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Kronberg Festival

Passing on the fire

20 September to 3 October 2024

It’s showtime! Kronberg Academy will once again be rolling out the red carpet for the 2024 Kronberg Festival, where you can experience all that the Academy stands for and what makes its heart beat.

  •     Twenty-nine glittering concerts full of fireworks!
  •     Public talks and workshops
  •     Violin makers’ fair
  •     VioViva violin making exhibition

With Sir András Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Janine Jansen, Antje Weithaas, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Kirill Gerstein, Martin Helmchen, Alexander Melnikov, Till Fellner, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Nils Mönkemeyer, Armida Quartet, Daniel Sepec, István Vardai, Riccardo Minasi, Anastasia Kobekina, Julia Hagen, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Ensemble Resonanz, Freiburger Barockorchester, Kremerata Baltica, La Stagione Frankfurt, hr-Bigband and many more...

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Cello Masterclasses

22-30 September 

Passion is not the only thing that will be passed on at this year’s Kronberg Festival: at the public Cello Masterclasses, world-renowned cellists will convey their technical expertise, artistic intuition and valuable experience to talented junior musicians. And you can be part of it!
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Vioviva Kronberg

23-28 September 

Following its debut two years ago, the VioViva international violin making exhibition will once again become a summit for artisans from across the world. International luthiers, bow makers and strings manufacturers will be given a showcase in Kronberg’s Stadthalle (Municipal Hall), with its doors open to experts and enthusiasts alike.
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Current events

Category
Location
Carl Bechstein Saal, Casals Forum
Kronberg Festival - K10
CELLO DUELLO
Schmidt, Maintz

Participants

  • Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt cello
  • Jens Peter Maintz cello

Programme

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Duet in G major for two barytones Hob XII:1

François Servais (1807–1866)
Caprice sur des motifs de l’opéra „Le comte Ory“ op. 3

Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880)
Duo in E major for two cellos op. 54 No. 2

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759)
Passacaglia from the Suite No. 7 in G minor HWV 432
(Arr. W. E. Schmidt after J. Halvorsen)

Subject to change.

Tickets
35 / 45 €
Großer Saal, Casals Forum
Kronberg Festival - K11
SCHWUNG!
Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Várdai, Larivière, Chang, Wohlgemuth, Wagner, Barragán

Participants

  • Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
  • István Várdai conducting & cello
  • Cosima Soulez Larivière violin
  • Hana Chang violin
  • Wassili Wohlgemuth viola
  • Dominik Wagner double bass
  • Pablo Barragán clarinet

Programme

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Serenade No. 6 in D major KV 239 „Serenata notturna“

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Cello concerto No. 1 in C major Hob VIIb:1

intermission

Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905–1963)
Chamber concerto for clarinet, string quartet and string orchestra

Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
Romanian folk dances Sz 56 BB 68


18.30 concert introduction

Subject to change.

Tickets
40 / 50 / 60 €
Großer Saal, Casals Forum
Kronberg Festival - K12
WIEN, WIEN!
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Gerstein, Gringolts, Hamos, Holliger, Ioudenitch, Lee, Schmidt, Skanavi

Participants

  • Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Heinz Holliger conducting
  • Ilya Gringolts violin
  • Maria Ioudenitch violin
  • Haesue Lee viola
  • Ivan Skanavi cello
  • Christoph Schmidt double bass
  • Kirill Gerstein piano
  • Julia Hamos piano

Programme

Alban Berg (1885–1935)
Chamber concerto for piano, violin and 13 wind instruments

intermission

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Piano quintet in A major, D 667 op. posth. 114 “Forellenquintett“

Johann Strauss (1825–1899)
Schatz-Walzer op. 418
(Arr. Webern for string quartet, piano and harmonium)
 

18.30 Concert introduction

Subject to change.

Tickets
40 / 50 / 60 €
Großer Saal, Casals Forum
Kronberg Festival - K13
BRASILIANISCHES FEUER
Ilumina Ensemble, Sant’Anna, Stumm, Wong

Participants

  • Ilumina Ensemble
  • Jennifer Stumm conducting & viola
  • Rachel Ellen Wong violin
  • Guido Sant’Anna violin

Programme

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
„Der Doppelgänger“ from „Schwanengesang D 957“
(Arr. Bruno Lima)

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4

Rhythm: Capoeira

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–1687)
Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
Prelude to „Tristan und Isolde“ (Arr. S. Gürtler)

Rhythm: Talking Drum

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Violin concerto in E minor RV 278 Allegro
Violin concerto in B minor RV 390 Larghetto
Violin concerto in E minor RV 278 Allegro

intermission

Improvisation on Aboio

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Clarinet Quintet in B minor op 115: Adagio (arr. for viola and strings)

Rhythm: Funk Carioca

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
String quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: VII. Allegro

Francesco Saverio Geminiani (1687–1762)
Concerto grosso in D minor, Op. 5 No. 12 H. 143 “La Follia”

Subject to change.

Tickets
40 / 50 / 60 €
Großer Saal, Casals Forum
Kronberg Festival - K14
ROMANTISCHE GLUT
Hecker, Helmchen, Jégou-Sageman, Melzer, Sachse, Zorman

Participants

  • Caroline Melzer soprano
  • Itamar Zorman violin
  • Sarah Jégou-Sageman violin
  • Pauline Sachse viola
  • Marie-Elisabeth Hecker cello
  • Martin Helmchen piano

Programme

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Adagio and Allegro Op. 70

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok, Op. 127

intermission

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Piano quintet in f minor, Op. 34


Subject to change.

Tickets
30 / 40 / 50 €
Carl Bechstein Saal, Casals Forum
Kronberg Festival - K15
FACKELTRÄGER
Helmerson, Tian, Schwabe, Heesch, Polyzoides

Participants

  • Frans Helmerson cello
  • Bonian Tian cello
  • Gabriel Schwabe cello
  • Christoph Heesch cello
  • Michael Polyzoides cello

Programme

Alexandre Tansman (1897–1986)
Deux mouvements pour quatuor de violoncelles

Reinhold Glière (1875–1956)
Duets for two cellos

Julius Klengel (1859–1933)
Small suite for three cellos op. 59

Ernst Krenek (1900–1991)
Dyophony for two cellos op. 241

Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1848–1890)
Concert Waltz for cello quartet op. 31

Steve Reich (*1936)
Clapping Music

Grant Beglarian (1927–2002)
„Of Fables, Foibles and Fancies“ for cello and narrator: No. 3 Poisonous Root

Bertold Hummel (1925–2002)
Two paraphrases on Latvian folk songs for cello quintet op. 59e

Subject to change.

Tickets
35 / 45 €
Carl Bechstein Saal, Casals Forum
Kronberg Festival - K16
ZÜNDSTOFF
Queyras

Participants

  • Jean-Guihen Queyras cello

Programme

Fazil Say (*1970)
New piece for solo cello
Premiere

Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967)
Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8

Subject to change.

Großer Saal, Casals Forum
Kronberg Festival
FUNKENFLUG I & FUNKENFLUG II - CONCERT PACKAGE
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Schiff, Consonni

Participants

  • Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Sir András Schiff conducting & piano
  • Martina Consonni piano

Programme

FUNKENFLUG I: HAYDN & BEETHOVEN - 18.15 

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Piano sonata No. 32 in G minor, Hob. XVI:44

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Piano sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 „Der Sturm“

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob. I:88

 

FUNKENFLUG II: HAYDN & BEETHOVEN - 20.30

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Piano concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob. XVIII:11

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Piano concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Subject to change.

Tickets
68 / 92 / 124 €
Großer Saal, Casals Forum
Kronberg Festival - K17
FUNKENFLUG I: HAYDN & BEETHOVEN
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Schiff

Participants

  • Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Sir András Schiff conducting & piano

Programme

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Piano sonata No. 32 in G minor, Hob. XVI:44

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Piano sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 „Der Sturm“

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob. I:88

Subject to change.

Tickets
40 / 50 / 70 €
Großer Saal, Casals Forum
Kronberg Festival - K18
FUNKENFLUG II: HAYDN & BEETHOVEN
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Consonni, Schiff

Participants

  • Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Sir András Schiff conducting & piano
  • Martina Consonni piano

Programme

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Piano concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob. XVIII:11

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Piano concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Subject to change.

Tickets
45 / 65 / 85 €

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