Susan Zarrabi

Born in 1994 in Munich, Susan Zarrabi received her first singing lessons at the Bavarian Singakademie with Tanja d’Althann. In 2013 Susan Zarrabi won the first prize at the national competition “Jugend musiziert” in the category “Gesangs-Duo”. In the same year the mezzo soprano began her studies at the University of Music and Theater Munich with Michelle Breedt. Since 2014/2015 she studies with Christiane Iven.

As a concert singer, Susan Zarrabi performed as a soloist in various masses and oratorios, such as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Beethoven’s Mass in C major, Mendelssohn’s Paulus, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Schubert’s Mass in B major and Vivaldi’s Gloria. In February 2016 she was to be heard with the alto solo in Mozart’s Requiem and in June 2016 with the second soprano in Bach’s B minor in Munich. Susan Zarrabi worked with the Munich Symphonic Orchestra in June 2015.

In 2016 Susan Zarrabi was a scholar at Lied Academy of the International Music Festival Heidelberger Frühling under the direction of Thomas Hampson and with mentors such as Brigitte Fassbaender as well as the song accompanists Graham Johnson and Wolfram Rieger. Also 2017 she will be part of the Academy again.

Christian Reif

German conductor Christian Reif joined the San Francisco Symphony as their Resident Conductor and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) in the 2016-17 season, after making a “powerful symphony debut” with the Symphony in fall 2015. He came to San Francisco from Miami, where he was the Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony for the past two seasons.

Highlights of his career include leading the Munich Chamber Opera in performances of Mozart’s La finta semplice in Munich’s Cuvilliés Theater, performing with the Meininger Hofkapelle and leading the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony. As part of efforts to bridge cultures through music, he led the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in the world premiere of Mehmet C. Yesilçay’s Lieder aus der Fremde, which addresses the current European refugee crisis.

Mr. Reif has led several orchestras and ensembles both in the US and abroad such as the Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with soloists including Dawn Upshaw, Sanford Sylvan, Julia Bullock and Barbara Bonney.

In 2014, Mr. Reif completed his Master of Music in Conducting at The Juilliard School under Alan Gilbert, after studying with Dennis Russell Davies at the Mozarteum Salzburg. For his outstanding achievements at The Juilliard School, Christian Reif is the recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Award. He also holds a scholarship from the German study promotion program of the Cusanuswerk and two Kulturförderpreise, awards given to promising artists of the region who promote cultural advancement in their communities.

Ebonit Saxophone Quartet

The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet is a sparkling and inspired ensemble founded in 2011 at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. The four musicians from Poland, the Netherlands and Germany had quickly made for themselves a name in the Netherlands and abroad, performing in major halls including the Concertgebouw and the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam, De Toonzaal in Den Bosch and the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. The quartet performed as well in international festivals including the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews (Scotland), the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, the Bach Festival in Dordrecht (the Netherlands), the Bachtage in Würzburg (Germany) and the International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog (the Netherlands).

The Ebonit Quartet has received first prize at international chamber music competitions such as the “Ottomani Competition 2012”, “Who’s Next International Chamber Music Competition 2015” (where the ensemble received as well the “Brava Kijkersprijs”), the “Storioni Competition 2016” (including audience prize and “Max Young Talent Prize”) and the “Orlando Competition 2016”.

Their participation in the International Chamber Music Campus 2016” in Weikersheim, Germany, was awarded with a prize for one of the most convincing newcomer ensembles 2016. In the 2016/2017 season the quartet will tour throughout the Netherlands as a laureate of the competition “Dutch Classical Talent”.

The quartet has attended masterclasses from renowned pedagogues such as Eberhart Feltz, Gerhard Schulz, Heime Müller, Luc-Marie Aguera, Peter Cropper, Albrecht Mayer, the members of the Artemis Quartet, Belcea Quartet, Kronos Quartet, the French Habanera Saxophone Quartet and clair-obscur from Berlin.

The quartet is regularly working together with composers to enlarge the original repertoire, including Richard Whalley, Kevin Malone, Valentin Villard and Chris Chamoun.

Lara Boschkor

Lara Boschkor, born in 1999 in Tübingen, studied at the Universities for Music in Cologne and Detmold and later at the Kronberg Academy with Kolja Blacher and Erik Schumann. She attended master classes with Zakhar Bron, Ana Chumachenco, Boris Kuschnir and Miriam Fried.

She gained international attention when she won the first prize and the gold medal of the 7th Henryk Szeryng violin competition in Mexico in 2013 and the first prize of the 12th Carl Flesch Violin Competition in Hungary – as the youngest violinist of the competitions ever. Among others, she also won the 1st prize of the Paul Hindemith competition in Berlin and the Grand Prix at the 20th Concours International Flame in Paris. Lara is also the first German laureate with the highest number in the “Jugend musiziert” competition: 2013 as soloist and 2014 with an ensemble.

She gave her orchestral debut at the age of eight. Performances at Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Konzerthaus Berlin, Théâtre Marigny Paris, Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan and Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich followed. In 2014 Lara debuted at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York. She was a guest at Music Festival Schloss Britz Berlin, at the “Lucca Estate” festival in Italy and at the music festival in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Since February 2012 Lara Boschkor has been playing a violin by Carlo Antonio Testore, Milan 1740, kindly supported by Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Roodabe Shamloo

Iranian Roodabe Shamloo studied music and composition with Alireza Mashayekhi and Mehran Rohani at the University of Tehran and worked as a piano teacher and manager of the Haftan Art Gallery. She was invited to perform at Linz (Festival 4020), Vienna and Weimar. Roodabe Shamloo is particularly devoted to the setting of poems. She attended master classes for composition with Johanna Doderer a. o.

Mahdis Kashani

After her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering Mahdis Kashani, who was born in 1984, studied at Sooreh University in Tehran. Since 2004 she took private lessons in composition, harmonica, piano and musical theory. As a composer she was invited to Austria, Ukraine, Italy and Belgium, her works were performed in the USA, England, Mexico and Brazil. In 2015, she released her first movie, “The Report of Manaslue”.

Kashani is a member of the Iran House of Music and is interested in Persian singing and Iranian percussion.

Eleonore Büning

Dr. Eleonore Büning has been writing about music since the late 1980s. She worked for the taz, the Weltoche, the Rheinischer Merkur as well as for the radio. In 1994 she became music editor for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, and from 1997 to 2017 she has been music editor for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In addition, Eleonore Büning has been active since 2011 as chairman of the award for German record critics.


Hiyoli Togawa

Jean Rondeau

Jean Rondeau studied harpsichord with Blandine Verlet for over ten years, followed by training in basso continuo, organ, piano, jazz and improvisation and conducting. He pursued further studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, graduating with honours, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

In 2012, at just 21 years old, he became one of the youngest performers ever to take First Prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges (MAfestival 2012), and was awarded with several other prizes.

Rondeau is in demand for solo, chamber music and orchestral appearances throughout Europe and in the United States. He frequently performs with the Baroque quartet »Nevermind«. Quite apart from his activities as harpsichordist, he founded the ensemble Note Forget, presenting his own jazz-oriented compositions and improvisations on piano.

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz


»Frühling« for Families: »Coffee for the King«

For children from age 6

Subsequent There will be a Family-Get-Together at Festivalzentrum

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Isabelle Druet & Quatuor I Giardini: »Au pays où se fait la guerre«

A cooperation with Heidelberg University and Deutsch-Französischer Kulturkreis.
A concert in cooperation with
Palazetto Bru Zane

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Lied.Lab: »Dance, Lied, Jazz«

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Encounters V: old and new

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Festival Academy: Lied

Admission free for students
Ballsaal Stadthalle Heidelberg
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A cooperation with Heidelberg University

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Kristjan Järvi & SWR Symphony Orchestra

10.00 pm Stadthalle late with Cairo Jazz Station

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Chamber Music Academy: lunch concert II

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Kammermusiksaal Stadthalle Heidelberg

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Golda Schultz & Jonathan Ware

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Trio Zimmermann