Summer Festivals Part VI - Germany
There are lots of festivals all over Germany and
this list is by no means complete and will be continued.
Quite a few were founded inspired by the
success of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik-Festival.
Modeled after the idea of Tanglewood it started out in 1986.
It is amazing to see how many of today’s
managers made their first steps into
the business as 'Künstlerbetreuer' at the SHMF.
All of us who have been there a rainy
summer carry found memories and learned how to properly
(!) drive a car on the narrow roads of
Schleswig-Holstein and on the Autobahn A1 and A7!
For the 2015 edition
the SHMF has chosen to highlight the
composer Peter Tchaikovsky and our
founding member Martin Grubinger
. Martin has been scheduled to appear in
10 concerts in the festival,
teaming up with wonderful artists such as
Thomas Hampson, Manfred Honeck and the Festival Orchestra
(alas he had to cancel the first 3 concerts,
but thanks to a speedy recovery he headed back to
He will also be performing with his group the
long standing collaborators like
Leonhard Schmidinger, Martin Grubinger sen.
two of our other founding members:
Ferhan and Ferzan Önder
. Of course some Tchaikovsky was needed in their programme,
a Nutcraker suite
assembled by Martin’s father specially for
these concerts which is combined with other
works for percussion and two pianos.
is involved in another interesting evening.
Together with german singer-songwriter
he explores the relationship between
Tchaikovsky and his confident Nadeshda von Meck.
The two had sent each other more
than 1.200 letters which now give us a
great insight into the composer’s soul.
created a mini-festival within the festival.
The weekend before last he gathered friends
and family for his programmed titled Familienstücke
- of course his longstanding piano partner
was part of the line up.
You can also hear young violinist
twice - in two different chamber music concerts.
In Plön he will be performing works for
piano trio together with cellist
Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Anna Vinnitskaya.
In Kiel the three have invited
and others to join in for a night of Tchaikovsky celebrations.
Towards the end of the festival summer
is appearing with his piano partner
to present their new project CelloCinema.
Music by Nino Rota, Bernard Herrmann,
Astor Piazzolla, Ennio Morricone will
accompany snipets of the films
they have been written for,
but now set for the intimate combination of cello and piano.
is performing twice in mid-Augst -
in Lüneburg and in Schenefeld.
As part of their busy summer, they too are visiting
the festivals in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
Wildbad Kreuth and Rheingau
as well as wonderful
places in France and the UK.
The Rheingau Musik Festival
is in full swing - some of our
members already performed in June and July.
After orchestral concerts in
Israel and several recitals,
brought her exiting Chopin / Prokofiev / Rachmaninoff
programme to Schloss Johannisberg
at the beginning of July.
visited the festival for the first time
around the same time and amazed all with
her improvisations. Another recital - sadly also already over
appearance in the the Next generation artists series.
You can still catch Fazil Say
who is teaming up with the
Minetti Quartett and Josef Gilgenreiner
for Schubert’s Forellenquintett
( a programme they are also taking to Austria and France).
And the festival is long enough that we can
still look forward to the stop of the
San Francisco Symphony
on their European tour as well as
Herbert Blomstead conducting Bruckner VII with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
(a bunch of their players have recently become HELLO STAGE members and we are eager
to learn more about them starting out -
, Quentin Debroeyer
and Giuseppe Mengoli
who is not only a violinist but also a young conductor.
is back from Aspen and invited
to join her to present the wonderful combination
of Flute and Harp at the mdr Musiksommer.
Together they also took the music by Bach,
Smetana, Debussy, Schubert, Ravel and Fauré to
also situated in the
(where Anneleen also took our cover photo she posted).
The Trio Karénine
is visiting the mdr Musiksommer as well.
The young french Piano Trio have been awarded
several prizes at the ARD Musikwettbewerb in 2013
and in the meantime has performed in major
halls including Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montréal
to name only a few.
Bettina Mehne manages
the relationships with Artists, Ensembles,
their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE.
She toured Orchestras around the world,
worked for London and Germany based Managements,
took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
as their Artistic Manager and headed
the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons.
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