Tenerife 2019 – Musical Program

The repertoire performed in the concerts was chosen to present a balance between the Classic (namely Mozart) and the Romantic (Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms), with Baroque Overtures (Mainly Bach and some Telemann) and various vocal Entr’actes of all styles (including 20th century).

Following the opening event, in which every musician will present himself with a solo piece, there are 6 concert programs with the best repertoire of chamber-music featuring all seven players and the singer.

The Concerts

“Intimate encounter at the end of the world”

A concert with the participating artists.

“Winds in Tenerife” works by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven

The second concert is colored with the romantic tonality of d minor – Bach’s Organ-Trio and Mozart’s String-Quartet K.421 will lead to Beethoven’s “Ghost” Piano-Trio in D Major.

“German Nobility and French Exoticism” works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven Ravel and Faure

In the third concert we are already invited to get to the bottom of the musical experience – through Bach (Sinfonia), Mozart (Piano-Quartet K.493) and French songs (Faure and Ravel) we arrive to one of the highest peaks of chamber-music (Beethoven’s most wonderful String-Quartet Op.131).

“Romance of Holiness and secularism” works by Handel, Bach, Beethoven Mozart and Schumann

The fourth concert puts us between the sacred and the secular – with Beethoven’s Handel Variations, Bach’s Cantata no.170 ‘Vergnügte Ruh’, Mozart’s Flute-Quartet and the great Schumann Piano-Quintet.

“Death and the Maiden” works by Schubert, Bach and Mozart

The fifth concert will fill the gaps with sacred Arias by Bach, the second Mozart Piano-Quartet (K.478), and the awesome “Death and the Maiden” Quartet by Schubert.

“The Love of the Flute” works by Telemann, Mozart and Brahms

The six concert is colored with the tonality of C – Mozart’s C Major (Flute-Quartet) and Brahm’s c minor (Piano-Quartet Op.60), but we conclude with the playful and virtuosic double-Concerto (Recorder & Flute) of Telemann.

“Grand Finale” Final concert of Bach, Ravel, Faure and others

For the Finale (the seventh concert) we keep the wonderful but less well-known pieces of Bach (Organ-Trio in C Major), Ravel (the amazing Chansons madécasses) and Faure (Cello-Sonate).

The main theme of this program is to create a special Listening Energy by using the unique opportunity for an intimate musical encounter in the ‘end of the world’ – getting actually into the sounds by sitting close to and even between the performing artists. We offer the listeners a really unique and exciting experience.

The Musicians

Michael Melzer – Flute & Recorder, Artistic direction (Israel)

Michael Melzer is considered to be the father of artistic Recorder-playing in Israel as well as a most prominent artist of the Early-Music scene in Israel.

Professor Melzer was the Vice-President for Academic Affairs in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, earned his B.A. from the Tel-Aviv University, and Diplome in Early-Music (both Recorder and Baroque-Flute) from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

First winner of the Francois Shapira Prize (1978) and the first Cylinder Prize of Omanut La’am (Israel’s Arts’ Network). Frequent Soloist with all Israeli orchestras. Guest-Conductor with orchestras such as Israel Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony, Israel Camerata Jerusalem and the Israel Sinfonietta Be’er-Sheba. Soloist with Orchestras in tours all over Europe and the U.S.A. including Berlin Philharmonie. He recorded more than 90 Discs.

Rosina Fabius Mezzo Soprano (Netherlands)

After graduating Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at the Utrecht Conservatory Rosina was engaged by Holland Opera to sing the role of La Messagiera and La Speranza in their production of Orfeo Underground based on Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Several performances included the role of Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro, Porgy and Bess with the Gelders Orkest, the title role of Handel’s opera Julius Caesar.

Rosina is frequently invited as soloist in concerts and oratoria, especially those of J.S. Bach. Including first International Bach Festival on Gran Canaria as soloist in the St. Matthew Passion, with
London Octave. Performances of the romantic concert repertoire include Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and “Das Klagende Lied” in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Richard Wolfe Violin (USA- Netherlands)

born in New York in 1953, pursued his violin studies with Aaron Shapinsky and Dorothy Delay and graduated from the University of Cincinnati where he studied with Walter Levin (La Salle Quartet). He then spent five years in Israel as a member of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and during that period became interested in the viola.

He settled in the Netherlands in 1983 and has been principal viola soloist for the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra since 1986. He often performs as a soloist with this orchestra.

He is also very fond of Chamber Music and is a member of the Sergiu Luca Ensemble “Music in Context” in the U.S., the “Explorations” Ensemble in Belgium and other ensembles in the Netherlands.

Elisabeth Perry אליזבת פריElisabeth Perry Violin (GB)

The versatile British violinist Elisabeth Perry is widely acclaimed for her contributions to all facets of the musical métier. Applauded for her virtuosity in the standard repertoire, an avid proponent of contemporary music, a committed chamber musician, dedicated pedagogue and an internationally renowned concertmaster, Ms. Perry has reaped unanimous praise for her ability to convey urgency while emphasizing the distinctive lyrical and dramatic qualities in a large repertoire.

Ms. Perry was privileged to join the first class of pupils at Yehudi Menuhin’s school in Surrey. At the age 14, Perry shared center stage with Lord Menuhin in a memorable Royal Albert Hall concert and subsequently recorded the Bach Double Violin Concerto for Teldec. Perry has been a welcome guest soloist with Britain’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Generous grants allowed her to continue her studies at the Juilliard School of Music. Perry won New York’s prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Greater London Arts Award and the ISM Award.

Renowned for her leadership skills in the orchestral sphere, Ms. Perry served as concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie and holds the position of First Concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic with numerous recordings and concert tours to her credit.

Ásdís ValdimarsdóttirAsdis Valdimarsdottir Viola (Iceland)

Ásdís Valdimarsdottir comes from Reykjavik, Iceland. She holds a Masters degree from the Juilliard School in New York and The Musikhochschule in Detmold, Germanyi. She has enjoyed a varied career as a chamber musician having been a founding member of the Miami String Quartet, principal viola of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and a frequent guest of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Ensemble Modern.

She joined the Chilingirian String Quartet 1995 until 2003. She has made solo appearances with the Iceland Symphony, The London Mozart Players, Het Brabants Orkest, The Russian National Orchestra and given many recitals. Ásdís has been invited to many prestigious festivals around the world where she has performed and taught, such as the Marlboro Music Festival in the USA, Festival Inverno Campos de Jordao in Brazil, The Kuhmo Festival in Finland and the IMS at Prussia Cove in England. She is the viola professor at the International Masterclass in Apeldoorn since 2005 and has previously been on the faculty of The Trinity College of Music, the Royal College of Music in London and The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Elaine HouElaine Hou Piano (Canada)

Elaine Hou is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook. She has performed extensively in North America, at venues such as the Chicago Symphony Space, the Gardner Museum, the La Jolla Music Society, the Glenn Gould Studio, the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, and Roy Thompson Hall. As a soloist, Ms. Hou has worked with orchestras in Canada, China, and the US. Currently she makes her home in Toronto.

Michael Stirling cello (Netherlands)

Michael is the first principal cellist of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Netherlands Since 2004. Michael Stirling studied cello at the Guildhall School of Music, the Banff Centre, Canada and at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA.

Michael was the cellist of the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, the Raphael Ensemble in London for 8 years, which recorded many CDs for Hyperion. In 1997 he joined the Brindisi Quartet in London where he lived and worked for nine years. During this period he played as guest principal cellist with many chamber music groups and various orchestras including: The Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

יעל מלצרYael Melzer Recorders (Israel)

B.A. and M.A. degrees of the Jerusalem Music Academy and the Hebrew University. She played as soloist with almost all Israeli orchestras including the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, the Israel Philharmonic, Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony. In 2004 Yael played as soloist with the Amati Ensemble (Maastricht, Holland).

Yael participated in ‘the Wandering Lily – Israeli Musicians on a Journey to the Golden Age of Spain’ project in the framework of Barcelona Festival and in Israel. She was chosen to perform the gala concerts for the Jubilee of the State of Israel in Berlin and the 60th anniversary in India and Nepal.

Yael preformed both as soloist and as chamber-music player in the Israel Festival, Abu-Gosh Festival, the Renaissance Festival and the Voice of Music Festival. She recorded within the Melzer Consort three discs – Bach “Recordered”, Israeli music and artistic arrangements of Hassidic songs. Yael is the recorder teacher of the Jerusalem Academy’s Conservatory and for the last ten years she is a lecturer in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

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