Tea Time at Europäischer Hof: Theo Plath & Aris Alexander Blettenberg

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Tea Time at Europäischer Hof: Lea Maria Löffler

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Theo Plath

Theo Plath took his first bassoon lessons with Prof. Nikolaus Maler. Since 2009 he has been studying under Prof. Dag Jensen at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Munich, where he currently pursuing his Master of Music. Further inspiration he received by taking masterclasses with Prof. Sergio Azzolini and Prof. Klaus Thunemann.

Having been a longtime member of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, Theo Plath has often been invited to play in important orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the WDR Sinfonieorchester and the NDR Elbphilharmonieorchester. In 2018, he became principal bassoonist of the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern.

In addition to winning first prizes at numerous national and international competitions, such as the “International Crusell Bassoon Competition in Uusikaupunki, Finnland 2011”, the “Aeolus International Wind Competition 2012” and the “Munich Gasteig Musikpreis 2014”, Theo is also recipient of numerous scholarships such as the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund. In 2018 he wins the prize of the “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb”

As avid chamber musician, Theo has performed at significant festivals throughout Europe including the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Davos Festival an the Festival “Spannungen” at Heimbach, performing with musicians like Antje Weithaas, Lars Vogt, Vilde Frang, CHristian Tetzlaff and Maximilian Hornung.

He is also member of the Monet Bläserquintett, which has won prizes in the Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Lyon and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and plays in concert halls such as the Opéra de Lyon and the Konzerthaus Dortmund.

Since 2016, Theo Plath has regulary been involved in the project “Rhapsody in School”, where he can pass on the students his love for classical music. He is a scholarship holder of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb.

In February 2015, Theo Plath’s first CD was released. He plays the Sinfonia concertante by W.A. Mozart with Ramón Ortega Quero, Sebastian Manz, MArc Gruber and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen under the baton of Ola Rudner.

Lea Maria Löffler

Lea Maria Löffler started her musical education with the violin at the age of four. One year later she discovered her love for the harp and started getting classes. Her teachers were Judith Geißler, Silke Aichhorn, Prof. Andreas Mildner and Prof. Mirjam Schröder. From 2008-2013 she studied in the Pre-college at the University of Music in Würzburg and from 2013-2016 in the Pre-college at the University of Music in Detmold, where she has been continuing her bachelor studies with Prof. Godelieve Schrama since October 2016. From 2018-2019 Lea Maria is going to study in the class of Prof. Isabelle Moretti at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris as an Erasmus exchange student. She took part in masterclasses with Sivan Magen, Alice Giles, Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Prof. Francoise Friedrich.

In 2018, she won a scholarship at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and got admission to Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler (national selection of young musical artists) as well as the special prize of the Verband der Harfenisten in Deutschland.

Lea Maria was a laureate of the International Franz Josef Reinl harp competition in 2018, the International Félix Godefroid harp competition in 2012 and the Verband der Harfenisten harp competition in 2010.

Since 2018 she is supported by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, since 2017 by the Dr. Franz Stüsser Stiftung and since 2015 by the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung. In 2016 she has been invited by the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung to tour as part of the Best of NRW concert series.

Furthermore, she was awarded with the Conrad von der Goltz scholarship of the University of Music in Würzburg and won special prizes of the Sparkassen NRW and the Hindemith Stiftung.

As a harp soloist, Lea Maria has performed with well-known orchestras such as the Würzburger Philharmoniker and the Bergische Symphoniker. She also gained national and international orchestral experience with orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra of Germany.

Her concerts have been broadcasted by several national radio stations such as the BR (Bavarian Broadcasting), the WDR (Westgerman Broadcasting) and the Deutschlandfunk.

Janis Pfeifer

Janis Pfeifer was born in Ulm. His teacher was Susanne Lohwasser at the local music school. Already in the time before his studies, he was awarded numerous prices at competitions like the International Klavierpodium Munich, final round of „Jugend Musiziert“ and the Tonkünstler“-Competition Baden-Württemberg.

Ever since he started studying with Prof. Peter Nagy in Stuttgart, various concerts brought him into every corner of the country, even to Finland. He has played at different festivals, namely Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Heidelberger Frühling and Podium Festival Esslingen.
In 2013 he was one of the twelve scholarship holders of the TONALi Grand Prix and won the Charles-Ives-Award for contemporary music.

Janis recieved important artistic impulses from Eberhardt Feltz, Konrad Elser, Oliver Wille, Mathieu Herzog, Gerhardt Schultz and Anthony Spiri.

Furthermore he played with orchestras like the Neubrandenburg Philharmonics, as well as the Ulm Philharmonic Orchestra.

As an educator, Pfeifer hosted different lectures and introductory remarks for BASF, Heidelberger Frühling and Klangforum Heidelberg, in addition to hosting the finals of the 2014 TONALi Grand Prix.

Julia Hagen

Julia Hagen has won several prizes at the “Prima La Musica” competition (Solo and Chamber Music) and won the 2010 International Cellocompetition in Liezen. In the summer of 2014, she was awarded the ESTA Special Prize at the International Brahms Competition, and in October 2016 she won the international Cello Competition Benedetto Mazzacurati in Turin and received the audience prize.

In the summer of 2017, she was awarded the Hajek-Boss-Wagner Cultural Prize.

The young cellist was a participant of the Ozawa Academy, as well as the Verbier Festival Academy, where she was awarded the Nicolas-Firmenich Prize in 2016 as the best newcomer.

She was a participant of the chamber music project “MMM” of the Kronberg Academy, as well as the chamber music project of the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg.

Julia Hagen plays a violoncello by Francesco Ruggieri (Cremona, 1684), which is provided to her privately.

The young cellist Julia Hagen, born in Salzburg in 1995, began her first lesson with Detlef Mielke at the Musikum Salzburg at the age of five. From 2007-2011, she studied with Enrico Bronzi at the University of Mozarteum Salzburg, then with Reinhard Latzko at the University of Vienna and continued her studies in the class of Heinrich Schiff from 2013 to 2015.

Since autumn 2015 she studies in the class of Prof. Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

Julia Hagen was chosen to participate in the “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle” by world-known cellist Gautier Capucon between 2014-2016 as one of six young cellists, which was realised by the Louis Vuitton fondation. Master classes with Gábor Takács-Nagy, Pamela Frank, Lawrence Power, Nobuko Imai, Torleif Thedéen, Laurence Lesser and Claudio Bohorquez complete her previous musical education.

At the age of 14, she played her debut at the Brucknerhaus Linz as a soloist with the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, followed by concerts in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Norway.

She also performed with the Orchestra della Valle d’Aosta, the Quarta4 Orchestra, the Youth National Orchestra of Romania, the Sinfonica Abruzzese Orchestra, the Royal Chambre de Wallonie and the RAI Orchestra Torino, played at important festivals such as the Beethovenfest Bonn , The Allegro Vivo Festival, the Diabelli Summer, the Piatti Festival, the Festival d’Aix en Provence, the Rencontres musicales d’Evian and the Mondsee Musikfestival. She played at the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Società dei concerti Trieste.

During the 2017-2018 season she will give her debuts with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under Paul McCreesh, as well as with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. In addition, she will play an extended tour through Austria and at the Sommets Musicaux festival in Gstaad together with the pianist Annika Treutler. Further chamber music projects will be with Stefan Vladar and Daniel Ottensamer as well as with Aron Pilsan in Colombia.

Julia Hagen has won several prizes at the “Prima La Musica” competition (Solo and Chamber Music) and won the 2010 International Cellocompetition in Liezen. In the summer of 2014, she was awarded the ESTA Special Prize at the International Brahms Competition, and in October 2016 she won the international Cello Competition Benedetto Mazzacurati in Turin and received the audience prize.

In the summer of 2017, she was awarded the Hajek-Boss-Wagner Cultural Prize.

The young cellist was a participant of the Ozawa Academy, as well as the Verbier Festival Academy, where she was awarded the Nicolas-Firmenich Prize in 2016 as the best newcomer.

She was a participant of the chamber music project “MMM” of the Kronberg Academy, as well as the chamber music project of the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg.

Julia Hagen plays a violoncello by Francesco Ruggieri (Cremona, 1684), which is provided to her privately.

Tea Time at Europäischer Hof: Christina Brabetz & Julia Hagen

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Tea Time at Europäischer Hof: Janis Pfeifer

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