Ensemble Mini is a courageous collective of supersonic soloists from German symphony orchestras that repackages super symphonic music for new audiences.
Often commissioning world premiere arrangements for innovative late-night projects, its mission is to revolutionise the style, sound and setting of classical concerts. This began in 2010 with “mini-Mahler” at Berlin’s Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, followed by “Strauss 150: New Perspectives” at STATTBAD Berlin, “From Russia with Soul” at Griessmühle Berlin and “Bartók Beyond Borders” at Musikbrauerei Berlin.
Joolz Gale founded Ensemble Mini (comprised of soloists from the German orchestras) to build upon his vision to reach new audiences though new concert formats and alternative locations. Projects often include newly commissioned arrangements for ensemble by Joolz Gale himself (incl. Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Bartók’s Dance Suite, Debussy’s La Mer, Bruckner’s 9th, Prokofiev’s 5th and Shostakovich’s 9th & 10th Symphonies), for which he is represented and published by Schott, Sikorski and Boosey & Hawkes.
Plans for 2021/22 include a return of “Bartók Beyond Borders” on tour, Stravinsky at Musikfest Berlin, Bruckner at the Rheingau Music Festival, Zemlinsky with RIAS Kammerchor, Mahler’s 3rd Symphony at Kasseler Musiktage and the launch of its new club concert series, “Late-Night-Sinfonie”, in Hamburg and Berlin.
“An ideal case of closeness.”
Tagesspiegel Berlin, 4 August 2021
„The new great things are small… mini is irresistible..“
Tagesspiegel Berlin, 31 July 2021
SELECTION OF PROJECTS 2023/24
Availability upon request
SHOSTAKOVICH 8 & 9
S. Prokofjiew: Suite from Romeo & Julia, arr. Gale
Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65, arr. Gale
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70, arr. Gale