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Programme Changes at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Tuesday, 22nd May 2018 @ 9:11am

Berit Norbakken Solset

We regret that the soprano Eline Soelmark who was scheduled to sing with Camerata Øresund in the coffee concert on Sunday the 1st of July and Thursday the 5th will not be able to attend this year’s festival.

This repertoire will now be sung by the much-acclaimed Norwegian soprano Berit Norbakken Solset. This affects:

Find out more about Berit here.


Due to a serious health issue, the wonderful clarinet player, Mate Bekavac, has had to withdraw from his three performances in this year’s Festival. He was to play three Irish premieres, Chad Cannon’s Citizen 13660, Pierre Thilloy’s Khojaly 613 and Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Chamber Symphony 4.

We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to feature these works with him next year.

As a result we have made the following programme changes:

The Festival apologises for these changes in the programme.

Meet the Artists - Elina Vähälä

Posted on: Monday, 07th May 2018 @ 11:44am

Elina Vähälä and Niek de Groot will be appearing together in our Finale on Sunday 8th July in Bantry House. Find out more here. Here's a taster of their combined talents:

"Dialogue of extremes: violin and double bass. Compositions with astonishing colours: intensive, new, touchingly beautiful

For this recording, Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä and Dutch double bass player Niek de Groot have chosen and performed seven pieces, composed by six Europeans and one Korean. When a violin and a double bass come together, two sound spheres collide: particularly in recent times, many renowned composers have been inspired to create highly original realisations of such encounters."

Niek de Groot

See our earlier article here.

Elina Vähälä

Born in the US and raised in Finland, Elina Vähälä made her orchestral debut with Sinfonia Lahti at the age of twelve and was later chosen by Osmo Vänskä as the orchestra’s ‘Young Master Soloist’. Since then, her career continues to expand on the international stage, winning praise from audiences and musicians alike as ‘a fluent, stylish and gifted musician whose brilliant technique is matched by an abundant spirit, sensitivity and imagination’ (Chicago Tribune). In 2008 she was chosen to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony which was televised to a worldwide audience.

Elina Vähälä has worked with world renowned conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, Okko Kamu, Jakub Hrůša, Thierry Fischer, Jeffrey Tate, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, Michał Nesterowicz, Leif Sergerstam, Alexander Liebreich, JoAnn Falletta and Daniel Blendulf.

Highlights for 2017/18 include debuts with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Singapore Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony, Shenzhen Symphony, Qingdao Symphony and Hawaii Symphony, and performances with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Sinfonia Lahti, NorrlandsOperan Symphony, Niederrheinische Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony and Sarasota Symphony.

With a repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary, Elina Vähälä has given world premieres of Aulis Sallinen's Chamber Concerto and Curtis-Smith's Double Concerto (both written for her and pianist-conductor Ralf Gothóni) and Kalevi Aho’s Violin Concerto No.2. In addition, she gave the first Nordic performance of John Corigliano’s Violin Concerto ‘The Red Violin’ and commissioned a new violin concerto from composer Jaakko Kuusisto. Both the Corgiliano and Kuusisto concertos were recorded for BIS in 2013.

Educational activities play an important role in her commitment to music; In 2009 Elina Vähälä launched ‘The Violin Academy’ funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation - the academy is a master class based educational project for selected, highly talented young Finnish violinists.

Find out more here.

Elina will be appearing in the following concerts:

Elina on Social Media

 

Photo Credit: Elina Simonen

Meet the Artists - Niek de Groot

Posted on: Tuesday, 01st May 2018 @ 10:36am

Big thanks to Niek de Groot for this lovely snippet highlighting our West Cork Chamber Music Festival ...

Niek de Groot

Nick de GrootDutch double bassist Niek de Groot is one of today's leading soloists. Originally a trumpet player he started playing the double bass at 18. Within an unusually short time he became principal bass with several European ensembles, including a 10 year tenure as first solo bass with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

After his formal studies he further developed his skills at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. Niek's playing has benefited a great deal also from attending masterclasses with eminent cellists Frans Helmerson, Lluìs Claret, Laurence Lesser and in collaborations with Leonard Bernstein, György Sebök and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Since 2006 Niek de Groot has dedicated himself entirely to chamber music and solo performances. He performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician at the best known concerthalls and music festivals. A new well received solo CD for Nimbus was released in June 2015. A CD with contemporary violin/bass Duos for Audite as well as the first volume of the Hoffmeister solo-quartets and Rossini sonatas for BIS, wil be released in the Autumn of 2017.

His repertoire includes a great deal of contemporary music. He has worked closely with composers such as Kurtág, Stockhausen, Saariaho, Vasks and Gubaidulina.

Find out more here.

Niek will be appearing in the following concerts:

Niek on Social Media

 

Photo Credit: Josep Molina