Once every two years Kronberg Academy invites violin fans to Kronberg. This year the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts will take place from 16 to 23 June. Kronberg will then play host to some 150 violin students from 40 different countries, who will all be taking part in the Masterclasses with the well-known violinists Ana Chumachenco, Mauricio Fuks, Mihaela Martin, Gerhard Schulz and Pavel Vernikov. Kronberg also extends a warm welcome to non-musicians as the concerts, masterclasses, lectures and the violin makers’ exhibition are open to the general public. For the first time, two orchestral concerts with the Korean Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra will this year set the framework for the performances by the great masters and their pupils.
In the words of Raimund Trenkler, the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Kronberg Academy Foundation: “First and foremost, the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts will be a tremendous, shared experience of and through music. They will again take us and the 160 or so violin students from all over the world into the heart of music: first, in the public tuition sessions, which will allow us to get close to the works as well as five different violin schools and styles; and second, in the concerts with our wonderful professors, alumni and students of Kronberg Academy. The two orchestral concerts that open and conclude the event will help to ensure that we spend a whole week in violin heaven.”
The opening concert on Sunday, 16 June will be given by the Korean Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Min Kim. Violin professors Ana Chumachenco, Mihaela Martin and Pavel Vernikov will perform together with the violinists Svetlana Makarova and Noah Bendix-Balgley. Accompanied by Bernhard Zosel (harpsichord) and Miki Aoki (piano), they will be playing works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Giya Kancheli and Giuseppe Tartini. The evening will be crowned by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous double concerto Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major KV 364, performed by rising star Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (violin) and his teacher Gerhard Schulz, who will be playing the viola on this occasion.
The following three concerts will be given over to Kronberg Academy’s “violinists of the future”. On Tuesday, 18 June Kronberg students Miriam Helms Ålien and Stephen Waarts, accompanied by pianists Tatiana Chernichka and Megumi Hashiba, will be performing works by Béla Bartók, Paul Hindemith and Dmitri Shostakovich. On Wednesday, 19 June Kronberg alumni Dami Kim and Irène Duval, together with Miki Aoki (piano), will be presenting compositions by Franz Schubert, Igor Frolov, Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Fauré. On Thursday, 20 June Kaoru Oe and Jonian-Ilias Kadesha will be joined in performance by two other violin students of Kronberg Academy. Accompanied by pianist Nicholas Rimmer, the programme will comprise works by Béla Bartók and George Enescu.
The violin is an important instrument not only in classical music but also, for example, in gypsy music, the sounds of the Sinti and Roma peoples. On Friday, 21 June gypsy and classical music will come together in an enthralling concert with the award-winning violinist József Lendvay and his musical friends. The next day, József Lendvay will also be holding a workshop for those taking part in the Violin Masterclasses; it will be open to the general public.
On Saturday, 22 June Masterclass students previously hand-picked by the tutors will present the first concluding concert. That evening, three promotional awards will be conferred on outstanding young violinists: the Prince of Hesse Prize, the Manfred Grommek Prize and the Ana Chumachenco Award. At the grand finale on Sunday, 23 June, young prizewinners will present a programme of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
The Violin Masterclasses & Concerts will be accompanied by lectures, workshops and a specialist exhibition put together by luthiers, bowmakers and string manufacturers. For minor repairs to instruments and bows, use may be made of the publicly accessible “Open Workshop” with master luthier Ekkard Seidl and master bowmaker Andreas Uebel, both of whom come from Markneukirchen.
The full line-up of events can be found at www.kronbergacademy.de. Advance ticket sales have already begun and concert tickets costing between €20 and €58 (concessions available for children and students) can be bought online or from the Kronberg Academy box office, Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 6 (Receptur), 61476 Kronberg im Taunus. Tickets for the public masterclasses can be obtained during the event at the rehearsal venues and cost €6 or €4 (concession) for a single session ticket, and €12 or €8 (concession) for a day ticket. A general pass granting entry to all concerts and masterclasses costs €324 (Category 1), €257 (Category 2) or €206 (Category 3).