On 11 May, 180 young musicians from 30 different countries will arrive in Kronberg to take part in Kronberg Academy’s Violin Masterclasses. They are all very ambitious, and those who are actually admitted to the public tuition sessions following their auditions may well experience the proverbial German bliss of a “heaven full of violins”. After all, sometime, somewhere they have all dreamed of playing first fiddle! The students will form an attentive audience at the evening concerts when the violin professors Ana Chumachenco, Miriam Fried, Boris Kuschnir and Mihaela Martin take up their instruments. However, what the students are particularly looking forward to are the concerts featuring young violinists who have already made the breakthrough into an international career as soloists or are just on the brink. During the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts in Kronberg, these “violinists of the future” will be demonstrating their abilities in a programme of works from the Romantic period.
Alexander Sitkovetsky and Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, who have already graduated from the Kronberg Academy study programme for young soloists with Ana Chumachenco, will return to Kronberg on 15 May. Born in Russia, they now perform across the world as soloists with renowned orchestras and as chamber musicians. The Sitkovetsky Piano Trio has won several prizes and Alexander Sitkovetsky has been a member of the Julia Fischer Quartet since 2012. In Kronberg he will be performing Robert Schumann’s Sonata No 2 in D minor Op 121 for violin and piano together with Wu Qian, the pianist in the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio. Nikita Boriso-Glebsky also keeps the chamber music repertoire alive alongside great musicians such as Natalia Gutman and David Geringas. Together with the Russian pianist Georgy Tchaidze, he will be playing the Sonata No 7 in C minor Op 30 No 2 for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Visitors will be able to gain a first impression of the new generation of young, world-class violinists on 16 May. Fumika Mohri from Japan and JiYoung Lim from South Korea are currently studying the violin with Mihaela Martin at Kronberg Academy, while William Hagen from the USA is pursuing studies with Christian Tetzlaff. All three have already performed in Germany and abroad and have won numerous international competitions. How do they differ from the alumni of Kronberg Academy? Perhaps we can put it like this: just as the former are able to create music on the basis of their growing experience and artistic maturity, the latter captivate their audiences by virtue of their brilliant, passionate playing and their youth. How fitting it is that Fumika Mohri and the pianist Megumi Hashiba will be playing Franz Schubert’s Rondo in B minor for violin and piano D 895 Op 70 entitled “Rondo brillant”! JiYoung Lim, likewise accompanied by Megumi Hashiba, will follow with the Sonata No 1 in A minor Op 105 by Robert Schumann. William Hagen will round off the Romantic series with the Sonata No 3 in D minor for violin and piano Op 108 by Johannes Brahms. He will be accompanied by Albert Cano Smit.
On the last day of the Violin Masterclasses, the students themselves will take the stage. The performers in the closing concert will be decided in the course of the masterclasses. The atmosphere in the audience will therefore be one of curiosity and suspense. All in all, the audience, made up of students and a large number of music lovers, is characteristic of the special atmosphere of Kronberg’s Violin Masterclasses & Concerts. The voyage of discovery between four publicly demonstrated teaching styles offers plenty of opportunities to talk with kindred spirits. Lectures focusing on the violin will open all eyes to the violin cosmos – and are not only for experts. There is a beguiling diversity of sound to be discovered in the international violin makers’ exhibition, and master luthier Ekkard Seidl from Markneukirchen and master bowmaker C Jochen Schmidt from Dresden will take time to advise students and visitors in their mobile workshop. Heaven is even “full of violins” on the way home, when scales and trills, vibrato and double stopping resound through the windows of Kronberg’s host families. After all, the masterclass students have to practise for the next public tuition session – the hope of perhaps being able to play first fiddle keeps spurring them on.
The times of the public violin masterclasses and the full concert programme can be viewed on the Kronberg Academy website at www.kronbergacademy.de. Concert tickets can be purchased by telephone on +49 6173 783377 or from 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.