09/02/2021 | Le Bureau Export Paris

World | The seventh episode of « Backstage, a Conversation with… Sonia Simmenauer » is out now

The seventh of « Backstage, a Conversation with… » introduces you to Sonia Simmenauer, founder of Impresariat Simmenauer. This episode has been recorded in French. 

“Backstage, a Conversation with…” is a bi-monthly podcast produced by Le Bureau Export | Centre national de la musique (CNM). It presents the world of classical music from a new perspective through interviews with personalities of this field. More details can be found in our article on this subject.

For this seventh episode, Françoise Clerc, Classical and Jazz Manager, interviewed Sonia Simmenauer, founder of Impresariat Simmenauer.

Listen to the full episode with Sonia Simmenauer – in French: 

Sonia Simmenauer

Sonia Simmenauer was born in the USA and grew up in Paris. From 1982 to 2009 she lived in Hamburg, where she founded Impresariat Simmenauer in 1989 with the goal of creating an agency exclusively for string quartets. The Alban Berg Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet and the Tokyo String Quartet are among the artists Simmenauer represented through their final days on stage.
In 2009, Impresariat Simmenauer moved its offices to Berlin, and today represents a dozen internationally respected string quartets, among them the Arditti Quartet, the Artemis Quartet, the Hagen Quartet, the Belcea Quartet, the Quatuor Ebene, the Cuarteto Casals, the Jerusalem Quartet.
While the string quartet remains a large part of her work, Simmenauer signs also responsible for some very fine soloists such as violinists Isabelle Faust and Vadim Gluzman, violist Kim Kashkashian, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, pianist Piotr Anderszewski, Louis Lortie, Alexander Melnikov and more.
Sonia Simmenauer wrote a widely received book about the life within a string quartet (Muss es Sein/ 2008) and has been named Professor at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg (2009) for a new field called: “Music Transmission”.

Episodes of the podcast can be found twice a month in our News Feed and on our Soundcloud account