Michael Sanderling, born and educated in Berlin, turned to conducting after a successful career as a cellist. At the age of 20, he was appointed solo cellist at the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under Kurt Masur in 1987; later he held the same position at the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (until 2006). In 2000, the youngest son of the legendary conductor Kurt Sanderling made his conducting debut with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra. Since the 2011/12 season, the 48-year-old conductor has been chief conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic, an engagement recently prolonged until 2019. From 2006 to 2010 Michael Sanderling was music director of the German String Philharmonic. Furthermore, he has worked with the radio orchestras in Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, Leipzig and Hanover; other recent invitations include appearances in Zurich, London, Toronto and Tokyo. In 2010 the conductor founded the Skyline Symphony in Frankfurt, an orchestra which unites musicians from European orchestras to offer accessible music for a younger audience on the campus of the Goethe University.
Alexey Stadler is from St. Petersburg, where he received his first cello lessons at the age of four. Even during his student days, Alexey Stadler won various prizes and national awards, such as “Young Talent” (2008, 2009 and 2010) and “Russia’s Hope” (2008, 2009). He attended master classes with Natalia Gutman, David Geringas and Frans Helmerson. Today, the 24-year-old studies at the Music Academy Franz Liszt in Weimar with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. The cellist can already look back on a multitude of high-carat invitations: thus, he appeared as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Czech Radio Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. As a chamber musician, Stadler has been invited to the Verbier Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Kronberg Academy, where he performed with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Christian Tetzlaff. Stadler plays a 19th-century cello which formerly belonged to the Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
«Links. Metamorphosis» (2015)
Symphony No. 2 (1934)
Concerto for Cello No. 1 in E-flat-Major Op. 107 (1959)
Fantasy Overture to «Romeo and Juliet» (1880)
The US-American John Neumeier is among the most important choreographers of our times. As Ballet Director and Artistic Director of the Hamburg Ballet, he turned this company into one of Germany’s leading ones. John Neumeier won international acclaim for his combination of traditional ballet with new, contemporary forms. One of John Neumeier’s passions is the support and education of young talent. In 1978, he founded the Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet. In 2011, John Neumeier took on the position of Artistic Director of the newly-founded National Youth Ballet. John Neumeier has been awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit twice and was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 2003. He already choreographed a ballet for Young Euro Classic in 2012, and in 2013 and 2014 the National Youth Ballet appeared at the Konzerthaus in two of his choreographies as well.
Born in Miami, Kevin Haigen has worked as a dancer, choreographer, ballet teacher and ballet master. He trained at the School of American Ballet under George Balanchine, where he created his first choreographies. In 1976 Kevin Haigen joined the Hamburg Ballet, where he returned in 1991, after several international engagements, as company ballet master and ballet teacher. Ever since, he has assisted John Neumeier in the production of numerous ballets worldwide. Since the founding of the National Youth Ballet, Kevin Haigen has been its Artistic and Pedagogical Director.
The National Youth Ballet continues its success story at Young Euro Classic: the elite of the young dance scene returns to the festival for the fourth time, bringing a fascinating mixture of brand-new works and classics by doyen John Neumeier, the artistic director of the National Youth Ballet, and other choreographers.
The composers in his repertoire list alone demonstrate that violinist Hugo Ticciati’s heart beats mainly for contemporary music: in recent years, he has played violin concerti by Alfred Schnittke, Rodion Shchedrin, Lera Auerbach, Philip Glass and Toru Takemitsu, in addition to world premieres by Tobias Broström, Sergey N. Yevtushenko and Albert Schnelzer. Ticciati performs this repertoire at all the major concert halls in Europe and America as well as renowned festivals. His passion for chamber music has led him to collaborate with such musicians as pianist Angela Hewitt, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, cellist Steven Isserlis and trombonist Nils Landgren. He directs his own festival, O/MODƏRNT in Sweden, which also presents concert series at Wigmore Hall in London and at the Muziekgebouw aan’t Ij in Amsterdam. In addition, Hugo Ticciati gives master classes and seminars and has made an intensive study of the application of the physical and spiritual aspects of meditation on violin playing. Ticciati, who was born in London in 1980 and is the elder brother of conductor Robin Ticciati, is a Swedish citizen today.
At the age of only 22, bassoonist Bram van Sambeek was appointed principal bassoon of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, a position he held until 2011. Since 2009 he has taught at the Rotterdam Conservatory; in addition he is a member of the Orlando Quintet and appears as a soloist. Van Sambeek recorded the CD Bassoon-Kaleidoscope in 2012, featuring not only chamber music, but also a rock song. He gave the world premiere of a new Bassoon Concerto by the Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund in Lahti (Finland) at the end of 2014. In 2009, Van Sambeek became the first bassoonist to receive the Dutch Music Prize.
The Dutch double bass player Rick Stotijn received his education in classical double bass at the conservatories in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Freiburg. Apart from his solo work, he appears in various chamber music formations, performs in a trio with his sister, the soprano Christianne Stotijn, and pianist Joseph Breinl, and has presented a four-part concert series at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Stotijn is currently principal bass of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with which he has also recorded the Double Bass Concerto by Nino Rota.
The percussionist Marijn Korff de Gidts, a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, has gathered a multitude of experiences with non-European music on his study trips to West Africa, India and New York. He is equally curious about “classical” percussion and contemporary music, world music, improvisation and electronic music. He is a member of the percussion trio Twitching Eye and of the Soil Ensemble (percussion, piano and cello). At the same time he works regularly with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Dutch Wind Ensemble.
Sven Figee, Hammond organist and head of the band Sven Hammond Soul, is from Almelo in the Netherlands. He works as a composer, conductor, producer and co-presenter of the Dutch talent show The Voice of Holland. During the 1990s he toured Europe and the USA with the rock singer Anouk. He was also involved as a producer, composer, arranger and pianist in the debut album Trust by the soul singer Rose. Sven Figee runs his own recording studio in Delft; his band’s most recent CD mixes rock, pop and soul with rhythm ’n’ blues.
«VIVALDI ROCKS: GUT STRINGS AND METAL»
Works by Vivaldi, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Muse,
Dream Theater, Erkki-Sven Tüür and others
The conductor Patrick Lange is a familiar face not only at Young Euro Classic, but to Berlin audiences in general. In 2008 the native of Nuremberg became First Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper, and in 2010 he was appointed interim Chief Conductor there. During his tenure there, he conducted three major premieres: Wagner’s Meistersinger, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Mozart’s Idomeneo. At the same time, his international career took off, which has taken Lange to many great opera houses since. Apart from his regular appearances at the Vienna State Opera, the 34-year-old has conducted in Munich and Hamburg, at London’s Royal Covent Garden Opera House and at the Sydney Opera. Concert invitations have taken him to the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Lange began his musical education with the Regensburger Domspatzen boys’ choir. Later, he studied at the music academies in Würzburg and Zurich and was mentored especially by Claudio Abbado.
With his well-thought-out concert programmes and CD recordings, the 36-year-old pianist Herbert Schuch has made a name for himself as one of the most interesting musicians of his generation. Most recently, he won acclaim for his six-part Schubert-Janáček cycle; his latest CD combines works by Bach and Liszt with Ravel, Messiaen and Tristan Murail. In his concert repertoire, he focuses on Mozart, but also performs the piano concerti for left hand by Ravel and Korngold as well as Victor Ullmann’s piano concerto. Born in Temesvár in Romania in 1979, Schuch moved to Germany with his family in 1988. In 2005 he came to broad attention by winning three major competitions: the Beethoven Competition in Vienna, the Casagrande Competition in Italy and the London International Piano Competition. Ever since, he has appeared with many major orchestras and conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Lothar Zagrosek, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jonathan Nott and Michael Sanderling. Schuch is also an active proponent of the organisation “Rhapsody in School”, founded by his fellow pianist Lars Vogt, which promotes the teaching of classical music in schools.
Symphony No. 1 in D-Major Op. 25 «Symphony Classique» (1917)
«Mountain» (2015, German Premiere)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 (1803)
«Appalachian Spring» (Original Version, 1944)
Symphony No. 4 in A-Major Op. 90 «Italian» (1833)
The British conductor Sir Mark Elder, knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2008, has been among the outstanding conductors of the United Kingdom for many years. He made a name for himself as an opera conductor as early as the 1980s, when he was at the helm of the English National Opera together with Peter Jonas. Since 2000 Elder has been chief conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, with which he has realised numerous CD productions and appeared regularly at the BBC Proms in London. Invitations have taken him to all the important opera houses in Europe and the USA; in 1981 Elder became the first Englishman to conduct at the Bayreuth Festival (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). Together with Barrie Gavin, he produced a film about the life and work of Giuseppe Verdi for the BBC in 1994; this was followed by a film about Gaetano Donizetti for German TV in 1996. The 67-year-old has recorded even unknown Donizetti operas like Dom Sebastien and Linda di Chamounix. Elder is also a popular guest on TV: for example, he presented a multi-part series entitled Maestro at the Opera for the BBC in 2012.
«Re-greening» (2015, German Premiere)
Symphony No. 9 D-Major (1910)
The Chinese-American conductor Xian Zhang, born in Dandong in 1973, was educated at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, where she took her first conducting classes at the age of only 16. At 19, she conducted her first opera at the Beijing Opera House (Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro). When she was 25, Xian Zhang continued her studies in the USA, where she became Lorin Maazel’s assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic in 2004. Afterwards, her own career took off rapidly, leading her to conduct major orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. In 2009 Zhang became chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan; since 2011 the conductor has been artistic director of the Dutch NJO Music Academy. Apart from her numerous opera engagements (e.g. in Washington DC, Milan, Cardiff and Savonlinna), she has made a name for herself as a champion of Chinese composers such as Chen Yi, Huang Ruo, Qigang Chen and Tan Dun.
Fantasy Overture to «Hamlet» Op. 67 (1888)
«Rococo-Variations» Op. 33 (1877)
Symphony No. 5 in D-Minor Op. 47 (1937)
The Portuguese conductor Pedro Carneiro, born in Lisbon in 1975, has pursued a two-track musical career. On the one hand, he is an internationally acclaimed percussionist performing in all the major concert halls between the USA, Japan and Australia. More than 100 world premieres demonstrate his special status as an artist of the musical avant-garde, as do his regular collaborations with the Arditti Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet and the Chilingirian Quartet. The percussionist has a special flair for musical improvisation, often in combination with live electronics or other innovative technologies. On the other hand, Carneiro has been making a name for himself as a conductor during the past years. The Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa) was founded at his initiative in 2007 and has its own concert series at the Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon). Not least, the Portuguese musician composes orchestral and chamber music and directs the percussion festival “Bang Crash Splash!” in Lisbon.
The violinist Pedro Lopes, born in Braga in Northern Portugal in 1988, moved to Lisbon in 2006 at the age of 18 to study at the Music Academy, where he specialized both in modern and baroque violin. During the following years Lopes won numerous prizes for young musicians. Today he is a member of the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (OCP) and has been teaching at the National Conservatory since 2011. In addition, he participates in a master programme for chamber music at the Hanover Music Academy with his ensemble, Trio do Desassossego.
The violist Ricardo Gaspar began his musical training at the age of eight, completing his bachelor’s degree at the Music Academy in Lisbon in 2012 after studies with Pedro Muñoz. He subsequently continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Gaspar was not only a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, but also reinforced the string group of the London Symphony Orchestra, performing under conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pablo Heras-Casado, Bernard Haitink and Valery Gergiev. The violist has won several prizes for young musicians in Portugal. He currently studies at the International Menuhin Academy in Switzerland.
New Work (World Premiere)
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat-Major
K. 364 (1779)
Le Sacre du Printemps (1913)
Eivind Aadland is one of Norway’s most respected conductors. He was Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2011. His extensive work with Scandinavian orchestras includes regular guest engagements with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonics, the Stavanger Symphony, the Gothenburg Symphony and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In addition Aadland has conducted critically acclaimed productions at Den Norske Opera, Oslo. Aadland has also worked extensively in the Far East and Australia. In 2010 he led the Trondheim Symphony on tour in China and conducted the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. In 2011 he became Principal Guest Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane. His strong rapport with orchestral musicians flows from his experience as concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequent work with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Aadland studied violin with Yehudi Menuhin; he also received conducting lessons from Jorma Panula.
The 42-year-old Norwegian Henning Kraggerud is among his country’s artistic multi-talents. Not only does he perform as a violinist and violist, but he is also co-director of the Risør Chamber Music Festival and artistic director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Kraggerud is an active composer: his most recent work, Equinox. 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra of 2014 was inspired by the literary work of Jostein Gaarder. As a violin soloist, Henning Kraggerud has performed at Carnegie Hall in New and at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in Hong Kong and in Seoul; his repertoire includes the great violin concerti from Bach to Prokofiev. His comprehensive discography includes works by Edvard Grieg and Christian Sinding as well as the violin virtuosi Louis Spohr, Fritz Kreisler and Eugène Isaÿe. Kraggerud also forms a piano trio with pianist Imogen Cooper and cellist Adrian Brendel.
«Chatter» (2005, German Premiere)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D-Minor Op. 47 (1903)
Symphony No. 1 in D-Major «The Titan» (1888)
The Ukrainian conductor Igor Palkin was born into a family of musicians in Kharkiv in 1959. From 1978 to 1984 he studied choral conducting, piano and conducting at the State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev, where Roman Kofman was among his teachers. After this he began his career as a conductor, which also took him to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1989. Apart from the Ukraine’s leading orchestras, Palkin has been invited to guest-conduct orchestras in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain and other European countries. His opera includes even rarities such as Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Prokofiev’s Duenna, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan as well as Love Letters and Solitude by the Ukrainian composer Vitaly Gubarenko. Palkin is currently conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Ukrainian National Philharmonic and chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Kiev.
Even before his sixth birthday, Dima Tkachenko, a native of the Ukraine, began taking violin lessons. After graduating from the Lysenko Music School in Kiev and the National Music Academy of the Ukraine, he was invited to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 1998. Afterwards, he launched an international career which has taken him all over Europe, Asia and America. Among its highlights were performances at the Great Concert Hall in Moscow, at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona and Carnegie Hall in New York. Tkachenko’s repertoire includes all the great violin concerti, from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Mozart and Mendelssohn and all the way to Berg, Schoenberg, Shostakovich and Lutoslawski. Tkachenko teaches at the Ukraine’s National Music Academy, gives master classes and serves on the juries of various international competitions. He is also the co-founder and artistic director of the International Benjamin Britten Violin Competition in London.
Symphony No. 2 in C-Minor
Op. 17 «Ukrainian» (1872)
Symphony «Stagnation» (2012, German Premiere)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 (2006, German Premiere)
Since 2014, Huan Jing has served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Guangzhou Youth Orchestra. The Resident Conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, she made her debut there in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with soloist Maxim Vengerov. A graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, she furthered her studies in the USA at the University of Cincinnati, where she gathered her first professional experience as a conductor assistant with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Orchestra (2011–2013). In June 2012, Jing participated in the Campos do Jordão International Festival in São Paulo, Brazil, where her performance led to an invitation to serve as Assistant Conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony beginning in February 2013. In opera, she has led performances of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Puccini’s Turandot and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
Since winning the gold medal at the International Van Cliburn Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2009, Haochen Zhang has enjoyed a fast-moving international career. Among the highlights of recent years was a concert tour of China with the Munich Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel in 2013 and an engagement as Artist in Residence at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra for the 2013/14 season. In December 2014 Haochen Zhang performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Beijing under Valery Gergiev’s baton; in February 2015 he made his debut at the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Xian Zhang, performing Tan Dun’s piano concerto Triple Resurrection. At the age of eleven, in the pianist enrolled at the music school in Shenzhen in Southern China; later he studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and subsequently under Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
The Chinese-Australian cellist is no unknown entity in Berlin: Li-Wei Qin has performed here with the Konzerthaus Orchestra, with the Radio Symphony Orchestra and most recently also with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester. Winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Naumburg Competition in New York, the cellist has been invited to perform around the world: he has appeared in London and Prague as well as in Sydney and Auckland, Osaka and Hong Kong, at the Rheingau Music Festival and at Lincoln Center in New York. Born in Shanghai in 1976, Li-Wei Qin moved to Australia with his family at the age of 13; later he studied with Ralph Kirshbaum in Manchester and David Takeno in London. The cellist also had spectacular appearances at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012. His discography includes works by Beethoven and Rachmaninov in addition to the cello concerti by Dvořák, Elgar and Walton. Li-Wei Qin plays a Guadagnini cello built in 1780.
Jia Lei is among the most renowned sheng virtuosos in China. Educated at the conservatory in Xi’an and at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, he won the Excellence Award of the National Music Competition in 1995 and was then accepted into the National Chinese Youth Orchestra as a sheng player. After graduating with his performance degree, he worked at the National Opera and at the Theatre of Dance and Drama. Jia Lei has performed with the Chinese Radio Orchestra at the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein. Since 2001 the sheng player has been a member of the China National Orchestra and since 2004 also of the Macao Chinese Orchestra.
«Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks» Op. 28 (1894)
«Er Huang», Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2009)
«Duo» Concerto for Cello, Sheng and Orchestra (2013, German Premiere)
«The Firebird» Suite No. 2 (1919)
The personal and artistic biography of Cem Mansur could hardly be more cosmopolitan: the British and Turkish citizen was born in Istanbul in 1957 into a multi-national and multi-lingual family. He studied first in London and then with Leonard Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. As the conductor of the Istanbul State Opera from 1981 to 1989 he acquired an impressive opera repertoire. The successful performance of Edward Elgar’s unfinished opera The Spanish Lady in London in 1986 was followed by internationally renowned orchestras and opera houses. Cem Mansur performs regularly at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago in Tuscany. As chief conductor of the National Youth Philharmonic of Turkey he has conducted guest appearances at Young Euro Classic and led several bi-national projects, including the Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra Turkey-Germany and the Armenian-Turkish Youth Orchestra. Since 1998 he has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Akbank Chamber Orchestra. He also directs a festival of classical music that takes place at Istanbul’s most beautiful historical sites.
Prelude to «The Fair at Sorochinzy» (1911)
Commissioned Work by Young Euro Classic (World Premiere)
«Ibéria» from «Images» (1912)
Milan Turkovic, born in Zagreb to Austrian-Croatian parents in 1939, originally came to fame as a bassoonist. For 45 years he was a member of Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus in Vienna. In addition, he made guest appearances as a solo bassoonist all over the world, working with conductors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach and Sándor Végh. Numerous composers, from Sofia Gubaidulina to Jean Françaix and Wynton Marsalis, composed works for him. Two decades ago, Turkovic also began to conduct. In the meantime, he has led many of Austria’s major orchestras, in addition to ensembles in Rome, London, New York and Japan. During the 2014/15 season, he conducted a production of Kurt Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden at Vienna’s Volkstheater. Turkovic’s other interests are broad-ranging: he has moderated a music quiz on ORF, has written several books (Wiener Leben. Wien erleben; Was Musiker tagsüber tun) and appeared in Händl Klaus’ film Kater (2015).
The French pianist Lise de la Salle, born in 1988, made her concert debut at the age of nine in a live broadcast by Radio France. At the age of 13 she completed her studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur de la Musique in Paris and launched her career, which would soon take her to all the important music metropolises, from New York, Boston and Montréal to London, Munich and Moscow and all the way to Japan. Conductors with whom she has worked during recent years include Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Philippe Herreweghe, Michael Sanderling, Charles Dutoit and Dennis Russell Davies. Between 2013 and 2015 she performed all the piano concerti by Sergey Rachmaninov under Fabio Luisi’s baton in Zurich. Lise de la Salle’s repertoire ranges from Bach and Mozart via Schumann and Liszt to the Russians Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov. After her Young Euro Classic debut in 2004, when she was merely 16, the pianist returns to the festival for the first time in eleven years.
«Con brio» Concert Overture for Orchestra (2008)
Concerto for Piano No. 4 in G-Major Op. 58 (1807)
Symphony No. 41 «Jupiter» K. 551 (1788)
The Dutch conductor Antony Hermus has spent much of his career so far in Germany. During his six years as general music director of the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, drawing to a close this summer, he helped the opera house win renown far beyond the borders of Saxony-Anhalt. Among the most spectacular projects of the 42-year-old conductor was not only a production of a complete Wagner-Ring between 2012 and 2015, but also open-air and Twitter concerts. Major works such as Puccini’s Turandot and Strauss’ Elektra were performed side by side with Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, Janáček’s Kat’a Kabanova and Weill’s Der Protagonist. Invitations as a guest conductor have taken Hermus to the most important symphony orchestras of the Netherlands, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra London. His discography also reflects his broad-ranging interests, encompassing, for example, a symphony by Mahler’s friend Hans Rott, a symphonic version of Tristan und Isolde and the Auber opera La muette de Portici.
The 25-year-old Dutch trombonist Sebastiaan Kemner studied at the conservatories in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. After completing his concert degree in 2012, he continued his education as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Orchestra Academy. In 2012 Kemner was also named “Best Dutch Young Musician of the Year” by the Society for Young Musical Talent. In 2013 Kemner won the first prize and the audience award of the Aeolus Competition for Winds in Düsseldorf. As a soloist, the trombonist has already performed on many stages in Europe, Asia and the USA. Since 2012 he has been a member of the New Trombone Collective; he has also played as a substitute with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam as well as the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne and the Radio Orchestra of the Netherlands.
«On the Town – Three Dance Episodes» (1945)
Concerto for Trombone (1991)
«A Hero’s Life» Op. 40 (1898)
Horia Andreescu is Music Director of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra and founder and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra “The Virtuosi of Bucharest”. He was born in Brasov, Romania, in 1946. After studies at the Bucharest Music Academy and Vienna Music Academy he won numerous prizes at major international competitions such as Nicolai Malko (Copenhagen) and Ernest Ansermet (Geneva), and he was awarded the “Critics Prize” at the Berlin Biennale of Music and the prize “Conductor of the Year” of the Romanian Critics Union. During the 1980s and 1990s Horia Andreescu worked as a permanent guest conductor with three leading German orchestras: Radio Orchestra Berlin (RSB), Dresden Philharmonic and Staatskapelle Schwerin. He is frequently invited to conduct major orchestras such as Staatskapelle Berlin, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic, and the London Symphony Orchestra. For the leading European radio companies, Horia Andreescu has completed more than 1.000 productions in addition to 70 CD recordings.
Romanian pianist Daniel Goiti is one of the most sought-after pianist soloists in Romania and Eastern Europe. He has performed as a soloist with prestigious orchestras in the US, England, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Greece, Japan, and Israel. His recordings include the Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2, Variations on a Theme by Paganini, the Beethoven Concertos Nos. 3 and 5, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1. Daniel Goiti is the recipient of numerous international prizes and awards, including the Kawai Award, Gold Medallist at the A. Schnabel Competition, Berlin, Germany, as well as the winner of the prestigious George Enescu International Competition and the Romanian Composers Union Prize. Daniel Goiti, born in 1968, is a graduate of the Academy of Music “G. Dima” in Cluj-Napoca, where he is currently Professor of Piano and Head of the Piano Department.
Romanian Rhapsody No. 2 (1901)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in B-flat-Minor Op. 23 (1875)
Symphony No. 8 in G-Major Op. 88 (1890)
The Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits, born in 1976 in Kiev as the son of conductor Ivan Karabits, has multiple connections with Berlin. Not only has he conducted the Konzerthaus Orchestra, but during his studies in Vienna, he also dedicated himself to the historical archive of Berlin’s Sing-Akademie, which was discovered in Kiev in 1999. With the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, whose chief conductor he has been since 2009, Karabits gave the first performance of C. Ph. E. Bach’s St John’s Passion in modern times. Apart from his engagements with London’s major orchestras, he has conducted premieres of La Bohème and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Glyndebourne Festival and appears regularly at the opera houses in Moscow and Hamburg. His most recent invitations have taken him to Cleveland and Philadelphia, Oslo, The Hague and Turin. He is also intensively involved in youth orchestra work, having taken on the artistic directorship of the I, Culture Orchestra in 2014 and also of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra from Poland.
Born in Kharkiv in the Eastern Ukraine in 1984, Alexander Gavrylyuk gave his first public concert at the age of nine. At 13 years of age, he emigrated to Australia with his family. In 2005 he won the famous Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv. Ever since, Gavrylyuk has been invited to perform all over the world, performing with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Vassily Petrenko, Leif Segerstam and Andrey Boreyko. During the 2014/2015 season he appeared with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam as well as the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, in Budapest, London, Vienna and Moscow. The focus of his repertoire is on the Russian composers: thus, the pianist performed the complete piano concerti by Sergey Prokofiev together with Vladimir Ashkenazy in Sydney, and the complete piano concerti by Sergey Rachmaninov with Neeme Järvi in Geneva. Furthermore, Gavrylyuk dedicates himself to supporting young Australian piano talents and social projects for children in Cambodia.
Symphony No. 3 (1975)
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini in A-Minor Op. 43 (1934)
«Taras Bulba» Rhapsody (1918)
Nils Landgren ist zweifellos einer der erfolgreichsten Jazzmusiker Europas. Schon jetzt rätseln die Fans und Beobachter des 58-jährigen Schweden, ob seine Tage vielleicht mehr als 24 Stunden lang sind. Kritiker haben ihm den Ehrentitel hardest working man in showbusiness verliehen. Wenn „Mr. Redhorn“, der Mann mit der roten Posaune, nicht mit seiner legendären Funk Unit oder anderen Projekten unter eigenem Namen tourt, ist er als Produzent und Talentscout tätig oder vermittelt sein Knowhow an Studenten. In der Bundeshauptstadt hat er sich als künstlerischer Leiter des JazzFest Berlin ausgezeichnet. Bewunderung erregt nicht zuletzt die Vielseitigkeit dieses Musikers, der schon mit sechs Jahren Schlagzeug zu spielen begann und mit 13 die Posaune für sich entdeckte: Neben knallhartem Jazz pflegt er die schwedische Folklore oder spielt bei Christmas With My Friends romantisch-eigenwillige Weihnachtslieder ein. In Kooperation mit Ärzte ohne Grenzen unterstützt Nils Landgrens Funk Unit ein Projekt zur musikalischen Förderung von Kindern und Jugendlichen in einem der größten Slums in Kenias Hauptstadt Nairobi. Nach der Leitung des erfolgreichen „Young Euro Classic meets Jazz“ Projekts im letzten Jahr kehrt Nils Landgren 2015 zu dessen Fortsetzung zurück.
Die Schlagzeugerin Malin und die Saxophonistin Karolina Almgren, zwei Schwestern aus Göteborg, treten seit 2013 als „Sisters of Invention“ auf. Dabei können sie ihre ganzen Qualitäten als Musikerinnen und Arrangeurinnen ausspielen: 2014 erschien nach „Om & Om Igen“ bereits ihr zweites eigenes Album „Navigating“. Noch nicht einmal Mitte 20, haben die beiden Schwedinnen bereits Arrangements für das Arctic Youth Jazz Orchestra geschrieben und traten beim Fife Jazz Festival in Schottland auf. Inzwischen arbeiten sie auch für die Bohuslän Big Band, mit der sie im Herbst 2015 auf Tournee gehen werden.
Die Pianistin Fanny Gunnarsson stammt aus Malmö, wo sie 2014 auch ihr Diplom an der dortigen Musikakademie gemacht hat. Schon als Schülerin entdeckte sie den Jazz. Inzwischen hat sie sich längst einen Namen als Pianistin und Sängerin gemacht, außerdem gründete sie das Fanny Gunnarsson Quartet. Als Songwriter verbindet Fanny Gunnarsson heutigen Jazz mit Popmusik; ihr Debüt-Album „Same Eyes As You“ brachte dem Quartett Einladungen zum Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival und zum renommierten Jazz-Club „Fasching“ in Stockholm.
Im vergangenen Jahr hat Lisa-Rebecca Wulff, geboren 1990 in Hamburg, ihr Studium der Musikerziehung im Bereich Jazz und jazzverwandte Musik mit den Hauptfächern E- und Kontrabass in Bremen abgeschlossen und setzt seitdem ihre künstlerische Ausbildung in Hamburg fort. Nicht nur als Bassistin, sondern auch als Sängerin ist Lisa-Rebecca Wulff auf der Bühne zu erleben. Außerdem komponiert sie und gründete nach Erfahrungen mit ersten eigenen Bands wie Kalís, Greenroom und takadoon zuletzt das Lisa Wulff Quartett. Konzerte führten sie über Deutschland hinaus ins europäische Ausland und nach China.
The percussionist Malin and the saxophone player Karolina Almgren, two sisters from Gothenburg, have been performing together as “Sisters of Invention” since 2013. This combination brings out their qualities as musicians and arrangers. 2014 saw the release of their second album, Navigating, following Om & Om Igen. Not even in their mid-twenties, the two Swedish sisters have written arrangements for the Arctic Youth Jazz Orchestra and performed at the Fife Jazz Festival in Scotland. Today, they also work for the Bohuslän Big Band, with whom they will be touring in the autumn of 2015 as well.
Pianist Fanny Gunnarsson is from Malmö, where she also graduated with a diploma from the local music academy in 2014. She discovered jazz while still a student. In the meantime, she has long made a name for herself as a pianist and singer and founder of the Fanny Gunnarsson Quartet. As a songwriter, Fanny Gunnarsson combines contemporary jazz with pop music; her debut album Same Eyes As You led to invitations for her quartet to the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival and the famous jazz club “Fasching” in Stockholm.
This past year, Lisa Wulff, born in Hamburg in 1990, completed her studies in music education in jazz and jazz-related music in Bremen, during which she majored in E-bass and acoustic double bass. Since then, she has been studying for a performance degree in Hamburg. Lisa Wulff takes to the stage not only as a bass player, but also as a singer. Furthermore, she composes and founded the Lisa Wulff Quartet, following her experiences with her own bands such as Kalís, Greenroom and takadoon. Concerts beyond the German borders have taken her all over Europe and to China.
KURT WEILL • «Kleine Dreigroschenmusik» (1928)
DARIUS MILHAUD • «Le Boeuf sur le Toit» Op. 58 (1920)
and works by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Jacques Ibert and others
The Georgian conductor Nikoloz Rachveli is a musical multi-talent whose gifts were recognised even during his earliest youth. At the age of nine, he composed a children’s opera; at ten, he first conducted an orchestra. His subsequent studies in Vienna brought him into contact with personalities such as Pierre Boulez, György Ligeti and Luciano Berio. Later, Rachveli became the first to perform compositions by Stockhausen, Cage, Schnittke and Gubaidulina in his native Georgia. After the Rose Revolution, Rachveli took on leading positions at the Opera in Tbilisi and the State Orchestra; today, the 46-year-old is chief conductor of the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra. His piano concerto Introversion was performed by the Georgian Chamber Orchestra at Berlin’s Konzerthaus; as a conductor, he has championed the oeuvre of Giya Kancheli in particular. In 2013 Rachveli joined artists such as Gidon Kremer, Daniel Barenboim, Khatia Buniatishvili and Sergey Nakariakov in a solidarity concert entitled To Russia with Love at Berlin’s Philharmonie, protesting human rights violations in Russia.
The Latvian conductor Andres Mustonen, born in 1953, turned to contemporary music early in life, but then executed an about-face and dedicated himself to early music. In 1972 he founded the ensemble Hortus Musicus, with which he appeared at many international festivals and produced 25 records. In the meantime, Andres Mustonen, who also performs as a violinist, has learned to combine early and modern music effortlessly, his focus always being on sacred music. On the other hand, he conducts works by Schütz, Bach and Mozart and on the other by Giya Kancheli, Krzysztof Penderecki, John Tavener, Alexander Knaifel and Gubaidulina. Mustonen’s conducting style is unusual for its spontaneity, improvisation and radiant artistry. The conductor has very clear criteria about the artists he performs with: “I never share the stage with someone I don’t know, don’t consider my friend or don’t love.”
The Georgian violist Giorgi Zagareli, born in Tbilisi in 1986, originally studied in his hometown and then at the Music Academies in Detmold, Leipzig and Basel. Since then, Zagareli has made a name for himself as a soloist and chamber musician. He is particularly interested in contemporary music: he has given first performances of works by Berio, Feldman, Xenakis, Penderecki and Ligeti in his native Georgia; he has also given world premieres by compositions of his countrymen Sulkhan Nasidze, Tigran Mansurian and Giya Kancheli. He has recorded several of the latter’s works on CD, including the project Kancheliada with the ensemble Septeriment. Together with Nikoloz Rachveli, Zagareli also founded the Georgian contemporary music festival “Counterpoint”.
The Georgian pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili, born in Tbilisi in 1980, has been most successful during recent years in the USA, where she also studied at the Mannes School of Music in New York City. However, she also has close ties with Germany. After her basic education in her native Georgia, the young pianist moved to Munich to study with Elisso Virsaladze at the Music Academy there, recording her first CD for the Bavarian Radio, and has been living in Berlin for several years. The Georgian government named her “Cultural Ambassador of Georgia in Germany” in 2013. Dudana Mazmanishvili is also at home in the German piano repertoire – she performs Bach and Beethoven as happily as Schumann, Brahms and Busoni. Furthermore, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Georgian composers are an additional focus. This past spring, she first performed at the Ruhr Piano Festival.
«For Lennart in memoriam» for String Orchestra (2006)
«Trisagion» for String Orchestra (1992/1994)
«Silent Prayer» for Violin, Cello, Vibraphone, Bass Guitar,
String Orchestra and Pre-Recorded Tape (2007)
And other works by Arvo Pärt and Giya Kancheli