Message 2016 from the Festival Director Matthias Trück
Dear Friends of the Cello Academy Rutesheim, dear Sir or Madam,
welcome as guests to this year's Cello Academy! As in the last seven years, we´ve gone the extra mile to organize a wide range of concerts where you can experience world class cello performances and take part in the public master classes. In this year´s opening concert David Geringas - one of the most influencial cellists of our time – will perform five Beethoven sonatas along with his long-time duo partner Ian Fountain. The Südwestdeutsche Kammerorchester Pforzheim will be our orchestra for this academy performances and Professor Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt will give us the honor of conducting it in the final concert.
The range of courses for the students is wider than ever before. Troels Svane and Danjulo Ishizaka are joining the classical master classes, Stephan Braun will hold his jazz course and we´re adding a course for preparation for pro-plays - those minutes which decide whether the long years of preparation for joing an orchestra pay off. The course will be given by Jakob Spahn, a former student of the Academy and today solocellist at the Bavarian State Opera Munich.
There are innovations also with the popular cello orchestra. By restructuring the rehearsals, the participants are now much more involved in the cello academy than in previous years and have much more time to attend the master classes and concerts. As in the previous year, they will perform their final concert jointly with the students of the jazz master class. New director for the cello orchestra is Gunther Tiedemann, who teaches at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. We are looking forward to many cello friends in Rutesheim not only listening but actively playing in the orchestra.
Lovers of the piano playing will be excited to hear that the exceptional pianists Ian Fountain and Peter Nagy are joining us as guests in addition to our excellent piano accompanists!
All this would not be possible without the generous support of the city of Rutesheim and our sponsors. We would like to thank the families hosting students and the countless volunteers from Rutesheim and the surrounding area.