Hansjacob Staemmler is Professor of Chamber Music and Piano Accompaniment/Coaching at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, after having previously taught at the music universities of Berlin, Freiburg, and Karlsruhe. For many years, he has been pursuing a wide-ranging career as soloist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist. His activities focus on chamber music in a number of different formations. Already during his studies, he performed on a regular basis as a chamber musician with soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker orchestra in the Ensemble Berlin.
Since then, Hansjacob Staemmler has been collaborating with renowned instrumentalists and vocalists in a great variety of chamber music formations, ranging from duos to sextets. As a piano soloist, he has given recitals as well as concerts with orchestras. His artistic pursuits are likewise documented on several CD releases, along with numerous recordings for radio broadcast (Deutschlandradio Kultur, Bayrischer Rundfunk, Südwestfunk, and others). “Composing Beethoven,” Staemmler’s most recent chamber music CD featuring Beethoven’s clarinet trios with Kilian Herold (clarinet) and Peter-Philipp Staemmler (cello), was nominated for the German Record Critics’ Prize.
In duo formation with his brother, Peter-Philipp Staemmler (cello), Hansjacob was awarded the First Prize at the 2009 National Music Competition and chosen for the “Young Artist Concerts” national selection. Hansjacob Staemmler studied piano with Prof. Georg Sava at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin, completing his training with active participation in masterclasses imparted by Daniel Barenboim and Menahem Pressler. Oboist Burkhard Glaetzner has exerted a decisive influence on Staemmler’s artistic development: with Glaetzner, he has premiered a number of works by major contemporary composers.
Paul Hindemith studied violin at the Dr Hoch's Konservatorium of Frankfurt and played from 1915 to 1923 in the Frankfurt opera. From 1921 to 1929 he played viola in the Amar Quarter, where he was advocate for contemporary music. Throughout the years, he held multiple positions as teachers, but he remained most popular as a violist. During the Second Worldwar he fleed to the USA and was given the American nationality in 1948, Later, he returned to Europe to teach at the university of Zürich.
His use rhythm, called "Motorik" by himself (a combination of Motor and Musik) is piercing, and at times even tormenting. It echoes the arrival of industralisation and the motor, as Hindemith opposes any form of sentimentality, psychology or personality. This way, Hinemith created shrill, neoclassicistic music (Gebrauchsmusik, music with a social or political aim). His body of works is quite extensive, with more than 100 compositions in all kinds of genres. Even though he was an advocate of contemporary music, he never felt affiliated with dodecaphony. He wrote several theoretic treatises, among which his Unterweisung im Tonsatz from 1937 in which Hindemith offers several systems in which the tension between intervals, harmony and melody is analysed and elevated into a compositional technique.