To mark the national celebration of »1,700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany«, the Staatskapelle’s 2nd Chamber Music Evening will be intensively exploring works by Jewish composers of the early 20th century. Pavel Haas, Gideon Klein, Hans Krása, Erwin Schulhoff and Viktor Ullmann are among the many Jewish composers in Germany whose musical work was banned by the Nazi regime and who themselves were persecuted or murdered. For many years their music was all but forgotten. It is only through the recent rediscovery of their works that we can today truly appreciate their crucial role in music history. On 3 November 2021, works by these composers will be performed by various groups of musicians, giving the chance to appreciate their diverse styles, the experimental nature of their music and also its deeply humanistic message.
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Born in Weimar in 1966, Wolfram Große took clarinet lessons from the age of ten. In 1980 he became a pupil at the Spezialschule für Musik in Berlin before going on to study from 1984 to 1988 under Ewald Koch at the Hanns Eisler College of Music, also in Berlin.
Wolfram Große’s career as an orchestral musician began in 1988 when he was became deputy principal clarinet of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. From 1989 to 1999 he was principal clarinet at Frankfurt Opera.
In 1999 he joined the Staatskapelle Dresden in the same position. Since 2000 Wolfram Große has also been principal clarinet of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. In addition to his orchestra duties he is a member of the Wind Quintet of the Staatskapelle Dresden.
As a chamber musician and soloist Wolfram Große has won prizes at several competitions, for example in Munich, Markneukirchen and Colmar. In 2002 he was awarded the Fritz Busch Prize by the Semperoper Foundation.
Born in 1973, Jan Seifert grew up in Klingenthal and received his first music lessons at the Reinhold Glier music school.
In 1988 he was accepted into the district remedial class of the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Zwickau and was taught the clarinet as his main subject by Frank Klüger. He began his musical studies in 1994 at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden with Josef Oehl. In addition to his studies and lessons for high clarinets with Egbert Esterl, he also studied chamber music in the Trio Albert with Wolfgang Liebscher.
His participation in ensembles for new music, in youth orchestra projects, e.g. with the Bavarian Radio, as well as participation in master classes with François Benda and various competitions gave him important impulses.
While still a substitute for the Staatskapelle Dresden, Jan Seifert successfully participated in an audition for the solo E-flat clarinet, a position he has held since 2002.
Born in Bochum in 1969, Christian Dollfuß began his musical education at the Music Academy of Dortmund. He later studied under Hans Gutmann at Folkwang University in Essen. Together with the other members of »Trio Contrasts« he also studied chamber music performance under Vladimir Mendelsohn from 1997 to 2000. With this ensemble Dollfuß has recorded a CD of 20th century chamber music.
Before Christian Dollfuß joined the Staatskapelle Dresden he was principal clarinet with the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra from 1993 to 1998. Between 1996 and 1998 he was engaged by the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne.
Since 1998 he has been principal bass clarinet with the Staatskapelle. Apart from his orchestral duties, Christian Dollfuß can regularly be heard throughout Europe performing with diverse chamber groups such as the »Kapellquintett Dresden« and »Trio Contrasts«.
In 2000 he was appointed to the teaching staff of Dresden’s Conservatory of Music as tutor in clarinet and bass clarinet.
Born in Chemnitz, Robert Langbein attended the Belvedere Music School in Weimar. He continued his musical training at Weimar Music College under Rainer Heimbuch and, from 2001, in Berlin at the Hanns Eisler College of Music as well as the University of the Arts under Christian-Friedrich Dallmann. While still a student he received his first appointment as principal horn of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin before joining the Staatskapelle in the same position in 2005.
Robert Langbein previously gained valuable experience in orchestral performance with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He has won numerous prizes and accolades such as a first prize at the International Competition of Markneukirchen in 2004, a first prize at the Kurt Alten Competition in Hanover as well as a special prize for natural horn at the Concours de Genève. In 2010 he was awarded the Horn Prize of the Michael Schuncke Foundation in Baden-Baden.
In the 2013/2014 season Langbein was artist-in-residence at the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Robert Langbein is a popular soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Berlin, the Radio Philharmonic Hanover, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.
Robert Langbein is also active as an educator, teaching at the University of the Arts in Berlin before joining the faculty of the Carl Maria von Weber Conservatory of Music in 2009, where he became Professor for Horn in 2013. In addition he lectures on brass performance at numerous courses (Sorbian National Ensemble) and gives masterclasses (Pacific Music Festival, Sapporo, Dresden Masterclasses Music).
Born in Hachenburg (Westerwald) in 1972, Joachim Hans began to take lessons in the bassoon at the age of 13. His first teachers were Michael Heinen of the Rheinische Philharmonie State Orchestra and Eckhard Mayer of the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Rheinland-Palatinate.
From 1990 to 1993 he was a member of the Rheinland-Palatinate Youth Orchestra. He attended Freiburg’s College of Music from 1992, were he studied under Karl-Otto Hartmann. In 1994 he was appointed to the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, travelling with its chamber orchestra on diverse tours.
Only one year later he received his first permanent appointment as sub-principal bassoon of the Badische Staatskapelle of Karlsruhe. In the same year he joined the ranks of the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra as principal bassoon.
Since 1996 he has held this position with the Staatskapelle Dresden, and since 1999 has also performed with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. As a chamber musician Joachim Hans plays in diverse groups such as the Carus Ensemble Dresden, the Wind Quintet of the Staatskapelle Dresden as well as the Kammerharmonie of the Staatskapelle Dresden.
As a solo performer he has appeared with the Staatskapelle at symphony concerts and orchestral evening recitals under conductors Rainer Mühlbach, Georges Prêtre and Sir Colin Davis. In addition to his orchestral duties Joachim Hans is on the faculty of the Carl Maria von Weber Conservatory of Music.
Born in Sibiu, Romania, in 1989 into a Hungarian-Romanian family of musicians, Tibor Gyenge received his first violin lessons from his father.
Subsequently he attended the Béla Bartók Music School and the Music High School in Szombathely before moving to Graz to study at the city’s University of the Arts under Prof. Silvia Marcovici. In 2012 he completed his bachelor’s degree with distinction. From 2014 to 2016 Tibor Gyenge studied for a master’s degree under Prof. Daniel Gaede at the Nuremberg University of Music. During these years he also held a teaching position at the university.
His musical education was further enriched by numerous master classes given by star violinists such as Zakhar Bron, Leonidas Kavakos, Daniel Stabrawa, György Pauk, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Ulf Hoelscher and Kristóf Baráti.
Tibor Gyenge’s skills in chamber music have been honed through contact with members of the Fauré, Manderling, Lindsay and Carmina Quartets, as well as collaborations with artists such as Rudolf Leopold, István Várdai, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Christian Euler, Ivan Monighetti and principal players of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras.
As a soloist he has performed with the Hungarian Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Pro Musica, the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonic, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra and the Satu-Mare State Philharmonic “Dinu Lipatti”.
After a 12-month contract with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, he was engaged as concertmaster at the State Philharmonic in Nuremberg.
Since 2016 Tibor Gyenge has been assistant 1st concertmaster of the 1st violins at the Staatskapelle Dresden.
Der im Jahr 1975 in Dresden geborene Kay Mitzscherling erhielt seinen ersten Geigenunterricht im Alter von acht Jahren an der Musikschule Paul Büttner in Dresden. Danach besuchte er die Sächsische Spezialschule für Musik am Dresdner Carl Maria von Weber-Gymnasium und wurde bei Klaus Hoene und Heinz Rudolph unterrichtet.
Sein Violinstudium absolvierte er von 1995 bis 2001 an der gleichnamigen Hochschule bei Reinhard Ulbricht.
Von 1999 bis 2001 spielte Kay Mitzscherling erstmals als Substitut in der Staatskapelle Dresden. Seit 2002 ist er deren festes Mitglied in der Gruppe der 2. Violinen.
Seit 1996 ist er Mitglied der Kontrabassgruppe in der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden, seit 2003 deren Vorspieler. Darüber hinaus beschäftigt er sich intensiv mit Alter Musik, u.a. in der Batzdorfer Hofkapelle. Seit 2008 musiziert Torsten Hoppe im Lucerne Festival Orchestra unter Claudio Abbado, seit dem Sommer 2009 ebenso im Bayreuther Festspielorchester.