Interharmony International Music Festival Presents German InterHarmony Showcase at German House

May 3, 2012 | New York, NY

InterHarmony International Music Festival presents the first Sulzbach-Rosenberg Showcase in New York, featuring young esteemed soloists who performed at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany. These performers bring to the stage unique, virtuosic works by Martinu, Bazzini, Tosti, Goens, Tchaikovsky, contemporary German musical icon Wolfgang Rihm, and a cello quartet by Gershwin, for which Maestro Misha Quint will join the performance.

InterHarmony International Music Festival will host one session in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany and two sessions in Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy this year. Interharmony Enlarge image (© InterHarmony)  The Festival is in its 8th year in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, where it has become a part of the town’s robust culture. Each year residents give the festival a warm welcome with sold-out concerts and a welcome ceremony presented by the town. The festival combines performance, master classes, and coaching with elements of the Russian school that inspire audiences and develop young artists. A staple of the festival in Europe is a concert series featuring renowned performers and young artists in solo and chamber music, culminating with a final orchestra concert. Misha Quint modeled InterHarmony International Music Festival after his festival in Soesterberg, The Netherlands. Previous locals included Hinterzarten, Germany, San Francisco, CA, and The Berkshires, MA.

InterHarmony is building its presence in the music scene in New York, which began in January when InterHarmony showcased Misha Quint in a cello recital at Carnegie Hall, and will continue with the Young Artist Showcase at the German House. InterHarmony continues to spread international friendship with the universal language of classical music by way of multicultural collaboration as it kicks off a new concert series at Carnegie Hall in 2013.

May 3 Soloists include: violinists Kenneth and Noelle Midori Naito, recent performers with the Kostrama Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia and at Carnegie Hall, and Annika Jenkins, performer with nearly 20 orchestras and National Public Radio’s, “From the Top”; cellists Caitlin McConnell, 2010 winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Competition, and Lawrence Foster Violoncello Award, Chris Beroes-Hagis, winner of Judges Merit Award, Meryl Vourch, winner of the American Protégé Music Competition; and tenor Ezra Bershatsky, winner of the “Best of New York” award in the NFAa competition in 2008. 

A plethora of musical styles encompasses this concert, from the lyrical melodies of Italian composer Tosti to the intensity of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Slovakian folk songs written into Martinu’s “Variations on a Slovakian Theme for Cello and Piano.” Like Franz Schubert before him, German composer Wolfgang Rihm set music to the poetry of Goethe. However, he takes a much different approach. “I don’t write pure music… I am in my person exposed to many uncertainties, arising both within and outside myself, and I yield to these uncertainties”.  The concert will conclude with the unconventional ensemble of four cellos in a quartet by George Gershwin. Pianist Eduard Laurel will join them.

Location and Time:
Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m.
German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Free admission. RSVP required. Send RSVP to gmail%27%com,germanconsulatenyc

More information is available at: www.interharmony.com  and www.srimf.com  

About InterHarmony International Music Festival

InterHarmony International Music Festival offers music students the opportunity to spend up to six weeks in Europe studying with an internationally renowned faculty of many well-known soloists and chamber musicians. The festival faculty combines their experience with elements of the famous Russian School to produce a unique and invaluable environment for learning and growth. This experience will allow students to significantly develop their musical abilities, achieve artistic growth, elevate their professional training, network with fellow musicians and perform in concert.

This summer festival will host two sessions in Tuscany, Italy, and one session in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. Each session offers four one-hour private lessons, ample practice facilities, and the opportunity to perform in orchestra and chamber-ensembles coached by faculty members. Master classes will be offered on various instruments and there will be numerous festival concerts, all of which will be open to the public. In addition, there will be planned excursions to a variety of fascinating destinations in the two locales. More information at: www.srimf.com  

MISHA QUINT, cello

Russian-born cellist Misha Quint, 2009 first prize winner of the CRS National competition, captivates his audiences with his lyricism, passion and dazzling technique. Described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a "master of probing sentiment", his repertoire ranges from Bach to premieres of the most outstanding composers of today including Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Steven Gerber, Nathan Davis, and Alfred Schnitke. Quint is Founder and Music Director of the InterHarmony International Music Festivals and the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in the USA and Europe. As a special guest artist Misha Quint was broadcast on a live television performance of the Unaccompanied Bach Suite No.5, in WQXR's "In the Listening Room" and live recitals on WGBH (Boston), WMNB (NJ), WNYC (NY).

A graduate of the Leningrad Special School for the Gifted and the Leningrad Conservatory, Misha Quint made his orchestral debut at the age of 13 after winning first prize at the Boccherini Competition in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). He gained international recognition after capturing top prizes in the International Competition in Prague and the Russian National Competition. Quint immigrated to the US and made his critically acclaimed New York recital debut at the 92nd Street Y and his orchestral debut in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.  He has given numerous solo recitals and master classes in the leading halls of England, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland Russia, Latvia, Georgia, Belorussia, and the US.

Misha Quint has appeared with such celebrated orchestras as the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional do Brasilia, Metropolitan Symphony, the New York Chamber Orchestra, National Irish Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony and the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Leningrad State Orchestra, Orchestra of Classical and Contemporary Music as well as with the Symphony Orchestras of Latvia and Georgia. He has worked with an equally illustrious group of conductors including Maxim Shostakovich, Paul Lustig Dunkel, Colman Pierce, Sidney Harth, Ravil Martinov, Camilla Kolchinsky, Yakov Bergman, Ira Levin, and most recently Franz Krager in Houston.

Misha Quint is strongly committed to teaching and is affiliated with the Mannes College of Music at the New School in New York.  His prestigious InterHarmony music festival boasts an outstanding faculty of established soloists and teachers and inhabit two locations in Europe; Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy, and Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. He has been on the faculty of the International Institute of Music in Marktoberdorf, Germany, and was the music director and founder of the Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland, the International Cello Festivalin Blonay and Interharmony Music Festival in Geneva, Switzerland.  More information available at www.MishaQuint.com . 

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