Kammermusik Plus | CHANGES – Marmen Quartet

Information for ticket buyers


Due to Corona, there have been changes for the »Kammermusik Plus« concert on September 15th: instead of the Viano Quartet, who cannot attend, the Marmen Quartet will be our guests. It will play string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Debussy. The concert will not take place at the Alte Aula of Heidelberg University, but in the larger Portland Forum in Leimen. The concert will take place twice: at 5 and 8 pm. The ticket buyers will be allocated a time, for organisational reasons this is unfortunately not possible to choose at time.

Hygiene and safety measures
We kindly ask for your help in observing the hygiene and safety measures – so that you can enjoy your concert visit safely and without any worries:

  • The house and the hall open 30 minutes before the concert begins. Admission will be guided by our service personnel. Please do not leave your seat until after the concert. The exit from the hall is also accompanied by our staff. We kindly ask you to leave the building quickly after the end of the concert.
  • Please note that on this evening there will be no box office, no gastronomic offer and no cloakrooms available.
  • For security reasons, no printed evening program booklet can be purchased on this evening. A free digital version will be available here shortly and can be printed out at home as required. For your information, programme leaflets are available on the seats.
  • Please keep a safe distance of 1.50 metres from other people not living in your household during your entire visit.
    Throughout the entire building it is compulsory to wear a mouth and nose protector. Once you have taken your seat in the hall, you are welcome to remove it.
  • Hand disinfectant will be available in the building – feel free to use it.
  • If you yourself have symptoms of a respiratory infection or increased temperature or are in contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2, we must ask you to stay at home.

Data collection
In order to be able to trace possible chains of infection and inform affected persons, we are obliged to forward the contact details of all concert visitors to the responsible health authorities in the event of an incident.
If you have purchased your subscriptions or tickets by phone or in the Heidelberger Frühling webshop, we have your contact details. If several tickets have been purchased, the purchaser is obliged to inform his/her companions.
If you pass on your tickets, give them away or do not attend the concert, please let us know by email at tickets@heidelberger-fruehling.de and, if necessary, give the contact (name, address, email, telephone number) of the concert visitor.

Return of tickets
If you cannot or do not want to come to the concert under these new circumstances, you can return your tickets and the ticket price or the proportional subscription price will be refunded. In this case, please make use of your right to return your tickets by 14 September at the latest. You can find all information about returning tickets here.


Masato Suzuki

A multifaceted musician, Masato Suzuki appears on the concert platform in the capacity of conductor, composer and keyboard player.

On the conducting podium Masato Suzuki works with such orchestras as the Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras as well as the Hiroshima Symphony, Ensemble Kanazawa, Kyushu Symphony Orchestras, and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In his role as Music Director of Ensemble Genesis, he presents ambitious programmes of baroque, classical and contemporary music in imaginative combinations.

Recently appointed Principal Conductor of Bach Collegium Japan, last season he made his subscription series conducting debut with the ensemble directing Bach’s St John Passion and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and leading them at the Thüringen Bachwochen. This year BIS releases the first disc of Bach Harpsichord concertos Suzuki has recorded with Bach Collegium Japan leading from the keyboard, alongside numerous other recordings.

Suzuki makes his debut at the Edinburgh Festival in the 2018/19 season performing three of Bach’s Harpsichord concertos with musicians from the Dunedin Consort; other festival appearances as recitalist and chamber musician include the Chofu International Music Festival (of which he is Artistic Director and Executive Producer), Schleswig Holstein and Verbier.  He continues a collaboration with violist Antoine Tamestit touring an all Bach programme centred on the three viola da gamba sonatas; their recording of these works is released by Harmonia Mundi in August.

Suzuki’s composition portfolio includes works for both instrumental ensembles and choir; his work is published by Schott Japan and he has received recent commissions from Sette Voci, Tokyo Musik Kreis and Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall among others.  Suzuki’s reconstruction of lost movements of J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV190 (Carus) and his completion and revision of Mozart’s Requiem have been highly praised.

Masato Suzuki studied Composition and Early Music at the Tokyo University for Fine Arts and Music before studying Organ and Improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Trio Sōra

Clémence de Forceville, Violine
Angèle Legasa, Violoncello
Pauline Chenais, Klavier

The Trio Sōra is considered as an ensemble with one of the rarest artistic identity of its generation. Through performances as subtle as inventive, and nourished by the different cultures of the member, these three passionate musicians give a unique interpretation of chamber music, with strength and sensitivity.

Already invited to some of the greatest international concert halls, such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Auditorium du Louvre, or London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Center, or as part of distinguished festivals such as La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix en Provence as well as the Verbier Festival, the Trio Sōra distinguishes itself with its curiosity and high artistic aims.

Honoured by several awards gained in French and international competitions (lately at the Parkhouse Award), appointed Lauréat HSBC 2017 at the Festival d’Aix, and laureate of the Special Prize of the Verbier Festival Academy 2018, the three women keep entertaining and surprising.

Always concerned to enrich their artistic development, the musicians of the Trio Sōra regularly work with masters such as Mathieu Herzog, Menahem Pressler, the Quatuor Ebene and the Quatuor Artemis at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

The Trio Sōra thanks the Fondation Singer-Polignac, Proquartet-CEMC, Le Dimore Del Quartetto,  the Fondation Safran pour la Musique, the ADAMI, the Fondation Meyer, the Fondation Baillet-Latour of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel for their kind support. The violinist Magdalena Geka plays a Giuseppe Garneri 1697 violin and the cellist Angèle Legasa, a Julius-Caesare Gigli 1767 cello, instruments kindly lent by the Fondation Boubo-Music (Switzerland).

Antoine Tamestit

Antoine Tamestit is recognised internationally as one of the great violists – soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. In addition to his peerless technique and profound musicianship, he is known for the depth and beauty of his sound with its rich, deep, burnished quality. His repertoire is broad, ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, and he has performed and recorded several world premieres.

Hes has given the world premiere performance of Jörg Widmann’s Viola Concerto in 2015 with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi and performed it with many other renowed orchestras. Tamestit has also appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, WDR Köln, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

He has worked with many great conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Antonio Pappano, François-Xavier Roth and Franz Welser-Möst. Antoine Tamestit is a founding member of Trio Zimmermann with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Poltera. Other chamber music partners include Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicholas Angelich, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Gidon Kremer, Emmanuel Pahud, Christian Tetzlaff and the Ebene and Hagen Quartets.

Antoine Tamestit records for Harmonia Mundi. His distinguished discography includes the Widmann Concerto, recorded with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding in February 2018. The recording was selected as Editor’s Choice in BBC Music Magazine.

Together with Nobuko Imai, Antoine Tamestit is co-artistic director of the Viola Space Festival in Japan, focusing on the development of viola repertoire and a wide range of education programmes.

Born in Paris, Antoine Tamestit studied with Jean Sulem, Jesse Levine, and Tabea Zimmermann. He was the recipient of several coveted prizes including first prize at the ARD International Music Competition, the William Primrose Competition and the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, as well as BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2008.

Federico Colli

Known for the highly imaginative and philosophical approaches to his interpretations, Federico Colli came to prominence after winning the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the Gold Medal at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012. Since then, he has been performing in prestigiuos concerts in different parts of the world.

He has played at famous Theaters including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Berlin Konzerthaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, and Lincoln Centre in New York among many others.

He has also performed with renowned Orchestras including the Mariinsky, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and BBC Symphony, working with esteemed Conductors including Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vasily Petrenko, Juraj Valčuha, Sir Mark Elder and Dennis Russell Davies, to name but a few. He has been sharing the stage with Lang Lang, Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire and Leonidas Kavakos.

His solo CD produced by Champs Hill Records, featuring works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Mussorgsky, was released with great critical acclaim. He is now recording for Chandos Records, with whom he has released a much appreciated first album entirely dedicated to Scarlatti.

2019 started with the release of the second CD produced by Chandos Records, with works by Bach and Bach-Busoni. Performances with orchestra include concerts with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker, and Philharmonia Orchestra. Then, solo recitals are scheduled at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw and Berlin Konzerthaus. In addition, the CD entirely dedicated to the Scarlatti’s Sonatas Vol. 2 is made by Chandos Records.

Born in Brescia in 1988, he has been studying at the Milan Conservatory, Imola International Piano Academy and Salzburg Mozarteum, under the guidance of Sergio Marengoni, Konstantin Bogino, Boris Petrushansky and Pavel Gililov. He received the “Grosso d’argento” as a prize for the international prestige given to his hometown, and the Music Section of the UK Critics’ Circle included him among the recipients of its 2018 Awards

Monet Bläserquintett

Anissa Baniahmad, flute
Johanna Stier, oboe
Nemorino Scheliga, clarinet
Marc Gruber, Horn
Theo Plath, bassoon

The musicians of the Monet Bläserquintett – Anissa Baniahmad, Johanna Stier, Nemorino Scheliga, Marc Gruber and Theo Plath – have all won prizes in national and international competitions, including the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb and the ARD Competition, and play in major symphony orchestras such as the Sinfonieorchester des Hessischen Rundfunks und dem NDR-Elbphilharmonieorchester Hamburg.

Since the formation of the ensemble in 2013, the musicians have been engaged in intensive rehearsals and concerts, which have taken them to venues such as the Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Opéra de Lyon.

The Monet Bläserquintett is a regular guest at renowned international festivals, including the Schumannfest in Bonn and the Davos Festival in Switzerland.

The ensemble is a scholarship holder of the Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, in addition, all members are scholarship holders of the Mozartgesellschaft Dortmund.

The Monet Bläserquintett was awarded a scholarship at the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb 2016 and 2019, and the ensemble also won prizes at the International Chamber Music Competition in Lyon.

After recording “Scaramouche” by Darius Milhaud together with saxophonist Asya Fateyeva for their latest CD “Carneval”, the Monet Bläserquintett will release the ensemble’s first own CD with works by Paul Taffanel, Gustav Holst, Jean Françaix and Charles Dubugnon at the end of 2019.

Quatuor Alfama

Elsa De Lacerda, violin
Céline Bodson, violin
Morgan Huet, viola
Renaat Ackaert, violoncello

The Alfama Quartet was established twelve years ago in Brussels and is now one of the major young chamber ensemble on the Belgian classical scene. It pursues its musical journey through different repertoires ranging from classical to contemporary music.

The Alfama Quartet has been trained by Walter Levin from the Lasalle Quartet, Rainer Schmidt from the Hagen Quartet, Heime Müller and Natalia Prischepenko from the Artemis Quartet, Eberhard Feltz and members of the Danel Quartet.

All their recordings have been covered with praise by the specialized Belgian and international press.

In spring 2019 the Alfama Quartet will release its new CD of Schubert and Fafchamps on the Cyprès label.

The quartet has played at many prestigious venues and festivals, including Bozar, Luxembourg Philharmony, Ambronay Festival, Cité de La Musique, Philharmonie de Paris, Flagey, Orsay Museum, Stavelot Festival, Bordeaux Opera House, Dijon Opera House, Alcobaça Festival, Espinho…

In addition to its recitals, the Alfama Quartet sometimes have the opportunity to perform alongside partners such as cellists Marie Hallynck and Camille Thomas, pianists Guillaume Coppola and Nathanaël Gouin, accordionist Anne Niepold, soprano Jodie Devos and mezzo-soprano Albane Carrère.

In 2011, the Alfama Quartet created Le Rêve d’Ariane with the Belgian comedian Ariane Rousseau. This playful and delicate piece is aimed both at adults and children and has been played more than 200 times in front of more than 70 000 children. After that, the Alfama Quartet and Ariane Rousseau produced a second stage show for children, Pomme-Henriette, which was premiered at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and performed again at the Philharmonie de Paris as well as the Bordeaux Opera.

The Alfama Quartet is currently preparing its third stage show, based around Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. It will be premiered in 2019.

Andreas Ottensamer

The Austrian clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer has captured audiences and critics alike with the singular beauty of tone that he coaxes from the instrument.

Ottensamer performs as a soloist in the major concert halls around the world, with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Philharmonie, Rotterdam Philharmonie, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonie, the Orchestre Metropolitain, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonie under Mariss Jansons, Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Alan Gilbert and Lorenzo Viotti.

His artistic partnerships as a chamber musician include work with Yuja Wang, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Lisa Batiashvili, Nemanja Radulovic, Nicolas Altstädt and Sol Gabetta. In 2005 Ottensamer founded the clarinet trio “The Clarinotts” with his father Ernst and brother Daniel.

He is also artistic director of the “Bürgenstock Festival” in Switzerland, together with pianist Jose Gallardo, and the “Artström Festival” in Berlin.

In February 2013 Andreas Ottensamer entered into an exclusive recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon, making him the first ever solo clarinettist to sign an exclusive agreement with the Yellow Label. For his second album, “Brahms – The Hungarian Connection”, Ottensamer was awarded the ECHO KLASSIK as “Instrumentalist of the year 2015”. He went on to record “New Era” on the Decca Classics label, performing repertoire of the Mannheim school with Emmanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer and the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

This season sees the release of his latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, “Blue Hour”, a collaboration with Yuja Wang, Mariss Jansons and the Berliner Philharmoniker performing works by Weber, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

For the 2017/18 season, Ottensamer held the title “Artist in Residence” with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, as weil as being “Menuhin Heritage Artist” with the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and “Junger Wilder” at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. In May 2019 he is Artist in Residence at the Schwetzingen Festival. Other highlights of the 2018/19 season include guest solo performances with the London Philharmonie Orchestra, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony, the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival and the Salzburg Festival where he performs the Weber Clarinet Concerto with the Camerata Salzburg and Lorenzo Viotti. He performs in the Utzon Recital series at Sydney Opera House and makes his solo Carnegie Hall debut with pianist Yuja Wang. In January 2020 he performs the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the Salzburg Mozartwoche.

Andreas Ottensamer was born in 1989 in Vienna. He comes from an Austro-Hungarian family of musicians and was drawn to music early, receiving his first piano lessons when he was four. At the age of ten he began studying cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, switching to the clarinet in 2003.

In 2009 he interrupted his Harvard undergraduate studies to become a scholar of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Since March 2011 Ottensamer is principal clarinettist with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Tanja Tetzlaff

Tanja Tetzlaff continues to perform an extensive range of works, embracing both core repertoire and contemporary compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her recording of the cello concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and Ernst Toch was released by NEOS.

The 2018/19 season saw Tanja Tetzlaff perform with orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Halle, Zuger Sinfonietta and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and collaborate with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, André de Ridder and Jaime Martín. After enjoying great success in numerous international competitions, she has subsequently performed with leading orchestras such as the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with notable conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Haring, Sir Roger Norrington, Philippe Herreweghe, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Paavo Järvi, Michael Gielen, and Heinz Holliger, amongst others.

Chamber music plays a significant role in Tanja’s career. She regularly performs in a piano trio with Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt, and this season will see them tour in the USA. In addition to this, she will appear in concert with Sharon Kam, Carolin Widman, Antti Siirala, and duet with Dina Ugorskaja.

Tanja Tetzlaff regularly appears at world-renowned chamber music series and festivals, such as the Heidelberger Frühling as well as the festivals in Bergen, Baden-Baden and Edinburgh. She is a member of the core ensemble of the Heimbach Festival “Spannungen”. Her regular chamber music partners include Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, Christian Tetzlaff, Carolin Widmann and Sharon Kam.

Tanja Tetzlaff is a member of the Tetzlaff Quartett, founded in 1994 with Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Hanna Weinmeister. In the current season the quartet performs at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and the Philharmonie Luxembourg.

Tanja Tetzlaff and her duet partner Gunilla Süssmann have recorded three CDs together. The first two were released by CAvi-music featuring Brahms (2012) and a Nordic-Russian programme (2008), and their third disc was released in spring 2018 featuring works by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Tanja studied at the Musikhochschule Hamburg with Bernhard Gmelin and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Heinrich Schiff, and plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776.

Kammermusik Plus | Quatuor Hermès

Concert introduction at 6.45 pm at the Alte Aula.