New CD Release: Franz Schmidt
» … Once you’ve made its acquaintance I can imagine it becoming something of a personal and private pleasure; an almost secret delight in a work which, alas, seems destined to remain a concert hall rarity. With a superlative performance and excellent recording set in a perfect acoustic, this is an unexpected and rather delicious discovery which will keep its freshness and beckon with vibrant cheer each time your eyes sweep across those well-stocked CD shelves.« MusicWeb International, January 2017
At the beginning of the winter semester 2016/17 Konstanze Eickhorst took over a guest professorship at the Academy of music in Cracow.
15. European Piano Competition at Bremen
1. Prize: Elizaveta Ukrainskaia, Russia
2. Prize: Alina-Elena Bercu, Romania
3. Prize: Sergey Tanin, Russia
International Robert-Schumann-Competition Zwickau 2016
The Jury, photo © Gregor Lorenz
Left to right: Balasz Szokolay, Jozef de Beenhouwer, Pavel Egorov, Lucy Parham, Yves Henry, Konstanze Eickhorst, Boris Bloch, Peter Rösel, Klaus Hellwig
Concours Clara Haskil 2015
Left to right: Antonio Moral, Konstanze Eickhorst, Christian Zacharias, Elza Kolodin, Catherine d’Argoubet, Marc Pantillon and Eric Lavanchy
Latest news from the Linos Ensemble with Konstanze Eickhorst
Whether performing Alexander Fesca, Friedrich Ernst Fesca, Julius Röntgen, Louise Farrenc or Carl Heinrich Reinecke, the playing of the members of the Linos ensemble has always been supreme – relaxed, vibrant and guided by an exclusively musical approach. Their recording(s) provide unalloyed pleasure even on repeated hearings.” (klassik-heute.com) And now the ensemble presents exquisite new discoveries and valuable enrichment, for instance in works by Friedrich Kalkbrenner, once regarded as a “musical phenomenon” and as one of the outstanding pianists of his day.
Further information: jpc
Cloister concerts in Nice
Le Festival de Cimiez, 19 July – 14 August 2014
Every year the “Festival de Cimiez”, one of the big French festivals, assembles some great international names to perform orchestral concerts, recitals and chamber music in Nice. This year the guest artists featuring in the cloister concerts included the harpists Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Emmanuel Ceysson, Jordi Savall (viola da gamba) and the pianists Mikhail Rudy and Konstanze Eickhorst. It’s a mythical place which is only opened for the festival’s open-air concerts.
from the French website:
A mythical place, only opened for the festival’s open-air concerts.
The sweetness of summer nights in Nice’s most beautiful garden.
A magical view of the lights of the city.
A true moment of peace and pure bliss.
Konstanze Eickhorst plays Schubert
One single Moment Musical lasting just a few minutes can seem like an eternity of suffering or happiness, while a sonata movement with “heavenly lengths” can fly by in next to no time. In the Lübeck pianist’s new GENUIN CD we experience both: in Konstanse Eickhorst’s interpretation the Wanderer Fantasy, six Moments Musicaux and the late C minor Sonata become existential journeys up mountains and down into valleys.
“The articulation throughout is soft, rounded and full, without a single line going out of focus; and it is well matched by the pleasantly subdued lighting, which is perfectly supported by the restrained yet effective sound engineering.” – CD tip of the week
“An excellent recording!”