A dialogue without words
"Music speaks for itself - if we give it the chance."
Watch this brand new video and discover Esther Birringer in a portrait of a special kind.
FAMILY ZONE – The theme of this year’s Davos Festival
What could be more appropriate to the theme than two sisters who have been playing music together since early childhood?
Experience Esther and Lea Birringer in Davos, Switzerland, from 6 to 20 August 2016. Hear the pair of sisters in the widest variety of musical settings, performing works from Beethoven, Schubert, Silvestrov, Casella, Martinu and many more.
“There needs to be discussion, friction, otherwise boredom sets in”
Here you can read an article (in German) that recently appeared in Swiss magazine ‘Musik & Theater’, about musical sisters Lea and Esther Birringer, their work as a duo and their participation in this year’s Davos Festival.
Musik & Theater, Special Edition Davos Festival 2016
Esther Birringer at Zentrum für Musik und Sprache Hannover
From now on Esther Birringer is also teaching at Zentrum für Musik und Sprache Hannover. Here you can find more information and the possibility to apply.
Classical music in schools
Lea and Esther Birringer involved with ‘ Rhapsody in School’ outreach programme
“In a sense, we see ourselves as being ambassadors for our generation.” This statement doesn’t have anything arrogant or apodictic about it. This naturalness is much more a sign of their own, quite personal aura.
Source: Musik & Theater, Special Edition Davos Festival July 2016. Text: Christoph Vratz
A guest of Germany's federal president Gauck -
Concert at the Bellevue palace
Pianist Esther Birringer recently appeared at the Bellevue Palace, the official residence of Germany's federal president, for the occasion of the state visit by the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. Other guests of honour included the Mexican football star Javier 'Chicharito' Hernández and his wife.
Esther and Lea Birringer’s debut appearance at the Kulturkreis Gasteig!
Following their successful debuts at the MDR Musiksommer and the Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, the two musicians also appear at the Kulturkreis Gasteig, opening their new season in the Bavarian state capital.
More details about the concert on 18 October plus ticket sales can be found here.
Esther and Lea Birringer win over audience and critics at their festival debuts
The specialist press are all in agreement:
“Interplay at the very highest level” – “Masterly interpretative achievement” – “Stunning playing technique”.
Learn more about the two musicians’ debuts at the Weilburger Schlosskonzerte and at the MDR Musiksommer.
Esther Birringer at the summer masterclasses in Szczecinek, Poland
Esther Birringer will teach at this year's summer masterclasses in Szczecinek, Poland. The masterclass will take place from June 29th till July 6th. Here you can find further information and the possibility to register.
"Outstanding artists in the month of May
The sisters Lea and Esther Birringer are in demand worldwide - their debut CD inspires music critics"
- words written by the German culture magazine Opus Kulturmagazin in the May 2014 issue.
Here you can find the entire article (in German).
Esther and Lea Birringer talk on German TV
Made by EinsFestival and SR
Esther & Lea Birringer's DEBUT-CD has recently been released!
The disc has been on sale since 17/01/14. The siblings play sonatas by Szymanowski, Hindemith und Respighi.
Distribution: Avi-music/Harmonia Mundi
Order number: 4260085534326
First outstanding press reviews:
"The 2 sisters [...] make an out-and-out commitment to offer us a magnificent, landmark record."
Clic Musique, April 14
"Three sonatas that one rarely hears played in concert, are discovered with spirit, vitality and passion."
"A very beautiful program, extremely original too, and very well led by two musicians who made a strong impact with their first record."
France Musique, 23/04/14
"Thundering piano chords and a dramatic recitative on the violin impelled by a darkly glowing energy... a thrilling introduction."
FonoForum, Issue April 2014
"Lea and Esther Birringer [...] begin their CD with an exclamation mark. [...] A very bold debut by two already very independently accomplished artistic personalities. The name Birringer is one to remember!"
WDR 3, 06/02/14
"Two sisters have the courage, curiosity and the musicianship to discover chamber music areas that you cannot hear in concert every day. A big compliment for such an obstinacy."
"The sisters Lea and Esther Birringer have been performing as a duo since childhood. Their debut recording together is enhanced by their natural rapport. All phrases
are expressed as one, all the rises and falls of the music are in harmony. It is enthralling to see how they both interpret the nervous tension and constant momentum of Szymanowski's sonata. One
can clearly sense the feeling of starting anew in the music of the early 20th century.
The Birringer sisters even remain highly focused at times when the extreme pressure eases off . There are moments of poetic beauty in their slow phrases."
NDR Kultur, 10/01/2014
"Lea‘s expressive as well as analytical playing is often carried by Esther’s orchestral waves of sound. The captivating cascades are grounded with powerful basses,
but apart from that the pianist delights her audience with a fragile, soft sparkling way of playing."
Duo Birringer in portrait
Made by ARD and SR (in German)
Esther & Lea Birringer in an interview for SR2 Kulturradio
The Birringer sisters introduce themselves.
Esther and Lea Birringer talk on SR2 Kulturradio about the beginnings of their music career up to the time of their current debut CD.
Here is the programme "Musik an der Saar" presented on 04/01/2014 to listen to again.
Exciting season 2013 / 2014
Esther Birringer faces an exciting season. Highlights are a.o. debuts at Weilburger Schlosskonzerte with Mendelssohn's double concerto, at Kulturkreis Gasteig, at MDR Musiksommer and at Uckermärkische Musikwochen.
On October 4th, the Birringer sisters had the great opportunity to perform at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin in honor of Mariss Jansons' being awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by President Joachim Gauck.