Kulturzentrum in coordination with the American University of Beirut,
Members of the Ensemble 4.1
Christoph Knitt - bassoon
Jörg Schneider - oboe
Thomas Hoppe - piano
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Assembly Hall – AUB
Thomas is considered one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation.
He has been a chamber music partner to artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Antje Weithaas, Tabea Zimmermann, Alban Gerhardt and Frans Helmerson, to name just a few.
As pianist of the ATOS Trio he has won numerous prizes and awards including the German Music Competition in 2004, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2007, selection as BBC New Generation Artists in 2009 and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Special Ensemble Fellowship in 2012.
Hoppe taught master classes for piano accompaniment and chamber music in Europe, Australia, China, South America and the USA.
Thomas Hoppe lives in Berlin with his family and is a fulltime faculty member of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin.
Jörg Schneider grew up in Berlin and received his first oboe lessons from Carsten Schlottke and Christoph Hartmann. He studied in Berlin and Munich under Professor Ricardo Rodrigues, Professor Burkhard Glaetzner, Mario Kaminski and Francois Leleux.
After being given a position in the Berlin Youth Orchestra he was made principal oboe in the RIAS-Youth Orchestra Berlin, followed by the same position with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (Federal Students’ Orchestra) and the Bayreuth Festival Youth Orchestra.
He gained orchestral experience at the Frankfurt/Oder State Orchestra, the Coburg State Theatre, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the North German Philharmonic Orchestra Rostock and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
In 2000 he was made a fellow and member of the orchestra academy of the Essen Philharmonic.
Jörg Schneideris currently a substitute with the Ensemble Modern, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the German Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Berlin as well as the Bonn Classical Philharmonic.
In 2006 he was appointed principal oboe of the National Ensemble of Spain for Contemporary Music.
Since 2007 Jörg Schneider has also been associate principal oboe for the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a winner of international chamber music competitions in Osaka, Marseille and Schwerin and a scholarship holder of the German Music Competition.
Christoph Knitt was born in Berlin and attended the Hanns Eisler Special School of Music and then studied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin under ProfessorKlaus Thunemann.
He was a soloist and partner in chamber music ensembles at an early age when he participated in the summer and winter courses in historical and modern interpretation for young instrumentalists at the Kloster Michaelstein Music Institute.
He gained his first experience as an orchestral musician as principal bassoon in the State Youth Orchestra of Saxony-Anhalt. Solo performances as a member of this orchestra also resulted in solo recordings in collaboration with the central German broadcasting company MDR.
Broadcast appearances at the Schwetzingen Festival followed. He was principal bassoon in the RIAS Youth Orchestra Berlin and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (German Students' Orchestra) conducted by Kurt Masur, Gerd Albrecht and Michael Gielen.
In 1999/2000 he was a frequent substitute at the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2001 he was given a temporary contract as principal bassoon. In the same year he was an intern at the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSB). In 2002 he appeared with the Petersen Quartet at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg. In 2002/2003 he had a temporary contract as principal bassoon at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki and at the beginning of the 2003/2004 season he was given a temporary contract in the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin.
Since 2006 he has been principal bassoon at the Potsdam Chamber Academy and member of the
Persius Ensemble. Through regular temporary jobs he is also connected to orchestras such as the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin, the Comic Opera Berlin and the German Opera Berlin. In 2010 he accepted an invitation from the Philharmonic Octet of the Berlin Philharmonic to participate in Austrian Radio (ORF) concerts in Kufstein.
Since 2009 Christoph Knitt has been working for cultural reconstruction in Iraq together with the Goethe Institute.
Members of the ensemble 4.1
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio B-Dur op.11 "Gassenhauer"
Carl Reinicke: Trio a-moll op.188
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Alexander Brent-Smith: Trio d-moll
Francis Poulenc: Trio op.4
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven is a German composer born in Bonn on the 15th or 16th of December 1770 and died in Vienna on the 26th of March 1827. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. By 1796, he had begun to suffer from tinnitus and was losing his hearing.
Beethoven composed his Piano Sonata No. 14 ('Moonlight') in 1802. The Third Symphony, known as the 'Eroica', was completed in 1804. It went on to redefine the symphony as a genre. The opening motif to the Fifth Symphony from 1808 is one of the most famous musical excerpts in history. Ill health and increasing deafness caused a drop in productivity at the end of Beethoven's life, but he still managed to produce important works like his 'Late Quartets' in 1825, which were wildly inventive for the time.
Beethoven died in Vienna on the 26th March 1827 after a long illness that has variously been attributed to hepatitis, cirrhosis and pneumonia.
Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke is a German composer, born on June 23rd 1824 in Altona and died on March 10th 1910 in Leipzig. The son of a music teacher who gave him his first lessons, Carl began to compose at the age of seven, and his first public appearance as a pianist was when he was twelve years old. Overall he wrote four concertos for his instrument (and many cadenzas for others' works, including a large set published as his Opus 87), as well as concertos for violin, cello, harp and flute. In the winter of 1850/51, Carl Schurz reports attending weekly “musical evenings” in Paris where Reinecke was in attendance.In 1851, Reinecke became a professor at the Cologne Conservatory. In ensuing years he was appointed musical director at Barmen, and became the academic, musical director and conductor of the Singakademie at Breslau.Carl Reinecke is remembered as one of the most influential and versatile musicians of his time. He served as a teacher for 35 years, until 1902. His students included Edvard Grieg, Christian Sinding, Leoš Janáček, Isaac Albéniz, Johan Svendsen, Richard Franck, Felix Weingartner, Max Bruch among many others. After his retirement he devoted his time to composition and an output that contains almost three hundred published works.
Francis Poulenc is a French composer and pianist, born on January 7th , 1899 in Paris, where he died on January 30, 1963. Author of nearly 200 melodies, he is also famous in other genres. One of the great melodists of the twentieth century, Poulenc was largely self-taught as a composer. In the early 1920s he belonged to the Paris-based group of composers Les Six who led the neo-classical movement, rejecting the overstated emotion of Romanticism. Following the death of a close friend in the 1930s, Poulenc rediscovered his Roman Catholic faith and replaced the ironic nature of neo-classicism with a new-found spiritual depth. By his own admission, Poulenc was no revolutionary, yet the transparent simplicity of much of his output, particularly his vocal and chamber music, places it alongside the finest of the century.