Alban Gerhardt

“One of the finest cellists around – expressive, unshowy and infinitely classy“ (The Guardian). Alban Gerhardt has, for twenty-five years, made a unique impact on audiences worldwide with his intense musicality, compelling stage presence and insatiable artistic curiosity. His gift for shedding fresh light on familiar scores, along with his appetite for investigating new repertoire from centuries past and present, truly set him apart from his peers.

Gerhardt is passionate about sharing his discoveries with audiences far beyond the traditional concert hall: outreach projects undertaken in Europe and the US have involved performances and workshops, not only in schools and hospitals, but also pioneering sessions in public spaces and young offender institutions. His collaboration with Deutsche Bahn, involving live performances on the main commuter routes in Germany, vividly demonstrates his commitment to challenging traditional expectations of classical music. In early 2017, Gerhardt founded #Musicians4UnitedEurope (www.musicians4unitedeurope.com), a group of international musicians working together to voice their support for a united and democratic Europe.

Following early competition success, Gerhardt’s international career was launched by his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker and Semyon Bychkov in 1991. Notable orchestra collaborations since include Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London Philharmonic, all of the British and German radio orchestras, Tonhalle Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Stockholm and Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France as well as Cleveland, Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, under conductors such as Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Thielemann, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Petrenko and Andris Nelsons.

He is a keen chamber musician; his regular performance partners include Steven Osborne, Cecile Licad, Baiba Skride and Brett Dean. Gerhardt has collaborated with composers including Jörg Widmann, Unsuk Chin, and Matthias Pintscher; and in almost every case he commits to memorising their scores before world premiere performances. In summer 2018 he will give the premiere of a new concerto by Brett Dean with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and then later in the year with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sakari Oramo.

A highly acclaimed recording artist, Gerhardt has won three ECHO Klassik Awards as well as ICMA and MIDEM Classic awards, and his recording of Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto, released by Deutsche Grammophon, won the BBC Music Magazine Award and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in 2015. Gerhardt has recorded extensively for Hyperion, his latest recording of Rostropovich’s ‘Encores’ released in January 2017. His next recording project will be all six suites by J S Bach.

Alban Gerhardt plays a Matteo Gofriller cello dating from 1710.

Harriet Krijgh

Twenty-six-year-old Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Her grace and expressiveness touch her audiences as soon as she is on the concert platform.

Harriet Krijgh played in the most important venues in Europe including Vienna’s Musikverein and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has performed with orchestras such as Frankfurt and Vienna Radio Symphonies, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg, Trondheim and Sydney Symphonies, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Netherlands, Copenhagen and Tampere Philharmonic. In March 2017 she made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

She is a regular guest at international festivals such as the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Lucerne Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Schubertiade Hohenems, the Ghent Festival, the Malmo Chamber Music Festival and the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier.

In August 2017, Harriet Krijgh gave her acclaimed debut in Chicago with performances at the Ravinia and Grant Park Music Festivals. After the successful world premiere of the Gubaidulina triple concerto in Boston and New York in spring 2017 together with violinist Baiba Skride and accordionist Elsbeth Moser, she will perform further premieres in Hannover (NDR Radiophilharmonie), Paris (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France) and Utrecht (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic). In June 2018 she will make her debut at the Grafenegg Festival performing as soloist in the “Great summer night gala” broadcast live by ORF.

In addition to recitals and engagements with orchestra, Harriet Krijgh also performs in chamber music projects with Baiba Skride, Lauma Skride and Lise Berthaud as well as the Quatuor Arod and the Signum Saxophone Quartet.

Since 2011 she has recorded for the label Capriccio, releasing recordings of Haydn’s cello concerti, works by Brahms, Rachmaninov and French compositions. Harriet Krijgh is winner of numerous competitions. In 2015/2016 she was chosen “Rising Star” of by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO).

Harriet Krijgh is artistic director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht. In summer 2017, she successfully presented her first festival, succeeding the founder of the festival Janine Jansen. She also founded the festival “Harriet & Friends” in 2012, which takes place annually in July in Feistritz/Austria.

Truls Mørk

Truls Mørk’s compelling performances, combining fierce intensity, integrity and grace, have established him as one of the pre-eminent cellists of our time.

He is a celebrated artist who performs with the most distinguished orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia and London Philharmonic orchestras and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In North America he has appeared withthe New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor collaborations include Mariss Jansons, David Zinman, Manfred Honeck, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Christoph Eschenbach, amongst others.

During the 2017/18 season, Truls Mørk returns to Orchestre National de France and to the Czech Philharmonic. The season also includes Grafenegg Festival and a tour of Switzerland, a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York together with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and he will appear in three performances in Salzburg as part of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s residency under Susanna Mälkki. He continues to give regular recitals at major venues and festivals throughout the world. He has recently developed a collaboration with Behzod Abduraimov which will see them perform on tour in the US and Europe.

A great champion of contemporary music, Truls Mørk has given in excess of 30 premieres. These include Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/John Storgårds, Pavel Haas’ Cello Concerto with Wiener Philharmoniker/Jonathan Nott, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for Three Cellos with the NHK Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit and Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s Cello Concerto, co-commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony and Scottish Chamber orchestras.

With an impressive recording output, Truls Mørk has recorded many of the great cello concertos for labels such as Virgin Classics, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Ondine, Arte Nova and Chandos many of which have won international awards including Gramophone, Grammy, Midem and ECHO Klassik awards. These include Dvořák’s Concerto (Mariss Jansons/Oslo Philharmonic), Britten’s Cello Symphony and Elgar’s Concerto (Sir Simon Rattle/CBSO), Miaskovsky Concerto and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante (Paavo Järvi/CBSO), Dutilleux (Myung-Whun Chung/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France), CPE Bach (Bernard Labadie/Les Violons du Roy), Haydn’s Concertos (Iona Brown/Norwegian Chamber Orchestra), Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon (John Storgårds/Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra) as well as the complete Bach Cello Suites and Britten Cello Suites. His most recent recordings include Shostakovich’s Concertos with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko, works for cello and orchestra by Massenet with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Neeme Järvi and the Saint-Saens Concertos together with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Neeme Järvi.

Initially taught by his father, Truls Mørk continued his studies with Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff and Natalia Schakowskaya. In his early career he won a number of competitions such as the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition

(1982), Cassado Cello Competition in Florence (1983), the Unesco Prize at the European Radio-Union competition in Bratislava (1983) and the Naumberg Competition in New York (1986).

Alisa Weilerstein

Entering her third season as Artistic Partner of the Trondheim Soloists, Alisa Weilerstein undertakes a tour in Germany with concerts in the Cologne Philharmonie, the Heidelberger Frühling as well as in Weiden, Celle and in the Frauenkirche Dresden.

Their first album together, 2018’s Transfigured Night released on Pentatone, features Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” and both Haydn cello concertos. It attracted unanimous praise, with Gramphone magazine proclaiming, “you’d go far to find performances of the Haydn concertos that match Alisa Weilerstein’s mix of stylistic sensitivity, verve and spontaneous delight in discovery.”

Beyond the strong connection with the Trondheim Soloists the highlights of the season include an ongoing partnership with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester conducted by Alan Gilbert, the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Jurowsky, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Christoph Eschenbach, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Gergely Madaras and an intensive collaboration with Rafael Payare, both with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Chamber music-wise, Alisa Weilerstein continues her long-standing partnership with the pianist Inon Barnatan and will be on a US tour with him playing the Beethoven Sonatas, including concerts in New York and San Francisco. She can also be heard with a solo recital in Boston.

In recent years, Weilerstein recorded the Elgar and Elliott Carter cello concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. The disc was named “Recording of the Year 2013” by BBC Music, which featured the cellist on the cover of its May 2014 issue. Her release of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic topped the U.S. classical chart. Her third album, a compilation of unaccompanied 20th-century cello music titled Solo, was pronounced an “uncompromising and pertinent portrait of the cello repertoire of our time” (ResMusica, France). Solo’s centerpiece is the Kodály sonata, a signature work that Weilerstein revisits on the soundtrack of If I Stay, a 2014 feature film starring Chloë Grace Moretz in which the cellist makes a cameo appearance as herself. In 2015 she released a recording of sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninoff, marking her duo album debut with Inon Barnatan. And in 2016, Weilerstein released her album of Shostakovich’s two cello concertos with the Bavarian Radio Symphony under Pablo Heras-Casado.

Weilerstein’s career milestones include an emotionally tumultuous account of Elgar’s concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Barenboim in Oxford, England, and a performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. An ardent champion of new music, she has worked on multiple projects with Osvaldo Golijov and Pintscher and premiered works by Lera Auerbach and Joseph Hallman. Weilerstein, whose honors include Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal prize and the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she is a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Kammermusik Plus | Edgar Moreau & David Kadouch

Concert introduction at 6.45 pm at the Alte Aula.

Maximilian Hornung

With his striking musicality, instinctive stylistic certainty and musical maturity, the young cellist Maximilian Hornung is taking the international music scene by storm. Today, he regularly performs as a soloist with such renowned orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony under conductors such as Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézét-Séguin, Mariss Jansons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Zinman, Pablo Heras-Casado, Semyon Bychkov, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Antonello Manacorda, John Storgårds, Mario Venzago, Jonathan Nott, Kristjan Järvi, Andrew Manze, Krzysztof Urbanski and Robin Ticciati. His chamber music partners include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Antje Weithaas, Hélène Grimaud, Daniil Trifonov, Christian Tetzlaff, Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Herbert Schuch, Lars Vogt, Hisako Kawamura, Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann. He has performed with the Arcanto Quartett and the Cuarteto Casals and has been invited to perform at festivals including Schwetzingen, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Lucerne, Verbier, Ravinia and Hong Kong. He has appeared in concert halls such as the philharmonic halls of Berlin, Cologne and Essen as well as the Vienna Musikverein, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall.

His versatile discography is impressive, and includes solo concertos as well as recordings with prominent chamber musicians. He received the ECHO Klassik Prize for his first album (Sony 2011) – for which he was designated as Young Artist of the Year – as well as for his recording of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Bamberg Symphony under the direction of Sebastian Tewinkel the following year (Sony 2012). Further recordings have included Richard Strauss’ major cello works with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink (Sony 2014) and Joseph Haydn’s cello concertos with the Kammerakademie Potsdam under Antonello Manacorda (Sony 2015). In 2017, Deutsche Grammophon released a highly acclaimed recording of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Daniil Trifonov amongst others. Further recordings were released on Genuin, Linn Records, NEOS, Bridge Records and CPO. In October 2018, myrios classics released his recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 and Sulkhan Tsintsadze’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Andris Poga. The spring of 2020 will see the release of his next myrios CD of Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding.

Maximilian Hornung, born 1986 in Augsburg, began taking cello lessons at the age of eight. The teachers with whom he has studied most intensely are Eldar Issakadze, Thomas Grossenbacher and David Geringas. As cellist of the Tecchler Trio, in which he played until 2011, he won the First Prize of the ARD Music Competition in 2007. At the age of only 23, he became first principal cellist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and held this position until 2013. Maximilian Hornung has been supported and sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation and Borletti-Buitoni Trust London.

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.

Valentin Erben

Valentin Erben was born in 1945 in Pernitz, lower Austria. Since 1947 his family lived in Augsburg, Germany. His mother, a pianist, and his father, an amateur violinist and cellist, often invitides friends and musicians to make housemusic together.

This way Valentin Erben got in contact with music very early. He received his first „cello“ – it was a converted viola – at the age of four years. After his first steps with the cello, shown by his father, he started taking lessons in the age of eight years with Paul Freidel, who was the principal cellist ot the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and a student of Julius Klengel.

Influenced by many beautiful musical experiences and meetings – for example numerous concerts at the Hercules Hall in Munich, including unforgetable impressions like listening to Rudolf Serkin, the Veghquartett as well as the representatives of the great french cello tradition like Pierre Fournier, Maurice Gendron and Paul Tortelier. He also made a trip to Pablo Casals in the french Pyrenees. Because of all these impressions, Valentin knew that he want to become a cellist.

1960 Valentin Erben began his cello studies with Walter Reichardt at the Munich Academy of Music. In July 1963 he attended a masterclass at Siena. This experience was very important for his future: he met the famous cellist and pedagogue André Navarra.

1964 he finished his degree at the Academy in Munich and then contiued his studies in Vienna with Tobias Kühne, a former student of Navarra. In February 1965 he performed Schumann cello concerto in the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

From 1965 to 1968 Valentin Erben studied with André Navarra at the Conservatoire in Paris, which was a very important time for him. He also studied chamber music with Jean Hubeau and Joseph Calvet. He received the „Premier Prix“ for cello and chamber music.

In September 1968 he won the international cello competition ARD in Munich.

Back to Vienna, in spring of 1969 he was co-founder of the Alban Berg Quartet. A union of four musicians that should mark the international string quartet scene for almost 40 years.

From 2004 to 2007 Valentin Erben was a also a member of the Lucern Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado.

In June 2013 Valentin Erben retired from the University of Music in Vienna., where he has tought for over 40 years.

Valentin Erben plays the famous cello by Matteo Goffriller 1722 – “Ex – Pierre Fournier” and “Ex – Yoyo Ma” – kindly on loan from Merito String Instruments Trust GmbH.

To a busy schedule of concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, additionally he gives musica lectures, masterclasses in chamber music, collaboration with composers, singers and dancers.

Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6cellosuiten

A production of Rosas. A coproduction with Ruhrtriennale, La Monnaie / De Munt (Brussel / Bruxelles), Concertgebouw Brugge, Le Theatre de la Ville with Festival d’Automne a Paris, Sadler’s Wells (London), Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Opera de Lille, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg) and Montpellier Danse 2018.

In cooperation mit dem UnterwegsTheater/Kunstlerhaus/HebelHalle

A Schumanniade – with Martina Gedeck

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