Wednesday August 28th 2019 7.00 p.m. Artus Court (Dwór Artusa),
Długi Targ 43/44 Gdańsk
L'Accademia d'archi di Bolzano (Streicherakademie Bozen) (Włochy)
Sergio Azzolini – fagot (Italy)
Ai Ikeda – fagot (Japan)
J. Haydn Concert F-Major acc. to Hob. VIIh: for 2 Bassoons & Orchestra
J.K. Vaňhal Concert C-Major for Bassoon & Orchestra
Allegro moderato – Andante molto – Rondeau. Allegro
J. Haydn Concert C-Major acc. to Hob XVIII:8 for Bassoon & Orchestra
Moderato – Adagio – Finale. Allegro
J.K. Vaňhal Concert F-Major for 2 Bassoons & Orchestra
Allegro moderato – Andante. Grazioso – Finale. Allegro
Sergio Azzolini (bassoon) was born in Bolzano in 1967. He started studying in his hometown with Romano Santi and then continued his studies in Hannover (Germany) with Klaus Thunemann. Around that time, he was already working as a solo bassoonist for the European Community Youth Orchestra. He won, amongst others, the C. M. von Weber-competition as well as the Prague spring competition and the ARD-competition, where he also successfully participated with the Ma’a lot Quintett, an ensemble he has played with for ten years.
Parallel to his career as a modern solo bassoonist Sergio Azzolini has focused on playing early music on historical instruments. As a baroque bassoonist and soloist, he played with the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Concentus Musicus Wien, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, L’Aura Soave Cremona, La Stravaganza Köln, Holland Baroque Society, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle and Accademia Bizantina. Since 2013, one of his focuses is the work with his own baroque orchestra, L’Onda Armonica.
For a period of five years, Azzolini was the artistic director of Kammerakademie Potsdam. During his time there, he organized many concerts with music ranging from baroque to avant-garde as well as four successful opera productions with operas from Vivaldi, Galuppi, Graun and Mozart.
Today, Sergio Azzolini is much asked for internationally, working as a conductor and soloist for ensembles as well as orchestras with a focus on music from the 18th and 19th century. A look at his numerous CD productions reveals an exceptional diversity in styles. Right now, Sergio Azzolini is working on recording all of Antonio Vivaldi’s concertos for bassoon for Opus111/Naïve Records.
Since 1998, Sergio Azzolini is a bassoon and chamber music professor at Hochschule für Musik Basel (Switzerland).
Ai Ikeda (bassoon) was born in Tokyo and began studying the bassoon with Masanobu Chimura at the age of sixteen. She obtained her bachelor's degree at the Tokyo college of Music and Art in 1999 and continued her studies with Prof. Sergio Azzolini at the Basel college of Music and with Prof. Frank Forst at the Weimar college of Music. She was academies of Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (between 2001 and 2003) as well member of the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra and the Bremer Philharmonic Orchestra. Involved with historical performance practice since 2005, she has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at various festivals in Europe and Asia and recorded several CDs. Ai Ikeda won several prizes like the first prize at the Tokyo Debut Competition in 1999 and the first prize at the 21st Wind and Percussion International Competition in Japan in 2004. She holds master classes in Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia.
The L'Accademia d'archi di Bolzano (Streicherakademie Bozen) was founded in 1987 by the Südtiroler Musikverein under the artistic direction of Georg Egger.
It consists mainly of musicians from South Tyrol who have gained extensive chamber and orchestral music experience in important international ensembles and who are now passing the fruits of their experience on to younger players.
The Streicherakademie generally plays without a conductor. Under Frieder Bernius, a number of members of the Streicherakademie have regularly played together with the Klassische Philharmonie Stuttgart and over the past several years an artistic partnership has developed between these two ensembles for works requiring a larger ensemble. In addition to its own concert series, the Streicherakademie is regularly invited to important festivals such as Mozartwoche in Salzburg, the Gustav-Mahler-Wochen in Toblach and the Engadiner Festwochen.
Soloists who have appeared with the ensemble include Sergio Azzolini, Juliane Banse, Eduard Brunner, Giuliano Carmignola, Mirjam Contzen, Ingeborg Danz, Christian Gerhaher, Dietrich Henschel, Heinz Holliger, Diethelm Jonas, Louis Lortie, Antonio Meneses, Sabine and Wolfgang Meyer, Thomas Quasthoff, Birgit Remmert, Sibylla Rubens, Andràs Schiff, Wen-Sinn Yang, Ruth Ziesak and Frank Peter Zimmermann.
The Streicherakademie's extensive repertoire ranges from Bach, Händel and Zelenka by way of Schubert/Mahler and Mendelssohn to Britten, Bartok, Strawinsky, Schönberg, Schnebel and Stuppner. Hitherto it has made several CD recordings, featuring works of C.Ph.E. Bach, Boccherini, Mozart, Rossini, Schönberg, Strauss and Stuppner.
- Georg Egger – concertmaster
- Veronika Egger
- Lilly Osann
- Ulrike Cramer
- Alice Dondio
- Paolo Zordanazzo
- Laura Franzoso
- Martin Schmidt
- Fabian Bertoncello
- Gianni Maraldi
- Lola Fernandez
- Ester Carturan
- Anna Egger
- Nathan Chizzali
- Tobias Lampelzammer
- Thomas Meraner
- Michele Antonello
- Nikolaus Walch
- Sebastian Taddei