From fairytale-like to highly dramatic:
The new album from sisters Lea and Esther Birringer taps into late Romantic emotions
'Lifelines' gathers highly dramatic and deeply romantic pieces from Grieg, Liszt and Franck. "The pair approach them with style and the full-blooded commitment they bring to the entire disc." (Gramophone)
Following their debut recording from three years ago, which featured seldom-played repertoire from the 20th century, their new label Rubicon Classics now releases their second album 'Lifelines', containing late Romantic works. This sees the two sisters dramatically bridge the gap between the musical worlds of emotions of the 19th century, spanning the works of the phenomenal Edvard Grieg to the emotive elegies of Franz Liszt to the highly dramatic César Franck.
"Overall, this is a terrific, engaging release that offers the excitement of a live performance with the perfection of execution and acoustic you only get from a studio recording; in other words, the best of both worlds. Don’t miss it." (The Arts Fuse)
Release: 26 January 2018
"Complete rapture in the auditorium"
At her recent rendition of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, where she performed with the Jenaer Philharmonie, violinist Lea Birringer’s "flawless virtuosity combined with wonderfully balanced sound production" brought about "complete rapture in the auditorium."
Here you can watch the video taken live from Volkshaus Jena with Lea Birringer playing an encore by J. S. Bach.
The Main-Post newspaper just wrote about Lea Birringer, "After the first two pieces [...] it was a violin soloist who was to enchant the audience at Bad Neustadt's brand new cultural centre.
Just as gracefully as masterly, Lea Birringer played Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Violin Concerto in E Minor. With a sprightly nimbleness, she circumnavigated the many high difficulty passages of the piece and created a truly memorable listening experience rife with clarity and purity. Wonderful."
She will be playing Mendelsohn's Violin Concerto again on 19 May, this time with the Jenaer Philharmonie under the baton of Jürgen Bruns. We'd like to invite you to this event!
Exciting year ahead
Lea Birringer looks forward to a season filled with exciting performances and special projects.
Highlights are cooperations with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, the Robert Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic and the Collegia Musica Cheimgau, as well as debut performances at the Music Festival Usedom, the Milverton Concert Society, Schlosskonzerte Winnenden and Homburger Meisterkonzerte, among others.
Additional season events include a CD recording together with Lea's sister and acclaimed pianist Esther Birringer.
Following their debut CD, which was highly acclaimed by critics and the music press alike, comes another CD project featuring a remarkable repertoire selection. In co-production with the Saarländischer Rundfunk, the Birringer sisters will be recording pieces of the romantic era together. The CD release on new British label Rubicon Classics is scheduled for autumn 2017.
“There needs to be discussion, friction, otherwise boredom sets in”
Here you can read an article (in German) that recently appeared in Swiss magazine ‘Musik & Theater’, about musical sisters Lea and Esther Birringer, their work as a duo and their participation in this year’s Davos Festival.
Musik & Theater, Special Edition Davos Festival 2016
Discover her anew, time and again
This recently released video takes you behind the scenes and provides you with insights into the musician’s creative world. Immerse yourself into the world of Lea Birringer, and experience the violinist in conversation about music and art.
FAMILY ZONE – The theme of this year’s Davos Festival
What could be more appropriate to the theme than two sisters who have been playing music together since early childhood?
Experience Lea and Esther Birringer in Davos, Switzerland, from 6 to 20 August 2016. Hear the pair of sisters in the widest variety of musical settings, performing works from Beethoven, Schubert, Silvestrov, Casella, Martinu and many more.
Classical music in schools: Lea and Esther Birringer involved with ‘Rhapsody in School’ outreach programme
“In a sense, we see ourselves as being ambassadors for our generation.” This statement doesn’t have anything arrogant or apodictic about it. This naturalness is much more a sign of their own, quite personal aura.
Source: Musik & Theater, Special Edition Davos Festival July 2016. Text: Christoph Vratz
New CD released
Following Lea Birringer's debut CD, which was lauded by critics for its originality, comes a new CD project featuring an unusual programme. On October 2nd, the album has been released under the
Brilliant classics label.
Recorded with members of the Accademia d'Archi Arrigoni, where Lea Birringer has taught for several years as a visiting lecturer, this CD is the result of a collaboration with the Italian music magazine "Amadeus". The Accademia d'Archi Arrigoni under the direction of Domenico Mason has rediscovered four delightful concertante works by Fiorillo, including two sinfonie concertanti for two violins and orchestra, performed by Lea Birringer and Laura Bortolotto.
"By each bringing an individual character to their solo parts, the violinists Laura Bortolotto and Lea Birringer do not just create a colourfully diverse harmony but also bestow a dramatic profile onto their constant dialogue. The overall result is a lively and in many respects appealing and rewarding recording that manages to bring out the best qualities of this music – especially the ambitious compositions of the first movements.." more...
Magazin Klassik.com, 18/10/15
Applications are open!
You can now apply for Lea Birringer's upcoming masterclasses in San Vito al Tagliamento (ITA) from November 2015 till May 2016.
The masterclasses will be held on a monthly basis in collaboration with Accademia d'Archi Arrigoni and in coordination with M° Pavel Vernikov.
78° Festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
In 2013 the Teatro del Maggio Musicale of the city of Florence, Italy advertised their new season with large oversized posters and banners showing pictures of Lea Birringer with her violin on busses and elsewhere throughout the city.
Next week, she will be back in Florence and play on the occasion of the 78° Festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
The program opens with the virtuoso "Figaro" by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a tribute to the Florentine composer of international renown who collaborated with Vittorio Gui at the birth of the Maggio Musicale. The program follows with two masterpieces of late Romantic literature for violin and piano, the Sonata op.78 of Brahms and Franck's Sonata, with in the middle the Barcarolle for piano by Chopin.
Standing Ovations at Crescendo Winter Music Festival
Read about the successful festival in a commentary for FLORIDA TODAY, the major daily newspaper serving Brevard County.
Invitation to the Crescendo Winter Music Festival in Florida
Lea will perform her US debut (December 2014) at the Crescendo Winter Music Festival in Florida where she will appear as chamber musician in a program comprising works of Borodin, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. During the festival, she will also hold master classes with the festival’s participating musicians.
For applications (deadline 15/12/14) please click here.
Lea and Esther Birringer win over audience and critics at their festival debuts
The specialist press are all in agreement:
“Interplay at the very highest level” – “Masterly interpretative achievement” – “Stunning playing technique”.
Learn more about the two musicians’ debuts at the Weilburger Schlosskonzerte and at the MDR Musiksommer.
Lea Birringer recorded works by Federigo Fiorillo in cooperation with the Italian music magazine AMADEUS for it's July issue.
Special thanks to the Accademia d'Archi Arrigoni where Lea teaches on a regular basis.
"Outstanding in May/June: The sisters Lea and Esther Birringer are in worldwide demand – their debut CD has delighted the music critics”
- words written by the German culture magazine Opus Kulturmagazin in the May 2014 issue.
Here you can find the entire article (in German)
Lea & Esther Birringer's Debut CD is on sale!
The disc, featuring works by Szymanowski, Hindemith and Respighi, has been released on the Avi-music label.
Distribution: Avi-music/Harmonia Mundi
First outstanding press reviews:
"The 2 sisters [...] make an out-and-out commitment to offer us a magnificent, landmark record."
Clic Musique, April 2014
"Three sonatas that one rarely hears played in concert, are discovered with spirit, vitality and passion." ORF, 25/04/14
A very beautiful program, extremely original too, and very well led by two musicians who made a strong impact with their first record." France Musique, 23/04/14
"Thundering piano chords and a dramatic recitative on the violin impelled by a darkly glowing energy... a thrilling introduction." FonoForum, Issue April 2014
"Lea and Esther Birringer [...] begin their CD with an exclamation mark. [...] A very bold debut by two already very independently accomplished artistic personalities. The name Birringer is one to remember." WDR 3, 06/02/14
"Two sisters have the courage, curiosity and the musicianship to discover chamber music areas that you cannot hear in concert every day. A big compliment for so much obstinacy." BR-Klassik, 25/01/14
"In order to express the most exquisite nuances, Lea knows how to elicit forever new shades of a brilliant sound coming from her violin played with cool fervour." SZ, 30/12/13
Lea Birringer had a successful end of the year together with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie under Jean-Michael Lavoie. Her performance of Mozart's second Violin Concerto received a great critical acclaim.
"A new music star is on the rise"
"An absolute perfect technique, precise down to the most minor detail and an accomplished way of playing in its purest form, builds the basis for a truly animated performance."
Die Rheinpfalz, 21/12/13
Please find the complete review here.
On October 4th, the Birringer sisters had the great opportunity to perform in the Bellevue Palace in Berlin in honor of Mariss Jansons' being awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by President Joachim Gauck.