SPARK-The Classical Band
Andrea Ritter – recorder
Daniel Koschitzki – recorder / melodica
Stefan Balazsovics – violin / viola
Victor Plumettaz – violoncello
Christian Fritz – piano
Spark brings an exciting new voice to the international classical music scene. The adventurous quintet combines the virtuosity and precision of a classical chamber music ensemble with the power and grit of a rock band. Their wild interpretations of Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart have been hailed by the press as “a radically new face for chamber music and classical in general.” In 2011, the ensemble won an ECHO Klassik Award which is considered the German Grammy Award. Their debut album “Downtown Illusions” climbed to Number 1 on the German Amazon Classical Charts and caused the American Record Guide to describe them as “a genuine classical music phenomenon not unlike YoYo Ma or the Kronos Quartet, but even more vital.” No wonder the Classical Band has taken some of the world’s prestigious stages by storm – be it as a soloist group in front of the London Symphony Orchestra in a sold-out Barbican Center or as a quintet at Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin, KölnerPhilharmonie, Munich’s Gasteig, Concertgebouw Amsterdam or in renowned venues in Asia, such as the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, the Tokyo Congress Center and the National Concert Hall of Taipei China.
This is what the chamber music of the 21st century sounds like. Welcome to the world of Spark, the Classical Band!