Preview: December 10-16, 2018

With the third week of Advent not only Christmas comes knocking on our doors, but also numerous exciting concerts and interesting master classes await us.

Concerts and events

In London's Covent Garden, tenor Gerhard Siegel will perform this week as the witch in "Hansel and Gretel". Performances will take place on the 10th and 13th of December. In a slightly different form you can experience Humperdinck's classic opera in the Ruhr region. From December 14 to 16 Daniel Finkernagel will be the narrator in "Handel and Gretel", a special Christmas concert with the Ensemble Brasssonanz and soprano Rebecca Blanz. The concert takes place in Essen, Delbrück and Heiligenhausy. “Händel und die Heilige der Musik” is the name of a concert by soprano Sunhae Im with the orchestra Wiener Akademie and Martin Haselböck at the Brucknerhaus Linz on Sunday.

Reinhard Goebel will conduct a concert on December 11 with the Berlin Baroque Soloists in the Landesvertretung of North Rhine-Westphalia in Berlin. This is a closed event. A public possibility to see the renown conductor on stage is on the 15th, together with the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra in Wroclaw. Here he conducts works by Vivaldi. Hossein Pishkar is giving a concert with the Romanian Radio National Orchestra and cellist Stefan Cazacu on December 14 in Bucharest. For this occasion, they will perform works by Elgar and Mahler. On the same day Daniel Raiskin conducts a concert of the Opole Philharmonic in Opole, Poland. Here music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich is performed. Hermann Bäumer is traveling to China this week, where he gives a concert on Saturday at the China National Opera in Beijing. He will conduct various arias as well as Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major "Pastorale".

The Novus String Quartet is traveling to London for two concerts this week, where the four musicians will stage works by Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Tchaikovsky. Also in London this week is Claudio Bohórquez. Together with the pianist Alberto Portugheis, he gives a concert with works by Beethoven and others in the Conway Hall of the British capital. Cellist Joanna Sachryn will be performing on Wednesday at the world premiere of a new trio by Tomasz Skweres in the Lutheran City Church in Vienna. The Hamburger Camerata with Jens Peter Maintz gives a Christmas concert on Sunday. Nils Mönkemeyer will perform with soprano Bernada Fink and pianist Anthony Spiri in the Brahms Hall of the Musikverein Wien on Tuesday. Violist Tomoko Akasaka has a particularly busy schedule this week: on the 12th and 16th of December, she gives concerts with the Camerata Bern in Bern and La Chaux-de-Fonds. From the 13th to the 15th of December she will be at the Katowice Conservatory where she will give a recital.

The harpist Jasmin-Isabel Kühne is giving two concerts this week with the Marine Music Corps Kiel. On the 12th she is in Warnemünde and on December 13 in Kiel. Here she interprets Saint-Saens "Morceau de Concert". Johanna Dömötör is also giving two concerts with the Munich Chamber Orchestra under Clemens Schuldt at the Prinzregententheater. Works by Stravinsky, Strauss, Streich and Haydn will be played.

Because of the awarding of the Eugen Werner Velte Prize 2018 to Professor Michael Uhde, a festive concert with Carlota Amado will take place at the HfM Karlsruhe on December 11. Together with Lidija Pavlovic she interprets the four-handed Stravinsky piano work "Le Sacre du Printemps". Kateryna Titova will perform on Saturday at the Mendelssohn Double Concerto with Aleksey Naumenko and the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Wernigerode. Brahms's Three Sonatas for violin and piano will be heard on Sunday at the Logenhaus Berlin, where Joseph-Maurice Weder will give two concerts.

Competitions and master classes

As part of her stay at the Katowice Conservatory, Tomoko Akasaka will be giving a master class. Judith Ermert will also be giving a masterclass this week. On Wednesday she will be guest at the Royal Conservatory of Gent for this purpose.

On December 14, the application deadline for the German Pianist Award in Frankfurt am Main ends. Until Saturday, pianists can also enroll for the International Piano Competition "J.S. Bach" in Würzburg.