- Carolin Widmann,
- David McCarroll,
- Pauline Sachse,
- Marie-Elisabeth Hecker,
- Martin Helmchen
The rather little-known piano quintet by Elgar and another wonderful one by Schumann played by real
chamber music experts promise an outstanding concert.
Robert Schumann: Klavierquintett Es-Dur op. 44 (1842)
Edward Elgar: Quintett für Klavier und Streichquartett op. 84 a-Moll
Carolin Widmann, Violin
A wonderfully versatile musician, Carolin Widmann’s activities span the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music and, increasingly, period instrument performances, including...
A wonderfully versatile musician, Carolin Widmann’s activities span the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music and, increasingly, period instrument performances, including play/direction from the violin.
The 2016/17 gets off to an exciting start with the release of Ms Widmann’s latest recording for ECM Records: Mendelssohn and Schumann concerti with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Other season highlights include débuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra (Mendelssohn), Orquestra Sinfonia do Estado de São Paulo, Hallé Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony (Anderson) as well as Nuremberg Philharmonic (Ligeti). Carolin Widmann will also play the première of a new violin concerto by Michael Zev Gordon with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo.
The 2015/16 season began with Ms Widmann’s return to the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi with the Alban Berg concerto, with which she has a particular affinity, with concerts in London, Berlin and Prague. Mo von Dohnányi invited Ms Widmann to make her Australian début with Sydney Symphony, again playing Berg. Other season highlights included concerts with the Vienna Radio Symphony, Munich and Zurich Chamber Orchestras, Beethoven Triple Concerto with Hamburg Philharmonic, a solo recital at Wigmore Hall and at Teodor Currentzis’s Diaghilev Festival in Perm, Russia.
2014/15 included the world premiere of a new violin concerto written for her by Julian Anderson, commissioned by Seattle Symphony, London Philharmonic and Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and very warmly received; her Ravinia Festival début, a newly-commissioned solo piece by Pascal Dusapin, and her Royal Stockholm Philharmonic début with the Anders Hillborg concerto under Sakari Oramo. She was Artist in Residence at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, including play/directing on gut strings with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
A regular visitor to London’s Wigmore Hall, Ms Widmann enjoys highly-praised duo partnerships with pianists Alexander Lonquich and Dénes Várjon, with whom she records for ECM Records. Her discs of Schubert and Schumann sonatas received critical acclaim including the “Diapason d'Or” and the German Record Critics' Award. In 2006, Carolin Widmann's debut CD, “Reflections I,” was named “Critics' Choice of the Year” by the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Her recording of Morton Feldman’s concerto “Violin and Orchestra” with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emilio Pomárico was released in 2013.
Named ‘Musician of the Year’ at the International Classical Music Awards 2013, Ms Widmann has played with Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski, Marek Janowski, and Pablo Heras-Casado. She also appears at such widely known festivals as Berliner Festspiele, Salzburg, Lucerne, Festival d' Automne and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Carolin Widmann was born in Munich and studied with Igor Ozim in Cologne, Michèle Auclair in Boston and David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Since 2006, she has been professor of violin at Leipzig’s University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy”.
Carolin Widmann plays a G.B. Guadagnini violin from 1782.
David McCarroll, Violin
David McCarroll has been described as “a violinist of mature musicality and deep understanding of his repertoire whose playing is distinguished by clarity of form and line” by Musik Heute. Winner of the 2012 European Young Concert Artists Auditions, he made...
David McCarroll has been described as “a violinist of mature musicality and deep understanding of his repertoire whose playing is distinguished by clarity of form and line” by Musik Heute. Winner of the 2012 European Young Concert Artists Auditions, he made his concerto debut with the London Mozart Players in 2002 and has since appeared in major concert halls including the Berlin Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and Carnegie Hall. His performances have been broadcast on radio stations including WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, National Public Radio, and the BBC.
Recent performances have included Stravinsky’s violin concerto at the Konzerthaus Berlin, touring with Musicians from Marlboro, and performances of György Kurtág’s “Kafka Fragments” for violin and soprano. In September 2015, he joined the Vienna Piano Trio and has often played as guest concertmaster with Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, he has performed in many chamber ensembles with musicians including Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Anthony Marwood, Donald Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, Roger Tapping, Atar Arad, Marcy Rosen, Peter Stumpf, Peter Wiley, Paul Katz, Timothy Eddy, and Laurence Lesser. He has appeared at festivals including Marlboro, Caramoor’s Rising Stars Series, Ravinia, ChamberFest Cleveland, Prussia Cove’s Open Chamber Music, Yellow Barn, Moab, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Siete Lagos (Argentina), Frutillar (Chile), and plays regularly with the Israeli Chamber Project.
David was born in Santa Rosa, California in 1986 and began studying the violin with Helen Payne Sloat at the age of 4. At 8, he attended the Crowden School of Music in Berkeley studying with Anne Crowden. When David was 13, he received an invitation to join an international group of 60 young music students at the Yehudi Menuhin School outside London where he studied for five years with Simon Fischer. David continued his studies with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and with Antje Weithaas in the Konzertexam program at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin.
In addition to music, David maintains an active interest in social concerns including the needs of those impacted by the AIDS pandemic and is currently working on projects of the Starcross Community to help AIDS orphans in Africa. He has played in programs encouraging world peace promoted by the Fellowship of Reconciliation and has given benefit concerts for Doctors Without Borders. With other members of his family, David has worked to get strings to young music students in Cuba where such items are very difficult to obtain. David plays a 1761 violin made by A & J Gagliano.
Pauline Sachse, Viola
In 2012 Pauline Sachse was appointed professor at the „Carl Maria von Weber“ School of Music in Dresden and guest professor at the Academy of Music „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin. Furthermore, she is pricipal violist of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.Born in...
In 2012 Pauline Sachse was appointed professor at the „Carl Maria von Weber“ School of Music in Dresden and guest professor at the Academy of Music „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin. Furthermore, she is pricipal violist of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Hamburg, she studied at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin and at the Yale University (USA) with Jesse Levine , Wilfried Strehle and Tabea Zimmermann, whose assistant she became in 2007. She won various competitions, for example the Lenzewski and Joseph Joachim Competition.
Much in demand as a chamber musician, she is performing with artists such as Isabelle Faust, Stella Doufexis, Tabea Zimmermann, Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer and Daniel Hope. Festival invitations have taken her to the „Salzburger Festspiele“, “Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern”, the „Schwetzinger Festspiele“, the “Heidelberger Frühling” and the Kronberg Academy's “Chamber Music Connects the World”.
In ensembles such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio and the Berlin Philharmonic, she worked with conducters such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa.
Pauline Sachse has a diversified repertoire reflected in her discography. In addition to works by Schumann, Brahms and Hindemith, she has also undertaken several world premieres and first recordings, for example the "Hamlet Echoes" by Christian Jost.
She is playing on a viola built by Pietro Mantegazza in 1788.
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Cello
“Hecker plays like an angel ... the beauty of her sound is enhanced by an exquisitely elegant line and sweeping lyricism. There is absolutely no artifice to mislead the audience; her performance comprises musicality and pure talent.” (El Pais) Cellist...
“Hecker plays like an angel ... the beauty of her sound is enhanced by an exquisitely elegant line and sweeping lyricism. There is absolutely no artifice to mislead the audience; her performance comprises musicality and pure talent.” (El Pais)
Cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker made her international breakthrough with her sensational success at the 8th Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 2005, where she became the first contestant in the event’s history to win the first prize as well as two special prizes. Since then Hecker has become one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of her generation, recognised for her deep expression and natural affinity for the cello, with Die Zeit describing her playing as “heartbreakingly sad and instinctively beautiful”.
Born in 1987 in Robert Schumann’s hometown Zwickau, Hecker began learning the cello at the age of five, with the distinguished German cellist Peter Bruns becoming her principal teacher. She continued her studies with Heinrich Schiff and subsequently took part in masterclasses with eminent figures such as Anner Bylsma, Frans Helmerson, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman and Steven Isserlis. Early recognition came when she won Germany’s important Jugend musiziert competition, followed by the special prize at the 2001 Dotzauer Competition and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2009. She is supported by the Kronberg Academy.
Among the highlights of her career to date are performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Spanish National Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and Vienna Symphony Orchestra. She had collaborated with conductors such as Marc Albrecht, Barenboim, Gergiev, Gullberg Jensen, Harding, Hengelbrock, Herreweghe, Krivine, Luisi, Nagano, Rhorer, Saraste, Thielemann, von Dohnányi and Zacharias. In addition, she has appeared in recitals in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Florence, Frankfurt (Alte Oper), Hohenems (Schubertiade), Jerusalem, London (Wigmore Hall), Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York (Carnegie Hall), Paris, Vancouver, Zurich and at Verbier and Lucerne Festival.
Highlights of this season are debuts with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Lódz, and the Royal North Sinfonia. She gives recitals with Martin Helmchen in Berlin and Birmingham and at the Bad Kissingen, Schubertiade and Rügen Festivals. In chamber music she appears with Mitsuko Uchida and Veronika Eberle at the Mozartwoche Salzburg, with Carolin Widmann at the Alte Oper Frankfurt and at the Kaposvar, Marlboro, Rügen and Schubertiade Festivals. In co-operation with Music Road Rwanda Marie-Elisabeth Hecker regularly travels to Rwanda in order to support a local music school with concerts and educational projects.
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker plays on a Luigi Bajoni cello of 1864.
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker is represented worldwide by the agency Ekkehard Jung Artists & Projects.
Martin Helmchen, Piano
With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, pianist Martin Helmchen continues to impress the international music scene including superb debuts with Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert Blomstedt, Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, London Philharmonic...
With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, pianist Martin Helmchen continues to impress the international music scene including superb debuts with Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert Blomstedt, Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski and with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons. In the USA, he has made his concerto debuts with New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and at the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, on both occasions under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi.
Martin Helmchen’s quest for exploring all facets of music making is born in his passion for collaboration, not only with orchestras, but also through chamber music and recitals - largely ignited in early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow. Since 2010, Martin Helmchen has been an Associate Professor of chamber music at the Kronberg Academy.
In 2016/17, Martin Helmchen is guest soloist with major European orchestras including Hallé Orchestra Manchester under the baton of Andrew Manze, Philharmonia Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt, Santa Cecilia Rom and David Afkham, Gewandhaus Orchester with Herbert Blomstedt, Nederlands Filharmonisch Orkest and Marc Albrecht, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Philippe Herreweghe as well as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Sir Roger Norrington. In France he tours with La Chambre Philharmonique under Emmanuel Krivine.
A passionate chamber musician, Martin Helmchen also continues a further collaboration with Julia Fischer on a tour of major cities in Asia. He gives solo recitals and duo performances with his wife and cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker in London, Paris, Brussels and in Germany where he is artist in residence at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival in 2017.
For PentaTone, Helmchen has recorded Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Dvořák concertos as well as solo recordings and chamber music by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. His latest CD for outhere music contains both Brahms cello sonatas with Marie-Elisabeth Hecker.
Former student of Galina Iwanzowa in Berlin, Martin Helmchen still receives tutelage from Arie Vardie at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover. Other mentors, with whom Martin regularly continues to study, are Alfred Brendel and William Grant Naboré from the Klavierakademie Comer See. An early impact on Helmchen’s career was winning the „2001 Clara Haskil Competition”. He was a Fellow of the “Borletti-Buitoni-Trust in 2005” and the “Credit Suisse Young Artist” in 2006 culminating with his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at the Lucerne Festival. Between 2005 and 2007, Martin Helmchen was a soloist on the “BBC New Generation Artists” scheme.