The Ruling Strings

If you are playing an instrument without strings you are not in the Top 5 this week. Dominated by violinists, with a cellist and three pianists, strings are ruling. Enjoy this week's Top 5 and share the music of these amazing artists!
Daniil Auner - violin

Daniil Auner, born in Vienna is the son of musicians - a Russian pianist and an Austrian cellist. We guess chamber music was big at home. We will ask him about playing piano trio with his parents!

Daniil is interested in discovering the secrets behind the scores. He spends hours and hours in the music libraries studying autographs. But he is also an entrepreneurial musician. He has founded a string quartet. He recorded the first CD with them and working on the next one. He also created a concert cycle in Vienna with his Auner Quartet. You can buy tickets for it online -> here.

Furthermore Daniil Auner will tell us all about building up your own concert cycle on Thursday, September 29th, in our regular series "30 Minutes on..." on Facebook Live. For details see our Facebook Page.

Ferhan & Ferzan ├ľnder - Piano Duo

They have just played a rare concert for Piano for Four Hands and Orchestra by Leopold Kozeluch, a Mozart contemporary, with Adam Fischer and the Austrian Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic. Their popular album Vivaldi Reflections has been re-released by Warner Classic. The Turkish twin sisters Ferhan and Ferzan ├ľnder continue their path with a mixture of well known repertoire but also their own projects. One of their projects is a program of music only written by contemporary female composers for them.

Julia Hagen - Cello

The young Austrian cellist, Julia Hagen, is someone to be watched. She studied with some of the greatest teachers including Heinrich Schiff. Currently she is part of Gautier Capucon's "Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle". Certainly she has one many prices including a special prize at the International Brahms Competition. It seems her concert calendar is filling up quickly, too.

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe

The BBC calls them simply the "Finest Chamber Orchestra in the World". What more is there to say? Interesting is their history. The COE was formed by a group of young musicians graduating from the European Union Youth Orchestra in 1981 and passionate about playing together at the highest professional level possible. The rest is history. From October 21st to November 10th, the COE will be back in Japan playing concerts with the amazing pianist Nobuyuki Tsuji under the leadership of Lorenza Borrani. True to their innovative spirit, they have a dedicated micro-web-site just for that tour (coeinjapan.wordpress.com) where we expect another fascinating tour diary and more!

Igudesman & Joo - Music & Comedy

Actually, they do not need any introduction. When someone still believes in the death of classical music he should just watch the stellar career of this duo, Igudesman & Joo. Their shows draw the big crowds. Their YouTube channel is one of the most popular ones in classical music. They pair the highest quality of classical music with unrivaled humor.

If you cannot catch them live we recommend their latest CD - "You Just have to Laugh".

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