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Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

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The orchestra Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz looks back on a 83-year history. Founded in Landau in September 1919, it is now seated in Ludwigshafen/Rhine, where the orchestra's 93 musicians are provided with a modern building with various rehearsal facilities and a small concert hall.

Main conductors
Christoph Eschenbach (1979 – 1983), Leif Segerstam (1983 – 1989), Bernhard Klee (1992 – 1997) Theodor Guschlbauer (1997 – 2001), and Ari Rasilainen (starting 2002/03). Leif Segerstam is Honorary Conductor of the orchestra.

Guest conductors and soloists
Richard Strauss, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Sergiu Celibidache, Yehudi Menuhin, Leopold Hager, Hiroshi Wakasugi and Mario Venzago. Maria Callas, Wilhelm Kempff, Svjatoslav Richter, Mstislaw Rostropowitsch, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Claudio Arrau, Gidon Kremer, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Martha Argerich, Peter Schreier, Hermann Prey and lately Rudolf Buchbinder, Christian Zacharias, Vesselina Kassarova, Barbara Hendricks, Hilary Hahn, Thomas Hampson, Gidon Kremer, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Ruth Ziesak.

In co-operation with the Theater im Pfalzbau the Staatsphilharmonie frequently takes to the orchestra pit in order to accompany various opera and ballet productions. As early as 1989 the orchestra was commissioned by ZDF/Arte to record for a silent film production, marking the beginning of an intensified involvement in this genre under the direction of Frank Strobel. In collaboration with the Staatsphilharmonie the Europäische FilmPhilharmonie was founded in July 2000.
The European FilmPhilharmonic

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The European FilmPhilharmonic coordinates its film concerts and film music concerts through The FilmPhilharmonic GmbH in Munich, Bavaria. As a concert organization, the The FilmPhilharmonic GmbH not only organizes film- and film music concerts, it also undertakes program conception and project consultation. The FilmPhilharmonic GmbH regards it as a great responsibilty to make the European cultural heritage in film music accessible to a broad public. The European FilmPhilharmonic are official promoters of European film music as well as initiators and cooperating partners in these special concerts.

The FilmPhilharmonic GmbH continues the wonderful work of several artists, film archives and institutions who have been responsible for the preservation and the renaissance of a cultural heritage throughout the last decades. The foundation of the European FilmPhilharmonic finally met a combination of all these forces in every regard and a further development of this art form.

The FilmPhilharmonic GmbH consists of a high performing network of music publishers and film-institutes, TV-stations, technicians, orchestras, conductors, soloists, actors as well as opera and concert houses and further arts organizations worldwide. The latest success has been a cooperation agreement with the Chaplin Association Paris who has authorized the FilmPhilharmonie GmbH as the first and only concert association in Germany to market Charlie Chaplin's entire film series for live-concert performances.
Maria Kliegel

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Maria Kliegel is one of the leading cello virtuosos of our time. Her international career began when she won the "Grand Prix" of the Concours Rostropovich" in 1981 in Paris. She is also one the best-selling cellist world wide, and her recordings are always welcome with enthusiasm.

Her many recordings for Naxos include concertos and other cello works by Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Bruch, Donhanyi, Dvorák, Elgar, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Schumann, Taverner and Tchaikovsky. She has also recorded a large volume of chamber music by Brahms, Chopin, Demus, Gubaidulina, Kodaly, Mendelssohn and Schubert.

Maria Kliegel appears regularly as a guest soloist with leading orchestras at major concert venues all over the world. She has an exceptionally wide repertoire in her command: from the great masterpieces of the past to outstanding compositions by contemporary composers.

Her versatility and her interest to explore new repertoire has repeatedly stimulated contemporary composers to write music for her. For example, she initiated the work Hommage a Nelson by Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindermann, dedicated to Nelson Mandela. As a result of the composition's success Maria Kliegel was invited by the former South African President to give a private recital.

Maria Kliegel also takes care of the next generation of cellists. She has been teaching master classes at the Cologne Music Academy since 1986.
Bachchor Heidelberg

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The Heidelberg Bach-Choir is the choir with one of the longest traditions in Germany. It was founded in 1885 and is since 1987 headed by the conductor Christian Kabitz. The choir has thus history of more than 119 years.

With Mr. Christian Kabitz the choir received an excellent and renowned conductor. Mr. Kabitz started his career 1974 at the Bach Collegium München. Already in these early years he gave several concerts in Italy and France. In 1979 Mr. Kabitz became the conductor of the “Bachchor Würzburg” and the “Bachsolisten Würzburg”. It was here in Würzburg where he established the “Würzburger Bachtage” as an annual festival. He has also established close ties with the “Bachsolisten München”, for whom he already conducted several concerts, and is since 1988 the Artist Director of the “Frankfurter Cäcilien-Chor”. Apart from this, he repeatedly gave concerts in Germany and abroad as a harpsichordist and organist

Since Mr. Kabitz has become the conductor of the “Bachchor Heidelberg” in 1987, the choir started in great extend to give concerts abroad. It began with a tour to Sicily in 1987 and soon afterwards there were several tours to Israel as well. Since 1999 the Bach-Choir went on further tours to the Ukraine, the USA and Japan.

The Heidelberg Bach-Choir has a vast repertoire, starting with concerts and symphonies works from Orff, Beethoven and Bach, Choir-music from Brahms and Chamber-music from Händel. Famous composers like Vivaldi, Mendelsohn, Bernstein, Mozart, Stravinsky, Verdi and many others are completing the musical variety of the Heidelberg Bach-Choir.
Münchner Bachsolisten

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In 1962, Otto Büchner, a well-known violinist and Professor at the Munich Conservatory, founded a highly qualified string chamber orchestra, which gave important concerts in Germany and other countries in close cooperation with Karl Richter. In 1982 interested and experienced Bach musicians got together again and founded the Munich Bach Soloists with Hans Schuster as the conductor. Most of the Bach Soloists are until the present day members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and regulary accompany the Bach Choir Heidelberg on its concerts.

Professor Kurt Guntner, former head of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra is now the main-conductor of the Bach-soloists. Mr. Christian Kabitz, conductor of the Heidelberg Bach Choir has also repeatedly conducted several concerts of the Munich Bach Soloists together with the Heidelberg Bach Choir.

The chamber orchestra gives regular concerts with the Windsbach and Tölz Boys' Choir and the “Frankfurter Cäcilien-Chor”. TV productions, guest performances and tours with these ensembles have become regular events, like at the Old Opera House in Frankfurt, The Philharmonic Concert Hall in Munich and the Philharmonic Concert Hall in Cologne.
NDR Bigband

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"... there are not so many Big Bands on this planet, but Hamburg has one of the best ... this is a wonderful band. To work with the band was an incredible experience. I loved it!"

- Al Jarreau

For many years now the jazz big band has been a decidedly endangered species. In the days before rock 'n' roll, big band sound of Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman or Les Brown were what people danced to in the United States.

The first jazz concert by the NDR BIGBAND took place at the Fabrik in Hamburg in May 1974 and featured some star guest soloists - trumpeter Dusko Goykovich, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, trombonist Slide Hampton, pianist Horace Parlan and drummer Tony Inzalaco.

More than 200 guest soloists have appeared with the band over the years. They include Chet Baker, George Coleman, Albert Mangelsdorff, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tomasz Stanko, Benny Wallace, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Steve Lacy, Sal Nistico, Ray Anderson, Palle Mikkelborg, Abdullah Ibrahim, Don Cherry, Martial Solal, Al Jarreau, Wayne Shorter, Paquito D'Rivera and ...

Over the years the band has grown continuously in stature and accomplishment and has constantly extended its repertoire range. The NDR BIGBAND has been building an international reputation over the past few years. It has not only appeared at festivals in Hamburg, Nuremberg, Berlin, Salzau, Burghausen and Freiburg, but has also performed in Chicago, New York, London, Paris, Beijing, China, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Central- and South America, Spain and Portugal.
Eichhofner Dorfmusik

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The Eichhofner Dorfmusik is a traditional Bavarian brass band with altogether 38 musicians and an average age of 27. It has been founded in 1985 in the small village of Eichhofen with only 14 houses and homesteads near Munich in Upper Bavaria. Most of the Musicians come from this region and during their concerts they wear traditional Bavarian livery. The conductor Mr. Peter Pfaff has been living in Eichhofen for 23 years. He is a professional musician with his own successful music school. The orchestra plays traditional Bavarian folk music, Bohemian music for brass instruments and also give symphonic concerts every year.

After becoming one of the top brass bands in Bavaria, the Eichhofner Dorfmusik started its international performances in 1991 und 1992 with concerts in Poland, quickly followed by several concerts in Italy and 1993 in Trondheim, Norway. In 2004 the brass band again took part in the Moscow Beer Festival on behalf of the Bavarian Ministry of State and is continuing its long history of concerts to promote German culture and traditional Bavarian music to an international audience.

The Eichhofner Dorfmusik acts as an ambassador of Bavarian culture. On many international concert-tours the Eichhofner Dorfmusik with its conductor Peter Pfaff inspired many different kinds of audiences. Like one prominent visitor said: "Groovy music, merry faces - authentic and fresh!”

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