Amarcord Wien is an ensemble of four musicians renowned for their musical horizons of extraordinary broadness: Sebastian Gürtler, violin; Michael Williams, cello; Gerhard Muthspiel, bass; and Tommaso Huber, accordion. Founded in 2000, the ensemble has quickly made a name for itself and today it is being celebrated by audiences all around the world. The conductor Franz Welser Möst wrote: “One discusses so often which new directions music should take, and here is a prime example, showing that the imagination has no limits. Emanating from a classical background, these artists of the highest category find paths that have not yet been taken.”
Indeed, it is not easy to categorize Amarcord Wien. Although deeply rooted in the classical tradition, the musicians have evolved their approach to music beyond these boundaries, creating arrangements that constantly seek new ways to interpret, understand and communicate the music (be it by Gustav Mahler or Erik Satie, the music of Viennese cafes or some far away exotic countries) irrespective of traditions, and not shy to deviate from the original manuscript, until it becomes “Amarcord”. Therefore, with the Amarcord Ensemble, the unadulterated musical experience comes before dedication to the score, and combined with the typical Amarcord sound: transparent, incorrigibly playful, sporadically improvised, but paired with unparalleled technical perfection.
Amarcord Wien is at home both in the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and in the Congress Graz, as well as at the festivals in Germany, Turkey, Switzerland (Lucerne) and music venues all over the world. So far, their discography consists of six CDs: Amarcord Wien plays Astor Piazzola, Pictures at an Exhibition, Satie, Mahler Lieder with mezzo soprano Elizabeth Kulman, which received multiple musical awards, Bon Voyage, and – joining forces with Elisabeth Kulman again: Wer wagt mich zu höhnen featuring the music of Richard Wagner.