Pavel Kolesnikov

Pavel Kolesnikov became Prize Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition in 2012, and recital and festival appearances resulting from the Honens Prize include Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Louvre (Paris), Vancouver Recital Society, La Jolla Music Society, Spoleto Festival USA, Canada’s Ottawa ChamberFest and Banff Summer Festival.
Pavel has performed with the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé, the BBC Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He has undertaken UK and European tours with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony and Flanders Symphony Orchestras. Pavel made his BBC Proms debut performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 2 with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland conducted by Ilan Volkov. He also joined the BBC Proms at the inaugural event in Australia. Pavel will perform his first Beethoven Concerto cycle with Sinfonia Cymru during the 2020 Beethoven anniversary year.

He has given recitals at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, as part of the international Piano Series, and at Kings Place, London. He enjoys collaborating with other musicians, such as the Brahms Violin and Viola Sonatas with Lawrence Power, again at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Pavel has also given recitals in South Korea, Japan, Spain, and Germany, and at the La Roque d’Antheron festival, the Musiq3 Festival in Brussels, and the Aldeburgh Festival. He returns regularly to the Wigmore Hall in London.

London-based Pavel Kolesnikov was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. He studied both the piano and violin for ten years, before concentrating solely on the piano. He has studied at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Dorensky, at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher and at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria João Pires thanks to the generous support of Mr Christopher D Budden, the RCM Scholarship Foundation and Hattori Foundation. Pavel is the recipient of the Milstein Medal and is the RCM Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow. Pavel was a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists from 2014 to 2016.

Kammermusik Plus | Pavel Kolesnikov 8 p.m. – Alternative date for 19/01/21

Due to the extended nationwide lockdown, this concert on 19 January 2021 had to be cancelled. Fortunately, an alternative date has already been set: the concert will be held on Tuesday, 27 July 2021 at 5 and at 8 p.m. with a different programme.

Changed venue: Rudolf-Wild-Halle Eppelheim Since the old auditorium of Heidelberg University only allows a very limited number of visitors under the applicable safety regulations, the concert will take place in the Rudolf-Wild-Halle in Eppelheim (Schulstraße 6, 69214 Eppelheim). The house is barrier-free.

Directions:

By car: There is a paid underground car park with a limited number of spaces (99) next to the Rudolf-Wild-Halle. From there you can go directly to the foyer of the hall (underground car park Rudolf-Wild-Halle, Schillerstraße, 69214 Eppelheim).

By public transport: From Bismarckplatz, Rudolf-Wild-Halle can be reached in 20 minutes by tram 22 (direction: Eppelheim; Stop: Rathaus Eppelheim).

Please note the important information about attending the concert:

➔For attending a concert, either proof of a daily negative corona test (max. 24 hours old) from an official test center, the vaccination certificate from 14 days after the second vaccination or proof of recovery within the last 6 months (PCR test, medical certificate), required.

➔ The house and the hall open 30 minutes before the start of the concert. Admission will be guided by our service staff. ➔ It is compulsory to wear a medical mask (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) in the entire building. This also applies during the concert. Please keep a safe distance of 1.50 meters from other people who do not live in your household during your entire visit. ➔ Hand disinfectant will be available in the house – please use it.

➔ If you yourself have symptoms of a respiratory infection or a high temperature or are in contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 or have been within the last 14 days, we must ask you not to participate in the event.

➔ Please note that there are no gastronomic options and no cloakrooms available on this evening.

➔ Evening programs are available on site at a price of € 1.

We will ensure that all rooms are supplied with sufficient fresh air, that sufficient disinfectant dispensers as well as soap and paper towels are available in the toilets. Before and after the events, all surfaces and door handles are disinfected.

Data collection

In order to be able to understand possible chains of infection and to inform affected persons, we are obliged to forward the contact details of all concert-goers to the responsible health authority. We have your contact because you bought your tickets by phone or in the Heidelberger Frühling webshop. If several tickets have been purchased, the buyer is obliged to inform his / her companions.

➔ If you want to pass on the tickets, you are obliged to give us the contact details of the card user before the start of the event (by email or telephone).

Kammermusik Plus | Friedrich Thiele & Naoko Sonoda – 8 p.m. – Alternative date for 9/3/21

Due to the extended nationwide lockdown, this concert could not take place on 9 March 2021. Instead, the concert will be held on Tuesday, 6 July 2021 at 8 p.m. with almost the same programme. There is no artist talk beforehand the concert.

Changed venue: Rudolf-Wild-Halle Eppelheim

Since the old auditorium of Heidelberg University only allows a very limited number of visitors under the applicable safety regulations, the concert will take place in the Rudolf-Wild-Halle in Eppelheim (Schulstraße 6, 69214 Eppelheim). The house is barrier-free.

Directions:

By car: There is a paid underground car park with a limited number of spaces (99) next to the Rudolf-Wild-Halle. From there you can go directly to the foyer of the hall (underground car park Rudolf-Wild-Halle, Schillerstraße, 69214 Eppelheim).

By public transport: From Bismarckplatz, Rudolf-Wild-Halle can be reached in 20 minutes by tram 22 (direction: Eppelheim; Stop: Rathaus Eppelheim).

Please note the important information about attending the concert:

➔For attending a concert, either proof of a daily negative corona test (max. 24 hours old) from an official test center, the vaccination certificate from 14 days after the second vaccination or proof of recovery within the last 6 months (PCR test, medical certificate), required.

➔ The house and the hall open 30 minutes before the start of the concert. Admission will be guided by our service staff. ➔ It is compulsory to wear a medical mask (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) in the entire building. This also applies during the concert. Please keep a safe distance of 1.50 meters from other people who do not live in your household during your entire visit. ➔ Hand disinfectant will be available in the house – please use it.

➔ If you yourself have symptoms of a respiratory infection or a high temperature or are in contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 or have been within the last 14 days, we must ask you not to participate in the event.

➔ Please note that there are no gastronomic options and no cloakrooms available on this evening.

➔ Evening programs are available on site at a price of € 1.

We will ensure that all rooms are supplied with sufficient fresh air, that sufficient disinfectant dispensers as well as soap and paper towels are available in the toilets. Before and after the events, all surfaces and door handles are disinfected.

Data collection

In order to be able to understand possible chains of infection and to inform affected persons, we are obliged to forward the contact details of all concert-goers to the responsible health authority. We have your contact because you bought your tickets by phone or in the Heidelberger Frühling webshop. If several tickets have been purchased, the buyer is obliged to inform his / her companions.

➔ If you want to pass on the tickets, you are obliged to give us the contact details of the card user before the start of the event (by email or telephone).

Nearby rapid test centers in Eppelheim

You will find several rapid test centers within walking distance of the venue:

Test tent: Hauptstraße 56, 69214 Eppelheim (Mon to Fri 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat and Sun 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Test tent: Handelstrasse 24, 69214 Eppelheim (Mon-Sun 10:00 am – 8:00 pm)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us:

Tel .: +49 – 6221 – 584 00 44 (Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Email: tickets@heidelberger-fruehling.de

Lendvai String Trio fotografiert von Sarah Wijzenbeek

Lendvai String Trio

Nadia Wijzenbeek, violin
Ylvali Zilliacus, viola
Marie Macleod, cello

“With beautifully clear, natural sound…The Lendvai Trio once more acquit themselves with flying colours, their infectious enthusiasm consistently communicated.” Gramophone, 2014

In 2020, the Lendvai String Trio celebrates its 15th anniversary season performing regularly at major venues throughout Europe such as Wigmore Hall in London and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. The trio has recorded extensively and to great acclaim, including the complete string trios by Beethoven (BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Choice in June 2013) and Martinů, both for Stone Records. Their most recent international success is the completion of a three-year project uncovering, performing and recording all sixteen string trios by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen for Champs Hill Records.

“Röntgen’s inexhaustible fecundity of melody, musical charm and compositional craftsmanship combine in the most delightful manner…delivered with impeccable musicianship by the wonderful Lendvai Trio.” 
Gramophone, 2016

In 2011 the trio was awarded the prestigious Kersjes Ensemble Prize in Holland, as well as being selected for the Concertgebouw’s Young Artist Series in Amsterdam. In 2005 they were selected for the Holland Music Sessions ‘New Masters on Tour’, resulting in a series of concerts across Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Netherlands.

The trio regularly performs at festivals in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden and their concerts and recordings are broadcast by Dutch Radio 4, Swedish Radio P2 and BBC Radio 3.

The trio enjoys and gets inspiration from regular collaborations with other artists. Recent highlights have included concerts with oboists Alexei Ogrintchouk and Nicholas Daniel, and pianists Paolo Giacometti, Tom Poster, Charles Owen, Alasdair Beatson and Martin Sturfält. As well as regularly commissioning new works, the Lendvai String Trio is also keen to uncover and revive forgotten works for the genre.

Alongside the trio Nadia is concertmaster of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Ylvali is guest principal at the Royal Swedish Opera and Marie solo cellist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bläserquintett Profive

Bläserquintett Profive

The members are all professors at music academies: Wally Hase (flute) in Vienna, Jochen Müller-Brincken (oboe), Albrecht Holder (bassoon), Manfred Lindner (clarinet) and Christoph Ess (horn) in Würzburg. In addition to their teaching activities, the musicians are also active as soloists and in other chamber music formations (including Consortium Classicum, Ensemble Villa Musica, Residenz-Quintett Munich), but in the exclusive top ensemble PROFIVE they always find the symbiosis of professional faithfulness to the work and exuberant joy in playing.

At the Days of New Music 2001 in Würzburg, the quintet played the demanding wind quintet by A. Schönberg for the first time with this new line-up. The interpretation was praised by the press as a sensational highlight. This provided an incentive to let the era of the Würzburg wind soloists live on in a new and extremely lively form. The wide-ranging repertoire includes – starting with the earliest quintets M. Cambinis and A. Rosettis – via the piano quintets by W.A. Mozart, L. v. Beethoven and Fr. Danzi the colorful oeuvre of romanticism up to modern quintets.

It is a particular concern of PROFIVEs to publicize masterpieces that have not yet been played in addition to the traditionally known works.

This year the ensemble is a guest at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival. The artists also work increasingly with Juri Tetzlaff, the well-known KIKA presenter, and successfully present children’s and family concerts with programs such as ‘Peter and the Wolf’, ‘Carnival of the Animals’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Bremen Town Musicians’ , ‘Peer Gynt’ and ‘The Magic Flute’.

Alexander Lonquich fotografiert von Ivan Urbano Gobbo

Alexander Lonquich

Raising a wave of enthusiasm, Lonquich spreads the joy of making music and animates to the highest concentration (Die Welt, 2016)

Born in Trier, Germany, Alexander Lonquich is recognized as one of the most important interpreters of his generation, as soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He currently performs worldwide, in Japan, United States, Australia as well as at the most important European music centres, regular guest of prestigious festivals, such as Salzburg Festival, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Lockenhaus, Cheltenham Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Beethovenfest in Bonn and Warsaw.

Alexander Lonquich’s performances in the double role of soloist & conductor are hailed by the international media and audiences: he regularly appears with Camerata Salzburg, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, hr Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Kammerorchester Basel, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in Turin, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova.

Lonquich has been most successfully soloist of the Wiener Philharmoniker, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala Theatre in Milan, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, to name a few. He played under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Yuri Bashmet, Philippe Herreweghe, Heinz Holliger, Ton Koopman, Emmanuel Krivine, Mark Minkowski, Kurt Sanderling, Sándor Végh.

He is also profoundly committed to chamber music and regularly plays with partners such as Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Heinz Holliger, Sabine Meyer, Christian Tetzlaff, Carolin Widmann, Jörg Widmann, Tabea Zimmermann, the Artemis Quartet and many others.

Alexander Lonquich’s solo recordings for EMI, dedicated to Mozart, Schumann and Schubert, have received the highest critical acclaim and prizes ranging from the “Diapason d’Or” to the “Edison Prize”.

Various CDs have been released by ECM Records, among other music by Israeli composer Gideon Lewensohn, the French piano music CD “Plainte calme” (Fauré, Ravel, Messiaen), which received the highest recognition from the international press, piano solo works by Schumann (Kreisleriana) and Heinz Holliger (Partita), and recently a duo CD with the violinist Carolin Widmann entirely dedicated to Schubert.

In 2016, his new CD recording of Schumann’s piano concert pieces with Heinz Holliger and the WDR Sinfonieorchester was released by Audite Records.

Highlights of the past seasons were successful tours through Europe as soloist and conductor with the Camerata Salzburg, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as a cycle of Beethoven‘s 5 piano concertos with the Münchener Kammerorchester and his Residence in 2015/16 season at the NDR Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg.

Future highlights include a European tour with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées (France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy) and concerts with the Haydn Philharmonie Eisenstadt, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and the Münchener Kammerorchester.

Carolinm Widmann fotografiert von Lennard Rühle

Carolin Widmann

A wonderfully versatile musician, Carolin Widmann’s activities span the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music and period instrument performances, including play/direction from the violin. Widmann was awarded the Bayerischer Staatspreis for music in 2017, honouring her individuality and exceptional musicianship. Widmann was also the recipient of an International Classical Music Award (Concerto category) for her critically acclaimed recording of both Mendelssohn’s and Schumann’s Violin Concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, released in August 2016 by ECM and which Widmann herself conducted from the violin.

Named ‘Musician of the Year’ at the International Classical Music Awards 2013, Widmann has enjoyed collaborations with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Czech Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra, with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Roger Norrington, Edward Gardner, Sakari Oramo, Vladimir Jurowski, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Christoph von Dohnányi and François-Xavier Roth. She has also appeared at such widely known festivals as Berliner Festspiele, Salzburg, Lucerne, Festival d’ Automne Paris, Ravinia Festival and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. During the 2014-15 season, Widmann was Artist-in-Residence at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, which included numerous recital and chamber performances as well as a play/direct project on gut strings with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. That season also saw Carolin perform the world première of a new violin concerto written for her by Julian Anderson, at the Southbank Centre with the London Philharmonic under Jurowski. The 2019-20 season saw her debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Esa Pekka Salone, Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Maxim Emelyanychev and her New York debut play/directing the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Highlights of Widmann’s 2020/21 season include engagements with Houston Symphony, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Taiwan Philharmonic and her debut in Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra. She will also return to the WDR Orchester Cologne, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein and she will premiere a new concerto by Veli-Matti Puumala with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu.

A prolific chamber musician, Carolin appears regulary at the leading concert halls including Wigmore Hall London, Bozar in Brussels, Louvre Paris, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Berlin, and the Vienna Konzerthaus. The 2018/19 saw Carolin embark on major recital tours of North and South America, as well as a return to the Wiener Konzerthaus to perform an all Beethoven recital as part of their Beethoven celebrations. She has also recently given the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto No 2 at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as performed the work in Europe with Orchestre de Paris and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Alte Oper under Andrés Orozco Estrada. Her discs of Schubert and Schumann sonatas received critical acclaim including the “Diapason d’Or” and the German Record Critics’ Award. In 2006, Carolin Widmann’s debut CD, “Reflections I,” was named “Critics’ Choice of the Year” by the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Her recording of Morton Feldman’s concerto “Violin and Orchestra” with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emilio Pomárico was released in 2013.

Widmann has a special interest in connecting with other art forms; she has performed in choreographed concerts with the Sasha Waltz Company (at the Mozartwoche Salzburg and the opening week at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg), played a solo recital in a football stadium in Frankfurt at a project curated by architect Daniel Libeskind, and has designed concert programmes to be performed at museums such as the Museum Ludwig Cologne and the Museum of Modern Art MMK in Frankfurt. In March 2019, she was part of a project by performance artist Marina Abramović.

Carolin Widmann was born in Munich and studied with Igor Ozim in Cologne, Michèle Auclair in Boston and David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Since 2006, she has been professor of violin at Leipzig’s University of Music and Theatre “Felix MendelssohnBartholdy”.

Carolin Widmann plays a G.B. Guadagnini violin from 1782.

Trio Isimsiz

Pablo Hernán Benedí, violin
Michael Petrov, cello
Erdem Misirlioglu, piano

“…a piano trio that already has that vital combination of unanimity of ensemble and musicianship, plus plenty of individual character and vitality ...”

Formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in 2015 the Trio Isimsiz won 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Trondheim Competition, and in 2017 2nd Prize at the Haydn International Competition in Vienna. They were selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) between 2013 and 2018, and in February 2018 won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.

The Trio performs widely in Europe, with highlights including recitals at the Trondheim, Stavanger, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Peasmarsh Festivals (broadcast by BBC Radio 3), the Kölner Philharmonie, Tivoli Concert Hall, Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, Fundación Juan March in Madrid and Marianischer-Saal in Lucerne. Further afield, they have toured in
China and Argentina.

The Trio Isimsiz are Fellows at the Guildhall. They have collaborated with Anthony Marwood, Krysztof Chorzelski, Richard Lester and Aleksander Madzar and attended IMS
Prussia Cove, working with Ferenc Rados.

During their studies, the Trio undertook residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada, Jeunesse Musicales Chamber Music, Germany and Mozarteum, Salzburg, and participated in masterclasses with András Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Menahem Pressler, Thomas Riebl, Wolfgang Reddick, the Gould Piano Trio, Belcea and Takács Quartet.

Recent highlights include performances at Aldeburgh Festival’s Schubertiade, Wigmore Hall, Kettle’s Yard, Jersey Arts Centre, Beethoven-Haus Bonn and Ettlingen Schlosskonzerte, broadcast on SWR Radio, as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in their debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Brighton Festival. Following their debut recording of Brahms, Takemitsu and Beethoven, they released their second disc for Rubicon of works by Fauré, Schubert and Brahms in September 2020. The disc was warmly described by The Strad as ” softly measured romance and taut poise…an eagerly anticipated follow up to an impressive debut”.

In upcoming seasons, the Trio look forward to recitals across the UK and Germany, and a new commission by Francisco Coll to be premiered in Spain.

All three members of the Trio Isimsiz enjoy great success individually. Erdem Misirlioglu was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition in 2008, Pablo Hernán Benedí is a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, formed by Alina Ibragimova, and Michael Petrov represented the UK in the European Concert Halls Organisation Rising Star series.

Pablo Hernán Benedí was born in 1991 in Madrid. He studied at the C.I. Padre Antonio Soler Conservatory in San Lorenzo de El Escorial and at the GSMD with David Takeno. In 2010 Pablo became a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, formed by Alina Ibragimova, Emilie Hornlund and Claire Thirion, appearing at major venues throughout Europe. The Quartet’s debut recording was released in 2011 to critical acclaim.

Michael Petrov was born in 1990 in Bulgaria. He studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the GSMD with Louise Hopkins, winning the Gold Medal in 2014. Over the two years he has made his debut with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and English Chamber Orchestras. During 2014/15 he gave recitals at major concert halls throughout Europe as part of his nomination by the Barbican Centre as an ECHO Rising Star.

Erdem Misirlioglu was born in 1989 in Suffolk. He studied with Mark Fielding at the Junior GSMD and since 2008 with Martin Roscoe and Ronan O’Hora at the GSMD. In 2008 he was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musicians Competition, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He recently won 1st Prize in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s Intercollegiate Piano Competition.

Viviane Hagner fotografiert vonTimm Kölln

Viviane Hagner

Munich-born violinist Viviane Hagner, highly praised for her highly intelligent musicality, is in high demand worldwide as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator.

Since her international debut at the age of twelve, Hagner has become known for her intelligent interpretations and gorgeous, substantive sound. She has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Munich Philharmonic, among others.

 

Hagner’s impressive 2019-2020 season takes her across Europe and North America, including Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor with the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg, Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic and conductor Markus Stenz, and Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto with Vancouver Symphony led by Otto Tausk. In February, Hagner embarks on a tour of Italy with the Camerata Salzburg, where she will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Schubert’s Rondo in A major in such major concert halls as the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and the Teatro Communale di Modena.  As a chamber musician, Hagner appears this season at the Lammermuir Festival and Villa Music as well as in recital with Nicole Hagner in Winnenden.

 

Viviane Hagner ardently promotes and performs new, undiscovered music. She has performed works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Witold Lutoslawski. In 2002, she gave the world premiere of Unsuk Chin’s violin concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Kent Nagano. Recently, Hagner gave the Asian premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Second Violin Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Claire Huangci fotografiert von MateuszZahora

Claire Huangci

The young American pianist Claire Huangci, winner of the first prize and the Mozart prize at the 2018 Geza Anda Competition, continuously captivates audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten). With an irrepressible curiosity and penchant for unusual repertoire, she proves her versatility with a wide range in repertoire spanning from Bach and Scarlatti to Bernstein, Gulda, and Corigliano.

In solo recitals and with international orchestras, Claire has appeared in some of the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall Tokyo, NCPA Beijing, Paris Philharmonie, Munich Gasteig, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and the Budapest Franc Liszt Akademie. She is a welcome guest in renowned festivals including Lucerne Festival, Verbier Festival, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival and Klavier Festival Ruhr. Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, ORF Radio Orchester Vienna, Vancouver Symphony, and China Philharmonic Orchestra, together with Sir Roger Norrington, Eva Ollikainen, Mario Venzago, Cornelius Meister, and Elim Chan are among her esteemed musical partners.

For an intense start of the 2020/21 season, Claire paid homage to Beethoven’s anniversary with a compelling interpretation of his Pastorale symphony arranged for solo piano by Franz Liszt, with concerts at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and the Rheingau Musik Festival, where her recital was recorded for T-Mobile‘s streaming platform MagentaMusik 360. After appearances as a piano duo with Alexei Volodin at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the release of a new album with her Trio Machiavelli, a major highlight in the Fall 2020 are her solo recitals at the main halls of Philharmonie Berlin and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Later in the season, a further exciting debut takes place in the „Great Performers Series“ at New York‘s Lincoln Center. Among her orchestra engagements are dates with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, Museumsorchester Frankfurt, Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. With the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, she will direct concertos of Mozart and Chopin from the keyboard.

Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine with concert performances and competition successes. After studying with Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, she moved to Germany in 2007 for further studies with Arie Vardi at the Hannover Musikhochschule, completing them with honors in 2016. Early in her artistic career, she stood out as an expressive interpreter of Chopin, winning first prizes at the Chopin competitions in Darmstadt and Miami in 2009 and 2010. She was also the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition in 2011.

After recording her debut CD with solo works of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev and her prizewinning double album of Scarlatti sonatas (German Record Critics’ Award and Gramophone Editor’s Choice), she released highly acclaimed recordings of Chopin’s Nocturnes in 2017 and in 2018 of Rachmaninoff’s complete Préludes: Following recordings of Beethoven’s violin concerto in the piano version and Fantasy for piano and orchestra by Schubert / Kabalewski with the RSO Vienna, her first orchestral album with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken under Shiyeon Sung was released in autumn 2019. In summer of 2020, her first chamber music album was released withTrio Machiavelli, whose interpretations of Ravel trio and Chausson piano quartet proved „a wholly exhilarating debut (…) splendidly transparent, and always expressive.“ (BR Klassik).