The Twiolins

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Just open the window and let fresh ideas into the classical music scene. The Twiolins are the pioneers of the new wave of ‚progressive classical music‘ and cause worldwide sensations and excitement in the concert halls. Ear pleasing harmonies, broad melodic lines and eccentric pulsating rhythms are the trademarks of their music, merging classical, avant-garde, minimalist music and pop-art-pop into a new sonic sound universe.

Since childhood, the two siblings share the stage. Together, they have won numerous awards and given over a thousand concerts. 2009, they founded a composition competition, now with more than 500 participants from 50 countries. A new and unique repertoire, which represents the creative excellence of the current generation of composers is thereby produced every three years.

It represents music of our time, which can be adventurous and wild, but also delicate and sweet. Music, which has nothing to prove, no intention to break any conventions, but only to inspire and that is precisely what it makes revolutionary and relevant. Like an universal language it touches the human inner spirit and continues to inspire the Twiolins to perform it again and again: in perfect synchronization with technical precision, and full of passion.

Every three years The Twiolins are searching for new music and encourage heroic composers of our times to participate in the Progressive Classical Music Award: With passionate music, full of excitement and creativity they try to win over the audience. With their three CD VIRTUOSOSUNFIRE and SECRET PLACES the Twiolins present the award winners of the Progressive Classical Music Award 2009 to 2015.

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The siblings Marie-Luise and Christoph Dingler are specialists in the category violin duo. Raised in a musical environment – grandfather a musical director, mother a Cantor and harpsichordist – they achieved their high level of musicianship and unique sound after years of performing together. Their passion and main objective is not only to perfect the existing repertoire, but also to carry the tradition of “violin duo “into the current times.

That’s why The Twiolins premiered their own Progressive Classical Music Award in 2009 to expand and develop the repertoire for two violins. In 2012, the Twiolins were honored for that with the Helene Hecht Prize of the City of Mannheim. From the award-winning works the CD VIRTUOSO was created in 2011, followed in 2014 by SUNFIRE. In September 2017 her latest album SECRET PLACES was released by Hänssler Profil, which received the silver medal of the Global Music Awards.

Both started to play violin at the age of 7 and participated already 4 years later in „Jugend musiziert“, a nation-wide competition, where they won the first award six times in the following years. They are winners of Adolf Metzner Foundation, the Heinrich Vetter Foundation, the Kiwanis Club, the Bruno-Herrmann Prize, the European music competition and the International Violin Competition Hofheim, just to mention a few. Both studied violin with Prof. Bratchkova at the Musikhochschule in Mannheim (diploma of artistic education and solo education) and since then pass their knowledge on to subsequent generations.

As soloists they performed with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Baden-Baden, the Brandenburg State Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès (Barcelona), the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania), the Mannheimer Philharmonic, the Kurpfälzische Chamber Orchestra and appeared several times on TV and radio stations nationally and Internationally (SWR, SWR2, RBB, Center TV, Desh TV and many others).

They performed internationally in India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, Italy, France, Lithuania, Austria and Switzerland, at national and international festivals (including Rudolf-Oetker-Halle Bielefeld, Stadttheater Amberg, Schwarzwald Musikfestival, Klassiksommer Hamm, Hohenloher Kultursommer, Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, Kultursommer Nordhessen, Musikerlebnis München, Kintai Music Festival Lithuania etc.). They shared the stage or collaborated for artistic projects with known artists  like ‚Spark – the classic band‘ , Yuri Revich, Julian Rachlin and Aleksey Igudesman.

They play both a violin from Martin Schleske.


The Progressive Classical Music Award as a source for new and exciting repertoire

Bringing some fresh air in the chamber music scene and reviving the classical music – that was the goal of Marie-Luise & Christoph Dingler, when they originated the Progressive Classical Music Award (PCMA – former known as Crossover Composition Award. The competition is held every three years to expand the repertoire for  two violins. In the years 2009 and 2012 it has met a positive response with each about 100 composers from 16 countries participating. In 2015 more than 350 composers from 45 countries took part.   watch video about the competition

Der Crossover Composition Award 2009

At the Progressive Classical Music Award the audience votes on the award.

The competition is seeking music which “gets under the skin and sweeps the audience off their feet” . Whether using virtuosity or great emotions– it’s the  composers’ choice. Only one  formal condition: The work should last about 5 minutes. The Competition rules have  been designed flexible intentionally to allow creation of  new music with contemporary emotions. This diversity of styles is supposed to contribute to a sustainable development of the classical concerts and audiences.

During the PCMA the audience is directly involved in the running of the competition. After a pre-selection by a representative jury, consisting of established musicians, composers and conductors, six finalists advance to the  grande finale: All selected works will be  premiered by the Twiolins and the audience (300 – 400 attendees) then votes on the awards.

The winners, often young composers, receive prize money totaling 11.000€ which can support their studies/career. The compositions are published by internationally renowned publishing houses: 2012 and 2015 Peer Music, 2009 Ries&Erler. Additionally they will be recorded on a CD by the Twiolins: 2011 VIRTUOSO, 2014 SUNFIRE, 2017 SECRET PLACES.

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