Sun, Sep. 11, 2022, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Recital Hall
Theodor Blumer: String trio, Op. 55
Josef Suk: Piano quartet in A Minor, Op. 1
Josef Labor: Piano quintet in E Minor, Op. 3
Konradin Seitzer, born in Aachen in 1983, began playing the violin at the age of four and enrolled at the age of 14 as a junior student in the class of Atila Aydintan at the Hanover Academy of Music and Theatre. He then continued his studies with Antje Weithaas at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, from which he graduated with distinction in January 2009. He has appeared around the world as a soloist with orchestras including the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Brandenburg State Orchestra in Frankfurt and the State Orchestra Rheinische Philharmonie, appearing at venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Glocke in Bremen and the Seongnam Arts Center in South Korea. In addition to his work as a soloist, Konradin Seitzer is also dedicated to chamber music and has given concerts with artists such as Robert Levin, Thomas Brandis and Ulf Hoelscher. Konradin Seitzer was previously First Concertmaster of the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin; since 2012 he has held the same position at the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. In 2015 he received the Eduard Söring Prize of the Foundation for the Support of the Hamburg State Opera.
Sangyoon Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1989 and began playing viola at the age of nine. He has performed as a soloist with the Gangneung Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seoul National University String Ensemble in South Korea. He is also a first prize winner of the Hanyang and the Seoul Baroque Ensemble Competitions and won further international awards, for example at the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition in France, the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award in Switzerland and the International Max Rostal Competition in Berlin. Sangyoon Lee studied with Nimrod Guez at the Würzburg Academy of Music. He gained orchestral experience at the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra when he held a limited contract there, and as an assistant section leader at the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. Since 2019 he has been associate section leader of the viola section of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra.
Ryuichi Rainer Suzuki was born into a family of musicians in Berlin. After starting out on the violin, he switched to the cello at the age of ten, studying first with Jan Polásek in Munich, with David Grigorian (a master student of Rostropovich) in Zagreb and then with William Pleeth (Jacqueline du Pré’s teacher) in London. He completed his studies at the Royal College of Music in London with distinction and an advanced degree with distinction at Berlin’s University of the Arts, where his teacher was Wolfgang Boettcher. His personal contact with Maestro Sergiu Celibidache also had a major influence on his musical development. Ryuichi Rainer Suzuki won numerous prizes and awards, for example the International Brahms Competition in Austria. He is currently assistant section leader at the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and teaches at the Hamburg Conservatory. As a soloist and chamber musician, partnering such musicians as Rainer Kussmaul, Toru Yasunaga and Anton Barakhovsky, he is a welcome guest at concert series in Europe and Japan. The international press has praised his astonishing technique and powerful tone as well as his expressive, sophisticated interpretations. His debut CD “My cello my soul” was praised extensively by the international press. Alongside classical and romantic music, Ryuichi Rainer Suzuki’s special interest is in contemporary music and historically informed performance practice of 18th-century music. He plays an instrument built by Giovanni Battista Rogeri in Brescia in 1690.
Lukas Lang began playing the double bass early in life, joining several youth orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. In 2008 he enrolled as a junior student, in 2009 as a regular student at the Würzburg Music Academy, where his teacher was Michinori Bunya. In 2013 he joined the academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was followed by a limited engagement there. In 2016 Lukas Lang completed his bachelor degree at the Munich Academy of Music, where he was taught by Heinrich Braun. His education was complemented by master classes with Janne Saksala, Günter Klaus and Klaus Stoll. He worked regularly as a substitute, for example with the Munich Philharmonic, among others. In 2017 he held a limited engagement at the Munich State Opera. Since the 2017/18 season, Lukas Lang has been a member of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Conducting and piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig as well as conducting, pianoforte and harpsichord at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
First Prize at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition together with Dominik Königer (2011)
Relation to the Hamburg State Opera:
Solo repetitor since the 2012/13 season, additionally musical assistant to the General Music Director (since the 2017/18 season)
Focus on the German repertoire (Wagner, Strauss etc.), Italian repertoire, Mozart; special predilection for song and chamber music
Musikalische Komödie/Oper Leipzig, Theater Hagen, Royal Opera Covent Garden London
Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Oper Leipzig, Theater Hagen, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, National Concert Hall Dublin, Mozartfest Würzburg, Opéra de Lille, Wigmore Hall London, et al.
Cooperation with orchestras:
Member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, collaboration with Concerto Köln, Accademia Bizzantina, et al.
Presenting unfamiliar jewels of the chamber music repertoire and introducing them to a broader audience is an important part of the Philharmonic’s mission. As part of such “excavations”, the First Chamber Music Concert of the season focuses on three composers extremely rarely heard in concert today: Josef Suk, a student and son-in-law of Antonín Dvořák, was a violinist and composer who was central to Czech music in the early 20th century. The Piano Quintet by the late romantic composer Josef Labor, who was blind and is known today mainly as the teacher of Alma Mahler and others, is reminiscent of Brahms or even Schumann. The programme is rounded out by Theodor Blumer’s String Trio Op. 55.
Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Recital Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
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