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.