- Sabine Meyer,
- Bertrand Chamayou,
- Antje Weithaas,
- Mischa Meyer
Sabine Meyer, Clarinet
Sabine Meyer is one of the world’s most renowned instrumental soloists. It is partly due to her that the clarinet, a solo instrument previously underestimated, recaptured the attention of the concert platform. Born in Crailsheim, she studied with Otto Hermann...
Sabine Meyer is one of the world’s most renowned instrumental soloists. It is partly due to her that the clarinet, a solo instrument previously underestimated, recaptured the attention of the concert platform.
Born in Crailsheim, she studied with Otto Hermann in Stuttgart and Hans Deinzer in Hanover, then embarked on a career as an orchestral musician and became member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by an engagement as solo clarinettist at the Berlin Philharmonic which she abandoned, as she was more and more in demand as a soloist. For almost a quarter of a century, numerous concerts and broadcast engagements led her to all musical centres of Europe, to North America, Japan and China and Australia.
Sabine Meyer has been a much-celebrated soloist with more than three hundred orchestras internationally. She has given guest performances with all the top-level orchestras in Germany and has been engaged by the world’s leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras of Vienna, Basel, Warsaw, Prague and Budapest as well as numerous additional ensembles.
Sabine Meyer is particularly interested in the field of chamber music, where she has formed much long-lasting collaboration. She has explored a wide range of chamber repertoire with such colleagues as Juliane Banse, Martin Helmchen, Daniel Hope, Nils Mönkemeyer, the Hagen, the Modigliani and the Schumann Quartet.
In 1983 she founded the “Trio di Clarone” together with her husband Reiner Wehle and her brother Wolfgang Meyer. The repertoire includes some almost forgotten compositions of Mozart and many contemporary works. The trio’s repertoire has been further extended by several innovative projects with the jazz clarinettist Michael Riessler. Her last new chamber music project brings her together with the saxophone quintet Alliage, new arranged music by Stravinsky and Dukas shows brilliant colors of the combination of these instruments.
Sabine Meyer is a prominent champion for contemporary music – works by Jean Françaix, Edison Denissov, Toshio Hosokawa, Niccolo Castiglioni, Manfred Trojahn, Aribert Reimann and Peter Eötvös are written for her. In 2015 she premiers a concerto by Marton Illés at the Lucerne Festival.
Sabine Meyer has made numerous recordings for EMI Classics; she also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and CAvi-music. The recorded repertoire varies from pre-classical to contemporary compositions and includes all important pieces for clarinet. For Sony she recorded Mozart arias, arranged for clarinet, a trio CD with Nils Mönkemeyer and William Youn and recently the “Fantasia” together with the Alliage Quintet.
Sabine Meyer received eight “Echo Classic Awards”, is member of the “Academy of Arts Hamburg”. In 2010 she received the decoration „Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres“ from the French government.
Sabine Meyer has been appointed to a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck in 1993.
Bertrand Chamayou, Piano
Mastering an extensive repertoire, Bertrand Chamayou displays striking assurance as well as imagination and an artistic approach of remarkable consistency. He is a regular performer in venues such as the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Lincoln Center, the...
Mastering an extensive repertoire, Bertrand Chamayou displays striking assurance as well as imagination and an artistic approach of remarkable consistency. He is a regular performer in venues such as the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Lincoln Center, the Herkulessaal Munich and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has appeared at major festivals including New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Lucerne Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn and Klavier-Festival Ruhr.
The 2017/18 season will see him make his debuts with New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Québec Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Further highlights include his return to Orchestre National Belgique, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre Nacional de France. He will perform as soloist on tour in South Africa with the Orchestre Capitole de Toulouse.
He has worked with orchestras including London Philharmonic Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Orchestre National de France, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights have been his celebrated debut with Seoul Philhamonic Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Accademia die Santa Cecilia and Cleveland Orchestra. Chamayou’s conductor collaborations have included Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Neville Marriner, Semyon Bychkov, Michel Plasson, Louis Langrée, Stéphane Denève, Ludovic Morlot and Andris Nelsons.
Chamayou is a regular chamber music performer, with partners including Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Quatuor Ebène, Antoine Tamestit and Sol Gabetta. The pianist will open the season at London’s International Piano Series and perform in recitals at Wigmore Hall, Kissinger Sommer, Lakeside Arts Center Nottingham, in Monte Carlo, Vilnius, Essen, at Salzburg’s Easter Festival and Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, New York.
Bertrand Chamayou has made a number of highly successful recordings, including a Naïve CD of music by César Franck, which was awarded several accolades including Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice. In 2011, Chamayou celebrated Liszt’s 200th anniversary with a recording of the complete Années de Pèlerinage - also for Naïve – a work he performed in several venues throughout the world. The album received rave reviews worldwide – including Gramophone Choice. The only artist to win France's prestigious Victoires de la Musique on four occasions, he has an exclusive recording contract with Warner/Erato and was awarded the 2016 ECHO Klassik for his recording of Ravel’s complete works for solo piano.
Bertrand Chamayou was born in Toulouse; his musical talent was quickly noted by pianist Jean-François Heisser, who later became his professor at the Paris Conservatoire. He completed his training with Maria Curcio in London.
Antje Weithaas, Violin
Brimful of energy, Antje Weithaas’ brings her compelling musical intelligence and technical mastery to every detail of the music. Her charisma and stage presence are captivating, but never overshadow the works themselves. She has a wide-ranging repertoire that...
Brimful of energy, Antje Weithaas’ brings her compelling musical intelligence and technical mastery to every detail of the music. Her charisma and stage presence are captivating, but never overshadow the works themselves. She has a wide-ranging repertoire that includes the great concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, new works such as Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, modern classics by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ligeti and Gubaidulina, and lesser performed concertos by Hartmann and Schoeck.
As a soloist, Antje Weithaas has worked with most of Germany’s leading orchestras, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg Symphony and the major German radio orchestras,
numerous major international orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Symphony, as well as and the leading orchestras of
the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Asia. She has collaborated with the illustrious conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitri Kitayenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Marc Albrecht, Yakov Kreizberg, Sakari Oramo and Carlos Kalmar. She enjoys a close working relationship with conductor Antonello Manacorda, with whom she made her debuts with the Orchestra Filharmonica del Teatro La Fenice in Venice as well as the SWR Symphony Orchestra and regularly gives concerts in her hometown Potsdam.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include performances with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Riccardo Minasi (Mozart 5), with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski (Berg Chamber Concerto with Lars Vogt), with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniel Raiskin (Brahms) and Concerto Budapest under András Keller (Beethoven) as well as her debut with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and a tour with Le Concert Olympique under Jan Caeyers (Beethoven Triple with Maximilian Hornung and Till Fellner) with guest concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Berlin and De Singel Antwerpen amongst others. With her infectious zest for communication, Antje Weithaas‘ reputation for inspiring play-lead concerts is rapidly growing. Having been the Camerata Bern’s artistic director since the 2009/10 season, she is responsible for the
ensemble’s musical profile, leading large works such as Beethoven’s symphonies, and recording music by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. She also enjoys ongoing collaborations with the Swedish Chamber Orchester and the Kammersymphonie Leipzig.
The Arcanto Quartet, in which she performed with fellow violinist Daniel Sepec, violist Tabea Zimmermann and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, has been particularly important to Antje Weithaas as a chamber musician. In recent years, they have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Théâtre du Châtelet and Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Konzerthaus Vienna, and have toured Israel, Japan and North America. They have released CDs on the label Harmonia Mundi of works by Bartók, Brahms, Ravel, Dutilleux, Debussy, Schubert and Mozart.
Antje Weithaas produced a reference recording of Beethoven and Berg’s violin concertos in 2013 with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under Steven Sloane (CAvi-music). There were rave reviews of the two first CDs from Antje Weithaas’ latest project for CAvi: complete recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas and Eugène Ysaÿe’s solo sonatas. The label cpo recently released Vol. 2 and 3 of her recordings of Max Bruch’s complete works for violin and orchestra with the NDR Radio Philharmonic under Hermann Bäumer to great acclaim. Antje Weithaas continues her collaboration with the NDR Radio Philharmonic and cpo with recordings of Schumann’s Violin
Concerto and Brahms’ Double Concerto with Maximilian Hornung, both conducted by Andrew Manze.
Antje Weithaas began playing the violin at the age of four and later studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin with Professor Werner Scholz. She won the Kreisler Competition in Graz in 1987 and the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988, as well as the Hanover International Violin Competition in 1991. After teaching at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Antje Weithaas became a professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in 2004. She plays on a 2001 Peter Greiner violin.
Mischa Meyer, Cello
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Currently we cannot provide an English biography.