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Chamber music

L.S. at chamber music, 2019.







Playing the violin and especially the string quartet are a hobby that Lambert Schneider has been with throughout his life.

Both parents were enthusiastic about music, they listened to a lot of music. But music was not played in the Schneider house. the child Lambert, the first intensive contact with active music-making is singing, thanks to his voice and his musical understanding, not only in the choir, but also as a soloist: Gregorian chorale in solo and soprano arias in Mozart masses and other pieces, among others, in the Jesuit Church in Heidelberg. This musical activity comes to an end after he brakes his voice and will never be resumed afterwards, because it was taken to extremes beforehand.

Lambert as an 8-year-old.

Lambert is given a violin for Christmas at the age of eight, and soon afterwards has his first lesson. But only for two years, because the teacher is too strict with the boy. Only two years later, L.S., now 9, receives violin lessons again, now for three years. As was common in music education back then, the required technique is more something for virtuosos than for later hobby musicians; you study as if you were later to perform Beethoven’s or Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in a concert hall. Making music together with others, on the other hand, was neither taught nor practiced. With all the love for music, so much annoyance …

Participation in the school orchestra at the Kurfürst-Friedrich-Gymnasium in Heidelberg. Otherwise solitary violin practice.

It is only during his studies in New York in 1963/64 and then in Freiburg that he begins to become familiar with chamber music and generally with making music with others: violin sonatas with piano, string and piano trios and finally the string quartet, for which the richest and most demanding classical music literature exists.

1966-1968 String quartet evenings with fellow students in Freiburg, including small concerts in semi-public spaces.
1972-1975 Second violin in the string quartet of Christian Weymann (pediatrician and excellent violinist) in Hamburg. Concert with the oboist Albrecht Gürsching in the Kunsthalle Hamburg.
1978 performing a Beethoven string quartet. From left to right: Bernt Hoffmann (1st Violin); Lambert Schneider (2nd violin); Robert Jaques (cello); Roland Müller-Goldenstedt (Viola).

Second violin in the string quartet by Bernt Hoffmann (psychiatrist and university professor for psychiatry. * 1911; † 1994); the other players: Roland Müller-Goldenstedt (viola) and Robert Jaques (cello). Sometimes in a larger cast with the pianist Eberhard (Ebbi) Loos.

Since 1981  till today First violinist in a quartet with Jörgen Bochow, 2nd violin (mathematics
teacher); Kathrin Bochow, viola (teacher); Robert Jaques, cello (businessman); since the beginning of the 90s with Jochen Steinhart, cello (biology teacher).

Greeting card by Roland Roland Müller-Goldenstedt from Greece, dated December 1981, with the wish that the chamber music connection he had “threaded” between Lambert Schneider and Robert Jaques with Katrin and Jörgen Bochow should become a “good rope”. This wish has come true. The string quartet has been in existence meanwhile for over 40 years.

With the ‘Bochow-Quartet’ in the Alster-Arcades, Hamburg. June 22, 1985 “European Day of Music”. Collection for Terre des Hommes. Left to right: Robert Jaques (cello); Kathrin Bochow (viola); Jörgen Bochow (2nd violin); Lambert Schneider (1st violin).
1990-1995 Sporadic performing together with the violinist Irma Lübcke.

1990, giving a concert in the village church of Perledo (Lake Como): Irma Lübcke and Lambert Schneider.