15. November 2015 - 20:00
Musician: Ernst Spyckerelle
Ernst Spyckerelle was born in 1991 and started playing the violin at the age of six, after hearing a concert where that instrument was played. He also studied percussion and piano, but decided after a while to focus solely one instrument – the violin. His first violin lessons were with Claude Jacoby and Sophie Vermeersch, at the CMN in Luxembourg. Aged 14, he went back to his native country Belgium to study with Nico Baltussen at the Lemmensinstituut and Philippe Koch, concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Currently, he is studying at the conservatory of Amsterdam with Kees Koelmans. Prizeholder of the “Concours des Jeunes solistes Luxembourg” in 2003 and goldmedalist of that same competition in 2012, he also has had the possibility to meet and study with violinists as amongst others Midori, Liviu Prunaru, Tedi Papavrami, Albrecht Breuninger… In october 2014, he performed as a soloist with the Amikejo Youth Orchestra Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in Aachen, Germany. Loving music as a whole, Ernst Spyckerelle has tried to embrace and taste as many musical styles as possible – working together with composers to première new avant-garde pieces, playing tango in milonga’s, playing together with Jazz-musicians, musical theatre, orchestra, chamber music, and recently trying self-written arrangements and pieces.
Musician: Severin von Eckhardstein
Severin v.Eckardstein, one of the leading German pianists of his generation, has an already lengthy record of solo concerts and concerto performances on major stages around the world. He has delighted the public with many highly acclaimed concerts, for example in Berlin, Munich, Moscow, London, Paris, New York, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul. His talent could be enjoyed at great music festivals, including Klavier-Festival Ruhr, in Aldeburgh/UK, the Gilmore Festival in Michigan/USA, the renowned festival in La Roque d'Anthéron, France, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Miami International Piano Festival, where he played the opening concert in 2009. He has performed with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Lothar Zagrosek and Marek Janowski, and made important debuts, for example with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Beethoven Piano Concerto Nr. 5) under Paavo Järvi in 2007 and most recently - in spring 2012 - with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Prokofiev Piano Concerto Nr. 3) conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Many of Von Eckardstein’s concerts have been recorded and broadcasted by major broadcasting corporations. As a repeat guest in the concert series "Meesterpianisten" in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, von Eckardstein opened the gala concert celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary. He has been invited to reappear in 2014. Born in Duesseldorf, Germany in 1978, the pianist has won prizes at numerous noteworthy international competitions, e.g. "Ferruccio Busoni" in Bozen (1998), the "Leeds International Piano Competition" (2000) and "José Iturbi" in Valencia (2002), as well as winner of the ARD-Competition in Munich (1999) and the "Grand Prix International Reine Elisabeth" in Brussels (2003). On several occasions he has been awarded special prizes for the "Best Interpretation of Contemporary Music." Several foundations and societies, including the Mozart Society and the highly regarded German National Merit Foundation, have honored him with scholarships. In 2002 he received the "European Culture Prize" and in 2003 the "Echo Classic Prize." Von Eckardstein’s education in the musical arts was predominately shaped by his teachers Prof. Barbara Szczepanska, Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Prof. Klaus Hellwig, University of Arts, Berlin, where he also successfully completed his concert exams. In an additional course of study at the International Piano Academy Lake Como, Italy, he profited from further instruction and inspiration. He took private lessons from teachers such as Alfred Brendel and participated in master classes instructed by Vitalij Margulis, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Alicia de Larrocha, Leon Fleisher and Menahem Pressler, to name only a few. He himself has served as master class instructor in South Korea and Finland. Chamber music also plays a significant role in his repertoire with performances at festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland, and the Risør Chamber Music Festival, Norway, where he appeared with the cellist Heinrich Schiff. He has often given concerts with young but highly renowned musicians, for example Andrej Bielov, Barnabasz Kelemen, Franziska Hölscher, Judith Ermert, Danjulo Ishizaka and Nicolas Altstaedt. Von Eckardstein‘s comprehensive repertoire spans the baroque period up through music of the 21st century. As such, he has premiered the works of modern-day composers, in particular the American Sidney Corbett. One of his special focuses is the demanding late romantic piano music of some less known composers, especially Nicolai Medtner. His CD recordings with compositions by Medtner, Skrjabin and Schubert, among others, aroused great interest. This year von Eckardstein came up with a collection of very special Wagner transcripts recorded in SACD Hybrid Multichannel Technique.