Hartmut Rohde

Hartmut Rohde

Hartmut Rohde

“Stereotypical playing is definitely not his cup of tea, the evening showed how he can fulfil his Musicality with Inspiration and strength of Imagination.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Hartmut Rohde was, in 1993, appointed a professorship at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, he also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music London, where, as a visiting professor and Honorary Member, he regularly gives Chamber Music and solo viola master classes. Hartmut Rohde is a founding member of the Mozart Piano Quartet, which for many years has been regarded as one of the world’s leading Piano Chamber Music ensembles. He was a student in Vienna and Hannover, under the guidance of Hatto Beyerle.

Through recognition in various Competitions (1st prize in the Deutschen Musikwettbewerb, the “Konzerte junger Künstler” program in 1990 and prize-winner in the International Naumburg Competition in New York, 1991) Hartmut Rohde’s performing career has blossomed to be intense and richly international. Tours as a soloist and also later with his Chamber Ensembles, have taken him to the USA, Canada, Australia, Asia, the CIS and throughout all parts of Europe. Hartmut Rohde’s main interests lie in the Historic analysis of various musical styles, the application of the rhetorical musical language of the Baroque period and the progression of the Classical into the Romantic era. New perspectives and experiences in the discussion of music serve as a basis for his unique style of interpretation. In 1991 he presented his arrangement of B. Bartok’s Viola Concerto, to which further changes were made in 2010 in preparation for the Premiere in Baden-Baden. In addition, he was the Soloist chosen for the first performance of Franz Beyer’s version of the Viola Concerto from F.A. Hoffmeister.

As a soloist Hartmut Rohde has performed, among others, with the Staatkapelle Weimar, the Beethovenhalle of Bonn, the Bremer Philharmoniker, NDR Hannover, the Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie Rostock, the Lithuanian Philharmonic, the Philharmonie Baden-Baden and the Kapellsolisten of Dresden. In Haydn’s commemorative year, 2009, D.Geringas, J-P. Maintz and H. Rohde toured Germany, Poland, the USA and Italy with the “Baritone Trios” originally composed for Prince Esterházy. For the Season 2011/2012, a program including works from Sándor Veress, L.v. Beethoven and Vladimir Mendelssohn is in motion, as well as Trio tours with Michel Lethiec and Jeremy Menuhin. In 2011, two CD recordings of Classic and Romantic Viola Concertos are planned. 2011 also brings Viviane Hagner, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Hartmut Rohde and Jens-Peter Maintz together to create the newly formed Joachim Quartett Berlin, a string-quartet which feeds from the immense tradition of the old Joachim Quartet from 1869. Among others he is guest conductor of the Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra LEOPOLDINUM.

As a much sought after chamber musician, he has played with Heinrich Schiff, Itamar Golan, David Geringas, Lars Vogt, Daniel Hope, Janine Jansen, Pascal Devoyon, Frans Helmerson, Michel Lethiec, Nobuko Imaii, Antje Weithaas, Jörg Widmann, Jérémy Menuhin, Peter Hoerr, J-P. Maintz, the Tallich- Quartett, Vogler-Quartett, Vermeer-Quartett. Always being open to new possibilities of conveying the language of music is an important aspect of life for him, which is what led Hartmut Rohde also to work in the spheres of Modern Music with such composers as Aribert Reimann, Wolfgang Rihm, Kristof Maratka, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jörg Widmann and Brett Dean.

Kent Nagano, Georg Alexander Albrecht, Paavo Järvi, Massimo Zanetti, Christoph Prick, Juozas Domarkas , Pavel Baleff and Michael Sanderling are just some of the many conductors with whom he has worked, in such venues as the Berliner Festspiele, Salzburger Festspiele, Ravinia-Festival (Chicago), Oleg-Kagan Festival, Braunschweiger Kammermusikpodium, ”Spannungen” Heimbach, Concert du Louvre (Paris), Mahler-Festspiele Toblach (Italy) and Festival Pablo Casals (France), Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kumho Asiana Festival in Seoul, Beethoven Easter festival Warschau, Kronberg Academy, International Jerusalem Music Festival, Kuhmo Festival and West Cork Music Festival Bantry.

Alongside many Radio recordings with large international broadcasting companies, Hartmut’s CD-recording portfolio has become substantial including recordings with EMI classics, Decca, BMG/Sony, Musikproduktion Dabringhaus + Grimm, Naxos and also the  Freiburg Musikforum. In 2003 Hartmut Rohde received the renowned Echo-Classic-Prize and in 2004 the Supersonic Award.

Eminent in the Teaching world, he often gives Master classes in Europe, the USA, Australia and Asia. His students have won prizes in various international solo and chamber-music competitions and hold a number of important orchestral positions including with the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic, Staatsoper Berlin, BBC London, HR and Semperoper Dresden. Since 1997 he is the artistic director of the International Max-Rostal-Competition for Violin and Viola, Berlin, and jury member of many well known competitions such as the International ARD Competition in Munich and the Tertis Viola Competition on the Isle of Mann. Since 2010 He works for the publishers PARTITURA and Hofmeister Publishing Leipzig as a publisher and editor.
Hartmut Rohde plays on instruments from Michael Ledfuss (2002) and a Giuseppe Fiorini (1899)



Bild: © JosepMolina.net.

Hartmut Lindemann

The German violist Hartmut Lindemann is widely acknowledged as one of the leading exponents of his instrument. His profound admiration for and understanding of the music and string playing of the late 19th and early 20th centuries has deeply influenced his playing. Lindemann graduated in 1980 with an Honours Performing Diploma from the Cologne Musikhochschule.

His professional career has included positions as Principal with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Tasmanian and the Sydney Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In 1987 Lindemann embarked upon a career as a freelance soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has performed as a soloist with most of Australia’s Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Detmolder Kammerorchester and the Kammerphilharmonie Amadé. In 2001 he toured Germany with the latter, giving the European premiere of the Alfred Hill concerto.

He later performed the concerto in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Lindemann has participated in many music festivals such as the Adelaide Festival; Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville;

Mudgee; Huntington Festival, and the International Music Festival in Kharkov (Ukraine); Homburg (Saarland); Soester Sommerliche Musiktage; Rösrather Kammermusiktage. He frequently gives recitals with the Australian pianist Ben Martin, and in Europe with Megumi Hashiba.

Hartmut Lindemann has been Professor for viola at the Detmolder Musikhochschule since 1997 and guest lecturer at the Australian National Academy. He served on the jury of the 1999 International William Primrose Competition in Guelph and the 2000 International Lionel Tertis Competition on the Isle of Man. He is frequently involved with the German youth competition ‘Jugend musiziert’. In 2009 he was chairman for the ‘Dorcus Mclean Violin – Scolarship – Competition’ in Melbourne.

Lindemann has recorded five highly acclaimed solo CDs for the Tacet label.

Hariolf Schlichtig

Violist Hariolf Schlichtig, born 1950 in Tuttlingen, is well known as chamber musician, soloist and teacher. He studied with Max Rostal and Sandor Vegh and has been member of the Cherubini Qartett for 19 years, which won several international competitions, appeared at famous venues all over the world, recorded several highly praised CDs and performed at internationally renowned festivals.

He appeared as soloist at the Cologne Philharmonie, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Conservatoire at Bruxelles, at the May Festival Wiesbaden, at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, and under Andras Schiff´s direction at Omaggio a Palladio in the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenca, Weimar, Basel and in 2006 in Zuerich and Carnegie Hall in New York.

In his longstanding relationship with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, he recorded the Viola concertos of K.Stamitz, F.A. Hoffmeister and D.F.Zelter for TUDOR. In March 2003 he played in the world premiere of the Viola Concerto of Herbert Callhoff under the direction of Christoph Poppen. He performs chamber music with collegues such as Tabea Zimmermann, Andras Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Alban Berg Quartett and Leonidas Kavakos, also as a guest of festivals like Edinburgh-Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Whitsun-Concerts Ittingen and Festival of Arts Weimar.

Since 1987, Hariolf Schlichtig is Professor for Viola and Chamber Music at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. He is doing master classes internationally. Among his students are several price winners of important competitions and a lot of his former students are holding prominent positions in the international music scene.

With the Munich Chamber Orchestra he did a highly regarded recording of the concertos by K. Stamitz, F.A. Hoffmeister and C.F. Zelter. His CDs were honored with the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Echo Klassik, the Diapason d´Or and Choc de la Musique .

Hariolf Schlichtig is soloist and principal violist of the ”Cappella Andrea Barca”, the chamber orchestra of András Schiff, wich was founded in 1999 and conducted since then by him. This ensemble performs every year at ”Mozartwoche” in Salzburg and in its ”adopted home”, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, as well as in the major concert halls worldwide.

He is especially active as an advocate of contemporary music, works with composers like Rudi Spring, Joerg Widmann, Aribert Reimann, Friedrich Cerha, Siegfried Matthus, Gyoergy Kurtag, Heinz Holliger and Martin Christoph Redel and premiered some of their music. Since 2001, he has been developing his own music together with the sculptor and musician Paul Fuchs.

Guy Ben-Ziony

Guy Ben-Ziony was born in 1974 in Israel. At age 9 he started to play the violin, and since age 13 is playing the viola. In Israel he studied among others with Prof. Chaim Taub. He finished his studiies under Prof. Tabea Zimmermann(Frankfurt), and Prof. Tatjana Masurenko (Leipzig).

He is Professor for viola and chamber music in Leipzig “Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Musikhochschule,” and is a regular guest viola principle in Camerata Salzburg under Leonidas Kavakos. He has given master courses, teaching in Sweden, Austria, Israel and Hungary.

A most requested violist in Europe, Guy is regularly invited, also as viola principle, to orchestras such as Deutsche kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Jaervi, “Kremerata Baltica” under Gidon Kremer, and Camerata Nordica, Sweden.
His chamber concert engagements took him to music halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London and Berlin Konzerthaus.

As a soloist he played with many Israeli and European orchestras, among them the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Tel-Aviv Soloists, and with the I.D.F. Chamber Orchestra in its 12th anniversary, a concert patronaged by Isaac Stern. Another collaboration was the Bartok concerto in Leipzig under Daniel Harding.

In the 1998/1999 seasons, he was a member of the Zapolski Quartet in Copenhagen. They toured Scandinavia and Russia, and recorded for the “Chandos” and “Classico” record companies.
Guy has participated in some of the world’s leading chamber music festivals, among them the Lockenhaus, Davos, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Ravinia, “Spannungen in Heimbach”, Jerusalem international chamber music festival, Moritzburg, Prussia-Cove, and “Chamber music connects the world” in Kronberg.

Guy Ben Ziony collaborated in concerts with artists such as Gidon Kremer, Antje Weithaas, Tabea Zimmermann, Tatjana Masurenko, Boris Pergamenschikow and Menachem Presler.

Ellen Nisbeth

Ellen Nisbeth vann i 2013 Den norske solistpris efter konkurrens med finalister

från alla de nordiska länderna. I Sverige vann hon Solistpriset i 2012 som första

violast någonsin, i finalen framförde hon Béla Bartóks violakonsert med Sveriges

Radio Symfoniorkester. Efter att ha solistdebuterat med Bergens Filharmoniska

Orkester i 2007 har hon varit flitigt engagerad både som solist med de främsta

orkestrarna i Norden och spelat kammarmusik med bland annat Martin Fröst,

Truls Mørk, Arve Tellefsen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Amalie Malling, Bengt Forsberg

och Daniel Hope. Nisbeth har uppträtt som solist med Trondheim Symfoniorkester,

Bergens Filharmoniska Orkester, Orkester Norden, Ensemble Ernst, Kringkastingsorkestret

och Sveriges Radio Symfoniorkester.

Ellen Nisbeth vill förvalta och förmedla den klassiska repertoaren skriven för viola

men önskar också att framföra och presentera nyskriven musik. Nyligen framförde

hon Rolf Wallins violakonsert med Kringkastingsorkestret i Oslo. Kritikern i Aftenposten

uttalade följande: «Solist Nisbeth turnerte alle like elegant og imponerte

ikke minst med intensiteten også i de mest lavmælte partiene». Ellen blev omtalad

som: «den unge stjernebratsjisten Ellen Nisbeth» och «Strålende solist i

poetisk verk om byen».

Ellen fick äran att uruppföra Arne Nordheims violakonsert vid den officiella öppningen

i september 2012 av Arne Nordheimsenteret i Oslo. Violakonserten är en

bearbetning av cellokonserten Tenebrae, som Nordheim komponerade för

Mstislav Rostropovitsj i 1992. Nordheim deltog själv i omarbetningen av konserten

innan han dog. Ellen Nisbeth ger ut en edition av verket på förlaget Wilhelm

Hansen och gör också första inspelning av verket på LAWO Classics under

2013. I 2014 urframför hon Britta Byströms violakonsert med Sveriges Radio

Symfoniorkester. Konserten kommer bli inspelad och utgiven på CD.

Under kommande säsonger ska Ellen göra solistframträdanden med bland annat

Dalasinfoniettan, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Sveriges Radio Symfoniorkester, Gävle

Symfoniorkester, Uppsala Kammarorkester och Musica Vitae.

Ellen är född och uppvuxen i Uppsala. Efter sex års studier hos Ulla Magnusson i

Stockholm avla hon sina bachelorstudier vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm

och Musikkhøgskolen i Oslo för professor Peter Herresthal. Med högsta betyg

examinerades hon och kom in på den prestigefulla solistdiplomutbildningen

vid Musikkhøgskolen i Oslo som avslutades med konsert med Kringkastingsorkestret.

Ellen har också en Artist Diploma fra Royal College of Music, London.

Ellen Nisbeth spelar på en Dom Nicolo Amati viola från 1714, men disponerar

också ett nybyggt instrument av Jacob von der Lippe från 2011.

Barbara Westphal

Violist Barbara Westphal is a professor at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, Germany, and is a featured soloist with orchestra


s in Europe and in the US. She plays in the Trio Gasparo Da Salo with Ani Kavafian (violin) and Gustav Rivinius (cello). Ms. Westphal was top prize winner at 1983 Munich International Viola Competition (ARD) and was awarded the Busch Prize the same year. Her recordings can be found on the Bridge, Helicon, Centaur, Wergo and CPO labels.

For seven years she was the violist of the Delos String Quartet, USA,

winner of the 1981 Colmar International String Quartet Competition, France. Additionally, she has appeared as a guest artist at many events, including: Music From Marlboro, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Music In The Mountains (all USA), Incontri In Terra di Siena, Italy, Vaasa, Finldand, Budapest, Hungarey and Schleswig- Holsitein Festival, Germany, to name just a few.

In 2009 she founded the Bartholdy String Quintet with violinists Anke Dill and Ulf Schneider, violist Volker Jacobsen and cellist Gustav Rivinius.


Alexander Zemtsov

Concertist, professor at Guildhall School of Music in London, at Vienna Konservatorium and at The Academy Lions Clubs Mo

Alexander Zemtsov attended the Gnessin Music Lyceum in Moscow, a school for gifted children, where he studied under Prof.. Elena Ozol. After graduating he joined his family in Germany where he studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg with Prof. Marius Nichiteanu. He continued his education with Prof. Michael Kugel in Hoogeschool Maastricht and post graduated from the Hochschule ”Hanns Eisler” Berlin in the class of Prof. Tabea Zimmermann.

Zemtsov´s mastery and artistry have been widely recognised internationally and have been brought him numerous prizes: first prize at the International Youth Competition ”Classical Legacy” in Moscow in 1995, first prize at the Elise Meyer competition in Hamburg in 1997, and first prize at the 8th Brahms competition in Poertschach, Austria, in 2001.

That year he was also a winner of the ”Unge solister” audition in Stavanger, Norway, and of the Tenuto competition in Brussels.

Since the age of 19 Alexander has worked with several European orchestras and in September 2002 was appointed Principal Viola with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Alexander is member of the new string ensemble The Hermitage Trio and frequently performing with Razumovsky Ensemble and Aronowitz Ensemble. As a soloist he has performed with Belgian Radio Orchestra, Konzertverein Orchester Vienna, London Philharmonic Orchestra at the prestigious concert platforms like Tchaikovsky Conservatoire Hall in Moscow, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall in London and Musikverein Vienna.

His repertoire embraces all the major works for the instrument, and also includes arrangements of virtuoso violin pieces as the ”Carmen-Fantasy” (Bizet-Waxman) , ”The Last rose of Summer” by Ernst and others. In 2004, he played a leading role in the formation of a chamber orchestra comprising members of the LPO with whom he toured in Germany as a soloist.

Since 2003 Alexander been very active as a teacher. He has given international masterclasses throughout Europe as well in Israel, Australia and New Zealand In 2006 He was appointed a viola professor at the Guildhall School of Music and in 2010 at the Conservatory in Vienna.

Alexander is also executive professor of the new project of the Lions Club the Online MozArt Academy. Recent solo and chamber music recordings are released on Naxos, Chandos and LPO/Live labels.

Rachel Roberts



Rachel Roberts is one of the UK’s leading violists and performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician. As soloist she has collaborated with conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi, Andras Schiff, Richard Hickox and Martyn Brabbins performing concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Koln Kammerorchester, Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden in Switzerland and the Manchester Camerata Chamber Orchestra amongst others. She was the featured viola soloist in the BBC TV documentary “The Passions of Vaughan Williams” with Richard Hickox and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante alongside violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas and Benjamin Schmid in Germany, Switzerland and London.

Rachel Roberts enjoys a busy schedule of chamber music. She has appeared as chamber musician at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam;  Musikverein (Grand Saal) Vienna; Alte Oper, Frankfurt; Wigmore Hall; Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St.John’s Smith Square and King’s Place. Rachel is a regular guest at international chamber music festivals including Salzburg Festival, Wiener Festwoche, Schubertiade – Schwarzenberg, Heimbach – Germany, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Hamburg “Oestertone”, Lofoten – Norway and Stift – Holland. As chamber musician Rachel has collaborated with Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, Lisa Batiashvili, Renaud and Gautier Capucon, Steven Isserlis and Pekka Kuusisto.

Prizes for her chamber music recordings include the Diapason D’or, the „Supersonic Award’ of Pizzicato magazine, Luxembourg, CD of the month in Fonoforum Magazine, Germany, and BBC Chamber Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Rachel Roberts has recorded chamber music for labels Hyperion, Champs Hill Artists, Signum Classics, cAVI in Germany and Deutsche Rundfunk

Highlights of 2014/15 include a second solo CD release with pianist Lars Vogt, chamber music performances alongside Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, an appearance with the Tetzlaff String Quartet, live BBC Radio 3 recitals with the London Conchord Ensemble, and the release of their new disc featuring Mozart’s ‚Kegelstatt’ Trio. In May 2015 she will perform Brahms Piano Quartets in Belgium with Steven Isserlis, Denes Varjon and Henning Kraggerud. Looking ahead to 2016 sees a chamber music tour to Japan with Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt and Tania Tetzlaff.

Rachel Roberts is violist with the ‚London Conchord Ensemble’, hailed by Gramophone Magazine as „London’s new Supergroup“ with whom she regularly records and performs. The group’s next Wigmore Hall appearance will be April 19th, 2015. The group is resident at Eton College, Windsor, and regularly gives masterclasses there. This year the group will enjoy it’s first festival at the UK’s ‘Rathfinny Vineyard’.

Rachel Roberts is Professor of Viola at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has given masterclasses at the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme, Dartington International Summer School, Chethams School of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In summer 2015 Rachel Roberts will give masterclasses at Germany’s „Hitzacker“ festival, and the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden. She holds the esteemed Institute of Education qualification: Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education, and recently became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.