Just two years after the premiere of »Oedipus Rex«, Igor Stravinsky came to Dresden to direct his opera-oratorio with the Staatskapelle on 1 February 1929; this was to be the only time he conducted in the Saxon capital. To mark the composer’s 140th birthday, the Staatskapelle’s chamber music programme is dedicating the 8th Chamber Music Evening in June to this towering figure of 20th century music. His Octet for Wind Instruments, which, according to the composer, should sound »dry, cool, clear and sparkling like champagne«, displays the neoclassical style that he adopted in the 1920s while residing in Paris. The premiere triggered a »scandal du silence« – a silent uproar. By the time he wrote the Septet more than thirty years later in American exile, however, Stravinsky had become an adherent of serialism.
Norbert Anger is regarded as one of the most outstanding cellists of his generation, and has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras, such as the Orchestre de Paris, the State Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Beethoven Orchester Bonn.
He has made guest-appearances at renowned international venues, such as the Salle Gaveau, the Salle Pleyel and the Comédie des Champs-Elysées, the Moscow Philharmonic and the Semperoper Dresden, and has collaborated with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Vladimir Spivakov, John Storgårds and Andrea Marcon.
Norbert Anger has impressed the music world as a laureate of many international competitions, such as the Concours Rostropovich in Paris, the Tschaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Paulo Cello Contest in Helsinki and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb. As a devoted chamber musician, he has worked together with many distinguished musicians, such as Hartmut Rohde, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and David Geringas, and has performed at international music festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and the Festival Mitte Europa.
Norbert Anger started his musical education at Dresden’s Special School of Music Carl Maria von Weber, with Christoph Schulze. Already at an early age, he attracted public interest by winning international competitions, such as the Vibrarte Competition in Paris and the Domenico Gabrielli Competition in Berlin. He completed his studies with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Berlin University of Arts, and also gained valuable musical input from David Geringas, Heinrich Schiff and Sir Colin Davis.
In 2012, the German label Genuin Classics released his first CD with works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Debussy, which was highly praised by the press.
Since 2013, Norbert Anger holds the position of First Concertmaster of the cello section of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and recently in 2015, he was also named solo cellist of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
As a laureate of the 21st Competition of the German Fund of Musical Instruments, he was entrusted with an instrument made by Andrea Guaneri, ex Ludwig Hoelscher, Cremona 1691 - a funding commitment by the Dr. Meyer-Struckmann Foundation. Presently, Norbert Anger plays a violoncello by Domenico Montagnana, ex Hekking, Venice 1721.
Norbert Anger plays strings exclusively by Larsen strings A/S.
Ihr Musikstudium absolvierte Anke Heyn bei Martin Ostertag in Karlsruhe und Jens Peter Maintz in Berlin. Sie erhielt verschiedene Auszeichnungen und Preise bei zahlreichen Wettbewerben, u.a. bei »Jugend musiziert«, dem Tonkünstlerwettbewerb sowie dem Kammermusikwettbewerb der Alice-Samter-Stiftung in Berlin. Ebenso war sie Finalistin beim Deutschen Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. Darüber hinaus war Anke Heyn Stipendiatin der Jürgen-Ponto-Stiftung, der Villa musica und der Landessammlung für Streichinstrumente Baden-Württemberg.
Erste Orchestererfahrung sammelte Anke Heyn im Bundesjugendorchester, im Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchester sowie im European Union Youth Orchestra. Nach einem Praktikum beim SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg hatte sie einen Jahresvertrag bei den Münchner Philharmonikern und war häufige Aushilfe beim DSO Berlin. Seit April 2006 ist sie festes Mitglied der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden.
Ihre große Begeisterung gilt seit langem der Kammermusik: Sie konzertierte als Solocellistin vom Ensemble Oriol Berlin und der Kammerakademie Potsdam. Neben ihrer Orchestertätigkeit in der Staatskapelle Dresden ist sie als Mitglied der Dresden Group und des Ensemble Bento in verschiedenen Formationen zu hören.
Viktor Osokin was born in Ukraine in 1992. At the age of twelve he received his first double bass lessons at the music school in Odessa. From 2010 to 2015 he also studied in Odessa at the Antonina Nezhdanova Academy of Music in the class of Professor Vladimir Chekalyuk. Already during his studies he won prizes at numerous music competitions in the Ukraine and Moldova; at the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen 2015 he was awarded 2nd prize.
At the age of nineteen he was offered a permanent position as double bassist at the Odessa Opera House. In 2016 he was accepted into the Giuseppe Sinopoli Academy of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Since 2017 he has been the orchestra's principal double bassist.
Sabine Kittel took her first flute lessons at the age of ten at the Music Academy in Erfurt. From 1985 to 1991 she studied under Johannes Walter at Dresden’s Conservatory of Music, before taking an advanced diploma under Paul Meisen at the College of Music in Munich from 1991 to 1994. In addition, she attended masterclasses by Aurèle Nicolet.
Sabine Kittel has been a prize-winning entrant at numerous competitions. In 1991 she was awarded 1st prize at the Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Munich.
In 1994 she took 2nd prize at the International Music Competition in Budapest; one year later she won 2nd prize at the International ARD Competition in Munich as well as the Brüder-Busch-Preis.
Before joining the Staatskapelle Dresden as principal flautist, Sabine Kittel held the same position with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 2000. In 2008 she founded the ENSEMBLE BENTO. She regularly appears in concert as a soloist and in various chamber groups throughout Europe and in Japan.
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 Dresden in 1975, Thomas Eberhardt’s career in music began with violin lessons at the age of six. Later he switched to the bassoon, receiving tuition from Bernhard Rose first at Dresden’s Music School and later as a student at the city’s College of Music. He also studied under Eberhard Marschall at Munich’s College of Music.
In 2000 he was engaged by the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich. In the meantime he has toured with diverse ensembles throughout Europe as well as to North America, Japan, China and Korea. Thomas Eberhardt has been principal bassoon of the Staatskapelle Dresden since 2004.
Jonathan Nuß (*1992) got his first trombone lessons when he was twelve years old. At the age of 15 he completed his first Young study in Detmold with Professor David Bruchez. As a Young student he moved later to the Hochschule für Tanz und Musik Köln where he completed his Bachelor with Professor Ulrich Flad and Carsten Luz. In 2016 he continued his master course with Professor Ian Bousfield at HKB Bern. Jonathan is a multiple scholarship and first Federal Prize winner at the competition »Jugend Musiziert«.
In 2015 he was a finalist of the Jeju International Brass Competition and winner of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln contest. Jonathan is since February 2018 a solo trombonist at the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden after a few academy contracts in the Münchner Rundfunkorchester or rather the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and time contracts as a solo trombonist in the Sinfonieorchester Aachen and WDR Funkhausorchester.