Preview: May 14-20, 2018

Concerts and events

Our event overview for the new week starts with the strings: Right at the beginning of the week, Nils Mönkemeyer will be a guest at the Kulturradio Klassik Lounge in Berlin's Watergate Club on May 14, accompanied by Andreas Arend. From May 14 to 17, Korbinian Altenberger will be playing with the Symphonieorchester of the Bayerischer Rundfunk conducted by Mariss Jansons in Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Works by Strauss and Ravel will be performed. On May 17, Diana Tishchenko and Joachim Carr give a concert in Kristiansand, Norway. The program includes sonatas No. 1 for violin and piano in F major, op. 6 and no. 3 for violin and piano in C minor, op. 45 by Edward Grieg, and Igor Stravinsky's divertimento for violin and piano "The Fairy's Kiss" (1932). Sophia Jaffé will perform works by Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Brahms, Dvorak, Turina and others at the Chamber Music Festival Gartow in Wendland on May 19th. At the West Wicklow Festival, Philip Higham will perform three concerts with works by Beethoven, Poulenc, Debussy, Brahms, Schubert and Bach from the 17th to the 19th May. Esther Saladin will be playing with the trio uBu at the SWR Schwetzinger Festspiele on May 18, performing works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Michael Denhoff. A special highlight awaits lovers of classical music from the 18th of May on in southern Germany: Claudio Bohórquez himself will perform as artistic director of the chamber music festival Winnenden, including works by Hoffmeister, Arensky, Mozart, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

The Novus String Quartet will give three concerts at the Seoul Spring Chamber Music Festival from the 16th to the 19th of May. Here they will perform Mozart's String Quartet in B flat major KV 458 "Jagdquartett", Mendelssohn Bartholdy's String Quartet in A minor, op. 13 and works by Brahms and Mendelssohn. The Kuss Quartet will give a concert in Ravensburg on Saturday, May 19. The program contains works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven. Together with the Alban Berg Ensemble, the Hugo Wolf Quartet, also on May 19, will be giving a concert in the Musikverein Wien with music by Berg and Mahler. On the same day, the Trio Gaspard plays in the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin Haydn's Piano Trio in E major, Hob. XV / 28, Zimmermanns Présence, Ballet blanc en cinq scènes for violin, violoncello and piano as well as Schubert's Piano Trio in E flat major, D 929.

On Monday, the Staatskapelle Dresden will be performing in Dresden's Neustadt as part of the unusual event "Without Tails on Tour". In addition to other exciting concerts throughout the whole Neustadt, Philipp Zeller and colleagues invite to the “Fagottesdienst” ("Bassoon Service") in Max Neustadt and interpret Mussorgsky's "Pictures of an Exhibition". The clarinetist Thorsten Johanns will perform at the Lille Norge Festival in Berlin on May 19 and 20, interpreting works by Bartók, Kirchner and Widmann.

A wonderful end of the week offers Paul Rivinius on Sunday in Blaibach with a recital with Johanna Winkel. For the weekend, Pianist Peter Donohoe travels to the Alaska International Piano E-Competition as a jury member.

On May 18 there will be a taste of the new staging of Wagner's Tristan & Isolde at the Staatstheater Kassel. Baritone Hansung Yoo will perform there in the role of Kurwenal. Conductor Reinhard Goebel will give a concert at the Symphony Hall Birmingham on May 16, performing works by Bach and Mozart with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirijam Contzen on the violin. And in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, conducted by Daniel Raiskin, gives a concert with music by Turina, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Competitions and master classes

This week, some application deadlines for music competitions end. The deadline for the New Zealand Kerikeri International Piano Competition is on Monday. For the Khachaturian International Competition you can still apply until May 15. The application phase for the Aurora Music Competition in Mariestad, Sweden, is open until the 18th of May.