May 23 / thu 18:00-19:20

Concert of Matthias Höfs (trumpet) and Christian Schmitt (organ)

Johann Sebastian Bach, Tomaso Albinoni, Giuseppe Tartini


Tomaso Albinoni
Concerto in F major 

Johann Sebastian Bach
Toccata in F major, BWV 540
Concerto in F major, BWV 978 (after Violin Concerto in G major, RV 310 by Antonio Vivaldi)
Fugue in F major, BWV 540
Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 116
Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ’, BWV 639 

Charles-Marie Widor
Toccata, Adagio, and Finale from Organ Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 13 

Giuseppe Tartini
Concerto in D major

‘He has found the right colors to puzzle,’ Wiener Zeitung lauded Christian Schmitt. The German organist’s preferred period in the history of music is Romanticism, though his actual repertoire is much wider. He has played many of Europe’s historic organs and has won ECHO Klassik’s award for his CD of Widor’s symphonies for organ recorded with the Bamberg Symphony.

Christian Schmitt has shared the stage with world-renowned musicians, such as conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Jakub Hrůš, and Marek Janowski, singers Juliane Banse, Sibylla Rubens, and Magdalena Kožená, cellist Wen-Sinn Yang, and percussionist Martin Grubinger. He has given concerts around the globe, including the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Musikverein, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall in St. Petersburg. His discography already includes over 30 CDs of various genres, from early to contemporary music.

Schmitt’s co-performer at the Diaghilev Festival, Matthias Höfs, chose his musical specialization at a very early age: he was but six years old when he declared the trumpet his instrument, ‘because it shines so nicely.’ And he’s been faithful to the trumpet ever since, being a brilliant, ‘shining’ player himself.

At the age of eighteen, Matthias Höfs secured a position of the first trumpet at the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, where he then worked for sixteen years. He achieved worldwide success as a member of German Brass Ensemble, with whom he has won the ECHO Klassik award. Höfs is constantly mastering his skills and expanding his repertoire, collaborating with composers who are inspired by his virtuosity and love for experiments. He has recorded over 20 CDs, solo or with German Brass.


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