3. Masterclass & Festival Ensemble
Dear young music - and ballet talents - Dear young artists,
Our vision at Møn Sommerkoncert is to work for the dissemination, understanding and enjoyment of the many genres that together make up what we know as 'classical music'. At our festival, We want to do this through our concert programs which present well-known works, alongside rediscoveries of forgotten compositions and premiers of new works that we commission. The best way however to how we can all help each other keep our music alive and young, is by all generations working together.
The experience of working with live movement and music goes both ways, and at Møn Sommerkoncert ballet is a completely natural way to visualize music in a virtuosic and innovative way.
Our 2nd edition of Masterclass & Festival Ensemble is an intensive project during the Møn Sommerkoncert, which provides lessons in chamber music, as well as the opportunity for solo performance. The work in the Festival ensemble during the course will also result in performance during the festival and will continue on tour with concerts throughout the year.
A limited number of participants are accepted with the following instruments:
".. a perfect week!"
"The moment we arrived, we instantly knew there was nothing to worry about. Thanks to the amazing organization and the most courteous people, it was just a perfect week!”
- Ludwig Balser, violin (DE)
As a soloist, Karla Haltenwanger has performed with orchestras such as the Berliner Symphoniker, the Berner Symphoniker and has performed in the Wigmore Hall, Cologne Philharmonic, Laeiszhalle, etc.
Her passion for chamber music led to the founding of the Boulanger Trio in 2006, an ensemble that now enjoys an international reputation. The prize-winning piano trio (winner of the 4th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Rauhe Prize for new chamber music) has already recorded five CDs with works by e.g. Schumann, Rihm, Saint-Saens, Schönberg, Brahms, Shostakovich, Vasks and Beethoven, who in turn have received awards such as the Exellentia Award for the Brahms Liszt Schönberg recording and the Supersonic Award for the Canto Perpetuo CD.
From the collaboration with contemporary composers, the Boulanger Trio has developed its own concert series - Boulangerie - with concerts in Radialsystem Berlin, in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and in the Wiener Musikverein.
Phillipe Tondre is the winner of the ARD International Music Competition Munich in 2011, and recipient of the prestigious Beethoven Ring - a musical honor awarded by the Beethoven Fest in Bonn.
He made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in June 2013 playing the Bohuslav Martinu Concerto for Oboe, and in 2016 was appointed "Principal Oboe" of the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig.
Philippe Tondre is a passionate chamber musician and holds the position of "Principal Oboe" of the Mito Chamber Orchestra Japan, founded by Seiji Ozawa.
In 2020 he was nominated for principal oboe in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and in the same year he won the coveted position of principal oboe in the Philadelphia Orchestra with musical director Yannick Nézét-Séguin.
2022 marked his debut as a soloist at Carnegie Hall New York with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and his nomination as a professor at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Niklas Walentin has received more than 25 international music awards, is a three-time prize winner at the International Carl Nielsen competition in 2012, has released 6 albums and is the artistic director behind a number of festivals in Europe.
Niklas Walentin is also in international demand for his work as a teacher at masterclasses and his students regularly excel with critically acclaimed performances.
As a soloist, he often performs with conductors such as Mario Venzago, Marc Soustro, Henrik Schäfer and Jean Thorell. He gives concerts in famous concert halls such as the Mariinsky Theater and the Philharmonia in St. Petersburg, Carnegie Hall in New York, The Phillips Collection in Washington and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
Niklas is also a member of the award-winning ensemble Trio Vitruvi, which is the creator of the Reumert-winning 'Chamber Ballet'.
In 2024, Niklas Walentin will publish his first jazz album, as well as the collected sonatas for violin and piano by Brahms for Naxos.
"We record, we publish, we discover unknown areas of classical music and give aspiring artists a platform to reveal their revelations." - Decurio Records.
Benedikt Schroeder is the co-founder of the record company Decurio, which was founded in 2018 in Berlin together with Lukas Kowalski.
All over Europe, the young label brings together exceptional people with the same ambition: unique classical music.
The brand aims to develop excellent projects with exciting musical and intercultural concepts. Artists from different backgrounds dedicate themselves to selected musical focuses, shed new light on the familiar and bring the unheard to listeners by recording unknown works for the very first time
Jens-Christian Wandt is a Danish opera singer, TV and radio host and tenor. In 1994, he graduated from Musikhochschule Hamburg and continued his education with Professor Kim Borg, Copenhagen and Gregory Lamare in New York. In 1995, he debuted in the role of Dr. Falke in the operetta The Bat by Johann Strauss in Det Ny Teater.
He had engagements in the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, the Sydney Opera House and all major Danish concert halls and cultural centres. Jens-Christian took part in DR's TV series "Sigurd & the Opera", where he presented opera for children together with Sigurd Barrett and the DR Symphony Orchestra - also released on CD and DVD. Together with the Danish solo dancer and ballet master Johan Kobborg, Jens-Christian took the initiative for the World Ballet in 2008. Since then, the performance has
has toured the country every summer, with HRH Prince Henrik and others on the creative team. He has released several CDs. Jens-Christian was awarded Queen Ingrids and Prince
Henrik's Memorial Medals. Jens-Christian is the founder and director of the World Ballet.
Canadian Eric Gauthier is, after a long career as a solo dancer at the Stuttgart Ballet, one of Europe's most sought-after choreographers.
In 2007 he started "Gauthier Dance" at Theaterhaus Stuttgart. In 2011 he won the Deutscher Tanzpreis and i 2012/13, Gauthier was twice nominated as dancer of the year in Germany.
In 2015, he also started the Stuttgart Dance Festival, called COLOURS, with "open air" performances and dance activities.
"Gauthier Dance" debuted in 2015 at the Jacob's Pillow Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious dance events in North America, where they performed works from their repertoire of more than an impressive 40 works
Chief conductor of the Philharmonie Südwestfalen since 2019 and music director of the Munich Chamber Opera since September 2011.
Nabil Shehata began his conducting career in 2006 after receiving instruction from Daniel Barenboim
As double bassistHe is the winner of several international competitions including the ARD competition in Munich, where he received not only the first prize, but also the coveted audience prize.
From 2004 to 2008 he was the principal bassist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he performed as a soloist under Daniel Barenboim. He has commissioned many double bass works from composers, including a concerto by Moritz Eggert.
Supporting young artists is of particular importance to Nabil Shehata, and he is strongly committed to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, of which he has been a member for many years.
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 a 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 appeared as a guest – 1st solo flutist – with many orchestras, including the orchestra in Covent Garden, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia and MusicAeterna.
As a former manager, Andreas Vierziger worked for a number of high-profile classical music artists – including a number of Grammy winners – and regularly collaborated with leading orchestras, festivals and concert hosts across Europe and beyond.
Andreas Vierziger focuses on alternative performance concepts in classical music, on social impact and social responsibility through art and culture, on music management, on brand building and positioning as well as on collaborations between music and other disciplines.
He has been a jury member at close to 30 international music competitions, including the International Johannes Brahms Competition/Austria, Fulbright Concerto Competition/USA, Mieczysław Wajnberg International Violin Competition/Poland, Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition/Poland and several others. In 2023 he has been selected to join the jury for the German Record Critics' Award.
He was appointed to lectureships at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Cultural Management Postgraduate Program) as well as the Mozarteum University Salzburg.
Time and place.
Masterclass & Festival Ensemble opens for arrivals and rehearsals on 26 August. Rehearsals are held daily up to and including the first concert on 30 August, then again on 31 August with an accompanying concert in the evening. Departure is on 1 September.
We know how important it is to stand out with your own voice and present your own artistic ideas. Therefore, all participants are given the opportunity to perform solo during the festival, both instrumental and ballet participants, where in the days leading up to the festival concerts are held under the title 'Young Masters'. Each participant receives coaching and holds rehearsals with Karla Haltenwagner before their performance.
All participants take part in our Festival Ensemble, where professors and participants play together. During the festival, the Ensemble works on its own concert program consisting of major works from the chamber music literature. The works will be performed at the opening concert on 21 July at 7.30 pm. The Festival Ensemble also performs together with the dancers who receive lessons from Eric Gauthier in Ballet, at the concert on 22 July at 19.30. The program for the Ensemble is determined and broadcast approx. 3 months before the concert and festival.
Chamber music is the essence of the Møn Summer Concert. Our masterclasses have an extremely dedicated focus on developing the interaction, communication and musicianship through the repertoire that is selected for the Festival Ensemble. In short, the Festival Ensemble and Masterclasses are two elements that go hand in hand to pass on experience and strength to a new and strong generation of chamber musicians.
A new and important initiative at our Masterclass & Festival Ensemble are the concerts that Møn Sommerkoncert holds in collaboration with festivals and concert series in Denmark and abroad. As part of the Festival Ensemble, you have the chance to be selected to perform with your repertoire you have worked with during your participation in our Masterclasses, and in some cases also with solo repertoire.
Requirements for the applicant:
A technical ability and artistic capacity corresponding to post conservatory level.
Previous experience with chamber music or working with live musicians
Interest in collaboration cross art forms and musical genres
Within the age group 18 years to 30 years (In special cases, a dispensation for age can be granted)
Price for participation: TBA
Applications closes after 15 January 2024.
We look forward to receiving your application and hearing you play and experience you dancing!
Alena & Niklas Valentin