ZRI stands for Zum Roten Igel, or ‘To the Red Hedgehog’, the tavern in 19th century Vienna where Schubert and Brahms both went to hear gypsy and folk music. Beginning with their radical re-scoring of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet to include accordion and santouri (dulcimer), ZRI has developed equally captivating programs which re-imagine Schubert’s great C major quintet, adventure with Charlie Chaplin, and waltz with Schoenberg. The group has performed at major festivals across the UK and abroad and has made critically-acclaimed discs of both the Schubert and Brahms Quintets.
ZRI has a growing repertoire which includes works by Brahms, Schubert, Janacek, and music as you might hear in the Red Hedgehog Tavern. Please visit the below links to find out more.
With musical bonds and friendships stretching back into early childhood, ZRI formed under the direction of clarinettist Ben Harlan. The quintet takes its name from the Red Hedgehog Tavern in Vienna, Zum Roten Igel, where folk would go and hear the gypsies play. Following launch concerts in 2011 ZRI has toured the UK extensively with its unique versions of both the Brahms and Schubert quintets, releasing its debut disc in 2014. Amongst other major festivals, ZRI have performed at Henley, York, Guildford International, Swaledale and Kings Place. In addition to their Brahms and Schubert programmes, ZRI has its Cellar Sessions, a fiery selection of classical and gypsy favourites as might have been heard at the eponymous Red Hedgehog Tavern.