Maren Ries

Baroque Violins

  • Leopold Widhalm, Nuremberg 1769
  • Copy of Gioffredo Cappa by Roger G. Hargrave 1998
  • Copy of Andrea Amati by Roger G. Hargrave 2016

Baroque Viola

  • Copy of the brothers Amati by Roger G. Hargrave  1998

“Maren Ries, the moving spirit of NeoBarock”

Early Music Review, UK, 2020

Thanks to her first violin teacher, Maren Ries realized quickly that there is more than on single violin prototype. Instead, every musical era requires an adequate instrument. During her modern violin studies in Leipzig and Stuttgart, she engaged with the classic-romantic mainstream-repertoire only as much as necessary. Inspired by her professor Kolja Lessing, she was passionate about the works of Isang Yun, Philipp Jarnach and other composers of the 20th century. By visiting master classes and finishing her baroque violin postgraduate studies as a member of the soloist class at the conservatory in Würzburg, she specialized in the music of the 17th and 18th century.

She plays regularly with well-known ensembles in the most important halls and festivals worldwide. Already during her studies, Reinhard Goebel engaged her for his legendary ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln. As a member of the ensemble, she spent the following seven years giving concerts all over the world as a violinist and viola player in the orchestra, the chamber music formation, and as a soloist.

Equipped with such international concert experience, inspiring advice, as well as the strive to realize her own ideas, she founded NeoBarock. As the artistic director, she developed concert formats and CD productions, which have been welcomed by the international critic as new highlights and honoured, amongst others, with the ECHO Klassik prize. With the latest CD Metamorphose, Maren Ries presents her reconstructions of the presumed versions of Bach’s lost trio sonatas.

Unfortunately, she rarely has the time to pursue her other passions, such as reading a good book or sitting at her sewing machine, designing the newest outfits for NeoBarock.