Sound Collaboration represents musicians from four different nations who, together with their facilitator Kathy Hartmann-Campbell, represent a metaphor whereby a string quartet represents a working team.
The musical component of Sound Collaboration consists out of the Gémeaux Quartett, considered one of the world’s leading ensembles of their generation. The 2010/2011 season saw the Quartet make its highly acclaimed debut at the Philharmonic in Berlin. More recent highlights include concerts with clarinetist Paul Meyer in Hong Kong, a performance of Schubert’s Octet with Jörg Widmann and Bruno Schneider, appearing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and a collaboration with the Nundesjugenballet at the Konzerthaus in Berlin.
The group has, over the years, been awarded a number of accolades. These include a 2nd prize at the International “Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition” as well as at the International “Joseph Haydn Chamber Music” Competition. The also garnered a third prize at the ARD Music Competition in 2008 as well as the audience award. They came first at the Chamber Music Competition of the “Migros-Kulturprozent in 2007 as well as at the Basel Orchestra Society Competition, amongst many others. Their more recent Swiss Ambassador’s Award, received in London, resulted in the Quartet touring England, Scotland, and Wales.
Despite juggling a full schedule, they have collaborated with various artists and appeared on various radio and television shows.
The four musicians initially came together due to their passion for the string quartet repertoire, and more recently, have teamed up with Kathy Hartmann-Campbell to form Sound Collaboration.
Kathy, an American living in Switzerland for over 35 years, graduated from Yale University with honours in philosophy. After graduation, she pursued a career in sales management and marketing. Her move to Switzerland saw her further her studies, focusing on linguistics and psychology. She also founded a company offering all aspects of communication training and coaching in all areas of international communication, leadership, and collaboration.
Kathy has worked with numerous corporate clients, including AGM, the Bank for International Settlements, Syngenta, Roche, Actelion, and Novartis.
Sound Collaboration does not offer the ‘normal’ speaking engagement. Instead, music is used in order to illustrate effective collaboration and team building. This is done by means of Kathy Harmann-Campbell’s skillful facilitation, illustrating the different levels of nonverbal communication we sometimes fail to see.
“Kathy Hartmann-Campbell brought the Gémeaux Quartett to our attention when we were looking at effective team building workshops, and her facilitation of the session linked the learning to our educational environment – thanks Kathy! Our teaching staff were delighted with this exceptional workshop, and the conversations that it sparked about teamwork followed for weeks after. The Gémeaux Quartett provide a unique look at the power of working together that cannot be duplicated by simply presenting with words – Bravo!”
“The Gémeaux Quartett made a guest appearance at the Roche Group Communications Leadership Team-building meeting in the summer of 2014. If we had put them on the agenda in advance, our CLT members might have been skeptical and wondered what a string quartet had to do with business communications. But once they began to perform, after Kathy HartmannCampbell’s skillful introduction to the theme of collaboration, what we might learn from them was clear. Multiple levels of nonverbal communication were apparent instantly. Guided by Kathy and through musical examples provided by the quartet, we learned about mutual respect, shared commitment to excellence and the joy of great performance. On top of that, the music was delightful and would have been a great addition to the meeting even without the lesson in communication. The combination of the two was outstanding and resulted in each team member committing to specific actions to improve our teamwork . I warmly recommend SoundCollaboration for anyone who wants to inspire stronger team collaboration.”