In 1962 when one of the student violinists of the Bern Conservatory, Alexander van Wijnkoop and thirteen fellow students founded Camerata Bern, they decided to play standing and without a conductor only. Just four years after their foundation they have become so highly-acclaimed that they set off for a 17-week world tour and have not lost momentum ever since. In its history Camerata Bern has invited fantastic musicians to be their guest artists, for instance Maurice André, Gidon Kremer, Jean-Pierre Rampal and András Schiff. For the 50th anniversary of their foundation twenty composers have dedicated new pieces (one piece by each musician) for the ensemble, among them Heinz Holliger and Patricia Kopatchinskaja who has been participating in their joint work as their artistic director from the 2018/2019 season. On February 8th Balázs Fülei will be the guest artist of Camerata Bern in the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy and will play concertos by Liszt and Bach. The concert will be broadcast live by Bartók Rádió. Tickets and information
THE YOUNG CHOPIN
On November 2nd, 1830 the twenty-year-old Chopin got on a carriage to leave Poland behind and start a new life in Paris. He was wearing a ring on his finger he had received from Konstancja Gladkowska, a singer, also at the beginning of her career. His love for the girl has inspired his Piano Concerto in E minor, too – the piece premiered a month earlier, on October 11th in Warsaw when Chopin played it during his farewell concert in Poland. Chopin has dedicated this concerto to one of his idols, Friedrich Kalkbrenner, a celebrated pianist of his era, living in Paris. An interesting addition that publishers in Paris initially were not too enthusiastic about his piece, saying it was so difficult to play that an amateur pianist would never be able to cope with it. On October 2nd Balázs Fülei will play the Piano Concerto in E minor with the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniel Raiskin. Tickets and information
CONCERT AND MASTERCLASS IN RIGA
The Latvian Academy of Music in Riga was founded in 1919 and the Latvian composer, Jāzeps Vītols teaching at the famous Saint Petersburg Conservatory for thirty years, was appointed to be its first rector, who, consequently, based music education on Petersburgian traditions. The Academy, now named after Vitols has invited Balázs Fülei to give a solo recital on February 26th and hold a chamber music masterclass during the three days following his concert.
Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music
How many things are necessary for three or four musicians who have not met before to get in tune with one another and be able to play together? Possible answers are given by the workshop called Reconnections having been organized by the Liszt Academy and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 2013. This year Budapest will host the event again: on behalf of the Liszt Academy, István Varga cellist and Balázs Fülei will be working with the Israeli-Hungarian mixed chamber music groups to be formed on the spot. The closing event of the programme will be a public concert on February 20th in the Solti Hall where the audience will have the opportunity to watch the productions rehearsed during the six days of the masterclass.
Participants of Reconnections in Jerusalem last year
An extraordinary surprise was waiting for the audience after Balázs Fülei’s programme titled ’Piano Gastronomy’ at the end of January int he Bartók Memorial House: after the concert, as an unusual encore, they could taste an exquisite speciality prepared by chef Csongor Adorján.