Music for the soul

Oct 02, 2014, 06:33 IST | Juili Eklahare

Salut Salon, a band from Germany, will be performing in Pune on October 5. the guide discovers and traces their musical journey

Salut Salon, a German band, is headed to the city to celebrate their 10th anniversary by presenting their new programme Night of Destiny. The band includes Angelika Bachmann and Iris Siegfried (violin), Frederike Dany (cello) and Olga Shkrygunova (piano).

Iris Siegfried
Iris Siegfried

“This is the first time that we will be performing in Pune and we are very much looking forward to it,” states Bachmann.

At the tender age of seven, Bachmann performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Hamburger Symphoniker; she also gathered experience through televised performances and won the first prize in the German competition for young musicians — Jugend Musiziert.

Angelika Bachmann
Angelika Bachmann

She has led the Coolen Streicher (The Cool Strings) for 20 years, which is an orchestra for children and young people. Siegfried had won the Jugend Musiziert competition at an early age and discovered her vocal talent through performances with various choirs and A cappella groups.

Salut Salon
Salut Salon

She also shares her performing experience as a lecturer in seminars to students studying music at the university. In 2011, she received the medal of honour Bundesverdienstkreuz, as an acknowledgement of her volunteer work with children in the world of music.

Known for being an unconventional quartet of musicians, Salut Salon has the distinction of having more than 12 million hits on YouTube. “Having 12 million hits on You Tube is a big thing,” says Shkrygunova, “It’s an incredibly happy feeling that we are so popular.”

Frederike Dany started playing the cello when she was seven and by the time she was in her teens, she was a student of the Conservatoire de Luxembourg and had won numerous prizes, including the prestigious German national competition Jugend Musiziert.

Dany was a permanent member of the orchestra at the Staatstheater Darmstadt and performed regularly in concerts at the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz. Concert tours have taken her, not only all over Europe, but also to South Africa, South America and Asia. Olga Shkrygunova is the winner of numerous international piano competitions.

Among them she won the first prize at the contest-festival Musica Classica in Moscow as well as the first prize at the international competition XXI Century Art in Kiev. In 2013, she was the winner of the First German-Polish piano music competition in Hamburg and has recently recorded a CD and performed for the radio in Berlin. “We use vocals only sometimes and mainly play instrumental,” signs off Siegfried.

On: October 5, 6.30 pm
At: Mazda Hall, Camp.

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