Without notes – without conductor – without chairs: Stegreif shows new ways of what a contemporary orchestra can look like today. In radical recompositions, the international musicians combine symphonic music with improvisation and influences from other genres and involve the audience in original spatial concepts. With these innovative concert formats, the young ensemble inspires a growing audience of different target groups.
Since the orchestra was founded in 2015, at least one new concert programme has been developed every year: #freebeethoven, #freeschubert, #freebrahms, #free∃roica, #bfree, #freemahler, #explore_mozart, #explorefreischütz, #bechange. In addition, co-productions have been realised with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the young North German Philharmonic Orchestra (TRIKESTRA), among others. Stegreif has performed concerts renowned stages such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Radialsystem Berlin, the Beethovenfest Bonn or the Prinzregententheater Munich as well as at alternative alternative festivals such as FUSION, Detect Classic, PODIUM Esslingen, the Düsseldorf Festival or the Oranjewoud Festival (NL).
„Es gab tosenden Trampel-Applaus und stehende Ovationen für diese grandiose Performance eines Ensemble, das „geliefert“ hatte.“
Reinhard Frank auf shz.de, 24.07.2022
„Ist gelungen! Bravo!“
Angelika Silberbach in der Mainpost, 19.07.2022
„Selten ist die Leidenschaft für Musik, die Virtuosität der einzelnen Stücke so nah erlebbar“
Ulrike Gerner in der taz, 12.10.2019
SELECTION OF PROJECTS (2022/23)
Dates available upon request
with Juri de Marco
Dates available upon request
#bfree – Connecting European cultures through Beethoven‘s 9th Symphony
The borders are open – whether it’s between countries or genres, between languages or instruments, between uniqueness or similarities. Inspired by Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the “Europa-Sinfonie”, Stegreif – The Improvising Symphony Orchestra combines folk songs from Europe with elements from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and in a symphony lets Europe grow together into a colourful country that tells from the heart of its people. With this new, theatrical concert project #bfree they have once again taken up the cause of making new approaches to classical music possible for the audience. Classical music interwoven with various “Folkmusic” from different countries, played, together with special guests from different countries, by a young orchestra without notes, without conductor and without chairs. This creates freedom and space for improvisation and movement. The concert hall, the auditorium, the stands – everything becomes the stage. The freedom and boundlessness of this concert evening also stands for the values of Europe and its wealth.
Recomposition/Arrangement: Uri Caine, Juri de Marco, Alistair Duncan, Bertram Burkert
Direction, Choreography: Viola Schmitzer, David Fernandez
26 instrumentalists, 5-6 staff // duration: 90min (60min also possible)