• Tue. 15.06.
  • 8.00 p.m.
  • Bremen
    ·Die Glocke

Finnish All-Rounder

Works by Wagner, Schnittke and Mozart

At just 21 years old, the young Finn Tarmo Peltokoski is already a mature artistic personality, as the members of The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie were impressed to discover during a first workshop encounter. He learned his craft with Sakari Oramo, Hannu Lintu and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, themselves graduates of Jorma Panula’s famous talent factory. He additionally trained as a multi-prize-winning concert pianist and, as if that were not enough, he also composes and improvises on a high level.

An »idyll« is the term Richard Wagner used to describe the birthday surprise for his wife Cosima after the birth of their son Siegfried: the most beautiful themes from the great opera of the same name rearranged for a chamber orchestra. Also for a chamber orchestra, Alfred Schnittke composed his 3rd Concerto Grosso in 1985, a delightful mélange of styles with elements from Bach to Berg. The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen once again lives up to its reputation as an ›orchestra of soloists‹: the two solo violinists are from its midst! Mozart‘s mature Linz Symphony was composed in an amazingly short time: only four days from commissioning to being performed in concert!

Programme

    • Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
    • Siegfried Idyll WWV 103
    • Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998)
    • Concerto Grosso No. 3
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
    • Symphony No. 36 in C major K 425 (›Linzer‹)

Conductor

Tarmo Peltokoski

Pianist-conductor Tarmo Peltokoski studies conducting at the Sibelius Academy conducting class with Sakari Oramo, as well as piano with Antti Hotti as his teacher. He has studied conducting also with Jorma Panula, Hannu Lintu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Atso Almila, among others, and conducted several Finnish orchestras such as the Kuopio and Vaasa Symphony Orchestras, Kymi Sinfonietta and Seinäjoki City Orchestra, as well as the Manila Symphony Orchestra in the Philippines. He made his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in October 2020 conducting Jukka Tiensuu’s NEMO, and soon after in December with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a pianist, Peltokoski is a prize winner of several national competitions: he won the Leevi Madetoja Competition in 2018 and got several special prizes at the Tampere Piano Competition in 2017. The same year he was the youngest competitor in the International Maj Lind Competition, only 17 years old. He has performed as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and Vasa Symphony Orchestra, and has also played at several of the leading Finnish music festivals. He studied at the Youth Piano Academy from 2013 to 2019.

Violin

Sarah Christian

Sarah Christian’s wish is to convey the honest emotion and energy of classical music to her listeners. In her artistic life, she enjoys combining all influences, not having to compromise anything in her many roles as soloist, chamber musician, the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen’s concert master or as Artistic Director of a chamber music series in her home town of Augsburg. Here she makes the highest demands on herself. Her focus, when studying scores, is always on the music itself, which she approaches with the greatest respect. Her most important teacher is Antje Weithaas, with whom she studied at the Hanns Eisler Music College in Berlin and whose assistant she later became. As professor, Sarah Christian supervises her own class at the Stuttgart College of Music and Performing Arts.

One of her greatest competition success is the ARD Music Competition 2017, at which she won 2nd Prize (no 1st prize was awarded). She also won the audience prize and the Munich Chamber Orchestra’s special prize. Sarah Christian has performed in many European countries, as well as in China, Japan, South America and The United States. As soloist, she has played with orchestras such as the Camerata Salzburg, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia. She gave her debut at Carnegie Hall with the Bavarian State Orchestra in March 2018. Her Debut CD (GENUIN, 2017), featuring Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 80 and Schubert’s C Major Fantasy has been greatly praised by the press »Sarah Christian’s solo debut is simply fantastic! This violinist has proven to be an extremely sensitive interpreter and she is technically quite simply unimpeachable.« (klassik.com).

Violin

Glenn Christensen

Australian violinist Glenn Christensen was born and raised in the regional Queensland town of Mackay, where he received his early music education through the Suzuki Method with local teacher Diane Powell. Glenn then studied with Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours. He was also the first person ever to be awarded the three highest prizes – the Conservatorium Medal, the Music Medal and the University Medal.

From late 2020, Glenn has appeared as Principal 2nd Violin with Die Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen. From 2014 to 2020, Glenn was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has held the position of Principal First Violin in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra. He has performed as Guest Concertmaster or Principal with each of these orchestras, as well as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Glenn has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney. He was a finalist in the 2014 ABC Young Performer Awards, and in 2009 won every category in the prestigious Kendall National Violin Competition.

Conductor

Tarmo Peltokoski

Pianist-conductor Tarmo Peltokoski studies conducting at the Sibelius Academy conducting class with Sakari Oramo, as well as piano with Antti Hotti as his teacher. He has studied conducting also with Jorma Panula, Hannu Lintu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Atso Almila, among others, and conducted several Finnish orchestras such as the Kuopio and Vaasa Symphony Orchestras, Kymi Sinfonietta and Seinäjoki City Orchestra, as well as the Manila Symphony Orchestra in the Philippines. He made his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in October 2020 conducting Jukka Tiensuu’s NEMO, and soon after in December with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a pianist, Peltokoski is a prize winner of several national competitions: he won the Leevi Madetoja Competition in 2018 and got several special prizes at the Tampere Piano Competition in 2017. The same year he was the youngest competitor in the International Maj Lind Competition, only 17 years old. He has performed as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and Vasa Symphony Orchestra, and has also played at several of the leading Finnish music festivals. He studied at the Youth Piano Academy from 2013 to 2019.

Violin

Glenn Christensen

Australian violinist Glenn Christensen was born and raised in the regional Queensland town of Mackay, where he received his early music education through the Suzuki Method with local teacher Diane Powell. Glenn then studied with Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours. He was also the first person ever to be awarded the three highest prizes – the Conservatorium Medal, the Music Medal and the University Medal.

From late 2020, Glenn has appeared as Principal 2nd Violin with Die Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen. From 2014 to 2020, Glenn was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has held the position of Principal First Violin in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra. He has performed as Guest Concertmaster or Principal with each of these orchestras, as well as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Glenn has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney. He was a finalist in the 2014 ABC Young Performer Awards, and in 2009 won every category in the prestigious Kendall National Violin Competition.