The world’s best young string players study at Kronberg Academy to equip themselves for a solo career. Music lovers can therefore look forward to a high-quality musical treat when these young soloists display their skills at the end of an intensive and eventful year of studies. The 22 end-of-semester and examination concerts will take place from 27 June to 1 July 2017. They will be followed by another seven concerts on Sunday, 2 July – at the third alumni chamber music reunion known as Souvenir de Kronberg. The highly esteemed world-class pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach will be taking part as a guest of honour.
The concert marathon will begin in Kronberg’s Stadthalle on Tuesday, 27 June with three examination concerts at 18.00, 19.30 and 21.00. After passing the examination, Hwayoon Lee (viola) and Anna Lee (violin) will be holders of a Master of Music (MMus) degree, while violinist Mairéad Hickey, who at 19.30 will be giving an exclusive concert for host families, will have completed her Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree. The BMus and MMus programmes are cooperations between Kronberg Academy and Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.
On Wednesday, 28 June – again at 18.00, 19.30 and 21.00 – the University’s small hall at Eschersheimer Landstrasse 29-39 will be the venue for three more examination concerts: Hayoung Choi, (cello) and Stephen Waarts (violin) will be concluding their Master’s programmes and Ziyu Shen (viola) her Bachelor’s degree.
On Thursday, 29 June we move back to Kronberg’s Stadthalle for another three examination concerts. Aleksey Shadrin (cello) will be completing his Master’s degree and Kaoru Oe (violin) his Bachelor’s degree. For Jonathan Roozeman (cello) the concert will be the interim examination marking the end of the first year of his Bachelor’s programme.
The Town Hall’s atmospheric wood-panelled hall, the terrace room of what used to be the Villa Bonn, is the venue for the next three days of the concert series. On Friday, 30 June the concerts given by the two violinists Fumika Mohri and William Hagen and cellists Kian Soltani, Pablo Ferrández and Aurélien Pascal will mark the end of their Professional Studies programmes, the final stage of their training at Kronberg Academy. The concerts will begin at 16.00 and will continue at hourly intervals with a break between 18.00 and 19.00.
On Saturday, 1 July seven more students will each be giving a one-hour concert as the final stage in their studies at Kronberg Academy. Starting at 11.00 – with a break for lunch from 13.00 to 14.30 – performances will be given by Irène Duval (violin), Ivan Karizna (cello), Miriam Helms Ålien (violin), Timothy Ridout (viola), JiYoung Lim (violin) and Bruno Philippe (cello). The evening will be brought to a close with the concert given by Marc Bouchkov (violin), which will begin at 20.30.
At 19.00 Christoph Eschenbach will be both the pianist and the conductor in a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 12 in A major KV 414, which he will present with two violins, a viola, a cello and a double bass. This special concert will also mark the opening of the exhibition in the Town Hall with information about the new chamber music hall.
Souvenir de Kronberg – chamber music with alumni on 2 July 2017
On Sunday, 2 July Souvenir de Kronberg will be an opportunity for music lovers to see and hear again more than 20 musicians who have studied at Kronberg Academy or have taken part in its projects. Today they are soloists, chamber musicians, concertmasters and university professors, key figures on the classical music scene. They will spend three whole days in intensive chamber music rehearsals in preparation for their concerts on Sunday at 11.00, 12.30, 14.30, 16.00, 17.30 and 19.00.
A very special musical delicacy, Richard Strauss’ “Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings” conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, will conclude the six music-filled days. This unusual concert will begin at 20.30.
Again in 2017, Masters in Performance and the alumni chamber music reunion clearly demonstrate the importance that Kronberg Academy has gained over the past 24 years as a training institution for the world’s top string players. Not so very long ago in Kronberg’s Schlosshotel, former Prime Minister of Hesse, Roland Koch, put it like this: “There are now very few competitions that young musicians can win without previously having been in Kronberg.” No one who is fond of classical music should miss the opportunity to hear musicians who have trained in Kronberg with their outstanding, top-quality interpretations.
Admission to the concerts on 28 June is free; tickets for the concerts on 27 June, 29 June and 1 July cost €10 each and for the concerts on 2 July €15 each. They can be purchased by telephone on +49 (0) 6173 783377, by email to karten(at)kronbergacademy.de, at www.kronbergacademy.de and at the concert venues during the event.