The Salut Salon quartet, Angelika Bachmann (violin), Iris Siegfried (violin and vocals), Anne-Monika von Twardowski (piano) and Sonja Lena Schmid (cello), know better than any other chamber music ensemble how to seduce their audience with passionate virtuosity, instrumental acrobatics, charm and a great sense of fun. They combine whatever can possibly be combined with their beloved classical music: tango, chansons, folk and film soundtrack – with virtuosic solos, cabaret-style show with artistic sketches, all with effortless flair and disarming self-irony. Salut Salon perform far beyond what concert-goer would expect of a conventional chamber music concert, take aficionados of this genre by surprise and those who would otherwise never go to a classical concert, too.
It was the early 80s and the two founders of Salut Salon, then eleven years-old, shared the baton in a local Hamburg schools orchestra. From the very first time that the two girls burst into fits of laughter, they knew: Aristotle was right when he said that there is such a thing as ‟one soul in two bodies” – more than sharing the same sense of humour – a deep friendship which never dies. In the case of Angelika Bachmann and Iris Siegfried, their friendship is still going strong after 30 years. Out of this friendship Salut Salon was born.
It was at a regular meeting of musicians, actors and artists who performed on the last Friday of every month in a kind of salon held in an apartment in the Hamburg neighbourhood of Eppendorf that Angelika Bachmann and Iris Siegfried played regularly in a piano quartet. At some point a gallery owner asked the four musicians whether they would like to perform in the gallery – a public performance. So the quartet needed a name. The four quickly came up with “Salut Salon”, which, roughly translated, means something like “Hi, Living Room”; “Salut”, because one item of the quartet’s very first repertoire was Edward Elgar’s “Salut d‘amour” and “Salon” because it was there that it all began. Salut Salon had their break-though in 2002 with sell-out concerts in their home city of Hamburg, Germany.
The headline in the German national newspaper Welt am Sonntag ran: “A Quartet is born.” Now with their quartet Angelika Bachmann and Iris Siegfried give more than 120 concerts a year. Salut Salon also appear in guest performances in cities all over Europe, in the USA, in China and South America. Salut Salon are at home all over the world. The quartet know more than practically any other chamber musical ensemble how to win their audiences the world over, not just with virtuosic mastery of their instrument, but also with their sense of fun, instrumental acrobatics, charm and humour.