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Tchaikovsky / Antje Weithaas / Ural Philharmonic Orchestra

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Die Glocke
Sun, 17 Nov 20:00

Tchaikovsky / Antje Weithaas / Ural Philharmonic Orchestra

Vienna Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Luxemburg and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie: During their European tour, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra performs in Bremen for the first time. As one of the leading Russian orchestras, they bring with them a fittingly Russian repertoire: A romantic Tchaikovsky programme.

The Violin Concerto features the energetic violinist Antje Weithaas as a soloist, whose musical intelligence and unparalleled technical sovereignty accentuate every detail in the score. Also on the programme is the Symphony No. 4 in F minor op. 36, which is renown as one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular symphonies since its premiere in 1878.

The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra combines “orchestral brilliance and sheer playfulness […] — a rare ideal combination ” (Schwäbische Zeitung). In Germany, the orchestra is regarded as “Russia’s backbone” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and as the “Miracle of Ekaterinburg” (GeneralanzeigerBonn), and inspires its audiences on tours throughout Europe with its unmistakable “technical brilliance and a tremendous dynamic range” (Oberösterreichische Nachrichten).

The concert is sponsored by “Russian Seasons” in Germany.

Ural Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1936, is one of the best symphony orchestras in Russia today. Famous for its high quality performance culture and its flexibility in acquiring new repertoire, the orchestra consists of more than 100 musicians, performing all major Western European and Russian works from the classical and romantic period as well as works by outstanding contemporary composers.

Based in Yekaterinburg, on the border between Europe and Asia, the UPO performs up to 110 concerts with more than 70 programs per year, both at its domicile, the Sverdlovsk State Philharmonic Hall, and on its extensive international tours. The home concerts are regularly broadcast live on video into the region’s public libraries and cultural centres where music lovers from the Oblast Sverdlovsk can come together to share the experience

Together with its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Dmitry Liss who has led the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995, the orchestra visited Spain, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Japan and the United States on more than 20 tours, performing at venues such as the Kennedy Center Washington, Bunka-Kaikan Tokyo, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, KKL Lucerne, Salle Pleyel Paris and Tonhalle Zurich. It participated in numerous international festivals such as the Music Biennale Zagreb, the Cannes Music Festival, the Europalia Russia Festival in Belgium and repeatedly in the Music Festival Crescendo in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Kaliningrad, the Festival International de Piano à la Roque d’Anthéron and La Folle Journée in France, Spain and Japan. The UPO was especially honoured by Valerij Gergiev’s invitation to perform under his direction at the opening of the Mariinsky Theatre’s new concert hall in 2007. Meanwhile, the orchestra presents its own concert series at the Mariinsky Theatre.

Over the years, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra has worked with many outstanding Russian and foreign guest conductors such as Dmitry Kitayenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Andrey Boreyko, Mikhail Pletnev, Klaus Tennstedt, Krzysztof Penderecki and many others. The UPO has made numerous recordings, including several CDs with pianist Boris Berezovsky (all four piano concertos by Sergei Rachmaninoff for Mirare as well as piano concertos by Khachaturian and Tchaikovsky for Warner Classics) as well as recordings of Symphonies by Galina Ustvolskaya and Nikolai Miaskovsky.

Antje Weithaas

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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.

Antje Weithaas kicks off the 2019/20 season with solo recitals featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Eugène Ysaÿe in Seoul, Shanghai, at Schloss Elmau and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Other highlights of the season include performances with Concerto Budapest under András Schiff (Tchaikovsky), the Bochum Symphony under Andris Poga (Tchaikovsky) and the Hallé Orchestra Manchester under Alondra de la Parra (Beethoven), as well as a tour of Asia with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Lars Vogt. Additionally, she will be Artist-in-Residence at the Philharmonic Orchestra of the State Theatre in her hometown of Cottbus. In the chamber music realm, she works closely with Marie Elisabeth Hecker and Martin Helmchen, and will begin a new musical partnership with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani.

Through her infectious zest for communication, Antje Weithaas‘ reputation for inspiring play-lead concerts is rapidly growing. Having been the Camerata Bern’s artistic director for almost ten years, she was responsible for the ensemble’s musical profile, leading large works such as Beethoven’s symphonies, and recording music by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. She will continue this close collaboration in the 2019/20 season and will also work with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, amongst others.

In May 2018, her musical versatility was showcased through an artistic residency at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival. 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. 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 for Antje Weithaas’ latest project for CAvi: the complete recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas and Eugène Ysaÿe’s solo sonatas, which was recently completed. The label cpo released 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 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hanover in 1991. Together with Oliver Wille, she recently took over the artistic leadership of the renowned Joachim competition. 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.

Dmitry Liss

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With energy and musicality, Dmitry Liss astounds audiences not only in Russia, where he is one of the most important conductors today, but also worldwide. As principal conductor of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra (UPO) and the Philharmonie Zuidnederland, his indelible creative mark is evident in his development of both orchestras.

Dmitry Liss has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the UPO since 1995. Founded in 1936, he has transformed the UPO into a versatile and dynamic symphony orchestra. Based in Yekaterinburg, on the border between Europe and Asia, it is a major cultural force in the Sverdlovsk region as well as a cultural ambassador on the international stage. Together with the orchestra, Dmitry Liss has been invited to such venues as the Kennedy Center Washington, Bunka-Kaikan Tokyo, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, KKL Lucerne, Salle Pleyel Paris and Tonhalle Zurich, as well as to various festivals, including the Beethovenfest Bonn, Festival International de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron and Radio France’s Montpellier Festival. Liss has also received repeat invitations to La Folle Journée in France, Spain, Japan and Russia.

At the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Dmitry Liss was appointed Principal Conductor of the Philharmonie Zuidnederland. As a guest conductor, he has also appeared with renowned orchestras such as the Orchester National de France, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Radio, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg, MDR Orchestra Leipzig, Dortmund Philharmonic and the Naples Philharmonic.

Dmitry Liss is held in high regard by many renowned soloists, including the pianist Boris Berezovsky, with whom he has recorded all four piano concertos by Sergei Rachmaninov and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 for Mirare, as well as piano concertos by Khachaturian and Tchaikovsky for Warner Classics. Dmitry Liss’ extensive discography comprises, with recordings of Galina Ustvolskaya and Nikolai Miaskovsky’s symphonies, also lesser-known Russian repertoire, which he also includes in his concert programmes.

In the 2019/20 season, Dmitry Liss will be a guest with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. As part of his tour with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Choir and pianist Nikolai Lugansky, he will make stops at the Musikverein Graz, the Konzerthaus Vienna, the Glocke Bremen and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Dmitry Liss was born in Balashov and studied Voceline, Clarinet and Musicology before becoming a student of Dmitri Kitaenko at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He has been honoured with numerous Russian and international awards, most notably with the honorary title of People’s Artist of Russia (2011), the country’s most prestigious award for achievements in the arts.

Event Details

Date: 17th November 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Die Glocke
Address: Bremen