Artikel-Schlagworte: „Soloists“

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ Claudio Bohórquez

Sonntag, 20. September 2009

Claudio  Bohorquez Claudio Bohórquez is acclaimed by conductors, audiences, event organisers and critics alike as one of the most exciting and fascinating musical personae of his generation. He studied with David Geringas and Boris Pergamenschikow. Kronberg Academy furthered his career through the award of the Landgrave of Hesse Prize, for example, and his involvement in Chamber Music Connects the World. In 2000 he was the most successful participant in the first International Pablo Casals Competition arranged by Kronberg Academy, collecting three awards, including first prize. Marta Casals Istomin presented him with Pablo Casals’ Goffriller cello on loan to him for two years. He also won first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition.

Claudio Bohórquez now performs throughout the world. He works with many of the most famous conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner and Krzysztof Penderecki and gives concert performances with many of the leading German and international orchestras – in Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and in the USA with almost every major orchestra in that nation. Claudio Bohórquez has made an impressive number of CD recordings, radio recordings and television appearances. He plays a violoncello by G B Rogeri, which is on loan to him from the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.

He will play Friday, 2 October, 10pm at Burg Kronberg.

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ Mola Sylla

Montag, 14. September 2009

Mola SyllaMola Sylla was born in Dakar, Senegal but has been living in Amsterdam for more than 20 years. With his groups Senemali and VeDaKi, the singer and composer has developed a completely individual ethnic style which combines Senegalese music with elements from other ethnic traditions. A musical dialogue thus takes place between the various cultures of the African continent and those of the musician’s new home in the West. Mola Sylla’s captivating music pulsates with free improvisation and spontaneity as he allows vastly different musical influences to merge. In his rough voice he sings African tribal songs and tells stories from Senegal as well as about his new home, false expectations, hopes and disappointments. He usually sings in the Senegalese tribal language of Wolof. His songs are punctuated by rousing folk rhythms which he entices with masterly technique out of African instruments that are largely unknown to us: mbira, kongloa (a lamellophone from Senegal), xalam and kalimba.

Mola Sylla makes regular appearances at jazz and world music festivals and has recorded a large number of CDs. He has spent many years working closely with the Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, with whom he also composed music for Werner Herzog’s film The Wild Blue Yonder (2005).

You can hear Mola Sylla together with Serigne Gueye and Ernst Reijseger  on Thursday, 1 October at 10pm at Burg Kronberg.

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ Serigne C. M. Gueye

Montag, 14. September 2009

Sergine C.M. GueyeBorn in Daker in Senegal in 1963, Serigne Gueye grew up surrounded by the music of West Africa. His grandfather was a percussionist with the National Ballet but was so often away from home that Serigne is largely self-taught. At the age of seven, he began playing at traditional ceremonies. His career as a professional musician began in 1984 with the renowned Star Band de Dakar, which allowed him to learn to play a wide range of other percussion instruments and to develop musical arrangement abilities and song. He toured in the USA and in Europe with the Star Band and other ensembles before joining Ifang Bondi in 1993 and playing on two of their CDs. He left Ifang Bondi in 1996 in order to explore jazz in greater depth and to search for ways to place his West African musical heritage in a broader context. He now lives in Amsterdam and works with many top Dutch jazz musicians, such as Han Bennink, Thijs van Leer, Sean Bergin, Franky Douglas, Eddy Veldman, Mola Sylla and Ernst Reijseger. He is a member of the bands Pia Piac and Mandinkabi and in 2002 joined Tobias Delius (saxophone, clarinet), Wilbert de Joode (double bass) and Hilary Jefferies (trombone) to form apa ini.

You can hear Sergine Gueye together with Mola Sylla and Ernst Reijseger  on Thursday, 1 October at 10pm at Burg Kronberg.

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ Dénes Várjon

Samstag, 12. September 2009

Dénes VárjonThe Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon studied with Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág and Sándor Devich at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Budapest. One of the first people to recognise his exceptional musical gifting was his fellow countryman András Schiff, with whom he took annual masterclasses. Schiff has since been one of his greatest advocates and their musical association continued when the former masterclass student became an internationally acclaimed professional pianist. Today the two artists often play together. In 1991 Dénes Várjon won the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich and made his debut at the Salzburg Festival that same year as a soloist with the Camerata Salzburg conducted by Sándor Végh.

He has long been one of the leading musical figures in Hungary and is a frequent guest at all international festivals and in the great musical cities of Europe and the USA. As well as performing as a soloist, he also plays with chamber music partners, who, in addition to András Schiff, include illustrious names such as Steven Isserlis, Miklós Perényi, Tabea Zimmermann and Leonidas Kavakos. He has a particularly close musical association with the oboist and conductor Heinz Holliger as well as with the composer and clarinettist Jörg Widmann. Since 1994 Dénes Várjon has been an assistant professor at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Budapest. In 1997 he was awarded the Liszt Prize by the Hungarian Government.

Dénes Várjon and Steven Isserlis are playing Ludwig van Beethoven, Bohuslav Martinu und Ernest Bloch on Thursday, 1 October at 7pm at Stadthalle Kronberg.

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ Miklós und Benjamin Perényi

Freitag, 11. September 2009

Miklós PerényiWhen Miklos Perényi plays Bach, it is so quiet in the concert hall that no one even dares cough. His playing has such a balanced, rarely achieved clarity that it goes straight to the heart. The Hungarian cellist is one of those exceptional musicians, whose playing elicits nothing but praise from even the most hardened of critics. They repeatedly emphasise the overwhelming beauty of his cello sound. Although his solo career has taken him to all the major music venues in the world and he is acclaimed as one of the most sensitive contemporary interpreters, the Hungarian cellist does not consider himself a star. He never puts his virtuosity on show but retreats totally behind the music.

Miklós Perényi gave his first concert performance in Budapest at the age of nine. His musical abilities were developed under the lasting influence of his teachers, the legendary Enrico Mainardi in Rome and Ede Banda in Budapest. After winning the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest in 1963, he was invited by Casals several times to take part in his masterclasses. He subsequently spent several summers at the Marlboro Festival.

Miklós Perényi has been teaching at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest for 35 years. In 1980 he was awarded the Kossuth Prize and in 1987 the Bartòk-Pasztory Prize for his contribution to music. His close association with his fellow countryman András Schiff is reflected in numerous joint concerts. They have also recorded a prizewinning CD of all Beethoven’s compositions for cello and piano on the ECM label.

Benjamin PerényiInstead of playing with toy trains like other children of his age, Benjamin Perényi was already playing the piano at the age of three. This comes as no surprise as the son of the famous cellist Miklós Perényi is the youngest member of a family which boasts several generations of musicians.

When Benjamin was eleven, he was admitted to the Exceptionally Gifted Children’s Class at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where he continued and completed his studies. The famous pianist András Schiff was so impressed by the young musician’s exceptional gifting that he made him a gift of a Steinway piano. Apart from his father’s decisive influence, Benjamin Perényi’s musical development was furthered by his teachers Jenö Jandó and István Lantos and by the internationally acclaimed pianist Zoltán Kocsis, who, in May 2009, invited him to appear in concert with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Benjamin Perényi, whose repertoire comprises works from Bach to Bartók, has also appeared twice at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival as a chamber musician. In October 2001, he and his father gave their first joint performance at the Geneva Conservatory of Music. This year, in addition to their contribution to the Cello Festival in Kronberg, they are scheduled to perform together at the Bartók Seminar in Szombathely, Hungary.

Father and son Perényi are playing Bach, Dallapiccola, Debussy and Bartók on Thursday, 1 October at 7pm at Stadthalle Kronberg. You can hear Miklós Perényi also on Sunday, 4 October at 5pm at Stadthalle Kronberg.

Cello Festival ¦ Tutor and Soloist ¦ Pieter Wispelwey

Donnerstag, 10. September 2009

Pieter WispelweyPieter Wispelwey is one of a leading group of performers who are equally at ease on the modern or the period cello. Born in Haarlem, Netherlands, he studied with Anner Bylsma and then with Paul Katz in the USA and William Pleeth in Great Britain. In 1992 he became the first cellist ever to receive the Netherlands Music Prize and in 1997 was awarded the Belgian Press Prize as Musician of the Year.

The versatile musician, who focuses on both historical performance practice and the interpretation of recent cello works, now makes regular concert appearances in the world’s top concert halls and cities, performing with renowned orchestras and the most famous international conductors. Apart from his masterly technical skills, it is his intense, deeply personal interpretative style which makes a moving impression on his audiences.

In 2005 Wispelwey began an unusual association with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, performing all the British cello concertos and the two Haydn cello concertos. In 2009 und 2010 Wispelwey will be giving chamber music concerts in a trio with Viktoria Mullova and Kristian Bezuidenhout. His numerous CDs have received outstanding worldwide critical acclaim; six CDs have been awarded international prizes. His recording of Bach’s six solo suites won three prizes, the Diapason d’or, the Choc de la Musique and the Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Pieter Wispelwey plays a 1760 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello and a 1710 Rombouts baroque cello.

You can hear Pieter Wispelwey Friday, 2 October, 11.30 at St. Peter und Paul Kirche Kronberg.

He will held his workshop Thursday, 1 October, from 4 to 6 pm at Zehntscheune Kronberg.

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ Alex Porter

Montag, 7. September 2009

Alex PorterHe is not easily defined. Alex Porter is a master magician, entertainer, conjurer, acrobat, singer, actor and dancer – many things in one. The poetic theatre magician leads his audience along a tightrope stretched between illusion and reality and, to everyone’s amazement, shows that nothing is as it seems. When he is on stage literally conjuring up his stories, bringing them alive with nimble-fingered tricks, he performs a juggling act between reality and fantasy. He is witty, amusing and humorous – and at times whimsical and cryptic. There is only one thing that he definitely never is – boring. The audience is held spellbound. Are his imaginative tales true … or perhaps not? Is the man himself a fantasy creature? Perhaps he cannot really perform magic, but one thing is sure – Alex Porter is magic. Everyone agrees about that.

The man behind the riddles was born in New York and received his training in the art of magic from John Casagrande, Hanspeter Birrer and Jim Cellini. So as to stage his magical stories effectively, Alex Porter also took voice and drama lessons. He has also tried his hand at painting and photography. Alex Porter lives in Lucerne. In his adopted country he has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Swiss Cabaret Prize.

Cello a miracle? Alex Porter, Thomas Demenga and James Alexander perform magic moments on Wednesday, 30 September, 10 pm at Stadthalle Kronberg.

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ James Alexander

Freitag, 4. September 2009

Canadian-born pianist James Alexander studied with Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and with Sasha Gorodnitzki and Janina Fialkowska at the Juilliard School in New York. He also took masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Mischa Dichter and Ivan Moravec and trained in song accompaniment with Martin Katz and Gwendolyn Koldofsky.

James Alexander has taught at the Berne University of the Arts since 1992 and performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Apart from solo performances with conductors such as Dmitrij Kitajenko, Michael Stern and Kaspar Zehnder, James Alexander also gives recitals with renowned singers. His chamber music partners include, for example, the cellists Thomas Demenga, Michael Sanderling and Pieter Wispelwey. Tours have taken him to Europe, North and South America and Japan and he has played at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the European Music Festival in Stuttgart, the Heidelberger Frühling, the June Festival in Zurich, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and the Menuhin Festival as well as in the Lincoln Center. James Alexander has also given piano and chamber music masterclasses in Canada and Latin America and at the Juilliard School. His CD recordings include solo piano music, songs and chamber music. Since autumn 2006 he has been giving chamber music classes at the Geneva Conservatory of Music.

Cello a miracle?  James Alexander, Thomas Demenga and Alex Porter perform magic moments on Wednesday, 30 September, 10 pm at Stadthalle Kronberg.

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ Frank Wolff

Mittwoch, 2. September 2009

Frank WolffBorn in Battenberg an der Eder (in the German federal state of Hesse) in 1945, Frank Wolff first studied the cello in Freiburg and then philosophy with Adorno in Frankfurt. In 1967 he threw himself into the student uprising and became one of its West German spokesmen. This was followed by further cello studies and his involvement in an avant-garde ensemble and in a string quartet. Frank Wolff began developing his first concert collages in 1977: “Franks tönende Wochenschau” (Frank’s newsreel in sound) – which includes his “Deutschlandlied” (Germany song) dedicated to Jimi Hendrix and Joseph Haydn – was followed by “Schubert doesn’t live here anymore” and “Winterreise Frühlingstraum”. In 1981 he founded the Frankfurter Kurorchester as a rock band and music theatre and spent many years touring with it – to places as far afield as New York and Beijing. In 1997 he set off on a world tour with the unforgettable Anne Bärenz and “Heinrich Heine in Concert”, before working on further duo projects and on “Der Ton im Wörtersee” (The sound in the lake of words) in a trio with the writer Robert Gernhardt. From 2002 onwards, he worked with young artists in the Neues Frankfurter Schulorchester to put together the programmes “Attacca” and “Shanghai Show”. Lastly, Frank Wolff’s many solo projects have enabled him to develop a form of poetic tone painting which incorporates new sounds and overtone techniques. In 2008 he was awarded the Goethe Badge of Honour by the city of Frankfurt.

Frank Wolff tells his violoncello story of poetry, politics and music, premiere of a fantasy for violoncello and absent piano on Tuesday, 29 September, 8 pm at Stadthalle Kronberg.

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ Ula Ulijona

Montag, 31. August 2009

Ula Ulijona

Ula Ulijona

Ula Ulijona, who was born in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius in 1974, has spent many years as solo violist with Kremerata Baltica. She completed her viola studies with Petras Radzevicius at the Lithuanian Academy of Music before transferring to the Basel University of Music, where she studied under Professor Hatto Beyerle. As a student of Tabea Zimmermann, she finally took her concert examination at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. She derived further inspiration from masterclasses with Wolfram Christ.

In 2001 Ula Ulijona won second prize in the international William Primrose Competition in Chicago. Apart from numerous solo performances with famous orchestras such as the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she has demonstrated her ability in chamber music performances in partnership with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bahmet, Boris Pergamenschikow, Heinz Holliger, Sharon Kam and the Keller Quartet. Ula Ulijona was one of the first musicians to take part in Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World project and has twice taught in the Mit Musik – Miteinander workshop. She has been a permanent member of the Petersen Quartet since 2008 and plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller viola.

She plays Wednesday, 30 September, 7 pm, at Naxos-Halle Frankfurt “Dialogue with Pergolesis Stabat Mater for violincello, viola and vibraphon” – composed for Ula Ulijona and Gidon Kremer by Lera Auerbach.

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ Nicolas Altstaedt

Freitag, 28. August 2009
Nicolas Altstaedt Foto: Marco Borggreve

Nicolas Altstaedt Foto: Marco Borggreve

Nicolas Altstaedt, one of the last students to be taught by Boris Pergamenschikow, is no stranger to the leading concert venues in Europe, the USA, Australia and Asia. He was recently the soloist, for example, with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and Sir Neville Marriner, with the RSO Stuttgart under Sir Roger Norrington and the Haydn Philharmonie with Ádám Fischer. Other performances have been with the Zurich and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin and Helsinki Radio Orchestras. His musical partners include Gidon Kremer, Alexander Lonquich, Jörg Widmann, Quatuor Ebène and the composers Thomas Ades and HK Gruber.

Nicolas Altstaedt, who has been awarded several international prizes (Landgrave of Hesse Prize 2004, the German Music Competition prize and first prize in the Domnick Cello Competition in 2005, first prize in the Adam International Cello Competition in 2006, Borletti Buitoni Fellowship in 2009), is an Artist of the CMS Lincoln Center New York. He is a regular guest at festivals such as Lockenhaus and Jerusalem and made a successful debut at the Salzburg Festival in summer 2008. In 2004 he was a Junior in Chamber Music Connects the World.

His most recent recording of the Haydn concertos with the Kammerakademie Potsdam on the Genuin label and his recording of the cello concertos by Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Gulda on the Claves label received high international acclaim in the music press. Nicolas Altstaedt plays a violoncello by Nicolas Lupot (Paris 1821) loaned to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

He plays Wednesday, 30 September, 7 pm, at Naxos-Halle Frankfurt Edison Denissow “Death is a long sleep – Variations about a theme from Joseph Haydn”.

Cello Festival ¦ Soloists ¦ László Fenyö

Mittwoch, 12. August 2009
László Fenyö

László Fenyö

It was in the “world capital of the cello”, Kronberg, that László Fenyö gained entry to the cello elite. In September 2004, as well as awarding him the first prize in the Pablo Casals Competition, the jury also conferred on him the special prize for the best first performance of the variation work especially composed for the competition by Graziane Finzi.

In his home country of Hungary László Fenyö has long been one of the most popular soloists. It was there that he also began his musical training – at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Budapest. From 1994 to 1998 he studied with David Geringas in Lübeck, and broadened his horizons through masterclasses with Miklós Perényi and Siegfried Palm, for example. He is currently mentored by the doyen of chamber music, Bernard Greenhouse.

An unusually broad repertoire – from Bach to Krenek and from Haydn to contemporary composers – combined with a sure sense of style and outstanding technical brilliance have earned László Fenyö numerous competition victories. A wealth of orchestral experience – he is currently the solo cellist in Frankfurt’s HR Symphony Orchestra – and the joy of discovering rarely played solo works round off his musical profile. He has performed at the leading venues in Europe, the USA and Asia and at the major music festivals, including the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, where he performed, for instance, with Leonidas Kavakos and Boris Berezowski.

In October 2009 László Fenyö will be joining the teaching staff at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main. He plays a Matteo Goffriller cello made in 1695.

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