• Fri. 13.09.
  • 8.00 p.m.
  • Bremen
    ·Die Glocke

Works by Say, Mozart and Villa-Lobos

Musikfest Bremen

Programme

    • Fazil Say (*1970)
    • Drum concerto
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
    • Piano concerto No. 23 in A major K 488
    • Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
    • ›Bachianas Brasileiras‹ Nr. 7

Conductor

Alondra de la Parra

Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances and her commitment to Latin American composers. She has conducted over 100 of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. From January 2017 until November 2019, she was Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, making her the first ever Music Director of an Australian orchestra. She is an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico, where she saw platinum-level sales of her first album ›Mi Alma Mexicana‹. Since July 2017, Deutsche Welle broadcasts ›Musica Maestra‹, a new classical format featuring Alondra de la Parra as both protagonist and reporter.

In the 2019/20 season, she celebrates debuts with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at Musikverein, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with Rolando Villazón, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Staatskapelle Dresden for the 2019 Christmas Concert at Frauenkirche Dresden, broadcast by the German TV channel ZDF. She conducts a concert at Komische Oper Berlin with cellist Jan Vogler and returns to the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen, which she has been working closely with for several years.

Highlights of recent seasons include the world premiere of the new production T.H.A.M.O.S at Mozartwoche Salzburg, with Camerata Salzburg and the theatre collective La Fura dels Baus around Carlus Padrissa, and her debut at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence.

Piano

Fazıl Say

Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say is one of a rare breed of exceptional musicians and crossover artists. He studied the piano in Ankara, Düsseldorf and Berlin. His talent as a composer was promoted early on by his first piano teacher Mithat Fenmen, who encouraged the young Fazıl Say to start his piano practice every day with improvisations on everyday themes.

His piano playing is characterized by virtuosity and temperament, wilfulness and assertiveness, as well as exceptional musicality and a broad musical horizon. His intensive interpretations can sometimes be rather unconventional. His composition style is influenced by a mix of classical and oriental music with elements of jazz.
Fazıl Say won first prize in the Young Concert Artists international auditions in New York. This led to engagements with all the major American and European orchestras and numerous renowned conductors, interpreting a broad repertoire of works ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach via the Classical and Romantic periods to contemporary music, including own compositions for the piano.

He has been ›Artist in Residence‹ at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Konzerthaus Berlin, at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Hamburger Elbphilharmonie concerts and the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Percussion

Martin Grubinger

Technical perfection, musical versatility and the simple joy of playing make Martin Grubinger most probably the best percussionist in the world. In his own unique way, this Austrian has contributed to placing percussion as a solo instrument at the heart of classical concert activity. As a teenager, this Salzburg-born percussionist was already drawing attention to himself at international competitions and has since won several awards, including the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival’s ›Bernstein Award‹ and the Jeunesses Musicales Würth Prize. This versatile instrumentalist has been professor of Classical Percussion / Multi Percussion at the Mozarteum in Salzburg since 2018.

In the 2016/17 season, Grubinger was Artist in Residence at the Elbphilharmonie. He debuted last autumn in Carnegie Hall, together with Yuja Wang and the Percussive Planet Ensemble, and has also featured in several high-profile European orchestral tours – some of which with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – including stops in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Baden-Baden, Göteburg and Stockholm. With his newest ensemble project ›The Bernstein Experience‹, Martin Grubinger opened the 2018/19 season at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In 2016, Martin Grubinger featured at the ›Summer in Lesmona‹ and, together with the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen, delivered a spectacular kick-off to the annual open air festival. Now we can look forward to the long-awaited reunion with this exceptional musician.

Conductor

Alondra de la Parra

Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances and her commitment to Latin American composers. She has conducted over 100 of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. From January 2017 until November 2019, she was Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, making her the first ever Music Director of an Australian orchestra. She is an official Cultural Ambassador of Mexico, where she saw platinum-level sales of her first album ›Mi Alma Mexicana‹. Since July 2017, Deutsche Welle broadcasts ›Musica Maestra‹, a new classical format featuring Alondra de la Parra as both protagonist and reporter.

In the 2019/20 season, she celebrates debuts with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at Musikverein, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with Rolando Villazón, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Staatskapelle Dresden for the 2019 Christmas Concert at Frauenkirche Dresden, broadcast by the German TV channel ZDF. She conducts a concert at Komische Oper Berlin with cellist Jan Vogler and returns to the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen, which she has been working closely with for several years.

Highlights of recent seasons include the world premiere of the new production T.H.A.M.O.S at Mozartwoche Salzburg, with Camerata Salzburg and the theatre collective La Fura dels Baus around Carlus Padrissa, and her debut at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence.

Percussion

Martin Grubinger

Technical perfection, musical versatility and the simple joy of playing make Martin Grubinger most probably the best percussionist in the world. In his own unique way, this Austrian has contributed to placing percussion as a solo instrument at the heart of classical concert activity. As a teenager, this Salzburg-born percussionist was already drawing attention to himself at international competitions and has since won several awards, including the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival’s ›Bernstein Award‹ and the Jeunesses Musicales Würth Prize. This versatile instrumentalist has been professor of Classical Percussion / Multi Percussion at the Mozarteum in Salzburg since 2018.

In the 2016/17 season, Grubinger was Artist in Residence at the Elbphilharmonie. He debuted last autumn in Carnegie Hall, together with Yuja Wang and the Percussive Planet Ensemble, and has also featured in several high-profile European orchestral tours – some of which with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – including stops in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Baden-Baden, Göteburg and Stockholm. With his newest ensemble project ›The Bernstein Experience‹, Martin Grubinger opened the 2018/19 season at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In 2016, Martin Grubinger featured at the ›Summer in Lesmona‹ and, together with the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen, delivered a spectacular kick-off to the annual open air festival. Now we can look forward to the long-awaited reunion with this exceptional musician.