Ensembles

Duo with Stephanie Hamburger (Flute)

Stephanie Hamburger, Flute, was born in Munich. She studied in Munich with Jochen Gärtner and in Basel as a master-class student of Peter-Lukas Graf. As a prize-winner of national and international contests, among others the "German music contest", the "Federal choice of the German music council", the "International Kuhlau-contest Uelzen", the "International contest for flautists in Kobe" (Japan) she was engaged as a soloist by numerous German and foreign orchestras. She gave concerts at international festivals like the Schleswig - Holstein festival, the Ludwigsburger festival, the Echternacher festival, the Mozart's festival Würzburg. Radio broadcasting, television shots and CDs are present in different chamber-music ensembles. Stephanie Hamburger was a solo flautist on radio symphony orchestra Basel. Today she lives in Munich and is a Teacher at the Richard Strauss conservatoire.

 

Programs

  1. Tangos, Milongas, Danzas - Works by Piazzolla, Pujol, Villa-Lobos, Millet and Ponce
  2. Duos by Bach, Giuliani, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Granados and Piazzolla

Press review

"Chamber music at the highest level. With stormy applause both artists were rewarded for their brilliant and perfectly on each other coordinated performance." (Passauer Neue Presse)

 

"With the master concert in the convention hall everything simply voted: the well on each other reacting duet... played so sound-beautiful and poetically that no wishes stayed open." (Gießener Anzeiger)

 

"Still more sparkling and more exciting it went up with the performance of both modern works. Stephanie Hamburger and Maximilian Mangold played with a lot of fun and technical refinement the Sonatina of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Finally they were brilliantly impressing with the 'History of the tango' by Astor Piazzolla: now both artists painted a painting conveying a special atmosphere of South American experience of life with lively exciting rhythms or dreamy melodies full of longing." (Erkelenzer Nachrichten)

Duo with Jeanette Pitkevica (Violin)

Jeanette Pitkevica, born in Riga, Latvia, is often described by her critics as a "young high flyer" and "whiz-kid". She graduated in February 2007 in the "Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst" in Mannheim, Germany, with a shiny note of 1.0 by Prof. Walery Gradow. After that, she completed a postgraduate study for solo violin with Prof. Walery Gradow and Prof. Marco Rizzi, which ended in 2010 with a brilliant concert in Rosengarten in Mannheim. Because of her "string passion" both professional audiences and the press defined her as an "instrumental acrobat" and "witch master", who through fine-tuning and sensitive, differentiated play mesmerized the listeners with shading richness and intensity.

Jeanette Pitkevica is the winner of numerous competitions: among others competition of the music schools in Latvia; international B. Dvarionas competition, Vilnius / Lithuania; international J. Heifetz competition, Vilnius / Lithuania. Until 2006 Scholarship holder Wilhelm-Müller-Stiftung, Mannheim. 2007 Award of the DAAD-Prize for foreign students. From December 2009 - 2012 scholarship holder of the "Live Yehudi Music Menuhin Now".

As part of her international concert activities, she has performed in Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Italy and England. She has enjoyed great success as a soloist in the solo and chamber music concerts in Tel Aviv, Heifa and Yafa / Israel. From 2006 to 2014 she was the first concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra of the Zwingenberg Castle Festival and since 2007 co-organizer and musical director of the "Konzertreihe in Viernheim". Since the summer of 2015, Jeanette Pitkevica has been teaching at the "Hochschule für Musik" in Mannheim as assistant to Professor Marco Rizzi.

Programs

  1. Longing for the South
    Virtuoso Duos by Paganini, Giuliani, Granados, Piazzolla a.o.
  2. Latin Dance
    Works by Piazzolla, Pujol, Millet, Barrios a.o.
  3. Spain and South America
    Works by Machado, Cordero, Piazzolla, de Falla a.o.
  4. From Baroque to Tango
    Works by Vivaldi, Molino, Piazzolla u.a.
  5. Romantic Stringsounds
    Works by Schubert, Paganini, Mertz, Burgmüller a.o.

Press review

"The extraordinary concert was not only a delight for the ears, but also a visual feast for the passionate performance of the two artists." (Main-Echo)

 

"... an extraordinary concert, in which the violin and the guitar lead intimate and glowing dialogues. But the concert was a pleasure not only for the ears. Also the sight of the two performers captivated the listeners in their passionate execution and musical performance. Whether gentle or energetic, melancholic or cheerful, the selected pieces complemented each other and exhibited a variety which invited the visitors into different emotional worlds." (Mannheimer Morgen)

Duo with Mirjam Schröder (Harp)

Mirjam Schröder, Harp. Born in 1978 in Karlsruhe, Mirjam Schröder started to study the piano before taking up the harp at the age of eleven. She began her studies in 1996 at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels. Since 1998 she has been enrolled at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, where she studied with Catherine Michel and Godelieve Schrama. She has been distinguished at several international competitions. In 1999 she won a 1st Prize at the International Harp Competition held by the Reinl-Stiftung in Munich, and in 2002 she won a 1st Prize at the International Harp Competition "Arpista Ludovico" in Madrid. She has occasionally played in the Rundfunksymphonieorchester of the SWR Stuttgart as well as in the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford. Since September 2003 she has held an internship at the Landestheater Detmold. At the 53rd ARD International Music Competition in 2004 she was awarded the 3rd Prize as well as the Audience Prize sponsored by the Theodor-Rogler-Stiftung.

Programs

Press review

"...a sound variety which released from the first moment a pious silence." (Eilenburger Zeitung)

 

"The audience was thrilled by the overwhelming sonority of this duo." (Thüringer Landes-Zeitung)

Duo with Clemens Löschmann (Tenor)

The tenor Clemens Löschmann was born in Berlin where he studied with Professor Johannes Hoefflin at the academy of music and participated in master classes with Aribert Reimann and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He was awarded with scholarships from the Gotthardt-Schierse-Stiftung, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Richard-Wagner-Stiftung. He took part in numerous opera productions of several opera houses and opera companies including Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna and Zurich. Clemens Löschmann was engaged at the opera house in Bremen and has been working as a guest artist at internationally renowned opera houses including the Komische Oper Berlin, the Oper Frankfurt/Main, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genua and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Within the classic and contemporary oratorio and concert repertoire Clemens Löschmann is a soloist of great demand for all the major tenor roles of his type. The great evangelist and tenor parts of Bach's oratorios and cantatas are central for his concert repertoire. Besides the classic lied repertoire Clemens Löschmann has dedicated himself to contemporary compositions within his recitals. Concert trips have taken him through several countries of Europe. He participated in numerous first performances as well as in many radio, television and CD productions. Clemens Löschmann holds a teaching assignment at the academy of music in Bremen.

Programs

Duo with Heike Nicodemus (Travers flute)

Heike Nicodemus, travers flute, is a demanded specialist on her instrument and gives numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and orcherstermusician. After successfully graduated recorder studies with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Thieme at the college for music and theater Hannover, she studied flauto traverso first with Prof. Dr. Linde Brunmayr at the college of music Trossingen. The continuous intense comittment with the historic performance practice began already during her recorder studies. Later she studied with the outstanding Traversflutist Barthold Kuijken at the royal conservatoire in Den Hague and obtained already after 2 years the admittance for the concert exam. During her studies the contact with different leading baroque orchestras appeared. So she appeared among others with "Concerto Cologne", "The small concert", the "Stuttgart baroque orchestra", "l'Arpa firm aunt Munich", "Chursächsische Capelle Leipzig", "Sol Sol La Sol Salzburg". In 1995 she took part at opening the Salzburg festivals, in 2000 at the Göttinger Händel festival. Numerous radio broadcasting, television shots and CD-releases (among others with Teldec and Capriccio) followed. As a teacher she was active on different music festivals, among others at the "International festival of music weeks Innsbruck". Since 2002 she teaches Traversflöte and historic performance practice in the universites for music in Karlsruhe and Trossingen.

Programs

  1. "This sounds so wonderful" - W. A. Mozart arranged by his contemporaries
    • Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841): Quintette de Mozart op. 156 (arrangé pour Guitare et Flute)
    • W.A. Mozart/J.G. Busch: Arias from the "Marriage of Figaro" (an edition issued in 1838/39)
    • Fernando Sor (1778-1839): Introduction and Variations on "This sounds so wonderful" from the "Magic Flute" (Guitar Solo)
    • W.A. Mozart: Arias from "The Abduction from the Seraglio" (after an anonymous issue of 1792)
    • W.A. Mozart: Sonatina A Major KV 331/332 (arranged by Andreas Traeg, about 1803)
  2. Classical and Romantic Chamber Music
    Works by Francesco Molino, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Caspar Joseph Mertz, Napoleon Coste and Mauro Giuliani

Press review

"In the performance of both artists there appeared a harmony of perfect understanding for the instrument and each other, a synthesis of technical and musical maturity which distinguishes both artists. The church had an effect here as an ideal 'acoustic' which made the motto of the evening understandable: 'This sounds so wonderful'. Heike Nicodemus and Maximilian Mangold gave a melodious answer to how the music of Mozart might have really sounded at his time." (Fränkische Nachrichten)

Trio Kontraste with Stephanie Hamburger (Flute) and Christian Euler (Viola)

Stephanie Hamburger, Flute, was born in Munich. She studied in Munich with Jochen Gärtner and in Basel as a master-class student of Peter-Lukas Graf. As a prize-winner of national and international contests, among others the "German music contest", the "Federal choice of the German music council", the "International Kuhlau-contest Uelzen", the "International contest for flautists in Kobe" (Japan) she was engaged as a soloist by numerous German and foreign orchestras. She gave concerts at international festivals like the Schleswig - Holstein festival, the Ludwigsburger festival, the Echternacher festival, the Mozart's festival Würzburg. Radio broadcasting, television shots and CDs are present in different chamber-music ensembles. Stephanie Hamburger was a solo flautist on radio symphony orchestra Basel. Today she lives in Munich and is a Teacher at the Richard Strauss conservatoire.

Christian Euler, Viola, studied at the famous Juilliard School in New York. He finished his studies with the "Master's Degree". Margaret Pardee, Walter Trampler, Ulf Hoelscher and particularly Emanuel Vardi in New York belonged to his teachers. He also visited master courses with Joseph Gingold and Bruno Giuranna. From 1984 to 1991 Christian Euler was one of the solo viola players of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Besides solo concerts in Germany, Italy, Canada and the USA he appears frequently in chamber music ensembles. He was a member of Philadelphia Chamber ensembles. Among his chamber music partners for example Franco Gulli, Bruno Giuranna, Natalia Gutman and Radu Lupu. In 1991 Christian Euler was appointed as a professor for viola and chamber music to the college for music and representing art in Graz (Austria).

Programs

  1. Trios by Diabelli, David, Takacs, Matiegka
  2. Trios and Duos by Bach, Badings, Kreutzer, de Falla and Piazzolla
  3. 20th Century Trios (David, Takacs, Badings, Kelterborn)

Press review

"The Trio Contraste convinces on the whole line. Three young musicians aroused enthusiasm by instrumental brilliance and perfect ensemble playing." (Taunus Zeitung)

 

"Right at the beginning the trio showed off its special qualities. The equal teamwork was fantastic. In spite exactly on each other coordinated, the musicians were complementing on each other the completely different instruments." (Nordfriesische Nachrichten)

Vlach Quartet Prag & Maximilian Mangold

Vlach-Quartet Prag (Jana Vlachová, Violin - Karel Stadtherr, Violin - Petr Verner, Viola and Mikael Ericsson, Violoncello). The quartet was created in 1982. In 1985 it gained an important success as a prize-winner of the international string quartet contest in Portsmouth in England. In 1988 it was invited by the Hindemith Corporation to the international master courses of the famous Melos quartet in Switzerland. A quotation from the appreciation of the Melos quartet: "Jana Vlachová radiates as a Primarius of the ensemble a special charisma which ties up not only the listener, but also guarantees absolute homogeneity in the ensemble and leads about the virtuoso playing of middle voices up to great supplement by the cellist Mikael Ericsson."

During its previous career the quartet gained a large number of other success and prices:

The current Discographie counts 30 CDs and every year three to four new ones are being published. The Vlach quartet gives concerts not only in whole Europe (most frequently in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Spain), but also in the USA, in Japan and New Zealand. It appeared in a large number of wellknown festivals, as for example Schleswig - Holstein music festival, Scharwenka festival Lübeck, Sandwiken (Sweden), Santorini (Greece), Auckland (New Zealand), Wiltz (Luxembourg), Tivoli (Copenhagen). It also played in important series of concerts of celebrated concert halls in Prague, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Stuttgart and others. Its concerts were transferred frequently by broadcasting stations: from the Bavarian radio broadcasting, Swedish radio broadcasting, Danish radio broadcasting, Radio France, Czech radio broadcasting. Celebrated artists help in the interpretation of quintets and other chamber music works. To them belong, e.g.: E. Brunner, D. Klöcker, E. Trenkner, J. Jando, I. Klánsk ý. J. Simon the Janácek quartet among others.

Programs

  1. Italian Serenades
    Works by Boccherini, Pucchini, Wolf and Castelnuovo-Tedesco
  2. Soirée Espagnole
    Works by Arriaga, Torroba, Turina, Rodrigo and Boccherini
  3. South-American Chamber Music
    Works by Brouwer, Pujol, Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos

Press review

"'Soirée espagnole' was the motto of the wellknown Prague Vlach quartet and the guitarist Maximilian Mangold with the 121st concert of the music society in Leck. More than 100 guests appeared enthusiastic about the spirited Spanish evening. At the beginning a pearl of the string quartet art rang out: Juan Crisostomo de Arriagas of endless melodies consisting string quartet No 1 D minor. This early developed, but already at the age of 20 (1826) dead Spanish violinist and composer, left with this work one on Mendelssohn and Schubert reminding masterpiece which was played by the Vlach quartet full of tension, full of swing and particularly convincing. The melancholy inherent to this quartet was thereby expressed completely. Precise rhythmics and the warm sound volume of the ensemble rounded this dynamic and fresh interpretation. Frederico Moreno Torrobas 'Puertas de Madrid' is a cycle of seven programatic pieces for the solo guitar. Separate city gates of Madrid are represented here mediterranean elegant and tonal impressively. Maximilian Mangold possesses the ability, with his extremely sensitive and technically immaculate playing enchanted the listeners: Mangolds guitar playing is the most intimate concentration and virtuoso perfection. After the break 'The prayer of the bullfighter' from Joaquin Turina rang out brimful with Spanish national coloring, during Luigi Boccherini Quintett (under contribution of Maximilian Mangold) 'La Ritirata di Madrid' a true treat for the ears almost for the purposes of a popular song was. This enormously rhythmic and constantly increasing music is a row of variations which fascinated particularly by their presented musical charm. A unique final effect achieved the ensemble with Boccherinis to carrying away 'Fandango'. Both first sentences of this quintet played the Vlach quartet with Maximilian Mangold such tension-coming floating that the Fandango could unfold his its whole dance-like force in the third sentence of this quintet: fascinating string player ensemble playing deduces with elementary joy of playing together, first of all naturally when Mikael Ericsson allows to resound shortly the castanets". (Nordfriesische Nachrichten)