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Since 2006 violinist Ursula Schoch and pianist Marcel Worms form a duo.
We can offer you three different programs:

For this program Ursula Schoch and Marcel Worms made a selection from the modern-classical repertoire fro violin and piano which has been influenced to a certain degree by jazzmusic.
The evolution of jazz in the United States at the end of the 19th and in the first decades of the 20th century also had a great influence on many classical composers in Europe and the United States. For the first time American composers had an authentic, national music at their disposal and they used it in their own idiom in a very personal way.
Many of them like George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Louis Gruenberg integrated the new style in their music.
When jazz appeared in Europe in the Twenties, many composers took notice. The spontaneity of the new music, its new possibilities of sound, its vital rhythm, its refined, swinging rubato and the improvisation which is an integral part of it, were elements that appealed greatly to their imagination. Each composer who used jazz elements in his work did it in his own way. One would stick closer to the model, another would only take superficial aspects of it. The Polish composer Alexander Tansman came to Paris at a young age and integrated the jazzmusic he heard there in his Sonatine transatlantique . His colleague Maurice Ravel had allready given his personal interpretation of the blues in his Sonata for violin and piano. In Central Europe jazzmusic found receptive ground as well. Erwin Schulhoff had been working in Prague as a jazzpianist and used especially the different dances that were en vogue by that time. His colleague Wilhelm Grosz - well-known by his jazzy musical theatre work Baby in der Bar (1927) and , like Schulhoff, persecuted by the nazi’s as well -  could escape in time to the United States, whereas Schulhoff died in a concentration camp.
This program gives a colourful picture of the turbulent time of the interbellum, where the arts were developping in a stormy way.

A selection from our repertoire (other repertory can be discussed)

W.A. Mozart - Sonata for violin and piano in e minor K.V. 304

Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata for piano and violin in F major op.12 nr.1
Francis Poulenc - Sonata for violin and piano  (1949)  

Paul Hindemith - Sonata for violin and piano in E flat major op.11 nr.1 (1918)  
Maurice Ravel - ‘Blues’ from the Sonata for violin and piano


Marcel and Ursula in front of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Ursula Schoch - violin

Ursula Schoch was born in 1971 in Ludwigsburg (Germany). At the age of 4 she had her first violin lessons. In Trossingen her teacher was professor G. Baynov and after graduating from high school she studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne with professor Saschko Gawriloff. During her studies she also took lessons in chamber music with the Alban  Berg string quartet.
In 1987 won the first prize with her Trio for ‘Jugend Musiziert’, the national musical competition for the youth in Germany. In 1990 she won the prize for the second time, this time as a solo violinist.
In 1992 she won the first prize in the ‘Deutsche Musikwettbewerb’. Consequently she was invited to play solo- and chamber music concerts , a.o. with soloworks by J.S. Bach at the ‘Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele’ and as a solist during various concert tours in Europa, Japan, Central-Asia, the United States and Africa.