In addition to the Gewandhaus Choirs, four ensembles currently hold the title "Gewandhaus", awarded by the Gewandhauskapellmeister: the Gewandhaus-Quartett, the Gewandhaus-Oktett, the Gewandhaus-Bläserquintett and the Gewandhaus-Brass-Quintett.


The Gewandhaus-Quartet  is the oldest continuously active string quartet in the world. It was founded in 1808 by four members of the Gewandhausorchester, under the leadership of the Orchestra's concertmaster, August Matthäi. The Quartet can look back with pride on an uninterrupted history spanning a period of more than two centuries, since retiring members have continually been succeeded by younger principal musicians drawn from the ranks of the Gewandhausorchester, generation for generation. The current membership of the Quartet comprises Frank-Michael Erben, Conrad Suske, Anton Jivaev (guest) and Léonard Frey-Maibach (guest).

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Gewandhaus Wind Quintet

The Gewandhaus-Bläserquintett was founded in 1896 and is, as such, the oldest existing chamber ensemble of its kind in the world. Under the patronage of the Gewandhauskapellmeister of the day, Arthur Nikisch, the oboist Alfred Gleißberg led his four colleagues from the Gewandhausorchester in this new musical venture. The soloists of the Orchestra who comprise the ensemble today are justly proud of this 120-year heritage.

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Gewandhaus Brass Quintett

If you have ever experienced the broad stylistic range of the Gewandhaus Brass Quintet combined with their infectious verve, you only want to hear more and more of the imaginative music as interpreted by these five solo brass players from the Gewandhaus Orchestra. They bring the rich musical diversity of their instruments to bear in unusual and off-beat programmes: ranging from the brilliant sound of the baroque, through the breath-taking rhythms of modern compositions, right down to their jazzy groove. Wherever they make an appearance, listeners are dazzled with their charm, impressed with their musical drive and mesmerised with their unbounded virtuoso playfulness. 

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Back together in 2011 after a longer break. 
This ensemble was founded for the first time in 1993 and they dedicate themselves to mixed-arrangement chamber music for strings and wind instruments. The core of their repertoire is the great octet of Franz Schubert. The Gewandhaus Octet showed how versatile the literature is in this combination in their earlier work that was regularly revealed by the ensemble in its numerous appearances in Germany, Austria, Spain and Japan. The ensemble is back together again with some of the members of the original group. It is this tradition they want to link up to by reviving the Gewandhaus Octet.

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