Why van Beethoven? Beethoven stands for independence of mind, for revolutionary ideas, for music that reaches far beyond his own time. Beethoven was a lone wolf, but at the same time the central figure to begin new traditions of composing that influenced many of his successors.
Beethoven as a symbol of the three musicians’ closeness to the works of Viennese Classic, but also as a visionary and the creator of a new mode of composition – this fits in with the main mission of the TrioVanBeethoven: the care of the classical trio works, but also the commissioning of new compositions or crossover projects.
Clemens Zeilinger, 2011/12 “Artist in Residence” at the Brucknerhaus Linz, ranks among Austria’s leading pianists. He was the winner of the European Youth Music Competition in Antwerp and won awards at the European Chamber Music Competition in The Hague and at the Beethoven Competition in Vienna. As a soloist, he has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Royal Academy in London, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and the Tonkünstler – Orchester Niederösterreich. He has given concerts in many European countries, in the USA and Japan as well as in Korea, Morocco, Iran and Oman. In 2008, Clemens Zeilinger played all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, and in 2010 he presented a series of Schubert’s piano works at the same venue. He teaches at the University of Music in Vienna and at the Anton-Bruckner-University in Linz.
Verena Stourzh was a member of the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt from 1998 to its disbanding in 2010 and has an impressive record of concert appearances worldwide. With Haydn Trio Eisenstadt Verena Stourzh released complete CD-recordings of the piano trios by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert as well as the first complete recording of Haydn’s 429 folksong arrangements of Scottish and Welsh folk songs (with Lorna Anderson, soprano and Jamie MacDougall, tenor). In 2009, the Haydn commemorative year, Verena Stourzh played a violin by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona 1714, loaned to her by the Austrian National Bank. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Tonkünstler – Orchester Niederösterreich, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Brasilia Symphony Orchestra. Verena Stourzh performs on violins of Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, 1770, and Patrick Robin, 2003.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Franz Ortner acquired an international reputation at an early age. He was a prize winner of the International Brahms Competition in 2004 and at the Cello Competition „Gradus ad Parnassum“ in 2005 and was also a scholarship holder of the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez for two years. From 2006 to 2009, Franz Ortner was the principal cellist of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in Lisbon (Portugal) and from 2009 to 2014 he was the cellist of the Esbjerg Ensemble in Denmark. Currently he is a member of Musikkollegium Winterthur, Switzerland as well as of Le Concert Olympique, Belgium. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie, the Kammerorchester Rheinland-Pfalz, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Musikkollegium Winterthur. In 2010, together with the pianist Caroline Boirot, Franz Ortner released a CD with works by Brahms, Fuchs, Kirchner and Schumann and in 2011 a live CD was published with the Cello Concerto by Antonín Dvořák. Franz Ortner plays a cello of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, 1856.
Program: “Musical Ghost Summoning”
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in D Major op.70/1, “Ghost-Trio“
Allegro vivace e con brio
Largo assai ed espressivo
Johanna Doderer (born 1969): Trio Nr.2, DWV 52 „Dedicated to Haydn”
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Trio in d minor op. 49
Molto allegro ed agitato
Andante con moto tranquillo
Scherzo. Leggiero e vivace
Finale. Allegro assai appassionato
Tickets: General Admission $20
Includes post concert reception
hosted by the Embassy of Austria and the Austrian Cultural Forum
Tueday, September 19, 2023
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Church of St. Bartholomew
125 MacKay Street
Tickets: General admission - $20
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