Dear friends, dear audience,
after the last season almost completely fell victim to the pandemic, I am very happy to announce my plans for 21/22!
In the period August 1-10, 2022, one of my few courses will take place in the picturesque Alsatian town of Rouffach. www.musicalta.com
Paris, Berlin, Washington, Munich and Bremen are the cities where I have had the privilege of making music with the famous conductors Eschenbach, Fischer, Noseda, Pintscher, Weigle and Pärvi. But it is also a season that has very personal backgrounds and venues:
Riehen near Basel has been familiar to me since my childhood, as I used to take the tram from Lörrach to the rehearsal of the Knabenkantorei Basel at the Basel Cathedral, past the Gothic village church, where I now have the pleasure of premiering a song cycle by Thüring Bräm in Alemannic, based on poems by Johann Peter Hebel. On the fortepiano plays Jan Schultsz, who is also my inspiring partner on our CD to be released in the fall of 2021 (Schubert's "Schwanengesang" & songs by Carl Maria v. Weber).
St. Mary's Church in Uelzen, my mother's birthplace, is also a special place for me. The CD for the project "Beethoven Symphonies in the Arrangement of Franz Liszt" is available from Sony.
I am very happy about the work of Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe e.V., a boys' and girls' choir, whose blossoming I am allowed to accompany as chairman. Despite the greatest artistic and pedagogical successes, we are in great financial difficulties due to the pandemic and are very happy about your deductible donations:
Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe e.V. (www.cantus-juvenum.de)
IBAN: DE41 6605 0101 0108 0502 53
Help children and young people strengthen their self-confidence, trust in God, and develop their voices!
I am happy to have the opportunity to perform with the two young and extraordinarily promising conductors of the concert choirs of Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe this season: Peter Gortner conducts Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem" in the Christuskirche Karlsruhe and Tristan Meister conducts Bruch's "Moses" in Ludwigshafen.
Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" in Freiburg Cathedral is a special highlight for me. The Freiburg Bach Choir was one of the first organizers who supported my aspiring path. Here, at the age of 23, I stood as "Christ" next to the evangelist Peter Schreier. After all that I have been able to experience so far, I still think back to it with gratitude.
Above all I wish you stay healthy, have fun with the details of this website and with the music!