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:
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 the artistic director of the Bern ECMA Session.
He performs at some of the most important music festivals and concert halls such as the Vienna Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Lucerne Music Festival, Ojay Festival (California), Berlin Philharmonic, Cologne Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Theater des Champs-Élysées (Paris), Wigmore Hall (London) ).
A close collaboration as a chamber musician with composers and musicians such as 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.
Hartmut Rohde is professor of viola at the University of the Arts in Berlin and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of London.
His students are often seen interacting with musical legends, such as with Anne-Sophie Mutter or in connection with the release of albums by record companies such as Warner Classics.
Hartmut is a founding member of the famous Mozart Piano Quartet, which for the past 20 years has been part of the chamber music elite on the world map, most recently as a winner of the German Opus Klassik prize for one of their albums.
Hartmut Rohde's career as a violist also leads him to roles as a soloist or as a conductor.
Niklas Walentin has received more than 25 international music awards, released 6 albums and is behind a number of festivals in Europe as artistic director.
Niklas Walentin is also in international demand for his work as a teacher at masterclasses.
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'.
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
Alena Walentin is known as one of the most versatile young flutists who have an international career as a soloist, chamber musician and guest flute with leading orchestras.
She often performs as a workshop leader, jury member, chamber music teacher and is professor of flute and chamber music at several leading institutions, such as the Royal Conservatoire Den Haag and the Royal Conservatorie Birmingham.
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 principal flute with many orchestras, including the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia and MusicAeterna.
As a pianist, Joanna Zathey is not only in international demand as an accompanist but also for her experience as a teacher and consultant in chamber music.
After studying as a soloist with Grzegorz Kurzyński and as a chamber musician with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg's, she has excelled in international competition in both aspects.
She is the official accompanist at many of the biggest competitions in Europe having 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.
".. 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)
Time and place
Masterclass & Festival Ensemble
Arrival and first rehearsals on 17th July. Rehearsals are held daily up to, and including the first concert on 21 July, then again on 22nd July with an accompanying concert in the evening. Departure is 23rd July.
We know how important it is to stand out with your own voice and present your own musical ideas. Therefore, all participants are given the opportunity to perform solo during the festival, where concerts are held every afternoon under the title 'Young Masters'. Each contestant receives coaching and holds rehearsals with Joanna Zathey before their performance.
The participants in the ballet segment of our Masterclass & Festival Ensemble will be working on a new choreography, created for Møn Sommerkoncert by Eric Gauthier. Besides studying the language of contemporary ballet through Gauthier’s own creation, there will also be the possibility to work with solo repertoire of own choice by the young dancers. The chosen solo repertoire will be rehearsed and performed with the Festival Ensemble at the evening concert on the 22nd July.
Masterclass & Festival Ensemble
Chamber music is the essence of Møn Sommerkoncert. All participants take part in our Festival Ensemble, where professors and participants work, study and perform together the repertoire of the Festival Ensemble’s own concert program consisting of major works from the chamber music literature.
The works will be performed at the opening concert on 21st July at 19.30. The Festival Ensemble will also perform together with the dancers from the Verdensballetten, as well as Masterclass ballet participants at the concert on 22nd July at 19.30. The program for the Ensemble is determined and sent out approx. 3 months before the concert and the festival.
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 the repertoire you have worked with during your participation in our Masterclasses, as well as with solo repertoire.
Requirements for the applicant:
A technical skill and musical capacity corresponding to conservatory level.
Previous experience with chamber music
Within the age group 15 years to 30 years
Price for participation: 450€ pr. person, includes accommodation, catering and access to the festival's concerts and activities.
Applications are closed after 1st of April.
We look forward to receiving your application and hearing you play and experience you dancing!
Alena & Niklas Valentin