Elisabeth Weber is one of the most versatile violinists of her generation:passionate chamber musician and soloist, experienced concertmaster, distinguished pedagogue and, last but not least, enthusiastic specialist for historical performance practice.She has been inspired by chamber music collaboration with musicians such as Boris Pergamenschikow, Martin Helmchen, Tabea Zimmermann, Martin Spangenberg or in a duo constellation with cymbalist Luigi Gaggero.
She is a member of the Orphelian Quartet, which is dedicated to string quartet literature on historical instruments.Chamber music concerts have taken Elisabeth Weber to theWigmore Hall London, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Brigdewater Hall Manchester and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
As a concertmaster of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Elisabeth Weber has worked with conductors such as Christian Zacharias, Claudio Abbado, András Schiff and Daniel Harding.She also enthusiastically conducts chamber orchestra projects from the concertmaster’s position.The constant expansion of her repertoire, her interest in contemporary music, but also her passion for historical performance practice – inspired by specialists such as Frans Brüggen, Rachel Pdger and Jesper Christensen – enriches her musical perspectives.
Born in 1954 in Güstrow, the violist Erich Wolfgang Krüger is renowned as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. After studying with Prof. Alfred Lipka at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, he spent 20 years solo-violist at the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSB).
Since 1979 he teaches at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. From the summer term 1997, Erich Krueger has been Professor of Viola at the University of Music “Franz Liszt” and teaches in numerous master classes. Some of his students have won international competitions and many of his former students occupy prominent positions in the international music scene.
He is a member of various chamber music ensembles, for example, the “Bach-Collegium Stuttgart”, the Chamber Orchestra “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach” and the Victoria-Mullova-Ensemble.
He has toured in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Numerous radio and television recordings and various CD-productions are an eloquent testimony of his work.
Florian Richter has taken over a professorship for the subject Viola for the winter semester 2017 at the University of Music Nuremberg. He received his first lessons in violin at the University of Music & Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig under Prof. Klaus Hertel. In 2000 he moved to the viola, in 2001 to the music high school “Schloss Belvedere” Weimar in the viola class of Prof. Erich Krüger. The multiple 1st Federal Prize winner at “Jugend musiziert”, studied at the Academy of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar with Prof. Ditte Leser / Prof. Erich Krüger, which he finished with the concert exam with distinction. He received important musical impulses at chamber music and viola master classes, among others with Prof. Alfred Lipka, Prof. Dietmar Hallmann, Prof. Hartmut Rohde, Prof. Martin Spangenberg, and Prof. Norbert Brainin. Florian Richter was a fellow of the “Hans & Eugenia Jütting Foundation”, the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben” and the “Carl Flesch Academy”. As a soloist, he played under the direction of Johannes Klumpp, Helmuth Rilling, Stefan Solyom, Michael Sanderling, and Marek Janowski. From 2010 to 2012 Florian Richter was solo violist of the Staatskapelle Weimar. In addition, Florian Richter was solo violist in the Staatsorchester Stuttgart from 2012 to 2017. Since 2011, Florian Richter has been involved in the music school “Schloss Belvedere” in Weimar for young talent in the field of the viola. Since August 2017 Florian Richter is solo violist of the “Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden”.
First solo cellist of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, studied with Josef Schwab at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. From 1984 to 1988 he was principal solo cellist of the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach”. Hans-Jakob Eschenburg was a founding member and longtime (1979-2000) cellist of the renowned Petersen Quartet, with whom he performed throughout Europe, in North and South America, Australia and the Far East, was a guest of important music festivals and recorded numerous CDs. He holds an artistic professorship at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and is internationally active as a chamber musician and as a soloist.
Together with Susanne Herzog and Gernot Adrion he has been playing regularly since 2006 in the Gideon-Klein-Trio. Hans-Jakob Eschenburg is a mentor in the orchestra academy of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
Hans-Jakob Eschenburg received his first cello lessons at the age of five. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, he successfully participated in competitions and solo performances. His studies were completed by H.-J. Eschenberg with Prof. Josef Schwab at the Academy of Music “H. Eisler” Berlin from 1975-1984. In 1979 he co-founded the Petersen Quartet, to which he belonged until the year 2000. From 1984 to 1988 he was engaged as the first solo cellist at the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig. This was followed by a solid commitment of the Petersen Quartet at the Funkhaus Berlin. Freelance work, various teaching assignments and intensive concert activities with many renowned artists in important national and international music centers characterized the coming years.
After the chamber orchestra “C.-Ph-E.-Bach”, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin occupied H.-J. Eschenburg from March 2002 to March 2003 this position at the Staatskapelle in Berlin. He is a member of the aperto piano quartet. Numerous, award-winning CD recordings document his artistic work.
Frithjof-Martin Grabner studied in Leipzig with Prof. Achim Beyer and Prof. Konrad Siebach double bass and chamber music with Prof. Gerhard Bosse.
He has won prizes at international competitions and has performed in numerous symphony concerts as a soloist and continuo player of the great oratorios. Grabner was committed 18 years as a principal bass player in various orchestras: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, State Opera “Unter den Linden” Berlin. As a guest, he played at the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, the Berlin Opera Houses, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Dresden Philharmonic, and many others. Frithjof-Martin Grabner is a member of renowned ensembles such as the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, the Chamber Orchestra “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach”, the Leipzig Consort, the New Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Bach Academy and the “Skyline Symphony”. He played at radio, television and CD recordings.
He has toured throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Israel. Grabner taught at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and is now a professor of double bass at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. He gave Masterclasses in Denmark, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and the Czech Republic and at several international festivals. www.grabner.de
Ulrich Schliephake was born in Leipzig, in 1960. He studied violin at the Leipzig Conservatory “Felix Mendelssohn” together with Horst Sannemüller. After working as a violin teacher at the various music schools in Sondershausen/Nordhausen and Leipzig, the “Ottmar Gerster”- Country, he has worked at the Music School of Leipzig “Johann Sebastian Bach”, since 1999. For a long time, he led a Youth String Orchestra, which he included in guest performances in Lithuania and the United States. Since 2000, he has worked as a consultant for high strings for several music schools in the Leipzig region. The basic work and training of young talent are his responsibilities. He regularly works with different juries as well as a lecturer at the National Youth Orchestra of Saxony. With a focus on “Strings Group Lessons,” he conducted training nationwide. In the Academy of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy,” he is a lecturer of the course “Teaching Practice Violin / Viola” and he is committed to a new educationally orientated training.
Izabela Melkonyan, born in Yerevan, Armenia, received her first piano lesson at the age of eight. From 1996 to 2001 she studied at the State Conservatory in Yerevan. She continued at the University of Music Lübeck in the class of Prof. Konrad Elser, where she completed her studies with honors.
She is also winner of the Young Pianist Competition in Yerevan and was awarded Best Supporting Director at the Aslamazyan Competition for Strings. In 2005/2006, Izabela was awarded a scholarship by the DAAD.
In 2011 she took part in the Max Reger Chamber Music Competition and won the 3rd prize. Radio broadcasts and television recordings of Izabela were made by the NDR, BR, NDR television and Deutsche Welle television in the series “Stars of Tomorrow”. Izabela is an accompanist at various masterclasses, including the OberstdorferMusiksommer, the Summer Music Academy in Hamburg and musique à Flaine (France).
From 2005-2016 she was a lecturer in piano accompaniment at the University of Music Lübeck, since 2013 she is a lecturer for string co-repetition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart.
Ludmilla Kogan was born in Moscow in 1988. She studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in the class of Prof. Galina Iwanzowa. 2009-2010 Erasmus studies in the class of Prof. Martin Hughes at the University of Music and Performing Arts. From September 2011 she studied at the Academy of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig in the class of Prof. Gerald Fauth. Diploma in February 2014. Chamber Music diploma with distinction in June 2011. Special Prize of the German Music Foundation, Diethard-usury-Prize and Special Prize of the Berliner Symphoniker. Concerts with the Berliner Symphoniker, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and the State Orchestra of Frankfurt / Oder.
Numerous solo and chamber music performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the “Classix Festival” Braunschweig, in Glienicke Castle, at the Festival in Port de Soller / Mallorca. Concert tours to Poland, Japan, Spain, Finland and Switzerland. Chamber music CD production in Taiwan in 2008. Scholarship holder of the German Music Foundation, the Karl and Else-Wilke foundation of the Society of the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”, and the association Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.
After the successful participation in the Robert Schumann competition in Zwickau at the age of 16, she already played as a soloist and others. with the European Youth Orchestra Concerts in Germany and various European countries.
The following piano study was completed by Annegret Kuttner at the Dresdner University of Music with Prof. Peter Rösel. She got more musical impulses in masterclasses of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Pavel Gililov, and Amadeus Webersinke.
The artist supplemented her education with additional studies for instrumental studies. Correpetition with Prof. Raithel and a study for harpsichord at international level renowned expert on early music, Prof. Ludger Remy.
Annegret Kuttner is a lecturer in accompaniment at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” Leipzig.
The sought-after pianist performs in addition to her teaching regularly as a soloist and as a chamber musician in various German music and cultural centers as well as abroad. Concert tours took her to the Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ireland, Israel, South Africa and the USA.
Anja Kleinmichel studied piano with Alan Marks and Gabriele Kupfernagel at the University of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin as well as chamber music and song composition at the Leipzig Academy of Music and Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”.
She is a sought-after piano accompanist and performs mainly chamber music in various ensembles. Their special interest is in New Music.
Master classes, among others, at the Ensemble Modern and a stay as a scholarship holder of the Forum Neues Musiktheater of the Staatsoper Stuttgart, were among the important artistic suggestions.
Anja Kleinmichel completed an additional study for improvisation and created in the duo “track of the sounds” music to silent films. In addition to her work as a pianist and lecturer at the Leipziger Musikhochschule, she writes texts about music.
The bandoneonist Facundo Hernán Barreyra comes from Quilmes, a small town near Buenos Aires in the province of Buenos Aires on the banks of the Río de la Plata, studied music at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and now lives in Kraiburg a. Inn.
From 1996 to 2002 he studied at the Municipal Music Institute in Avellaneda (IMMA) in Argentina. At the same time he also studied from 1996 to 2002 for the Bachelor of Media Electroacoustic Composition at the National University of Quilmes. From 2001 he studied with various drummers and percussionists such as Norberto Minichilo (Argentina), Phil Maturano (USA), Pete Lockett (Great Britain), Frank Briggs (USA), Gustavo Meli (Argentina).
In September 2006, he began studying at IMMA Instrument Bandoneon with Roberto Chamorro and from 2011 Eleonora Ferreyra. From 2014 to 2017 he studied bandoneon with Nestor Marconi, “Society of Composers from Argentina” (SADAIC). In 2015 and 2016, he studied arrangements for typical tango orchestras with director and composer Ariel Pirotti at the Polo Bandoneon Cultural Center in Buenos Aires.
He is a sought-after bandoneon virtuoso in Argentina, who participated, among others, in the “Bandoneon Viajero”, the 2014 European summer tour under the auspices of the Argentine Foreign Ministry. Numerous performances throughout Europe and regular guest appearances in Buenos Aires testify to a busy concert schedule. The tango chamber music course features Argentine tangos, milongas and vals in the Bandoneon & String Quintet line-up.
“The reflection of personal impact on the stage”
In his seminar program Prof. Frithjof-Martin Grabner talks about the areas of speaking voice, body language, audition situation, concert clothing, and applause. The formal and content-related aspects of application documents, curriculum vitae, etc. are also examined in greater detail.