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Symphony No 1 in E-flat, K16 (13’)
Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K546 (9’)
Masonic Funeral Music, K477 (6’)
Requiem in D minor, K626 (Süssmayr Edition) (55’)
KLAUS MÄKELÄ – Conductor
SIMONE KERMES – Soprano
HANNA HIPP – Mezzo-Soprano
MARKUS BRUTSCHER – Tenor
MARKUS SUIHKONEN – Bass
Here is a portrait of Mozart the genius, boy and man – from a joyous symphony written when he was just eight years old, to the profound Requiem that he left unfinished at his death. Meet him as he measures up to his idol, JS Bach in the Adagio and Fugue, and as a solemn freemason in the Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music).
This concert is also a chance to meet an extraordinary young talent from Finland: Conductor Klaus Mäkelä. Still in his early 20s, he is already in high demand and has a string of prestigious appointments to his name. Come and hear what all the excitement is about!
Klaus Mäkelä is the newly appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Oslo Philharmonic, beginning in the 2020/21 season. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Artist in Association with Tapiola Sinfonietta. From 2019 Mäkelä is also Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival.
Simone Kermes studied under Professor Helga Forner at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, her home town. She completed her studies and two additional courses of study with distinction. She is the holder of many prizes awarded at international singing competitions.
With key debuts in recent seasons including Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Beatrice (Beatrice and Benedict) to name just a few, Hanna Hipp continues to prove her versatility in the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire.
Markus Brutscher was born in Landsberg in Bavaria and was brought up in Augsburg. He received an early music training with the boys choir at Augsburg Cathedral and Regensburg Cathedral. Later he studied with Norma Sharp at the Berlin Hans Eisler Hochschule für Musik, then in London with Rudolph Piernay and in Maastricht where he studied the voice with Mya Besselink.
Before beginning his singing studies at the Sibelius Academy, young Finnish bass, Markus Suihkonen (b. 1993), studied the cello for 15 years. At the Sibelius Academy, he has studied under professors Petteri Salomaa and Jaakko Ryhänen, as well as with Mika Kares, and attended master classes conducted by Martin Katz, Dorothy Irving, Helen Donath, and Soile Isokoski. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Sibelius Academy in 2017.