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The string quartet “Vox terrae” by Enrico Palascino takes its title literally. The diverse voices of the earth and its inhabitants have their say. The composer describes his approach: “Our earth is first and foremost home to an incredible number of creatures. Together they form a complex system where life has become possible in the most diverse places on earth. The frozen landscapes at the South and North Poles, the force of the oceans, the huge human metropolises are all beauties of the earth in their own right. They are described in the first movement of the quartet. However, nature has different ‘rules of beauty’ than mankind: a leitmotif wanders through the various places and becomes a warning call from nature… The second movement is an attempt to establish a spiritual balance between the wishes of mankind and the needs of nature. The result is a prayer where different textures alternate or search together for an answer.” (Enrico Palascino)


2 p. m. and 3 p. m., room 220 Buildings from Oceania

Enrico Palascino (geb. 1982)
„Vox terrae“ – String quartet

> first movement: La Terra (Earth)

2.30 p. m. and 3.30 p. m., room 317 Art from the Northern Silk Road

second movement La Preghiera (Prayer)


Enrico Palascino, 1st violin

Rodrigo Bauzá, 2nd violin

Gernot Adrion, viola

Peter Albrecht, violoncello




Enrico Palascino, born in Turin in 1982, has been a member of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since 2011. He performs regularly as a chamber musician and soloist and plays as a guest with Hessischer Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. He received his first violin lessons at the age of eight, later studied with Giacomo Agazzini at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Torino and then, thanks to the Claudio Abbado DESONO Music Foundation, continued his studies with Valeri Gradow in Mannheim and Stephan Picard in Berlin. He completed additional studies in chamber music with Susanne Rabenschlag in Mannheim. With the Yuval Quartet, he won the national prize at “Jugend musiziert”. This was followed by performances at the Schwetzingen Festival, live recordings with Deutschlandradio and tours in Spain and Italy.

In 2016, he followed his family to Namibia. There, he founded a music school for disadvantaged children in Windhoek (YONA) with singer Gretel Coetzee. He helped to re-establish the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra (NNSO), organised concerts, composed and arranged Namibian folk songs and campaigned in public for a better understanding of classical music in Namibia.

Back in Berlin since August 2018, he has since continued his commitment to YONA and the NNSO, which resulted in Namibia’s first opera “Chief Hijangua”, which was performed at the Humboldt Forum Berlin in 2023. In his free time, Enrico is passionate about triathlon.

Enrico Palascino
© Robert Niemeyer

Gernot Adrion has been deputy principal violist in the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since 1996. He studied with Hans Kohlhase at the Meistersinger Conservatory in Nuremberg until 1995 and has won prizes at various competitions, including the national “Jugend musiziert” competition, the IHK competition, the Dr Drexel competition in Nuremberg and the German Conservatory competition in Darmstadt.

In addition to his pedagogical work as a mentor at the RSB Orchestra Academy, he is particularly fond of chamber music. He has worked regularly with Susanne Herzog and Hans-Jakob Eschenburg in the Gideon Klein Trio since 2006 and in a duo with pianist Yuki Inagawa since 2012.

Gernot Adrion plays a viola by Petrus Gaggini.

Gernot Adrion
© Bettina Stöß

Peter Albrecht began playing the cello at the age of nine. After studying with Walther Nothas (Munich), Alexander Baillie (Bremen) and Michael Sanderling (Frankfurt/Berlin), he joined the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra as a cellist in 2002. At the same time, he completed his concert exam, which he passed in summer 2005. He has also taken part in numerous masterclasses and chamber music courses, including with the Artemis Quartet, Henry W. Meyer, Frans Helmerson, Anner Bylsma, Ralph Kirshbaum and Johannes Goritzki. He performs together with Nadine Contini, Martin Eßmann and Christiane Silber in the Contini Quartet and in the cello quartet “Just four Cellos” with Volkmar Weiche, Jörg Breuninger and Christian Raudszus.

Rodrigo Bauzá, born in Formosa (Argentina) in 1983, studied violin in Uruguay and Argentina with Jorge Risi and Ljerko Spiller, as well as with Alberto Lysy at the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland. He then continued his studies at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, where he graduated with a diploma and concert exam under Professor Mariana Sirbu.

Rodrigo Bauzá was a member of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for several years, where he worked with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Daniel Harding and Gustavo Dudamel. He has been a member of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since 2014.

His chamber music partners include Christian Zacharias, Caroline Widmann, Jean-Francois Heisser and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker. From 2008 to 2013 he was a member of the Cuarteto Arriaga, with whom he performed in Asia, Europe and South America. He has performed with the Cuarteto Arriaga in London’s Wigmore Hall, at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, at the Dolles Journées in Nantes and Tokyo and at the Quincena Musical de San Sebastián. They were invited by Gidon Kremer to the “Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival” and played several times at the Palacio Real in Madrid on the famous Stradivari instruments belonging to the Spanish family.

Rodrigo Bauzá is a very versatile musician and is also passionate about jazz, Argentinian folk music and tango. He came to music as a child through the popular songs of his homeland and through improvisation and continued to work on this when he came to Europe. He studied jazz at Leipzig University and had lessons with the pianist Richie Beirach. As a jazz violinist, he plays in various ensembles, including with Diego Piñera, Peter Ehwald and Christian Ugurel. In Argentina, he has played with outstanding musicians from the pop music scene, such as the singers Juan Quintero and Liliano Herrero and the clarinettist Marcelo Moguikevsky.

In 2013, he founded the Cuareim Quartet, a string quartet dedicated to jazz, mainly with his own compositions and arrangements. The Cuareim Quartet recorded its first CD together with Marcelo Moguilevsky in 2015.

Micro Concert #4 is part of a series of concerts in which RSB musicians engage into a dialogue with the exhibitions. The Humboldt Forum and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin are jointly organising the Micro Concerts on Museum Sundays until June 2024 – as part of the RSB’s 100th anniversary.

Further dates:

Sun, June 2, 2.00 and 3.00 p.m.


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