When the ensemble Der Musikalische Garten (the musical garden) presented its first joint CD titled à 2 Violin. Verstimbt (which means “for two mistuned violins”) in 2014, Bavarian Radio praised the four musicians Karoline Echeverri Klemm, Germán Echeverri Chamorro, Annekatrin Beller and Daniela Niedhammer for a “natural and fresh approach” bringing an impressive garden of hitherto unknown music into bloom. In à 2 Violin. Verstimbt the ensemble focused entirely on its core repertoire: the brilliant, colourful world of Baroque trio sonatas for scordatura (intentionally mistuned) violins.
By adopting this approach, which is generally avoided for purely practical reasons, the ensemble had already caused a sensation in 2013, winning five international awards in the space of just a few months. They won first prize in the International H.I.F. Biber Competition in St. Florian, Austria, first prize in the 1st International Berlin Bach Competition, the Gebrüder-Graun-Preis in the 6th International Graun Brothers Competition in Bad Liebenwerda, Germany, and the Alte Musik 2013 bursary from Saarland Radio. Furthermore, Der Musikalische Garten was awarded the First EUBO Development Trust Prize in the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, an accolade bestowed on the most promising ensemble.
All four musicians of the ensemble studied historical perfomance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and they keep looking for new musical paths and unknown musical gems, for the hidden trails and extraordinary flowers of the musical garden. Thus their next CD offered a glimpse into the music collection of the merchant Lucas Sarasin from Basel and presents rarely heard chamber music of the beginning of the classical period. The third recording of the group features six Concerti à 3 composed by the violin virtuoso Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello - another previously neglected musical treasure. The ensemble was invited to give concerts at prestigious festivals throughout Germany, such as the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and at the Händel-Haus Halle.