a string quintet

with a twist...

NEWS

Our Newest Video

We are proud to announce the release of our newest video to youtube:

This beautiful song with its message of hope by Israeli group Milk&Honey was the winner of the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest. And, since Israel is hosting the competition in 2019, it was a perfect song for us. We based our video on the simple yet effective performance by Milk&Honey that ultimately brought them victory, so we do recommend you checking that out as well. Filmed entirely in front of a green screen, this was an interesting video to film and we had a lot of fun working on it.

THAI NATIONAL TV INTERVIEW

A team from the Thai National Broadcasting Service interviewed us for an extensive report about Austrian music, culture and education. They liked us so much they also shot music video footage for us. We were so honored to have Nao Sangkara spend two days with our quintet.

ABOUT US

5 musicians from 4 different nations playing on 10+ instruments to bring the music that they love to your ears. A string quintet with a twist, they break boundaries between musical genres, play music they like and bring their classical chamber ensemble to another level. These four ladies and a gentleman crossed paths in Graz, Austria and formed a unique group that is not only musically interesting, but also visually engaging and self-sufficient. They make all of the audio recordings themselves, produce their own videos, play their own exclusive arrangements, written by them or for them, and take care of management and organization. In doing so they formed a tight bond that is highly noticeable in their musical interpretation and in their stage presence.

The main musical focus of the group lies in bringing quality interpretations of music such as operetta, Viennese tradition, musicals and film music to listeners, as well as arrangements of popular rock, jazz and pop hits. The “classical” portion of their repertoire includes beloved melodies from baroque all the way to the 20th century as well as pieces written especially for them. Concert programs with United Intonations include an interesting mix between old and new, combinations of different genres and stories behind the music and composers so there is a hidden gem in there for everyone.

THE ARTISTS

KLAUS EBERLE, violin 1

Our man of contrasts; correct and quirky. Lives on music and energy drinks. Among many other things, sound engineer, videographer, editor, tune arrangeur, rehearsal manager, ideas man, lighting technician, chauffeur, percussion setter, melodica tuner, set designer, script writer, set designer, moderator, sounding board, chief commiserator, cat whisperer… and, of course, violinist extraordinaire.

BARBARA UPELJ, violin 2

STOP! Do not make her laugh, or rehearsal will be delayed by 20 minutes, minimum!

Our laugh-aholic, bongo specialist and coffee addict.

An expert on presence, she is our costume and makeup artist with intense attention to detail. She finds humor in both music and life and loves making people laugh. Barbara can under no circumstances stand still and not even a broken foot can stop her from dancing away a night or two. She is usually the one to bring crazy ideas to Irmtraud, and, determined as she is, won't stop until they are realized.

IRMA SERVATIUS, viola

Since still waters run deep, she has the ability of saying it all just with her eyes. A very talented hand-held natural-light photographer and out-of-the-box thinker, always offering another perspective and bringing creative ideas to the table. Has an eye for finding those special hidden moments that the rest of us miss and capturing them with her camera. Irma has a huge knowledge of old and new movies, books, music and viola jokes, which she delivers perfectly.

Olena Mishchii - cello

The romantic soul of the quintet and a stern rhythm machine, Olena is always up for a new challenge. From playing and teaching multiple instruments, to taking on the role of a simultaneous interpreter to Russian, she is ready to take control of the situation. Honest and direct, she always searches for the good in people and has an unwavering belief in love. She is a big fan of romantic movies and music and absolutely loves sunny days at sea. Not a fan of coffee though, so she is hanging out in the tea drinking corner with Klaus at rehearsal breaks…

IRMTRAUD EBERLE-HÄRTL,

double bass

Her secret superpower is the ability to sing one melody while playing something completely different. Our chief diplomat, visionary heart and an expert multi-tasker. Direct and clear, she leaves no musical stone unturned and is the bass-is of the quintet as well as the rhythmic driver. Irmtraud intuitively knows how people around her are feeling and is always ready to offer a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry on and has an infinite supply of remedies in the form of coffee, champagne or sugar on hand. But do not come to her with any crazy ideas, because she WILL bring them to life! She understands how to add the right spices in the right amount to life and to her perfect cooking.

OUR MUSIC

GALLERY

photo by Barbara Upelj
photo by Irma Servatius
photo by Irma Servatius
photo by Tara Roberts

CONTACT US

MusicArts Graz

MANAGEMENT | MusicArts Graz

http://www.musicartsgraz.at/

​Frankensteingasse7,A-8047 Graz

Tel.: +43 676 3412166

E-mail: office@musicartsgraz.at