gfa piano masterclass
15 - 25 Ağustos
KONRAD RICHTER (Piano) Germany | CYPRIEN KATSARIS (Piano) France/Cyprus | GÜLSİN ONAY (Piano) Turkey |
Konrad Richter was born in 1935 in Upper Lusatia. At the tender age of 20 he had already graduated from Detmold Conservatory with the state examination for church music. Following this he studied Piano performance.
Konrad Richter began his international career early. As a soloist, chamber musician and ‘Lied’ pianist he guested in the most important European music centers, in Japan and major music festivals such as the “Salzburg Festival”, “Wiener Festwochen” and “Moscow December”. Besides numerous recordings for radio and television he also made recordings for well-known record labels.
Parallel to his artistic career Konrad Richter built his career as a teacher. In 1968 he was appointed professor at the Hamburg Musikhochschule. Two years later he received a call from Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (College of Music and Performing Arts), where he founded the first class for Lied interpretation for singers and pianists in addition to his piano class. Konrad Richter taught in Stuttgart until 2004.
As Rector of the Musikhochschule Stuttgart from 1986 to 1990 Konrad Richter initiated the project “To the victims of violence”, which became a significant contribution to the discovery and dissemination of the works of composers who were killed in the two world wars and in concentration camps. He was particularly committed to composer Viktor Ullmann. He premiered his piano concerto and his recording of this work was awarded the “German Record Prize”. Also, for the first time ever, he presented all seven piano sonatas in seven piano recitals and performed the first complete recording of these works.
For music publisher Schott he has edited all the piano sonatas composed by Viktor Ullmann in addition to the piano score of Ullmann’s piano concerto.
Since the 1970s Konrad Richter has been a regular guest in Japan for both concerts and masterclasses. He was a guest professor at Tokyo’s State College of Fine Arts “Geidai” and at the “Tokyo College of Music” from 2004 to 2006. Konrad still spends several weeks of the year as a visiting lecturer at various universities in Japan.
In 2013, he edited a new piano score of the Orchesterlieder “Four Last Songs” by Richard Strauss for the Zen-On publishing house in Tokyo.
A complete edition of the songs (Lieder) of Richard Strauss for the same Publisher is underway.
Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born on May 5th 1951 in Marseilles. He first began to play the piano at the age of four, in Cameroon where he spent his childhood. His first teacher was Marie-Gabrielle Louwerse.
A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied piano with Aline van Barentzen and Monique de la Bruchollerie (piano First Prize, 1969), as well as chamber music with René Leroy and Jean Hubeau (First Prize, 1970), he won the International Young Interpreters Rostrum-UNESCO (Bratislava 1977), the First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition (Versailles 1974) and he was the only western-European prize-winner at the 1972 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. He was also awarded the Albert Roussel Foundation Prize (Paris 1970) and the Alex de Vries Foundation Prize (Antwerp 1972).
He gave his first public concert in Paris, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on 8 May 1966, as a “Knight” of the youth competition “The Kingdom of Music”; he performed the Hungarian Fantasy by Franz Liszt, with the Orchestre Symphonique d’Ile-de-France conducted by René-Pierre Chouteau.
His major international career includes performances with the world’s greatest orchestras, most notably The Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington D.C., Detroit Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residenz Orchestra Den Haag, Brabant Orchestra, The NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Milan RAI Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, The Oxford Philomusica, The Auckland Philharmonia and The City of Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra whose inaugural concert’s and subsequent tour he was the featured soloist (1978). He has collaborated with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Simon Rattle, Myung Whun Chung, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Antal Doráti, Ivan Fischer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kent Nagano, James Conlon, Sir Charles Mackerras, Rudolf Barshai, Sandor Végh, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Dmitri Kitajenko, Andrey Boreyko, Christopher Warren-Green, Zdenek Mácal, Xian Zhang, Paul Mann, Marios Papadopoulos … and Karl Münchinger, who on the festive occasion of his farewell concert in 1986, with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, personally invited Mr. Katsaris to perform the Haydn D major Concerto.
In addition to his activities as a soloist he founded the “Katsaris Piano Quintet”. This has received a very enthusiastic response from both the press and audiences in the Americas, Europe and Japan.
Mr. Katsaris has recorded extensively for Teldec (Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin, Warsaw 1985; Grand Prix du Disque Franz Liszt, Budapest 1984 and 1989; British Music Retailers Association’s Award 1986; Record of the Year 1984, Germany, for the 9th Symphony of Beethoven/Liszt), Sony Classical, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, BMG-RCA, Decca, Pavane, and now on his own label, PIANO 21.
His discography consists of solo works by most of the greatest masters as well as works for piano and orchestra including Bach Concertos with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Brahm’s Concerto no. 2 with Eliahu Inbal conducting the Philharmonia (London), both Concertos of Mendelssohn with Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (of which Mendelssohn had been music Director), and the complete Concertos by Mozart, recorded live and performed in Salzburg and Vienna with Yoon K. Lee and the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie.
In addition to the standard repertory, Cyprien Katsaris has recorded, as world premières, long lost works such as the Liszt/Tchaikovsky Concerto in the Hungarian style with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Beethoven’s own piano arrangement of his ballet The Creatures of Prometheus and Gustav Mahler’s original piano version of Das Lied von der Erde with Mezzo Brigitte Fassbaender and Tenor Thomas Moser.
Mr. Katsaris has been a member of the jury of the following International Competitions: Chopin (Warsaw 1990), Liszt (Utrecht 1996), Vendôme Prize (Paris 2000), Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud – Ville de Paris (2001), Beethoven (Bonn 2005), Giorgos Thymis (Thessaloniki 2011) and Scriabin (Moscow 2012).
He has also conducted masterclasses at the Mannes College of Music, in New York City, the University of Toronto, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Arts Academy in Mexico, The Academy of Performing Arts in Hong-Kong, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In addition he was appointed Artistic Director of the Echternach International Festival (Luxembourg) from 1977 to 2007.
Mr. Katsaris’ work has been honoured and recognized by the following awards: “Artist of UNESCO for Peace” (1997), “Commandeur de l’Ordre de Mérite du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg” (2009) and “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” (France 2000). He also received the “Médaille Vermeil de la Ville de Paris” (2001) and the “Nemitsas Prize” (Cyprus, 2011). He is a member of ADAP, the Association of Artists for Peace and Honorary President of “Lisztomanias International”.
Gülsin Onay’s truly international career has spanned 68 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. Gülsin Onay has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world and has performed as a soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Munich Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. Conductors with which she has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Michael Boder, Andrey Boreyko, Jorg Faerber, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Edward Gardner, Emmanuel Krivine, Ingo Metzmacher, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jose Serebrier, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislaw Wislocki and Lothar Zagrosek. An exceptional Chopin interpreter, Gülsin Onay was in 2007 honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation. She is also acknowledged worldwide as the finest interpreter of the music of A.Adnan Saygun, whose works feature prominently in her concerts and recordings.
The artist presented the first public performances worldwide of Stuppner’s and Tabakov’s concertos as well as Saygun’s 2nd. Piano Concerto, which is dedicated to her. In addition to Saygun, Hubert Stuppner has also dedicated his 2nd piano concerto and Jean-Louis Petit Gemmes and Muhittin Dürrüoğlu-Demiriz their piano works named Bosphorus to the artist. The famous virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin composed Prélude for Gülsin Onay and Denis Dufour composed Avalanche for her.
Gülsin Onay has recorded 20 albums that illustrate the breadth of her repertoire as well as her interpretive power. Her 2007 CD featuring live concert recordings of Tchaikovsky’s 1st and Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto, has been acclaimed by critics and virtuosi alike. In 2008 CPO released her recording of both Saygun concertos, to widespread critical acclaim. The American label VAI has released a live DVD of her performances of the Grieg Concerto and the SaintSaens 2nd Concerto, followed in 2011 by a live recital DVD featuring her critically acclaimed performances from the Miami International Piano Festival. Her most recent issue is a recital of Haydn, Liszt and Schubert on the Dorian Sono Luminus label.
Since its inception in 2004, Gülsin Onay has been the artistic advisor of the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival. Gülsin Onay holds the titles of State Artist in her native Turkey, and of soloist for the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara.