Summer festivals Part VIII - No Kangaroos in Austria…

Like the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival is an icon amongst the summer festivals. The Camerata Salzburg is on their home turf and of course plays a vital role in the festival every year. There is a long list of wonderful soloists and conductors they are collaborating with this year: François Leleux, Renaud Capuçon, Khatia Buniatishvili, Ingo Metzmacher, Pinchas Zukerman .They also get to experience the newest discoveries on the rostrum - Giedrė Šlekytė, Lorenzo Viotti and Jiri Rozen are amongst finalists of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award.

The Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy at the Salzburg Festival supports the education of young orchestral players and has already produced many professional musicians. 25 different chamber music projects in many different formations, from classical to contemporary, will be rehearsed with members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Excerpts will then be presented in a grand final marathon. Maria Radutu is coming to aid as a very much needed pianist and is performing Poulenc and Suk with them. Maria is also performing together with the Ensemble Wien-Salzburg at a boutique Festival outside of Salzburg. On August 14th you can hear them at the Kleine Festispiele auf der Burg Golling - I understand food is playing a big part at that festival too… A very special Chamber music concert is happening on August 21st, when Florent Boffard is teaming up with Michael Barenboim and Jean-Guihen Queyras as a piano trio. They have chosen a wonderful programme for their performance at the Mozarteum - Debussy, Ravel, Schönberg, Widmann, Boulez, Webern and Berg.

We love that our members are soloists in their own right as well as ensemble members: Anna Lindenbaum is performing with the Klangforum Wien. Quentin Debroeyer , Dorran Alibaud and Giuseppe Mengoli are in Salzburg as members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Anneleene Lenaerts and Tamás Varga spend a majority of their summer in Salzburg, performing with their their colleagues of the Wiener Philharmoniker.

We can look at the Stiftskonzerte only in hindsight, but the contribution of several HELLO STAGErs should not go unnamed: Clarinetist Retro Beri opened the festival in St. Florian together with the Bruckner Orchester Linz mid June and the Eggner Trio with a Sibelius celebration followed the next day at the same venue. The festival uses other wonderful cloisters in Upper Austria as well, one of them is Kremsmünster where Stefan Vladar and Magda Amara teamed up for an all Rachmaninoff programme on two pianos. (I was extremely lucky to listen in to some of the rehearsals, as they came to HELLO STAGE office in Vienna for that….) Both have a busy festival summer, Stefan has been conducting the Wiener Kammerorchester in Potsdam, the Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, played chamber music in Kattowitz / Poland, the Neuberg Festival and the Delft Music Festival in the Netherlands. Magda and her duo partner Harriet Krijgh have been to the Mozartfest Würzburg, Montpellier, the Burg Freistritz and to the recording studio for their 2nd CD together.

Most people keep track of what is happening at the amazing outdoor venue of the Grafenegg Festival - the Wolkenturm - and are surprised by what is happening at the other outdoor space right in the courtyard of the castle. Most Saturdays see a wonderful chamber music programme as prelude to the main concert. On Aug 22nd the Wiener Klaviertrio is performing a the Burghof, presenting a Mendelssohn / Schumann programme. A week later on you can find the Arcadia Quartet at the same spot together with Soprano Ruth Ziesak in an unusual Haydn / Schönberg combination. The Romanian Quartet will, by then, look back to a very busy summer with concerts in Norfork, Rheinhessen and their home country. And there is no rest for the wicked - after stopping in Austria they are again off to Bulgaria.

From Austria to Australia (please excuse the really cheap joke…): is the 25th Australian Festival of Chamber Music. It is held over 9 days celebrating Chamber Music in over 25 concerts all over Townsville. Amongst the 30 artists gathering are cellist Li-Wei Qin , percussionist Eugene Ughetti and soprano Valda Wilson who returned home down under for the summer from her adopted home at the Oldenburg Operahouse in the North of Germany. All artists take part in several concerts teaming up with others every time - it must be a great #classicalbuzz all around. One of the reviews in Limelight Magazine reads: „American flautist Lorna McGhee gave the flute obligate a sparkling lightness that struck an ideal balance with the lively and expressive soprano of Valda Wilson. Finding an excellent equilibrium between meaning and melody, Wilson’s dramatic gifts allowed some compelling storytelling while maintaining laser beam precision and superb intonation in Bach’s more knotty melismas.“

P.S. - you don’t have to travel all the way to Australia to hear Valda, she is going to appear at the Musiktage Mondsee (in Austria …) at the end of August / beginning of September. Other HELLO STAGErs at the festival are cellist Julia Hagen , Stefan Vladar as well as Christian Poltera and Karen Gomyo.

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. Follow Bettina on Twitter - you can also always reach out to her at bettina@hellostage.com

Author: Bettina Mehne HELLO STAGE
Comments [1]
Bettina Mehne - 2015-08-11 12:20
breaking news: Winner of the Nestle & Slzb Festival Young conductors award is Lorenzo Viotti! this happend after I wrote the blog....
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