GRAN GALA - CREATED BY MØN
22 July | 19.30
Møn Summer Concert works to be a festival that equally presents the existing music and at the same time helps to pave the way for new works.
This year it is a great honor and pleasure to be behind the creation of 2 new Pas de deux, created by Kammertänzer Marian Walter from the Staatsballett Berlin and then the Canadian choreographer Eric Gauthier.
The evening's premieres are presented alongside excerpts from the ballet and chamber music literature.
Dmitrij Sjostakovitj (1906-1975)
piano trio nr. 1, c-mol, opus 8
Andante - Allegro
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
An die Musik, opus 88:4
"Les Adieux" (2023)
Coreography: Eric Gauthier
Music: Metallica: "Nothing else matters"
arr. for string quartet and guitar
Choreography: Roland Petit (1924-2011)
New choreography: Alberto Alonso (1917-2007)
Music: Georges Bizet (1838-1875): Carmen excerpt
arr. for piano
"No pit too deep"
Choreography: Hannah Gerrard
Music: John Williams (1932-): Schindlers list
arr. for string quartet and dance
"A day in life" (2023)/World Premiere
Choreography: Marian Walter
Music: Niklas Walentin (1994-): "Gnossiene" for piano
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
piano trio nr. 15, C-dur, opus 27
Choreography: Mats Ek (1945-)
Music: Adolphe Adam (1803-1856): Giselle excerpt
arr. for 2 flutes, 2 violins, 2 violas and cello
Choreography: Hannah Gerrard
Music: Ian Clarke (1964-): Sunstreams (1986)
for flute and piano
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Hjertets Melodier (1864): "Jeg elsker dig"
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
West Side Story (1957): "Tonight"
White Swan Pas de Deux
Choreography: Patrice Bart after Marius Petipa
Music: Peter Tjajkovskij (1840-1893):
Swan Lake: White Swan Pas de Deux
arr. for harp, violin and cello
Møn Festival Ensemble
Hannah Gerrard (dance) is currently employed by Ballet Do Douro in Porto, Portugal. She trained at KSDance in the UK where she completed the Trinity Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance, majoring in classical ballet dance and modern dance. She is also trained as a classical ballet teacher and has worked with companies such as Allegrodance Touring Company, New Creations Collective and Ballet North West. Hannah has performed roles such as "Odette/Odile" in "Swan Lake" and has been a soloist in "La Sylphide" and is a member of the Corps de ballet in "The Nutcracker". In addition, Hannah is also an accomplished musician and plays the trombone and flute.
Veronika Yungova (dance). Since the age of three, she has been taking dance lessons and when she turned eleven, she was accepted at the Eva Jaczova Dance Conservatory in Bratislava. During her studies, she had the opportunity to perform in various classical pieces at the Slovak National Theater, such as The Nutcracker (Clara and Pas de Trois) and much more. Upon graduating from the conservatory, Veronika was immediately offered a position as a member of the ballet corps at the Slovak National Theater, where she works today. Since 2020, she has also been studying classical dance pedagogy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where she has just completed her bachelor's degree. In her childhood, she also played the piano for eight years.
Elisa Bartolomé (flute) hails from the Canary Island of Tenerife/Spain. She completed her bachelor's degree at the Higher Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands with the highest grade. She participated in the FIMUCITÉ Festival (Tenerife International Cinema Music Festival) and collaborated with the Atlantic Symphonic Orchestra and Atlantic Youth Symphonic Orchestra, CSMC Contemporary Music Ensemble and Maximum Ensemble, among others. Elisa studies classical flute at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Alena Walentin.
Trio Chagall founded by Lorenzo Nguyen (piano), Edoardo Grieco (violin) and Francesco Massimino (cello) has recently gained attention in the musical community as the winner of the second overall prize (first prize was not awarded) at the 20th edition of the Premio "Trio di Trieste", where it also received the special prizes "Dario de Rosa" for best performance of a piece by Schumann, "Fernanda Selvaggio" for best trio of the competition and the "Young award" as most promising ensemble finalist. With an average age of 20, the trio is the youngest chamber group ever to receive an award in the competition's history.
Justin Julian (viola) was born in Sydney and is currently principal viola of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest violinist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and worked with the Opera Australia Orchestra. While studying with Roger Benedict at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Justin was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and completed the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program. Justin has participated in masterclasses with Anne Sophie Mutter, Isabelle van Keulen, Hartmut Rohde, Jean Sulem and William Coleman. He has also participated in courses including the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program, Mozarteum Summer Academy and Carl Flesch Academy.
Theresa Laun (cello) started playing at the age of 5 and is currently studying with Reinhard Latzko in Vienna. She has won both the national competition "prima la musica" and "musica juventutis", which has led to several performances at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Wiener Musikverein, Mozarthaus, Biennale Horn, among others. Theresa is a member of the cello quartet "Die Kolophonistinnen". With her ensemble she has recorded the CD "Heldinnenleben", won the BePhilharmonic competition in Vienna and was awarded second place at the Fanny-Mendelssohn Förderpreis. Theresa has toured Chile and performed in many of Austria's most important concert venues and halls such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Musikverein and Musikverein Graz.
Antonia Ohnimus (viola) was born in Germany. Since 2018, she has been studying for her master's degree at the Universität der Künste (Berlin) with Hartmut Rohde. She is a multiple prize winner of international and national competitions. Since 2022, she regularly plays as a substitute with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others. She is also a member of the international Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. She has also received several scholarships from the Jugend Kammermusik Initiative (Hamburg) and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. Most recently, she won an academy position at Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she will begin in August.
Sebastian Pilz (cello) was born on July 31, 1999 in Munich and received his first lessons at the age of five. In the following years he studied with Manuel von der Nahmer, Ilia Yourivich Laporev, Aleksandr Khramouchin and Professor Justus Grimm. Sebastian is currently studying in the class of Professor Mathias Johansen (Feldkirch, Austria). As a member of the ODEON Youth Symphony Orchestra (sponsor orchestra of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra), he toured Europe and China. He plays an instrument by French violin maker Christian Bayon.
Patrick Jüdt is professor of viola, chamber music and contemporary music at the Hochschule der Künste Bern and teaches at ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) and is artistic director of the Bern ECMA Session.
He performs at some of the most important music festivals and concert halls such as Wiener Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Luzern Music Festival, Ojay Festival (California), Berliner Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zürich, Théatre des Champs-Élysées (Paris), Wigmore Hall (London ).
A close collaboration as a chamber musician with composers and musicians such as among others Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Heinz Holliger, Jürg Wyttenbach, Hansheinz Schneeberger has built up his deep interest in the intimate connection between avant-garde and cultural tradition.
Iana Salenko is considered to be one of the greatest ballerinas of modern times.
The Ukrainian superstar has been permanently associated with the Staatsballet Berlin, but has been and remains a favorite guest in the biggest roles at the major companies around the world.
In particular, she is often seen with the Australian Dane Steven McRae at the Royal Ballet of London.
She often dances with her husband, Marian Walter, and the couple has, among other things, visited Denmark on the World Ballet's big summer tours.
"Walentin is a fastidious, well-trained musician.
(..) I hope he starts to visit our shores often."
- The Washington Post
With more than 25 international music awards, 6 albums and 70 annual performances as a soloist and chamber musician, Niklas Walentin is an internationally sought-after name.
He performs in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, and is also seen as artistic director at a number of festivals in Europe.
He often gives masterclasses at home and abroad, and is also co-founder of the ensemble Trio Vitruvi, which is behind the award-winning "Chamber Ballet"
As a pianist, Joanna Zathey is not only in demand internationally as an accompanist but also for her experience as a teacher and advisor in chamber music.
After studies as a soloist with Grzegorz Kurzyński and as a chamber musician with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg's has excelled at international competitions in both aspects.
She is an official accompanist at many of the biggest competitions in Europe and has received more than 70 honorary awards as an accompanist.
Since 2011, she has formed a permanent duo with violinist Jaroslaw Nadrzycki, where they have most recently recorded sonatas by Brahms for Orphée Classics.
Anne Denholm received her Masters in 2015 from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) with distinction, followed by the Renata Scheffel-Stein Harp Prize, the Sir Reginald Thatcher Prize and a Regency Award for Outstanding Achievement. During her studies at The Royal Academy, she was the first harpist to win the historic RAM Club Prize, twice the winner of the Skaila Kanga Harp Prize, and the holder of the Headley Trust Award and the John Thomas Scholarship. In July 2015 she was appointed official harpist to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. She the fifth artist to retain this position since re-entry in 2000.
Hartmut Rohde is one of the leading and most in-demand European violists, known for his stylistic and rhetorical versatility.
He is particularly interested in bringing a historical approach to his interpretations of the classical, romantic and contemporary repertoires.
Among Rohde's regular chamber music partners are Janine Jansen, Jörg Widmann, Christian Tetzlaff, Kolja Blacher, Paul Meyer, Lars Vogt and David Geringas. He holds a professorship at the University of the Arts Berlin and is a founding member of the famous Mozart Piano Quartet, which undertakes extensive worldwide tours.
Alena Walentin is known as one of the most versatile young flutists and has an international career as a soloist, chamber musician and guest flutist with leading orchestras.
She often appears as a workshop leader, adjudicator, chamber music teacher and is professor of flute and chamber music at several leading institutions, such as the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Alena has performed solo works with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and has given numerous concerts in the major concert halls throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
Alena has performed as a guest – 1st flutist – with many orchestras, including the orchestra in Covent Garden, Iceland's Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia and MusicAeterna.
Marian Walter has recently achieved one of the most prestigious titles on the German-Danish stage as "Kammertänzer" at the Staatsballet Berlin.
Throughout his more than 20-year career as a professional dancer, he has been associated and worked with some of the largest theaters in the world, and continues to be seen as a guest solo dancer at the major galas internationally.
He often performs with his wife Iana Salenko, and the couple's joint performances are a world-renowned attraction.
Marian Walter makes his debut as a choreographer at this year's edition of the Møn Sommerkoncert.
Niklas is from Copenhagen and studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar and received a Master’s degree from the University of Alicante. Niklas has performed in over 20 countries around the world and is often invited as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Russia, Australia and China. He has received recognition in Denmark and abroad as the recipient of the P2 Talentprisen and Sonning Talentprisen, amongst others. Alongside his performing career, Niklas teaches at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.