Masterclass Student Masters
Workshop & concerts
Director and soloist:
Jan Vogler, violoncello
Mira Wang, violin
Antti Siirala, piano
Works by Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, Dmitri Shostakovich and Astor Piazzolla are rehearsed.
This year, Jan Vogler and his fellow Masterclass tutors will by celebrating a first minor anniversary: this will be the fifth edition of the workshop for talented young musicians that takes place at Neuhardenberg within the scope of the Masterclass Student Masters programme. By now, the class can already look back on a range of instrumentalists whose year-on-year development has become strikingly evident in Neuhardenberg. Without these workshops, they may well have followed different paths. The jointly developed annual concert programmes also illustrate this growth as they reflect how the quality and virtuosity of the participating soloists has improved over the years.
The class mainly addresses former winners of Jugend musiziert, Germany’s annual national competition for young classical musicians. The German Savings Banks Association’s cultural fund has funded this competition for many years; it also sponsors the Masterclass Student Masters programme. Jan Vogler and his colleagues view their work with the young prize winners as a development measure that builds on the previous successes of these exceptionally gifted young musicians and will stand them in good stead as they continue their musical careers. Visitors can follow the work of the tutors and their students at selected public rehearsals in order to gain an insight into the way the course participants address a piece of classical music. The dates and times of the public rehearsals will be published in good time on the foundation website and in the foundation newsletter; you are also welcome to call Schloss Neuhardenberg for more information during the workshop. The students and their tutors will present the results of their work within the scope of the workshop in the form of a public concert in the Schinkel Church on 3 August.
The Masterclass Student Masters programme was initiated in order to give young musicians who are at the beginning of their careers important stimuli for their further development through joint performances with famous virtuosos. It was set up in 2009 by the German Savings Banks Association in collaboration with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMBF). The Neuhardenberg workshop now features in the programme for the fifth time. The workshop will again be held in cooperation with the Moritzburg Festival, which is the base for Jan Vogler’s various activities to a certain extent and which he has directed extremely successfully since 2001.
The cellist Jan Vogler has a long-standing close relationship with the Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg. The New York Times admired Jan Vogler’s ‘lyrical sense’; the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper declared that he has a talent for ‘letting his cello speak like a singing voice’. Besides touring extensively with various ensembles, Jan Vogler is the Artistic Director of the annual Moritzburg Festival near Dresden, one of Germany’s top chamber music events. In addition, Jan Vogler also dedicates much of his time to the musical-literary project Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends – New Worlds together with the actor Bill Murray, which has celebrated huge international successes since its premiere in 2017. It has now also been released on CD by DECCA. The versatile musician has also won several awards for his charity work, including the European Culture Award in 2006 and the Erich-Kästner-Preis award, which honours those who have made a special contribution to promoting tolerance, humanitarianism and international understanding, in 2011. Jan Vogler plays a ‘Castelbarco-Fau’ Stradivari cello dating from 1707.
After her New York debut at the Avery Fisher Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Times described Mira Wang as ‘an astonishing soloist…who moves with complete ease between simplicity, grace and cheerfulness. The music just flowed from her.’ Mira Wang studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before she continued her education at Boston University, from which she graduated with honours. She has won many international prizes, for example first prizes at the Geneva International Competition and the New Zealand International Festival of Arts Lexus Violin Competition.
The pianist Antti Siirala is generally considered a highly musical, intelligent artist capable of covering a wide spectrum with his precisely differentiated playing techniques. In 1997, he won the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna, the youngest winner in the competition’s history. He has since worked with many renowned conductors, including Herbert Blomstedt, Michael Gielen, Kristjan Järvi and Sir Neville Marriner. Performances at, for instance, the Lucerne Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at Tonhalle Zurich have been milestones in his career so far. Antti Siirala has been professor of piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich since 2013.
Masterclass Student Masters
Workshop & concerts
Sat 3 August, 17:00
Price group I € 30 / concessions and NHB-Card € 24
Price group II € 24 / concessions and NHB-Card € 18
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