Midori Goto | Foto: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Historically up to date: The 58th Weimar Master Classes with international stars of the music scene – and an emphasis on baroque music
This year the tradition-rich Weimar Master Classes will be embarking on a journey through time: For the 58th edition of this superb educational opportunity offered by the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, a number of specialists in baroque music will be featured – along with many other stars such as the violinist Midori. Altogether, thirteen guest professors will be teaching about 200 young musicians from all over the world from 15 until 29 July 2017. The public master classes will be augmented by a number of concerts by participants and guest professors and a series of music films. Registration begins on 15 March 2017 online. The registration deadline for most courses is 31 May, but registration ends on 15 May for the vocal and acousmatic composition courses.
The vocal and baroque opera master class plays a central role within the emphasis on baroque music this year. The renowned mezzosoprano Vivica Genaux, who is celebrated for her solo and ensemble performances of arias by Vivaldi, Handel and Purcell, will be teaching this class. For her master class, she will be working with the renowned Lautten Compagney Berlin, which has performed several times at the Weimar Master Classes in the past. For the first time, the internationally renowned Belgian flutist Barthold Kuijken, whose love for the historic traverse flute evolved by coincidence, will be teaching in Weimar. The cembalist Bob van Asperen is from the nearby Netherlands, and his repertoire encompasses most of the clavier literature of the 16th to 18th centuries.
The bassoonist Sergio Azzolini is a member of countless baroque ensembles and a specialist on historic performance practice. His teaching focuses not only on the bassoon, but also on basso-continuo for various instruments. The baroque emphasis will be flanked by two violin, violoncello and piano courses each, which will cover a broader repertoire. Thus, master class guests can look forward to hearing the famous Midori, who is not only a worldwide violin star, but is also active as an "Embassador of Peace" for the United Nations. The other violin course will be taught by Kurt Saßmannshaus, who recently visited Weimar to serve as a jury member for the 8th International LOUIS SPOHR Competition.
The two cello courses will be taught by Raphael Wallfisch, who was fortunate enough to be able to perform with Heifetz and Piatigorsky, and Jens Peter Maintz, who once won the ARD Music Competition. The Israeli pianist Arie Vardi and – for the first time in Weimar – Janina Fialkowska, once a protégé of the legendary Arthur Rubinstein, will be responsible for the piano courses. There will also be an oboe course led by the performer and teacher Christian Wetzel, a course on "acousmatic composition" by Robert Normandeau, and, as a special timbre in the music spectrum, a master class in jazz piano with the expert Marc Copland from the USA.
As always, the best participants of the master classes will be able to look forward to a special treat: They will be chosen to play for the coveted Orchestra Studio with the Jena Philharmonic under the experienced direction of Markus L. Frank. The evening concerts of the Weimar Master Classes will be augmented by the beloved Music Filmseries in cooperation with the Kommunales Kino mon ami.
More information at: www.hfm-weimar.de/masterclasses, www.facebook.com/WeimarMasterClasses and meisterkurse(at)hfm-weimar.de