The Second Austrian-Armenian Music Festival and Academy took place in Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor

Monday, September 20, 2010

For more details visit Festival schedule September 7-9, 2010, and September 11-12, 2010, 10.00h-15.30h Master-classes in Yerevan Yerevan State Conservatory – Ralph Manno, Clarinet, and Iván Eröd, Composition Sayat Nova Music School – Anna Maria Pammer, Vocal, and Georg Hamann, Violin, Viola and Chamber Music Tchaikovsky Music School – Gottlieb Wallisch, Piano John Sarkissian, Interpretative Analysis and Opera and Music Theatre Workshop September 9, 2010, ??h Lecture 1 by Iván Eröd September 10, 2010, 19.00h Chamber Music and Lieder Recital Yerevan Chamber Music Hall Anna Maria Pammer, Soprano Ralph Manno, Clarinet Georg Hamann, Viola Gottlieb Wallisch, Piano September 11, 2010, Lecture 2 by Iván Eröd on ??? (title of the lecture) September 11, 2010 Workshop Concert September 12, 2010, 19.00h Sayat Nova Music School Yerevan Workshop Concert September 13, 2010 Master-classes and Concert in Vanadzor 19.00h Concert Anna Maria Pammer, Soprano Gottlieb Wallisch, Piano Armen Babakhanian, Piano Iván Eröd, Piano September 14, 2010 Masterclasses and Concert in Gyumri 19.00h Concert Anna Maria Pammer, Soprano Gottlieb Wallisch, Piano Armen Babakhanian, Piano Iván Eröd, Piano September 16, 2010, 19.00h Yerevan Chamber Music Hall Closing Concert with selected participants of the Festival-Academy Anna Maria Pammer Soprano Anna Maria Pammer studied voice, violoncello, interpretation of song and oratorio, as well as opera technique in Vienna. Subsequently she received a Young Artist’s position at the Opera House in Zurich. She took master-classes with Walter Berry, Sena Jurinac and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. One of her first major roles took place in Udo Zimmermann’s The Schuhu and the Flying Princess at the Salzburg Music Festival 1995 and consequently at the Opera House in Leipzig. Since then she has been seen on the stages of Opèra de Paris, the Vienna Volksoper, as well as in Cologne, Ulm, and Klagenfurt. Anna Maria Pammer has performed with leading orchestras, including the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, the Chapelle Royale, the Orchestra of RAI Turino, the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic and the SWR Symphonic Orchestra, and with such distinguished conductors as Adam Fischer, Dennis Russell Davies, Sir Roger Norrington, Rudolf Barschai, Gary Bertini, Roberto Abbado, Philippe Herreweghe, Johannes Kalitzke und Franz Welser-Möst. She has sung with a wide array of chamber music ensembles, including the Arditti String Quartet, the Hagen Quartet, the Aron Quartet, the Diotima Quartet, the Quatuor Thymos, as well as with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, András Keller, and Gidon Kremer. Since 2007 Anna Maria Pammer has been Artist in Residence at the Bruckner House in Linz. Her concerts there encompass repertoire from Hildegard of Bingen to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She as created numerous world premieres of pieces by Niccolò Castiglioni, Balduin Sulzer, Gerd Kühr, Georg Kreisler, Manos Tsangaris, Bernhard Lang, Peter Androsch, Max Nagl, Reinhard Fuchs, Max Keller, Karl Heinz Füssl, Christian Muthspiel, Wolfgang Suppan, Christian Utz, Alexander Stankovski, Michael Amann, and Clemens Gadenstätter. Anna Maria Pammer’s discography currently consists of 25 titles. Her most recent releases include Robert Schumann’s Album für die Jugend op.79, and sulzer.wittgenstein.pammer, Balduin Sulzers setting of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus logico-philosophicus. Ralph Manno Clarinet Born in Brühl (Germany), Ralph Manno is one of the leading clarinetists of his generation. During his studies in Cologne and Berlin he received national and international scholarships, such as the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes” and the “Herbert-von-Karajan-Academy” of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a prize-winner of the “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb”. Already at the age of 23 he became solo-clarinetist of WDR Orchestra Cologne, before Sergiu Celibidache asked him to join the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides numerous perfomances as soloist with many renowned orchestras Ralph Manno dedicates himself enthusiastically to chamber music. Contemporary music is of equal importance to him; Manno collaborated with Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio and Krzysztof Penderecki and initiated many new pieces by living composers. His vast discography contains the most famous compositions for clarinet by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Hindemith, Strawinsky, Messiaen, Bartok etc. as well as French repertoire from the 20th century. At the age of only 29 he was appointed Professor for Clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne. He regularly gives masterclasses in the USA, Japan, South America, Australia and Europe and is a sought-after performer at international festivals. Georg Hamann Violin, Viola and Chamber Music was born in Vienna and studied violin and viola at the University of Musik in Vienna with K. Maetzl and Hatto Beyerle, both members of the Alban Berg Quartet. He also worked with Max Rostal and William Primrose. Georg Hamann is a member of the aron quartett, holds the position of the first solo-viola of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and is professor for violin and viola at the University of Music in Vienna. Both as a violinist and a viola player Georg Hamann has been giving masterclasses in Europe, the USA and Japan and has appeared at well known festivals. He has recorded numerous CDs with solo pieces and chamber music works. His CD with viola music of the 20th century and the recording of Mozart's Sinfonia concertante for “Camerata” have been highly acclaimed. Gottlieb Wallisch Piano Born to a Viennese family of musicians, Gottlieb Wallisch was admitted to the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts at the age of six years, and later graduated with distinction from the class of Heinz Medjimorec. He has participated in master classes given by Oleg Maisenberg and Dmitrij Bashkirov, and studied with Pascal Devoyon in Berlin and with Jacques Rouvier in Paris. Gottlieb Wallisch is a prize winner of several international piano competitions, amongst which is the 1st Prize and the „Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich“ at The Stravinsky Awards (USA). He was also a finalist both at the 1999 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and at the XXI. Concours Clara Haskil in Vevey in 2005.Gottlieb Wallisch has performed with leading orchestras including the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductors like G. Sinopoli, D. Russell Davies, Y. Menuhin, N. Marriner, C. Hogwood, P. Entremont, K. Petrenko, L. Foster and W. Weller. Numerous concert tours have taken him to the USA (Carnegie Hall, Washington DC, Krannert Center West Palm Beach), Great Britain (Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall), Japan, Hong Kong, the Middle East, Africa, and many European countries, including Spain, Germany and Switzerland. He has made appearances at renowned festivals and concert halls, for example the Lucerne Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Beethovenfest Bonn, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Tonhalle Zürich, Festival de Wallonie, Singapore Arts Festival. In the summer of 2002, Gottlieb Wallisch gave his much-acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival. Recent seasons have seen him performing at the Musikhalle Hamburg, the Kölner Philharmonie, “De Doelen” Rotterdam, the Budapest Spring Festival, the December Nights in Moscow and the Wiener Festwochen. In the Mozart anniversary year 2006 and the Haydn anniversary year 2009 he gave a cycle of concerts in the Musikverein Vienna dedicated to the works of these composers. As a respected artist of the Viennese piano tradition he has recently signed to the British recording company LINN records. His debut CD with this Label “Mozart in Vienna” was released in spring 2010. John Sarkissian Composer - Interpretative Analysis and Opera and Music Theatre Workshop John Sarkissian was born in Iran into a family of Armenian emigrants from Russia. His first compositions appeared when he was only 13. He has studied composition and piano at “Conservatorio Nicolini” in Piacenza, Italy, UCLA, and New England Conservatory of Boston, where he received his graduate degrees. His composition teachers include Shaheen Farhat, Paul Reale, Ian Krouse, Russell Steinberg, John Heiss, and John Corigliano. His piano teachers include Sheldon Steinberg, and the legendary pianist Johana Harris. John Sarkissian's music has been heard at in the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Iceland, Armenia and the Middle East by such artists and ensembles as Armen Babakhanian, Esther Budiardjo, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Luis Leguia, Emanuel Feldman, Penelope Bitzas, Noune Karapetian, Yeghishe Manucharian, Carmen Peralta-Rodriguez, Karen Sauer, Susanna Martirosyan, Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, Gottlieb Wallisch, National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, the Icelandic Youth Orchestra, the Arden String Quartet, etc. His music was also chosen by pianists as part of their program presented at instrumental competitions. John Sarkissian is the author of symphonic, chamber, stage, vocal and solo instrumental music. His music shows the influences of his varied background. In spite of general American eclecticism principles which guide and shape his sound world, John Sarkissian’s predilection for polytonality and strong, albeit irregular rhythms give his music its particular Oriental-Eastern-European flavor. John Sarkissian is the recipient of Armenian Allied Arts Association’s first prize in composition for his choral song-cycle “the Birds” on medieval Armenian poetry and “Theme and Variations for Solo Piano”. Sarkissian was a founder-member of “Just in Time Composers and Players” in 1995 in Boston. His “Theme and Variations for Piano” performed by Gottlieb Wallisch has been released on CD by the “Living Artist Recordings” label in fall 2008. Armen Babakhanian Piano A prize-winner at several of the world's most prestigious international piano competitions including the Leeds, the Van Cliburn, the Guardian Dublin, the William Kappell, the Gina Bachauer, and the World Piano Competition, Armen Babakhanian has captured the imagination of the audiences and the critics alike through the intensity and honesty of his performances. Mr. Babakhanian has given recitals in the USA, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Spain. He has appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Irish National Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov, with Moscow Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, Slovenian Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic. Festival appearances include the Aspen, Interlochen, Santander and Baalbec Music festivals. In 2004 Mr. Babakhanian founded the “Cadence-Ensemble”, since then performing at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the UK, France, Belgium, Lithuania, Greece, Japan, Korea, USA and Canada. Currently he is Artist-in-Residence at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan. His most recent recording of Complete Piano Works by Aram Khachaturian was awarded as “Best Classical Album of the Year” at the Armenian Award 2007. In addition to his performing career, Mr. Babakhanian has served as jury member for several international piano competitions. In 1999, he founded and served as Artistic Director for the Armenian Legacy Pan Armenian Competition. He has been appointed Artistic Director of Yerevan International Piano Competition to be held in April-May 2011. He has taught master-classes in Russia, UK, Spain, Japan, China, Iceland and the USA. In 2008 he received the Gold Medal by Ministry of Culture and the “Artist Emeritus” from the President of Republic of Armenia. Iván Eröd, Composer Iván Eröd was born in 1936 in Budapest where he studied with Zoltan Kodály and later in Vienna with Karl Schiske. He served for many years as a Professor at the University of Music in Vienna and is regarded as one of Austria’s most distinguished and original contemporary composers. Unrestrained mirth and utmost seriousness mark the oeuvre of Iván Eröd and thus reflect two significant traits of the composer's character. Whereas the early works of his Hungarian phase stand especially under the influence of Bartók, Kodály and Hungarian folk music, Eröd's works written immediately before his emigration to Vienna in 1956, and right afterwards reflect – similarly to many of his comtemporaries – his experiences with dodecaphonism of the "Second Viennese School" and with its extension, serialism. Thus, works as the Wind Trio op. 4 (1957, rev. 1987) or the Ricercare ed Aria op. 11 for wind quartet (1965) are based on twelve-tone structures. Already during the work on his opera Die Seidenraupen ("The Silkworms", 1964 - 68), an initially strict serial structure gave way to a freer treatment. With his First Violin Sonata op. 14 (1969/70), Eröd finally returned to a new tonal orientation. Ever since, his aim is a thoroughly sophisticated tonal language that nevertheless can be understood by a wider audience. The main difference to conservative tonal composers of those times lies in the variety of the tonal material employed (for example modal scales, "gypsy" scales, etc.); and on the other hand in the integration of serial techniques. Far from being programmatic, many works contain references to autobiographical experiences or to historical events: the Violin Concerto op.15 (1973), for example, the Krokodilslieder ("Crocodile Songs", op. 28, 1979/80), the Viola Concerto op. 30 (1979/80), or the Second String Sextet op. 68 (1996) all point out the composer's intimate relationship to his wife and children; the experience of his family's racial persecution during his childhood is reflected in the song cycle Über der Asche zu singen op. 65 (1994). Another specific feature of Eröd's music is the use of Hungarian elements (Quintetto ungherese op. 58, 1990, and in the First Symphony "From the Old World" op. 67, 1995), but also the influence of Jazz and Blues, such as in the Piano Concerto op. 19 and in the Minnesota Sinfonietta op.51. Iván Eröd’s oeuvre encompasses more than 100 works, including 2 Symphonies and 5 operas. Rudolf Jungwirth Composer Rudolf Jungwirth was born in Linz in 1955. He teaches organ, harpsichord, organ improvisation, historical performance practice and theorie on the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversity, Linz, Upper Austria, as well as organ and harpsichord at the Music School, Linz. His first organ tuition was with Hedwig Ebermann. He studied composition with Helga Schiff-Riemann. He continued his studies in Vienna, where he obtained a performer´s diploma for organ in Michael Radulescu´s class at the Vienna Academy as well as qualifications in music education and history at the University of Vienna. Rudolf Jungwirth regulary performs as organist and harpsichordist. He was conductor of the Johann Nepomuk David Choir Eferding for 9 years (1997 – 2005). He is cantor of the Protestant Church, Eferding. He has received numerous awards and prices for his compositional activities, most recently the Upper Austrian Cultural Prize for Composition 1999 and the WKOÖ Cultural Prize for Composition 2009. He was Composer in Residence at the music festivals “Carinthischer Sommer 2006” and “Klangschloss Tillysburg 2008”. He is often commissioned for new works and features as composer in concerts and CD recordings. Many of his works were premiered by famous artists on festivals in most European countries, Russia, the USA and in Brazil. Programmes of concerts Friday, September 10th, 2010, 19.00h Yerevan Chamber Music Hall Chamber Music and Lieder Recital Anna Maria Pammer, Soprano Ralph Manno, Clarinet Georg Hamann, Viola Gottlieb Wallisch, Piano Iván Eröd, Piano Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Six selected songs on poems by Friedrich Rückert Widmung op. 25/1 Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint op.37/1 Volksliedchen op. 51/2 Jasminenstrauch op. 27/4 Aus den östlichen Rosen op. 25/25 Liebster, deine Worte stehlen op. 101/2 Iván Eröd (*1936) Three Pieces for Piano op. 66 Hommage à D. L. (1995) Bartók emlékezete (1995) Blumenstück (1997) Iván Eröd Tutto ho perduto for Soprano and Violin op. 12 (1965) Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (from „Des Knaben Wunderhorn“) Lob des hohen Verstands (from „Des Knaben Wunderhorn) Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1962) Allegro tristamente Romanza Allegro con fuoco - Intermission - Robert Schumann „Märchenbilder“ for Piano and Viola op. 113 (1851) Nicht schnell Lebhaft Rasch Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck Iván Eröd Über der Asche zu singen Five Songs on poems by Richard Bletschacher op. 65 (1994) Sub auspiciis finis Genreszene Nachsinnen im Exil Requiem Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Viola, E-flat Major KV 498 „Kegelstatt-Trio“ Andante Menuetto Rondeaux: Allegretto Monday, September 13th, 2010, 19.00h ??? Vanadzor Tuesday, September 14th, 2010, 19.00h ??? Gyumri Chamber Music and Lieder Recital Anna Maria Pammer, Soprano Gottlieb Wallisch, Piano Armen Babakhanian, Piano Iván Eröd, Piano Iván Eröd (*1936) Über der Asche zu singen Five Songs on poems by Richard Bletschacher op. 65 (1994) Sub auspiciis finis Genreszene Nachsinnen im Exil Requiem Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Six selected songs on poems by Friedrich Rückert Widmung op. 25/1 Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint op.37/1 Volksliedchen op. 51/2 Jasminenstrauch op. 27/4 Aus den östlichen Rosen op. 25/25 Liebster, deine Worte stehlen op. 101/2 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) Fantasy for an Organ-roll in f-minor by W. A. Mozart (1791), KV 608 B 91 for 2 Pianos - Intermission - Rudolf Jungwirth (* 1955) Wieder Nacht Five Songs on Poems by Christine Lavant for Soprano and Piano (1997) Aus Brombeergedörn und Sindelbaum Fragt nicht, was die Nacht durchschneidet Wieder Nacht Du mit, für mich, verriegelten Mund So nah ging mir die Nacht noch nie (Grabschrift) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Haydn-Variations op. 56b for 2 Pianos