Evening Recital N° 3

Christoph Koncz Conductor
Constantin Hartwig Tuba

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • »Leonore«-Overture No. 3 op. 72b

Arild Plau

  • Concerto for tuba and string orchestra

Robert Schumann

  • Symphony No. 2 in C major op. 61

"Inside me it is cramming and trumpeting a lot for a few days now, I don't know what will come of it," Schumann wrote from Dresden to his friend Mendelssohn in December 1845. For the composer, writing the C major symphony in only 16 days had a therapeutic effect. "I wrote the symphony while still half-sick; I feel as if one should be able to hear it. Only in the last movement did I begin to feel myself again." The work was premiered in Leipzig in November 1846. In his adopted country, it took longer for Schumann to establish himself as a symphonist: the Dresden premiere of the Second on 23 December 1859 under Carl August Krebs, however, triggered a series of performances.

  • Tuesday
    20:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    6 – 17 €

Christoph Koncz

The young Austrian conductor Christoph Koncz has already established himself as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, performing worldwide with orchestras such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

During the upcoming season, Christoph Koncz will appear for the first time with the London Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony and Mahler Chamber orchestras as well as at the National Theatre Prague and the Wiener Staatsoper. He will also return to the New World Symphony Miami and the Opernhaus Zürich and make further debuts with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Düsseldorfer  Symphoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique  du Luxembourg, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla  y  León, Aarhus  Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic.

Christoph Koncz is Music Director Designate of the Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse, starting his tenure in September 2023. Currently in his fourth season as Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss  am  Rhein, Christoph Koncz has also been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the renowned French period instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre. His debut at the 2013 Salzburg Mozartwoche was followed by concerts at such prestigious venues as the Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, KKL  Lucerne and Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as at the Salzburg Festival.

Christoph Koncz is particularly noted for his interpretations of the works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His recording of the Complete Violin Concertos as soloist and conductor with Les Musiciens du Louvre was released by Sony Classical in October 2020 under the title Mozart's Violin and caused an international sensation for being the first recording of these famous works on the composer's original Baroque violin. The Strad magazine described Koncz's performance as ‘a masterly demonstration of melodic playing’.

Born 1987 in Konstanz into an Austrian-Hungarian family of musicians, Christoph Koncz received his first violin lessons at the age of four. Only two years later he entered the Vienna University of Music, where he also enrolled in the conducting class of Mark Stringer in 2005. Master classes with Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding and David Zinman further enriched his musical education. At the age of just nine, he received worldwide acclaim for starring as child prodigy Kaspar Weiss in the Canadian feature film The Red Violin, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

Christoph Koncz made his North American debut as a violin soloist at age twelve with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit, leading to collaborations with conductors such as Sir  Neville Marriner, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Marc Minkowski. An avid chamber musician, his musical partners include Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell, Vilde Frang, Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Kim Kashkashian, Gautier Capuçon, Nicolas Altstaedt, Andreas Ottensamer and Rudolf Buchbinder. His concert engagements have taken him to numerous countries across Europe and to the Middle East, Asia, Australia as well as North and South America.

In 2008, at the age of twenty, Christoph Koncz was appointed principal second violin of the Vienna Philharmonic, a position he has held ever since. He plays the 1707 ex Brüstlein violin by Antonio Stradivari on generous loan by the National Bank of Austria.

Constantin Hartwig

Principal Tuba

Constantin Hartwig, 1992 in Neustadt/Weinstraße geboren, ist seit 2022 Solo-Tubist der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden. Nach erstem Tubaunterricht bei seinem Vater Rainer Hartwig absolvierte er ein Jungstudium bei Prof. Ralf Rudolph, bevor er 2012 sein Studium an der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover bei Prof. Jens Bjørn-Larsen antrat.

Im Jahr 2016 wurde Constantin Hartwig sowohl als Preisträger des Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs als auch des Internationalen Aeolus Bläserwettbewerbs ausgezeichnet. Ein Jahr danach wurde seine Debüt-CD „Klischee ade” beim Label GENUIN veröffentlicht. Seitdem ist er europaweit als Solist mit Orchestern wie dem SWR Symphonieorchester, dem Beethoven Orchester Bonn, den Düsseldorfer Symphonikern und dem Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra in Konzertsälen wie dem Gewandhaus Leipzig oder der Tonhalle Düsseldorf aufgetreten.

Internationale Beachtung fand sein Solokonzert bei den BBC Proms 2022, als er mit dem BBC Symphony Orchestra Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Tubakonzert in der Royal Albert Hall aufführte.

Seine Aktivitäten als Orchestermusiker führten ihn zu den Orchestern der Rundfunkanstalten des HR, des WDR, des BR, des RBB und den Opernhäusern in München, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf und Dortmund.

Im Jahr 2022 wurde Constantin Hartwig mit seinem aus drei Tuben bestehenden Ensemble „Trio 21meter60” mit dem OPUS KLASSIK ausgezeichnet. Darüber hinaus geht er seiner Leidenschaft als Kammermusiker als Mitglied des international ausgezeichneten Blechbläserquintetts „LJO Brass” und als gern gesehener Gast in Ensembles wie „German Brass”, „Salaputia Brass” und dem „Blechbläserensemble Ludwig Güttler” nach.