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:
Ingolf Turban 20.7. - 25.7.
Violin & Chamber Music
Lukas Hagen 26.7. - 1.8.
Wen-Sinn Yang 19.7. - 25.7.
Pieter Wispelwey 26.7. - 31.7.
Thorsten Johanns 26.7. - 1.8.
Frøydis Ree Wekre 19.7. - 25.7.
Roland Szentpáli 19.7. - 25.7.
Lilya Zilberstein 18.7. - 23.7.
Janina Fialkowska 19.7. - 25.7.
Konstantin Scherbakov 27.7. - 1.8.
Markus Leoson 18.7. - 23.7.
Accordion & Chamber Music
Hugo Noth 18.7. - 23.7.
with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra | Markus L. Frank, Conductor