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Accordion, Tuba and More: The 61st Weimar Master Classes attract participants with a variety of guest professors and excellent concerts

Konstantin Scherbakov | Photo: Jen Pin Lin

Accordion, Tuba and More: The 61st Weimar Master Classes attract participants with a variety of guest professors and excellent concerts

This year’s 61st Weimar Master Classes attract participants with a broad sound spectrum. From accordion to horn, clarinet piano, percussion and strings through to tuba: Musicians will be offered valuable impulses and a range of performance opportunities from the 17th of July to the 1st of August 2020 at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar. The Orchestra Studio with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra will once again be something special for those young musicians selected.

A total of 12 guest professors will hold classes at the University of Music Weimar in the last two weeks of July. After an initial audition,130 young musicians are expected from all corners of the world. The intense, public coursework will be complemented by numerous participant- and guest professor concerts, debut concerts, as well as a series of music films. Online registration opens on the 1st of March and closes on the 15th of May.

Ingolf Turban, former concert master at the Munich Philharmonic, is offering a master class in violin. The second violin course will be run by Lukas Hagen, founding member of the legendary Hagen Quartett, who is also offering chamber music classes. The subject of cello will be taught by Wen-Sinn Yang, internationally esteemed soloist and professor in Munich, along with renowned Dutch musician Pieter Wispelwey, whose repertoire ranges from Bach to Schnittke.

Norwegian musician Frøydis Ree Wekre, who was horn soloist in Oslo for several decades, will return to Weimar to teach the woodwinds. Thorsten Johanns, former solo clarinettist with the WDR-Symphony Orchestra and professor in Weimar, will likewise hold a master class. After a long break, the tuba is also back: Roland Szentpáli, first tuba with the Hungarian National Orchestra is expected.

In addition, there will be three piano master classes with the Titans of the grand piano, well known in Weimar: Konstantin Scherbakov with Viennese piano professor Lilya Zilberstein, duo partner of Martha Argerich for over 20 years, and Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska, who was supported by Arthur Rubinstein.

The 61st Weimar Master Classes will be completed by special timbres, for instance, percussion: Former solo timpani player with the Royal Court Orchestra Stockholm and Weimar professor Markus Leoson invites participants to his courses. Then there is accordion legend Hugo Noth who will be our guest in Weimar for the second time. He also teaches ensemble playing and is considered a visionary among experts.

The Orchestra Studio with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra will once again take place under the tried-and-tested direction of Markus L. Frank.

The Weimar Master Classes’ evening concert programme will be rounded-off with the popular music film series in cooperation with the community cinema ‘mon ami’.

Initially established as holiday courses in1969 and run as the “International Music Seminar of the GDR in Weimar” only one year later, the courses grew to be a window to the West for the East over the years. They were renamed the ‘Weimarer Meisterkurse’ or Weimar Master Classes in 1990, directly after the fall of the wall.

For more information see: www.hfm-weimar.de/masterclasses


An Overview of the 61st Weimar Master Classes 2020:

Violin
Ingolf Turban          20.7. - 25.7.

Violin & Chamber Music
Lukas Hagen            26.7. -  1.8.

Violoncello
Wen-Sinn Yang          19.7. - 25.7.
Pieter Wispelwey        26.7. - 31.7.

Clarinet
Thorsten Johanns        26.7. -  1.8.

Horn
Frøydis Ree Wekre        19.7. - 25.7.

Tuba
Roland Szentpáli           19.7. - 25.7.

Piano
Lilya Zilberstein          18.7. - 23.7.
Janina Fialkowska          19.7. - 25.7.
Konstantin Scherbakov    27.7. -  1.8.

Percussion
Markus Leoson        18.7. - 23.7.

Accordion & Chamber Music
Hugo Noth              18.7. - 23.7.

Orchestra Studio
with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra | Markus L. Frank, Conductor

Pressesprecher

Jan Kreyßig
Verwaltungsgebäude, R 206
Platz der Demokratie 2/3
99423 Weimar
Tel. 03643 | 555 159
Fax 03643 | 555 199
presse(at)hfm-weimar.de