The Günter Henle Foundation and the Horizon Foundation are to support the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists. The foundations will assume patronage for the first four years of Kronberg Academy’s new study programme for pianists focusing on chamber music, thus covering tuition fees for the first two students.
In addition, G. Henle Verlag is kindly donating sheet music for its entire catalogue of piano repertoire. Felix Henle, Chairman of the Board of the Günter Henle Foundation and board member of the Horizon Foundation, and Dr Wolf-Dieter Seiffert, Managing Director of G. Henle Verlag, handed over the donation of scores weighing 216 kg in the presence of Sir András Schiff. The music comprises 706 Urtext editions from 55 composers and represents the entire publishing programme for piano solo and duet notated as originally intended, including pocket scores.
Marking the occasion, Felix Henle said “The endeavour to support the outstanding work of Kronberg Academy for many years through the two patronages is something that is very close to the heart of both my family’s foundations. Without doubt, the excellent training and also the wonderful atmosphere here in Kronberg would have appealed a great deal to my grandfather, the founder of the Urtext publishing house.”
According to Raimund Trenkler, Founder and President of Kronberg Academy, “The piano is a vital element in chamber music. This new study programme is therefore the final component bringing Kronberg Academy to completion in its 25th year, and it has now finally been made possible thanks to this generous donation.” Friedemann Eichhorn, Director of Kronberg Academy’s study programmes, highlighted the fact that “Kronberg gives string players and pianists the opportunity to explore chamber music together at the very highest level, even as students, and to form lasting musical partnerships. We are extremely grateful for this generous support for our new study programme and are very much looking forward to welcoming the first piano students to Kronberg in autumn 2018.”
Sir András Schiff initiated the new course under his own name, and will also lead the programme. The world-famous pianist and conductor has been closely associated with Kronberg Academy for many years as an artist, professor and member of the Artistic Council. Kirill Gerstein, Professor Ferenc Rados, Dénes Várjon and Professor Rita Wagner join Sir András Schiff as the lecturers for the new programme.
Here, young pianists will primarily explore duets and works for chamber ensembles together with students of violin, viola and cello. Like all students at Kronberg Academy, the pianists will also have the opportunity to take lessons in theoretical subjects and German language.