Evening Recital N° 3

Riccardo Minasi Conductor
Jan Seifert Clarinet

E. T. A. Hoffmann

  • Overture of the opera »Undine«

Johann Melchior Molter

  • Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in A major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Symphony No. 36 in C major KV 425 »Linzer«

The power of invention

On the return journey from Salzburg to Vienna, the newly married Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart writes from Linz to his father Leopold in 1783: »On Tuesday, November 4th , I will give a performance here in the theatre – and because I do not have a single symphony with me, I am writing a new one a breakneck speed, which has to be finished by that date.« He has only a few days to compose what became the C major Symphony, K. 425. Yet as is so often the case with Mozart, an impending deadline triggers an astonishing burst of productivity, from which the most brilliant ideas and connections arise.

Riccardo Minasi

Chief Conductor of Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, »Artist in Residence« of the Ensemble Resonanz at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and regular guest of the Orchestra La Scintilla at the Opernhaus Zürich, Riccardo Minasi has recently received invitations as guest conductor from orchestras such as the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Concertgebouworkest, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre National de Belgique.

In the recent years he conducted Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Philarmonia Zürich, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, London Chamber Orchestra, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Kammerorchester Basel, Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Stavanger Symfoniorkester, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Il Complesso Barocco, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Kammerakademie Potsdam and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra with whom he was the associate music director from 2008 to 2011.

Most recent operatic engagements include Les Pêcheurs de perles at the Salzburg Festival, Don Giovanni, Entführung aus dem Serail, Orlando Paladino, Matrimonio Segreto, Il Pirata, Viaggio a Reims, Turco in Italia and the ballets by Christian Spuck on music by Schnittke, Schumann and Monteverdi at Zürich Opera, Iphigénie en Tauride, Alcina, Nozze di Figaro, Agrippina at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Carmen at the

Opera in Lyon, Rinaldo at the Theater an der Wien, Rodelinda and Le Nozze di Figaro at the Dutch National Opera.

In collaboration with Maurizio Biondi he published the critical edition of Norma for Bärenreiter in 2016. Co-founder and director of the ensemble il Pomo d’oro from 2012 to 2015, he was professor at the conservatory Vincenzo Bellini of Palermo between 2004 and 2010. He has held seminars, master classes and historical performance practice lessons at the Juilliard School of Music of New York, Longy School of Music of Cambridge (USA), Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, Hochschule für Musik Hannover, Antwerp conservatory, Chinese culture university of Taipei (Taiwan), Zürich Opernhaus, Kùks residence (Czech Republic), Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Sydney conservatory (Australia), at the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) and as historical advisor for the Montréal Symphony Orchestra (Canada).

Among the numerous prizes received, notably are the albums »Rosenkranz Sonaten« by Biber (finalist at the Midem Classical Award Cannes as album of the year 2009),»Stella di Napoli« with Joyce Di Donato (Diapason d’Or of the year 2015, BBC Music magazine Award, Grammophone Choice, Grammy Award nominee 2015), »Agrippina« with Ann Hallenberg (International Opera Award 2016), »Partenope» with Philippe Jaroussky and Karina Gauvin, »Catone in Utica«, »Giovincello« and »Haydn concertos« (Echo-Klassik Award 2016), »The Seven Last Words of Christ« by Haydn with Ensemble Resonanz (Diapason d’Or of the year 2018) and the C.P.E.Bach cello concertos with Jean- Guhien Queyras (Diapason d’Or of the year 2019).

Jan Seifert

Principal E-flat Clarinet

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.