The Georgian Sinfonietta celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, and it appears at the festival Young Euro Classic for the second time after its debut in 2010. Except for the capital of Tbilisi, the orchestra has performed in 15 other cities in Georgia and also at all the major festivals, such as the Tbilisi Autumn Festival, the New Year Music Celebrations, the Telavi Music Festival and “From Easter to Ascension”. Renowned artists such as Elisso Virsaladze, Lisa Batiashvili, Natalia Gutman, Giya Kancheli and Vantang Khakhidze have worked with the orchestra. The purchase of baroque instruments with the support of the Georgian Ministry of Culture in 2012 meant a major step forward for the Georgian Sinfonietta, which now plays both on baroque and modern instruments. In 2015 the Georgian Baroque Festival was founded as well, which has featured distinguished artists such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Jordi Savall and Sergio Azzolini.
Undersecretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Finance
Christine Lambrecht was born in Mannheim in 1965 and studied law in Mannheim and Mainz, which she followed with further studies at the Speyer Academy of Administration. In 1992 she began to teach civil and commercial law at the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim, working in adult education; since 1995 she has been in practice as an independent lawyer. Christine Lambrecht joined the SPD in 1982 and has held public offices since 1985, e.g. as a member of the Viernheim City Council and a delegate for the District Bergstraße. She has been a member of the German Parliament since 1998. From 2011 to 2013 she was Associate Chairwoman and from 2013 to 2017 Parliamentary Managing Director of the SPD; from December 2017 to March 2018 the associate leader of the SPD faction in the Bundestag, the German Parliament. In March 2018 she was appointed Undersecretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Finance. She is a member of the German Worker’s Welfare Association, of the association “Bürger und Polizei e.V.” and a founding member of the charitable association for the Women’s Shelter Bergstraße. From 2010 to 2018 Christine Lambrecht was also vice president of the helpers’ association of the THW (the German Agency for Technical Relief).
The conductor Kristjan Järvi is one of the rather rare types of musician who are able to move between different genres with the ease of a virtuoso. Whether classical, jazz or hip hop: not least in conjunction with his various ensembles, the 45-year-old pursues a broad range of musical inclinations. Since 2012 he has been chief conductor of the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig; he also continues to lead the Absolute Ensemble in New York, which he founded. Born in the Republic of Estonia as the youngest son of the Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi, the conductor is tireless in his championship of contemporary music. He has commissioned more than 100 works, including from composers such as Arvo Pärt, Tan Dun and Erkki-Sven Tüür. Steve Reich and HK Gruber are among his artistic partners, as are Anoushka Shankar, Hauschka and Marcel Khalife. So far, Kristjan Järvi has released more than 60 albums, ranging from film scores for Cloud Atlas, A Hologram for the King and Sense 8 to the eponymous series The Kristjan Järvi Sound Project.
The Georgian pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili, born in Tbilisi in 1980, has been most successful during recent years in the USA, where she also studied at the Mannes School of Music in New York City. However, she also has close ties with Germany. After her basic education in her native Georgia, the young pianist moved to Munich to study with Elisso Virsaladze at the Music Academy there, recording her first CD for the Bavarian Radio, and has been living in Berlin for several years. The Georgian government named her “Cultural Ambassador of Georgia in Germany” in 2013; she also works as a Cultural Attaché at the Georgian Embassy in Berlin. Dudana Mazmanishvili is also at home in the German piano repertoire – she performs Bach and Beethoven as happily as Schumann, Brahms and Busoni. Furthermore, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Georgian composers are an additional focus. Her latest CD featuring works by Schumann and Revaz Lagidze was recently released.
Born in Georgia during the Soviet era, Irakli Kiziria, who is also active in the Duo I/Y Berlin with his techno colleague Jacoub Chakarji, is a well-known figure on Berlin’s techno scene. They have performed as DJs at the Berghain club, but are most renowned for the popular party series STAUB, which they have presented at various locations during recent years. They have also founded their own label, which has released eight techno productions so far, including the album Riflor in 2016 and I/Y 008 in 2017. Irakli Kirizia’s original career was in architecture and design; since 2001, when he moved to Germany, he has focused on music and the arts. However, visual art has had a constant presence in his musical activities.
“Valse Boston” for Piano and Strings (1996)
Piano Concerto in D-Minor BWV 1052 (1738) (arr. with electronic music)
“New York Songs” for Piano and String Orchestra (World Premiere)
"Too Hot to Handel" inspired by Handel‘s “Concerti grossi” (2018)
“Divine Geometry – A Fusion of Classical and Electronic Music”: pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili and conductor Kristjan Järvi have found a truly “divine” title for their joint project with the Georgian Sinfonietta. And anyone familiar with the American conductor’s performances at Young Euro Classic knows that he is equally at home in classical music as with rock and electronics. And always tempted to develop musical “urtexts” further. Dudana Mazmanishvili is equally adept at experimentation. Accordingly, there is a Piano Concerto by Bach, catapulted into the 21st century by electronic means – after all, the baroque master composer was one of the greatest transformers ever. Then we find a selection of Handel’s Concerti grossi, also given a contemporary sound by Järvi. The conductor himself also composes and contributes a world premiere, a Piano Concerto with the promising title New York Songs. Finally, Dudana Mazmanishvili and the DJ Irakli Kiziria, no unknown face on Berlin’s club scene, ensure plenty of spontaneous improvisation on stage. The goal: using “divine geometry” to make Berlin’s Konzerthaus lift off the ground!
The concert will be streamed LIVE and ON DEMAND on ARTE CONCERT: concert.arte.tv/young-euro-classic