In 1915, Paul Hindemith became concertmaster of the Frankfurt Opera and his compositions stirred strong reactions ranging from vehement rejection to enthusiastic wonder at the time. Otto Klemperer, for example, thought he was amazing and other famous conductors like Sergej Kussewitzky and Clemens Krauss orchestrated his pieces. Without question, Hindemith is one of the great musical creators of the 20th century and it comes to no surprise that four excellent instrumentalists from his Frankfurt Opera House and Museum’s Orchestra joined to form a quartet that is titled in his name. The Hindemith Quartet was founded by Ingo de Haas, Joachim Ulbrich, Thomas Rössel and Daniel Robert Graf in 2008. The late composer Hindemith, born in 1895 in Hanau and died in 1964 in Frankfurt, plays a pivotal role in this renowned ensemble. They have dedicated themselves to his work and create and perform classical repertoires and contemporary pieces. To this day, Hindemith’s work sometimes still carries a blemish of the untimely: in his early years he was a dreaded avant-gardist and, after the war, he was considered out-dated and received a devastating verdict from Adornos. However, this has changed and he receives much acknowledgement. The Hindemith Quartet contributes towards this by re-creating and re-interpreting his work and making it accessible. Hindemith will therefore also be on the programme (with his 4th string quartet) when the four string players are guests at Enjoy Jazz. You can also look forward to String Quartet No 2 "Company" by Philip Glass, to the premiere "Jazz like Beethoven für Streichquartett” by Frankfurt composer Mathias Bild and to Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s String Quartet Nr. 2.