Sun 14. Mar. 2021, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal
Carl Nielsen: Serenata in vano for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Cello and Double Bass
Antonín Dvorák: Trio for Two Violins and Viola Op. 74
Franz Schubert: Octet in F major D 803
Bogdan Dumitraşcu received his first violin lessons at the age of 7 from Natalia Epure in his hometown of Iași, Romania. Every year he was among the first prize-winners in the national competitions and appeared in numerous recitals on Romanian radio and television shows. Starting in 1996, Bogdan Dumitraşcu studied with Petru Munteanu at the Rostock Music Academy; in 2003 he graduated with honours. He attended international master courses with Igor Ozim, Ștefan Gheorghiu, Lewis Kaplan, Sherban Lupu and Eduard Grach. He is the winner of several international competitions, including “Cittá di Stresa” in Italy in 1987, “Eugeniu Coca” in Moldova in 1995, and at Schöntal Abbey in Germany in 1997. Since 2002 Bogdan Dumitraşcu has been a regular member of the first violin section of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra; in 2013 he was appointed assistant section leader. Since 2009 he has also been a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. Next to his orchestral work, Bogdan Dumitraşcu is also a sought-after chamber musician, appearing regularly with the Pierrot String Trio.
Born in Saigon, Tuan Cuong Hoang began studying violin at the age of five with his father, Cuong Hoang, at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory. At the age of eleven, he received the first prize at the Hanoi Violin Competition, which was followed by further awards. In 1994 he received a scholarship from the Pflüger Foundation to join the violin class of Wolfgang Marschner in Freiburg. That same year, he won a special award at the International Ludwig Spohr Violin Competition in Freiburg; in 1996 he won the first prize at the International Max Reger Chamber Music Competition in Sondershausen. In 1998 he began studying with Rainer Kussmaul at the Freiburg Academy of Music. One year later, he received an encouragement award at the Leopold Mozart Violin Competition.
Tuan Cuong Hoang attended numerous master classes with Wolfgang Marschner, Aaron Rosand, Ruggiero Ricci, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Thomas Brandis and Rainer Kussmaul. He has given numerous recitals in Germany and abroad and appeared as a soloist with the Max Bruch Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome and the Saigon Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra since 2004.
The lynchpin of this chamber concert is Beethoven’s Septet – although it will not actually be performed. Schubert built upon it when he composed his Octet, expanding Beethoven’s instrumentation by a second violin. In this way, he meant to "forge his way toward the great symphony". Almost one hundred years later, the Danish composer and conductor Carl Nielsen created his "Serenata in vano", a "serenade in vain" which humorously describes knightly advances and balconies remaining empty, for lack of a beauty to occupy them. As in Schubert’s case, this work was commissioned as a companion for Beethoven’s Septet – and Nielsen found parallels in the special combination of the sound-colours of clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello and double bass. Between these nearly orchestral sonic worlds, there is a heartfelt little work by Dvořák: his Terzetto Op. 74, one of his most lovable works of chamber music for strings only playing in a flowing, etherical high range.
Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
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