The Karlsruhe Concert-Duo with cellist Reinhard Armleder and pianist Dagmar Hartmann has been in existence since 1998 and has established itself as a successful and sought-after duo in Germany and abroad, not least through winning several international competitions. The duo regularly earns high praise and fascinates its audiences with profound and captivating interpretations, brilliant technique, and imaginative programming.
In their repertoire, the two musicians concentrate on classical-romantic literature and 20th century music. For their ensemble they are particularly interested in the rediscovery of lesser known composers and works, but they also dedicate themselves time and again to the music of the modern age and bring works dedicated to the present to their world premieres.
The two artists studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Trossingen and Berlin. As a duo, they have won first prize at various international competitions such as the Lorenzo Perosi Competition in Biella (1999), in Moncalieri (1999), and at the Racconigi Competition (2001). In France, the Karlsruher Konzert-Duo won the Concours Pierre Lantier in Paris (2000) and the U.A.F.M. competition in Chaville (2003). Their success in these competitions brought the two musicians a great deal of attention and opened up engagements on national and international podiums, setting the stage for concerts worldwide.
Today their concert calendar includes regular tours throughout Europe, as well as to North, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, and countries of southern Africa. To date the duo has traveled to over 60 countries and has been celebrated at renowned national and international festivals such as the Beethoven Music Society Washington, the Schubert Society London, the Festival de Musique au Château de Bourglinster-Luxembourg, the Art-November Festival in Moscow, the Haifa Music Festival, the Rovinj International Music Festival and the Concert Series Museu de Arte de São Paul.
The concert duo’s creative works have been documented in numerous radio and television productions as well as on CDs recorded under the Fiori Classics label. Reinhard Armleder and Dagmar Hartmann are committed to the training and promotion of young musicians. In addition to their work as lecturers at the Badisches Konservatorium Karlsruhe, they regularly give master classes at home and abroad.