Duo with Mirjam Schröder (Harp)
Mirjam Schröder, Harfe. Harp. Born in 1978 in Karlsruhe, Mirjam Schröder started to study the piano before taking up the harp at the age of eleven. She began her studies in 1996 at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels. Since 1998 she has been enrolled at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, where she studied with Catherine Michel and Godelieve Schrama. She has been distinguished at several international competitions. In 1999 she won a 1st Prize at the International Harp Competition held by the Reinl-Stiftung in Munich, and in 2002 she won a 1st Prize at the International Harp Competition „Arpista Ludovico“ in Madrid. She has occasionally played in the Rundfunksymphonieorchester of the SWR Stuttgart as well as in the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford. Since September 2003 she has held an internship at the Landestheater Detmold. At the 53rd ARD International Music Competition in 2004 she was awarded the 3rd Prize as well as the Audience Prize sponsored by the Theodor-Rogler-Stiftung.
Programs 1, 2 and 6 can be made GEMA-free on request.
- Romantic String Sounds
- Works by Enrique Granados, Ferdinando Carulli, Louis Spohr, Máximo Diego Pujol i.a.
- Soirée Espagnol
- Spanish Music by Franciso Serrano, Alberto Rodriguez Molina, Joaquin Rodrigo i.a.
- Argentinian and brasilian composition by Sergio Bosser, Narciso Saul, Marco Pereira, Alberto Ginastera, i.a.
- Spanish and south american music (combination of program 2 and 3)
- From Barock to Tango
- Works by Vivaldi, Giuliani, Máximo Diego Pujol i.a.
- Longing for the South
- Spanish, italian and south american music.
- String Impressions
- Works by Juan Manuel Cortes, Ulrich Leyendecker, Juriaan Andriessen, Timo Jouko Hermann, Konstantin Vassiliev i.a.
- String Play
- New music by Dieter Mack, Ulrich Leyendecker, Cord Mejering, Jörg-Peter Mittmann, i.a.
- Night Sounds
- Nocturnal pieces by Benjamin Britten, Veit Erdmann-Abele, Ulrich Leyendecker, Marcel Tournier i.a.
Duo with Heike Nicodemus (Travers flute)
Heike Nicodemus, travers flute, is a demanded specialist on her instrument and gives numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and orcherstermusician. After successfully graduated recorder studies with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Thieme at the college for music and theater Hannover, she studied flauto traverso first with Prof. Dr. Linde Brunmayr at the college of music Trossingen. The continuous intense comittment with the historic performance practice began already during her recorder studies. Later she studied with the outstanding Traversflutist Barthold Kuijken at the royal conservatoire in Den Hague and obtained already after 2 years the admittance for the concert exam. During her studies the contact with different leading baroque orchestras appeared. So she appeared among others with „Concerto Cologne“, „The small concert“, the „Stuttgart baroque orchestra“, „l’Arpa firm aunt Munich“, „Chursächsische Capelle Leipzig“, „Sol Sol La Sol Salzburg“. In 1995 she took part at opening the Salzburg festivals, in 2000 at the Göttinger Händel festival. Numerous radio broadcasting, television shots and CD-releases (among others with Teldec and Capriccio) followed. As a teacher she was active on different music festivals, among others at the „International festival of music weeks Innsbruck“. Since 2002 she teaches Traversflöte and historic performance practice in the universites for music in Karlsruhe and Trossingen.
All Programs are GEMA-free.
- „Das klinget so herrlich“ - W. A. Mozart arranged by his contemporaries
- Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841): Quintette de Mozart op. 156 (arrangé pour Guitare et Flute)
W.A. Mozart/J.G. Busch: Arias from „Figaros Hochzeit“ (an edition issued in 1838/39)
Fernando Sor (1778-1839): Introduction and Variations on „Das klinget so herrlich“ from the Zauberflöte (Solo Guitar)
W.A. Mozart: Arias from „Die Entführung aus dem Serail“ (after an anonymous issue of 1792)
W.A. Mozart: Sonata A Major KV 331/332 (arranged by Andreas Traeg, about 1803)
- Romantic Serenades
- Works by Franz Schubert, Francesco Molino, Caspar Joseph Mertz, ia.
- Romantic Sounds – Songs without words
- Works by Franz Schubert, Friedrich Burgmüller, Miguel Llobet (historical and modern guitar).
- „Bella Italia“
- Works by Mauro Giuliani, Francesco Molino, Ferdinando Carulli, i.a.
- „Welche Wonne, welche Lust - Oper für zwei“
- Fantasies and Arias from classical and romantic operas. Works by Gioachino Rossini, Carl Maria von Weber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Arrangements from the first half of the 19. century: Luigi Piccianti, Caspar Joseph Mertz, i.a.
- Fränkische Nachrichten
- Both artists performed in perfect harmony and understanding for their instruments and each other, a synthesis of technical and musical maturity which distinguishes both artists. The church had an effect here as an ideal „acoustic“ which made the motto of the evening understandable: „This sounds so wonderful“. Heike Nicodemus and Maximilian Mangold gave a melodious answer to how the music of Mozart might have really sounded at his time.
- Badische Zeitung
- A perfect polished gem was the chamber music evening and accordingly high-carat was the cast with Maximilian Mangold as a master of the historical guitar and Heike Nicodemus with virtuoso play on the flute. All facets of love spilled out of the two historical instruments in the opera arias from 'Don Giovanni'. Swarming, dreamy, stormy and then sparkling like champagne, they breathed life into the stage. The joy of the music and the amazement of the beautiful sound were transmitted to the listeners, who seemed to hold their breath.
- Dorstener Zeitung
- Although flute and guitar are not typical Mozart occupations, one could look forward to the arrangements. Important compositions are indestructible, transcriptions can even make them appear in new splendor. The classical instruments - copies of originals from 1786 and 1840 - brought the musical extract of the works to light in unheard timbres. M. Mangold shone solo in the arrangements of the guitar virtuoso Fernando Sor. Enchanting the richness of sound even when changing with flageolette tones. Mozart's second most famous piano sonata became a special event: Heike Nicodemus worked out the melodic variations, which can become more and more obscure in the original piano arrangement, very impressively, sensitively supported by the guitar. That the Turkish march softened, emphasized the melancholy content of the thrilling a-minor melody.
Duo with Clemens Löschmann (Tenor)
The Tenor Clemens Löschmann was born in Berlin where he studied with Professor Johannes Hoefflin at the academy of music and participated in master classes with Aribert Reimann and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He was awarded with scholarships from the Gotthardt-Schierse-Stiftung, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Richard-Wagner-Stiftung. He took part in numerous opera productions of several opera houses and opera companies including Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna and Zurich. Clemens Löschmann was engaged at the opera house in Bremen and has been working as a guest artist at internationally renowned opera houses including the Komische Oper Berlin, the Oper Frankfurt/Main, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genua and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Within the classic and contemporary oratorio and concert repertoire Clemens Löschmann is a soloist of great demand for all the major tenor roles of his type. The great evangelist and tenor parts of Bach’s oratorios and cantatas are central for his concert repertoire. Besides the classic lied repertoire Clemens Löschmann has dedicated himself to contemporary compositions within his recitals. Concert trips have taken him through several countries of Europe. He participated in numerous first performances as well as in many radio, television and CD productions. Clemens Löschmann holds a teaching assignment at the academy of music in Bremen.
Programme 1 ist GEMA-frei. Programm 4 kann auf Wunsch GEMA-frei gestaltet werden.
- „Come again sweet love“
- English Songs bei John Dowland, Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten
- „Leise flehen meine Lieder“ - Franz Schubert & his Time
- Songs by Franz Schubert, Louis Spohr, Carl Maria von Weber
- „Bella Italia“
- Songs by Giuliani, Nava, Carulli and Castelnuovo-Tedesco
- „Longing for the South“
- Italian and spanish songs by Giuliani, Carulli, Manuel de Falla, Fernando Sor, Miguell Llobet, i.a.
- Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung
- Also in Dowland's "Come Haevy Sleep" accompanies Maximilian Mangold, competent and playful, Clemens Löschmann, who with his clear intonation and his slender, ingratiating tenor immediately sang in the hearts of the audience. At times his voice sounded clear and easy or rich in nuances in the piano, sometimes even effervescent. A concert that fits perfectly into the season, when the sun is lower and the shadows are longer. And the duo, which was not allowed to leave without an encore, expressed perfectly the emotions of this music.
- Fuldaer Zeitung
- Clemens Löschmann understood it excellently to top up the interpretation emotionally - with consistent text understanding. Already at the opening "Quiet pleading of my songs" from Schubert's "Schwanengesang" it became clear that the usual song accompaniment by piano is absolutely expendable and the guitar, especially if it is played so masterfully as by Maximilian Mangold, promotes the intimacy of music making. In a baroque environment completely new listening experiences became possible. Especially because Clemens Löschmann's wonderfully soft lyrical tenor in an amusing symbiosis with the historical stringed instrument called "Biedermeier guitar" (here a replica) turned the concert into an event.
- Hohenloher Zeitung
- The silvery sounds of the Biedermeier guitar forms a graceful contrast to the warm soft tenor of Clemens Löschmann. He impresses with his clearly and sensitively accented singing. The rare, but all the more charming duo of high male voice and guitar presented at the Hohenlohe Cultural Summer was a rightly acclaimed concert.
Duo with Jeanette Pitkevica (Violin)
Jeanette Pitkevica, born in Riga, Latvia, is often described by her critics as a “young high flyer” and “whiz-kid”. She graduated in February 2007 in the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst” in Mannheim, Germany, with a shiny note of 1.0 by Prof. Walery Gradow. After that, she completed a postgraduate study for solo violin with Prof. Walery Gradow and Prof. Marco Rizzi, which ended in 2010 with a brilliant concert in Rosengarten in Mannheim. Because of her “string passion” both professional audiences and the press defined her as an “instrumental acrobat” and “witch master”, who through fine-tuning and sensitive, differentiated play mesmerized the listeners with shading richness and intensity.
Jeanette Pitkevica is the winner of numerous competitions: among others competition of the music schools in Latvia; international B. Dvarionas competition, Vilnius / Lithuania; international J. Heifetz competition, Vilnius / Lithuania. Until 2006 Scholarship holder Wilhelm-Müller-Stiftung, Mannheim. 2007 Award of the DAAD-Prize for foreign students. From December 2009 – 2012 scholarship holder of the “Live Yehudi Music Menuhin Now”.
As part of her international concert activities, she has performed in Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Italy and England. She has enjoyed great success as a soloist in the solo and chamber music concerts in Tel Aviv, Heifa and Yafa / Israel. From 2006 to 2014 she was the first concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra of the Zwingenberg Castle Festival and since 2007 co-organizer and musical director of the “Konzertreihe in Viernheim”. Since the summer of 2015, Jeanette Pitkevica has been teaching at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Mannheim as assistant to Professor Marco Rizzi.
- Longing for the South
- Virtuoso Duos by Paganini, Giuliani, Granados, Piazzolla, i.a.
- Latin Dance
- Works by Piazzolla, Pujol, Millet, Barrios, i.a.
- Spain and South America
- Works by Machado, Cordero, Piazzolla, de Falla, i.a.
- From Baroque to Tango
- Works by Vivaldi, Molino, Piazzolla, i.a.
- Romantic Stringsounds
- Works by Schubert, Paganini, Mertz, Burgmüller, i.a.
- The extraordinary concert was not only a delight for the ears, but also a visual feast for the passionate performance of the two artists.
- Mannheimer Morgen
- …an extraordinary concert, in which the violin and the guitar lead intimate and glowing dialogues. But the concert was a pleasure not only for the ears. Also the sight of the two performers captivated the listeners in their passionate execution and musical performance. Whether gentle or energetic, melancholic or cheerful, the selected pieces complemented each other and exhibited a variety which invited the visitors into different emotional worlds.
Vlach Quartett Prag and Maximilian Mangold
Prag Vlach Quartet (Jana Vlachová, Violin – Karel Stadtherr, Violin – Vladimír Bukač, Viola and Mikael Ericsson, Violoncello). The quartet was created in 1982. In 1985 it gained an important success as a prize-winner of the international string quartet contest in Portsmouth in England. In 1988 it was invited by the Hindemith Corporation to the international master courses of the famous Melos quartet in Switzerland. A quotation from the appreciation of the Melos quartet: „Jana Vlachová radiates as a Primarius of the ensemble a special charisma which ties up not only the listener, but also guarantees absolute homogeneity in the ensemble and leads about the virtuoso playing of middle voices up to great supplement by the cellist Mikael Ericsson“. During its career the quartet gained a large number of prices:
- In 1991 price of the Czech chamber music association
- In 1992 price of the Czech music funds of the CD with recordings of Smetana and Janácek
- In 1995 the quartet gets a contract from the record company NAXOS for the complete chamber music work of Dvorák on 15 CDs
- In 1997 Japan debut – the concert was transferred by the television broadcast station NHK
- In 1997 residence ensemble of the Salamanca-Hall in Japanese Gifu
- In 2000 price of the „German record criticism“ for the CD of the „Esquisses Hébraiques“ with the clarinettist Dieter Klöcker
The current Discographie counts 30 CDs and every year three to four new ones are being published. The Vlach quartet gives concerts not only in whole Europe (most frequently in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Spain), but also in the USA, in Japan and New Zealand. It appeared in a large number of wellknown festivals, as for example Schleswig – Holstein music festival, Scharwenka festival Lübeck, Sandwiken (Sweden), Santorini (Greece), Auckland (New Zealand), Wiltz (Luxembourg), Tivoli (Copenhagen). It also played in important series of concerts of celebrated concert halls in Prague, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Stuttgart and others. Its concerts were transferred frequently by broadcasting stations: from the Bavarian radio broadcasting, Swedish radio broadcasting, Danish radio broadcasting, Radio France, Czech radio broadcasting. Celebrated artists help in the interpretation of quintets and other chamber music works. To them belong, e.g.: E. Brunner, D. Klöcker, E. Trenkner, J. Jando, I. Klánsk ý. J. Simon the Janácek quartet among others.
- Italian Serenades
- Works by Boccherini, Puccini, Wolf and Castelnuovo-Tedesco
- Soirée Espagnole
- Works by Arriaga, Torroba, Turina, Rodrigo and Boccherini
- Latino-American Chamber Music
- Works by Brouwer, Pujol, Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos
- Nordfriesische Nachrichten
- „Soirée espagnole“ was the motto of the wellknown Prague Vlach quartet and the guitarist Maximilian Mangold with the 121st concert of the music society in Leck. More than 100 guests appeared enthusiastic about the spirited Spanish evening. At the beginning a pearl of the string quartet art rang out: Juan Crisostomo de Arriagas of endless melodies consisting string quartet No 1 D minor. This early developed, but already at the age of 20 (1826) dead Spanish violinist and composer, left with this work one on Mendelssohn and Schubert reminding masterpiece which was played by the Vlach quartet full of tension, full of swing and particularly convincing. The melancholy inherent to this quartet was thereby expressed completely. Precise rhythmics and the warm sound volume of the ensemble rounded this dynamic and fresh interpretation. Frederico Moreno Torrobas „Puertas de Madrid“ is a cycle of seven programatic pieces for the solo guitar. Separate city gates of Madrid are represented here mediterranean elegant and tonal impressively. Maximilian Mangold possesses the ability, with his extremely sensitive and technically immaculate playing enchanted the listeners: Mangolds guitar playing is the most intimate concentration and virtuoso perfection. After the break „The prayer of the bullfighter“ from Joaquin Turina rang out brimful with Spanish national coloring, during Luigi Boccherini Quintett (under contribution of Maximilian Mangold) „La Ritirata di Madrid“ a true treat for the ears almost for the purposes of a popular song was. This enormously rhythmic and constantly increasing music is a row of variations which fascinated particularly by their presented musical charm. A unique final effect achieved the ensemble with Boccherinis to carrying away „Fandango“. Both first sentences of this quintet played the Vlach quartet with Maximilian Mangold such tension-coming floating that the Fandango could unfold his its whole dance-like force in the third sentence of this quintet: fascinating string player ensemble playing deduces with elementary joy of playing together, first of all naturally when Mikael Ericsson allows to resound shortly the castanets.
- Fränkische Nachrichten
- The brilliant musicians captivated their audience immediately. You could almost have heard a pin fall. The classical fans listened so concentrated to the virtuoso ability, the passionate expressiveness as well as the unsurpassable sound harmony. And so after the "Fandango Quintet" Spain was palpable, audible and almost within reach. The enthusiastic applause of the audience underlined this statement at the end of this musical treat.