Kraus, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Saint
Petersburg, keeps an active concert schedule in many countries as
a soloist and ensemble member in addition to his diplomatic responsibilities.
Reinhart Kraus’ first Saint Petersburg concert appearance took
place in the Conservatoire’s Glazunov Hall on 17 October 2003. That
night’s program “To Russia with Love” featured R. Kraus with Saint
Petersburg’s leading chamber musicians — V. Ovcharek, A. Stang,
and S. Roldugin — in a performance of J. Haydn’s op. 33, “Russian
Quartets”. At the General Consul’s initiative, two Franz Krommer
quartets for bassoon, two violas and cello (op. 46) were performed
for the first time in Saint-Petersburg as part of the 2004 International
Conservatoire Week, and in April 2005 the works of Pergolesi, Scarlatti,
Shubert, and Mendelssohn were performed in the program “Salve Regina”.
Reinhart Kraus’ artistic credo is found in the words of Yehudi Menuhin
“Art is the hope of humanity”.