— June 15, 2019
Back in Heimbach
After a week of teaching and travelling with my family in Tuscany I am preparing for one of my favorite places, the “Spannungen” (tensions!) festival in Heimbach. Surrounded by dead vulcanoes and very much alive colleagues like Isabelle Faust, Lars Vogt or Antje Weithaas we will play chamber music all day and table tennis all night long.
(Photo by Ruhreifel-Tourismus)
— May 24, 2019
Home sweet home
I will spend the weekend in my hometown Pirmasens, the place I was born and grew up and spend my childhood, building tree houses, cycling and camping in the Palatinate forest, playing football and string quartet with my siblings and, well, practice the cello. Sometimes very early before school which drove my family crazy!
Musically, the weekend will bring a concert with the one and only Antje Weithaas in a shared program featuring the epic Duo by Zoltan Kodaly.
Antje and I have recorded this piece and I am happy that the CD will be published soon!
— May 13, 2019
Tchaikovsky in Düsseldorf
Back in Düsseldorf with my friends from the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Joseph Bastian. We have known each other for many years since this ensemble and their manager Michael Becker trusted in me already when I was still a student and not performing regularly with orchestras of this quality. Very grateful for this friendship in our crazy traveling circus- and now back to practicing the octaves of the last Rococo variation!
Photo by Susanne Diesner.
— April 23, 2019
A week in Japan
I am off to Kyoto and Nagoya to play my Japanese debut with the Kyoto Symphony under Ryusuke Numajiri, performing the Dvorak Concerto and two recitals for cello solo. As a passionate and always hungry lover of the Japanese cuisine and culture I could not be more happy about this coming week since this is a long- awaited debut for me. Exciting times!
— April 10, 2019
Prokofiev in New Orleans
Back in the USA, this time with the extremely challenging “Sinfonia Concertante” by Prokofiev which is being performed for the very first time in New Orleans! After a short stop in Beirut with my friend Paul Rivinius it is time to go home hunting some Easter eggs.
— March 16, 2019
Playing chamber music with two of my favorite musicians, Antje Weithaas and Lars Vogt, with my favorite repertoire, in one of my favorite cities (and I do like Hannover as well!) – what else could you want? Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Hannover Orangerie, here we come!
— March 4, 2019
Dvorak in the Ruhr Area
On tour with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen! 5x Dvorak in Recklinghausen, Kamen, Gelsenkirchen, Lingen and Mülheim. They are celebrating Carnival here so the whole region is completely going nuts these days!
— February 26, 2019
Recitals across Germany
A lot of train travels (fingers crossed!) this week! I will be joining two of my favorite partners, Paul Rivinius and Denis Kozhukhin for three concerts in Halle, Polling and Bensheim.
— February 19, 2019
Dvorak in Bremen
Next stop: Dvorak Concerto with Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra! Looking forward to getting to know their new chief conductor Marko Letonja and revisiting one of my favorite concert halls, “Die Glocke” where I played my first concerts with the German Youth Orchestra more than 20 years ago. Back then, the orchestra was banned from the hotel after a wild after party, hopefully nobody remembers my face!
— February 12, 2019
Dutilleux in Frankfurt/Oder
This Friday I will play one of my favorite cello concertos, Dutilleux’s “Toute un monde lointain” together with the Brandenburg State Orchestra and its musical director Jörg-Peter Weigle. Each of the five movements of this “a whole distant world” was inspired by Baudelaire’s “Les Fleurs du Mal” , and it is one of the true milestones of the cello repertoire as well as a fascinating sound painting, wandering between utmost tenderness and stillness and overwhelming climaxes.
Also, Frankfurt/Oder is only one and a half hours away from home, so I can finally cure my jet lag!
(Image: Paul Sacher Stiftung)