Monday
03. July
at 20.30
Narodna galerija – Ljubljana

ELSE ENSEMBLE (Israel, Germany)

Hed Yaron Mayersohn, violin
Valentin Scharffcello
Daniela Shemer, cello
Shelly Ezraclarinet
Naaman Wagnerpiano

Free admission!


Programme:

SYLVIE BODOROVÁ (1954 ) : Megiddo for violin, cello and piano
SHULAMIT RAN (1949) : “Private Game” for clarinet and piano
LOUISE FARRENC (1804–1875) : Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in Eb-major, Op. 44
NINA ŠENK (1982):“Pushing forward” with clarinet solo
CLARA SCHUMANN (1819–1896): Piano trio in g-minor, Op. 17


The Israeli-German Ensemble: ELSE ENSEMBLE

The poetess and painter Else Lasker-Schueler was born in Germany in 1869, and died in Israel in 1945. Her many-sided and colorful personality was the inspiration behind the formation of a unique ensemble, the “Else Ensemble”, made up of German and Israeli musicians who with their love for chamber music, and in light of years of mutual studies and music making, aspire to seek and adapt new ways of interpretations. They hope to promote musical ties between Germany and Israel and by doing so to deepen ties of friendship and understanding between the two countries. With this aim in mind, the Ensemble devotes itself to the performance of works which contain elements that lend themselves to the spirit of cultural cooperation by adopting a repertoire of various compositions by German and Jewish composers from the nineteenth century and until the present times. The ensemble’s variety of instruments allows it to form musical groups which are less common in the chamber music literature, leading to a wide and interesting repertoire. The Ensemble is composed of young musicians claiming prizes from international competitions and performers in leading world orchestras.


Hed Yaron Mayersohn, born 1989 in Tel Aviv, is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, where he received distinctions. Hed is a recipient of scholarships and awards from institutes such as the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the foundation Freunde Junger Musiker Deutschland and the Verbier Festival Academy. Hed won prizes in various competitions, such as Aviv (Israel) and Königin Sophie Charlotte (Mirow, Germany). He is fascinated by music of different epochs and styles and plays regularly solo and chamber music concerts. Since 2013 he is a member of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and plays regularly in the orchestra’s programs.


Valentin Scharff is assistant principal cellist in the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra since 1999. He received prizes in the Mendelssohn Competition Freiburg and in the International Chamber Music Competition in The Hague. Valentin Scharff was a student in the class of Professor Christoph Henkel in the Freiburg School of Music and attended masterclasses with renown musicians such as Frans Helmerson, Arto Noras, Siegfried Palm and János Starker. An enthusiast performer of chamber music from a young age, he received coaching from acclaimed ensembles such as the Brandis and Vermeer quartets. As member of different chamber groups he performed in festivals such as Lucerne, Le Arcs, La Prés and Beethoven Festival in Bonn. Valentin Scharff gave concerts all over Europe, the USA and Japan.

Valentin Scharff is assistant principal cellist in the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra since 1999. He received prizes in the Mendelssohn Competition Freiburg and in the International Chamber Music Competition in The Hague. Valentin Scharff was a student in the class of Professor Christoph Henkel in the Freiburg School of Music and attended masterclasses with renown musicians such as Frans Helmerson, Arto Noras, Siegfried Palm and János Starker. An enthusiast performer of chamber music from a young age, he received coaching from acclaimed ensembles such as the Brandis and Vermeer quartets. As member of different chamber groups he performed in festivals such as Lucerne, Le Arcs, La Prés and Beethoven Festival in Bonn. Valentin Scharff gave concerts all over Europe, the USA and Japan.


Daniela Shemer, born in 1988 in Jerusalem, is a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra since 2009, and a passionate performer of chamber music and contemporary repertoire. Based in Germany, Daniela was a member of the International Ensemble Modern Academy, and holds a Master’s degree from the Frankfurt
University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2013 Daniela Joined the Lucerne Festival Academy, and later the Academy’s Ensemble. As a chamber and orchestral musician, Daniela has performed in four continents, and has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierr Boulez, Peter Eötvös and Steven Sloane. Daniela
appeared in master classes with cellists such as Mischa Maisky, Janos Starker, Frans Helmerson and David Geringas. After completing a Bachelor’s degree at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well as a military service in the position of Excellent Musician in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), Daniela continued to study one year in The Royal Conservatoire The Hague, where she studied cello with Michel Strauss, as well as electronic music in the Sonology department. She has repeatedly received scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Varon Foundation and from the Barenboim-Said Andalusian Public Foundation.


Shelly Ezra studied with Yitzhak Kazap (Tel-Aviv), with Sabine Meyer, Reiner Wehle and Diethelm Jonas (Lübeck), and with Martin Spangenberg (Weimar). She was awarded prizes in various Competitions, such as the ARD Competition Munich, International Music Competition Freiburg, Braunschweig Classix Festival Competition and the Max-Reger Chamber Music Competition, Karlsruhe, as well as prizes and scholarships of the America Israel Cultural-, Villa Musica-, Yehudi Menuhin-, and the Stockhausen Foundations. Shelly performed as a soloist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Basel, Jena Philharmonic, the Classical-Philharmonic Bonn, Philharmonic of the Nations, Camerata Moravia, and with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra. She worked with some of the leading artists in the field and recorded for the NDR and MDR, Radio Bremen, German Radio, Radio Berlin-Brandenburg, Netherlands Radio, Australian, Finnish and Serbian radio stations and for the Israeli classical radio station “The Voice of Music”.


Pianist Naaman Wagner is active as a recitalist, chamber musician, and champion of contemporary music. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has performed extensively in Israel, Europe, and Asia and has frequently recorded for the Kol Hamusika radio station in Israel. Also active in the field of contemporary music, he is a member of the 21st Century Ensemble, with whom he has appeared as soloist in Israel, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tbilisi under the baton of Ilan Volkov and Zsolt Nagy, among others, playing countless world-premieres of new works as well as many 20th and 21st century masterpieces. He has appeared at the chamber music hall of the Philharmonie in Berlin, Mendelssohn-Saal and Mendelssohn-Haus in Leipzig, at the Künstlerhaus in Munich, as well as at the Tel Aviv museum, Jerusalem Theater, the Jerusalem Music Center. His festival appearances include the Kol Hamusika Festival in the upper Galilee, the Israel Festival, and the Abu-Gosh festival, among others. A multifaceted musician, Wagner holds a B.A. from the Jerusalem music Academy studying piano under Eitan Globersohn and conducting under Evgeny Tsirlin, as well as a
Diploma which he earned at the Hochscüle für Musik in Hannover, studying under Prof. Arie Vardi.


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