Evening Recital N° 4

Roderick Cox Conductor
Andreas Ehelebe Double Bass

Aaron Copland

  • »Appalachian Spring«. Suite for orchestra (1945 version)

Giovanni Bottesini

  • Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 in B minor

Johannes Brahms

  • Serenade No. 2 in A major, Opus 16

»Fantastically beautiful«

Like the first Serenade, Johannes Brahms’s second in A major was influenced by the court orchestra of his Detmold home and by the study of classical models. Conceived for a small orchestra without violins, the 25-year-old composer recognised the influence of Mozart’s wind serenades on this »preliminary study«, which was in fact an important staging post on the path to his first symphony. But »Schubertian« motifs can also be heard in the opening movement; and the dance-like Quasi Menuetto is reminiscent of Haydn. Clara Schumann said of the contemplative Adagio, inspired by Bach’s canons and fugues: »It is fantastically beautiful! The whole piece has something sacred about it; it could be an Eleison.«

Roderick Cox

Roderick Cox is the winner of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the U.S Solti Foundation.
Highlights of the season 2021/2022 include debuts with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Seattle Symphony and New World Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Malmö SymfoniOrkester, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester and Sinfonia Lahti, as well as returns to Washington National Symphony Orchestra.

Recent highlights include his debuts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Dresdner Philharmonie, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Cleveland Orchestra (Blossom Music Festival), Dallas Symphony Orchestra; as well as returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival Chamber Orchestra.

In the theatre, Roderick has recently made important debuts at the Houston Grand Opera (»Pêcheurs de Perles«) and San Francisco Opera (»Il barbiere di Siviglia«), as well as recording Jeanine Tesori’s »Blue« with the Washington National Opera. This season, he returns to the Opéra national de Montpellier for »Rigoletto«, having made an

impressive debut there with a symphonic concert last season.

With a passion for education and diversity and inclusion in the arts, Roderick started the Roderick Cox Music Initiative (RCMI) in 2018 — a project that provides scholarships for young musicians of colour from underrepresented communities, allowing them to pay for instruments, music lessons, and summer camps. Roderick and his new initiative will be featured in an upcoming documentary called Conducting Life.

Born in Macon, Georgia, Roderick attended the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and then later attended Northwestern University graduating with a master’s degree in 2011. He was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival in 2013 and has held fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as part of their Project Inclusion program and at the Chautauqua Music Festival, where he was a David Effron Conducting Fellow. In 2016, Roderick was appointed as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, under Osmo Vänskä, for three seasons, having previously served as assistant conductor for a year.

photo: © Susie Knoll

Andreas Ehelebe

Principal Bass

Andreas Ehelebe was born in Wernigerode in 1994. He received his first double bass lessons at the age of eleven and was initially trained by Andreas Nettels and Prof. Frithjof- Martin Grabner, during his studies then by Prof. Dorin Marc at the Nuremberg University of Music. He also received important impulses as an academist in the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where Janne Saksala was his mentor.

Andreas gained his first orchestral experience in the state and national youth orchestras, and later in the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Today he is a welcome guest of numerous top orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the BR, SWR, NDR and MDR Symphony Orchestras, the Bamberg Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.

At the German Music Competition 2015, Andreas was awarded a scholarship and participated in the Federal Selection Concerts of Young Artists in

the 2016/2017 season. He also received 1st prize and the audience prize at the International Lake Constance Music Competition Überlingen 2015 and at the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen 2017. At the 2018 International Johann Matthias Sperger Competition, Andreas was also awarded a first prize, along with several special prizes. Andreas is supported by the Märkische Kulturkonferenz, the Richard-Wagner Verband, the Peter Pirazzi Foundation, the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz.

Since 2020, he has played as principal double bass in the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, where he is also active as a pedagogue in the Giuseppe Sinopoli Academy. In addition, he has been teaching at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy" Leipzig since 2022 as part of a teaching assignment.

From October 2023 Andreas Ehelebe will teach as a professor at the Rostock University of Music and Drama.