ensemble balance

  • Yu Zhuang, Nina Karmon concert master/mistress
  • Sophie Schuster violin
  • Andreea Alcalde Polo, Janis Lielbardis viola
  • Ofer Canetti cello
  • Veit Hübner, Ryutaro Hei doublebass
  • Julia Steinbächer flute
  • Dominik Keller clarinet
  • Josu Alcalde Polo horn
  • Martin Stortz, Amrei Walter piano
  • Friederike Kienle conductor

›balance - Forum for Music‹ is an initiative launched by freelance musicians in Stuttgart in 1993. It was founded as a free music school in order to link up the members’ musical and educational activities and to artistically connect them with one another.


From this impulse emerged the ›ensemble balance‹, expressing itself in various chamber music groups. At the initiative of the conductor Friederike Kienle, the idea of ›symphonic chamber music‹ was born as an expansion and further development of the ensemble. With the help of musicians from renowned orchestras in Stuttgart (SWR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra) the current cast took shape in 2019. In August 2020, an audio recording of the chamber version of Bruckner's 7th Symphony was realized for the Südwestdeutscher Rundfunk SWR. In fall 2020, the ›ensemble balance‹ will perform at the Wilhelma Theater, Berger Kirche and Wagenhallen Stuttgart.


›balance‹ emphasizes the continuous challenge for balance and harmony in sound, character and artistic expression. Contemporary interpretations and modern forms of presentation are of special concern for the ensemble.

Program 20/21: ›Grand Symphony‹:

  • A. Bruckner: Symphony No.7, chamber version (arr. Eisler, Rankl, Stein)
  • A. Bruckner: Symphony No. 6, chamber version (arr. Giesen)
  • L.v. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 for piano, violin, cello (arr. Beethoven)
  • G. Mahler: Symphony No.4, chamber version
  • A. Schönberg: Pierrot Lunaire

© 2020 Friederike Kienle ♫