Get to know the stars of the future with us
The European Concert Hall Organisation’s (ECHO) series introducing young artists returns with a new season featuring, as usual, the most promising fresh talents. These concerts give you a chance to be among the first to hear the young musicians whose concerts are likely to be sold out very quickly in a few years. Moreover, each event also features the premiere of a contemporary piece. First on the programme is the Goldmund Quartet, named after the character from Hesse’s novel. The group performed and enchanted audiences in many international competitions, including the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the ARD’s competition in Munich.
The series traditionally highlights instruments that are rarely in the spotlight in solo and chamber music acts. This time, the programme shows off the colourful features of the cello, the clarinet, the accordion, and the trumpet. Swedish clarinet player Magnus Holmander is famous for his openness: no wonder he decided to bring us not only Brahms pieces, but also rarely performed compositions by Donizetti and Luigi Bassi. Portuguese accordionist João Barradas took part in more than 30 competitions since the age of 8, and won every single one of them. Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrandez Castro’s performance also promises great entertainment. He was referred to as the best young cellist by conductor/pianist Christoph Eschenbach. His Stradivarius was previously played by such great masters as János Starker and Gregor Piatigorsky.
German trumpet player Simon Höfele is the last the performer in the series. He won prizes in many international competitions, and performed as a soloist with some of the world’s most celebrated orchestras. Estonian pianist Kärt Ruubel will also play a prominent role in the concert, performing a piece by fellow countryman Arvo Pärt and another one by Prokofiev.