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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Austrian Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl Plays in New York

FRIEDRICH KLEINHAPL AUSTRIAN CELLIST PLAYS 3 NEW YORK CONCERTS

WITH PIANIST ANDREAS WOYKE

- WORKS BY ZEMLINSKY, SCHNITTKE, GULDA, BEETHOVEN AND RACHMANINOFF -

TOWN HALL DEBUT DECEMBER 12, DOWNTOWN MUSIC AT GRACE CHURCH IN WHITE PLAINS

DECEMBER 11, AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM DECEMBER 13

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT HELEN KAMIONER: CCONARTS@AOL.COM

From Vienna to Caracas, to New York to Rome, Austrian Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl has thrilled audiences and critics around the world with his passionate, compelling approach to music making. Friedemann Leipold, of Bayern 4 Klassik Radio, Germany, praised this provocative artist saying: “Friedrich Kleinhapl is a remarkable artistic personality, who continually challenges and takes his audience into worlds previously only imagined. Steve Smith in The New York Times commended Kleinhapl as possessing “abundant skill and unbridled passion.” This December, with cutting edge programs of music for Cello and Piano by composers Zemlinsky, Schnittke, Gulda, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, together with pianist Andreas Woyke, Friedrich Kleinhapl will appear on 3 celebrated New York concert series, making his Town Hall Debut on Sunday, December 12. The Duo will make its first appearance in White Plains on Saturday, December 11, in the intimate Downtown Music Series at Grace Church, and return to the highly esteemed Austrian Cultural Forum on Monday, December 13. (Please see below for program and ticket details.)

Kleinhapl completed his studies under Philippe Muller in Paris. This was followed by a period of intensive collaboration with the conductors Claudio Abbado, Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Tortelier and Tibor Varga. He has made a name for himself with premiere performances of works by distinguished contemporary composers. His list of premieres includes Friedrich Gulda’s Cello Concerto for Brass Orchestra, “Fantasy for Cello and Big Band” by Ed Neumeister (both recorded in 2001), Johannes Berauer’s Concert with Vocal Ensemble and Percussion and the Cello Concerts by Christoph Cech, Peter Herbert and Dirk D’Ase.

Kleinhapl has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, Ulf Schirmer, Karel Mark Cichon and Michael Güttler, the Munich Symphony Orchestra under Heiko Mathias Förster, the Prague Symphony Orchestra under Aleksandar Markovic, and the Zagreb Slovenian and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many of the major music capitals of the US, Canada and Europe, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Hercules Hall in Munich and the Dome des Invalides

The most recent addition to Kleinhapl’s portfolio of 11 CD’s, is a recording of Beethoven’s last Cello Sonatas No. 4 and 5. This CD also includes a rare world premiere of Beethoven’s Tenth Violin Sonata op. 96, transcribed for Cello and Piano, with Andreas Woyke, his partner on the piano. Recorded in 2004, the Duo’s CD of works by Shostakovich, was awarded the Pasticcio prize. In 2005 Kleinhapl recorded a CD of sonatas and songs by Johannes Brahms, and in 2006, released a recording of J. S. Bach’s Cello Suites all on the ARS label. In 2007 Kleinhapl’s recording with Woyke of Sonatas by Franck and Rachmaninoff won the “Supersonic Award 2008,” and their recording of Sonatas by Beethoven earned the “Excellentia Award 2009.” In November, 2010, a CD of pieces by Max Bruch for Cello and Orchestra with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra will be recorded by Kleinhapl.

Highlights of the 2010-2011 season include a tour of the United States and Canada. This past season he performed with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in South America, as well as appearing at the Salzburg Easter Festival and with the Israel Chamber Orchestra at the Eisenstadt Haydn Festival.

Friedrich Kleinhapl performs on the rare cello “Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Piacenza 1743 ex von Zweygberg,”on loan from the Austrian National Bank’s instrument collection.

Details about Kleinhapl’s upcoming performances, as well as a discography, photos and videos are available at www.kleinhapl.com.

CONCERT AND TICKET DETAILS

Grace Church December 11, at 8:00 PM
Friedrich Kleinhapl, violoncello – Andreas Woyke, piano

Downtown Music at Grace

33 Church Street

White Plains, NY 10601

914-949-0384

www.dtmusic.org

Program
Alexander Zemlinsky: 3 Pieces for Violoncello and Piano

Alfred Schnittke: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No.1

Sergej Rachmaninow: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano op.19, g-minor

Town Hall DEBUT Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 PM
Friedrich Kleinhapl, Violoncello – Andreas Woyke, Piano

Town Hall Theater
123 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Box office telephone: (212) 586-4680

Box office hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 11:00am and 1:00pm
www.pscny.org
Prices: $12 - Reserved Rear Side Orchestra & Rear Center and Side Balcony
$15 - Reserved Center Orchestra & Front Center and Side Balcony
$20 - Loge
Tickets are only available of the day of the concert at the Town Hall ticket table starting at 1:00pm

Program:
Alexander Zemlinsky 3 pieces for Violoncello and Piano

Alfred Schnittke Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No.1
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for violoncello and piano No. 5, op.102/2, D-Major
Friedrich Gulda Cadenza for Violoncello
Sergej Rachmaninow Sonata for violoncello and piano op.19, g-minor

Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Monday, 13. December at 7.30 PM
Friedrich Kleinhapl, Violoncello - Andreas Woyke, Klavier

Austrian Cultural Forum New York

11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022

Tickets can by purchased by e-mail at www.acfny.org

Or Phone: 212.319.5200. xt.222

Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for Violoncello und Piano, Nr. 4 in D Major, Opus 102
Alfred Schnittke Sonata for Violoncello und Piano, Nr. 1 (1978)
Intermission
Friedrich Gulda Cadenza for Violoncello Solo
Alexander Zemlinsky 3 Pieces für Violoncello und Piano (1891)
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Nr. 5 in D Major, Opus 102 Nr. 2

YOU TUBE CONNECTIONS: J.S. Bach: more than 10.666 hits http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXeb1bqtqIY
(Many more links to You Tube connections may be found at
www.kleinhapl.com or through google.com)

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