FOUR KINGS, ONE KAISER

Kaiser Quartett is a contemporary string quartet, founded 2004 in Hamburg, Germany

initially under the name Strings DeLuxe. The founding members, violinists Adam Zolynski

and Jansen Folkers and cellist Martin Bentz were joined by Ingmar Süberkrüb on the viola

in 2012. The quartet first came together to record music for the animated children series

« Little Amadeus » under the musical direction of Martin Bentz. Following its broadcast on

German children’s channel KiKa and in over 60 countries worldwide, in 2006 « Little

Amadeus » won a prestigious Klassic Echo award.

For that production, the quartet developed their own unique style, characterized by a

flexible string sound that has the rare ability to satisfy both the need for delicacy and the

fuller sound often required for film scores or the recordings and concerts of musicians who

push the boundaries of traditional classical music. Since then, Kaiser Quartett is a sought

after ensemble for studio productions and live concerts by artists from a wide variety of

musical genres and can be heard on numerous Gold and Platinum albums.

In 2011 the quartet began their collaboration with pianist and Grammy award winner Chilly

Gonzales, playing at concerts in Hamburg and Berlin for the release of the pianist’s “The

Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales” album that combines orchestra and rap. There followed a

series of concerts at the Philharmonies of Berlin and Munich, the Salle Pleyel in Paris and

the now infamous annual New Year’s concert at Philharmonie Cologne.

In 2014 the quartet collaborated with Chilly Gonzales in his musical adaptation of Hans

Christian Andersen’s “The Shadow”, which won an adaptation award given each year by

the author’s heirs and with Canadian artist Socalled, also bringing his musical “The

Season” to the Kampnagel Summerfestival.

In 2015 release of Chambers, an album recorded with Chilly Gonzales, produced by

Renaud Letang (Manu Chao, Feist) and featuring Kaiser Quartett that re-imagines

Romantic-era chamber music as today’s addictive pop, with the attitude of a rapper. A

year long world tour in support of Chambers, was the opportunity to see the Kaiser

Quartett live in the world’s most prestigious venues in Europe and the United Kingdom,

with stops in Canada and the United States.

Recently the quartet collaborated with artists like “room29” (Chilly Gonzales & Jarvis

Cocker, release DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON), Boys Noize, Daniel Hope (release

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON), Boy, Gregory Porter (Elbjazz 2017) and is working on their

first solo project.