Ensemble Mini

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Founded in 2010, Ensemble Mini is a critically-acclaimed group of 15 soloists from the great symphonic orchestras playing the great symphonic works in new formats. Its mission is to reach new audiences through new style, sound and setting - without dumbing down - addressing the change needed in classical music.

Revolutionary projects have included "mini-Mahler" at Philharmonie Berlin, "Strauss 150: New Perspectives" at STATTBAD Berlin and "Bartók Beyond Borders" at Musikbrauerei Berlin. It has collaborated artists such as Marlis Petersen, Gerhild Romberger, Tanja Tetzlaff, Ruth Ziesak, Ferhan & Ferzan Önder, Regula Mühlemann and Evelina Dobraceva. Recent guest performances have included Konzerthaus Berlin (Debussy), Budapest Palace of Arts (Bartók), Auditorio Nacional Madrid and Essener Philharmonie (Mahler).

The ensemble has been reviewed and featured widely in German media (such as 3sat Kulturzeit, ZDF Aspekte, rbb and WDR 3) and has recorded several live concerts for Deutschlandfunk Kultur and RBB Kulturradio. In late 2014, Ensemble Mini released its debut CD of our world premiere arrangement of Mahler's 9th Symphony. More recently, Ensemble Mini recorded Debussy's La Mer and Strauss' Rosenkavlier Suite for RBB Kulturradio's Musiksalon. The ensemble's follow-up CD, the world premiere reconstruction for ensemble of Mahler's 10th Symphony, will be released in summer 2019.

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Artistic Director Joolz Gale
Ensemble Mini and its mini-projects were the idea of the versatile British conductor, Joolz Gale, who combines his informed knowledge and expertise of early music with his passion for the symphonic repertoire. His unique and collaborative approach to music-making sees him as a refreshing interpreter and innovative communicator. Initially studying as a violinist, he read Music at the University of Oxford before furthering his studies at Royal College of Music, London as a singer. Graduating in 2007, he became an inaugural apprentice to the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, at which time he began to develop his skills as a conductor.

He has since gone on to make conducting debuts with choirs and orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, including Bamberger Symphoniker, Orquesta de Cadaqués, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, China National Symphony, Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Shanghai Symphony and Taiwan Philharmonic as well as further guest engagements with orchestras in Poland, Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and Turkey.

As an assistant, Joolz Gale has conducted Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Monteverdi Choir, RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. He has also assisted and studied with Paavo Järvi (Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen) and Sir Roger Norrington (Mahler Chamber Orchestra and SWR Symphony Stuttgart).

Outside conducting, Joolz Gale contributes as a blogger for the Spectator and appears as a speaker, presenter and contributor for various special projects on radio and television.

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