karl Simko (cello) and Alexander von Heißen (harpsichord).
Based in Frankfurt (Main), the quartet is one of the most exciting ensembles of the new generation of early music performers and has already been invited to well-known festivals throughout Germany and Europe. The quartet is dedicated to developing a close rapport with their audience, and not only through their musical performances: entertaining concert talks and discussions are conceived to provide musical and historical backdrop to their programmes, and allow the public to stay up-to-date with the ensemble’s personal work. The musicians’ close friendship has carried over into their still-budding professional careers, and their unique rapport is palpable on stage and in their playing.
The FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) described a concert at the Rheingau Musikfestival as a “fresh, energetic and thrilling performance,” the Schwäbische Post went so far as to call them “popstars” and “four young shooting stars.”
In 2013, 4 Times Baroque won the audience prize at the international Marini competition in Neuburg. Following this, they produced their first CD including works by Arcangelo Corelli to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the great composer’s death.
In 2014 the quartet was invited to their first radio broadcast at the SWR as part of the festival Rhein Vokal and the SWR2 Kulturnacht. The 2015-17 seasons included engagements at festivals such as the Rheingau Musikfestival, Thüringer Bachwochen, Festival d’Ambronay and the Meraner Musikwochen.
As part of the Eeemerging program (Emerging European Ensembles), the quartet receives support from several early music centres throughout Europe. Upcoming concerts and residencies have been organized in France at Ambronay Cultural Encounter Centre (France) in May 2017, at Riga Early Music Centre in Latvia in August 2017, Poland, Germany and Italy.
In 2018 4 Times Baroque will release their first album for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/Sony.
Jan Nigges Recorder
Jonas Zschenderlein Violin
Karl Simko Cello
Alexander Von Heissen Harpsichord