XelmYa ( Alexa Renger - violin, Sylvia Hinz - recorder, Ehrengard von Gemmingen - violoncello ) was founded in 2008.
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 trio. They also perform rarely known pieces.
The promotion and fostering of contemporary music is one of the main topics of XelmYa. Sylvia holds contact with numerous international composers and develops concepts and programmes for concerts, realised at e.g. the festival “Klangwerkstatt Berlin“ or the concert series „unerhoerte Musik“. Exceptional: the project “CONTEMPORARY BACH!” Excerpts of „The art of Fugue“ by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed contrastive with contemporary pieces. The plans for the near future include premieres by Petra Vermote, Maxim Kolomiiets, Louis Aguirre, Gunnar Karel Másson, Massimiliano Viel, John Strieder and others ... and the MEDEA GENDER PROJECT in 2015!
Alexa Renger, Violin, began studying violin in 1988 with Kolja Blacher at the University of the Arts in Berlin and later pursued further studies in orchestral and chamber music with Emil Maas, Uwe- Martin Heilberg and Axel Gerhardt. Her main interest lies in chamber music in various formations. She has played, for example, many concerts with the ensemble Klar I Vier Tetes with Martin Seemann (cello), Stefan Schultz (clarinet) and Ernst Surberg (piano) as well as with the ensemble Trio FYN with Thomas Strauch (double bass and percussion) and Cordula Schönherr (violin).
Ehrengard von Gemmingen, Violoncello, received her B.A. at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany (UdK) and her Master at the Royal Academy of Music London (with the Amadeus Quartet) and at Yale University USA (with the Tokyo Stringquartet). She appeared in concert with John Adams and played under Sir Colin Davis in London. Ehrengard has played frequently with the European Community Chamber Orchestra and is a Member of the Ensemble Incendo Berlin.
Sylvia Hinz, Recorder studied recorder at the University of Arts Berlin with Gerd Luenenbuerger, experimental music with Dieter Schnebel, chamber music with Nigel North and conducting / ensemble leading at the BAK Trossingen with René Schuh and Wolfgang Ruediger. artistic director of projects like „membrana“ with artist Carola Czempik.
She is founding member of: XelmYa ( recorder, violin, cello ), Syl’Cor ( recorder, piano ), the bewitched project ( recorder, percussion /
drums ), UMBRATONO ( recorder, bass clarinet and others ). Plays solo recitals and concerts with ensembles and orchestras, holds special interest in contemporary music and improvisation, also in unusual instrumental combinations and cooperations with other arts. Concert trips to e.g. Argentina, U.K., Austria, Netherlands, Mexico, France, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, ... Was invited to Buenos Aires to Festival SONORIDADES ALTERNATIVAS in 2012 and 2013, gave concerts in La Plata und Chascomús, gave master classes at the Conservatorio de Música Gilardo Gilardi and the Instituto de la Música de la Municipalidad de Avenalleda grand opening in 2013 of the Festival de Música Antigua y Barroca in San Luis Potosi, Mexico with her Ensemble UMBRATONO.