Andrei Pushkarev

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Andrei Pushkarev wurde 1974 in einer Musikerfamilie in Kiew geboren. Im Alter von fünf Jahren begann er seine musikalische Ausbildung mit Klavierunterricht. 1980 trat er in die Kiewer Fachschule für Musik ein.

Schon in jungen Jahren begeisterte sich Andrei für Musik und im Alter von 14 Jahren verlagerte sich sein Focus auf Schlaginstrumente.

1992 wurde Andrei Pushkarev Schüler des Nationalen Konservatoriums Tschaikowsky von Kiew (heute Nationale Musikakademie der Ukraine), wo er seine professionelle Weiterbildung bei Professor Alexander Blinov fortsetzte.

Während seines Studiums am Konservatorium begann Andrei, eigene Werke zu schaffen, einschließlich seiner eigenen Kompositionen für Vibraphon solo. Andrei studierte weiterhin Orchesterpercussion, aber das Vibraphon hatte seine Seele erobert. Das Vibraphon wurde für Andrei viel mehr als ein Lieblingsinstrument. Das Vibraphon, ein echtes Soloinstrument, war in der Lage, die Zuhörer in eine Welt voller neuer aufregender Klänge und Farben zu entführen

1995 gewann Andrei den neu eingerichtete Wettbewerb „Neue Namen der Ukraine“ als Solo-Vibraphonist. Andrei spielte bei der Preisverleihung seine eigenen Musikkompositionen.
Zwischen 1995 und 1999 trat Andrei als Solo-Vibraphonist mit vielen Kammerensembles überall in der Ukraine auf.

In dieser Zeit hat Andrei einen weiteren wichtigen Meilenstein in seiner Karriere erreicht. 1996 wurde er als Hauptpauker für die Kiewer Philharmoniker ausgewählt. Mit 22 Jahren wurde er der jüngste Solopauker eines Sinfonieorchesters in der Ukraine.

1999 erreichte seine musikalische Karriere ein neues Niveau. Andrei Pushkarev trat dem Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra bei. Bis heute hat er den Status eines anerkannten Solisten sowie eines Hauptpercussionisten dieses Ensembles.
Der weltberühmte Geiger Gidon Kremer gründete das Orchester 1997. Seit 1999 tourte Andrei mit Kremerata Baltica um die Welt und nahm an unzähligen Konzerten teil. Darüber hinaus nahm er als Mitglied des Ensembles an zahlreichen Aufnahmen auf Labels wie Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon, ECM usw. teil. Als Solist ist er auf der CD-Veröffentlichung „After Mozart“ zu hören, die 2001 in den USA mit einem Grammy Award sowie in Deutschland mit dem Echo Award 2002 ausgezeichnet wurde.

Im Sommer 1999 trat er erstmals beim Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus (Österreich) auf und nahm bald regelmäßig an diesem Festival teil.
In den folgenden Jahren spielte Pushkarev viele Kompositionen als Solo-Vibraphonist beim Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus – zusammen mit Arrangements von Astor Piazzolla, Richard Rogers, Peter Tschaikowsky usw.

Seitdem hat er etliche Arrangements für das Vibraphon- und Violinsolo mit und ohne Kammerorchester geschaffen. Zusammen mit Gidon Kremer und Kremerata Baltica trat er in zahlreichen Konzertsälen auf der ganzen Welt auf, darunter in der Carnegie Hall in New York, in der Albert Hall in London, im Musikverein und im Konzerthaus in Wien, im Concertgebouw in Amsterdam usw.

Gidon Kremer hatte die Idee, Jazz-Arrangements mit 15 zweistimmigen Werken von J. S. Bach für Solo-Vibraphon zu erstellen. Andrei entwickelte die Idee weiter, da er selbst eine große Leidenschaft für Jazz hatte. Schließlich wurde jede der berühmten Werke Bachs im Stil einer Vielzahl von Jazzpianisten umgestaltet und ausgeführt – darunter Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea usw. Im Frühjahr 2004 führte Andrei Pushkarev erstmals das Projekt „Bach Vibrations“ in Basel (Schweiz) beim Festival „Les Museiques“ von Gidon Kremer auf.

Im November 2017 inszenierte die Lettische Nationaloper das Ballett “Don Juan” mit Musik von Mozart und Chopin, arrangiert von Andrei Pushkarev.

Im März 2020 inszenierte das Nationaltheater Brno (Tschechische Republik) das Ballett “Die Kameliendame” mit Musik von Schubert, arrangiert von Andrei Pushkarev.

Inzwischen arbeitet Andrei an zahlreichen Arrangements für Orchester und verschiedene Kammerorchester mit weltberühmten Musikern. Darüber hinaus erschafft er seine eigenen Werke.

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Hans Adolfsen

At the age of 17, Hans Adolfsen enrolled at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands and commenced a course of study in singing. Some years later, he switched to the piano. On the evening that he heard his first Lieder recital, a Schubert programme with Elly Ameling and Rudolf Jansen, he was so enraptured that he at once knew he was destined to be a Lieder accompanist. He completed his piano studies and complemented them with courses in chamber music and song accompaniment.
Throughout his time at the Conservatory, he accompanied vocalists at concerts and master classes, expanding his own understanding of the Lied in master classes with Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai, Udo Reinemann, Arleen Augér, Irwin Gage and Thomas Hampson. The intensive work with singing teacher Margreet Honig played a major part in making him the much-soughtafter coach and rehearsal pianist that he is today. Adolfsen conducts a Lieder class at the Zurich University of the Arts together with pianist and composer Daniel Fueter, whose constant engagement with music and literature has been a fresh source of inspiration for him.

 

 

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Luca Bernhard

Luca Bernard was born on April 21, 1994 in Zurich. As a member of the Zürcher Sängerknaben, he sang the second boy in Mozart’s “Zauberflöte” at the Zurich Opera House. From 2009 to 2014 he had singing lessons from Samuel Zünd at the Zurich Conservatory. From autumn 2013 he studied at the Zurich University of the Arts, initially piano with Eckart Heiligers and from 2014 also singing with Scot Weir. In June 2018 he completed his master with singing as a major. He has performed on concert stages with well-known orchestras such as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. He was a finalist of the International Othmar Schoeck Competition 2016. In 2017, he sang Ottokar from the “Zigeunerbaron” at the Operettenbühne Hombrechtikon. In 2018, he portrayed Stanislaus from the “Vogelhändler” in the same place. Luca Bernard is a Migros Kulturprozent laureate. From the 2019/20 season he is a member of the International Opera Studio at the Zurich Opera House.

 

 

 

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Franziska Heinzen & Benjamin Mead

Growing up in a British-Polish family of musicians in Germany, the pianist Benjamin Mead has been studying song accompaniment and chamber music with Michael Dussek and Malcolm Martineau with Prof. Boguslaw Strobel in Düsseldorf at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He will continue his studies from autumn 2020 in the concert exam and at the same time as a fellowship at the institution of the same name. As the winner of the Brenda Webb Award for song design and the Dennis Horner Accompanist’s Prize, he quickly established himself as an expressive and sensitive song designer: He made his debut in 2020 at Wigmore Hall in London, gave chamber music evenings with the Australian violinist Bridget O’Donnell and song evenings with Dame Felicity Lott, Franziska Heinzen and Manuel Walser.
Part of his intensive chamber music work is the collaboration with the Swiss soprano Franziska Andrea Heinzen. Together, the lied duo now inspires audiences across half of Europe. In February 2021, their debut album around the French composer group Les Six will be released as a co-production with Swiss radio SRF 2 Kultur at Solo Musica.
The Swiss soprano Franziska Heinzen inspires in baroque operas up to world premieres with her unmistakable stage presence and gripping authenticity. I.a. She made her debut at the Trier Theater in 2015 as an “outstanding Mozart voice” in the role of Annio (La clemenza di Tito), which she resurrected as a substitute at the Ulm Theater. Furthermore, until 2015 she could be heard in the lyric mezzo-soprano as Ruggiero (Alcina), Idamante (Idomeneo) and Isolier (Le comte Ory).
The lied duo met in 2015 at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf. In 2017 they won first prize at the 2nd Rhein-Ruhr International Lied Competition in Ratingen and second prize at the Sieghardt Rometsch Chamber Music Competition. In addition, the lied duo was awarded the 2017 Music Culture Prize by the State Capital of Düsseldorf for their artistic work.

 

 

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The Twiolins

The siblings Marie-Luise and Christoph Dingler are specialists in the violin duo genre. Having grown up in a musical environment – their grandfather was a bandmaster, their mother a cantor and a harpsichordist – they have achieved the highest degree of interaction and a unique sound identity through their shared curriculum vitae and constant playing together.

Both studied violin with Prof. Bratchkova at the Mannheim Music Academy, won numerous prizes and have since been touring at home and abroad. They have performed as soloists with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Baden-Baden, the Brandenburg State Orchestra and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, among others, and have been broadcast several times on national and international radio and television.

In 2009, the Twiolins organized the first ever Progressive Classical Music Award, which was initiated specifically to expand and develop the repertoire for two violins.

In 2012 they were awarded the Helene Hecht Prize for this. In 2011 the CD Virtuoso was produced from the prize-winning works, Sunfire followed in 2014, and their album Secret Places was released in 2017 and was awarded the silver medal of the Global Music Awards. After these albums, The Twiolins now present their first recording with classical repertoire.

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Fazil Say

FAZIL SAY – Pianist and composer

With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Fazıl Say has been touching audiences and critics alike for more than twenty-five years, in a way that has become rare in the increasingly materialistic and elaborately organised classical music world. Concerts with this artist are something different. They are more direct, more open, more exciting; in short, they go straight to the heart. Which is exactly what the composer Aribert Reimann thought in 1986 when, during a visit to Ankara, he had the opportunity, more or less by chance, to appreciate the playing of the sixteen-year-old pianist. He immediately asked the American pianist David Levine, who was accompanying him on the trip, to come to the city’s conservatory, using the now much-quoted words: ‘You absolutely must hear him, this boy plays like a devil.’

Fazıl Say had his first piano lessons from Mithat Fenmen, who had himself studied with Alfred Cortot in Paris. Perhaps sensing just how talented his pupil was, Fenmen asked the boy to improvise every day on themes to do with his daily life before going on to complete his essential piano exercises and studies. This contact with free creative processes and forms is seen as the source of the immense improvisatory talent and the aesthetic outlook that make Fazıl Say the pianist and composer he is today. He has been commissioned to write music for, among others, the Salzburger Festspiele, the WDR and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, the Konzerthaus Wien, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the BBC. His oeuvre includes four symphonies, two oratorios, various solo concertos and numerous works for piano and chamber music.
From 1987 onwards, Fazıl Say fine-tuned his skills as a classical pianist with David Levine, first at the Musikhochschule “Robert Schumann” in Düsseldorf and later in Berlin. In addition, he regularly attended master classes with Menahem Pressler. His outstanding technique very quickly enabled him to master the so-called warhorses of the repertoire with masterful ease. It is precisely this blend of refinement (in Bach, Haydn and Mozart) and virtuoso brilliance in the works of Liszt, Mussorgsky and Beethoven that gained him victory at the Young Concert Artists international competition in New York in 1994. Since then he has played with all of the renowned American and European orchestras and numerous leading conductors, building up a multifaceted repertoire ranging from Bach, through the Viennese Classics (Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven) and the Romantics, right up to contemporary music, including his own piano compositions.

Guest appearances have taken Fazıl Say to countless countries on all five continents; the French newspaper “Le Figaro” called him ‘a genius’. He also performs chamber music regularly: for many years he was part of a fantastic duo with the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Other notable collaborators include Maxim Vengerov, the Minetti Quartet, Nicolas Altstaedt and Marianne Crebassa.
From 2005 to 2010, he was artist in residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund; during the 2010/11 season he held the same position at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Fazıl Say was also a focal point of the programme of the Schleswig- Holstein Musik Festival in the summer of 2011. There have been further residencies and Fazıl Say festivals in Paris, Tokyo, Meran, Hamburg, and Istanbul. During the 2012/13 season Fazıl Say was the artist in residence at the hr- Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt and at the Rheingau Musik Festival 2013, where he was honoured with the Rheingau Musik Preis. In April 2015 Fazıl Say gave a successful concert with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York, followed by a tour with concerts throughout Europe. In 2014 he was artist in residence at the Bodenseefestival, where he played 14 concerts. During their 2015/2016 season the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Zürcher Kammerorchester invited him to be their Artist in Residence, he spent three seasons as Artist in Residence at the Festival der Nationen in Bad Wörishofen and was Composer in Residence at the Dresdner Philharmonie in 2018/19.
In December 2016, Fazıl Say was awarded the International Beethoven Prize for Human Rights, Peace, Freedom, Poverty Reduction and Inclusion, in Bonn. In the autumn of 2017, he was awarded the Music Prize of the city of Duisburg.
His recordings of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Stravinsky with Teldec Classics as well as Mussorgsky, Beethoven and his own works with the label naïve have been highly praised by critics and won several prizes, including three ECHO Klassik Awards. In 2014, his recording of Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 3 (with hr- Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt / Gianandrea Noseda) and Beethoven’s sonatas op. 111 and op. 27/2 Moonlight was released, as well as the CD ‘Say plays Say’, featuring his compositions for piano. Since 2016 Fazıl Say is an exclusive Warner Classics artist. In the autumn of 2016, his recording of all of Mozart sonatas was released on that label, for which, in 2017, Fazıl Say received his fourth ECHO Klassik award. Together with Nicolas Altstaedt, he recorded the album “4 Cities” (2017). In autumn 2017 Warner Classics released the Nocturnes Frédéric Chopins and the album “Secrets” with French songs, which he recorded together with Marianne Crebassa and which won the Gramophone Classical Music Award in 2018. His 2018 album is dedicated to Debussy and Satie, whilst with his most recent recording “Troy Sonata – Fazıl Say Plays Say” he presents only his own works.

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Conrad Steinmann

Conrad Steinmann, recorder and aulos

Born in Switzerland in 1951, Conrad Steinmann studied recorder with HansMartin Linde at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He was the winner of the First International Recorder Competition in Bruges (Belgium) in 1972. Since 1974, he has been resident in Winterthur. He taught at the Music Academy in Zurich from 1975 to 1982; in 1982, he was appointed to the teaching staff of the Schola Cantorum in Basel. He was awarded the Arts Prize of the C.H. Ernst Foundation in Winterthur in 1991 and the Zollikon Arts Prize in 2016. Concert engagements have taken him to all European centres and to Moscow, Estonia, Georgia, Japan and at regular intervals to the Near East and to South America, India and Australia, previously with Ensemble 415 and London Baroque in particular, more recently with the recorder ensemble “diferencias” and with “Melpomen”. He collaborated from 1976 with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Zurich Opera and joined with his Concentus Musicus in music by Monteverdi, Mozart (Entführung aus dem Serail) and Beethoven (Fifth Symphony). Conrad Steinmann has made numerous recordings, most lately with DIVOX: “Echo”, “Giorno e Notte” (Vivaldi concertos for recorder) and with Musiques Suisses, SWISS MADE with diferencias. He is the initiator and organizer of the International Recorder Days festival (Encounter between Switzerland and Eastern Europe 1993; Encounter with Italy 1997 “incontro” and with the Arab world in September 2001 with “Jadal” in Basel and Cairo). As a player of the aulos, he shows himself uniquely committed to the music of ancient Greece. He has engaged in intensive and long-lasting collaboration with instrument builder Paul J. Reichlin, whose reconstructed instruments form the basis for his newly conceived music of the 5th and 6th centuries BC. To date he has developed 5 programmes with his “Melpomen” ensemble (“Melpomen”, “Olympionikais or Pindar’s Odes” for the closing ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, “Sappho”, CHOROS/ΧΟΡΟΣ and “Odysseus”). The CD “Melpomen: Ancient Greek Music” (Harmonia Mundi/Schola 90 5263) was awarded a Diapason d’or. The second CD “Sappho and her time” with music of the 6th century BC was released by Sony. Steinmann holds scholarships from the Swiss National Fund and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
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Publications:

  • Conrad Steinmann / Paul J. Reichlin, Instruments and their Music from the 5th Century BC, in: Orient-Archäologie Vol. 20, Studien zur Musikarchäologie V, ed. E. Hickmann / A. Both / R. Eichmann. Rahden. 2006
  • Conrad Steinmann, Paul J. and Barbara Reichlin, Instrumente der griechischen Klassik und ihre Musik, eine angewandte Spurensuche, in Glareana Year 56, Book 1. Basel. 2007
  • Conrad Steinmann, Sappho und ihre Musik, in: Jesper Svenbro, Echo an Sappho. Frauenfeld. 2011
  • Conrad Steinmann, Stadt, Klang und Musik in Athen im 5. Jahrhundert vor Christus. NIKE Bulletin 6/2012
  • Conrad Steinmann, Drei Flöten für Peter Bichsel, vom Zauber der Blockflöte, Rüffer & Rub, Zürich 2016, 24 music stories.

about Conrad Steinmann:

  • Alfred Zimmerlin, Auf der Suche nach dem verlorenen Ton, in the 2007 Winterthur Yearbook

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Ensemble Melpomen

Under the direction of Conrad Steinmann, Ensemble Melpomen has committed itself to opening up the musical dimension of the Greek Classical world. In hitherto unparalleled work, it has initially based the rediscovery of Ancient Greek music primarily upon the reconstructed instruments built by Paul J. Reichlin. The association with him reflects a partnership lasting over 20 years combining research in numerous museums (Athens, Thessaloniki, Corinth, Paestum, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Leyden, Cairo) with trials in the workshop, study in libraries and eventually performance in the concert hall. The make-up of the ensemble depends on the project in which it is engaged. It may include a kitharodes, an auletes and a chorus as in the “Olympionikais”, the victory songs of  Pindar, performed at the closing ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The project “Sappho and her time” features the soprano Arianna Savall, who accompanies herself on the barbitos, and the tenor and kithara player Giovanni Cantarini, who was originally a student of classical philology. A small female choir occasionally represents Sappho’s pupils. These are joined by the strict instrumentalists, namely the percussionist Martin Lorenz and the leader of the ensemble Conrad Steinmann, who as the aulos player is also responsible for the ultimate sound of the music. The ensemble has evolved under the aegis of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, which has provided the necessary assistance in the form of a long-term research assignment into Greek instruments. The work of Melpomen has also benefited over many years from a scholarship of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. 

A first recording, “Melpomen, Ancient Greek Music for an Athenian Symposion of c. 450 BC”, was awarded a Diapason d’or. The ensemble’s second CD “Sappho and her time”, released by Sony, is devoted to the songs of the legendary Lesbian singer Sappho and her contemporary colleagues such as Solon and Anakreon. 

New programmes include CHOROS/ΧΟΡΟΣ, featuring choral passages from various dramas by Sophokles (Oidipous Tyrannos and Antigone), and  “Odysseus” with episodes from the Odyssey of Homer.

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www.giovannicantarini.com

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Pamela Stahel

Pamela Stahel – Piccolo – Flutist and piccoloist with the Philharmonia Zurich, she is a dedicated pedagogue and chamber musician. Devoted to furthering young musicians she holds a piccolo & chamber music class at the University of the Arts, Zurich and  has been invited to perform at the  NFA Flute Convention, the International Piccolo Festival in Grado, IT, Rheinau Summer Academy & the Porto Flute Festival.

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Camerata Franconia

Camerata Franconia, founded in 2013, consists of eminent musicians from many European nations and from the Nürnberg-Fürth-Erlangen metropolitan region. Its artistic director Prof. Dorian Keilhack has worked with these performers in the course of his many assignments at home and abroad. He was thus able to secure the services of the violinist Prof. Eva Bindere (Riga) as his orchestra leader, a position she had held for over 20 years in the Kremerata Baltica ensemble. Other important members include the cellists Prof. Denis Severin (Bern / Lausanne) and Tilmann Stiehler (Director of the Erlangen Music Institute) and the bassoonist Prof. Christina Faludy. Alongside these leading artists, the Camerata Franconia will enable up to 15 academy students from Germany and abroad to present themselves to the public and gain critical artistic impetus. The Camerata Franconia has chosen Erlangen as its base on account of the city’s reputation for welcoming foreigners. Erlangen has learnt in the course of its history, having accepted the Huguenots in the 17th century and an influx of refugees after the Second World, that people from all over the world represent a major resource for the development of the city. While upholding its high artistic standards, this top-class ensemble consciously fosters international understanding and integration. All guest musicians from abroad are privately accommodated with families in the city of Erlangen. Intensive international links thus arise between the people of Erlangen and artists from abroad. Another of the orchestra’s aims is expressed in its Music Education programmes in Erlangen schools. The Camerata Franconia has accordingly assumed the patronage of the Christian-Ernst-Gymnasium, a high school for music and drama in Erlangen. Rehearsals are held in the concert hall of Wohnstift Rathsberg in Erlangen and are open to the residents of this retirement home, so that seniors with limited mobility have access to the orchestra’s performances. The Camerata Franconia Association and the Friends of the Camerata Franconia are responsible for the ensemble’s operating structures. The Richter concert agency has assumed national and international representation.

The conductor and pianist Dorian Keilhack comes from a family of musicians that has its roots in England, Germany, Austria, Bohemia and Israel.

After studying piano and conducting at the conservatoires in Nürnberg and Freiburg and at the celebrated Juilliard School in New York (with Werner Andreas Albert, Otto Werner Müller and Ulrich Weder among others) he gained further artistic insights from Leon Fleisher, Christoph Eschenbach and Georg Schmöhe.

Having won numerous international prizes in piano competitions, Keilhack initially embarked upon a career at the piano that took him from Europe to North and South America. He performed as soloist with such orchestras as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Welsh Symphony, the philharmonic orchestras of Cracow and Jena, and the Dortmund State Orchestra.

Dorian Keilhack debuted with the Neue Philharmonie Munich in May 2013 and accompanied the orchestra on a tour of Italy with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and other works. Since 2013 he has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Camerata Franconia: a chamber orchestra consisting of 40 top musicians from across Europe.

Dorian Keilhack was appointed Professsor of Conducting in February 2014 at the  Landeskonservatorium Innsbruck (a department of the Mozarteum University), where he directed the Opera School and Orchestra. Concerts with the Vogtland Philharmonie, Collegium Musicum Pommersfelden and the Orchestra of the Gauting Friends of Music, who had appointed him as successor to their long-serving conductor Ulrich Weder in 2013, featured in the new season’s programme.

The Vogtland Philharmonie has appointed Dorian Keilhack as its Principal Conductor with effect from the 2020/2021 season. As permanent guest conductor, he will be giving more than 30 concerts there in the 2019/2020 season.

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