THE Philharmonix – an all-star group of musicians from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras – are heading to Sage Gateshead for a classical cabaret concert with a difference.

This unique ensemble brings together three members of the Vienna Philharmonic, two Berlin Philharmonic soloists, one of the most versatile Austrian pianists and an improvising and singing violinist. The group, not bound by routine or regime, only come together when they are inspired by a new musical idea.

In this cabaret-style programme, the musicians kick back and play what they have always secretly wanted to play: a musical cocktail of jazz, classical, Latin, improv and pop – all with a dash of pure musical passion.

From Brahms’ Hungarian Dances to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Johann Strauss to Sting, and everything in between, Philharmonix will move seamlessly from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again.

Winners of the Opus Klassik Classical without Borders prize, Philharmonix is made up of Noah Bendix-Balgley (violin, concertmaster, Berlin Philharmonic), Sebastian Gürtler (violin), Thilo Fechner (viola, Vienna Philharmonic), Stephan Koncz (cello, Berlin Philharmonic), Christoph Traxler (piano), Ödön Rácz (principal double bass, Vienna Philharmonic), and Daniel Ottensamer, Principal Clarinet of the Vienna Philharmonic.

The concert begins at 8pm on Tuesday December 17. Tickets are £20.50 and available from Sage Gateshead’s Box Office in person, on 0191-443 4661 or at

This concert forms part of Sage Gateshead’s Small is Beautiful series, in which smaller groups of classical musicians perform up-close in Sage Two.