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.

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians graduating from the European Union Youth Orchestra. It was their ambition to continue working together at the highest possible professional level, and of that original group, thirteen remain in the current core membership of around sixty. The members of the COE, selected by the Orchestra itself, pursue parallel careers as international soloists, Leaders and Principals of nationally-based orchestras, as members of eminent chamber groups, and as tutors and professors of music.

The COE performs in some of the most prominent cultural venues in Europe including the Philharmonie in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. Together with other major European concert halls, these venues provide a regular touring base for the Orchestra. The COE has a close association with the Lucerne Festival, the Styriarte in Graz and with many of the world’s most prestigious musical events, such as the BBC Proms in London, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York.

Over the years, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe has developed especially close relationships with the late Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir András Schiff. The Orchestra also performs with many of the world’s most renowned soloists and conductors including Piotr Anderzewski, Gautier Capuçon, Isabelle Faust, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Sir Roger Norrington, Murray Perahia, Francesco Piemontesi, Maria João Pires, and Robin Ticciati.

To enable young people and new audiences to experience at first hand high quality live orchestral and chamber music, the COE has an active education and outreach programme designed for school, conservatoire and concert hall. The COE Academy was created in 2009 and each year awards full scholarships to exceptionally talented postgraduate students and young professionals to study with the COE’s principal players when the Orchestra is ‘on tour’.

Christophe Dumaux

Born in 1979, countertenor Christophe Dumaux studied at the Paris Conservatoire, when in 2002, aged just 22, he made a spectacular professional debut singing Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo at the Festival de Radio France, Montpellier. This production, conducted by René Jacobs, was coproduced by the Innsbruck Festival and the Berlin Staatsoper and a disc released by Harmonia Mundi.

He is since invited for engagements at major houses and festivals – the Metropolitan New York, Glyndebourne Festival , the Paris Opera , Theater an der Wien, Chicago, the Santa Fe Festival, the Berlin Staatsoper, Salzburger Festspiele, Brussels and Zurich.

Valer Sabadus

Countertenor Valer Sabadus came to international fame in 2012 for his outstanding interpretation of the role of Semira in Leonardo Vinci’s opera ‘Artaserse’ at the opera houses in Nancy, Lausanne and Cologne, the Theater an der Wien, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Opéra Royal de Versailles, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The production also appeared on CD and DVD, and won countless prizes.

Valer Sabadus began his vocal training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich under Prof. Gabriele Fuchs at the age of 17, and graduated in 2013 with distinction as a member of the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding, specialising in Musical Theatre.

In addition to his busy life as an opera singer, the young countertenor also adores the concert and oratorio repertoire. He has performed evening recitals of lieder and arias at events such as the Lucerne Festival, the Schubertiade in Hohenems, and the ‘Winter in Schwetzingen’ Festival. He has already given solo performances at the Philharmonie concert halls in Essen and Cologne, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, the Chapelle Royale de Versailles, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, at Grafenegg Festival and at Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Valer Sabadus has frequently teamed up successfully with leading early music ensembles, including Concerto Köln, Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Hofkapelle München, the L’Arpeggiata ensemble and Il pomo d’oro.

Isabelle Faust

Isabelle Faust captivates her audience with her compelling interpretations. She dives deep into every piece considering the musical historical context, historically appropriate instruments and the greatest possible authenticity according to a contemporary state of knowledge. Thus, she manages to constantly illuminate and passionately perform the repertoire of a wide variety of composers.

After winning the renowned Leopold Mozart Competition and the Paganini Competition at a very young age, she soon gave regular performances with the world’s major orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Baroque Orchestra Freiburg.

This led to close and sustained cooperation with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Giovanni Antonini, Frans Brüggen, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Andris Nelsons and Robin Ticciati.

Isabelle Faust’s vast artistic curosity includes all eras and forms of instrumental cooperation. Thus she never considers music as an end in itself but rather advances the piece’s essence in a devoted, subtle and conscientious way. In addition to big symphonic violin concertos this includes for instance Schubert’s octet with historical instruments as well as György Kurtág’s “Kafka Fragments” with Anna Prohaska or Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with Dominique Horwitz. With great commitment she renders an outstanding service to the performance of contemporary music. Premieres of Péter Eötvös, Brett Dean, Ondřej Adámek and Oscar Strasnoy are in preparation for the upcoming seasons.

Numerous recordings have been unanimously praised by critics and awarded the Diapason d’or, the Grammophone Award, the Choc de l’année and other prizes. The most recent recordings include Johann Sebastian Bach’s violin concertos with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s violin concerto with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado. In 2018, a recording with sonatas for violin and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach was released, recorded with Kristian Bezuidenhout. Isabelle Faust presented further popular recordings among others of the Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as violin concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven and Alban Berg under the direction of Claudio Abbado. She shares a long-standing chamber music partnership with the pianist Alexander Melnikov. Among others, joint recordings with sonatas for piano and violin by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven or Johannes Brahms have been released.

Pavel Haas Quartett

Veronika Jarůšková, violin
Marek Zwiebel, violin
Radim Sedmidubský, viola
Peter Jarůšek, violoncello

Based in Prague, the Pavel Haas Quartet studied with Milan Skampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet, and still enjoy a close relationship with him. They are regularly invited to perform at the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Munich Herkulessaal, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Stockholm Konserthuset and the Schubertiade.

The Quartet take their name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt in 1941 and tragically died at Auschwitz three years later. His legacy includes three wonderful string quartets.

Annette Dasch

Soprano Annette Dasch appears at the most important opera houses and festivals.

Among her most important roles are Donna Elvira (Mailänder Scala, Berliner Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper München), Contessa (Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Teatro Real Madrid, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, Metropolitan Opera New York, Oper Frankfurt), Fiordiligi (Bayerische Staatsoper München, Salzburger Osterfestspiele), Armida (Salzburger Festspiele), Antonia (Opéra National de Paris), Elisabeth (Oper Frankfurt), Elsa (Bayreuther Festspiele, Mailänder Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona), Eva (Budapest Festival, Metropolitan Opera New York) und Martinus Juliette (Oper Zürich).

In the concert field she has worked with orchestras such as the Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris, RSB Berlin, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg or Akademie of Alte Musik. She collaborates with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Adam Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Paavo Järvi, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Sir Roger Norrington, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling and Christian Thielemann. She gives regularly recitals at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Dortmund, and at the Wigmore Hall London.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Pierre-Laurent Aiamrd regularly performs throughout the world with major orchestras and conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Eötvös, Sir Simon Rattle and Riccardo Chailly. He has been invited to create, direct and perform in a number of residencies, with projects at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Wiener Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Lucerne Festival, Mozarteum Salzburg, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Tanglewood Festival and London’s Southbank Centre. Aimard is also the Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh.

Born in Lyon in 1957, Pierre-Laurent studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and in London with Maria Curcio. Early career landmarks included winning the 1973 Messiaen Competition at the age of 16 and being appointed three years later by Pierre Boulez as Ensemble intercontemporain’s first solo pianist.

Pierre-Laurent has had close collaborations with many leading composers including György Kurtág, Stockhausen, Carter, Pierre Boulez, and George Benjamin, and had a long association with Ligeti, recording his complete works for piano.
Through his professorship at the Hochschule Köln, as well as lectures and workshops worldwide, he sheds an inspiring and very personal light on music of all periods.

Beethoven Trio

The Beethoven Trio Bonn, founded in 2005, first made their name with compositions by their eponym Beethoven and other Romantic works, before more recently turning their attention to Russian repertoire.

Mikhail Ovrutsky (violin) and Grigory Alumyan (violoncello) are two of the founding members of this ambitious piano trio, which in 2015 maintained and strengthened its tradition with the addition of pianist Jinsang Lee. All three musicians are among the best in their instruments, are major international award winners and pursuing successful solo careers.

Guest performances have taken the musicians all round the world, for example, to South Africa, Spain and Austria, to the USA, and to Japan, where their widely acclaimed concert in the Kioi Hall in Tokyo was a high point in their tour. The piano trio has also performed at the Beethovenfest in Bonn and at the Raderberg concert series in Cologne.

Alexandre Tharaud

Alexandre’s international career continues to flourish with concerts in Northern America (Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall; John F. Kennedy Centre Washington D.C.; Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles), and Asia (Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Symphony Hall, Osaka;Beijing Concert Hall; Shanghai Oriental Art Center; Taiwan National Performing Arts Center and Macau Concert Hall).
In Europe, he is performing extensively in Germany (Essen and Cologne Philharmonies; Alte Oper Frankfurt; Ludwigsburg Festival),France (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; Opéra de Versailles), as well as at the Warsaw Philharmonie; Victoria Hall, Geneva; Muziekgebouwand Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; BOZAR ,Brussels; Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Auditorio Nacional, Madrid; Santa Cecilia, Roma; Tonhalle, Zürich; Casino, Bern; Rudolfinum, Prague and Musikverein, Vienna.
His festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ludwigsburg, Ruhr Piano Festival, Nuits de Décembre de Moscou, Rimini, Domaine Forget and Lanaudière.

Alexandre’s next two CDs will both be released during the 2017/2018 season. Firstly, a tribute to one of the greatest French singers of all times, Barbara, will be presented at the Paris Philharmonie in October 2017, followed by a Brahms CD together with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, with whom he has formed a duo for nearly 20 years.
Among the performing highlights of next season: an European tour with the Metropolitan Orchestra and its chief-conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Ravel’s Left Hand piano concerto); a series of recitals in North America (Carnegie Hall; John F. Kennedy Center; Salle Bourgie, Montreal…) and a tour of Japan including a concert with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra (Shostakovich piano concerto no. 2).
Further tours and concerts will take place across France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland together with NDR Radio Philharmonie, Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, Münchener Kammerorchester, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie and Orchestra Verdi.

Contemporary music has always featured prominently in Alexandre’s activities and January 2016 saw him present the world premiere of Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s new Piano Concerto for the left hand,Left, Alone, at the Cologne Philharmonie, together with the WDR Sinfonie orchester.
Subsequent performances followedwith the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the DR Symfoni Orkestret and Rotterdam Philharmonisch Orkest, the latter under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Seguin.

With classical repertoire, he has been invited to play in Northern America with both the Atlanta and Philadelphia orchestras, Toronto Symphony Orchestra; in Asia with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Taïwan National Symphony Orchestra, Japan New Philharmonic, Kansai Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra; in Germany, with München Kammerorchester, Orchester das Bayerishes Rundfunks, Orchester das Rundfunks Saarbrücken, hf-Frankfurt; in France with Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de Lyon, and elsewhere with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, under the direction of Lionel Bringuier, Bernard Labadie, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Georges Prêtre, Marc Minkowski, Stéphane Denève, Leo Hussain, David Zinman, Yannik Nézet-Séguin and Claus Peter-Flor.

Alexandre’s discography reflects his eclectic affinity to many musical styles. His recordings rangefrom Bach, Mozart and Haydn (with Les Violons du Roy) to Le Bœuf sur Le Toit: a homage to the roaring twenties.Other discsfor ERATO include Autograph, Scarlatti, Journal Intime (Chopin) and the major release of 2016: Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as a film, which was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2016 in the Category “Music-DVD-Production of the Year”. His latest recording features Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, together with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Vernikov. For harmonia mundi he has recorded: Rameau, Ravel’s complete piano works (Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, Diapason d’Or de l’Année, CHOC du Monde de la Musique, Recommandé de Classica, 10 de Répertoire, Pick of the Month BBC Music Magazine, Stern des Monats Fono Forum, Meilleurdisque de l’Année de Standaard), Bach’s Italian Concertos (one of the events of the year, 2005), Couperin, Satie (Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2008), and Chopin (Complete Waltzes and the 24 Preludes).

Alexandre Tharaud is dedicatee of numerous works, including Thierry Pécou’s works:Outre-Mémoire, L’Oiseau Innumérable and Le Visage – Le Cœur, Gérard Pesson’s piano concerto in 2012 for the Festival d’Automne in Paris and three cycles for solo piano, which he commissioned: Hommages à Rameau, Hommage à Couperin and Pianosong.
In 2014, he published his first book, Piano Intime, together with journalist Nicolas Southon, which was followed inearly 2017 by a more personal narrative view on his career: Montrez-moivos mains. Alexandre Tharaud is also featured in a film directed by Swiss film maker Raphaëlle Aellig-Régnier, Le Temps Dérobé, and has completed a new edition of Maurice Ravel’s complete solo piano works for the German publisher Bärenreiter.


Festivalfinale: Daniil Trifonov & Mahler Chamber Orchestra

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