Since its founding in 1987 by Leonard Bernstein, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra has enjoyed an outstanding reputation. From among 1,500 applicants all over the world, about 110 young musicians are selected every year to participate in the seven-week Orchestra Academy, the centrepiece of the pedagogical work of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, where they work on great orchestral literature with famous conductors. The works are prepared in sectional rehearsals and then rehearsed intensively during the full orchestral sessions. In addition to Principal Conductor Christoph Eschenbach, conductors like Kent Nagano, Iván Fischer, Michael Sanderling, Manfred Honeck, Krzysztof Urbanski, Vladimir Jurowski and many others work with the Festival Orchestra regularly. Tours have taken the orchestra to the European music metropolises, to the USA and China. Every summer, the Festival Orchestra is constituted anew.
This summer, David Zinman turns 84 – and still, the native New Yorker conducts regularly on concert stages on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. This season, he appears with the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin and with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, but also in Montréal and with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich. Zinman was chief conductor of the latter for 19 years, from 1995 to 2014, and a massive boxed set of 50 CDs documents the broad repertoire of these Zurich years, ranging from classical works to the complete orchestral writings of Strauss and Mahler. Zinman’s Beethoven cycle won numerous awards. The conductor also focuses on American composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Michael Torke, Ferde Grofe, George Gershwin and Samuel Barber. In addition to his work on the podium, Zinman regularly leads conducting courses, for example at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Orchestre Français des Jeunes, whose chief conductor he was from 2014 to 2017 and with which he last appeared at Young Euro Classic in 2016.
Christopher Park is a pianist who captivates with his fascinating technical mastery, astounding musical maturity, and a particularly intense performance style” – thus the jury of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival upon awarding Christopher Park, then 27 years of age, the renowned Leonard Bernstein Award 2014. The native of Bamberg was taught by Lev Natochenny and Joachim Volkmann at the Frankfurt am Main Academy of Music and Performing Arts. During recent years, Park has been invited as a soloist by the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, the SWR Symphony Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as to Qatar, Seoul and Shanghai. He has appeared at the festivals in Ravinia and Lucerne, at the Ruhr Piano Festival and at the Rheingau Music Festival. Apart from his work as a soloist, he is intensely dedicated to chamber music. He has also worked with the choreographer John Neumeier on projects such as Stravinsky’s Petroushka, Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites; thus he also made his Young Euro Classic debut in 2014 with the National Youth Ballet.
Erik Schumann was born in Cologne in 1982 as the son of German-Romanian-Japanese parents, and his main violin teacher was Zakhar Bron in Lübeck. During his performances with renowned orchestras in Europe, Asia and the USA, the violinist has performed under conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda, Muhai Tang, Michael Sanderling, Matthias Pintscher and David Afkham. Chamber music projects have seen him collaborate with cellists Daniel Müller-Schott and Nicolas Altstaedt, violinist Daniel Hope, pianist Anna Vinnitskaya and clarinettist Martin Fröst. Together with his siblings Ken and Mark and Liisa Randalu, he forms the Schumann Quartet. The ensemble performs regularly at halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London and Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein. Since 2013 Erik Schumann has been a professor of violin at the Frankfurt am Main Academy of Music and Performing Arts. The violinist plays an instrument built by G. F. Pressenda in 1830.
Leonard Elschenbroich, born in Frankfurt in 1985, has established himself as one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation. Trained first at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music in London, then taught by Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Music Academy, the cellist received the Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 2009. Ever since, he has performed internationally with leading orchestras in Dresden, London, Paris, Chicago and Washington DC. Leonard Elschenbroich has been invited to the Proms in London no less than seven times. Several tours took him to South America, where he was among the co-founders of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia in 2012. Elschenbroich’s debut CD featuring sonatas by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich (2013) was followed by recordings of Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 2, Musica Nostalgica, a homage to Schnittke, and the CD Siècle. Most recently, he has released a complete recording of all the Beethoven Sonatas with pianist Alexey Gynyuk. Elschenbroich plays a cello built by Matteo Goffriller in 1693.
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C-major Op. 56 (1804)
Symphony No. 6 in F-major Op. 68 “Pastoral” (1807/08)
7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Dieter Rexroth at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission with concert ticket
Did you miss Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony last year at the opening night of Young Euro Classic? Never mind – this summer, there is another high-carat chance! After all, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, one of the long-term audience favourites at Young Euro Classic, has dedicated its entire concert to Beethoven, as befits the Beethoven Year. One of the doyens of the conducting profession, David Zinman, who has won many awards for his interpretation of Beethoven’s symphonies, leads the orchestra in this programme. Young meets old – a promising combination for a “Pastoral”! In addition, there is a true Beethoven rarity, infrequently performed in the concert hall: the Triple Concerto in C-major, in which violin, cello and piano compete with each other and with the orchestra for the most beautiful sound. Two irresistible reasons not to miss this performance of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra!