Simon Kluth © Ulrikismus

Simon Kluth

Simon Kluth, born in 1986 in Hamburg, studied violin in Detmold and Hanover with Elisabeth Kufferath and in Paris with Boris Garlitzky. He is a longtime member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Orchester im Treppenhaus in Hanover and took part in the Lucerne Festival Academy.  He is principal violonist at Camerata Hamburg.
He played in various chamber music formations, too – for example at Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen, Manifeste Paris, Lucerne Festival and, together with Jörg Widmann, at Heidelberger Frühling Music Festival.

Simon Kluth has a strong passion for contemporary music and is the inventor, organizer and moderator of the Composer Slam contest.  With his ensemble SonARTrio, he became a scholarship holder of the German Music Competition 2013. With his band Klangheimlich Simon Kluth performed as renowned concert venues as well as in clubs, bars and cafés.

HIYOLI TOGAWA

Hiyoli Togawa

Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra

The Philharmonic Orchestra was founded on April 8, 1889 under the name “Städtisches Orchester”. This point in time initially marks the integration of the orchestra into the municipal administration. Even before that, the musical culture in Heidelberg is very much alive.

At the beginning there is a “music association”, which has been documented since 1812 and which essentially consists of amateur musicians. As the “Heidelberg City Orchestra”, the orchestra received municipal subsidies from 1839 onwards. The work of the municipal orchestra consists mainly of light music in the first few years. This changes due to the commitment of the first important conductor, Philipp Wolfrum, who, as the founder and conductor of the Heidelberg Bach Choir, had played with the orchestra for many years. In parallel to Wolfrum as the then university music director, Paul Radig works as the municipal music director.

In the Wolfrum era, Heidelberg was a stronghold of contemporary music and the municipal orchestra was an influential institution in music history: Richard Strauss Days were held as early as 1893. In 1901 Jean Sibelius experienced his first international success at the Heidelberger Tonkünstlerfest of the Allgemeine Deutsche Musikverein when he conducted two legends from the “Lemminkäinen Suite” in a festival concert. In 1913 there was a Heidelberg Music Festival entirely focused on Johann Sebastian Bach and Max Reger. The city music director Kurt Overhoff brought a new break in concert life, taking over the management of the symphony concerts in 1931 and assigning the orchestra to new responsibilities in the years to come. Overhoff had to give up his activity in 1940 due to illness. During the Second World War, Heidelberg’s musical life was sustained primarily by well-known guest conductors.

As early as August 1945 Hermann Meinhard Poppen was able to reintroduce the concert series of the city and the Bach society with the municipal orchestra, which was partly made up of local forces, and the Bach Society in the castle courtyard. The appointment of music director Fritz Henn then brings the full reintroduction of concert and opera operations and also increases the number of permanent positions considerably.

There was a continuous upward trend in 1954 with the appointment of Karl Rucht as director of the municipal orchestra. Rucht, former solo trumpeter of the Berlin Philharmonic, is already General Music Director of the Palatinate Orchestra Ludwigshafen and is now taking over the Heidelberg Municipal Orchestra as the second orchestra in a leading position. He uses his dual position to enable close cooperation between the two orchestras and to be able to perform large-scale works in this way. The collaboration between the Pfalzorchester Ludwigshafen and the Städtisches Orchester Heidelberg lasted until 1960.

After the Karl Rucht era, Hans Blümer, 1st Kapellmeister of the Städtische Bühne, took over the management of the orchestra for a year. He took on this task with great dedication in 1960-61 and 1972-73, so that the interim years never seemed like temporary arrangements. In the following years Kurt Brass, Christian Süss and Gerhard Schäfer led the municipal orchestra. Under Christian Süss, the first educational offers are set up: concerts for children and adults as well as concert rehearsals open to the public, which are also attended by school classes.

Born in Switzerland, Mario Venzago took over the management of the orchestra in 1986. His work as a conductor, pianist and accompanist as well as a composer shows a lively musical diversity. Venzago’s wide-ranging programs of symphony and serenade concerts met with great interest and applause from the audience. He succeeds in increasing the orchestra by 8 positions. Mario Venzago has been honorary conductor of the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007.

For the 1994/95 and 2006/07 seasons, the orchestra was awarded the prize for the “best concert program” by the German Association of Music Publishers. Concert tours have taken the orchestra to the Cologne Philharmonic, Antwerp and Ravenna in recent years. The concerts are regularly recorded by Deutschlandfunk and SWR. The Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra is characterized by its stylistic flexibility. Since 2006 the Philharmonic has been dealing with historical performance practice as part of the Winter Festival in Schwetzingen. The commitment to new music has a long tradition: several works were premiered by the Philharmonic Orchestra and are dedicated to it. Since 2005 the orchestra has been working intensively with an annually changing »composer for Heidelberg«. Music education is of particular importance. A family concert series is supplemented by piccolo and children’s concerts as well as a youth concert. In addition, the orchestra members are involved in schools and kindergartens and are often guests there. The youth project “Rap it Like Heidelberg” was awarded 1st prize in the competition for the “Tag der Musik 2010” from the German Music Council in 2010. In addition, the members of the orchestra regularly present themselves in changing formations in chamber concerts.

From 2005 to 2012 the now internationally acclaimed Cornelius Meister led the Philharmonic Orchestra in the position of General Music Director of the City of Heidelberg. He will be succeeded by GMD Yordan Kamdzhalov until 2014. Elias Grandy has been General Music Director of the Philharmoniker and the City of Heidelberg since the 2015 | 16 season. Today, the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, in unity with the Heidelberg City Theater under Artistic Director Holger Schultze, is an integral part of Heidelberg’s musical life and enriches the cultural scene in many ways.

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Gerold Huber fotografiert von Marion Koell

Gerold Huber

Gerold Huber studied piano under Friedemann Berger at the Musikhochschule in Munich and attended Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s lied class in Berlin. In 1998 he was awarded the Prix International Pro Musicis with Christian Gerhaher. Gerold Huber gives masterclasses, and since 2013 he has been a professor for lied accompaniment at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg.

Gerold Huber has appeared at renowned festivals and major concert halls, a. o. at Konzertverein Vienna, Wigmore Hall London or Bavarian State Opera Munich, performing with Christian Gerhaher, Christina Landshamer, Franz-Josef Selig, Mojca Erdmann, Diana Damrau, Ruth Ziesak, Maximillian Schmitt, Christiane Karg, Rolando Villazon and others.

Gerold Huber is the artistic director of the Pollinger Tage Alter und Neuer Musik.

All of Gerold Huber’s recordings with Christian Gerhaher have been issued by Sony Classical, and awarded with various prizes. The Schubert recording Nachtviolen was honoured with the Gramophone Award in 2015. Among other recent recordings
Schubert’s Die schöne Mülllerin will be published this autumn, again with Christian Gerhaher (Sony).

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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.

Jonathan Ware

Born in Texas, Jonathan Ware studied at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School and with Wolfram Rieger at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler Berlin’, where he now teaches.
He won the Pianist’s Prize at Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song and Das Lied Competitions, and 1st Prize in the International Hugo Wolf Competition.

Sought after as a song accompanist and chamber musician, former highlights included recitals in the Festival Dialogues at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Mojca Erdmann, the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, Munich Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall and Barbican with Dame Ann Murray, Robin Tritschler, Michael Collins, Peter Moore, Benjamin Appl and Morgan Pearse.   He recorded for BBC Radio 3 with Peter Moore, was resident at the Verbier Festival Academy and Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, and a mentor at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival Academy.

Future engagements include recitals with Golda Schulz at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Elsa Dreisig at the Konzerthaus Berlin and Anna Huntley at Wiltshire Music Centre and Leeds University.   He returns to Wigmore Hall, Samling Opera and the Heidelberger Frühling Academy.

Daniel Heide

Daniel Heide grew up and studied piano in Weimar. He soon concentrated on the work with singers and chamber music performances, receiving inspiration from master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Quasthoff and Christa Ludwig. Numerous lieder recitals and chamber concerts all over Europe are proof of his intensive concert activities. In addition to his regular work with singers such as Stella Doufexis, Ingeborg Danz, Britta Schwarz, Roman Trekel and Andrè Schuen he has accompanied lieder recitals with Christoph Pregardien, Simone Kermes, Luca Pisaroni, Ruth Ziesak and Anna Lucia Richter. Among his chamber music partners are Tabea Zimmermann, Antje Weithaas, Barbara Buntrock, Julian Steckel and Isang Enders. As an orchestral musician he performed with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Dresden Philhamonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra among others. One key element in Daniel Heide’s career as accompanist is the establishment of the concert series “The lyrical salon – lieder recitals at Schloss Ettersburg”. The Franz Liszt prizewinner teaches at the conservatoires of Berlin (the “Hanns Eisler”) and Weimar (the “Franz Liszt”).

Frank Dupree

Winner of the 2018 Opus Klassik Award for Piano Concerto Recording of the Year (20th/21st century), German pianist Frank Dupree recently came to international attention as the laureate prize winner of the 2014 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, captivating the judges with his musical maturity, refined technique and ability to draw a wide spectrum of sound and colour from the keyboard. Emanuel Ax has remarked that he is a ‘sincere, feeling, and enormously interesting artist, whom no doubt will be a major presence amongst the leading musicians of his generation’.

Initially trained as a jazz percussionist, Frank celebrates the breadth and depth of the piano repertoire, with a particular enthusiasm for the music of the 20th century as well as the music of living composers, having already been chosen to work closely with Péter Eötvös (Erdenklavier – Himmelklavier, world premiere recording in 2015 for the GENUIN classics label) and Wolfgang Rihm (Con Piano? Certo!, world premiere performance with conductor Justin Brown and the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe in June 2015).

Recent and forthcoming highlights include his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Miguel Prieto conducting, return invitations at London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Brussels BOZAR amongst others as well as a successful debut play/directing the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, resulting in an immediate re-invitation and an ongoing relationship with the ensemble. Frank also completes his much-lauded three-season residency with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and this season, will be artist-in-residence with the Theater Plauen-Zwickau. Additional highlights include debuts with the Trondheim Symfonieorchester, the Staatskapelle Halle and the Weimar Staatskapelle, recital debuts at London’s LSO St Luke’s, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Stockholm’s Konserthuset and Munich’s Allerheiligen-Hofkirche.

An artist who is firmly establishing himself on the international scene, Frank has previously performed with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (play/direct), Minnesota Orchestra, Malmö Symphony, Kristiansand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bern Symphony, Duisburg Philharmonic, Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra, Essen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Musikkollegium Winterthur. Recitals and chamber music play a particularly important role in Frank’s musical ethos, and he has frequently collaborated with other rising stars of his generation (Simon Höfele, Edgar Moreau, Daniel Lozakovich, Timothy Ridout, and the Calidore and Goldmund string quartets), giving concerts at such places as the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Verbier Festival, Septembre Musical in Montreux, Davos Festival, Heidelberg Spring Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Kurt Weill Festival and in numerous other venues across Germany.

Combining his fine musicianship with the art of direction, Frank was awarded first prize at the 2012 International Hans-von-Bülow Competition in Meiningen for his play/direct work with Beethoven, and was soon after invited to take part in the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris Play-Direct Academy with Joseph Swensen, Stephen Kovacevich, and François Leleux. On the podium, Frank has previously assisted Sir Simon Rattle, François-Xavier Roth, and Mario Venzago.

A Steinway Artist, Frank has been a student of Sontraud Speidel since the age of five and recently completed his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. Over the years, he has played in masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Ralf Gothóni, Klaus Hellwig, Alexander Braginsky, Cyprien Katsaris, Ferenc Rados, Gábor Takács-Nagy, and Stephen Kovacevich. In Summer 2013, Frank was awarded the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes scholarship and,

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.