17-18-19-20-21-22-23 august 2020
RASUMOWSKY QUARTETT BERN – string quartet in residence
CHAMBER MUSIC MASTERCLASS
Violin : Dora Bratchkova, Andrea Saxer Keller
Viola : Gerhard Müller
Cello: Alina Kudelevic
+ FEDELE ANTONICELLI pianist in residence
+ BORIS NEDIALKOV cellist in residence
<<Chamber music is a magnificent “educator”, the most effective for the training of a serious and responsible musician. That’s why we complete our instrumental improvement courses with chamber music activities as a support for the musical and character growth of young people>> Rasumowsky Quartett Bern
Founded in 2001, the Rasumowsky quartett feels in several ways close to Prince Andrej Kirilovitch Rasumowsky, the Russian ambassador in Vienna, friend of Beethoven, at the same time admirer and patron of the genre of string quartets, of which it chose to take the name. Rasumowsky-Quartett has its roots in the Russian string school and considers the literature of Viennese classicism, in historically informed performance practice, as its basic repertoire. Furthermore, the ensemble places particular emphasis on Russian quartet literature, new discoveries, contemporary Swiss music and interdisciplinary programs.
Today, based in Bern, Rasumowsky-Quartett has attracted international attention with the complete recording of all fifteen quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich (OehmsClassics label), on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the composer in 2006. Maxim Shostakovich himself being one of the most important performers of his father’s work, regarded the interpretation as “one of the best recordings of his father’s work whatsoever.”
The magazine “Der Spiegel” writes that because of the “incredible tempos and the stupefying ensemble playing” it is the “anniversary event”.
In 2016 Rasumowsky-Quartett released the first complete recording of the four quartets of the Swiss romantic Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich (cpo label), rediscovered after a long research work.
DORA BRATCHKOVA ANDREA SAXER KELLER
Dora Bratchkova is Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim, First violin in Rasumowsky Quartett Bern and Concertmaster of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.
Andrea Saxer Keller studied at the Menuhin International Academy of Music with Alberto Lysy and Yehudi Menuhin, where she completed her studies with a solo diploma. As a member of the Camerata Lysy Chamber Orchestra, she has given concerts in western, eastern Europe and South America.
VIOLIN MASTERCLASS & CHAMBER MUSIC
violist in various German orchestras, member of the Deutschen Haendel-Solisten, is Director of the Musikschule Konservatorium in Bern.
VIOLA MASTERCLASS & CHAMBER MUSIC
Solo cellist in Sinfonieorchester Zurich and in Rasumowsky Quartett Bern. Graduated with distinction from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory before completing her studies with Martin Ostertag in Karlsruhe. For several years she worked in prestigious Orchestras (among others, DSO Berlin, Bochum Symphoniker, Solo cellist in Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie).
CELLO MASTERCLASS & CHAMBER MUSIC
Professor of piano and chamber music at the Staedtische Musikschule Giengen (Baden-Württemberg) and professor for piano and accompaniment at the University of Music in Saarbrücken.
Physiology of piano interpretation. Piano solo, 4 hands, chamber music.
SEMINAR piano technique – addressed to young pianists and piano teachers.
He is a former soloist of the Mannheimer Philharmoniker 2010 – 2015 and a member of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester 2018. Since 2019 he is a member of the Statskapelle Dresden
Cello in residence for CHAMBER MUSIC MASTERCLASS