About the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO), the world´s top international touring orchestra, promotes intercultural dialogue and the mobility of the arts and music across borders. With its flexible structure, the MCO is able to play an extremely wide range of repertoire at a very high level – from chamber music to large symphonies, from baroque to contemporary, from concert versions of operas to scenic productions or crossover projects. Chamber music in particular has been part of the orchestra’s activities since it was founded. The MCO musicians form themselves regularly into a variety of chamber ensembles under the name Mahler Chamber Soloists. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra, is on the move approximately 200 days each year.
Under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, and as part of the Germany and India celebrations (the year of Germany in India, or Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities), the internationally renowned Mahler Chamber Orchestra will travel to India to perform chamber music concerts and carry out educational outreach work in the cities of Panaji (22 January, Kala Academy) Mumbai (24 January, NCPA) and Pune (25 January, Poona Music Society).The MCO Soloists’ tour to India will be the orchestra’s first encounter with the complex cultural landscape of India. With the kind support of the Goethe-Institut, BASF India, and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra will perform Dvorak’s Terzetto for two Violins and Viola, Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet at concert venues in Panaji, Mumbai and Pune. Chamber music has been part of the orchestra’s activities since it was founded. The MCO musicians form themselves regularly into a variety of chamber ensembles under the name Mahler Chamber Soloists.
The MCO is honoured to be invited by the Honorary Consul of Germany in Goa Ms Cecilia Menezes to be a part of the Indo-German Confluence Festival at the Kala Academy, Goa’s centre for the performing arts. At the festival, the MCO Soloists will be able to contribute instrumental instruction and coaching for young instrumentalists, and on 22 January the ensemble is excited to perform the closing concert of the 5-day festival. The festival provides a context for the MCO’s musicians to come together with young Indian musicians and engage in cultural exchange.
On 23 January, the ensemble travels to Mumbai, one of the most vibrant cities in India. In collaboration with the Goethe Institute and Spic Macay (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) the MCO will give a lecture concert for students at a local university, performing a piece for them along with some explanatory words and answering questions in a dialogue with students. Working with Joseph Walters, founder of the music education initiative Songbound, the MCO Soloists will also visit two newly established music centres for needy children in Mumbai, to perform, demonstrate and play musical games.
On 24 January the MCO Soloists will perform a concert at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai. This concert will be presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
On 25 January the MCO Soloists are invited by the Goethe-Institut to perform at the Poona Music Society’s Mazda Hall. This concert marks the end of the MCO India Tour 2012.
The MCO’s first visit to India will be an exciting chance to explore this culturally rich country, engage in cultural exchange, make new friends and meet new partners.
22 January 2012: Closing Concert of the Indo-German-Confluence at Kala Academy, Panaji
24 January 2012: Concert of the MCO Soloists at Tata Theatre (NCPA), Mumbai
25 January 2012: Concert of the MCO Soloists at Poona Music Society, Pune
Dvorák – Terzetto in C major op. 74 for two violins and viola
I Introduzione: Allegro ma non troppo
III Scherzo: Vivace - Trio: Poco meno mosso
IV Tema con variazioni: Poco adagio - Molto allegro - Moderato (quasi recit.) - Moderato e risoluto - Molto allegro
Mozart – String Quintet in G minor K 516
II Menuetto: Allegretto
III Adagio ma non troppo
IV Adagio - Allegro
Brahms – Clarinet Quintet in B minor op. 115
IV Con moto
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About the MAHLER CHAMBER SOLOISTS
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HENJA SEMMLER, VIOLIN
Henja Semmler, born in 1979 in Berlin, is a founding member of both the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Her teachers have included Rainer Kussmaul, Thomas Brandis and Gerhard Schulz, and her musical education was supported by grants from the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung), the DAAD and the German Musical Instrument Fund.
She has won prizes at the L.-Spohr-Competition, the German Music Competition (Deutscher Musikwettbewerb), the Competition of German Conservatories (Wettbewerb der deutschen Musikhochschulen) and at the Franco Gulli International Prize for Young Chamber Ensembles and toured in Europe, the USA and Japan.
As a soloist and in chamber ensembles with performers such as Kolja Blacher, Renaud Capuçon, Tabea Zimmermann, Natalia Gutman and Jörg Widmann, Ms. Semmler has appeared at the Berliner Festwochen, the Rheingau Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and Young Artists in Concert Davos.
She gave her debut at the Berlin Philharmonic at age 17, and has soloed with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the World Youth Orchestra, and the Davos Festival Orchestra.
Ms. Semmler is also passionately dedicated to the baroque violin and viola. Her regular collaboration with contemporary composers has led to her participation in many world premieres.
CHRISTIAN HEUBES, VIOLIN
Christian Heubes, born in Koblenz in 1976, received his first violin lessons at age 11 from Manfred Gotsch. Ernst Triner was his teacher until he began as a pre-university student with Maria Egelhof in Lübeck at the age of 16. While still in school, he served as concertmaster of the state youth orchestra of Rheinland-Pfalz. After completing his Abitur, he went to Vienna to study with Günter Pichler at the Univeristy of Music and Performing Arts. In 2001 he moved to Hamburg to study with Kolja Blacher, and in 2004 he finished his studies there.
He was a scholarship recipient of the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation and a member of the chamber music foundation “Villa Musica” as well as a prizewinner at the national competition “Jugend musiziert” and at the W.A. Mozart Competition in Koblenz. He received further scholarships through the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival.
As a soloist, he has performed several times with the Bodenseekammerorchester with works by Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi. From 2000 to 2001 he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.
Christian Heubes is a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and also plays regularly with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He has worked with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Harding, Marc Minkowski, Ingo Metzmacher and Claudio Abbado.
ANNA PUIG TORNÉ, VIOLA
Anna Puig was born in Cervera, Spain in 1982. She was awarded with Honour and Unanimity in viola and chamber music while studying in the Music School in Cervera and at the Conservatori Superior de Música de Barcelona with Prof. Paul Cortese. In 2002 she moved to Berlin to continue her studies at the Hochschule für Musik “ Hanns Eisler ”, first with Walter Küssner and in 2005 with Prof. Tabea Zimmermann. In 2008 she finished her postgraduate studies in Berlin, again with Honour and Unanimity. She has attended master classes with Thomas Riebl, Wolfram Christ, David Quiggle, Bruno Pasquier, Antoine Tamestit, Paul Neubauer, Bruno Giurana and Diemut Poppen.
Ms. Puig has been a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2009. Before that she was a member of the EUYO and GMJO, and has had the opportunity to play with great conductors and gain great musical and personal experiences. She also collaborates with other orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Mozart Orchestra. She is a regular member of the BandArt Orchestra under the direction of Gordan Nickolich and of the Cadaques Orchestra. She is regularly invited to be a guest soloist at the Euskadiko Orkestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Orquesta de la Radio-Televisión Española, Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona and Orquestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Ms. Puig has always been interested in chamber music and has been a member of several chamber music groups, such as the Mercury-Quartet in Berlin, the Quijote-Quartet (which specializes in Ibero-American music) and the Noyas Quartet, founded in Berlin under the leadership of Ilan Gronich. Anna Puig has taken part in chamber music master classes with Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet), Tokyo String Quartet, Maria Graf, Rainer Kussmaul, Andras Schiff and Tabea Zimmermann.
She has made some solo appearances with symphonic orchestras such as the Andrés Segovia Orquesta, the Youth National Orchestra from Catalunya, the Gonçal Comellas Orquestra and the ensemble Vigo 430.
Ms. Puig has performed at the Santander Music Festival, Accademia Musicae in Ferrara and Potenza, Pacific Music Festival and at the Lucerne Festival. During her career, Anna Puig has received support from many foundations, such as Juventudes Musicales de España, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Fundació Agustí Pedro i Pons and Generalitat de Cataunya.
DELPHINE TISSOT, VIOLA
Delphine Tissot (Viola) first studied the violin at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Jean Lenert and Pierre Doukan from 1992 until 1998. She continued her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the viola class of Bruno Pasquier.
Her orchestral experiences started in 1996 with the European Community Youth Orchestra (1996-1997) and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, where she was Co-Principal and Principal Viola from 1998 to 2000.Delphine Tissot has been an extra player at the Berliner Philharmonic from 1999 until 2001, where she played concerts, recordings and tours under Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim. Since 1999 she has been performing regularly at the Opéra National de Paris as an extra player.
In 2003, Delphine Tissot became a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, she performs regularly with Cadaques Orchestra and she also played at the BBC Symphony Orchestra (2004-2005) and as Assistant Principal Viola at the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (2006-2008).Since 2009 she has also played as a principal guest with the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan.
ANTOANETA EMANUILOVA, VIOLONCELLO
Antoaneta Emanuilova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1980. She began to play the piano at age 5. In 1987 she moved to Stuttgart, where she received her first cello lessons at the age of 10. She studied with Wolfgang Boettcher and Jens Peter Maintz in Berlin and with Joel Krosnick at the Julliard School in New York. In addition, she attended a number of master classes with teachers such as Frans Helmerson, Boris Pergamenschikow and Martin Ostertag. She won three national first prizes in the competition “Jugend Musiziert” as well as a first prize at the Domenico Gabrielli Violoncello Competition (Berlin) and the Grand Prix at the international competition “Music and Earth” in Sofia.
Antoaneta Emanuilova received scholarships from the “Villa Musica”, from the ZEIT Foundation in the German Foundation Musikleben and from the Selbach Foundation. She has played as soloist with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the Sofioter Soloists and the Sinfonietta Sofia. Her intensive chamber music activities have included artistic collaborations with musicians such as Thomas Brandis, Eszter Haffner, Ilan Gronich and the Kuss Quartet. Antoaneta Emanuilova was assistant principal cellist of the Gürzenich-Orchester in Cologne until 2011.
She is a regular guest with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and has played as guest principal cellist with the SWR Orchestra Stuttgart, the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
OLIVIER PATEY, CLARINET
“Olivier Patey is a musician of endless poise and fantasy. He never fails to inspire, and these performances of the Brahms Sonatas are a gift. I cannot recommend this disc highly enough. Clarinet playing and music-making of the highest order!” - Daniel Harding
One of the most promising clarinet players of his generation, Olivier Patey is above all an unconditional lover of music. He shares his passion for music, the central axis of his life, with his friends, performing at numerous chamber music festivals, in renowned orchestras, and also as a soloist.
After completing his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique with honours, receiving a prize for the perfection of his playing, he went on to win first the ARD competition in Munich in 2003 and then the Carl Nielsen International Music Competition in 2005, which brought him into the international spotlight. Since then, he has given many performances of chamber music works and concertos and also collaborated with renowned musicians such as Laurent Cabasso, Gilbert Audin, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Philippe Berrod, Romain Guyot, Laurent Lefevre, Magalie Mosnier, the Ebene Quartet and the Modigliani Quartet as well as the Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, the Munich Chamber Orchestra…
Special performances in recent years have been Olivier’s appearances with the Arties Festival in India, where he devotes himself to chamber music repertoire together with musician friends.Previously a member of the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine in Paris, Olivier is currently principal clarinet of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA under the direction of Claudio Abbado.