- Sabine Meyer,
- Martin Helmchen,
- Dag Jensen,
- Bruno Schneider,
- Lucas Macías Navarro
Sabine Meyer and Martin Helmchen, together with Dag Jensen/bassoon, Bruno Schneider/horn and Lucas Navarro/oboe on tour.
December 8 – 16, 2018
The „First Lady of the Clarinet“ comes with rarely heard chamber music on stage – the wonderful quintets for woodwinds and piano by Mozart and Beethoven, accompanied by Schumann’s little jewels for horn, clarinet and oboe.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierquintett Es-Dur KV 452
Robert Schumann: Adagio und Allegro für Horn und Klavier As-Dur op. 70 (1849)
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke op. 73 für Klarinette und Klavier
Robert Schumann: 3 Romanzen op. 94 für Oboe und Klavier
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quintett Es-Dur op. 16 für Oboe, Klarinette, Horn, Fagott und Klavier
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.
Martin Helmchen, Piano
With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, pianist Martin Helmchen continues to impress the international music scene including superb debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert Blomstedt, Wiener Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev, London...
With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, pianist Martin Helmchen continues to impress the international music scene including superb debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert Blomstedt, Wiener Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and 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 - 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 2017/18 season Martin Helmchen is soloist with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Vedernikov, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden with Herbert Blomstedt, Wiener Symphoniker with Tomáš Netopil, Orchestre National de Belgique with Hugh Wolff and Warsaw Philharmonic with Olari Elts as well as with San Diego Symphony and Jahja Ling.
Martin Helmchen joins his wife, cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, in duo and in various ensemble collaborations. They join violinist Augustin Hadelich to perform at the 2017 Aspen Festival, Carolin Widmann on a chamber music tour to South America. Furthermore, Martin Helmchen regularely performs with Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Sabine Meyer and from 2018 onwards with Frank Peter Zimmermann. He gives solo recitals in Chicago, Montreal and major European cities including London’s International Piano Series, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Bonn. Continuing his love of the Lied recital he collaborates further with Juliane Banse and Julian Prégardien, the latter in London’s Wigmore Hall.
2017 saw two recording releases: for Accentus music, live from performance, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Isabelle Faust and Jean-Guihen Queryas with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig conducted by Herbert Blomstedt and for outhere music a release of both Brahms cello sonatas with Marie-Elisabeth Hecker. For PentaTone, Helmchen has previously recorded Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Dvořák concertos as well as solo recordings and Schubert duos with Julia Fischer.
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. A former student of Galina Iwanzowa in Berlin, Martin Helmchen continued his studies with Arie Vardie at the Hochschule für Musik Hannover. Other mentors are Alfred Brendel and William Grant Naboré.
Dag Jensen, Bassoon
Dag Jensen was born in Horten, Norway and began bassoon lessons at the age of eleven with Robert Rönnes. He later studied with Torleiv Nedberg at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He won his first orchestral position with the Bergen Philharmonic...
Dag Jensen was born in Horten, Norway and began bassoon lessons at the age of eleven with Robert Rönnes. He later studied with Torleiv Nedberg at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He won his first orchestral position with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of sixteen and was promoted to co-principal of the same orchestra soon after. He continued to study with Prof. Klaus Thunemann in Hanover.
He was principal bassoonist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1988 and held the same position in the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1997. He is a member of the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra, both with Seiji Ozawa as artistic director. From 2003 to 2005 Jensen was the principal bassoonist when Claudio Abbado founded the „Luzern Festival Orchestra“.
Dag Jensen won a first prize at the Norwegian Youth Music Competition and twice won the coveted ARD Music Competition in Munich, in 1984 and 1990.
His numerous solo appearances with renowned orchestras including, among many others, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and South German Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Mito Chamber Orchestra, Japan, the Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Academica, Salzburg, English Chamber Orchestra, Würtemberg Chamber Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra Manchester, Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra with conductors like Seiji Ozawa, Jeffrey Tate, Sandor Vegh, Serge Baudo, Christopher Hogwood, and Iona Brown have taken him throughout Europe and Asia.
Chamber music plays an important part in his musical life, and he is a member of the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble and of the Ensemble Villa Musica. He is also a regular guest at several music festivals.
His artistic career is well documented on CD, with piano accompaniment as well as chamber music works and bassoon concertos.
Dag Jensen was Professor at the Hanover Academy of Music and Theatre from 1997 to 2011, and since 2011 he has been Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. He is also Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo.
Bruno Schneider, Horn
The Swiss hornist Bruno Schneider, who was born in Lausanne, started to play at the young age of 9 years at the conservatory of La Chaux de Fonds in the class of Robert Faller, who played a major role in his education in horn and canto. Early on the...
The Swiss hornist Bruno Schneider, who was born in Lausanne, started to play at the young age of 9 years at the conservatory of La Chaux de Fonds in the class of Robert Faller, who played a major role in his education in horn and canto.
Early on the musical talent was discovered by the conductor of l’orchestre de la Suisse Romande Armin Jourdan, and hence played in the orchestra and in the chamber orchestra of Lausanne. In 1975 and 1976 Bruno Schneider performed in the musical youth world orchestra, followed by two years of further studies at the conservatory of Detmold in Germany, where he was taught by Michael Hoeltzel. Having finished his studies, he spend 15 years playing in top-orchestras such as the Tonhalle in Zurich, the symphonic orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk and the orchestra of la Suisse Romande. Simultaneously he developed his activities as a teacher, a soloist and a chamber musician.
Since 1997 Bruno Schneider has been a professor in the conservatories of Geneva and Freiburg, helping young talents in finding their own path. Moreover, he regularly travels to the USA, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Finland, and other countries to teach master classes. In the past, the great horn player has been playing in the Lucerne Festival orchestra under the conductor Claudio Abbado. Several audio and video recordings of this collaboration exist as reminders.
The composers Norbert Moret, Jörg Widmann, Eric Chasalow and Jost Meyer have all dedicated several great pieces of horn literature to him. In 2012 Bruno Schneider wrote the book “Horn Fundamentals” which was published by the BIM Verlag.
As a soloist he performed amongst others with the great orchestras of La Suisse Romande, Radio Orchester Basel, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, St Gallen Tonhalle Orchester, Orchestre de la Radio Swizzera Italiana, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Régional de Pau Pays, Colorado Symphony Orchestra (Denver USA), Freiburger Staatsorchester, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestra de la Rai Torino, Orchestra da Camera Padova and the Boston modern orchestra project. Furthermore, Bruno Schneider has co-founded the Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer, with which he is on tour frequently. He is also travelling the world in order to play in several chamber music festivals.
Bruno Schneider has recorded a great amount of the classical horn literature with EMI,
Claves, Avi, Erato, Alpha, Arion and Ambitus. Withal, he has been the vice-president of the international horn-society and has organised a world-horn-congress in 2007 in La Chaux de Fonds, in which over 400 horn players participated. Bruno Schneider is currently living in Basel.
Lucas Macías Navarro, Oboe
Lucas Macías Navarro made his debut at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Currently he is assistant conductor of the Orchestre de Paris. Lucas studied conducting at the Music University in Vienna with Mark Stringer. He has conducted several...
Lucas Macías Navarro made his debut at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Currently he is assistant conductor of the Orchestre de Paris.
Lucas studied conducting at the Music University in Vienna with Mark Stringer. He has conducted several orchestras, such as the Orchestre de Paris, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de chambre de Geneve, Real Filharmonia Galicia and the Camerata of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Former principal oboe of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Lucas Macías Navarro began his musical studies at the age of 9. Years later, he was accepted in Heinz Holliger's oboe class at the University in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany. He continued his studies at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and in Geneva with Maurice Bourgue.
He won several competitions, among others, the Sony Music Foundation's "International Oboe Competition of Tokyo" in 2006. For many years, he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Orchestra Mozart, both under the baton of Claudio Abbado. Many recordings with Maestro Abbado are available on Deutsche Grammophon, Claves Music and Euroarts.