Masterclass Student Masters
Workshop & concerts
Beethoven’s cello sonatas
Workshop and concerts
Jan Vogler, violoncello
Martin Stadtfeld, piano
with the kind support of
the German Savings Banks
Association cultural fund
To mark Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the Schloss Neuhardenberg foundation is organising a special workshop as part of the Masterclass Student Masters series of events with not just one but two renowned stars of the international music scene as tutors, Jan Vogler and Martin Stadtfeld. With their four students, they will be working on the great composer’s cello sonatas in intensive lessons for a week.
Ludwig van Beethoven wrote five sonatas for piano and violoncello that exemplify the three stages of his creative output: the two Opus 5 sonatas are typical for the young, provocative piano virtuoso’s early works, the great A major sonata Opus 69 is one of the main works from the middle period, and the two Opus 102 sonatas ring in the style of the last stage. The intense focus on one type of work therefore also covers a wide spectrum of the composer’s oeuvre.
Jan Vogler is one of the most important cellists of our times. Besides touring extensively with various ensembles, Jan Vogler directs the Dresden Music Festival and is also the artistic director of the annual Moritzburg Festival near Dresden. In 2014, Jan Vogler won the ECHO Klassik award in the category Instrumentalist of the Year (Cello) for his Sony recording of Bach’s six Cello Suites. He has long-standing ties with the Schloss Neuhardenberg foundation. In the Beethoven year 2020, he will be leading the chamber music workshop for young soloists for the sixth time. It will be accompanied by a masterclass dedicated exclusively to this composer.
At only 22 years old, an undaunted Martin Stadtfeld chose one of the most challenging of all works for the piano, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, for his first CD recording, released in 2002. It attracted a huge amount of attention from the international press. He is now at home on the world’s most famous concert stages, and guests with major orchestras and at festivals. He is particularly committed to introducing children and teenagers to classical music. To mark the Beethoven year, he will be visiting schools with a special programme aimed at permitting the young people to get to know the composer’s music.
At the end of the Neuhardenberg workshop, the students and their tutors will present the results of their work in a joint concert.