Mon, Feb. 15, 2021, 8.00 pm | Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal
Béla Bartók: „Der wunderbare Mandarin“ Konzertsuite op. 19
Béla Bartók: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3
Joseph Haydn: Symphonie Nr. 104 D-Dur Hob. I:104 „Londoner“
Composition and conducting in Budapest as well as in Vienna with the legendary Hans Swarowsky
Wolf Prize in Music for his outstanding artistic achievements and his humanitarian commitment (2018), International Classical Music Award for the complete recording of all Mozart symphonies (2015), two Echo Klassik-Awards for the recordings of all Joseph Haydn symphonies (2006 and 2008), "Conductor of the Year" for his production "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (Opernwelt-Magazin, 2002), two Grand Prix du Disque awards (1980 and 1987), et al.
Adam Fischer is an honorary member of the Wiener Staatsoper and the Musikverein für Steiermark in Graz. He is the bearer of the Order of Dannebrog awarded by the Danish Queen and was awarded the title of Honorary Professor by order of the Austrian Federal President.
Extensive German and Italian opera repertoire
Founder and Artistic Director of the Budapest Wagner Days (since 2008), Principal Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker (since 2015) and Artistic Advisor of the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Chief Conductor of the Danish Chamber Orchestra (since 1998), Founder of the Haydn Days in Eisenstadt (founded in 1987) and founder as well as honorary conductor of the Haydn Philharmonie, Artistic director of the Budapest Opera (2007 to 2010), general music director in Mannheim (2000-2005), Kassel (1987 to 1992), Freiburg (1981 to 1983), as well as after his studies répétiteur and conductor in Graz, Helsinki, Karlsruhe and Munich
Wiener Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden, Oper Zürich, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra Bastille, Salzburger Festspiele, Bayreuther Festspiele, Musikverein Wien, New York Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall London, Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie Berlin, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, et al.
Cooperation with orchestras:
Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Symphoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, et al.
His sensational technique, deep musicality, wide range of interest have made Dénes Várjon one of the most exciting and highly regarded participants of international musical life. He is a universal musician: excellent soloist, first-class chamber musician, artistic leader of festivals, highly sought–after piano pedagogue.
Widely considered as one of the greatest chamber musicians, he works regularly with pre-eminent partners such as Steven Isserlis, Tabea Zimmermann, Kim Kashkashian, Jörg Widmann, Leonidas Kavakos, András Schiff , Heinz Holliger, Miklós Perényi, Joshua Bell. As a soloist he is a welcome guest at major concert series, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Vienna’s Konzerthaus and London’s Wigmore Hall. He is frequently invited to work with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras (Budapest Festival Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Russian National Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields). Among the conductors he has worked with we find Sir Georg Solti, Sándor Végh, Iván Fischer, Ádám Fischer, Heinz Holliger, Horst Stein, Leopold Hager, Zoltán Kocsis. He appears regularly at leading international festivals from Marlboro to Salzburg and Edinburgh.
He also performs frequently with his wife Izabella Simon playing four hands and two pianos recitals together. In the past decade they organized and led several chamber music festivals, the most recent one being ”kamara.hu” at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. For some years he has been closely cooperating with Alfred Brendel: their Liszt project has been presented in many countries.
He has recorded for the Naxos, Capriccio and Hungaroton labels with critical acclaim. Teldec released his CD with Sándor Veress’s ”Hommage à Paul Klee” (performed with András Schiff, Heinz Holliger and the Budapest Festival Orchestra). His recording ”Hommage à Géza Anda”, (PAN-Classics Switzerland) has received very important international echoes. His solo CD with pieces of Berg, Janáček and Liszt was released in 2012 by ECM. In 2015 he recorded the Schumann piano concerto with the WDR Symphonieorchester and Heinz Holliger, and all five Beethoven piano concertos with Concerto Budapest and András Keller.
Dénes Várjon graduated from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in 1991, where his professors included Sándor Falvai, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. Parallel to his studies he was regular participant at international master classes with András Schiff. Dénes Várjon won first prize at the Piano Competition of Hungarian Radio, at the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest and at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich. He is professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and was awarded with the Liszt, Sándor Veress and Bartók-Pásztory Prize. He also works for Henle’s Urtext Editions.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra is Hamburg’s largest and oldest orchestra, looking back on many years of musical history. When the “Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Orchestra of the Hamburg Municipal Theatre” merged in 1934, two tradition-steeped orchestras combined. Philharmonic concerts have been performed in Hamburg since 1828, artists such as Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms being regular guests of the Philharmonic Society. The history of the opera company goes back even further: Hamburg has been home to musical theatre since 1678, even if a regular opera or theatre orchestra was only formed later. To this day, the Philharmonic State Orchestra has embodied the sound of the Hansa City, a concert and opera orchestra in one.
During its long history, the orchestra encountered great artist personalities. Apart from composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as Telemann, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mahler, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, since the 20th century chief conductors such as Karl Muck, Joseph Keilberth, Eugen Jochum, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Aldo Ceccato, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher and Simone Young have shaped the orchestra’s sound. Renowned conductors of the pre-war era such as Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt gave brilliant performances, as did outstanding conductors of our times: suffice it to mention Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Valery Gergiev and Sir Roger Norrington.
Starting with the 2015/2016 season, Kent Nagano has taken on the position of Hamburg’s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera. In his first season Kent Nagano initiated a new project, the Philharmonic Academy, focusing on experimentation and chamber music. In 2016 Nagano and the Philharmonic undertook a successful three-week concert tour in South America, a tour of Spain followed in 2019. Since 2017 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra have continued the traditional Philharmonic Concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie, for which they commissioned Jörg Widmann to compose the oratorio ARCHE, which was given its world premiere during the hall’s opening festivities. The concert recording has been released at ECM.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra offers approximately 35 concerts per season and performs more than 240 performances per year at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier, making it Hamburg’s busiest orchestra. The stylistic bandwidth covered by the 140 musicians, ranging from historically informed performance practice to contemporary works and including concert, opera and ballet repertoire, is unique throughout Germany. Chamber Music has a long tradition at the Philharmonic State Orchestra: what began in 1929 with a concert series for chamber orchestra has been continued since 1968 by a series of chamber music only.
In 2008 Simone Young and the Philharmonic State Orchestra won the Brahms Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society. The orchestra has recorded the complete Ring by Wagner as well as the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner – the latter in the rarely-performed original versions – as well as works by Mahler, Hindemith and Berg, and has released DVDs of opera and ballet productions by Hosokawa, Offenbach, Reimann, Auerbach, J.S. Bach, Puccini, Poulenc and Weber.
The members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra feel equally beholden to Hamburg’s musical tradition and responsible for the city’s artistic future. Since 1978 the musicians have been participating in education programmes in Hamburg’s schools. Today, the orchestra maintains a broad education programme, including school and kindergarten visits, patronage for music projects, introductory events for children and family concerts. The orchestra’s own academy prepares young musicians for their professional careers. The Philharmonic’s musicians thereby make an equally enjoyable and valuable contribution to tomorrow’s music education in the music metropolis of Hamburg.
If this concert programme had a return address, it would be "Hungary": works by Béla Bartók and Joseph Haydn interpreted by the two Hungarian artists Adam Fischer and Dénes Várjon. But is this programme truly "Hungarian"? Decide for yourself! At is premiere in Cologne in 1926, Bartók’s "Mandarin" led to a theatre scandal resembling Stravinsky’s "Sacre du printemps". Adam Fischer presents the work in the form of a concert suite the composer himself compiled two years after the premiere. Bartók wrote his Piano Concerto No. 3 when he was already in the United States; it had its premiere in Philadelphia in 1946. And Haydn’s late "London" Symphony is among the composer’s most important works, and as he noted on the title page of the autograph, it was "composed in England".
Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 74,00 / 57,00 / 46,00 / 31,00 / 13,00