A whole year goes by and no one in Kronberg notices them. Each year in early summer, however, they have a grand coming-out. We are talking about the Young Soloists enrolled in the Kronberg Academy Masters study programme and living in the little town of half-timbered houses in the Taunus foothills. From 11 to 15 May this year they will be demonstrating their abilities in performances of works from right across the classical music repertoire. Bow in hand, the 20 violinists, violists and cellists will be spending five days in performance mode, turning the examination concerts by the up-and-coming international soloists into a young people’s festival.
Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey, violist Ziyu Shen from China and Japanese violinist Kaoru Oe will each be playing one-hour concerts starting at 18.00 on Wednesday, 11 May in order to qualify for the award of a Kronberg Academy Bachelor’s degree. The concerts will take place in the small hall at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Eschersheimer Landstrasse 29-39. Frankfurt University of Music has been Kronberg Academy’s cooperation partner ever since this Bachelor’s and Master’s study programme for string soloists was established in 2008. On Thursday, 12 May, the examination committee will come together in Kronberg’s Stadthalle, where, again at 18.00, Dutch cellist Ella van Poucke as well as violinist Anna Lee and cellist Hayoung Choi, both from South Korea, will be taking their Master’s and Bachelor’s examinations.
From Friday afternoon onwards exquisite musical delights will be further refined through the atmosphere of the former Villa Bonn, Katharinenstrasse 7, in Kronberg. The cosy, wood-panelled hall in Kronberg’s Town Hall will provide an opportunity to experience 14 more Young Soloists at close quarters. Some of them, such as the German cellist Benedict Kloeckner, the South Korean violinist Dami Kim and the violist Georgy Kovalev from Georgia, will be saying their farewell in music after several years of studying at Kronberg Academy. As for the other Young Soloists performing over the weekend, we will not be able to get so close to them for much longer either. Cellists Aurélien Pascal, Pablo Ferrández, Bruno Philippe, Kian Soltani and Anastasia Kobekina and violinists Marc Bouchkov, Irène Duval and Fumika Mohri are already studying for Kronberg Academy’s degree in Further Masters Studies and are preparing to take the world’s major international concert halls by storm.
The concert programmes are available on our website www.kronbergacademy.de. There is no charge for admission on 11 May. Tickets for the concerts taking place from 12 to 15 May cost €10 and can be purchased from 10.00 to 15.00 from Monday to Friday by telephoning 06173 783377 or from Kronberg Academy’s ticket office, Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 6 (Recepturhof). Tickets may also be ordered by fax on 06173 783399, by email to karten(at)kronbergacademy.de or online at www.kronbergacademy.de.