XelmYa (Alexa Renger – violin, Sylvia Hinz – recorder, Guests – violoncello) was founded in 2008 in Berlin, Germany. One of their goals: to push, foster and develop the instrumentation of the baroque trio sonata into contemporary music and modern times. Since their formation, they performed numerous premieres composed especially for this instrumentation by e.g. Matthias Spahlinger (DE), Makiko Nishikaze (JP), Gunnar Karel Másson (IS), Luis Hilario Arévalo (MX), Arturo Corrales (SV), Tania Sikelianou (GR), Damian Barbeler (AU), and John Strieder (DE). The promotion of contemporary music and music by female composers are two of the main topics of XelmYa.
Sylvia holds contact with many international composers and develops concepts and programmes for concerts, realised at e.g. the festival “Klangwerkstatt Berlin“ or the concert series „unerhoerte Musik“ and FAT CAT CONCERTS. Exceptional: the project “CONTEMPORARY BACH!” Excerpts of „The art of Fugue“ by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed contrastive with contemporary pieces. They were invited to perform two concerts at the festival “Sonic 3.0” in Copenhagen. The plans for the near future include premieres by Petra Vermote (BE), Maxim Kolomiiets (RU), Roodabe Shamloo (IR), Louis Aguirre (CU), Massimiliano Viel (IT), Martin Gaughan (UK), Zeynep Gedizlioglu (TR), and others, especially the programme “au coeur du silence” featuring works by female composers.
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