Sun, Jun. 11, 2023, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Recital Hall
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String quartet No. 14 in G Major KV 387
Johannes Brahms: Five Ophelia Songs for Voice and string quartet (arranged by Aribert Reimann)
Paul Hindemith: Melancholie
Béla Bartók: String quartet No. 1, Op. 7
Violin: Hibiki Oshima
Violin: Felix Heckhausen
Viola: Maria Rallo Muguruza
Cello: Clara Grünwald
Mezzo-soprano: Ida Aldrian
Hibiki Oshima was born in Yokohama. At the early age of eleven, she had made up her mind to get to know Europe and its culture, and a year later she had the chance to implement this plan on a lengthy journey. These impressions led her to enrol at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts after completing her secondary education. There, her teachers included Rainer Küchl, Johannes Meissl and Avedis Kouyoumdjian. She has performed at numerous music festivals, including Wien Modern, the Pacific Music Festival, the Bienal Musica Hoje and ECMA in Switzerland. She completed her education by taking courses with Gerhard Schulz, Anner Bylsma, Hatto Beyerle and Heime Müller. In 2006/07 Hibiki Oshima was a fellow of the Herbert von Karajan Centre. She won the First Prize at the Chamber Music Competition Pietro Argento as well as the Second Prize and special prize at the Premio Internazionale di Musica “G. Zinetti”. In addition, she received the Eduard Söring Prize of the Foundation for the Support of the Hamburg State Opera in 2011. Her passion for chamber music and contemporary music led her to join ensembles such as the Hibiki Quartet and the Ensemble Platypus, with which she has presented numerous world premieres by young composers. After an engagement as First Concertmaster with the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, she has been section leader of the second violins of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra since 2010. When she is not playing the violin, she likes to cook and dedicates herself to her secret passion, paragliding.
Felix Heckhausen was born in Bochum. At the age of 16 he became a junior student at the Munich Academy of Music. After his graduation from secondary school, further violin studies took him to Düsseldorf, where Michael Gaiser was his teacher, and to Freiburg, where he studied with Rainer Kussmaul. Master courses with the Amadeus Quartet and Walter Levin and baroque violin courses, among others, rounded out his education. During this time he was an active member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Since his concert examination in 1995, he has been a member of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he dedicates his free time to his children and likes to cook. He is also a passionate paraglider.
Maria Rallo Muguruza was born in Hondarribia, Spain, in 1996. She studied viola with Pauline Sachse in Dresden. She gained her first orchestral experiences as a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the academy of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. She has been a member of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra since 2017.
Clara Grünwald was born in Munich in 1990, receiving her first cello lessons at the age of six. From 2009 to 2015 she studied with Martin Ostertag at the Karlsruhe Music Academy and attended master courses with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Wolfgang Boettcher, Guido Schiefen, Thomas Demenga and Morten Zeuthen. Clara Grünwald held scholarships from the Heinrich Hertz Society (2009) and from Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music Now” (2012). She gathered orchestral experience as a substitute of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and as a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra’s academy. Since 2015 she has been associate principal cellist of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra.
Bruck an der Mur, Austria
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Leopold Spitzer and Karlheinz Hanser; studies for Stage Performance (Opera and Musical Drama), Art Song and Oratorio with KS Marjana Lipovšek with honors; member of International Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera (2012/13–2013/14)
With Ann Murray, Bernarda Fink, Reri Grist, Peter Kooij, Andrew Watts, Thomas Hampson, Wicus Slabbert, Alan Titus, Brigitte Fassbaender, et al.
Dr.-Wilhelm-Oberdörffer-Preis of Stiftung zur Förderung der Hamburgischen Staatsoper (2014), prize winner of the jury ranking at international singing competition „Stella Maris“ (2014)
Wellgunde (Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung), Siegrune and Rossweiße (Die Walküre), Blumenmädchen and Stimme aus der Höhe (Parsifal ), 2. Maid (Daphne), Feodor (Boris Godunov), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Isabella (L'Italiana in Algeri), Adalgisa (Norma), Idamante (Idomeneo), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Penelope (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria), Mercedes (Carmen), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Laura (Luisa Miller), Flora and Annina (La Traviata), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Meg Page (Falstaff), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Orlofski (Die Fledermaus), et al.
Elbphilharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kölner Philharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein Wien, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Grafenegg Festival, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Barocktage Melk, Styriarte, International Brucknerfest Linz, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, et al.
Cooperation with directors:
Andreas Homoki, Georg Schmiedleitner, Laura Scozzi, Mariame Clément, Verena Stoiber, Peter Konwitschny, Stéphane Braunschweig, David Bösch, et al.
Cooperation with conductors:
Simone Young, Kent Nagano, Martin Haselböck, Marcus Bosch, Yutaka Sado, Pablo Heras-Casado, Christopher Moulds, Cornelius Meister, Fabio Luisi, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Simon Gaudenz, et al.
The musicians of the Amaris Quartet, all members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra, have invited the mezzo-soprano Ida Aldrian from the Hamburg State Opera’s ensemble to join them in this chamber concert. While string quartet literature by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Béla Bartók opens and closes the programme, compositions for string quartet and voice form its centre. Johannes Brahms’ songs based on texts by William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and Paul Hindemith’s “Melancholie”, setting poems on loneliness by Christian Morgenstern, focus on dark, gripping emotions. The transcription of the Brahms songs for voice and string quartet by Aribert Reimann hews close to the romantic original. And although Bartók and Mozart offered no programme for their string quartets, their emotional stance matches the song compositions: Mozart’s composition dates to 1782, a fateful year for classical music that marked the breakthrough of a young generation of artists. Given the “backdrop” of the world premiere of Friedrich Schiller’s “Die Räuber” and the writing of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Erlkönig”, Mozart’s composition can be considered a departure for a new form of drama, which also found its expression in purely instrumental music. Bartók was tormented by an unrequited love for the violinist Stefi Geyer while writing his piece – in a letter to her, he called the first movement of his work a “lament of sorrow”.
Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Recital Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 28,00 / 20,00 / 14,00 / 10,00