Solo for Idealists

In cooperation with the Fanny Mendelssohn Encouragement Award, Young Euro Classic presents the winners of 2015/2016/2017 with their musical concepts.
August 22, 2017 8 pm

Konzerthaus, Berlin

Jo Schück

© Marcus Höhn

Presenter
Tamás Pálfalvi

© Dominik Odenkirchen

The 26-year-old Hungarian trumpet player Tamás Pálfalvi is making a name for himself as one of the most innovative and creative trumpet players of our times. His first-rate technique, stage presence and dramaturgical skills brought him a first prize at the Fanny Mendelssohn Encouragement Award in 2015. The resulting debut album Agitato with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra combines works by Vivaldi, Telemann and Handel with contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Kagel and Dubrovay – as a matter of course. Pálfalvi would like to expand both the trumpet repertoire and playing technique. He pursues these goals not only by championing new composers, but also by transcribing historical repertoire. Pálfalvi has performed in New York and Tokyo, in Hong Kong, London and Beirut, and with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Matthias Pintscher, Peter Eötvös and Zoltán Kocsis.

Tamaspafalvi.com

Trumpet

Vera Karner

© Dominik Odenkirchen

Aged 23, Vera Karner has won numerous awards at national and international competitions, honours and scholarships, including at the Fidelio Competition Vienna, Ad Infinitum Lübeck or the Lions Music Prize 2015. In addition to her own concerts, the clarinettist has gathered orchestral experience in the stage orchestra at the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. She is actively engaged in the project “Live Music Now” founded by Yehudi Menuhin, giving free concerts in social institutions. In 2016 she won the Fanny Mendelssohn Encouragement Award together with Dominik Wagner.

 

 

 

 

Clarinet
Dominik Wagner

© Dominik Odenkirchen

At the young age of 20, Dominik Wagner from Vienna has already travelled half the world, looking back upon performances in Asia, South America and Europe. In addition, he was the youngest participant ever to win the Golden Bass Competition in Lviv (Ukraine) in 2013, also winning the International Osaka Competition in 2014. Dominik Wagner is a fellow of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and a member of Mutter’s Virtuosi. In 2016 he won the Fanny Mendelssohn Encouragement Award together with Vera Karner.

 

 

 

 

Double Bass
Maciej Skarbek

© Maria Tsakiri

The 25-year-old pianist Maciej Skarbek is originally from Rzeszów, Poland. From 2011 to 2014 he studied with Stefan Vladar at the Vienna Music Academy, then moving on to studies with Roland Batik at the Vienna Private Music University. He has won many international competitions, including Musica Juventutis (Vienna), the Gina Bachauer Society (Greece), and “A Feast for Duos” (Switzerland). Apart from performances in Poland, Germany and Austria, Maciej Skarbek has also appeared in Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and in Israel.

 

 

 

 

Piano

Matthias Well

© Marcus Renner

The violinist Matthias Well, Maria Well’s younger brother, is the winner of several regional, state and federal prizes at the German competition “Jugend musiziert”. As early as 2011 he founded the music group “nouWell cousines” together with several other family members. As part of the duo “twoWell” he won the special prize of the Gasteig Cultural Circle for his “breath-taking stage presence during Ondrej Kukal’s Present”. In 2017 he was honoured with the Fanny Mendelssohn Encouragement Award, which is helping him and his sister record their debut album Kein Grund zur Trauer (No Reason to Mourn).

Violin
Maria Well

© Benedikt Schwarzer

Born in Munich as the daughter of the cabaret musician Michael Well (of Biermösl Blosn) and sister of Matthias Well, cellist Maria Well was accepted at the Munich Music Academy as a junior student at the early age of 16. She also won regional, state and federal first prizes at the competition “Jugend musiziert”. In 2015 she graduated with distinction; during the same year she founded the violin-cello duo “twoWell” with her brother Matthias. An enthusiastic chamber musician, she works with numerous musical institutions in Munich.

 

 

 

 

Cello

Ensemble Olivinn

The Ensemble Olivinn stands for a very special sound, mixing traditional Turkish and Anatolian folk songs with classical European and contemporary works, which also include improvisation. In Berlin, the quartet has performed regularly in musical theatre works at the Maxim Gorki Theater, Ballhaus Naunynstraße and Atze Musiktheater.

olivinn.com

 



Begüm Tüzemen

Die 1983 in Istanbul geborene Künstlerin studierte Musical- und Operngesang am Staatlichen Konservatorium der Istanbuler Universität. Parallel absolvierte sie ihr Studium im Fach der Russischen Philologie und Literatur und wirkte u.a. in Antalya- Aspendos bei Musical- und Konzertprojekten mit. In Berlin setzte sie ihre Ausbildung im Klassischen Gesang und Schauspiel fort und beeindruckte in den erfolgreichen Produktionen Türkisch für Liebhaber und Tango Türk an der Neuköllner Oper.
Zusammen mit Sinem Altan und Özgür Ersoy gründete sie das Ensemble Olivinn und ist neben den Konzerten als Solistin der preisgekrönten Märchenkonzertreihe Keloglan
tätig. Ihr virtuoser Umgang mit vielseitigen Gesangstechniken sowie ihr großes Repertoire in vielen Sprachen und unterschiedlichen Stilrichtungen von Klassik, Jazz und Tango bis hin zu internationalen Volksliedbearbeitungen und Interpretationen zeitgenössischer Musik ermöglichen ihr hochinteressante genreübergreifende und multimediale Performance-Projekte. Als Interpretin arbeitet sie mit zahlreichen renommierten Partnern zusammen. Neben ihren Auftritten als Sängerin überzeugt sie mit ihrem darstellerischen Einsatz in diversen Musiktheaterproduktionen auf deutschen Bühnen. Zuletzt beeindruckte sie unter anderem mit ihrem Auftritt zusammen mit Nils Landgren im Schloss Bellevue zur Abschiedsveranstaltung vom Bundespräsidenten Joachim Gauck.

Soprano, Improvisation
Özgür Ersoy

Özgür Ersoy in der Türkei geboren, ist ein Bağlama- sowie Mey- und Duduk-Spieler aus Berlin. Er ist seit 1999 an unzähligen Konzerten und Projekten beteiligt, spielte u.a. an der Seite von Fazıl Say, Dagmar Manzel, Sinem Altan und Nils Landgren. 2013 spielte er als Solist mit dem Landesjugendorchester im Konzerthaus Berlin sowie mit dem Württembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn. Desweiteren musizierte er u.a. in der Philharmonie Berlin, Komischen Oper, Neuköllner Oper und dem Maxim Gorki Theater. Zu seinen aktuellen Projekten gehört die Live-Graphic-Novel „Human Traffic“ im Heimathafen Neukölln. Seine Musik beginnt mit der anatolischen Volksmusik, führt über Jazz und Klassik bis hin zur orientalischen Musik und noch darüber hinaus.

Baglama, Duduk
Axel Meier

© Reiner Nicklas

Axel Meier, drummer and percussion player, was born 1990 in Berlin. His musical career began with playing the piano at the age of 6. His first interest in playing drums was aroused at the age of 12.
He started to explore various different percussion instruments, music styles and rhythms at a very early stage in his life. Regardless of whether he plays the kettledrum or the darbuka, Salsa or traditional Turkish folklore music, drumset or vibraphone he feels secure to play all kinds of music styles. Nevertheless he is constantly engaged in searching new ways of improving himself and to combine his wide interest in various music styles and instruments. He worked, among others, with Nils Landgren, Robyn Schulkowsky, Steve Hackett (Genesis), Karat, Keiko Abe, Jacob TV, Moritz Eggert and performed with a variety of ensembles and orchestras in Germany, Europe and Asia. From 2010 to 2016 he was studying drums and classical percussion at the Academy of Music and Theatre (HMT) Rostock. Now he is working as a freelance musician and educator.

Percussion
Sinem Altan

© Andre Wunstorf

Geboren 1985 in Ankara, studierte Sinem Altan Komposition an der Universität der Künste und Tonsatz an der HfM „Hanns Eisler“. In ihren jungen Jahren gewann mehrere Preise in der Türkei und in Deutschland. Zu ihren größeren Werken gehört das Konzert für Baglama und Orchester. Ihr Märchenkonzert „Keloglan und die Räuberbande“ bekam den Junge Ohren Sonderpreis in 2011. Neben ihrer im Juni 2015 erfolgreich uraufgeführten Stadtoper „Die Gute Stadt“ im Theater Freiburg feierte sie im August die Uraufführung ihres von Young Euro Classic in Auftrag gegebenen Orchesterwerkes im Konzerthaus Berlin, für den sie mit dem Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2015 ausgezeichnet worden ist. Zu ihren aktuellen Auftritten gehört das Berliner Konzerthaus, Cemal Resit Rey Konzertsaal in Istanbul und zuletzt Abschiedsveranstaltung des Bundespräsidenten im Schloss Bellevue, wo ihre jüngsten Uraufführungen gefeiert wurden.

Piano, Composition and Artistic Direction

One concert – four programmes: breath-taking baroque and modern trumpet virtuosity. Haunting melodies from all over the world: “Gassenhauer – Gassenbauer”. Funeral music, not necessarily sad: Matthias Well revives the ancient tradition of the “funeral fiddlers”. Sinem Altan leads the versatile Ensemble Olivinn in their brilliant fusion of traditional Turkish and classical music. Finally, these outstanding young musicians meet “halfway” – focusing on the music of Hungary, which becomes their springboard for flights of fancy all their own.

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