Sabine Meyer, Alban Gerhardt, Sebastian Knauer
Meyer © Helge Strauss, Gerhardt © Sim Canetty Clarke, Hyperion Records, Knauer © Steven HaberlandOn Tour 19.04.18-26.04.18

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Sabine Meyer on new paths together with Alban Gerhardt and Sebastian Knauer. They celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100 birthday with one original piece and new arranged parts from the famous “ West Side Story”. Along with this trios by Beethoven and less known, but beautiful, by Zemlinski are on the music stands.


Ludwig van Beethoven: Klaviertrio B-Dur op. 11 (''Gassenhauertrio'')
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violoncello Nr. 4 C-Dur op. 102/1
Leonard Bernstein: Sonate für Klarinette und Klavier (1941/42)
Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story - Suite (Bearbeitung: Wolfgang Meyer)
Alexander von Zemlinsky: Trio d-Moll op. 3 für Klarinette (oder Viola), Violoncello und Klavier (1896)


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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.

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Alban Gerhardt, Cello

Over the past decade, Alban Gerhardt has established himself among the greatest cellists of our time. His sound is unmistakable and his interpretations of the repertoire are distinguished in their originality. The cello starts to sing under his hands, standard...

Over the past decade, Alban Gerhardt has established himself among the greatest cellists of our time. His sound is unmistakable and his interpretations of the repertoire are distinguished in their originality. The cello starts to sing under his hands, standard works are newly discovered and unknown pieces are brought to life again. Gerhardt fascinates audiences with the combination of an unerring musical instinct, intense emotionality and a natural, arresting stage presence. Of particular concern for him is his desire to help audiences break with old listening and concert habits and to draw younger audiences to classical music through pioneering projects such as his collaboration with Deutsche Bahn on the main commuter routes in Germany.

Since his early success at competitions and his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov, Gerhardt has performed with more than 250 different orchestras worldwide (among others Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Tonhalle Zurich, Gürzenich Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic) under conductors such as Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Thielemann, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, Marek Janowski, Sir Colin Davis, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Kent Nagano, Sakari Oramo, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi,  Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Zinman, Vladimir Jurowski and Andris Nelsons.

Alban Gerhardt‘s repertoire includes more than 70 different cello concerti and he relishes rescuing lesser-known works from undeserved obscurity. His collaborations with composers such as Thomas Larcher, Peteris Vasks, Brett Dean, Jörg Widmann, Osvaldo Golijov, Mathias Hinke and Matthias Pintscher demonstrate his commitment to enlarging the cello repertoire and in 2009 he gave the world premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto which was composed for him.  Commissioned by the BBC and premiered at the Proms (his 6th appearance at the Proms) he has since performed the Concerto in The Netherlands, Germany, Far East, Scandinavia and the USA.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include his third visit to the Berlin Philharmonic performing the Chin Cello Concerto under Myung-Whun Chung and engagements with the Boston and San Francisco Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé  Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, DSO and RSB Berlin and a tour of Australia including the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.  From 2012-15 he is Artist-in-Residence at the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and in 2014/15 Artist-in-Focus at the Wigmore Hall when he will perform recitals with Steven Osborne and Cécile Licad and Quintets with Brett Dean Baiba Skride, Gergana Gergova and Nils Mönkemeyer as part of an extensive European tour.

A highly acclaimed recording artist, he has won three ECHO Classic Awards and his double CD of the complete works for cello by Benjamin Britten was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in 2013.  He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and Hyperion spearheading its “Romantic Cello Concertos” series.

Gerhardt plays a unique instrument from the renowned maker Matteo Gofriller. He writes about his travelling and performing experiences in his blog, which can be accessed from his webpage:

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Sebastian Knauer, Piano

The pianist Sebastian Knauer was born in Hamburg in 1971 where he made his debut aged 14. He now looks back on a career lasting more than 25 years. His intense musicality which characterises his unique style of playing, has led to innumerable successes,...

The pianist Sebastian Knauer was born in Hamburg in 1971 where he made his debut aged 14. He now looks back on a career lasting more than 25 years. His intense musicality which characterises his unique style of playing, has led to innumerable successes, establishing his name throughout the international world of music.

He has given performances in more than 50 countries on four continents, each time appearing on the most reputable stages like the Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Philharmonie of Cologne and Munich, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London´s Wigmore Hall, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Auditori Barcelona, the Sala Verdi in Milano and, looking further afield, the Lincoln Center New York, the Herbst Theater San Francisco, Miami´s Knight Concert Hall, the Téatro Municipal in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the Oriental Concert Hall in Shanghai, the Forbidden City Concert Hall Peking, the Toppan Hall Tokyo and the Performing Arts Center Hong Kong.

For many years he has collaborated with his close friend, the conductor Sir Roger Norrington, and in 2006 Warner Classics published his all-Mozart CD with the Camerata Salzburg under Sir Roger´s baton. The German periodical Die Zeit claimed this as one of the best Mozart recordings of all times. Five years later he recorded for Berlin Classics  “Bach & Sons”, this time with the Chamber Orchestra of Zurich, again conducted by Sir Roger Norrington. This recording too won international acclaim. Amongst the reviews were the German magazine Sternwith “brilliant”, The Neue Zürcher Zeitung with “fantastic” and Die PresseVienna, with “excellent”. Past October saw a third collaboration on CD with Sir Roger Norrington. Sebastian Knauer as soloist and acting as producer recorded piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven under the title “Vienna 1789”. Fono ForumRBB Berlin and BR Klassik excelled themselves with praises like “Huge Hit”, “Pure Enjoyment” and “Incredibly tasteful touch”. 

Other conductors with whom Sebastian Knauer has collaborated are Fabio Luisi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Neeme Järvi, Vladimir Fedosseyew, Vladimir Spivakov, Ingo Metzmacher, John Axelrod, Jesús López Cobos, Simone Young, Michael Sanderling, Philippe Entremont and Jaap van Zweeden, with orchestras like Dresdner Staatskapelle, Bamberg Symphony, NDR Symphony, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Hamburg Philharmonic and Symphony, Orchèstre Les Siècles, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, New York City Opera Orchestra, Russian National Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the chamber orchestras from Basle, Vienna and Tel Aviv.

Another aspect of his creativity is his unique programme planning, such as solo recitals, revealing relevant connections between the different compositions, or many projects in which he performs with his longstanding friend and duo-partner, the violinist Daniel Hope. Whether they appear in Europe, the USA or Japan – this duo earns enthusiastic acclaim from their audiences and the press. Their CD “East meets West”, issued in 2005, was rewarded with nominations for Klassic Echo and Grammy

Sebastian Knauer has a particular affection for chamber music and has appeared with a number of renowned colleagues like the Emerson String Quartet, Phiharmonia Quartet Berlin, cellists Sol Gabetta and Jan Vogler, singers Anne Sofie von Otter, Bernarda Fink, Michael Schade, Olaf Bär, Hermann Prey, choreograph John Neumeier and Steward Copeland, percussionist of “The Police” in a variety of projects. He is a regular and welcome guest at many Festivals like Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Rheingau Musikfestival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Beethovenfest Bonn, Musikfest Bremen, Schubertiade Hohenems, Vienna, Salzburg Festspiele, Gstaad, Vevey/Montreux, Bath, London, Colmar, Lincoln Center New York, Ravinia, Savannah,Santo Domingo and the Shanghai Arts Festival.

His repertoire is exceptionally extensive and multi-facetted. Time and again he is eager to discover new key areas, essential to his work. With his CD of  George Gershwin´s entire solo repertoire he celebrated in 1998 the 100th birthday of this great composer, including the solo version for piano of “Rhapsody in Blue”. Another recording from 2001 featured the three great American composers, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber.

Together with the Hamburg Philharmonic Sebastian performed all of Mozart´s 27 piano concertos which he conducted from the piano between the years 1999 and 2002. This concert cycle  had been  specially designed for him. In 2007 he recorded the hitherto unknown “Sonate Oubliée” by Franz Schubert. A world premier recording, it received the highest praise from the press as being “masterful and a miracle in sheer elegance”. 

As well as celebrating in 2009 Felix Mendelssohn´s  200th birthday with a CD entitled “Pure Mendelssohn”, which appeared by Berlin Classics and became the Gramophone Magazine´s  “Editor´s choice”, he devised, played and conducted a programme of all of Haydn´s piano concertos on four evenings during the same year together with the Bamberger Symphoniker. 

In the course of 14 years Sebastian  created 28 programmes, entitled “Wort trifft Musik”.  Each time one composer is brought centre-stage and various readings, relevant to his life, are being given alongside the music, performed by Sebastian himself. For these evenings he engages famous German speaking actors such as Hannelore Elsner, Martina Gedeck, Iris Berben, Gudrun Landgrebe, Barbara Auer. For special projects he appears together with the Golden Globe winner Klaus Maria Brandauer. Some of these programmes have been recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, as, for instance “Bettina v. Arnim und Ludwig v.Beethoven in einem Weltmeer von Harmonie”.

There is no stopping Sebastian Knauer when it comes to his enthusiasm for organising events. In 2012 he established his very own Festival mozart@augsburg of which he is artistic director. During the first half of September he offers concerts in Mozart´s city Augsburg, presenting artists like András Schiff, Menahem Pressler, Philippe Entremont, Sir Roger Norrington, Daniel Hope, Jan Vogler, the Emerson String Quartet, Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, the Artemis Quartet, Hannelore Elsner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Concert-Verein.

Sebastian Knauer has retained his home in his birthplace Hamburg, where he has traced his roots back to the 18th century, but by now he has become a true World Citizen.

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