The Duo Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius has left its mark in national and international concert halls, not least for their versatile repertoire. The duo performs masterpieces of the repertoire both for violin and viola - which are rarely programmed due to the unusual combination - and in addition combines them with transcriptions of compositions for other instruments.
Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius are founding members of the Zehetmair Quartet. Alongside their chamber music activities, both musicians appear globally as soloists in the most prestigious concert venues. Moreover Thomas Zehetmair has been Music Director and Chief Conductor of Northern Sinfonia in British Newcastle since 2002. Ruth Killius was solo violist of the Camerata Bern from 1993 until 1996.
Ruth Killius and Thomas Zehetmair made their first duo recording for ECM, in which they venture on an exciting journey through modern and contemporary repertoire for both of their instruments by performing works by Giacinto Scelsi, Heinz Hollinger, Béla Bartók, Bohuslav Martinů, amongst others.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung commented: “The sound of both instruments creates a close and direct effect in this recording, without any mystical resonance. However, their performance is coined by the beautiful attraction of strangeness and the extensiveness of time and space, those are intimate tales in which the hierarchy of well-known and unknown will soon disappear.” (FAZ, March 19th, 2011)