As a Duo, both artists have been working together for more than 10 years and have appeared at significant concert events such as the Baden-Baden Masters' Concert, at the Frauenkirche in Dresden, the WDR television station in Cologne, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, as well as in Italy, Belgium, France, Switzerland, South America and the USA. At the invitation of Laura Escalada de Piazzolla, Astor Piazzolla's widow, the duo performed at a memorial concert in Buenos Aires in 2003. After a concert in New York (Barge Music) in 2006, the two musicians were given a spontaneous invitation to make a guest appearance in the famous Jazz club "Birdland".The CD recordings "CelloPassion", "CelloTango" and "contrapunctango" have been given a special recommendation by the FAZ German national newspaper and the musical magazine "FonoForum". In 2004, "CelloCinema" - a homage to film music - appeared and was given a very positive reception by the press.
Eckart Runge and Jacques Ammon also understand their artistic work as a natural contribution in social and pedagogical projects. Their regular benefit concerts and direct work on location supports organisations such as "Jeunesses Musicales Germany", "Yehudi Menuhin Life Music Now" and youth orchestra projects in South America.
Eckart Runge, Cello
As a cellist and founder of the Artemis Quartet, Eckart Runge has been a presence on all of the world's major stages from New York to Tokyo over the last 15 years. CD recordings by his ensemble, available exclusively on Virgin / EMI since 2005, have been awarded a number of prizes. During his studies under Edmond Baert at the Brussels Conservatory and David Geringas at the Musical Academy of Lubeck and as an award winner in international contests (Premio Stradivari, Cremona 1991, German Music Competition in Bonn 1994 and "Concours International de Musique Genève" 1995) he pursued and active career as a soloist at an early stage.In addition to his international quartet career, he is "promoting and working intensively in various languages at the borderline of Tango, Jazz and film music" (Der Spiegel) and is bringing an increasingly larger audience to classical music with his "celloproject", which he founded in 1998.In addition to various programmes surrounding Tango, film and Jazz he has presented, in particular, productions such as "Concert Visuel" with two pantomimes from the Compagnie Marcel Marceau and Lab of Life - Creativity and Dialogue in Music. The combination of artistic seriousness with communicative presentation is met with enthusiastic acceptance by listeners and critics.
Eckart Runge is now passing on his artistic experiences as a Professor of the Faculty at Berlin's University of the Arts and the Chapelle Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.
Jacques Ammon, Piano
Born in Santiago de Chile to German/Chilean parents, Jacques Ammon first became known in 1989 as an award winner of the international "Claudio Arrau" piano contest. This was followed by a number of radio and television appearances. Since then, he has been performing regularly at Chilean concerts series and festivals.
Jacques Ammon began his studies as a pupil of Margerita Herrera at the University of Chile and continued these in 1990 under Konrad Elser at the Musical Academy of Lubeck, where he has been a music tutor himself since 2000.
In Germany, the artist, who is at home in Berlin, has been a guest at important musical venues, such as the Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festivals and at the Hamburg Musikhalle. The autumn of 2002 saw his Japanese debut. A particular artistic interest to Jacques Ammon is the juxtaposition of the classic-romantic and Latin American repertoire.
Jacques Ammon was the artistic consultant in a CD production (EMI) with Latin American music performed by the "12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra" which was nominated for a Grammy and for the Echo classical music prize in 2001.