Every two years, during the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts, Kronberg becomes the centre of the world for violinists and violin enthusiasts alike. The project will bring some 150 young violinists from 40 countries together with the renowned violinists Ana Chumachenco, Mauricio Fuks, Mihaela Martin, Gerhard Schulz and Pavel Vernikov for one week. Violin-loving audiences will also be warmly welcomed to Kronberg, as the concerts, masterclasses, talks and an instrument-making exhibition are all open to the public. This year, for the first time, two orchestral concerts with the Korean Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra act as the prelude and finale to a series of performances by current and former students of Kronberg Academy.
“The concerts at this year’s Violin Masterclasses & Concerts are presented by our wonderful tutors, their students and musical friends, as well as alumni and students of Kronberg Academy. Right away in the opening concert, the soloists will showcase five different schools - and styles - of violin, thus demonstrating the expression that the instrument has today, how it can sound, what it is now possible for violin playing as a whole to be. Great soloists and violinists of the future will be at the centre of each concert, taking us on a journey through the music of four centuries until we simply float in violin heaven,” says Raimund Trenkler, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Kronberg Academy Foundation.
The opening concert on Sunday, 16 June is staged by the Korean Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Min Kim. Tutors Ana Chumachenco, Mihaela Martin and Pavel Vernikov will perform with them, along with violinists Svetlana Makarova and Noah Bendix-Balgley, a former student of Mauricio Fuks and Ana Chumachenco. Accompanied by Bernhard Zosel (harpsichord) and Miki Aoki (piano), they will play works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Giya Kancheli and Giuseppe Tartini. The crowning glory of the event will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous double concerto, the Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, KV 364, performed by rising star Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (violin) and his teacher Gerhard Schulz, who can be heard here on the viola.
The three following concert evenings are devoted 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 play works by Béla Bartók, Paul Hindemith and Dmitri Shostakovich. Together with Miki Aoki (piano), Kronberg alumni Dami Kim and Irène Duval will present compositions by Franz Schubert, Igor Frolov, Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Fauré on Wednesday, 19 June. Thursday, 20 June will see a performance from two further violin students at Kronberg Academy, Kaoru Oe and Jonian-Ilias Kadesha. Accompanied by pianist Nicholas Rimmer, the concert programme here comprises works by Béla Bartók and George Enescu. The concert by Miriam Helms Ålien will conclude her studies at Kronberg Academy, after which she will join the ranks of the academy’s alumni.
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.
Masterclass students selected by the tutors will perform on Saturday, 22 June in the first of two closing concerts. This evening will also be the occasion for presentation of three awards to outstanding young violinists, the Prince of Hesse Prize, the Manfred Grommek Prize and the Ana Chumachenco Award. In the grand finale on Sunday, 23 June, the young prize-winners will present a programme of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart together with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
In parallel to the concerts, the specialist exhibition featuring luthiers, bow makers and strings manufacturers, and the public “Open workshop” with master violin and bow makers, a series of talks will also lead listeners into the world of the violin and violin music. These include a lecture by Dr Wolf-Dieter Seiffert, Managing Director of the renowned Munich-based publishing house G. Henle Verlag, on Mozart’s five violin concertos. Under the title “Out of the clear blue sky”, he will demonstrate – in part using Mozart’s manuscripts – how creative the composer’s approach was to the conventions of his day, and the compositional effort that was needed to complete each of the five works.
The full line-up of events can be found at www.kronbergacademy.de. 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.