Standpunkte.LAB | In memoriam Frederic Rzewski

With Frederic Rzewski, art had the task of critically reflecting on current events. He used his artistic means to challenge the public with societal, political and social issues. The composer died in New York in the summer of 2021. The performance of his monumental cycle of variations »The People United Will Never Be Defeated!« by Igor Levit in 2012 is unforgettable in the history of the festival. How can today’s young generation respond to this work in its musical and political dimensions? Curated by Igor Levit and the Heidelberger Frühling, the young artist Mert Yalniz takes on the original protest song together with young musicians he has chosen and creates his own work and a concert format in memory of his great role model Rzewski.

The result will be premiered that evening.

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Concert with intermission

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Bläserquintett Profive

Kammermusik Plus | Wind Quintet Profive

The southern German wind quintet Profive not only unites five renowned university professors in one ensemble, but thanks to this unique line-up also promises artistic top class – always paired with contagious joy in playing. The musicians move effortlessly through the epochs, present classics, for example by the wind specialist Paul Taffanel, himself probably the most important flautist of the 19th century, and surprise their audience with exciting reinterpretations of well-known works such as Maurice Ravel’s world-famous dedicatory work »Le Tombeau de Couperin« which was originally composed as a piano suite.

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In cooperation with the University of Heidelberg.

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’.

Boglárka Pecze

Boglárka Pecze, born in 1986 in Hungary, began to play the clarinet aged 9. Until 2004 she studied at the national conservatory for music, dance and art in Pécs, and since 2005, she has lived in Germany.

She studied with Reiner Wehle at the Music University Lübeck and, in 2009/10, was scholarship holder at the IEMA (International Ensemble Modern Academy, Frankfurt), where she graduated with a postgraduate qualification in new music supervised by Nina Janßen.

She is the recipient of numerous international prizes, including the DAAD prize in 2011,the Stockhausen prize 2010 ans 2011 and a scholarship at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, 2013.

Numerous solo and chamber music performances have taken Boglárka Pecze throughout Europe, Asia and the USA, for example, in performances at the Contemporary Music Festival in Huddersfield, the Salzburger Festspiele and the Internationales Musikfestival Shanghai.

She has performed as a guest with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Linea und Ensemble Resonanz.

Her work is enriched through regular and intensive collaboration with composers such as H. Lachenmann, P. Eötvös, J. M. Staud, M. Illés and G. Aperghis. In addition, she has taken part in numerous premieres.

She won the Hermann and Milena Ebel award in 2012 and the Berenberg cultural award in 2014 with Trio Catch, of whom she is a founding member. The trio has also been selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation to take part in its “Rising Stars” series and will perform in some of the most important concert halls across Europe during the 2015/16 season.
Trio Catch’s debut record was published by col legno.

CANCELLED – Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Jörg Widmann

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If you choose to buy tickets for five different events of the »Cosmos Jörg Widmann« by telephone you will recieve 25% discount. Call us from Mo – Fri from 10 am to 6 pm: 0049 (0)6221 – 584 00 44. This discount is not available online.

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Thorsten Johanns

In October 2014 Thorsten Johanns was appointed professor for clarinet at the ‘Musik-hochschule Franz Liszt’ in Weimar, Germany. Before he started as principal clarinet with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (Germany) at the age of 25, he has been substitute principal at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Essen, Germany. From 2010-2014 Thorsten Johanns has been a professor for clarinet at the Academy of Music in Maas-tricht, Netherlands.

Thorsten Johanns works continuously as a soloist and has performed with conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Semyon Bychkov, Eivind Aadland, Yutaka Sado, Howard Grif-fiths, Jonathan Stockhammer and Dan Ettinger.

As the first and only German clarinet player so far, Thorsten Johanns was repeatedly invited by chief conductor Alan Gilbert to perform as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. For the same position he has been invited several times by the Super World Orchestra in Tokyo/Japan.

Among his chamber music fellows are besides world famous oboe player and conductor Heinz Holliger also the renowned Auryn Quartet, Quartetto di Cremona, Minetti Quar-tet from Vienna, Aris Quartet and Ensemble Raro.

Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi invited him as a principal for many projects with the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg. Thorsten Johanns has played as a principal in a number of important orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philhar-monic, the German Radio Orchestra Berlin and the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt.

In season 12/13 Thorsten Johanns was invited to play principal with the New York Philharmonic, perform solo concerts (Aaron Copland) with WDR Symphony Cologne, and to play chamber music with András Schiff and Heinz Holliger at ‘Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte’ in Switzerland. Season 13/14 started with an expanded concert tour and masterclasses to Australia (Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney Opera House) and went on with festivals in Finland and Sweden, followed by re-invitations to ‘Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte’, ‘Hambacher Musikfest’ (Mandelring Quartet), and solo con-certs with the State Orchestra of Brandenburg, conducted by Howard Griffiths. Com-poser Moritz Eggert dedicated a solo concert (‘AURA’) to Thorsten Johanns which had its first performance in July 2014, in a concert beside solo works by Richard Strauss, performed with the ‘Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie Augsburg’.

The 14/15 season starts with invitations to various festivals, such as ‘Summerwinds’, the Austrian Festival of Lafnitz and the international SoNoRo-Festival in Bucharest. It is continued by a large tour with Aris Quartet, solo concerts by Richard Strauss with WDR Symphony Cologne and Dan Ettinger. Thorsten Johanns is performing at the ADEvant-garde Festival/Munich 2015 in company with composer and pianist Moritz Eggert, fol-lowed by concerts of new founded Trio with Paul and Benjamin Rivinius.

Thorsten Johanns is performing at numerous festivals worldwide (Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lucerne Festival, Musik-Triennale Cologne, Tyrol Festi-val, SoNoRo Bucharest) and has been part of different successful recordings (ECHO Classic Award for the best chamber music recording 2008 of Mozart’s Don Giovanno with ‘opera senza’).

Thorsten Johanns, born and grown up in Krefeld, Germany, started to play the clarinet at the age of 8 and later on also the saxophone with his first teacher Laszlo Dömötör. He has won numerous first prizes at the youth competition „Jugend musiziert“ with both instruments, and started to study 1996 at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne with pro-fessor Ralph Manno. During his studies he was scholarship-holder of the ‘Studien-stiftung des Deutschen Volkes’.

Thorsten Johanns has been giving masterclasses in the USA (New England Conserva-tory Boston), China (Shenyang, Beijing, Shanghai) and Australia (Melbourne/ANAM, Brisbane, Sydney).

Sebastian Manz

Being the grandson of the Russian violinist Boris Goldstein and the son of two pianists, born in Hanover in 1986, Manz’s musical roots are in his German-­Russian family background. He begins singing in a boys’ choir at the age of six. He first learns the piano, which he plays very well, but soon concentrates on the clarinet after listening to Benny Goodman’s recording of Carl Maria von Weber’s E flat major Concerto, which fascinates him and awakes a longing for the instrument. Among his most important teachers and supporters are the acclaimed clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Rainer Wehle.

His big breakthrough comes with his sensational success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2008, where he wins not only first prize in the Clarinet category, which had not been awarded for forty years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. With his partner Martin Klett at the piano, he had also won the German Music Competition just a few months previously. He has been solo clarinetist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart since 2010.

In the 2018/2019 season he performed with the wind ensemble Variation5 in Cologne, Lindau, Nienburg, Viersen and Switzerland, among others, before playing the clarinet concertos of Carl Maria von Weber and Aaron Copland as soloist with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. In Australia he gave his first concert at the Huntington Estate Music Festival and in spring 2019 four concerts as part of the “The Bowers Program” of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. As a soloist, he gave a guest performance with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Halle, the German Chamber Orchestra Berlin and the Baden Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and performed in various formations on the stages of the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Kieler Schloss.

His discography includes numerous awards underscoring Manz’s intuition for details and overarching concepts. Time and again, he demonstrates a unique talent for arranging and composing on his albums and at his concerts. Alongside his concert work, Sebastian Manz is active in the “Rhapsody in School” organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools. Furthermore, he was appointed artistic director of the festival :alpenarte in 2018.

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.