Building Bridges

Each season, András Schiff, who himself built his international acclaimed career without the springboard of a major competition win, selects three gifted pianists with unique musical personalities and, in cooperation with conc.arts berlin, arranges recitals for them at concert venues and festivals throughout Europe.  The aim is to support the young artists in developing their own sustainable networks and lasting connections in the professional music world. Past seasons have seen the pianists perform in Antwerp, Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Dortmund, Florence, Frankfurt, London, Lugano, Milan, Weimar, Zurich as well as at a variety of prestigious summer festivals. Upcoming highlights include recitals in Bern, Gstaad and Vienna’s Musikverein.

A special focus is the development of the concert programmes, which Sir András Schiff undertakes in intensive consultation with the musicians. The programmes should reflect not only the pianistic skills, but also the artistic curiosity and ideas of the participants. The pianists leave behind authentic musical visiting cards, both for the audience with an affinity for piano music and for the professional world – because artists’ agencies, concert organizers, representatives of the record industry, fellow musicians and specialist journalists are invited to every concert.

The selected musicians have completed their studies and have already participated in various renowned competitions. Nevertheless, they are only at the beginning of their professional careers and with the participation in Building Bridges they are given the chance to shape their professional future in a promising way right from the start. Since 2014, 22 pianists have been supported by the programme and established flourishing careers, including Zoltán Fejévári, Nathalia Milstein, Mishka Rushdie Momen, Nicolas Namoradze and Schaghajegh Nosrati.

With Building Bridges, Sir András Schiff has established a unique model of sustainable promotion of young talent, enabling young pianists to build their own bridges to the professional music world.

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PIANISTS 2022/23

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Tom Borrow

C. Franck: Prélude, Choral et Fugue
H. Dutilleux: Choral et Variations
F. Chopin: Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49
R. Schumann: Fantaisie in C major, Op. 17

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Avery Gagliano

J. S. Bach: French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814
W. A. Mozart: Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, K. 282
F. Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 50
F. Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
K. Szymanowski: Variations in B-flat minor, Op. 3

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Julia Hamos

J. S. Bach: French Suite Nr. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 815
G. Kurtág: Selection of Játékok
– Capriccioso-luminoso (V)
– Doina (VI)
– Stubbunny (III)
– Kalandozás a múltban – Ligatura to Ligeti (VII)
G. Ligeti: Étude Nr. 11 En Suspens
G. Ligeti: Étude Nr. 4 Fanfares
B. Bartók: Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm from Mikrokosmos
R. Schumann: Davidsbundlertänze Op. 6

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Ensemble Mini

Ensemble Mini is a courageous collective of supersonic soloists from German symphony orchestras that repackages super symphonic music for new audiences.

Often commissioning world premiere arrangements for innovative late-night projects, its mission is to revolutionise the style, sound and setting of classical concerts. This began in 2010 with “mini-Mahler” at Berlin’s Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, followed by “Strauss 150: New Perspectives” at STATTBAD Berlin, “From Russia with Soul” at Griessmühle Berlin and “Bartók Beyond Borders” at Musikbrauerei Berlin.

Joolz Gale founded Ensemble Mini (comprised of soloists from the German orchestras) to build upon his vision to reach new audiences though new concert formats and alternative locations. Projects often include newly commissioned arrangements for ensemble by Joolz Gale himself (incl. Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Bartók’s Dance Suite, Debussy’s La Mer, Bruckner’s 9th, Prokofiev’s 5th and Shostakovich’s 9th & 10th Symphonies), for which he is represented and published by Schott, Sikorski and Boosey & Hawkes.

Remaining plans for 2022 include a return of “Bartók Beyond Borders” on tour as well as Mahler’s 3rd, Debussy’s Images and Bruckner’s 8th, all newly arranged by the ensemble’s artistic director, Joolz Gale.

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PRESS

“An ideal case of closeness.”

Tagesspiegel Berlin, 4 August 2021

„The new great things are small… mini is irresistible..“

Tagesspiegel Berlin, 31 July 2021

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SHOSTAKOVICH 8 & 9

S. Prokofjiew: Suite from Romeo & Julia, arr. Gale

D. Shostakovich:
Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65, arr. Gale
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70, arr. Gale

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Stegreif – The Improvising Symphony Orchestra

Without notes – without conductor – without chairs: Stegreif shows new ways of what a contemporary orchestra can look like today. In radical recompositions, the international musicians combine symphonic music with improvisation and influences from other genres and involve the audience in original spatial concepts. With these innovative concert formats, the young ensemble inspires a growing audience of different target groups.

Since the orchestra was founded in 2015, at least one new concert programme has been developed every year: #freebeethoven, #freeschubert, #freebrahms, #free∃roica, #bfree, #freemahler, #explore_mozart, #explorefreischütz, #bechange. In addition, co-productions have been realised with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the young North German Philharmonic Orchestra (TRIKESTRA), among others. Stegreif has performed concerts renowned stages such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Radialsystem Berlin, the Beethovenfest Bonn or the Prinzregententheater Munich as well as at alternative alternative festivals such as FUSION, Detect Classic, PODIUM Esslingen, the Düsseldorf Festival or the Oranjewoud Festival (NL).

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PRESS

„Es gab tosenden Trampel-Applaus und stehende Ovationen für diese grandiose Performance eines Ensemble, das „geliefert“ hatte.“

Reinhard Frank auf shz.de, 24.07.2022

„Ist gelungen! Bravo!“

Angelika Silberbach in der Mainpost, 19.07.2022

„Selten ist die Leidenschaft für Musik, die Virtuosität der einzelnen Stücke so nah erlebbar“

Ulrike Gerner in der taz, 12.10.2019

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#Freebrahms 
with Juri de Marco

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#bfree – Connecting European cultures through Beethoven‘s 9th Symphony

The borders are open – whether it’s between countries or genres, between languages or instruments, between uniqueness or similarities. Inspired by Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the “Europa-Sinfonie”, Stegreif – The Improvising Symphony Orchestra combines folk songs from Europe with elements from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and in a symphony lets Europe grow together into a colourful country that tells from the heart of its people. With this new, theatrical concert project #bfree they have once again taken up the cause of making new approaches to classical music possible for the audience. Classical music interwoven with various “Folkmusic” from different countries, played, together with special guests from different countries, by a young orchestra without notes, without conductor and without chairs. This creates freedom and space for improvisation and movement. The concert hall, the auditorium, the stands – everything becomes the stage. The freedom and boundlessness of this concert evening also stands for the values of Europe and its wealth.

Recomposition/Arrangement: Uri Caine, Juri de Marco, Alistair Duncan, Bertram Burkert
Direction, Choreography: Viola Schmitzer, David Fernandez
26 instrumentalists, 5-6 staff // duration: 90min (60min also possible)

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