Franziska Hölscher’s highly praised performances stand out for their “force of expression, dazzling interpretive power and enchanting tone” (ST April 26, 2016).
Born in Heidelberg, Franziska Hölscher began playing the violin at the age of five. Her teachers were Ulf Hoelscher in Karlsruhe and Thomas Brandis in Lübeck. She completed her studies in violin with Nora Chastain in Berlin in 2013.
In 1999 Franziska Hölscher gained international attention by winning First Prize at the International Radio Competition in Prague when only 17. Only two years later, she attracted attention when making her debut alongside Martha Argerich. Franziska Hölscher regularly appears at all the important German music festivals and is one of the most sought-after musicians of her generation.
She has been awarded scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), the Villa Musica Foundation Rhineland-Palatinate and from the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat).
Deeply committed to chamber music, Ms. Hoelscher collaborates with chamber music partners such as Mojca Erdmann, Andreas Ottensamer, Martha Argerich, Martin Helmchen, Severin von Eckardstein, Ivry Gitlis, Antje Weithaas, Nils Mönkemeyer, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Maximilian Hornung, Christian Poltéra and Julian Steckel. She shared an intensive artistic collaboration with the writer Roger Willemsen. She is currently collaborating on a project with actress Maria Schrader. Franziska Hölscher has appeared as a chamber musician and soloist at many music festivals, among them the Bachwoche Ansbach, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Schleswig-Holstein-Musik Festival, Kissinger Sommer, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Heidelberger Frühling Festival. Ms. Hoelscher also regularly performs as a chamber musician and soloist at important venues such as the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, Zurich’s Tonhalle, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Vienna Musikverein and at Prague’s Rudolfinum. Concert tours have taken her throughout Europe, Asia, and to the US.
Numerous recordings for radio and television in Germany and Europe testify to her artistry as a soloist and chamber musician. Franziska Hölscher also performed in the “Musikdebüt” TV series at Stuttgart-based broadcaster SWR and in the “Rhapsody in School” project initiated by Lars Vogt.
In the forthcoming season, she will perform at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, the Düsseldorf Tonhalle and at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. She is also due to return for concert engagements at the Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Eindhoven, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Together with pianist Benjamin Moser, she will go on tour in Germany and Switzerland performing Chausson’s Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21, accompanied by the Gémeaux Quartet, winners of the ARD Music Competition. She will also undertake an extensive European tour with Liza Ferschtman, Nils Mönkemeyer, Danjulo Ishizaka and Severin von Eckardstein. Ms. Hölscher performs recitals alongside fellow chamber music partners Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet, Marie-Luise Neunecker, horn, Markus Groh and Lauma Skride, piano, as well as violists Nils Mönkemeyer and Isabelle van Keulen, and cellist Maximilian Hornung.
Last year, she and her longtime duo partner Severin von Eckardstein were music directors of the “Klangbrücken” chamber recital series at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
Franziska Hölscher plays a modern violin by Parisian violin maker Stephan von Baehr (2011).
“Remarkable, really remarkable, perfect playing! Absolute control of technique, intonation and color” Daniel Barenboim February 2016
“I really loved his playing” Simon Rattle
One of Germany’s most acclaimed young cellists Benedict Kloeckner (1989) is performing with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestras, the NDR and Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Kremerata Baltica, Slovak Radio Orchestra and the Russian and Polish State Philharmonic Orchestras, alongside conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Howard Griffiths, Ingo Metzmacher, Michael Sanderling, Karl Heinz Steffens, Christoph Poppen and Heinrich Schiff. Championed by such maestros as Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle, he performs across Europe, North and South America and Asia, at venues including the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, Symphony Hall in Chicago, John. F Kennedy Center in Washington, Tonhalle Zurich, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, Athenäum Bukarest, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien and Seoul Arts Center.
A keen chamber musician, Benedict is performing with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Yuri Bashmet, Danae Dörken, Christoph Eschenbach, Anna Fedorova, Gidon Kremer, Anne Sophie Mutter, Antoine Tamestit, the Carducci String Quartet, and Sir Andras Schiff.
He is a prize winner of major international competitions such as the European Broadcasting Union Award in Bratislava, the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann cello competition in Berlin, the Animato International Soloist Competition in Zurich, the “Nicolas Firmenich Prize” of the Verbier Festival (CH) and the “First Manhattan International Music Competition New York”. Furthermore he received the “European Culture Prize” awarded by the “European Culture Foundation”.
Benedict Kloeckner regularly collaborates with contemporary composers, including Eric Tanguy and Wolfgang Rihm, (whose Cello Concerto “Temptation” he performed in Munich) as well as Howard Blake, who composed a cello sonata for him. In celebration of his 75th birthday, Howard Blake invited Kloeckner to record his entire repertoire for cello and piano, with himself, for Genuin in cooperation with the SWR. Benedict opened the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017/18 season performing two concertos, one of which was the premiere of Howard Blake’s double concerto. In 2018 he presents the world premiere of Eun-Hwa Cho’s cello concerto with the Korean Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christoph Poppen, during a 3 day concert residency at Seoul Arts Center, as well as the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s double concerto for two Cellos.
His recording catalogue includes a highly acclaimed recording of Robert Schumann’s cello concerto, nominated for the German Record Critics prize, and collaborations with Gidon Kremer, the conductors Heinrich Schiff and Michael Sanderling, the pianists José Gallardo and Anna Fedorova, and the composer and pianist Howard Blake. Future recordings include a CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a recital CD with Danae Dörken.
Since September 2014 Benedict Kloeckner is the artistic director and founder of the “International Music Festival Koblenz” presenting high level chamber music concerts with artists such as Vilde Frang, Tianwa Yang, Boris Giltburg and the Georgian and Munich Chamber orchestras.
Benedict Kloeckner studied with Martin Ostertag, and as a young soloist of the Kronberg Academy Masters with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, graciously financed by the “Angela Winkler-Scholarship”, since October 2009. Benedict Kloeckner is also very grateful to Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer, Michael Sanderling, and Sir Andras Schiff for the musical insight and support they have offered for his artistic development. He plays an Italian Cello by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona 1680) kindly on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world were stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. Critics have praised Anna’s signature “sweet modesty and wild expression,” which rendered listeners “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished.”
In September 2013 Anna performed Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto at the opening of the season of Sunday Morning Concerts series at the Great hall of the Royal Concertgebouw. Within two and a half a years, the recording of this concert received over 9 million views on YouTube and was highly praised among renown musicians. In November 2015 she returned to perform in the big hall of Concertgebouw in Sunday Morning Concerts series Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3, this performance was again steamed live on TV, internet and radio.
She has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, the Zurich Tonhalle, The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Cadogan Hall (London), the Warsaw Filharmonia, the Gdansk Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon and many others. She has also appeared at numerous Music Festivals such as the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Annecy Classic Festival (France), Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), Ravinia Festival (USA), the IKIF (New York, USA), Violon sur le sable (France), the Rubinstein Piano Festival (Lodz, Poland), the International Piano Festival in Trieste (Italy), the Orpheum Music Festival (Zurich, Switzerland), Musikdorf Ernen (Switzerland), The Corfu Festival of Arts (Greece), the Chopin Festival in Antonin (Poland), International Chamber Music Festival Koblenz (Germany) and others.
Having mastered a formidable concerto repertoire, she played with orchestras around the world, among which are The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony orchestra (Japan), the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Residentie Orkest and the Camerata Amsterdam (Netherlands), the Tokyo New City Orchestra (Japan), the Philarmonia of the Nations and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the OFUNAM (Mexico), the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Camerata and many others. Conductors with whom Anna has had the pleasure of performing with include Jaap Van Zweden, Jun Markl, Alun Francis, Andrew Grams, Howard Griffiths, Gerard Oskamp, Justus Franz, Kevin Griffiths, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jerome Pillement, Shinik Hahm, Alejo Perez, Martin Panteleev, David Lockington and many others.
Anna has claimed top prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the International Rubinstein ‘In Memoriam’ piano competition, the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists, the Lyon Piano Competition, and recently became recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy Award. She is also two-time laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival (New York, USA). A graduate of the Lysenko School of Music in Kyiv (studio of Borys Fedorov), Anna is currently a student of Norma Fisher at the Royal College of Music in London, she is David Young Piano Prize Holder supported by a Soiree d’Or Award and Keyboard Trust. Additionally, Anna studies at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica in Imola, Italy under professor Leonid Margarius. She has also received artistic guidance from world renowned pianists such as Alfred Brendel and Menahem Pressler, and is regularly mentored by Steven Isserlis and Andras Schiff.
In autumn 2014 Anna’s first two albums were released – Solo CD with works by Brahms, Liszt and Chopin under DiscAnnecy Label and the Rachmaninov CD with Piano Classics. Summer 2016is marked for Anna with release of 3 more albums – with Rachmaninov 3rd piano Concerto and Mussorgsky “Pictures at an Exhibition”, and two duo CDs are – with German cellist Benedict Kloeckner and works of Chopin and Frank, and with turkish cellist Jamal Aliyev and works by Russian composers.
Highlights of Anna’s future engagements include performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Cadogan hall in London, Orchestre Lamoureux in the Theatre des Champs Elysees, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (UK), Orchestra Simfonica Siciliana, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and many others. She will perform in such prestigious concert halls as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vancouver Playhouse, The Norwegian Opera and ballet in Oslo, Theatre des Champs Elysees, Louis Vuitton Series in Paris and many others.