Kammermusik Plus | Elisabeth Leonskaja

We look forward to welcoming you again. Of course, this joy is combined with intensive precautions. The planned events will be held in compliance with the then applicable assembly regulations due to the pandemic crisis, as well as a hygiene and protection concept. Heidelberger Frühling is currently working on various scenarios so that all ticket holders can experience a concert even if the number of spectators is limited. The audience will be informed about the current situation as soon as possible. Information on this will also be available in our newsletter (in German).

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Kammermusik Plus | Pavel Kolesnikov

We look forward to welcoming you again. Of course, this joy is combined with intensive precautions. The planned events will be held in compliance with the then applicable assembly regulations due to the pandemic crisis, as well as a hygiene and protection concept. Heidelberger Frühling is currently working on various scenarios so that all ticket holders can experience a concert even if the number of spectators is limited. The audience will be informed about the current situation as soon as possible. Information on this will also be available in our newsletter (in German).

In cooperation with Universität Heidelberg

Kammermusik Plus | Adam Laloum

We look forward to welcoming you again. Of course, this joy is combined with intensive precautions. The planned events will be held in compliance with the then applicable assembly regulations due to the pandemic crisis, as well as a hygiene and protection concept. Heidelberger Frühling is currently working on various scenarios so that all ticket holders can experience a concert even if the number of spectators is limited. The audience will be informed about the current situation as soon as possible. Information on this will also be available in our newsletter (in German).

In cooperation with Universität Heidelberg

Naoko Sonoda

Japanese-born pianist Naoko Sonoda is a prize-winner of several international piano and chamber music competitions, including those in Argento and Trieste (Italy), as well as the Łódź Competition (Poland). Solo and chamber music concert invitations have taken her throughout Europe, Asia, US and South America and to festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Meckle-Vorpommern and Verbier Festival. Chamber music partners include Santiago Cañón Valencia, Hartmut Rohde, Mark Gothoni, Danjulo Ishizaka, Jens-Peter Maintz, and Andrei Ionita. She has performed with such renowned orchestras as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and has been heard in world-class venues, most notably the Berliner Philharmonie in Germany, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall in St.Petersburg, Teatro Mayor in Bogota and Carnegie Hall in NY.

Ms. Sonoda is in high demand as a collaborative pianist; she received prizes as best collaborative pianist at the International Music Competition in Markneukirchen (2013, 2019 ), the Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw (2015, 2018), and the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015, 2019). Her performances are regularly broadcast on international radio and TV, including Kulturradio RBB, ZDF and BR in Germany, NPO Radio 4 in Netherlands, Radio Romania, NHK-FM in Japan and the BBC.

Ms. Sonoda studied with Yoko Okumura, Seiko Ezawa and Mikhail Voskresensky at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, before studying at the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Rainer Becker. She also studied chamber music with Tabea Zimmermann, Markus Nyikos and Natalia Gutman.

She has taken masterclasses with Hans Leygraf, Ferenc Rados, Klaus Hellwig, Pascal Devoyon and Jacques Rouvier. After graduating, Naoko was engaged by the Universität der Künste in Berlin, the Hochschule für Musik Hanns-Eisler Berlin and the Franz Liszt Musikhochschule in Weimar as a collaborative pianist.

Adam Laloum

Adam Laloum received an international recognition by winning 1st Prize at the prestigious Clara Haskil Piano Competition. In 2017, he won the Victoires de la Musique in the category “Instrumentalist of the Year”.

Adam has the opportunity to perform in concerto with some prestigious Orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Nicholas Collon at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Joshua Weilerstein at the Festival de Saint-Denis, the Orchestre National de Belgique/Hugh Wolf, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Sir Roger Norrington, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo/Alain Altinoglu, the Orchestre National de Lyon/Gabor Takacs-Nagy, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège/John Neschling, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Jonathan Nott, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/Jesus Lopez-Cobos, the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester/James Gaffigan, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse/Joseph Swensen, the KBS Symphony Orchestra/Yoël Levy, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux/Jaime Martin, the WDR Orchestra of Stuttgart, etc.

Adam Laloum is the guest of the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Herkulessaal de Munich, Tonhalle Zürich, Auditorium du Louvre, Piano à Lyon, Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Grand Théâtre d’Avignon, Société Chopin de Bern, Palais des Beaux-arts de Bruxelles, Bilbao, Japon. He performs at the Klavier-Festival-Ruhr, Verbier Festival, Lucerne Festival, Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, SWR Schwetzinger Festspiele, Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, Folles Journées de Nantes, Festival de Colmar, Menton Festival, Festival du Périgord Noir, Festival Piano aux Jacobins, Lille Piano Festival, Festival de Pâques de Deauville, Zermatt Festival, Bad Kissingen Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, etc…

After a first album with Brahms works (Mirare), Adam Laloum recorded another one dedicated to Schumann: Humoresque op.20 and the Sonata n°1, op.11. This recording has received the « Diapason d’or of the year 2014 », the « Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros », « ffff » of Télérama and 5 stars by Fono Forum in Germany. Adam Laloum then released a CD devoted to Schumann/Schubert, also for the label Mirare. Adam Laloum signed an exclusive contract with Sony Music Worldwide. His first recording for Sony was released in 2018 and includes the Two Brahms piano Concertos with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Kazuki Yamada.

A very fine and passionate chamber music partner Adam Laloum founded a piano trio – Trio les Esprits – with the cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière and the violinist Mi-sa Yang. Their last recording (Sony Music Worldwide) has received The Strad « Recommends ».

His chamber music recording (Brahms both clarinet Sonatas and Trio with clarinet) with clarinettist Raphaël Sévère and cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière also received a Diapason d’or and ffff in Télérama.

With the violist Lise Berthaud, he released an album devoted to Schumann, Schubert and Brahms, which received a Diapason d’or.

He is the artistic director of the festival “Les Pages Musicales de Lagrasse” since 2015, a festival dedicated to the chamber music repertoire.

Adam Laloum starts the piano at the age of 10 and makes his musical studies at the Toulouse Conservatory, before starting at the Paris National Conservatoire in 2002 in the class of Michel Béroff. During his scholarship, Adam met and attended master classes of such personalities as Dmitri Bashkirov or Paul Badura-Skoda. He received his Diploma in June 2006 and continued at the Lyon CNSM in Géry Moutier’s class. He then joined the class of Evgeni Koroliov in Hamburg who is himself 1st Prize Clara Haskil 1977.

Yeol Eum Son

Praised for her widely concerti repertoire, ranging from Bach, all-Mozart, early German and Russian Romantic to Gershwin and Ligeti, Yeol Eum Son has collaborated with major ensembles worldwide such as Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Bergen Philharmonic, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France among many others. She performs with conductors such as Dmitri Kitayenko, Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Andrew Manze and Omer Meir Wellber.

A distinguished Mozart interpreter, in the recent concert seasons, Yeol Eum made major UK debuts with the CBSO in Birmingham (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21) and at London’s Cadogan Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Mozart’s Piano Concerti No’s 8 & 21). Most recently Yeol Eum made her BBC Prom debut with the BBC Philharmonic (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15). Further significant UK debuts in the 18/19 season included appearances at King’s Place with Aurora Orchestra (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21) and Wigmore Hall debut for a chamber collaboration with the cellist Natalie Klein.

Significant concerti debuts across the 19/20 season and beyond include collaborations with Budapest Festival Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw debut with The Hague Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne; Philharmonie de Paris debut with Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. Following previous successful concerti collaborations, Yeol Eum will also return to Deutsche Radio Philharmonie.

A sensitive, emotional and powerful recitalist, Yeol Eum gives frequent solo and chamber performances across the globe. In the 19/20 season and beyond Yeol Eum makes recital debuts in Luzerne’s KKLSaal, Bern’s Paul Klee Centre, Porto’s Casa da Música, Belgrade’s Kolarac Concert Hall and at the Tallin Piano Festival.

An avid chamber musician, in 2018 Yeol Eum was appointed Artistic Director of Music in PyeongChang, the biggest music festival in her native Korea. Yeol Eum is responsible for programming both summer and winter festivals at the Olympic site in PyeongChang. Further chamber highlights in 2020 include appearances at Philharmonie Cologne for collaborations with the principle players from WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and Quatuor Modigliani.

Yeol Eum’s new releases include two DECCA albums: recital CD Modern Times- featuring solo piano music written between 1910-1920 by Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel, and Schumann and Brahms CD with violinist Clara-Jumi Kang. Previous albums include debut CD of complete Chopin Etudes (2004); Chopin Nocturnes for Piano and Strings (2008); prize-winning Cliburn Competition live performance (2009) and a multi-channel SACD O’ New World Music (2012).

Yeol Eum is Honorary Ambassador of the Seoul Arts Center and her home city of Wonju. A double Second Prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 2011 and at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Yeol Eum Son was a student of Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, where she now lives. She holds a degree from the Korean National University of Arts.

Kunal Lahiry

The young American Kunal Lahiry is becoming one of the most promising and sought after pianists of his generation. Following his orchestral debut at the age of 17 with the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra as the first prize winner of the Kiwanis Society scholarship, Lahiry has won top prizes at international competitions including the Atlanta Music Club, New Orleans Piano Institute, Brevard Music Center Piano Competition, Concours “Les Saisons de la Voix”, Toulouse International French Song Competition, and the XXVI Concours de Flame in Paris. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Artist, Center for Musical Excellence (CME) Young Artist, ENOA Artist, Leeds Lieder Young Artist, and Samling Young Artist. Recently, he was selected for Renée Fleming’s inaugural SongStudio program for collaborative pianists and singers at Carnegie Hall, was awarded the 2019 Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize at the Oxenfoord International Summer School directed by Malcolm Martineau, and has been invited to the 2020 Heidelberg Lied Akademie under the direction of Thomas Hampson, with performances at the Boulez Saal and Heidelberg Frühling Festival. He has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Graham Johnson, Sir Thomas Allen, Malcolm Martineau, Murray Perahia, André Laplante, Hartmut Höll, Helmut Deutsch, Susan Manoff, Brian Zeger, and Anne le Bozec.

Kunal Lahiry’s special affinity towards art song has led to concerts at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Académie Musicale de Villecroze, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Room, Wigmore Hall, La Monnaie, Sage Gateshead, Britten Studio, Auditorium Saint-Pierre-Des-Cuisine, Teatr Wielki, Salon Razumovsky, l’Église Américaine de Paris, Musée des Archives Nationales, Musée d’Orsay, Royaumont Abbey, Opéra de Rouen, Petit Palais, Leipziger Oper, Mendelssohn Remise, and in the Lunchkonzert series of the Berliner Philharmonie. He was featured in Clemens Goldberg’s lecture-performance series ‘Slow Listening’, on the radio program ‘Kulturradio RBB’ in Berlin, on the live radio broadcast “Génération France Musique”, and has appeared several times in concert for the Daniel Barenboim Excellence Foundation. In 2018, Lahiry was selected for the first academy of melody and lieder at the Royaumont Abbey and Musée D’Orsay, a year-long residency culminating in a live album recording with B Records. His former teachers include Walter Hautzig, Alan Chow, Kyoko Hashimoto, and Fabio Bidini. Lahiry recently finished his Master’s in song interpretation under the tutelege of Wolfram Rieger at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin

Kateryna Garanich

Kateryna Garanich, born in Ukraine, is a concert pianist. She began her piano studies at age 4 under the guidance of her grandmother Kira Garanich at the Special Secondary Music School in Kharkiv, Ukraine. At the age of 6, Kateryna was already invited to perform with the Kiev National Philharmonic.

Kateryna has won several prizes and special awards at renowned international competitions, including 2nd Prize at the “Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte” Competition in the Czech Republic, 3rd Prize at the 9th International Volodymyr Krainev Competition for Young Pianists, 4th Prize at the 8th International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, 2nd Prize at the International Competition for Young Pianists in S. Prokofiev’s Native Land, etc. Kateryna was invited to record the Mozart Piano Concerto with the Kiev National Philharmonic for the “Mezzo” Network. She was then awarded a scholarship by the President of Ukraine.

In 2014 Kateryna began her studies with Gerlinde Otto at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Germany, sponsored by the “Neue Liszt Stiftung Weimar”. Since 2016 she has studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Eldar Nebolsin. Starting in 2019 she has focusing her studies in vocal collaboration under the tutelage of Professor Wolfram Rieger, specializing in song accompaniment.

Kateryna also frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician, and Lied pianist in recitals and concerts throughout Europe and Asia.

Justine Eckhaut

After training in Lille with Jean Michel Dayez, Justine Eckhaut continued her studies in CNSMD Lyon. Here she studied solo piano with Florent Boffard piano accompaniment with David Selig. She received a Masters Diploma in these two disciplines. Between 2016-2017, she furthered her studies at the University of the Arts (UdK) of Berlin with Björn Lehmann (piano) and Eric Schneider (Lied). She regularly performs recitals, chamber music concerts, and with singers such as Margot Genet, Marie-Pierre Roy, Philipp Mayer and Caroline Macphie.

In 2017, she premiered ‘Oto’, a piece for piano and electronics that the colombian composer Fabian Gonzalez Ramirez wrote for her.

She is a member of the Permanent Ensemble of French Collective for Contemporary Creation E.Ch.O, based in Lyon. In december 2018, she takes part, together with Piano dans l’herbe, in the creation and tour of Sans famille, musical spectacle, after Hector Malot’s book.

Justine is also a prizewinner at the International Piano Competition of Collioure and an ‘Adami’ prizewinner.

Justine has had the chance to play at many prestigious festivals and opera houses such as; the Festspiele of Bregenz (Austria), Mehrlicht ! Musik Festival (Berlin), Opéra Lyon, in ‘Prieuré de Chirens’ (France), Casa Croci (Milano), and in Sanary-sur-Mer (France).

Since April 2019, Justine acts as an accompanist for singing lessons at the University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin.

Gary Beecher

Irish pianist Gary Beecher enjoys a varied musical life performing as a vocal accompanist, chamber

musician and solo pianist. He has been awarded a Masters in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied with Julius Drake and Charles Owen. Gary is currently a Junior Fellow and a staff accompanist at GSMD.

Gary completed his Bachelor of Music degree with the ‘Best Overall Student Award’ at the CIT Cork School of Music and studied with Jan Cáp and Dr. Gabriela Mayer. Gary also studied with Dr. John O’Conor in Dublin and Jacques Rouvier at the University of the Arts in Berlin.

Gary is a passionate song pianist and was a winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with Ema Nikolovska, the Guildhall Piano Accompaniment Prize, Graham Johnson’s Song Guild Paul Hamburger Prize, Prince Consort Side-by-Side Recital at Wigmore Hall and the Guildhall Franz Schubert Lieder Prize.

As a solo pianist, Gary was winner of the ‘Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year’ and has performed as a concerto soloist on numerous occasions with both the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with conductors such as José Serebrier, John Wilson and Benjamin Pope.

Gary’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM, and he is a Samling Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist and an Oxford Lieder Young Artist.