This year’s edition of our one-of-a-kind ‘Un/Modern’ concerts luxuriates in the luscious sounds of Brahms’ Lieder and Clarinet Quintet before embarking on an impassioned journey through the French landscapes of Fauré’s Piano Quartet, with a Parisian detour through the zestful Gallic chansons immortalized by Edith Piaf.
Brahms Zwei Gesänge Op. 91
Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor
Fauré Automne Op. 18, No. 3, Après un rêve Op. 7 No. 1
Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor Op. 115
French Chanson Les feuilles mortes, Padam padam, La vie en rose
Julian Arp, born in 1981, studied at the Academy of Music ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with Boris Pergamenschikow. He continued his studies with David Geringas and Eberhard Feltz. As a soloist and chamber musician Julian Arp appears regularly at festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Beauvais, Montreux, SoNoRo Bucharest, Stellenbosch, Stift Festival, the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, and IMS Prussia Cove. The Duo Arp/Frantz has released three CDs. In the words of Fono Forum: ‘They make music into pure celebration. It all sounds and sings.’ Contemporary composers, including Odeh-Tamimi, Koch, Nemtsov and Dinescu have written pieces for Julian Arp. He is a co-founder of the festival Zeitkunst which has been a guest at the Centre Pompidou, Radialsystem Berlin, Israel, England and Rio de Janeiro. Julian regularly gives master classes in Germany and abroad, and teaches at the University for Arts in Graz, Austria.
Reto Bieri was born in Zug, Switzerland, and grew up listening to Swiss folk music before discovering the world of classical music. He studied the clarinet in Basel and at the Juilliard School in New York, and his musical development was also strongly influenced by chamber music lessons from composer György Kurtag and pianist Krystian Zimerman.
In 2001 Bieri won the UNESCO-sponsored International Rostrum for Young Performers award, and since then has been invited to play all over the world, as soloist and chamber musician. He plays with various orchestras, such as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Moscow Radio), the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian Philharmonic, Tibor Varga Festival Orchestra, the Istanbul State Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Camerata Schweiz, Orchestra Pablo Sarasate Pamplona, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, with conductors such as Vladimir Fedoseyev, Kurt Masur,Tibor Varga, Kristjan Järvi and Howard Griffiths.
His musical partners include violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta, and he's performed chamber music with Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Dénes Varjon, Alexander Lonquich, Lars Vogt, Fazil Say, Gautier Capuçon, Nicolas Altstaedt, Tanja Tetzlaff, Pekka Kuusisto, Barnabas Kelemen, Carolin Widmann, the Carmina Quratet (Zürich), Casals Quartet (Barcelona), Rosamunde Quartet (Munich), Quatuor Ardeo (Paris), Badke Quartet (London), Borusan Quartet (Istanbul), Petersen Quartet (Berlin), Bennewitz (Prague), Enescu Quartet (Bukarest) and the Tecchler Trio (Zürich).
He enjoys creative collaborations with composers like Artur Avanesov, Tigran Mansurian, Gegory Vajda, Otto Zykan, Boris Yoffe, Michel Roth, Jürg Wyttenbach and many others.
In 2012 Reto Bieri has been appointed as professor at the Musikhochschule University Würzburg. Starting by autumn 2013, he also has a position as artistic director of „Davos Festival" in Switzerland.
Karolina Blixt began her classical music training in Sweden at the Vadstena College of Lied and Opera at the age of 27. She had earlier studied painting and sculpture at the Gotland School of Arts and Social science at the Lund University, Sweden. After two years in Vadstena she started her studies at the Stockholm University College of Opera where she graduated in 2007. She made her breakthrough with the role of Xerxes in the opera by Händel at the Drottningholm Theatre in 2007.
Since then Karolina has worked on opera stages, concert halls and in numbers of various chamber music coherences all around Sweden as well as abroad, e.g. the Stockholm Royal Opera, Festival d´Aix en Provence, the Beckett Theatre, Wexford Opera, Hellenic Festival, the Gothenburg Opera, the Malmö Opera, the Stockholm Folkopera, Theatre Carré, Confidencen, Malmö Concerthall, Gothenburg Concerthall, and Berwaldhallen.
In 2010 she made her debut at the Festival d´Aix en Provence with the role of Phaèdre in Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau with Sir William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, directed by the legendary choreographer Trisha Brown (New York). Karolina got great reviews for her singing performance and incorporation of the very complex choreography. She has several times since performed and worked together with dancers, choreographers and dance companies, e.g. the Animated State Dance Company (Ireland), Cisco Aznar (Spain), Apostolia Papadamaki (Greece), and Lotta Melin (Sweden).
Alongside her traditional work with the classical music Karolina has kept an aspiration for developing, examining, investigating and refining the art form. By using and combining different theatrical and scenic expressions together with different kinds of classical repertoire, she has created new and exciting ways of performing the art form proven to be very successful.
The Burlesque Variety Show at the Gothenburg Bookfare, her Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen at the Forshaga Chambermusic Festival and Vivaldi songs are some examples, alongside a number of opera and lied concerts. Her most recent work is her opera show Opera für Alle! with which she has just enjoyed a huge success at the Stockholm City Theatre/Klara Soppteater (Stockholms Stadsteater). Great sources of inspiration are Gustav Mahler, Kurt Weill, Yma Sumac, Francis Poulenc, Benjamin Britten, Mats Ek, Birgitta Egerbladh and Lars Rudolphsson.
The Italian cellist Claude Frochaux began playing the cello at Suzuki Talent Center, then at the Conservatory of Turin. Studies followed in Frankfurt, Essen and Madrid. As a sought-after and passionate chamber musician, he is a guest at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mozartfest Würzburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Oxford, Enescu Bucharest and venues like Wigmore Hall and Kings Place London, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, as well as broadcast repeatedly on the radio -BR, WDR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk and Radio Clasica. In 2008 he founded Monte Piano Trio with which he won numerous international prizes (Maria Canals Barcelona, Brahms Austria, Schumann Frankfurt, Folkwang Prize et al.) and regularly gives concerts. He collaborates with groups such as Ensemble Midwest Denmark, Amici Ensemble Frankfurt and Ensemble Ruhr. Claude is founder and artistic director of Kammermusikfest Sylt, which takes place every year on the german island of Sylt.
Born and raised in Tbilisi, currently based in Amsterdam, Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze leads a busy international career. Her performances have been praised by many critics throughout Europe and Asia. Nino received various awards, the most important were the Second Prize, Press Prize and Audience Award at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2008 and the winner of prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010. Nino has performed with many outstanding conductors such as Michel Plasson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, John Axelrod and with orchestras such as the Rotterdam, The Hague, Seoul and Netherlands Philharmonic, Münchner Symphoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. She has given various recitals all over the world, among those in Hannover (PRO MUSICA Preisträger amKlavier-Zyklus), Bayreuth, Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater Munich, Wigmore Hall London, Bozar Brussels, Tonhalle Zurich, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Spoleto Festival, Lucerne Piano Festival, Bunka-kaikan Hall Tokyo, the Festival Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland). In August 2017 Nino performed on famous Prinsengrachtconcert in Amsterdam, where she played chamber music together with Brodsky Quartet.
Nino was featured in BBC4 documentary "Story of Music" and played Live on Dutch National Television on the instruments of Hector Berlioz and Vladimir Horowitz.
Her repertoire stretches from Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Prokofiev and further to contemporary music.
The St. Gallen Tagblat wrote: “absolutely thrilling ! ...poetry and Fantasy dominated indefatigably over the pure brilliance.." about her performance of Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Piano Concerto.
Concertonet reviewed the Toulouse recital: “Schubert’s Wanderer Fantaisie was expressed with a total and admirable knowledge of the architecture of the score, enthralling with an outstanding feeling for timbre and color.”
In summer 2017 Nino Gvetadze signed with an international CD label "Challenge Classics". Her new album "Ghosts" Chopin 24 Preludes and selected pieces, will be officially released in October in Benelux and in January 2018 worldwide.
Nino's previous CDs include : Piano works by Mussorgsky (Brilliant Classics), Rachmaninoff Preludes op 23 and op 32 (Etcetera), “Debussy” Préludes book I, Estampes and Claire de Lune (Orchid Classics) and “Widmung” Liszt piano works (Orchid Classics).
Her recordings and interviews are often broadcasted on European radio and TV Stations. The Debussy CD was editor’s choice of the International Record Review (April 2014) and also of the Dutch National Radio and at Classic FM. Nino´s recorded recital at the Sendesaal Bremen has been chosen for the “ARD-Radiofestival” (broadcast 31 July 2014).
Nino Gvetadze studied in Tbilisi with Veronika Tumanishvili, Nodar Gabunia and Nana Khubutia. After her graduation Nino moved to the Netherlands to study with Paul Komen and Jan Wijn. Since 2008 Nino plays in "Arosa Trio" with violinist Frederieke Saeijs and cellist Maja Bogdanovic. Nino plays on a Steinway Grand Piano, kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.
Conductor, violinist and violist, Andres Kaljuste has been described as ‘a musician with a great sense of character’. He combines studies in orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy with his role as guest principal viola of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked as conductor and teacher at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm, and studied violin at Stockholm’s Royal Academy of Music, the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin, and the Berlin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Academy. Andres also pursues a busy freelance career, working with top orchestras such as the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Verona Philharmonic, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Strings, Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra and Cappella Academica. Last season Andres made his conducting debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic.