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Karl Böhm

Karl Böhm

conductor

KARL BÖHM, born in Graz in 1894, began by studying law, like his father before him. While still a student he obtained his first conducting engagement in Graz in 1917. In 1921, with the support of Bruno Walter, he moved to Munich; in 1927 he was appointed general music director in Darmstadt, and in 1931 he moved to the corresponding position in Hamburg. In 1933 he joined the National Socialist party, which enabled him to succeed Fritz Busch... more

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Mandelring Quartett

Mandelring Quartett

string quartet

Searching for musical truth The Mandelring Quartet’s remarkable homogeneity of sound, intonation and phrasing has become its distinguishing characteristic; four individuals who play as one in their shared determination to always seek out the innermost core of the music and remain open to the musical truth. By grasping the spiritual dimension, exploring the emotional extremes and working on the details, these musicians probe far beneath the... more

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Ferenc Fricsay

Ferenc Fricsay

conductor

Ferenc Fricsay (* 1914, † 1963) worked with the RIAS Symphony Orchestra (known from 1956 on as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin) for thirteen years, for eight of which he was its chief conductor. This long and intensive collaboration was a decisive influence both on the orchestra, which had been founded on 15 November 1946 by RIAS, the American sector’s broadcasting station in Berlin, and on its conductor, who first appeared... more

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Clara Haskil

Clara Haskil

piano

Clara Haskil (7 January 1895 - 7 December 1960) was a Jewish Romanian classical pianist, renowned as an interpreter of the classical and early romantic repertoire. Haskil was particularly noted for her performances and recordings of Mozart. Many considered her the foremost interpreter of Mozart in her time. She was also noted as a superb interpreter of Beethoven, Schumann, and Scarlatti. Haskil was born into a Sephardic Jewish family in... more

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Hideyo Harada

Hideyo Harada

piano

Hideyo Harada was born in Japan and first studied in Tokyo with Toyoaki Matsuura before she continued her musical training in Stuttgart (Lieselotte Gierth), Vienna (Hans Kann / Roland Keller), and Moscow (Victor Merzhanov). She has won, among other distincions, the Geneva International Music Competition (CIEM), as well as the 1st prize at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund. The pianist was also a prize-winner at the... more

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Schweizer Klaviertrio – Swiss Piano Trio

Schweizer Klaviertrio – Swiss Piano Trio

piano trio

The Swiss Piano Trio has gathered a remarkable reputation both among experts and the public as an ensemble of outstanding balance and technical perfection whose interpretations electrify with emotional power and their rich and colourful sound. So, there is no surprise that the US-magazine Fanfare recently described the Swiss Piano Trio as „one of the very top piano trio ensembles on today’s stage“. The Swiss Piano Trio won first prize... more

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