Kammermusik Plus | Friedrich Thiele & Naoko Sonoda – 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 5 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.


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

Raphaël Merlin

Raphaël Merlin was born in 1982, and from his earliest childhood his musical taste was resolutely eclectic.  He studied at the Clermont-Ferrand, Boulogne-Billancourt and Paris Conservatoires and the Haute École in Geneva, specialising in cello, piano, jazz, composition, and finally conducting, deeply engaged in every one of these fields, each new discipline enriching the others.  His true speciality is versatility.

Raphaël Merlin initially honed his conducting skills directing chamber orchestras, then founded Les Forces Majeures in 2014, gathering together a number of already existing quartets and quintets.  This versatile and dynamic ensemble, combining repertoire work with premières and jazz, achieved immediate international renown for its Rossini recording with mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes for the Aparte label in 2016.  Concerts with Nicholas Angelich, Sayaka Shoji, Sarah Nemtanu, Inva Mula, Florian Sempey, Amel Brahim-Jelloul, Marc Mauillon, Edgar Moreau, Jan Lisiecki and others attracted the attention of the radio stations, with Radio Classique broadcasting a French programme of the Fauré Requiem and other French music live from the Cathedral of St Louis des Invalides.  Invitations started to arrive for Raphaël from established orchestras, and in 2018 he directed the Barber of Sevilleat the Vichy Opera.

Within the Quatuor Ebène, which won 1stPrize at the ARD International Competition Munich in 2004, Raphaël works withEberhard Feltz, the Ysaÿe Quartet, Gabor Takacs and Gyorgy Kurtag, performing in the world’s most prestigious concert halls alongside artists such as Mitsuko Ushida, Nicholas Angelich, Matthias Goerne, Natalie Dessay, Martin Fröst, Antoine Tamestit, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, and Nicolas Altstaedt.

Renowned for its interest in all styles of music – pop, jazz, world music – thanks in large measure to original arrangements, and performing for all styles of audience, the Quartet has been invited to perform the complete Beethoven String Quartets at the New York Carnegie Hall in 2020. This invitation is the foundation stone for a world tour starting in 2019, which will be recorded and filmed, to bear witness to the supreme intellectual and emotional experience which this monumental corpus represents.  The Quatuor Ebène has an exclusive recording contract with Erato/Warner Classics.

Compositions include: Eléa, a concerto for string quartet and orchestra, premiered in Cracow in 2011 by the Quatuor Ebène and the Klangforum Mitte Europa;  Pas de Deux for violin and cello, premiered at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2014;  See:  Sea and Seeds.  Si!, a concerto for cello and strings, premiered at the 2016 Lockenhaus Festival; and Passage-Eclair, for mixed octet, premiered in Paris in 2018.


Joel Blido

Joel Blido was born in 1998 into a family of musicians. He began taking cello lessons at the age of 4. He had his debut as a soloist with the chamber orchestra Bad Mergentheim at the age of 10. At the TONALi competition 2018 he won the Weinberg special price for his outstanding performance of contemporary music. In 2019 he won a scholarship and a special prize at the German national music competition. He also won a first prize at the „Giovanni Musicisti“-competition in Treviso, Italy.

At the age of 10 he was accepted into the Pre-College of the University of Music Würzburg, into the class of Orfeo Mandozzi. He started his Bachelor-studies at the age of 15. Since 2015 he studies in Weimar in the class of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. In addition he also regularly works with David Geringas. 2014 he invited Joel to play with him in the Philharmonie Berlin. They have played several concerts as a duo since then. Joel has participated in a lot of masterclasses with renowned cellists such as Jens-Peter Maintz, Michael Sanderling, Raphael Wallfisch, Pieter Wispelwey, Istvan Vardai, David Grigorian, Zvi Plesser and Hillel Zori.

As a soloist he played with conductors such as Alessandro Cadario, Peter Vrabel, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Desar Sulejmani and orchestras such as the Albanian national radio-television orchestra, the Opera orchestra Tirana, the chamber orchestra Pforzheim, and the Heinrich-Heine symphonic orchestra. He played many concerts across Europe, at festivals such as the Interlaken Classics Festival, the Usedom Music Festival, the Accademia Chigiana Siena, the Feuchtwanger Piano Festival, The Durres Chamber Fest (Albania), and the Different Trains Festival Tirana.

In 2017 he received a „diploma di merito“ from the Accademia Chigiana Siena for his exceptional artistic involvement.

Kammermusik Plus | Tanja Tetzlaff & Quatuor Modigliani

In cooperation with Universität Heidelberg

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.

Harriet Krijgh & Amsterdam Sinfonietta

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Harriet Krijgh (Ballsaal, Stadthalle)

We thank

Bach Intermezzo: Alisa Weilerstein

Ballsaal Stadthalle Heidelberg

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Truls Mørk & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonard Elschenbroich

Leonard Elschenbroich has established himself as one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation renowned for his passionate and compelling performances. His awards include the Leonard Bernstein Award, Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk, Eugene Istomin Prize, and a Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. He was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist (2012-14), Artist-in-Residence at Deutschlandfunk (2014-15) and Artist-in-Residence at the Philharmonic Society Bremen (2013-16).

Elschenbroich has worked with a number of eminent conductors including Bychkov, Eschenbach, Dutoit, Honeck, Karabits, Kitajenko, Litton, Mena, Gardner, Tortelier and Sinaisky. He has performed with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, NDR Hanover, Dresden Staatskapelle, Bergen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Polish National Radio Symphony, Filharmónica de Sevilla, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Netherlands Philharmonic. Further afield his performances include the Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, Minnesota Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has made seven appearances at the BBC Proms.

A committed chamber musician, Elschenbroich has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Concertgebouw, Frick Collection, Ravinia Festival in Chicago and the Lucerne, Gstaad, Rheingau, Mecklenburg Vorpommern and Schleswig Holstein Music festivals with regular chamber music partners including Nicola Benedetti and Alexei Grynyuk. With the Benedetti/Eschenbroich/ Grynyuk Trio he recently toured the USA and South America and will tour Australia this season.

He is an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music and has championed cello concertos by Gilbert Amy, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Peteris Vasks and Magnus Lindberg and last season stepped in at short notice to give the world premiere of Brian Elias’ Cello Concerto at the BBC Proms. He has commissioned several new works from composers including Turnage, Luca Lombardi, Arlene Sierra and Suzanne Farrin and in April 2018 gave the world premiere of Mark Simpson’s Cello Concerto which was specially written for him on a commission from the BBC.

Elschenbroich’s debut CD (2013) for Onyx Classics of Rachmaninov and Shostakovich sonatas received 5-star reviews from the Telegraph, Guardian as well as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Subsequent releases include Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No 2 with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Litton, a Hommage to Schnittke and a CD of French repertoire including concertos by Dutilleux and Saint-Saëns. A complete Beethoven Cello Sonata cycle (2 CDs) will be released in early 2019.

He is a fervent supporter of the emergent musical community in Bolivia and is Artistic Mentor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia, the country’s first national orchestra, which he co-founded in 2012. He returns to Bolivia on a regular basis both for performances and to lead educational projects and has an increasing presence elsewhere in South America performing with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Belo Horizonte Orchestra and Medellin Philharmonic as well as in recitals.

Born in 1985 in Frankfurt, Elschenbroich received a scholarship, aged ten, to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK and continued his studies with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Music Academy. He plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller “Leonard Rose” (Venice, 1693), on private loan.

Opening Concert: Maximilian Hornung & Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

This concert will be tape-recorded by

We thank

Dr. Jobst Wellensiek and Dr. Manfred Lamy