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Program

6 May - 11:00 h (Local Time)
FreiRaum

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

SEVERIN VON ECKARDSTEIN

Robert Casadesus (1899–1972)
Préludes, op. 5 (selection)

Arnold Schönberg (1874–1951)
Sechs kleine Klavierstücke (Six Little Piano Pieces), op. 19

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770–1827)
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110

Kaija Saariaho (1952)
Prelude for Piano

Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
"Karfreitagszauber" ("Good Friday Spell") from Parsifal in the transcription by August Stradal (1860–1930)

Richard Wagner
"Walhall" ("Walhall") and "Feuerzauber" ("Fire Magic") from Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) in the transcription by Louis Brassin (1840–1884)

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
"Au bord d'une source"

Richard Wagner
"Festspiel" ("Festal Music") and "Brautlied" ("Bridal Song") from Lohengrin in the transcription by Franz Liszt

The matinee takes guests on a musical journey across Europe and through the history of piano music from Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Arnold Schönberg, and Robert Casadesus, to Kaija Saariaho.

Pianist Severin von Eckardstein is known as an energetic, yet subtle virtuoso. Highly sensitive to both technique and content, he demonstrates his feeling for the serene or rapturous moments of a piece with clear tonal contours. His extensive repertoire encompasses works from the baroque era to music of the 21st century. He has performed a number of world premieres of works by contemporary composers, including American composer Sidney Corbett, and is currently exploring music for piano by lesser-known late Romantics like Nikolai Medtner.

Severin von Eckardstein performs around the world and is a regular guest at events like the Ruhr Piano Festival and the music festival in La Roque d'Anthéron (France). He made his debut with the Trondheim Symfoniorkester in October 2015, and in the 2016/17 season he will play for the sixth time at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw as part of the "Meesterpianisten" series.

Born in Düsseldorf, von Eckardstein studied under teachers Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover and Klaus Hellwig in Berlin, where he gave his graduate recital. Other formative influences include studies at the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy) and private tuition with teachers such as Alfred Brendel. Von Eckardstein later taught master classes himself in South Korea and Finland. Severin von Eckardstein's distinctions include the Grand Prix des Concours Musical International Reine Elisabeth in Brussels (2003) as well as a number of special awards for his outstanding interpretations of contemporary music.