Early Music


Dear friends of the Neuburger Sommerakademie, dear old music enthusiasts!

We are very pleased to present  a new edition of our Early Music Courses in the beautiful Neuburg  in August 2024 and would like to invite you to participate in the courses and to visit our concerts and events.

In 2023, we focused our course work on the repertoire of the 16th and 17th century. In 2024 we will return to the baroque repertoire of the 18th century with a a variety of instrumental and vocal courses, a lot of ensemble work and finally concerts, which are to take place at the various venues in Neuburg's historic city centre. This summer academy we will devote special attention to the music of the Bach family and its many musically creative and productive members. A special focus is to be placed on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.


Again this year we were able to recruit outstanding, internationally renowned lecturers for the master classes: Emma Kirkby (vocals), Bernhard Forck (violin), Friederike Heumann (viola da gamba), Kristin von der Goltz (violincello), Xenia Löffler (baroque oboe), Han Tol (recorder), Györgyi Farkas (bassoon) and Julian Behr (lute). Gerhard Abe-Graf and Mimoe Todo will support us as accompanists on harpsichord and organ.

Our wonderful team will present themselves with a varied baroque program at the lecturers' concert on August 6 in the Congregation Hall.

On August 7th the Neuburg public is invited to listen to the young ensemble at the final of the international Biagio-Marini Competition in the Congregation Hall and then to vote on the award of the Audience Prize. The competition, which is  for young ensembles, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, which we want to celebrate together with musicians, audience and jury.


On August 9th we will continue our “Jour fixe” concerts in the castle chapel and in the castle courtyard, which are an opportunity for the Neuburg public to listen to the most beautiful music in a relaxed atmosphere and to get in touch with the musicians.
 

On August 10th, the participants will present the results of our intensive work at the academy at the closing concert in the Hofkirche.

In anticipation of an intensive week with varied encounters in summery Neuburg we cordially greet you.



Your Xenia Löffler
Artistic Director of Early Music



General information about the courses:

The courses are aimed at professional musicians, music students, music school teachers, school musicians as well as advanced music students who want to gain experience in historically informed performance practice.

In the mornings individual lessons take place in the respective classes, while in the afternoons chamber music works in different ensembles are rehearsed with the lecturers.


Notes on chamber music:

The pitch for the ensemble works will be 415 Hz.

Instruments in different pitches can also be brought along for individual lessons.

Artistic Director Early Music
Artistic Director Early Music

 

Artistic Director Early Music
Artistic Director Early Mus
5 free spaces
€412.00
Mon 8/5/24 - 8/10/24
Volkshochschule Neuburg
Early Music
First, Julian Behr studied classic guitar and lute with Prof. Dr Mario Sicca and Robert Marto at the Conservatory of Stuttgart. After postgraduate studies with Joachim Held at the Conservatory of Hamburg, Julian Behr studied early music and lute instruments with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. From 2007 to 2011 he taught lute at the Conservatory of Nuremberg. Since 2020, he has been holding a professorship for lute at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. 
Both as solo artist and as continuo player he performs on festivals in most European countries and in South America, inter alia, with “Capricornus Consort Basel”, “Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin”, “Al Ayre Espagnol”, “Passions de L’Ame”, “B’Rock” and with altos Franz Vitzthum and Andreas Scholl, sopranos Maria Cristina Kiehr and Hana Blazikova and tenor David Munderloh.
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Early Music
Friederike Heumann studied viola da gamba with Jordi Savall and Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Suisse) and completed her studies with a soloist diploma for early music. Nowadays, she tours both as solo artist and with her ensemble “Stylus Phantasticus” all around the world. Her multiple award-winning CD recordings are regularly celebrated by international critics. Friederike Heumann teaches viola da gamba and consort at the Conservatory for Music and Theatre of Munich and at numerous international master courses. Since summer semester 2020 she has been professor for historical chamber music for strings and viola da gamba at the Conservatory for Music of Würzburg. She is a jury member at international competitions for early music. 
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Volkshochschule Neuburg
Early Music
Emma Kirkby’s singing career was unexpected. During her studies of classical philology in Oxford, she took every opportunity to sing, particularly polyphonic works of the renaissance. During a short period of her classical philology lectureship, she was lucky since she met pioneer groups of early music with expressive singing voices and historical lute, wind and string instruments. Nowadays, she can look back on decades of being a successful singer who, due to her unique voice and expressivity of her interpretations, fascinates the audience all around the world.
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6 free spaces
€412.00
Mon 8/5/24 - 8/10/24
Volkshochschule Neuburg
Early Music
Györgyi Farkas performs worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and member of renowned orchestras. For many years there has been a regular collaboration with the English Baroque Soloists (principal bassoon) under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with the Collegium 1704 Prague under Václav Luks, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (principal bassoon) and with the Bachakademie Stuttgart under Hans-Christoph Rademann.

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2 free spaces
€412.00
Mon 8/5/24 - 8/10/24
Volkshochschule Neuburg
Early Music
Xenia Löffler has gained an outstanding international reputation as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in recent years.
Since 2001 she has been a member and solo oboist of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and performs as a soloist and chamber musician with other ensembles and orchestras under renowned conductors all over the world. Trained at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, she is particularly interested in researching and publishing unknown oboe repertoire. In the meantime numerous solo CDs are available on labels such as Harmonia Mundi France, Accent and Supraphon. Some of these recordings have received major awards (Diapason d’or) or nominations, including the BBC Music Awards and the Gramophone Award.
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No free place
€412.00
Mon 8/5/24 - 8/10/24
Volkshochschule Neuburg
Early Music
Since 1994 Han Tol has been professor at the College of the Arts in Bremen and he was appointed to a guest professorship at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel and at the Jacob’s School of Music (Indiana University, Bloomington USA). He has taught at various summer academies from Innsbruck (Austria) to Austin (USA) to Bela Horizonte (Brazil). He has also given master courses all around the world. Han Tol’s concert life is remarkably diverse. For 20 years he and his ensembles “La Dada” and “La Fontegara Amsterdam” have been explored, performed (first) and recorded an extensive repertoire. Furthermore, he is a member of the “ Balthasar Neumann Ensemble” dedicating to opera repertoires of the 17th century. From 1999 to 2007 he was a member of the “Flanders Recorder Quartet” with whom he went on numerous concert journeys all around the world.
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5 free spaces
€412.00
Mon 8/5/24 - 8/10/24
Volkshochschule Neuburg
Early Music
Daniel Rosin regularly collaborates with Europe's leading baroque orchestras as a guest soloist and follows his enthusiasm for the traditional art of continuos playing in particular as a chamber musician. Daniel Rosin also works as artistic director and pedagogue, among others at the music schools in Frankfurt and Lucerne.
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5 free spaces
€412.00
Mon 8/5/24 - 8/10/24
Volkshochschule Neuburg
Early Music
Bernhard Forck has been dedicated to the violin since he was five years old. After studying at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin with Professor Eberhard Feltz, he was engaged in the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in 1986, both accompanied by a strong interest in early music, which led him, among other things, led to Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. His membership in the Academy for Early Music Berlin (Akamus), founded in 1982, where he is one of the concertmasters, is the consequence of his intensive engagement with historical performance practice.
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Volkshochschule Neuburg
Early Music
Apart from early piano lessons, Gerhard Abe-Graf received his musical basic education by attending the music high school of the “Regensburger Domspatzen”. He was a master student from Christiane Jaccottet at the Conservatory of Geneva. After his successfully completed concert exam of harpsichord, he expanded his knowledge of basso continuo with postgraduate studies with J.B. Christensen at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
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Mon 8/5/24 - 8/10/24
Volkshochschule Neuburg
Early Music
Mimoe Todo is a harpsichordist and continuo player from Japan. Her great interest and passion for chamber music leads her to extensive concert activities on the harpsichord, organ-positive and hammer-piano in different instrumentations, from duo to orchestral playing. Their chamber music groups are prize winners, among others, at the International Berliner-Bach Competition. She deepened her knowledge of keys at the music colleges in Nuremberg,
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