Ballets by George Balanchine | Brahms/Balanchine
3.11.73, Turin. Italian
Baletna Skola in Torino
The School of the Hamburg Ballet
Dragica Zach, Marianne Kruuse, Ilse Wiedmann, Kevin Haigen
The Hamburg Ballet since 1993, Soloist in 1996, Principal in 2001
Olga Preobrajenska in "Nijinsky"
Silvia in "Préludes CV"
Aschenbach's Concepts in "Death in Venice"
The Angel in "Christmas Oratorio I-VI"
The Rival (Sarah Bernhardt) in "Duse"
Woman in "Rennen hinter dem was flieht" (Stephan Thoss)
Teresina in "Napoli" (August Bournonville / Lloyd Riggins)
and solos in
Time after Time from "Images from Bartók"
Nocturnes from "Songs of the Night"
Pizzicato Polka (New Year's Concert 2006, Vienna)
Unerreichbare Orte (Jirí Bubenícek)
VIII (Christhopher Wheeldon)
Equilibrio (Sasha Riva)
Renku (Yuka Oishi/Orkan Dann)
Ouroboros (Yuka Oishi)
The Episodes of Absence (Miljana Vracaric)
Beautiful Soul (Marcelino Libao)
Pallas Athena und Nausikaa in "Odyssey"
Chloe in "Daphnis and Chloe"
Ballerina in "Petrushka"
Hippolyta/Titania and Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Marguerite Gautier, Manon Lescaut and Prudence in "Lady of the Camellias"
Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"
Aurora, The Good Fairy and Princess Florine in "The Sleeping Beauty"
Marie, The Chinese Bird and Esmeralda and the Clowns in "The Nutcracker"
Cinderella, the Stepmother and a Stepsister in "A Cinderella Story"
Odette, Princess Claire and The Queen Mother in "Illusions - like Swan Lake"
Giselle, Peasant Pas de deux and Moyna in "Giselle"
Elaine in "The Saga of King Arthur"
Rosalind in "As You Like It"
The Other - Ingrid, The green One, Anitra in "Peer Gynt"
Tamara Karsavina and Romola Nijinsky in "Nijinsky"
Constanze Weber in "Windows on MOZART"
The Little Mermaid in "The Little Mermaid"
Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina, Primaballerina and Nina Michajlowna Saretschnaj in "The Seagull"
Sylvia in "Sylvia"
Tamara Karsavina in "Le Pavillon d'Armide"
Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desir"
Contemplator of the Moon in "Seven Haiku of the Moon"
Alma in "Purgatorio"
Ophelia (Pas de deux) in "Hamlet"
Eleonora Duse in "Duse"
Aurora in "The Sleeping Beauty" (Mats Ek)
Nikiya in "La Bayadère" (Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa)
Lise in "La Fille mal gardée" (Frederick Ashton)
La Sylphide in "La Sylphide" (Pierre Lacotte after Filippo Taglioni)
An Old Woman, 300 years old and The Choosen one in "Le Sacre du Printemps" (Millicent Hodson, inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky)
Woman in Blue and in Pink in "Dances at a Gathering" (Jerome Robbins)
The Ballerina in "The Concert" (Jerome Robbins)
Tatiana in "Onegin" (John Cranko)
and solos in
Now and Then
Saint Matthew Passion
Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler
Shall we dance?
Spring and Fall
Bach Suite 2
Sounds of Empty Pages
Winter Ways from "Images from Bartók"
Soldier Songs (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Fourth Symphony of Gustav Mahler
She was black (Mats Ek)
Light Beings (Mats Ek)
Mercurial Manoeuvres (Christopher Wheeldon)
Polyphonia (Christopher Wheeldon)
Thaïs Pas de deux (Frederic Ashton)
Jewels – Emeralds/Rubies (George Balanchine)
Reflet (Stefano Palmigiano)
Not without my Head (Natalia Horecna)
Bella Figura (Jirí Kylián)
Afternoon of a Faun (Jerome Robbins)
Liebeslieder Walzer (George Balanchine)
Munich (Easter Concert 2000 and 2002), Moscow, Ludwigsburg, Warsaw, Milano, Tokyo (World Ballet Festival 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010; Christmas Charity Gala 2008), Vienna (New Year's Concert 2006), Italy (Alessandra Ferri & Friends, Roberto Bolle & Friends Galas, Alessandra Ferri's Farewell Gala and Silvia Azzoni & Friends Gala), New York (Stars of the 21st Century Gala), St. Petersburg (Open Dance Festival), Taipei (International Ballet Gala 2010), Australia and Manuel Legris Galas in Vienna and Tokyo. She danced the role of Nikiya in "La Bayadère" with the Royal Ballet in London.
She worked on Donya Feuer's documentary: "The Work of Utopia".
Danza & Danza Prize 2004 - Best Italian Dancer Abroad
Rolf Mares Prize for the Hamburg Theaters 2006/2007 in the category "Outstandig Performance" for "The Little Mermaid"
"Benois de la Danse 2008" for her performance of the main role in "The Little Mermaid"
Les Étoiles de Ballet2000 Dance Award
Premio Positano 2013 – Best Italian Female Dancer of the Year
Premio Roma 2014
Markus Lehtinen absolvierte ein Klavier- und Dirigentenstudium an der Sibelius-Akademie in Helsinki. Zudem studierte er Komposition bei Aulis Sallinen und Einojuhani Rautavaara. 1988 wurde er an die Königliche Oper in Kopenhagen verpflichtet, der er bis 1993 angehörte. Er war Chefdirigent des Jyväskylä Sinfonieorchesters sowie Gastdirigent des Malmö Sinfonieorchesters. 1993 debütierte er an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, weitere Engagements in Deutschland waren unter anderem an der Deutschen Oper Berlin und an der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Seit 2004 hat Markus Lehtinen eine Professur an der Sibelius-Akademie inne.
Johanna Winkel gab ihr internationales Debüt als Solistin 2008 in Nantes mit Concerto Köln unter der Leitung von Peter Neumann und erarbeitete sich schnell einen hervorragenden Ruf im Oratorienfach. Jeffrey Tate, Andreas Spering, die NDR Radiophilharmonie, die Hamburger Symphoniker, das Freiburger Barockorchester, aber auch der Tschechische Philharmonische Chor Brünn und die Chöre von RIAS und NDR wurden aufmerksam und engagierten Johanna für ihre Konzerte.
Sie bewies sich zunächst in der historischen Aufführungspraxis Alter Musik und erweiterte ihr Repertoire stetig hin zur Romantik und Moderne.
Johanna ist seither weit gereist. Neben Konzerten im Inland, in Luzern, Brüssel, Oslo, Paris und Moskau stehen Tourneen nach Vancouver und Montréal (mit Frieder Bernius und dem Stuttgarter Kammerchor) sowie nach Lima, São Paulo und Rio de Janeiro (mit der Internationalen Bachakademie Stuttgart und Hans-Christoph Rademann). Außerdem sang sie u.a. das "War Requiem" in der Tonhalle Zürich, den "Messias" im Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, das "Deutsche Requiem" in Tel Aviv und gastierte in China mit dem Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Gleichzeitig ist Johanna regelmäßig auf der Opernbühne zu erleben. Nach Mimì, Donna Elvira und Micaëla im Gesangsstudium gestaltete sie z. B. Alcina (Markgräfliches Opernhaus Bayreuth), Rosalinde (Erfurt) oder zuletzt Beethovens Leonore (Hildesheim).
Johanna vermag heute die Vorzüge aus Alter Musik, Oper und Romantik in jeglichem Repertoire anzuwenden: sie singt körperhaft und expressiv, jedoch mit präziser Stimmführung und einem geschulten Ohr für Polyphonie. Unabhängig von der jeweiligen Epoche besticht außerdem, wie schnell und sicher Johanna selbst unbekannten und modern-komplexen Notentext verinnerlicht.
Johanna ist Solistin auf etlichen Rundfunk-Mitschnitten und CD-Aufnahmen. Zu ihren Aufnahmen gehört etwa Spohrs Oratorium "Die letzten Dinge" mit der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, das 2014 in die Bestenliste der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik aufgenommen wurde. Der Mitschnitt von Schönbergs "Moses und Aron" (Konzerte im Teatro Real Madrid und in der Berliner Philharmonie mit dem SWR Sinfonieorchester unter der Leitung von Sylvain Cambreling) wurde für den Grammy 2015 nominiert.
Im kommenden Jahr freut sich Johanna auf Projekte etwa mit der Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, mit dem Kanadischen Barockorchester "Arion" und Alexander Weimann oder auch mit den Chören des BR und WDR. Christian Thielemann hat sie für 2017 als Gerhilde in der Salzburger "Walküre" verpflichtet.
Mezzo-soprano Sophie Harmsen is especially in international demand as an interpreter of Mozart's works. During the past season she was on tour as Dorabella with René Jacobs in Europe and Asia to great critical acclaim, as well as performing Annio in "La clemenza di Tito" at the Teatro Real Madrid with Christophe Rousset with overwhelming success. Mozart of course also had to be present on the concert stage. In between Schumann's "Faust Scenes" with Daniel Harding and Rameau's "Suites from Zoroastre" with Jérémie Rhorer, she sang numerous "C Minor Masses", amongst others with Adam Fischer.
Sophie Harmsen is looking forward to debuting with some renowned conductors this season. She will be singing with Iván Fischer (Mozart "Requiem"), Philippe Herreweghe (Schubert "Mass in E flat") and Markus Stenz (Mozart "C Minor Mass"). She feels it is a great honour to be part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Freiburger Barockorchester, where she will be performing Beethoven's "9th Symphony". A tour to her native city Montreal with Václav Luks and Bach's "B Minor Mass" completes an exciting season.
In her work with famous directors such as Robert Wilson, William Kentridge and Andreas Dresen she was able to hone her already convincing and much praised acting skills.
Early Music is one of Sophie Harmsen's greatest loves. Her solo recitals with Concerto Köln and Capella Augustina were raving successes and concerts with Vaclav Luks, Jos van Immerseel, Raphaël Pichon, Andrea Marcon, as well as numerous concerts and CD recordings with Frieder Bernius are documentation of her artistic versatility. She also feels a bond with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart with whom she will be on a tour of South America this season.
Sophie Harmsen is a frequent performer at large international festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Bachfest Leipzig.
She sees the collaboration with large symphony orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is an integral part of her artistic journey.
Having already travelled the world at a young age as the daughter of German diplomats, Sophie Harmsen studied at the University of Cape Town and with Prof. Dr. Edith Wiens and now lives in Berlin with her family.
photo: © Tatjana Dachsel
German lyric tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp is in great demand on the international opera and concert scene. Most recently, as a member of the resident company of Stuttgart Staatsoper from 2015 to 2017, he covered the great lyrical Mozart roles of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Ferrando (Così fan tutte), and thrilled audiences and critics as a skilled performer of Baroque operas, singing Lucio Vero in "Il Vologeso", Oronte in "Alcina", and Lurcanio in "Ariodante".
Sebastian Kohlhepp was born in Limburg an der Lahn, where he received his first vocal training at the local boys' choir. He studied under Hedwig Fassbender at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt/Main. He was then engaged as a member of the opera ensemble at Karlsruhe Staatstheater. He then switched to the Staatsoper in Vienna, where he sang under the baton of renowned conductors including Adám Fischer, Franz Welser-Most, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Dan Ettinger and Patrick Lange.
Kohlhepp has given guest appearances at Opéra Monte Carlo (Strauss' "Salome"), the Volksoper in Vienna (Britten's Albert Herring), the Theater an der Wien in Vienna (Monteverdi's "Il ritorno d'Ulisse"), and Basel Municipal Theatre (The Magic Flute).
In the course of the 2017-2018 season, Sebastian Kohlhepp will cover the role of Tamino (The Magic Flute) at the Theater an der Wien, and will sing his début as Belmonte (Entführung aus dem Serail) at the Salzburg Mozart Festival.
He will honor further guest engagements in a new production of Cherubini's "Medea" (stage direction: Peter Konwitschny) at Stuttgart Staatsoper, and will sing as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) in Cologne.
As a soloist in concert performances, Sebastian Kohlhepp collaborates on a regular basis with ensembles such as the Stuttgart Bachakademie, the Collegium Vocale Gent, the RIAS Chamber Choir, the Stuttgart Chamber Choir, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and B'Rock, as well as with renowned conductors including Frieder Bernius, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Helmuth Rilling, and Andreas Spering. He has performed at venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Philharmonie in Paris, Zurich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus, Shanghai Concert Hall, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
Upcoming engagements include Haydn's Creation in Freiburg and Berlin with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra conducted by René Jacobs, a European tour featuring Mendelssohn's "Elijah" under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado, Frank Martin's opera "Le Vin Herbé" at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and Bach's "Saint John Passion" with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea.
A series of CD, DVD and broadcast recordings offer further insight into Sebastian Kohlhepp's mulutifaceted talents. He recently participated in the complete recording of Bach's Chorale Cantatas under Christoph Spering in a joint collaboration between the labels deutsche harmonia mundi and Sony Music. René Jacobs's new recording of the "Saint John Passion", in which Kohlhepp sings the tenor arias, received the "2017 ICMA Award" in the Baroque Vocal category.
photo: © Julia Wesely
He trained as a chorister at the renowned Regensburger Domspatzen and continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and graduated fro, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He had the fortune to be mentored by one of the greatest singers, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Operatic appearances include Conte Le Nozze di Figaro in London, Owen Wingrave (title role) at the Banff Festival, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas at the Aldeburgh and Brighton Festivals, Schaunard La Bohème with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Baron Tusenbach in Eötvös's Tri Sestri for the Deutsche Staatsoper and a new commission for Bregenz Festival (Das Leben am Rande der Milchstraße by Bernhard Gander). Conductors he has worked with include Marin Alsop, Christian Curnyn, Johannes Debus, Edward Gardner, Michael Hofstetter, Bernard Labadie, Alessandro de Marchi, Paul McCreesh, Roger Norrington, Christoph Poppen, Jordi Savall and Ulf Schirmer.
In concert he has appeared with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Gabrieli Players & Consort, Les Violons du Roy, the Bach Collegium Stuttgart, and on multiple occasions with the major BBC orchestras. He made his BBC Proms debut in September 2015 singing Brahms' Triumphlied with Marion Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Orff's Carmina Burana with the BBC Concert. His oratorio repertoire includes Bach's Magnificat, St John and St Matthew Passions, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Händel's The Messiah, Haydn's The Creation and Britten's War Requiem.
An established recitalist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia, Rheingau and Oxford Lieder festivals, deSingel Antwerp, Heidelberger Frühling, and with Graham Johnson at the KlavierFestival Ruhr. He is a regular recitalist at the Wigmore Hall and at the Schubertiade Hohenems and Schwarzenberg. He works closely together with pianists including Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Helmut Deutsch, James Baillieu and Martin Stadtfeld.
His discography includes Mendelssohn and Schumann duets with Ann Murray (DBE), accompanied by Malcolm Martineau; his debut solo disc "Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten" accompanied by James Baillieu, which was released in April 2016 on Champs Hill records; and a live recording of Schubert lieder with Graham Johnson for Wigmore Hall Live label.
photo: © Lars Borges
A special interest in musical dialogue brought German-Bulgarian pianist Mariana Popova at an early age to an intensive study of chamber music and song accompaniment alongside her solo career. Marian Popova's concert activity has taken her to nearly all European countries, China, Russia and the United States. As an accompanist, chamber musician and soloist, she has been invited to the Summit Music Festival in New York, the Aarhus Festival of Contemporary Music (Denmark), the Varna Summer Festival (Bulgaria), the Heures Musicales de Biot (France), the Castelló Festival (Spain), the Hamburger Klangwerktagen and to the Schwetzingen Music Festival. In a series of Liederabend recital in Hamburg, which she conceived for the Schumann anniversary in 2010, the pianist performed core works by Robert and Clara Schumann together with eight vocal partners.
She has taken part in various CD productions and also made numerous radio and television recordings in Bulgaria (BNT), Germany (NDR,SWR,MDR) and France (Radio France). In the summer of 2012, Mariana Popova was invited by the German Foreign Office to record a CD of song compositions from all the Baltic countries to celebrate the German presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.
Mariana Popova studied piano with Evgeni Koroliov and chamber music with Niklas Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. At the Franz Liszt Musikochschule she studied vocal accompaniment with Karl-Peter Kammerlander. She received significant artistic impulses from teachers like Oxana Yablonskaya, Dalton Baldwin, Bruno Canino, Gernot Kahl and Menahem Pressler.
Among the young pianist's major international successes were prizes at the Maria Canals International Music Competition in Barcelona, Spain, the Köster Classical Chamber Music Competition and the Elise Meyer Competition in Hamburg, and together with soprano Lini Gong at the Concours international de musique de chambre in Lyon, France. In 2010, with mezzo-soprano Judith Thielsen, she was awarded the second prize and the special award for contemporary song in the Lied Division of the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria. Further, Mariana Popova was a fellow of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, the Budge Foundation, Yehudi Menuhin's project Live Music Now and the French Schlumberger Foundation.
Mariana Popova has been a collaborative pianist for vocal masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender, Reri Grist, Angela Denoke, Margreet Honig, Edda Moser and Robert Holl. Since 2007, she has been a lecturer for vocal accompaniment at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. In 2013, Mariana was invited to be a guest lecturer at the Shanghai Conservatory in China and offer courses in art song performance.
photo: © Neda Navaee
The pianist Burkhard Kehring took a close interest in art song and literature from an early age. Prizes in accompaniment from international lieder competitions in London (Walther Gruner Competition 1993) and Munich (Hans Pfitzner Competition 1994) marked the beginning of his concert career as a lieder accompanist, which has taken him to the most important European concert halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and to the USA, Asia and South America as well as to numerous music festivals such as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Bergen Music Festival, the Schubert Serenades in New York, and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.
He has been the official piano accompanist at master classes by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Reri Grist, Marylin Horne, Ernst Haefliger and Hermann Prey. He has worked in artistic partnership with such singers as Ruth Ziesak, Christiane Iven, Randi Stene, Michaela Kaune, Inger Dam-Jensen, Christiane Oelze, Christiane Karg, Robert Holl, Kwangchoul Youn, Roman Trekel, Christian Elsner, Dietrich Henschel, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Andreas Schmidt, Florian Bösch, Jan Kobow, Daniel Johannsen and Lothar Odinius. Together with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, he has been presenting musical readings and melodramatic recitals (1995-2005).
Burkhard Kehring has also planned and accompanied lieder recital series of his own. His first such cycle in the Hamburg Laeiszhalle offered almost the entire lieder output of Hugo Wolf. It was followed in 1997 by the "Schubertiade modern" – a comparison of the songs of Schubert and those of the Schoenberg circle – and by the recital series "Schubert plus" in Frankfurt am Main. In the course of the 2003 Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival, the accompanist presented a further Hugo Wolf cycle to mark the centenary of the composer's death, followed in 2004 by a new Schubert cycle in the Berlin State Opera "Unter den Linden". In 2006 Burkhard Kehring was invited by the International "Beethovenfest" in Bonn to perform a Robert Schumann cycle together with ten singers. At the same festival, the inauguration of his global project "Divan of Song" took place in 2014.
According to his dedication to contemporary art song, Burkhard Kehring has played numerous first performances, including new works by composers like Christoph Coburger, Johanna Doderer, Lars-Henrik Nystén, Wolfgang Florey, Otfried Büsing, Fabián Panisello, Param Vir, Hannah Hanbiel Choi or Dai Fujikura. His lieder recordings range from Schubert, Schumann and Mahler to Ullmann, Fortner and Ligeti. An album of melodramas – the last studio recording of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – appeared in 2005 at "Deutsche Grammophon", whereas the debut recital recording "Verwandlung/Transformation" with soprano Christiane Karg received the ECHO KLASSIK award in 2010.
Appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 2002, Burkhard Kehring is the director of a "Master of Music" study program in art song performance. He was invited to give master classes in Germany, Spain, Canada, Israel, Iran, South Korea, China and India.
photo: © Neda Navaee
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
The Philharmonic State Orchestra is Hamburg’s largest and oldest orchestra, looking back on many years of musical history. When the “Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Orchestra of the Hamburg Municipal Theatre” merged in 1934, two tradition-steeped orchestras combined. Philharmonic concerts have been performed in Hamburg since 1828, artists such as Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms being regular guests of the Philharmonic Society. The history of the opera company goes back even further: Hamburg has been home to musical theatre since 1678, even if a regular opera or theatre orchestra was only formed later. To this day, the Philharmonic State Orchestra has embodied the sound of the Hansa City, a concert and opera orchestra in one.
During its long history, the orchestra encountered great artist personalities. Apart from composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as Telemann, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mahler, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, since the 20th century chief conductors such as Karl Muck, Joseph Keilberth, Eugen Jochum, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Aldo Ceccato, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher and Simone Young have shaped the orchestra’s sound. Renowned conductors of the pre-war era such as Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt gave brilliant performances, as did outstanding conductors of our times: suffice it to mention Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Valery Gergiev and Sir Roger Norrington.
Starting with the 2015/2016 season, Kent Nagano has taken on the position of Hamburg’s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera. In his first season Kent Nagano initiated a new project, the Philharmonic Academy, focusing on experimentation and chamber music. In 2016 Nagano and the Philharmonic undertook a successful three-week concert tour in South America, a tour of Spain followed in 2019. Since 2017 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra have continued the traditional Philharmonic Concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie, for which they commissioned Jörg Widmann to compose the oratorio ARCHE, which was given its world premiere during the hall’s opening festivities. The concert recording has been released at ECM.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra offers approximately 35 concerts per season and performs more than 240 performances per year at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier, making it Hamburg’s busiest orchestra. The stylistic bandwidth covered by the 140 musicians, ranging from historically informed performance practice to contemporary works and including concert, opera and ballet repertoire, is unique throughout Germany. Chamber Music has a long tradition at the Philharmonic State Orchestra: what began in 1929 with a concert series for chamber orchestra has been continued since 1968 by a series of chamber music only.
In 2008 Simone Young and the Philharmonic State Orchestra won the Brahms Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society. The orchestra has recorded the complete Ring by Wagner as well as the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner – the latter in the rarely-performed original versions – as well as works by Mahler, Hindemith and Berg, and has released DVDs of opera and ballet productions by Hosokawa, Offenbach, Reimann, Auerbach, J.S. Bach, Puccini, Poulenc and Weber.
The members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra feel equally beholden to Hamburg’s musical tradition and responsible for the city’s artistic future. Since 1978 the musicians have been participating in education programmes in Hamburg’s schools. Today, the orchestra maintains a broad education programme, including school and kindergarten visits, patronage for music projects, introductory events for children and family concerts. The orchestra’s own academy prepares young musicians for their professional careers. The Philharmonic’s musicians thereby make an equally enjoyable and valuable contribution to tomorrow’s music education in the music metropolis of Hamburg.
photo: Foto: Felix Broede