Honoured Guests - Dear Audience !
It is my greatest pleasure to once again, bid a very warm welcome to Møn Summer Concert, and four very special musical experiences. It is with great pride, that we on our second year can bid welcome to national and international artists, many being dear friends through many years.
At the opening concert, we will have the privilege of welcoming one of the worlds leading violinists and musical personalities, Prof. Sylvie Gazeau from France, whom I have had the honour of studying with in my youth. The same evening, joining us will be double bassist Jacob Hornbachner from Austria, who is currently working with Bruchner Orkester Linz and a regular guest assistent at the Wiener Staats Oper. They will both perform together with my collegues and myself as Trio Vitruvi in Scubert's famous Trout Quintet.
At concert No. 2, I am thrilled that my wife, Ass. Prof. flautist Alena Walentin, once again have taken time in her busy schedule to perform. This evening, she will be joined by harpist Anne Denholm, one of Englands most prominent young musicians, and applied to the British Court as the Official Harpist to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The two will this evening perform together with Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol, English violist Jordan Sian and myself. This evening we will have a special focus on rarely played chamber works.
At concert No. 3, I take a special pleasure in welcoming four musicians, whom are all very close to me. Violinist Søren Elbæk has been my teacher and mentor, as well as a great inspiration through my entire life. Pianist Morten Mogense has been a key personality in the Danish music life, and has besides a long solo career, worked together with Søren Elbæk as two thirds in one of the greatest piano trios we have had in modern time in Denmark. This evening, they will perform together with russian Eva Kochenkova and Piotr Zelazny from Poland. Eva Kochenkova has been one the greatest talents on her instrument from Russia, and Piotr Zelazny has next to an extensive career as a chamber musician worked with Ensemble Storstrøm since 1997.
The finale concert will be performed by one of the worlds current leading chamber ensembles, The Henschel String Quartett from Germany. The quartet has since its formation in 1997 been rated amongst the finest chamber groups in the world, a great treat it is to have them with us.
It is with considerable joy, that I as artistic director once again can bit welcome to very dear friends and colleagues, and as well, a warm welcome to you, dear audience, to Møn Sommerkoncert 2019.