(Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra)
Its repertoire ranges from the baroque to the modern. At the beginning of the twentieth century, one critic wrote “If you want to keep up with the latest in contemporary works, you have to travel to Duisburg,” so modern music follows a long tradition. Back then, “new music” was written by composers such as Max Reger and Richard Strauss, who introduced their works in Duisburg themselves.
Internationally renowned conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Antoni Wit, Alun Francis and Axel Kober have recently worked with the Duisburger Philharmoniker. Jonathan Darlington left a lasting impression with his work as music director from 2002 to 2011. His predecessors were Alexander Lazarew and Bruno Weil, among others. Darlington developed exciting alternatives to conventional programming during his tenure. For the concert season 2009/2010, the Duisburger Philharmoniker was awarded “best concert programme” from the German Association of Music Publishers. They were awarded an Echo Klassik 2011 for their CD recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with violinist Susanna Yoko Henkel.
The list of soloists which have appeared with the orchestra is top-class: pianists Barry Douglas and Boris Bloch, violinists Frank Peter Zimmermann, Pinchas Zukermann, Daniel Hope and Isabelle Faust, cellists Antonio Meneses, Sol Gabetta and Matt Haimovitz, just to name a few. The orchestra is a regular guest at internationally renowned festivals such as the “Ruhr Piano Festival”, and the “Ruhrtriennale”, sharing the stage with stars like Vesselina Kasarova, Anna Netrebko and Neil Shicoff. In 2011, the Duisburger Philharmoniker celebrated a triumphant success at the Ruhrtriennale with a performance of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” under Kirill Petrenko.
Since 2007, the orchestra has a new concert hall, the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle, which has been praised internationally for its outstanding acoustics. In November 2009, an Eule organ was built in the hall. It is the only organ built in the English style on the continent and regularly attracts world-class organists such as Wayne Marshall of England and Iveta Apkalna of Latvia. Weblog of the Duisburger Philharmoniker (Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra)
Barbara Krieger studied German and English literature and musicology in Mainz before studying voice at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she graduated with honours in 1996. She already began concertizing during her studies and participated in international competitions. She was a prize winner at the renowned Aslico voice competition of La Scala. Her first engagements and tours led the singer - initially a mezzosoprano - to Salzburg, Erfurt, Klagenfurt, Zagreb and to the Vienna Klangbogen Festival. In 1997, she was a member of the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera. Afterwards, she appeared as a lyric-dramatic soprano at prestigious opera houses including Gran Teatru del Liceu Barcelona, in Bregenz, Leipzig, Karlsruhe and at the Nationaltheater in Weimar, among others.
Other career highlights include a concert tour with the world-famous bass-baritone Bryn Terfel (2007) and her appearance at Festival MúsicaMallorca with Verdi's Messa da Requiem in Teatre Principal de Palma. In 2008, Barbara Krieger performed in a gala concert with star tenor Roberto Alagna and in the summer of 2009, she gave a riveting performance at Classic Open Air in Berlin, this time with José Carreras at her side. In 2007, Barbara Krieger initiated the CLASSIC OPEN AIR concert series in Dresden in front of the Frauenkirche and from 2007 to 2011 brought thousands of music lovers together to help various charity organisations.
Laureate of numerous piano competitions (“A. R ubinstein” (Paris), “The Muse” (Santorini), “Yakov F lier” (Moscow) International Piano Competitions, “Normandy European Piano Competition” (France), Mark Taratushkin performs successfully as soloist and as chamber musician in Russia and Europe-wide.
Born in Ukraine, where he started his musical education at the age of five, he moved to Moscow, where he soon was accepted to the Central Music School. Later he entered Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied in class of prof. N. Troull. Graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in 2013, the young pianist moved to Germany, where he continued his education in class of prof. G. Zitterbart in HMTM Hannover. At the moment he studies under the guidance of prof. K Hellwig at the University of Arts Berlin and at the École Normale de Musique Paris under the guidance of prof. M. Rybicki.
During the last few years Taratushkin has been concentrating on the performance of the German romantic music and on 20th century music. His interpretations of contemporary music were mentioned by the “Lutoslawski prize” at “Normandy European Piano Competition”. Winning Israeli Music Competition of Tel-Hai he made a world premiere of pieces written by Israeli composer Moshe Zorman.
During his studies Taratushkin received master-classes and was guided by many renowned musicians: prof. Vincenzo Balzani, prof. Dmitry Bashkirov, prof. Leonel Morales, prof. Tomer Lev and prof. Kalle Randalu among many others.
Mark Taratushkin is a scholarship holder of Swiss Piano Foundation “Clavarte”, “Live Music Now” e.V. Chamber Music Foundation, “Paul Hindemith” Foundation and “Ottilie-Selbach-Redslob” Foundation.
The Horenstein Ensemble, founded in 2008, presents the great diversity of chamber music and the interplay of different instrument groups - strings, winds and harp.
The repertoire is not limited to a certain era of music but includes works by Rameau, Mozart, Spohr, Brahms, Ravel, Messiaen, Widmann and Yun. The ensemble is also dedicated to performing English chamber music which is seldom heard in Germany, such as the compositions of Vaughan Williams, Bax, Elgar, Somervell, Arnold, Butterworth and Britten. Their collaboration with contemporary composers such as Samir Odeh-Tamimi and Allain Gaussin has resulted in works especially composed for the instrumentation of the Horenstein Ensemble.
The ensemble is named in honour of the work of conductor Jascha Horenstein, who had a strong connection to Berlin and often conducted the Berlin State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic.
In 2011, their debut album "Tempelhof" appeared on CD and Vinyl-LP on ACOUSENCE.
Varying and sometimes unusual combinations of instruments are a distinguishing character trait of the ensemble, which was founded by members of the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin. Guest artists expand the number of combinations possible and in this way enrich the group.
Thus, for the current CD project "Lost Generation" the following guests were acquired: Sophia Jaffé, violin soloist and professor at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts; Gergely Bodoky, principal flutist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Igor Prokopets, bassist of the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin and Julien Salemkour, conductor and pianist.
Anna Malikova - piano
Anna Malikova was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she received her first piano lessons from Tamara Popovich. She studied in Moscow with Lev Naumov at the Central Music School and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she graduated in 1991. Afterwards she held a teaching position at the Conservatory for several years. Her solo career began in the former Soviet Union, giving solo recitals in cities like Moscow, St Petersburg, Omsk, Baku, among others and also appearing as a soloist with orchestras including those of Ekaterinburg, Minsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Tashkent.
As a prizewinner of important international competitions in Oslo, Warsaw (Chopin Competition) and Sydney, Anna Malikova began to perform more and more in the West. She was invited to play with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra – among many others.
In 1993, Anna Malikova was awarded first prize at the ARD Competition in Munich - the only first prize for a pianist awarded over a twelve year period. This success established her in the international music scene. Today she gives solo recitals, performs chamber music and concertos all over Europe, South America, and the Middle and Far East. She is invited to sit on juries of international piano competitions including the Chopin Competitions in Moscow and Beijing, the Vianna da Motta in Lisbon, “Armenian Legacy” in Erevan and the Gyeongnam Competition in Korea.
In addition to her busy concert schedule, Anna Malikova continuously increases her output on record. To date she has recorded most of the important works of Chopin as well as works of Schubert, Liszt, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Soler. She released an important new recording of the five piano concertos of Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanied by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne under the baton of Thomas Sanderling. This production received an unusual amount international attention and has received the coveted Classical Internet Award in 2006, the culmination of countless international and enthusiastic reviews.
In autumn 2010, a CD with piano works of Tchaikovsky was released. Projects in 2011 and beyond include appearances throughout Europe, Korea, Japan, China and South America. Anna Malikova is active as a recital and concerto soloist and sits on the jury of competitions such as the European Piano Competition in France, the Maria Canals Competition in Spain and the Chopin Youth Competition in Moscow.
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