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Kuss Quartet

An enormous passion for experimentation what the Kuss Quartet has stood for since the beginning of its professional career in 2002.
The two founder members, Jana Kuss and Oliver Wille (violin) have been travelling the same musical path for 25 years. Together with their colleagues William Coleman and Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, they are pioneers of a concept-based presentation of chamber music, which reveals new musical perspectives and attracts a wide-ranging and cultured audience.
‘Kuss Plus’ -the ensemble’s classical lounge series – has become legendary in its success, making its mark on the Berlin music scene and getting close to its audience, not only in the literal sense. However, even whilst performing in cult clubs, classical music remains the quartet’s top priority.

Their international career has taken them from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, from London’s Wigmore Hall back to the Philharmonie in Berlin, their home city. Frequent engagements at major festivals include the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Beethovenfest Bonn, Rheingau Musikfestival and the Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals, and they have toured the USA, Australia, South America and Japan.

The Kuss Quartet inspires the next generation of chamber musicians in numerous international masterclasses. Furthermore, William Coleman (in Salzburg) and Oliver Wille (in Hannover and Birmingham) hold professorships at European music colleges.

In terms of repertoire the Kuss Quartet casts its net wide, ranging from the music of the Renaissance to compositions by Helmut Lachenmann, Aribert Reimann and György Kurtág, with whom the group has close contact. The quartet enjoys further collaborations with artists such as Paul Meyer, Pierre-Laurant Aimard, Mojca Erdmann and slam poet Bas Böttcher.

Kristjan Järvi

Kristjan Järvi realizes his pioneering ideas with his four ensembles: as Music Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, as creator of his New York-based classical-hip-hop-jazz band Absolute Ensemble, and as Founder and Music Director of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. As a recording artist Järvi’s range from Hollywood soundtracks such as ‘Cloud Atlas’ and ‘Hunger Games’ to award-winning albums on Sony and Chandos, to his eponymous series on renowned French label Naïve Classique: the ‘Kristjan Järvi Sound Project.’ Launched in 2014, the series features projects across all of Kristjan Järvi’s ensembles and is characterised by the conductor’s unmistakable approach in taking a fresh look at the old, with concepts and presentation that transcend the borders of classical music.

Kristjan Järvi’s works with some of today’s brightest creative minds, from film directors Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, to composers and artists Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Tan Dun, Giya Kancheli, Hauschka, Dhafer Youssef, Anoushka Shankar, Max Richter and Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Knights

The Knights are an orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertory, dedicated to transforming the concert experience. Engaging listeners and defying boundaries with programs that showcase the players’ roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery, The Knights have “become one of Brooklyn’s sterling cultural products… known far beyond the borough for their relaxed virtuosity and expansive repertory (New Yorker).

The Knights evolved from late-night chamber music reading parties with friends at the home of violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen. The Jacobsen brothers, who are also founding members of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, serve as artistic directors of The Knights, with Eric Jacobsen as conductor.

The Knights’ roster boasts remarkably diverse talents, including composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers, who bring a range of cultural influences to the group, from jazz and klezmer to pop and indie rock music. The unique camaraderie within the group retains the intimacy and spontaneity of chamber music in performance.

Wu Man

Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator and composer giving her lute-like instrument – which has a history of over 2,000 years in China – a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Through numerous concert tours, Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions.

Having been brought up in the Pudong School of pipa playing, one of the most prestigious classical styles of Imperial China, Wu Man is now recognized as an outstanding exponent of the traditional repertoire as well as a leading interpreter of contemporary pipa music by today’s most prominent composers. She was awarded The Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University in 1998, and was the first Chinese traditional musician to receive The United States Artist Fellowship in 2008. She is also the first artist from China to perform at the White House.

Wu Man’s first exposure to western classical music came in 1979 when she saw Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing in Beijing.  In 1980 she participated in an open master class with violinist Isaac Stern and in 1985 she made her first visit to the United States as a member of the China Youth Arts Troupe.

Mahan Esfahani

Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran in 1984 and received his first guidance on the piano from his father before exploring an interest in the harpsichord as a teenager. He went on to study musicology and history at Stanford University before studying intensively with Peter Watchorn in Boston and completing his formation with the celebrated Zuzana Růžičková in Prague.

Since making his London debut in 2009 he has worked tirelessly to establish the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments in classical and contemporary repertoire. This mission came to significant public attention when Mahan played the first harpsichord recital in the history of the BBC Proms in 2011. Since then, recent and upcoming highlights include solo performances at the Zurich Tonhalle, Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, Wiener Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Schloss Elmau, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Rudolfinum in Prague, BRQ Vantaa, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, and the Leipzig Bach Festival.

Following a stint as Artist-in-Residence at New College, Oxford, he now continues his academic activities as professor of harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Ana Moura

Fado singer Ana Moura was born in Portugal in 1979. After appearances mostly in Portugal, her international career continued to grow in 2005 with a performance at the fabled Carnegie Hall in New York. The Rolling Stones and Prince are/were amongh her admirers.
Ana Moura’s career is currently the most vibrant and thriving of any other Portuguese performer, as evidenced by the 300,000 records she has sold, her nearly one dozen awards, which include 2 Golden Globes, 2 Amália awards and 1 Best Artist nomination for the Songlines Music Awards, and joint performances with such music icons as Prince, The Rolling Stones, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Herbie Hancock.

Grandbrothers

After meeting at university in Dusseldorf, Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel formed Grandbrothers to tie together their respective musical backgrounds and disciplines: Erol is a trained jazz pianist, while by day Lukas constructs synthesizers at Access Music. Together, they create a sound that combines classical composition with modern, experimental production and sound design.

Their first full EP on FILM – backed by remixes from legendary Manchester DJ Greg Wilson, Optimo’s JD Twitch, and Kim Brown – which sold out its initial run within ten days. Now, Grandbrothers present their debut album, Dilation. Tracks start as repeated two or three note patterns, which gradually develop into sweeping, cinematic soundscapes, recalling the structural and rhythmic qualities club music as much as it does the work of a composer like Steve Reich, as well as Ryuichi Sakamoto’s collaborations with Alva Noto. Surprisingly, there are no synthetic sounds on Dilation: Erol and Lukas deliberately restrict themselves to the sounds of the grand piano. To achieve this modern sound, Lukas developed an unusual system for playing the piano. Drawing on his technical background, he created a series of electromechanical hammers that could be controlled via laptop (on software that he designed himself, no less) to ‘play’ the piano.

L'Arpeggiata © Michael Uneffer

L’Arpeggiata

Founded in 2000, L’Arpeggiata is an outstanding ensemble directed by Christina Pluhar. Its members are some of today’s best soloists and in addition they work in collaboration with some exceptional singers from the baroque and the traditional music worlds. Their aim is to revive an almost unknown repertoire and to focus their artistic work especially from the beginning of the 17th century.

The bases of L’Arpeggiata are instrumental improvisations, a different approach to singing centred on the development of vocal interpretation influenced by traditional music, and the creation and staging of attractive shows.

L’Arpeggiata has participated in the festivals such as in Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Printemps des Arts de Nantes, Pfingstfestspiele Melk, Festival de St Michel-en-Thierache, Festival de Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Brugge Musica Antica, Poissy, St Petersburg, Moscow, Philharmonie Köln, Paris Salle Gaveau, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Musikfestspiele Postdam, Händelfestspiele Halle, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, RuhrTriennale, Istanbul International Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space and New York Carnegie Hall – among many others.

Christina Pluhar © Marco Borggreve

Christina Pluhar

Christina Pluhar, founder and artistic director of the L’Arpeggiata, discoverd – after classical guitar studies at the University of her hometown Graz – her deep affinity for Renaissance and Baroque music.
She devoted herself to the studies of the lute, theorbo, baroque guitar and baroque harp at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Netherlands) with Toyohiko Satoh and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) with Hopkinson Smith and at the Schuola Civica di Milano (Italy) with Mara Galassi.
Her repertoire includes music of the Renaissance and Baroque for lute, baroque guitar, archlute, theorbo and baroque harp, where she excelled as soloist.

In 1992 studies she moved to Paris, where she performed as a soloist and continuo player in with ensembles including La Fenice, Hesperion XXI, Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Soave, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Cantus Cölln amongst others. As a continuo player, she is sought by orchestras under the direction of René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton and Alessandro di Marchi.

From 1993, she conducted master classes at Graz University, and from 1999 has served as professor of Baroque harp at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Strings & Bass

Florian Willeitner, violin
Johannes Dickbauer, violin
Matthias Bartolomey, violoncello
Georg Breinschmid, bass

Strings & Bass combines classical virtuosity with relentless groove, complex compositions with colourful improvisation, and absolute perfection with the primal musicality of folk music.
This string quartet without a viola but with a bass has developed a completely new sound, ranging from jazz to pop and folk to the four-part “Fuga in Odd”.
Four extraordinary musicians, all successful composers and interpreters, inspire each other time and time again in this exciting formation.

Veranstaltungen

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Festival Academy: Lied

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Andrè Schuen & Daniel Heide

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Isang Enders & Frank Dupree

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Isabelle Faust

Opening Concert »Neuland.Lied«: »Das Lied von der Erde«

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Festival Academy: Lied

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Ballsaal Stadthalle Heidelberg
€ 18 Day Pass |  € 65 Lied Academy Season Ticket

A cooperation with Heidelberg University

We thank
Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling

Merken

Chamber Music Academy

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Kammermusiksaal Stadthalle Heidelberg

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Oliver Wille © Molina

String Quartet Festival | Workshop

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Frühling for Families: »Into the future – and back«

(for children from age six)

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