Upcoming Highlights


-October 18-24 China, | Shanghai and Hangzhou - principal bass
  with World Master Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach.

-November 10-13 | Essen, FUdK - Folkwang Double
  Bass Class with Krzysztof Penderecki on ‘Agnus Dei’

-November 21-26 Finland | Jakobstad. RUSK Chambermusic Festival
  Masterclass and concerts with works by Penderecki, Bruckner, Widmann, Bottesini a.o

-December 07-09 | Essen, FUdK 9. Folkwang Kontrabass Marathon.
  Masterclasses and countless concerts; Penderecki (world première, Saariaho, Huber (world permière), Franck, Fauré, Rota

-January 09-11 | Hannover, Beethovensaal CD-recording for AUDITE
  with Elina Vähälä; Penderecki, Rihm, Yun, Kuusisto, Huber, Tüür, Kurtág

-January 30 - Februari 3- Finland | Schauman hall, Jakobstad  CD-recording for BIS-records
 with Minna Pensola, Antti Tikkanen, Tuomas Lehto; Rossini and Hoffmeister






Folkwang graduate Dominique Chabot won the audition for a Praktikum with the Duisburger Symphoniker. Congratulations!!



January 2017 will be dedicated to 2 CD-recordings which will fulfill some long lasting dreams!

 -early January, together with amazing Elina Vähälä, we'll record the main contemporary duo's for violin and double bass by Penderecki, Rihm (both at real pitch!) Yun, Huber, Kuusisto, Tüür and Kurtág for the AUDITE label in the Beethovensaal in Hannover. Release hopefully will take place next summer.

 -at the end of that month the new Schauman hall in Jakobstad, Finland will be the venue for the start of a recording project for BIS-records of  the 6 Gioacchino Rossini string sonatas in their original form and the 4 (!) solo quartets by Franz Anton Hoffmeister. Partners here will be Minna Pensola and Antti Tikkanen of the transcendent Meta4 quartet and wonderful cellist Tuomas Lehto.



Folkwang alumni Pierre Emmanuel de Maistre -solo bass RCO and Lehrbeauftragte FUdK- yesterday won the position for professor of orchestral studies at MUSIKENE San Sebastian. Congrats!



December 7-9 2016 are the dates for our 9. Folkwang KontrabassMarathon. A mere concatenation of Highlights!

Grateful for the sponsorship of Pirastro Strings we are proud to offer masterclasses by Matthew McDonald -1. Solobass Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Emmanuel de Maistre -newly appointed at Folkwang and Solobass Royal Concertgebouworchestra and Folkwang Professor Niek de Groot.

Concerts all day round. The main evening concerts include:

07.12 19.00 KontraFrau - a Program entirely dedicated to works by female composers for double bass, including Boulanger, Saariaho ( a retake of 'Neiges' in the version for 8 basses approved by her) Gubaidulina, Krausas, Ozaita, Canat de Chizy etc.


08.12 19.00 KontraFrankreich -since everybody goes French we couldn't resist; works by Ravel, Fauré, Massenet and Matthew McDonald in Franck sonata together with Yannick Rafalimanana

09.12 19.00 KontraFinale -2 world premiere's in one evening; Double bass Sonata by Alfred Huber and Penderecki 'Agnus Dei' in the version for 8 basses. We are happy to get the fantastic opportunity to work with Krzysztof  Penderecki himself on this, on his visit at the University in November.

and a lot more.........