Thursday 1.8

11.11 a.m. VERDO Concert Hall
Eleven past Eleven

Debut 5 / Audience Academy III: Malion Quartet

Alex Jussow – violin
Miki Nagahara – violin
Lilya Tymchyshyn – viola
Bettina Kessler – cello

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Anton Webern (1883–1945): Streichquartett op. 5
Anton Webern (1883–1945): Langsamer Satz für Streichquartett
John Adams (*1947): Streichquartett Nr.1

They work closely with members of the Alban Berg Quartet, the Kuss Quartet, the Cuarteto Casals, and with Jörg Widmann: the Frankfurt-based Malion Quartet has received numerous awards since its founding in 2018, including at the chamber music competition in Osaka and at the German Music Competition. In 2023, they were Quartet in Residence at the Holzhausenschlösschen in Frankfurt. In Hitzacker, the four musicians combine Anton Webern's early chamber music works with the First String Quartet by John Adams, born in 1947, and will not only perform the works but also discuss them with their audience as they often do at their performances – a special Audience Academy indeed.


3:03 p.m. OKTOGON Gallery, Admission free
Three past Three

„Imagined Garden” – live act VI with the Malion Quartett

Alex Jussow – violin
Miki Nagahara – violin
Lilya Tymchyshyn – viola
Bettina Kessler – cello


7:07 p.m. VERDO Foyer, Admission free
Seven past Seven

Flash 5: „50 Shades of AST" -an interactive project by the AST Quartet

Sungmoon Kim – violin
Minju Park – violin
Jinju Yang – viola
Eunju Cheung – cello

The four Korean members of the AST Quartet are currently studying in Hanover and have already been awarded numerous prizes; they won the Festival de Arte Competition and were semifinalists at the Geneva Music Competition. "50 Shades of AST" is the young string quartet’s multimedia project, in which they approach their quartet playing in an unconventional way. Excerpts from quartet works, Instagram reels and behind-the-screen moments are strung together in a playful and creative sequence, each segment lasting no more than 50 seconds and interrupted by a signal that leads into the next section. At the festival, this performance takes the form of a walk-in installation that one can enter and exit at will.


8:08 p.m. VERDO Concert Hall
Eight past Eight

Jerusalem Quartet & Sharon Kam – clarinet

Alexander Pavlovsky – violin
Sergei Bresler – violin
Ori Kam – viola
Kyril Zlotnikov – cello
Sharon Kam – clarinet

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Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847): Streichquartett Nr. 1 Es-Dur op. 12 MWV R 25
Paul Ben-Haim (1897–1984): Streichquartett Nr. 1 op. 21
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897): Klarinettenquintett h-Moll op. 115

What could be better on globally dark days than to let an outstanding musical culture speak for itself? Whether with Mendelssohn, the grandson of the great Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, or with the composer Paul Ben-Haim, born in Munich in 1897 and assistant conductor to Bruno Walter before 1933 – the Jerusalem Quartet is considered exceptional in terms of expressive depth and sound. Its recordings have been awarded numerous prizes, including the Diapason d'Or and the BBC Music Magazine Award for chamber music. In 2019, the quartet released a unique album that explored the far-reaching influence of Jewish music in Central Europe during the interwar period. To top things off, Sharon Kam, the Haifa-born star clarinetist, joins them to complete the concert with one of chamber music’s noblest works: Brahms's late Clarinet Quintet.

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