The siblings Marie-Luise and Christoph Dingler are specialists concerning the genre of violin-duos. They have made it their business to keep that tradition and to revive it with innovations. Both are familiar with all duos, from the early baroque era to the modern era of music, and they perform premiere concerts with compositions which were dedicated exclusively to them. Being the third generation of musicians, they both study at the chair of Prof. Bratschkova in Mannheim. Brought up in an environment of musicians – their grandfather was a bandmaster, their mother is an A-cantor and a harpsichordist – they achieve the highest degree of interplay and harmony of sound, which can only be accomplished due to their shared curriculum and their permanent interplay.
“Marie-Luise and Christoph Dingler are extraordinary gifted violinists and musicians, who created an unique event, the Crossover Composition Award. It is transfrontier and on the highest musical level and has the potential, to advance national and international composers and to create a new and important repertoire of music in a genre, which was much disregarded.”
Aleksey Igudesman (violinist, composer, 3rd price CCA 2009)
“Beautiful Playing!! Fantastic!!”
The siblings Marie-Luise and Christoph Dingler started to play the violin at the age of 7. Four years later, they already participated at “Jugend musiziert”. At this, they achieved the first prize of the Federal Republic of Germany in the following years six times in a row. They are awardees of the Adolf-Metzner-Stiftung, the Heinrich-Vetter-Stiftung, the Kiwanis-Club, the Bruno-Hermann-Preis, the European Musical Competition and the International Violin Competition in Hofheim. They had solo performances with the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, the “Kurpfälzische Chamber Orchestra” and the Brandenburgian State Orchestra. They were broadcastet on national and international TV and radio many times (SWR, RBB, Center TV, Desh TV).
They performed in many countries like India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Austria and Tunisia and on national festivals like “Rheinischer Frühling”, “Podium Junger Künstler Altrip” and the Mozart Society Kurpfalz. Both studied violine at the “Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim” with Prof. Bratchkova. Since then they teach their knowledge to younger generations. In 2009 they invented and organized the first “Crossover Composition Award“, to enlarge the repertoire for two violins. With the number ob more than 90 participants from 16 different countries and a fulminant finale the competition has become a constant institution in Mannheim and has been repeated in 2012 succesfully. 2012 they were awarded for their work with the “Helene-Hecht-Preis“.
Working with masterpieces
The instruments of the violinduo come form the master studio of Martin Schleske (Munich), who is worldwide famous for his violin making. (www.geigenforschung.de)
With the aid of the most modern research methods, it is possible to build exact sound copies of the old violins which were made by a master craftsman. The violinduo plays on archetypes according to Montagnana (1729) and Guarneri (1733).