A whole week of masterclasses and a whole week of master concerts – in Kronberg the two go hand in hand. During the day, the public violin masterclasses are an opportunity to find out how complex, demanding and elaborate it is to play the violin, while in the evening an entire violin cosmos is open for exploration – all that is simply part of the programme from 11 to 18 May 2017. Tickets are already on sale!
At 20.00 on 11 Mai 2017 the world-famous violinist Gidon Kremer will not only be opening the concert series in Kronberg’s Johanniskirche, he will also be celebrating his 70th birthday – in music. He will start this special concert with a work by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, a composer whose rediscovery he has championed: 8 Préludes Op 100, originally written for solo cello but transcribed for solo violin by Gidon Kremer himself. This is followed by chamber music by Dmitri Shostakovich, in which Gidon Kremer is joined by two young artists, the French pianist Lucas Debargue and the cellist and Kronberg Academy alumna Marie-Elisabeth Hecker.
World music is obviously also an integral part of the world of music; it forms the basis of the concert in Kronberg’s Stadthalle at 20.00 on 13 May. The French violinist with Algerian roots Gilles Apap will be taking a virtuoso and impassioned journey through the Balkans in the company of Meduoteran. The ethno jazz duo comprises Taylan Arikan with his Anatolian lute and the Serbian-born accordionist Srdjan Vukasinovic.
On 14 May 2017 violin students will prick up their ears. At 20.00 in the Johanniskirche, Miriam Fried and Ana Chumachenco will provide ample evidence that they are not only exceptionally gifted teachers but also outstanding violinists. Solo violinist Miriam Fried will put everything she has into the Partita No 2 in D minor BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach. In contrast, Ana Chumachenco and the pianist Yumiko Urabe will be playing the “Kreutzer Sonata” by Ludwig van Beethoven, a work that has become famous for its interplay between music and literature.
The concerts on 15 and 16 May 2017 will show something of what happens to young violinists who study at Kronberg Academy. On each date at 20.00 in Kronberg’s Johanniskirche, alumni and young soloists from Kronberg Academy will be following in the tracks of the Romantic movement or its pioneers. These concerts are of course an international connection point. The violin will be played by Nikita Boriso-Glebsky and Alexander Sitkovetsky from Russia, Fumika Mohri from Japan, JiYoung Lim from South Korea and William Hagen from the USA.
At 20.00 on 17 May 2017, the Stadthalle in Kronberg will be the meeting point for a musical journey through time hosted by the two other violin teachers, Mihaela Martin and Boris Kuschnir. For their multifaceted programme, they have invited the support of several high-profile young artists. Mihaela Martin and the pianist Plamena Mangova will be starting the evening with the Sonata in F major by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la fée” by Igor Stravinsky. This will be followed by a performance by Boris Kuschnir, violinist Julian Rachlin and pianist Itamar Golan of one of the rare trio sonatas composed by George Frederick Handel. They will then be joined by violist Sarah McElravy and cellist Jonathan Roozeman, who is currently studying in Kronberg, in a performance of the Piano Quintet in F minor FWV 7 by César Franck.
The concluding concert in Kronberg’s Stadthalle at 20.00 on 18 May 2017 will be given by the masterclass students and has nothing more than surprises in store. Who will be playing when and what is not yet known. But one thing is sure: it will be an evening full of variety, exciting and always different!
Details of all concerts can be viewed on the Kronberg Academy website at www.kronbergacademy.de. Concert tickets can be purchased by telephone on +49 6173 783377 or at Kronberg Academy’s ticket office at Friedrich Ebert Strasse 6 (Receptur). Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 15.00. Tickets may also be ordered by fax on +49 6173 783399, by email to karten(at)kronbergacademy.de or online at www.kronbergacademy.de.