Ukraine
August 4, 2022 20:00 Uhr
Keri-Lynn Wilson

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Keri-Lynn Wilson’s international career as a guest conductor spans more than 20 years, leading some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras—such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra —and operas at the world’s top opera houses, including Covent Garden, the Bavarian State Opera, Bolshoi Theatre, and the Vienna State Opera. Next season, Keri-Lynn Wilson will make her Metropolitan Opera debut, conducting Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and will return to Covent Garden to conduct La Traviata. Ms. Wilson’s work has been praised as “vividly shaped and nuanced” by The New York Times, and “elegantly incisive” by The Telegraph. Keri-Lynn Wilson received a nomination for conductor of the year from the 2020 Opus Klassik awards for her recording of Rossini’s Sigismondo with the Bavarian Radio.

Conductor

Liudmyla Monastyrska

Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska made her Metropolitan Opera debut singing the title role of Verdi’s Aida in 2012, followed by the title role of Puccini’s Tosca, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco. This season, she will sing the title role of Puccini’s Turandot at the Met, Abigaille in Nabucco at Covent Garden, and the title role of Aida in Naples and Verona. Recent performance highlights include Aida, Elisabeth in Don Carlo, Tosca, and Abigaille at the National Opera of Ukraine; Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Bavarian State Opera; Leonora in Il Trovatore at La Scala; Tosca in Rome and Barcelona; Abigaille at Deutsche Oper Berlin and in Hamburg; Leonora in La Forza del Destino at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Covent Garden; and Santuzza in concert with the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

Soprano

Anna Fedorova

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Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova has performed with leading ensembles including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Yomiuri Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Netherlands Philharmonic. In 2018, Anna Fedorova signed with Channel Classics Records and released six albums, including Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra and the duo album Silhouettes with violist Dana Zemtsov. In March, she organized a charity concert with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and cellist Maya Fridman, raising €111,000 in humanitarian aid for the victims of the war in Ukraine.

Piano

VALENTIN SYLVESTROV

Symphony No. 7 (2003)

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F-minor Op. 21 (1830)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

“Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?“ Aria from the Opera “Fidelio“ Op. 72 (1805)

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Symphony No. 4 in E-minor Op. 98 (1885)

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USA
August 5, 2022 8 PM
Daniel Harding

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Originally from Oxford, Daniel Harding found early mentors in Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. Since his debut as a 21-year-old in 1996, he has returned frequently to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic. Harding is currently chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, having held leading positions in London and Paris previously. After a voluntary hiatus from conducting, during which Harding pursued a career as a professional pilot, he has now returned to all the world’s major concert stages: this season, invitations have taken him to Dresden, Milan, London, Paris and Geneva. Moreover, he conducts the summer festival tour of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, whose conductor laureate the 46-year-old is. The palette of his CD recordings ranges from Mozart to Mahler, Britten and Lutosławski. As an opera conductor, Harding has appeared at the Salzburg Festival several times; another regular focus are his opera productions at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence.

Conductor

Alisa Weilerstein

© Marco Borggreve

This spring, she turns 40 – yet the American cellist Alisa Weilerstein can already look back on a 35-year career. At the age of only four, her parents fulfilled her wish for a cello, and six months later, she gave her first public performance. At 13, Weilerstein made her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, playing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. Ever since, the musician has carved out her place among the best cellists of the younger generation. Apart from the grand concerti by Dvořák, Elgar and Shostakovich, she has also recorded a solo recital with sonatas of the 20th century by Kodály, Cassadó and Bright Sheng. The cellist has also performed J. S. Bach’s six solo sonatas in the USA, in Asia and in London, Barcelona and at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Together with Daniel Barenboim, she recorded the cello concerti of Edward Elgar and Elliott Carter. Championing contemporary music, Weilerstein regularly plays works by Osvaldo Golijov, Lera Auerbach and Joseph Hallman, but also gave the New York premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s cello concerto Reflections on Narcissus in 2014.

www.alisaweilerstein.com

Cello

EDWARD ELGAR

Cello-Concerto in E-minor Op. 85 (1919)

GUSTAV MAHLER

Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp-minor (1901-1903)

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Germany
August 6, 2022 8 PM
Boris Aljinovic

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Actor

Boris Aljinovic shares a fate with many a gifted stage and theatre actors: the son of a German mother and a Croatian father became really well known mainly thanks to television. For 14 years he played Berlin’s inspector Felix Stark on the popular Tatort series, side by side with Dominic Raacke (aka Till Ritter). He gave that role up eight years ago – and unlike some others, Aljinovic hung up his handcuffs like a gentleman, without lamenting the fact in the yellow press. After many years of Tatort and many movies, for example with Otto Waalkes, the versatile actor, who can be as silly and playful as he is mindful and profound, is known to almost everyone in Germany. Calm and mindful describes the person Boris Aljinovic well – and gifted with a subtle sense of humour. No wonder: Aljinovic originally wanted to draw comic strips for a living. At the moment, Boris Aljinovic has taken up stage acting again, produces successful audio books – and prefers to fight wind and waves, often all alone on his sailboat for months, instead of imaginary crooks.

Patron of the evening

Marc Albrecht

© Marco Borggreve

“Marc Albrecht makes the music flow, gush, swing in dancing rhythms, sparkle seductively and luxuriate in a Wagnerian XXL format: twelve-tone music as a sensuous sound experience.” That was a reviewer’s assessment of Albrecht’s performances of Alban Berg’s Lulu. Born in Hanover in 1964 as the son of the conductor George Alexander Albrecht, the musician began his career as a répétiteur in Vienna and Berlin, established the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra alongside Claudio Abbado, and became General Music Director in Darmstadt at the age of only 30. From 2009 to 2020 he was chief conductor of the National Opera in Amsterdam. In addition to the core repertoire, Albrecht made a name for himself with operas by such different composers such as Berlioz and Messiaen, Stravinsky, Zemlinsky, Trojahn and Henze. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, he conducted the celebrated rediscovery of the Korngold opera Das Wunder der Heliane in 2019; in 2021 he won an Opus Classic Award as “Conductor of the Year”. In the symphonic field, Albrecht has conducted compositions by Schumann, Dvořák, Korngold, Ravel, Dukas, Koechlin, Mahler and Berg with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

www.marcalbrecht.website

Conductor

Antje Weithaas

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The violinist Antje Weithaas has been one of the most interesting musician personalities in Germany for 20 years. Born in Guben in Brandenburg, she studied at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, where she has also been a renowned teacher since 2004. Furthermore, Antje Weithaas has pursued an intense career as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to the classics by Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, solo concerti by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Othmar Schoeck, György Ligeti and Jörg Widmann are part of her repertoire. Among her discography, special mention must be made of her recording of the complete violin works by Max Bruch, next to the recordings of the complete solo sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and Eugène Ysaÿe. The violinist regularly leads concerts from the concertmaster position, e.g. Beethoven’s symphonies.

www.antje-weithaas.de

Violin

Maximilian Hornung

© Marco Borggreve

A native of Augsburg, Maximilian Hornung has developed into one of the leading cellists of the younger generation during recent years. The 36-year-old appears regularly at the festivals in Salzburg, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Ravinia and Lockenhaus. He has worked with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as Daniel Harding, Robin Ticciati and Jonathan Nott. Among his multi-faceted discography, the cello works by Richard Strauss (with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) and the concerti by Joseph Haydn (with the Kammerakademie Potsdam under Antonello Manacorda) stand out. Hornung has recorded Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto and the First Concerto by Sulkan Tsintsadze with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. His repertoire also includes such rarities as the solo concerti by Arthur Honegger, Victor Herbert and Mieczysław Weinberg. The cellist received major support from Anne-Sophie Mutter, with whom he continues to perform piano trios with pianist Lambert Orkis.

www.maximilianhornung.com

Cello

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A-minor Op. 102 (1878-1879)

GUSTAV MAHLER

Symphony No. 1 in D-Major (1885-1888)

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International
August 7, 2022 8 PM
Klaus Lederer

Dr. Klaus Lederer was born in Mecklenburg in 1974 and spent his childhood and early adolescence in Frankfurt an der Oder.

After the end of the GDR, he was active in leftist youth organizations and joined the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) in 1992.

He spent the 1990s studying law at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s law school, where he earned a doctorate, and working for the PDS as a local politician. In December 2005 Klaus Lederer was elected chair of the Berlin Left Party, a position he held until December 2016.

From 2003 to January 2017, Dr. Lederer was a member of the Left Party parliamentary group in the House of Representatives, Berlin’s state legislature, and was its spokesperson on legal policy.

Dr. Klaus Lederer has been Mayor and Senator for Culture and Europe in Berlin since December 2016.

Mayor and Senator for Culture and Europe in Berlin

Kevin Haigen

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“Our goal with the National Youth Ballet is to make the dancers instruments for living choreographers. To be involved physically and emotionally in a choreographer’s creative process, to join in this creativity, that is what was important to me as a dancer, and that, I believe, is what makes our profession as dancers special.” Kevin Haigen, Artistic and Pedagogical Director

 Kevin Haigen, born in Miami, trained at the School of American Ballet. After dancing with the American Ballet Theatre and the Stuttgart Ballet, he joined the Hamburg Ballet in 1976 to work with John Neumeier. Starting in 1984 he danced with the Nederlands Dans Theater; in 1985 he moved on to the Ballets de Monte Carlo as principal soloist, ballet master, teacher and choreographer, then in 1986 to the London Festival Ballet, in1988 to the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, and in 1991 he returned to Hamburg. As principal ballet master of the Hamburg Ballet and teacher at its School, he teaches internationally and also oversees productions of John Neumeier’s ballets all over the world. Since 2011 he has also been Artistic and Pedagogical Director of the Bundesjugendballett. However, he is inspired mainly by the current development of his work: teaching creative thinkers and makers, conveying that the art of ballet is a journey that never ends. In 2019 Kevin Haigen won the Hamburg Theatre Prize – Rolf Mares in the category “Outstanding Production”.

Artistic and Pedagogical Director

John Neumeier

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“With its own repertoire reflecting the feeling, conscience and ideas of the younger generation in a creative manner, the National Youth Ballet seems ideally poised to combine and amalgamate youth culture, high culture and the general public. It also has an important social aspect, which will radiate positively.” John Neumeier, General Director and Artistic Supervisor

 Since 1973 John Neumeier has been Director and Chief Choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet; in 1996 he also became the Ballet’s Artistic Director and in 2005 one of the managing directors of the Hamburg State Opera. He received his first ballet lessons in his hometown of Milwaukee/Wisconsin (USA) and then trained in Copenhagen (Denmark) and at the Royal Ballet School in London (Great Britain). In 1963 he was engaged as a dancer at the Stuttgart Ballet; in 1969 he moved on to Frankfurt, where he was ballet director. John Neumeier has received numerous awards and his choreographies are part of the repertoire of many renowned ballet companies worldwide – his oeuvre comprises more than 150 ballets of different genres. In 1978 John Neumeier founded the Hamburg Ballet’s Ballet School. In 2006 he initiated the John Neumeier Foundation and in 2011 founded the National Youth Ballet, whose General and Artistic Supervisor he is.

General Director and Artistic Supervisor

European Union
August 8, 2022 8 PM
Gustavo Gimeno

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Originally from Valencia, Spain, the conductor Gustavo Gimeno studied percussion and piano as a teenager and was a member of EUYO’s percussion section. In 2001 he was appointed a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam as principal percussionist. Gimeno only began his professional conducting career in 2012, with strong encouragement from Mariss Jansons and Claudio Abbado, whom he assisted. Since 2015 the 46-year-old has been chief conductor of the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL); in 2020 he also became chief conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has undertaken several tours of Europe and South America with the OPL, featuring prominent soloists such as Yuja Wang, Leonidas Kavakos, Frank-Peter Zimmermann and Bryn Terfel. As a guest conductor Gimeno has been invited to the most important orchestras in Europe and the USA; in the autumn of 2021 he made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has also made several recordings with the OPL, including Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle and symphonies by Franck, Mahler and Shostakovich.

www.gustavogimeno.com

Conductor

Renaud Capuçon

© Simon Fowler

The French violinist Renaud Capuçon is one of the world’s elite practitioners of his instrument, a regular guest on all the important concert stages in Europe, America and Asia. In Berlin he has performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Bernard Haitink, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester under Robin Ticciati and the Staatskapelle Berlin under Antonio Pappano. One of his most important mentors was Claudio Abbado, who appointed the violinist concertmaster of his Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in 1998. The 46-year-old’s chamber music partners include not only his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon, but also pianists Martha Argerich and Katia Buniatishvili and cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Mischa Maisky. Capuçon is the artistic director of the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence and the Sommets musicaux in Gstaad as well as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. At the centenary of the armistice of 1918 in Paris, he performed as an ambassador of France, as he did at the G7 Summit in Biarritz in 2019. Among his latest CD productions are violin concerti by Rihm, Dusapin and Mantovani and Bach’s Violin Sonatas. He plays the Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” (1737) formerly owned by Isaac Stern.

www.renaudcapucon.com

Violin

IGOR STRAVINSKY

Scherzo fantastique Op. 3 (”Flight of the Bee”) (1907-1908)

ERNEST CHAUSSON

”Poème” in E-flat-major Op. 25 (1896)

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

”Havanaise” Op. 83 (1887)

RICHARD STRAUSS

Suite from ”Der Rosenkavalier” Op. 59 (1911/1944)

MAURICE RAVEL

„La Valse” (1919-1920)

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Portugal
August 9, 2022 8 PM
Rolf-Dieter Krause

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Journalist

“Factually competent, analytically critical, clearly expressive,” the Medium Magazin described him when naming him “Journalist of the Year” in 2012. For many years, Krause was the face of Brussels on the ARD channels. For 20 years he reported from Europe’s capital. Now he is a true Berliner. Krause, born in Lüneburg, began his career as a reporter for newspapers, joined the WDR in Düsseldorf in 1982 and became the ARD Correspondent in Bonn from 1985 to 1990. In 1990 he finally landed where he belonged: in Brussels. With refreshing openness, he recounts: “At the time, I had no particular views on the European Community. I was simply young and curious.” After an intermezzo as a Deputy Studio Director in Bonn and Head of Programming for the WDR TV in Cologne in 2000, Brussel welcomed him back in 2001 – for 15 years, the rest of his professional life. Today he does not miss television, but Europe has not let him go: he occasionally works as an advisor and speaker on European affairs.

Pate des Abends

Pedro Carneiro

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The Portuguese conductor Pedro Carneiro, born in the capital of Lisbon in 1975, has pursued a double career in music. On the one hand, he is an internationally celebrated percussionist who performs at all the major concert halls between the USA, Japan and Australia. More than 100 world premieres demonstrate his special position as a member of the musical avant-garde, as do his collaborations with the Arditti Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet and the Chilingirian Quartet. The percussionist has a special love for improvisation, often in combination with live electronics or other innovative technologies. On the other hand, Carneiro has launched a career as a conductor during recent years. The Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa) was founded at his initiative and has its own concert series at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon. Not least, the Portuguese multi-talent composes orchestral and chamber music as well as film and theatrical music, develops percussion accessories and has recorded numerous prize-winning CDs.

www.pedrocarneiro.com

Conductor

The Orquestra dos Navegadores - Oeiras Children’s Orchestra

© Bruno Vicente

The Orquestra dos Navegadores – Oeiras was founded in 2019 by the Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa (OCP) and financed by the Municipality of Oeiras. The orchestra is made up of socio-economically disadvantaged children between the ages of 6 and 14. The children come together bi-weekly at their schools and at the orchestra’s headquarters in Algés (Oeiras). Together, they learn to establish bonds with professional artists and musicians, developing their musical skills in an inclusive multidisciplinary environment. Improvisation, extended techniques, singing, body awareness, movement, poetry, theatre and making new instruments from sustainable materials are some of the skills developed by these young musicians. The orchestra has performed in various venues in the region and the small group of children representing the ensemble can’t wait to travel abroad for the first time in their lives to meet their audience at Young Euro Classic!

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Members

Marta Domingues

© Yuna Le Quéré

The composer Marta Domingues, aged 22, is currently completing a Master’s degree in composition at the Lisbon Music Academy, with Jaime Reis and Annette Vande Gorne. At the early age of 17, she won the Prize for Young Creators in Portugal in the music category. Marta Domingues is a member of the production team of the Festival DME (Dias de Música Electroacustica). Her music has been presented internationally in Belfast (UK), Brussels (Belgium), Monaco and Mexico. In 2020, her acousmatic piece “Yliathim” was published by Influx/Musiques et Recherches (Belgium).

Composer

JOSEPH HAYDN

”The Presentation of Chaos” from ”The Creation” Hob. XXI:2 (1796-98)

MARTA DOMINGUES

"How To Plant A Sound" (world premiere) 🏆

ANTON BRUCKNER

Symphony No. 9 in D-minor WAB 109 (1887-96)

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Ukraine
August 10, 2022 8 PM
Oksana Lyniv

© Oleh Pavliuchenkov

The Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv, herself the daughter of two musicians, received her musical education at the music academy of her hometown in Lviv. In 2013 she was appointed assistant to the general music director Kirill Petrenko at the Bavarian State Opera. In 2017 Oksana Lyniv became chief conductor of the Graz Opera; in 2022 she became general music director at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Last year she celebrated her successful debut as the first female conductor in the history of the Bayreuth Festival with Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. In March 2022 she led a new production of Puccini’s Turandot at the Rome Opera. In addition to her international career, Oksana Lyniv is a passionate advocate for classical music in Ukraine and Ukraine’s cultural ambassador to the world. She founded the international festival LvivMozArt in Lviv in 2017, which was inspired by the historical work of Mozart’s son Franz Xaver in Lviv. In 2016 she initiated the founding of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, whose artistic director she has been ever since.

www.oksanalyniv.com/en

Conductor

Nataliia Kukhar

The Ukrainian mezzo-soprano Nataliia Kukhar (b. 1991) studied in Lviv and has been a member of the International Opera Studio “OperAvenir” at the Basel Theatre since the 2021/22 season. Master courses with Montserrat Caballé in Spain and Olga Pasichnyk in Poland completed her education. Between 2018 and 2021 she was a member the Opera Academy for young talents of the National Polish Opera in Warsaw. After her debut as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Lviv Opera, she has appeared at the Cracow Opera, the Polish National Opera and the Polska Opera Królewska in Warsaw and at the Innsbruck Festival of Ancient Music. In 2023, she appears in Salome and Rigoletto at the Basel Theatre. Among her recent engagements are also Il barbiere di Siviglia in Cracow, L’empio punito in Innsbruck, Rodelinda in Warsaw, The Fiery Angel with Polish National Opera and Don Giovanni in Lviv.

Mezzo-Soprano

 

 

 

Andrii Murza

The Ukrainian violinist Andrii Murza is the founder and artistic director of the International Violin Competition in Odessa. He has performed at numerous important festivals and concert series, including the Heidelberg International Festival, Santander International Festival, the MDR Music Summer and the LvivMozArt International Festival. The violinist is regularly invited for recitals and chamber music programmes in Switzerland, France, Germany, China and Spain. After receiving his first training in Odessa, Murza studied at the Music Academy Reina Sofia in Madrid and at the Mannheim Academy of Music and Performing Arts. Studying with outstanding musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, Zakhar Bron, Viviane Hagner, Miriam Fried and Ferenc Rados had a profound influence on his professional development. He has been a member of the first violin section at the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra since 2016. Murza plays a violin built by Auguste Sebastien Philippe Bernadel (father) in 1840.

 

Violin

ZOLTAN ALMASHI

“Maria’s City” (2022, German Premiere) 🏆

YEVGEN STANKOVICH

“Ukrainian Poem” for Violin and Orchestra (1997)

OLEH KYVA

Chamber Cantata No. 3 on texts by Pavlo Tychina (1982)

BORYS LJATOSCHYNSKYJ

”Grazyna” Symphonic Poem Op. 58 (1955)

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK

Symphony No. 9 in E-minor Op. 95 ”From the New World“ (1893)

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International / Great Britain
August 11, 2022 8 PM
Meike Droste

© René Fietzek

While still a student at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich, Meike Droste already appeared on major stages and won renowned awards. She has performed at the Salzburg Festival and the Münchner Kammerspiele, at the Berliner Ensemble she played the title role in Brecht’s Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe, directed by Claus Peymann. No small feat for someone who hadn’t even graduated. From Berlin, she moved to Zurich, then back to Berlin. From 2016 to 2013, she was an ensemble member at the Deutsches Theater; since then she has been a freelancer. A gifted stage performer – who only came to a broader audience’s attention through television. For many years, she played the police officer Bärbel in the ARD series Mord mit Aussicht. In this role, Meike Droste – alongside her equally wonderful colleagues Caroline Peters and Bjarne Mädel – won the hearts of millions of viewers. Ever since, she has been ubiquitous on television and in movie theatres. Meike Droste was born near Augsburg in 1980, lives in Berlin with her two children and has been a Young Euro Classic fan for years. This is her first time appearing as a concert patron.

Actress

Glass Marcano

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The conductor Glass Marcano is from Venezuela, where she also took her first steps as a violinist as part of the national music programme “El Sistema”. In 2006 she joined the Yaracuy Symphony Orchestra and the Yaracuyana Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she remained a member until 2012. After studying law, Glass Marcano began her training as a conductor in 2015 at the National Academy of the Arts in Caracas. She has participated in numerous conducting courses, e.g. with François-Xavier Roth, Giancarlos Guerrero, Claire Gibault and Maxime Pascal. In 2019 she reached the semi-finals at the first edition of the conducting competition La Maestra. At the moment, Marcano is studying in Paris; she recently conducted the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the Bogotá Symphony Orchestra and the Mozart Orchestra in Paris.

Conductor

Gerard Aimontche

© Emil Matveev

The Russian pianist of African descent received his excellent training in Moscow, completing everything from the famous Gnessin School to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In the meantime, Gerard Aimontche has performed not only in many Russian cities, but also at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Montreux Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall in New York. He won the International Grieg Competition as well as the International Maria Yudina and Nicolai Rubinstein Competitions for young pianists. In 2016 he made his orchestral debut in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the festival “Color of Music” in Charleston, South Carolina. Aimontche also recorded the same concerto in 2017 with the Chineke! Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London. “The notorious difficulties seem to present no problem to the agile and sonorous pianism of the young Russian virtuoso,” wrote the BBC Music Magazine. In 2018 the pianist undertook an extended tour of China at the invitation of Steinway & Sons.

Piano

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR

”Othello Suite” Op. 79 (1909)

STEWART GOODYEAR

”Callaloo – Caribbean Suite” (2016)

PIOTR I. TCHAIKOVSKY

Symphony No. 4 in F-minor Op. 36 (1877)

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Italy
August 12, 2022 8 PM
Daniele Giorgi

© Marco Borrelli

The Italian Daniele Giorgi, born in Florence in 1970, has been pursuing a triple career as a violinist, composer and conductor for many years. Trained in his hometown at the Conservatory “Luigi Cherubini”, the violinist became a member of the Orchestra della Toscana at the age of 28. From 2002 onwards he dedicated himself to conducting studies with Pietro Bellugi and Isaac Karabchevsky; in 2004 Giorgi was successful at the Conducting Competition Antonio Pedrotti in Trento. Subsquently he has conducted a multitude of Italian ensembles in Rome, Turin, Padua and Cagliari; since 2006 he has regularly been a guest artist at the Cantiere d’Arte in Montepulciano, founded by Hans Werner Henze in 1989. In 2014 Giorgi founded his own Chamber Orchestra Leonore in Pistoia, which has performed with soloists such as Isabelle Faust, Gabriela Montero, Alban Gerhardt and Olli Mustonen. The conductor also initiated the project Floema, which has the mission of recalibrating the relationships between musical institutions and performance venues.

Conductor

Massimilano Matesic

© Walter Huber

Originally from Florence, the composer Massimiliano Matesic studied composition in his hometown with Salvatore Sciarrino and Gaetano Giani Luporini, before moving on in 1996 to study in Freiburg, Germany, with Peter Gülke. Since then, he has taught orchestral conducting at the Freiburg Music Academy. Special focuses of Matesic’ work as a conductor, composer and arranger are his collaboration with the legendary rock musician John Lord (whose Concerto for Rock Band and Orchestra he first performed in Switzerland in 2009) and with the Sicilian songwriter Pippo Pollina. His orchestral works include Three Symphonic Images (2004), the Serenata for string orchestra, a Cello Concerto and the Violin Concerto The Anatomy of Melancholy. In addition to chamber music, Matesic has also written a multitude of songs setting poems by Petrarch, Shakespeare, Rilke and Hofmannsthal; he also arranged Schubert’s Winterreise for orchestra. Together with his wife, the violinist Daria Zappa, he has been the director of the music festival “Festival of Silence” in Aargau since 2008.

www.massimilianomatesic.com

Composer

MASSIMILIANO MATESIC

“Klezmer Rhapsodie” (2004, German premiere) 🏆

REINHOLD GLIÈRE

Concert Waltz in D-flat-major Op. 90 (1950)

IGOR STRAVINSKY

”The Firebird“ Suite for Orchestra (1919 version)

DETLEV GLANERT

Prelude No. 1 from “Three American Preludes” (2014)

SERGEI RACHMANINOV

Symphonic Dances Op. 45 (1940)

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Sweden
August 13, 2022 8 PM
Hugo Ticciati

© Kaupo Kikkas

The musical world of the Swedish violinist Hugo Ticciati is characterized by infinite curiosity. The 42-year-old, brother of the chief conductor of Berlin’s DSO, Robin Ticciati, includes literature, philosophy, spirituality and meditation in his programmes, just like dance and kinetic painting. He performs the classical violin concertos, but also delves into contemporary music with verve. Ticciati has works by Takemitsu, Shchedrin, Glass and Lera Auerbach in his repertoire and has also given works by Albert Schnelzer, Sergey Yevtushenko, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Judith Weir their world premieres recently. He is a passionate chamber musician, working with the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, pianists Angela Hewitt and Olli Mustonen and the trombonist Nils Landgren, for example. In addition, Hugo Ticciati is the artistic director of the O/Modernt Kammarorkester and the O/Modernt Festival. Recently he has turned increasingly to conducting as well and has been invited to work with the Swedish and Australian Chamber Orchestras as well as Stuttgarter Kammerorchester.

www.hugoticciati.com

Violin, Artistic Director

Christoffer Sundqvist

© Memento

The 44-year-old Finn Christoffer Sundqvist has been principal clarinettist of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2005. He also pursues a broad palette of other activities: as a soloist, he has performed not only with nearly all the Finnish orchestras, but has also been invited by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Philharmonic Hanover. He has given world premieres of clarinet concerti by Erkki-Sven Tüür, Aulis Sallinen, Jukka Linkola, Lars Karlsson and Sebastian Fagerlund. As a chamber musician, Sundqvist is a member of the Arktinen Hysteria Wind Quintet and the Plus Ensemble; he also performs regularly with Hugo Ticciati’s ensemble O/Modernt. He is a regular partner of Sebastian Fagerlund, with whom he directs the RUSK Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad on the Gulf of Bothnia. In addition to Fagerlund’s clarinet concerto, Sundqvist also gave world premieres of his Trio (2010) and Sonata (2011). Sundqvist teaches clarinet at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and gives regular master courses.

www.christoffersundqvist.fi

Clarinet

Miklós Lukács

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The Hungarian musician Miklós Lukács is one of the best and most versatile cimbalom players in the world. Contemporary music, jazz and folk music of various cultures combine here in a perfect symbiosis. A multitude of new works was composed for him, for example the cimbalom concerto Sounds of Generations Y-Part II by Máté Bella, concerti by Kornél Fekete-Kovács, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Kálmán Oláh and György Vukán and the composition Da Capo by Peter Eötvös. Lukács has performed with numerous jazz luminaries such as Charles Lloyd, Archie Shepp, Steve Colman, Bill Frisell, Christ Potter and Uri Caine. He has also recorded more than 50 albums, a third of them as bandleader. Lukács has been invited to perform as a soloist with renowned ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the RAI Torino Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Remix Ensemble, the Israel Contemporary Players, the Ensemble Musikfabrik and the Ligeti Ensemble. Lukács’ own compositions are featured on the 2014 album of the Lukács Miklós Trio entitled Cimbiózis.

www.mikloslukacs.com

Cimbalom

Julian Arp

For the cellist Julian Arp, participating in the O/Modernt concert in Berlin is almost a home game. He studied at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin with Boris Pergamenschikow. He continued his studies with David Geringas and Eberhard Feltz, graduating in 2008. Since his soloist debut as a 16-year-old at the Schwetzingen Festival in 1997, Arp has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Beauvais, Montreux, SoNoRo Bucharest, Stellenbosch, Stift Festival, the Oxford Chamber Music Festival and IMS Prussia Cove. The Duo Arp/Frantz has released three CDs. Contemporary composers, including Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Sven-Ingo Koch, Sarah Nemtsov and Violeta Dinescu have written pieces for him. He is a co-founder of the festival Zeitkunst which is dedicated to chamber music and contemporary literature and has been a guest at the Centre Pompidou, Radialsystem Berlin, Israel, England and Rio de Janeiro.

Cello

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G-Minor ** (1874)

BÉLA BARTÓK

44 Duos for Two Violins Sz. 98 (Selection)

ROMA TRADITIONAL

”Zöld az erdő” (”Green is the Forest”, Hungarian Gypsy Anthem) arr. Miklós Lukács

BÉLA BARTÓK

Divertimento Sz. 113 BB 118 (1939)

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Clarinet Quintet in B-Minor Op. 115 Adagio* (1891)

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Hungarian Dance No. 4 in F-sharp-minor ** (1874)

ROMA TRADITIONAL

”Hajnali dal” (”Dawn Song”) arr. Miklós Lukács

BÉLA BARTÓK

Romanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, BB 68, arr. Djuro Zivkovic**

BALKAN TRADITIONAL

”Cik Cik”**

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G-minor** (1874)

VITTORIO MONTI

Csárdás** (1904)

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International
August 14, 2022 8 PM
Desar Sulejmani

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Born in Albania, Desar Sulejmani began playing the piano at the age of six, soon appearing in public. From 1998 he attended the Folkwang University in Essen, where he studied with Till Engel (piano), Andreas Reiner and Rainer Kussmaul (chamber music) and David de Villiers (conducting). As Andreas Reiner’s piano partner, Sulejmani recently recorded the complete violin sonatas by Felix Mendelssohn for CD. Conducting has been the focus of his artistic work since 2003: he has held positions with orchestras in Essen, Cologne and Düsseldorf and has been invited to conduct in Albania and Kosovo, the Czech Republic, Austria and Uzbekistan. In 2008 Sulejmani conducted the first Albanian opera Mrika by Preng Jakova in his hometown of Shkodra. In 2016 he conducted an international production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 2014 he has been the artistic director of the European Summer Music Academy in Kosovo; in 2019 he founded the Western Balkans Youth Orchestra.

Conductor and Piano

Gerti Druga

Born in 1986, the Albanian composer Gerti Druga studied composition with Thoma Gagi at the Albanian University of the Arts in Tirana. In 2010 he won the National Competition in Albania with a work dedicated to Mother Theresa. In 2012 Druga received the First Prize in the National Competition for the Centenary of Albanian Independence. In 2013 he composed his Albanian Rhapsody as a commission for the 125-year anniversary of the Cologne Orchestra Society. In addition, Druga has written numerous works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra and chorus, as well as the scores for several short and documentary films, including the film Amanet (2014). From 2015 to 2021 he was artistic director of the Albanian State Folk Music Ensemble, for which he composed the musical theatre work Trimat e Jutbinës in 2016. Through the end of 2021 he was professor of composition at the Universities in Shkodra and Tirana. Druga moved to Versailles, France, in 2020.

Composer

EDVARD GRIEG

”From Holberg’s Time” Suite in the Old Style in G-Major Op. 40 (1884)

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN

Piano Concerto No. 1 (1830, Version for String Orchestra)

GERTI DRUGA

”Feathers of sorrow” for String Orchestra (2022, German premiere) 🏆

ALEXANDRE TANSMAN

Seven Variations on a Theme by Girolamo Frescobaldi (1937)

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

Chamber Symphony Op. 110a (1960, arr. Rudolf Barshai)

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Sweden
August 15, 2022 8 PM
Hugo Ticciati

© Kaupo Kikkas

The musical world of the Swedish violinist Hugo Ticciati is characterized by infinite curiosity. The 42-year-old, brother of the chief conductor of Berlin’s DSO, Robin Ticciati, includes literature, philosophy, spirituality and meditation in his programmes, just like dance and kinetic painting. He performs the classical violin concertos, but also delves into contemporary music with verve. Ticciati has works by Takemitsu, Shchedrin, Glass and Lera Auerbach in his repertoire and has also given works by Albert Schnelzer, Sergey Yevtushenko, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Judith Weir their world premieres recently. He is a passionate chamber musician, working with the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, pianists Angela Hewitt and Olli Mustonen and the trombonist Nils Landgren, for example. In addition, Hugo Ticciati is the artistic director of the O/Modernt Kammarorkester and the O/Modernt Festival. Recently he has turned increasingly to conducting as well and has been invited to work with the Swedish and Australian Chamber Orchestras as well as Stuttgarter Kammerorchester.

www.hugoticciati.com

Violin, Artistic Direction

Nils Landgren

© Kai Bienert

Nils Landgren is doubtlessly one of Europe’s most successful jazz musicians. Fans and observers of the 66-year-old Swede are already wondering whether his days might have more than 24 hours. Critics have nominated him as the hardest working man in show business. When “Mr. Redhorn,” the man with the red trombone, is not touring with his legendary band Funk Unit or other projects bearing his name, he works as a producer and talent scout or is found passing his know-how on to his students. In the German capital, he has made a name for himself as the artistic director of the JazzFest Berlin. It is not least his versatility which is admired in this musician, who began playing drums at the age of six and discovered the trombone for himself at 13: apart from hardcore jazz, he is devoted to Swedish folk music – or he might record romantic and idiosyncratic Christmas songs, as he did on his album Christmas With My Friends. In cooperation with Doctors without Borders, Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit supports a music education project for children and teenagers in one of the largest slums of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. After leading the successful “Classic meets Jazz” projects at Young Euro Classic from 2014 to 2019, Nils Landgren returns with O/Modernt, which he had introduced to the festival in 2014.

www.nilslandgren.com

Trombone

Gwilym Simcock

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The British pianist Gwilym Simcock moves effortlessly between classical music and jazz, performing as a soloist, with orchestras and choruses, big bands and individual musicians. His artistic influences range from jazz legends such as Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny to “classical” composers such as Maurice Ravel, Henri Dutilleux, Béla Bartók and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In 2018/19 Simcock was artist-in-residence with the NDR Big Band in Hamburg. In 2001 his solo album Good Days at Schloss Elma appeared, receiving outstanding reviews. In 2014 he released two more albums, Instrumation with the City of London Sinfonia and Reverie at Schloss Elmau, a duo with bass player Yuri Goloubev; in 2019 a new solo album, Near and Now, followed. Gwilym Simcock is a member of the group The Impossible Gentlemen and tours regularly with Pat Metheny’s Quartet. He also teaches jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

www.gwilymsimcock.com

Piano, Arrangements

Jordi Carrasco Hjelm

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Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish double bass player focusing on chamber music and free improvisation. He has lived in Amsterdam since 2013. He finished his Master’s degree in Cross-Over Music with the jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis at the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2019.  He performs regularly as a member of the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra (Stockholm) led by Hugo Ticciati and as a chamber musician and improviser at festivals in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Latvia. Together with young musicians from all over Europe, Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a founding member of the Berlin-based ensemble c/o chamber orchestra that combines orchestral playing with principles of non-hierarchical collaboration. Jordi Carrasco Hjelm has performed as a guest player with a diverse set of ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Matthew Barley Ensemble (UK), the location-based improvisation concept Buro Nieuw Perspectief (NL) and the string orchestra Arte Frizzante (CH). In 2021 his latest composition for solo double bass was premiered at the Wonderfeel Festival in Helsinki.

Double Bass

Robert İkiz

Robert İkiz is known as an extremely versatile drummer/percussionist having played and recorded all sorts of music from straight-ahead jazz to funk and pop. By the age of 2 he was accompanying Tchaikovsky symphonies on pots and pans in his grandmother’s apartment in Istanbul. He moved to Stockholm from Istanbul when he was 4 years old. İkiz studied Afro-American music programme at the Stockholm Music Conservatory (1995-1998). In 1998 he received a scholarship to study at the Los Angeles Music Academy. İkiz has performed, taught and recorded in over 50 countries. In addition to awards from the Swedish Royal Music Academy, in 2015 Ikiz was nominated as “the musician of the year” for Jazzkatten, the biggest Swedish jazz prize. He has run his record company, Stockholm Jazz Records, since 2002. Checking In (2012) was his debut album as a solo artist. İkiz has performed with bands including the Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Dan Reed Band​, Jacob Karlzon 3 and Petter Bergander Trio. İkiz is also member of three exiting duos with the eminent musicians Magnus Lindgren, Cenk Erdogan and Mousa Elias.

Drums

Irina Zahharenkova

Born in 1976, Irina Zahharenkova is one of the most outstanding keyboard performers of her generation to emerge from Estonia. She has won first prizes from major international piano competitions, notably the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (Leipzig, 2006), Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition (Terni, 2006), International Competition George Enescu (Bucharest, 2005) and Jaén International Piano Contest (Jaén, 2004). In 2008 she was a prize-winner in the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Irina has also been a laureate of the Prague Spring competition in Czech Republic (2005), and, as a harpsichordist and as fortepianist, of the Festival van Vlaanderen competition in Bruges (2004). She was the winner of the 2007 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.

www.irinazahharenkova.com

Piano

Christoffer Sundqvist

© Memento

The 44-year-old Finn Christoffer Sundqvist has been principal clarinettist of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2005. He also pursues a broad palette of other activities: as a soloist, he has performed not only with nearly all the Finnish orchestras, but has also been invited by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Philharmonic Hanover. He has given world premieres of clarinet concerti by Erkki-Sven Tüür, Aulis Sallinen, Jukka Linkola, Lars Karlsson and Sebastian Fagerlund. As a chamber musician, Sundqvist is a member of the Arktinen Hysteria Wind Quintet and the Plus Ensemble; he also performs regularly with Hugo Ticciati’s ensemble O/Modernt. He is a regular partner of Sebastian Fagerlund, with whom he directs the RUSK Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad on the Gulf of Bothnia. In addition to Fagerlund’s clarinet concerto, Sundqvist also gave world premieres of his Trio (2010) and Sonata (2011). Sundqvist teaches clarinet at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and gives regular master courses.

christoffersundqvist.fi

Clarinet

JOSQUIN DES PRÉZ

”Ave Maria [...] Virgo serena” arr. Johannes Marmén

MILES DAVIS

„Selim” arr. Gwilym Simcock

IGOR STRAVINSKY

Three Pieces for String Quartet

JOSQUIN DES PRÉZ

”Mille regretz” Chanson for Four Voices arr. Johannes Marmén

MILES DAVIS

”Recollections” arr. Gwilym Simcock

MILES DAVIS

”Sivad” arr. Gwilym Simcock

MILES DAVIS

”In A Silent Way” arr. Gwilym Simcock

IGOR STRAVINSKY

Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano from „L'histoire du soldat“

JOSQUIN DES PRÉZ

”Une mousse de Bisquaye” Monody arr. Johannes Marmén

MILES DAVIS

”Little Church” arr. Gwilym Simcock

MILES DAVIS

”So What” arr. Gwilym Simcock

JOSQUIN DES PRÉZ

”La plus des plus” Chanson for Three Voices arr. Johannes Marmén

MILES DAVIS

”All Blues” arr. Gwilym Simcock

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Turkey
August 16, 2022 8 PM
Cem Mansur

© Kai Bienert

The personal and artistic biography of Cem Mansur could hardly be more cosmopolitan: the British and Turkish citizen was born in Istanbul in 1957 into a multi-national and multi-lingual family. He studied first in London and then with Leonard Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. As the conductor of the Istanbul State Opera from 1981 to 1989 he acquired an impressive opera repertoire. The successful performance of Edward Elgar’s unfinished opera The Spanish Lady in London in 1986 was followed by internationally renowned orchestras and opera houses in Europe and the USA as well as Israel and South Africa. In 2009 Mansur conducted the European premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 in Helsinki, followed by the world premiere of his composition Veni Creator in Poland in 2010. As chief conductor of the National Youth Philharmonic of Turkey he has conducted guest appearances at Young Euro Classic and led several bi-national projects, including the Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra Turkey-Germany and the Armenian-Turkish Youth Orchestra. From 1998 to 2011 he was also chief conductor and artistic director of the Akbank Chamber Orchestra.

Conductor

Poyraz Baltacıgil

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28-year-old Poyraz Baltacıgil was born into a family of musicians and received his first cello lessons at the age of six. At eleven, he enrolled at the Mimar Sinan Music Academy in Istanbul, from which he graduated in 2015. Poyraz Baltacıgil then studied with Jean-Guihen Queyras at the Freiburg Music Academy, graduating with a master’s degree. He received further artistic impulses from Natalia Gutman, Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis and Johannes Moser. The cellist has performed with all the important symphony orchestras in Turkey; he is also a member of the Trio Likya. At the moment, Baltacigil is a member of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and associate principal cello at the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cello

Evrim Demirel

© Fethi İkiz

The Turkish composer Evrim Demirel is among the most important representatives of the younger Turkish generation. Born in Izmir in 1977, he studied first at Bilkent University in Ankara, then moving on to the Netherlands, where he was a student of composition, electronic music and jazz piano at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Later, Demirel studied with Theo Loevendie at the Amsterdam Conservatory, from which he graduated with a master’s degree in 2007. One characteristic element of Demirel’s compositions is the combination of a Central European musical language with the idioms of his homeland. This is reflected mainly in his use of instruments from the Eastern Mediterranean region, such as qanun, setar and oud, in his numerous compositions for chamber ensemble. Apart from concerti for clarinet, saxophone and jazz piano, his oeuvre also contains the opera Ninatta (2015) and the orchestral work Fasil No. 1 for Turkish ensemble and orchestra (2010). Evrim Demirel currently is a professor at the jazz department of the Istanbul State University; he also performs as a jazz pianist with his own ensemble.

www.evrimdemirel.net

Composer

PIOTR I. TCHAIKOVSKY

Suite No. 4 in G-major Op. 61 ”Mozartiana” (1884)

PIOTR I. TCHAIKOVSKY

Variations on a Rococo Theme in A-major Op. 33 (1876-1877)

GABRIEL FAURÉ

”Masques et Bergamasques” Suite for Orchestra Op. 112 (1868-1918)

EVRIM DEMIREL

”Ottoman Miniatures II” (World Premiere) 🏆

ROBERT SCHUMANN

Overture, Scherzo and Finale in E-major Op. 52 (1841)

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International / Poland
August 17, 2022 8 PM
Ayyub Guliyev

© Adil Yusifov

The Azerbaijani conductor Ayyub Guliyev began his training at the Baku Music Academy at the age of 15; he subsequently moved to St. Petersburg for further studies, then to Vienna and Prague for three further years. In 2006 he won the orchestral prize at the Lutosławski Competition in Poland; this was followed by awards in Athens, Parma and at the “Debut at the Laeisz Hall” Competition in Hamburg. In 2011 Guliyev first conducted the Azerbaijani State Opera, where he was appointed artistic director in 2018. Since then, he has conducted a broad repertoire here, ranging from Mozart to Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Azerbaijani composers such as Kara Karabayev and Uzeyir Hajibeyli. As an orchestral conductor, the 38-year-old has been invited by renowned ensembles in Great Britain, France, Austria, Poland, Russia and Ukraine as well as Kirgizstan and Kazakhstan. On the occasion of the 100-year-anniversary of the birth of the Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov, Guliyev conducted several performances of his ballet Arabian Nights at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in January 2022.

Conductor

Marcin Zdunik

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The 34-year-old Polish cellist Marcin Zdunik has made a name for himself in recent years throughout Europe as a soloist and chamber musician with a broad repertoire ranging from renaissance to modern music. He has been invited to renowned festivals, such as the BBC Proms in London, the Chamber Music Festival in Kronberg/Taunus and the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano. At the same time, he performs as an improviser and composer of his own arrangements. Zdunik studied with Andrzej Bauer at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw and with Julius Berger in Augsburg. In 2007 he won the first prize at the International Lutosławski Cello Competition in Warsaw. He also received the special award for the best interpretation of his Cello Concerto, which he will also perform in Berlin. The multitude of his CD productions demonstrates the range of Zdunik’s artistic interests: they range from cello concerti by Haydn and Denissov to Schumann’s complete works for cello and Weinberg’s Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra to the CD Bach Stories, featuring works by the composer and Zdunik’s own arrangements.

www.marcinzdunik.pl

Cello

MIECZYSŁAW KARŁOWICZ

”Bianca da molena” Op. 6 (1900)

WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI

Cello Concerto (1970)

BÉLA BARTÓK

Concerto for Orchestra Sz. 116 (1943-44)

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Austria
August 18, 2022 8 PM
Tomáš Hanus

© Betina Skovbro

The Czech conductor Tomáš Hanus, born in Brno in 1970, made his debut at the Prague National Theatre in Smetana’s opera The Devil’s Wall in 2001. In 2005 he led the revival of Katya Kabanova at the Finnish National Opera; from 2007 he was music director of the Brno National Theatre for two seasons. Ever since, guest engagements have taken him to opera houses in Paris, Basel, Dresden, Berlin and Lyon. Hanus mainly made a name for himself conductor operas by Janácek, such as Jenufa, The Makropoulos Case and From the House of the Dead. He also conducted concerts with orchestras such as the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the orchestra of the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Camerata Salzburg and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Since the 2016/17 season, Hanus has been music director at the Welsh National Opera, where he most recently conducted new productions of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Bizet’s Carmen, Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina.

Conductor

Robert Amadeo Sanders

© Phoebe Kuan

The American violinist Robert Amadeo Sanders received his first violin lessons at the age of five from his parents. He went on to study at the Music Institute of Chicago and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. During his studies, he was concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia and a member of the Asha String Quartet. Sanders participated in master courses with Augustin Hadelich, Sarah Chang and Shmuel Ashkenasi, among others, and has performed chamber music with various string quartet formations. In the summer of 2021 he was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. The violinist is currently a member of the Vienna Philharmonic’s orchestra academy.

Violin

Benedikt Sinko

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Born in Vienna in 1997, Benedikt Sinko started playing the cello at the age of five. In 2013 he began studying with Reinhard Latzko at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. Since 2018 he has been a student of Julian Steckel in Munich. Sinko received further artistic impulses by participating in master courses with Clemens Hagen, David Geringas and Robert Nagy. The cellist has won prizes at the International Cello Competition in Liezen in 2012 and the 2013 International David Popper Competition. He gained orchestral experience as a substitute of the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.

Cello

Katharina Kratochwil

© Hannah Friedl

The 24-year-old Austrian oboist Katharina Kratochwil received her first oboe lessons at the age of seven at the music school in Tulln an der Donau (Lower Austria). Since 2013 she has studied at the Vienna University of Music and Arts. Katharina Kratochwil has won several first prizes at the national competition “Prima la Musica” and at the competition for young players of the Viennese oboe. She has been gathering orchestral experience as a substitute, e.g. at the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the stage orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. She is currently a member of the Vienna Philharmonic’s orchestra academy.

Oboe

Traian-Petroniu Sturza

© Constantin Barcov

25-year-old Traian Sturza began playing bassoon at the age of ten in Iaşi, Romania. Later he completed a bachelor’s degree at the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, Georgia. He also participated in numerous music festivals, including the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, the Pacific Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. For one season, Sturza was associate principal bassoon at the Malmö Opera in Sweden. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Moldova Philharmonic from Iaşi, the Lagrange Symphony and the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra. The bassoonist is currently a master’s degree student at the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre with Dag Jensen. He is also a member of the orchestra academy of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Bassoon

ZOLTÁN KODÁLY

”Dances from Galánta” (1930)

JOSEPH HAYDN

Sinfonia concertante in B-flat-major Op. 84 Hob.I:105 (1792)

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK

Symphony No. 8 in G-major Op. 88 (1889)

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Uruguay
August 19, 2022 8 PM
Ariel Britos

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Born in Montevideo in 1969, the conductor Ariel Britos is the founder and director of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay, the Orquesta Nacional Juvenil de Uruguay-Sodre. He originally studied piano, then also viola performance in his homeland, in Mexico and Brazil. In 1996 Britos moved to Venezuela, where he worked intensively with “El Sistema”, the network of children’s and youth orchestras founded by José Antonio Abreu. After his return to Uruguay, the musician initiated a similar project there with the motto “Un niño, un instrumento” (An instrument for every child). Ever since, Britos has been dedicated to expanding the youth orchestra scene in Central and South America; thus, he has worked with orchestras in Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico and Brazil. In 2005 he coordinated the “Orquesta Juvenil Latinoamericana” conducted by Claudio Abbado. For his artistic and social work, the Ariel Britos has won multiple awards, including the title “UNESCO Artist for Peace”.

Conductor

Sergio Cervetti

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He has an Italian father and a French mother, was born in Uruguay in 1940 and moved to the USA in 1962 to study: Sergio Cervetti has assimilated many influences. He received major impulses when studying with Ernst Krenek at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. In 1969 he spent a year in West Berlin on a DAAD fellowship. Cervetti’s catalogue of works is broad-ranging and covers orchestral works, chamber music, song cycles and solo compositions for guitar. In 1991 he wrote the harpsichord concerto Las Indias Olvidadas for the Alicante Festival, commemorating the 500-year anniversary of the discovery of America. In 2007 his opera The Elegy Prince had its world premiere in New York City. In his compositional style, Cervetti combines European traditions with influences of Latin American music and elements of Minimal Music. The composer has frequently pointed out the strong influence of painting, dance and socio-political issues on his works.

www.sergiocervetti.com

Composer

SERGIO CERVETTI

”The Road to Bremen“ (World Premiere) 🏆

SERGEI PROKOFJEW

Symphonie classique

Arturo Márquez

Danzón No. 2

HÉCTOR TOSAR

Toccata

ALBERTO GINASTERA

Suite ”Estancia“

CARLOS GARDEL

”A Tribute to Gardel“ – Tangos by Carlos Gardel

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA

”Libertango“

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Germany
August 20, 2022 8 PM
Michael Gibbs

© Stefan Haberland

Leading the Bundesjazzorchester in this project, Michael Gibbs is a living legend. Born in 1937 in what was then Salisbury in South Rhodesia (known today as Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe), the 84-year-old is one of a handful of big band composers and arrangers whose voice is perceived as unmistakable in jazz. He has written for such luminaries as Pat Metheny and John Scofield, Uriah Heep, Whitney Houston and Peter Gabriel. He also arranged works by Charles Ives for jazz orchestra, a composer he counts among his greatest inspirations next to Olivier Messiaen and Gil Evans. Gibbs has also written scores for almost a dozen films, from Madame Sin with Bette Davis and Being Human with Robin Williams to Hard Boiled (dir. John Woo) and Housekeeping (dir. Bill Forsyth). His most well-known composition is presumably Sweet Rain, a jazz standard that has been recorded by numerous jazz greats, including Stan Getz, Stephane Grappelli and Gary Burton.

Artistic Director

International / Netherlands
August 21, 2022 8 PM
Alexander Shelley

© Rémi Thériault

Alexander Shelley, now 42 years of age, will be remembered by the Young Euro Classic audience from his appearance with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. The British conductor who originally trained as a cellist began his conducting career in 2005 by winning the renowned Leeds Conducting Competition. Ever since, he has led many orchestras in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia; since 2015 he has been the chief conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. He made a name for himself in Germany as the chief conductor of the Nürnberg Symphoniker (2009-2017), where his classical open-air concerts reached more than half a million enthusiastic listeners. One of Shelley’s special concerns is classical music education via interviews and podcasts; at the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, he is also in charge of the project “Zukunftslabor” (Future Lab). Among his collaborations with the Bundesjugendorchester, the joint tour with Campino of the band Die Toten Hosen in 2016 stands out. He also recorded the CD Gipfeltreffen with the Bundesjugendorchester, featuring works by Haydn, Dukas, B. A. Zimmermann and Bernstein.

www.alexandershelley.com

Conductor

Coraline Groen

© Theo Kwant

The young Dutch violinist Coraline Groen, born in 1996, is Artist in residence this summer at the NJO Music Summer. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the Den Haag Conservatory before moving on to the Royal College of Music in London for further studies. Her master’s degree came from Den Haag again, where she received top marks for “her versatility, creativity, and her musical and inspiring personality”. Since February 1, 2020 the violinist has been a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam; on the same day she won the Dutch Oskar Back Violin Competition, where she also took the audience award. Coraline Groen also has a duo with the bayan player Robbrecht Van Cauwenberghe and appears in recitals with pianist Rik Kuppen.

 

 

Violin

Laetitia Gerards

© Jozef Gerards

The young Dutch soprano Laetitia Gerards has performed with all the renowned Dutch orchestras, e.g. the Concertgebouw Orkest, the Residentie Orkest and the Orchestra of the 18th Century. She also won the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award and the first prize at the Princess Christina Vocal Competition. Laetitia Gerards has a special affinity for the American repertoire, performing composers such as Kurt Weill, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, in whose musical A Wonderful Town she sang the role of Eileen. She has also appeared as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème and Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio; this season she makes her debut as Marenka in Smetana’s Bartered Bride at the Nederlands Reisoper. The soprano regularly appears on Dutch television, e.g. in the reality series “Wie is de mol?” (Who is the Mole?). In 2021 she also performed during the live broadcasts for the National Day of Remembrance.

Soprano

RICHARD STRAUSS

”Don Juan” Op. 20 (1887-1888)

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

Violin Concerto in D-minor Op. 15 (1939)

GUSTAV MAHLER

Symphony No. 4 in G-major (1899-1901)

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