Claudia Barainsky

German soprano Claudia Barainsky studied in her hometown Berlin at the University of the Arts with Ingrid Figur, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Aribert Reimann and is internationally considered to be one of the most versatile singers whose extensive repertory covers all eras of music.

She appears regularly at the Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Vienna State Opera. The part of Marie in Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s “Die Soldaten” became a milestone in her career, as she sang this role several times in top-class productions (Willy Decker / Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam and David Pountney / Ruhrtriennale following an invitation with him to the Lincoln Center Festival in New York).

For her outstanding interpretation and performance in the title role of Aribert Reimann’s German premiere of »Medea« at the Frankfurt Opera Claudia Barainsky was awarded the German Theatre Prize »Der Faust«.

Her wide variety of repertory includes soprano parts of numerous cantatas, oratorios, orchestra songs and symphonies. She is a regular and welcome guest at major concert venues and festivals (amongst others at Grafenegg, “Wien Modern” Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Bayreuth and Salzburg Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival) and she performs with orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Orchestra London, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Munich Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokio, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

As chamber music and recitals are of great significance in her musical creativitiy her artistic partners are time and again Lied accompanists Eric Schneider, Burkhard Kehring as well as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Concerto Köln and Scharoun Ensemble.

Liisa Randalu

Violist Liisa Randalu was born in Tallinn (Estonia) and grew up in Karlsruhe (Germany). She studied in Frankfurt/Main and at the University of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
Liisa Randalu won several prizes at international competitions and was invited to festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Heidelberger Frühling Music festival. She is a scholarship holder of the Hertie Foundation, the Villa Musica Mainz and the Foundation of the German People’s Study Foundation.
Since 2016 she teaches as a guest lecturer at the Music Academy in Tallinn, as well as at the Feuermann Conservatory of the Kronberg Academy.

As a member of the Schumann Quartet she regularly performs in all the major venues and festivals of the world. The ensemble is a prize winner of the Premier Prix de Concours de Bordeuax 2013, the Jürgen Ponto Prize 2014 and received the Newcomer Award of the BBC Music Magazine in 2016. The chamber music partners of the quartet include artists such as Sabine Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Nicolas Altstaedt and Albrecht Mayer.

Christian Gerhaher

During his studies under Paul Kuen and Raimund Grumbach, German baritone Christian Gerhaher attended the Opera School of the Academy of Music in Munich and, together with his regular piano partner Gerold Huber, studied lied interpretation with Friedemann Berger. While completing his medical studies Christian Gerhaher perfected his vocal training in master-classes given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Inge Borkh. At present Christian Gerhaher himself teaches in select master-classes and is an honorary professor at the Academy of Music in Munich. He holds the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art and the title Bayerischer Kammersänger. In 2016 he was be awarded the Music Prize of the Heidelberger Frühling for his outstanding commitment in the performance of classical music. The festival is also one of the partners in a major project by the singer: from autumn 2018 to 2020, the complete recording of all Robert Schumann songs will be released on 10 CDs by Sony Classical.

Christian Gerhaher’s exemplary lied interpretations with Gerold Huber set standards – their recordings have repeatedly won prizes. The lied album Nachtviolen, issued in 2014, received the Gramophone Classical Music Award 2015 in the solo vocal category. The lied duo can be heard on the stages of major international recital centres, for instance in the concert halls of New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie. He is a particularly frequent guest in the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna as well as in the Wigmore Hall in London – in recent years in both the latter halls he was artist in residence. Christian Gerhaher is a regular guest at festivals such as the Schwetzingen Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the London Proms, the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals as well as the Salzburg Festival.

Besides his principle activity giving concerts and recitals, Christian Gerhaher is also a highly sought-after performer on the opera stage and has received several prizes such as the Laurence Olivier Award and the theatre prize Der Faust.

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Oliver Wille

Oliver Wille was born in Berlin and studied at several universities in Germany (Berlin and Cologne) and USA (Indiana University and New England Conservatory).
As a co-founder of the international acclaimed Kuss-Quartet he started a very active chamber music life at fairly young age. Among his teachers were Eberhard Feltz, Christoph Poppen, Walter Levin, members of Cleveland and Alban Berg Quartet, as well as György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados.
Oliver has played in several orchestra projects with the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin under Christian Thielemann, Sinfonieorchester des Hessischen Rundfunks Frankfurt, Camerata Bern or Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding and Andris Nelsons.

An important part of his life became teaching. He got appointed as a chamber music professor at the University for Music, Drama & Media Hannover in October 2011, teaching an international quartet class as well as working with individual students of the school. Since October 2014 he serves as the International Chair in Violin and the leader of newly founded string quartet academy at Birmingham Conservatory, UK.

Oliver writes program notes and CD booklets and holds lecture recitals such as the “Explica“ series of the Kuss Quartet in Hamburg, Hannover and Heidelberg.
Since 2012 he serves as the vize president and artistic advisor of the Chamber Music Society Hannover, further he works as artistic director at a new string quartet festival in Frankfurt. From 2016 on, he will become Artistic Director of the Festival Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker.

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Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson

Already acclaimed not only as one of the foremost accompanists of our day but also for his major contribution to the development of the song repertoire, Graham Johnson has most recently completed his major recording project of the complete lieder of Schubert for the Hyperion label and has embarked on a similar project of recording the complete lieder of Schumann. He was made an OBE in the 1994 Queen’s Birthday Honours list and in 2002 he was created Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government.  He was also made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in February 2010. In 2013 he was awarded honorary doctorates by Durham University and The New England Conservatory, and was recipient of The Wigmore Hall Medal.

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Han Kim

By winning the second prize in 68th ARD International Music Competition in Munich, 23-year-old Korean-born clarinetist Han Kim has been recognised around the world as one of the most promising clarinetists in his generation. His performance of Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto with Münchner Rundfunkorchester in the final round has impressed all the jury members and captivated the audience, which led him to be awarded the audience prize in addition.

Born in 1996, Han Kim began playing the clarinet at the age of 10, and has already been recognized around the world as the most promising clarinet prodigy for his wondrous and mature playing, since his video clips of first recital were shared through Youtube and captivated world-wide audiences over 5 million times.

Han Kim has appeared many times as a soloist with a number of orchestra such as Münchner Kammerorchester, KBS symphony orchestra and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra since his debut on year 2009 at the age of 13, playing Mozart clarinet concerto with Euro-Asian orchestra in Seoul and has been collaborated chamber music performances with many of world’s finest musicians including Arto Noras, Sabine and Wolfgang Meyer, Daniel Müller-Schott, Igor Levit, Shanghai String Quartet, Bennewitz Quartet and recent engagements include the world premiere performances of Jeajoon Ryu’s clarinet sonata, clarinet quintet, and Fuminori Tanada’s Clarinet concerto.

Since he launched his international career by recital at the 2008 international clarinet festival in Japan at the age of 12, he was among the distinguished artists invited to perform numerous music festivals, such as City of London festival, Heidelberger Frühling music festival, Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland, Ikoma music festival and Asian clarinet festival.

Han Kim is the 1st prize winner of the 3rd Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition in 2016 by unanimous decision, as well as receiving the audience prize and the prize for the commissioned work. He also received numerous awards including the Jury’s special prize of the 2nd Beijing International Music Competition on 2009. He is the youngest member of Kumho Asiana Soloists and a founding member of Veits quintet, the 2nd prize-winning woodwind quintet of the 1st Carl Nielsen international chamber music competition.

He graduated Eton College in U.K and Guildhall school of Music and Drama on a scholarship with Andrew Webster. Currently he studies with Sabine Meyer at Musikhochschule Lübeck, and works as a student of Orchestra academy at Zurich Opera House. Since September 2018, he is  working as 2nd Solo Clarinettist of Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.


Annette Dasch & Fauré Quartett

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Annette Dasch (at Ballsaal/Stadthalle)

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Simone Rubino and his ESEGESI Percussion Quartet

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A Classic scouts Newcomer Concert

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Igor Levit & Irish Chamber Orchestra

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Jörg Widmann (at Ballsaal/Stadthalle)

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String Quartet Festival | Finale

subsequent: lunch with the artists at Festival Cafeteria

String Quartet Festival | Long Night of String Quartet

After Work Concert: Amatis Trio

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Festival Academy: Lied

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