Jörg Widmann & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Innocence in Danger e.V. is global movement against sexual abuse of children. The Heidelberger Frühling supports the association on its matters and organizes this concert in cooperation with Innocence in Danger.

Sol Gabetta & Il Giardino Armonico

6.45 p. m. introduction by our »Classic Scouts« Ballsaal/Stadthalle

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Sol Gabetta at Ballsaal/Stadthalle


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.

Milena Wilke

Gabriel Schwabe

Gabriel Schwabe was born to German-Spanish parents in 1988. He studied with Catalin Ilea in Berlin and with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy and recieved further impulses from Janos Starker, Gary Hoffmann and Gidon Kremer.

Gabriel Schwabe is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, among others the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann and the Concours Rostropovich in Paris. In 2009 he won the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award in London.

As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonia, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with conductors Marek Janowski, Eivind Gullberg-Jensen, Dennis Russell-Davies, Cornelius Meister and Michael Sanderling.

In 2010 Gabriel Schwabe gave his recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Kronberg Cello Festival, Amsterdam Biennale and has performed together with artists like Christian Tetzlaff, Daniel Hope, Albrecht Mayer, Lars Vogt, Kirill Gerstein and Jonathan Gilad. Since 2012 he is artistic director of the high profile chamber music series “Resonanzen” in Siegburg/Germany.

Gabriel Schwabe plays a rare Italian instrument built in Brescia (ca.1600).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nemanja Radulović

Nemanja Radulović plays in the most important European concert halls: Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Megaron in Athens, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Philharmony of Cologne, as well as at the Carnegie Hall.

He performed with orchestras in Europe, Asia and America such as Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Barcelona, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London.

He was invited to famous music festivals like Verbier, Heidelberger Frühling and Rheingau Musik Festival.

Nemanja Radulović won many international prizes such as the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hanover, George Enescu, Antonio Stradivari, Wieniawski- Lipinski in Poland.

Daniil Trifonov

Since taking First Prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011 at just 20, the Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has appeared with most of the world’s foremost orchestras, including the New York, Los Angeles, and Royal Philharmonics; the Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and London Symphony Orchestras; the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Mariinsky Orchestras.

In solo recital he graces such key international venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Boston’s Celebrity Series; London’s Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth, and Wigmore Halls; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, Zurich’s Tonhalle, and Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica; the Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris; Tokyo’s Opera City and Suntory Hall; and the Seoul Arts Center.

Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Trifonov studied with Tatiana Zelikman at Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music and Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2013 he was awarded Italy’s Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist.

Julia Fischer

German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability and as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings.

Born in Munich, Julia Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and at just 11-years-old won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, an event that catapulted her towards an international career as a soloist.

Julia Fischer has since appeared regularly with the world’s most celebrated orchestras and conductors. In recent seasons, concert highlights have included orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. Julia Fischer has worked with conductors of the highest level including Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Esa Pekka Salonen and David Zinman. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, Julia Fischer has performed in the world’s great concert halls and in festivals across Europe including the Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux Arts, Berlin Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall in New York and at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Easter Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

In 2011 she founded the The Julia Fischer Quartet, which garnered ecstatic acclaim from public and critics alike for Julia Fischer, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Nils Mönkemeyer and cellist Benjamin Nyffenegger.

Throughout her career, Julia Fischer has always maintained her piano studies. In 2008 she made her professional piano debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and conductor Matthias Pintscher.