Date/Time: Oct. 26th, 2008 19:45 (Sun.)
Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center - Performance Hall(Address: 425 Dingxiang Road¶¡ÏãÂ·425ºÅ)
Ticket Price (RMB): £¤300, £¤180, £¤120, £¤60
Ticket State: Hot Selling
Booking Office: Room 23B, No.420(HeYi Building), JiangNing Road, Shanghai,China
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Quartett in C major, Bird Quartett Joseph Haydn
String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D. 703, Schubert
Mistfinken Paul Hindemith
Swiss Appenzeller Dances
Jazz Suite George Gruntz
New Piece David Philip Hefti
Pennies from Heaven Arthur Johnson
Two Hungarian Dances Brahms
In the year 2000 four professional string players decided to found an ensemble with the unusual combination of a full variety of styles. The vast array of different genres, ranging from Classical-Romantic to Jazz, including Tango, Waltz, Pop and Blues, as well as Swiss and international folk music, make this ensemble quite unique. Ever since their musicality and stage presence have charmed audiences across Switzerland and Europe.
¡°Le Donne Virtuose¡± have been engaged by Swiss National broadcasting systems, such as Radio DRS2 and TV SF and have collaborated with famous musicians such as Ronan Keating, Roxette, Gianna Nannini, Gotthard and many others. They have also performed in numerous classical concert series, including Serenades in some of Switzerland¡¯s most beautiful castles.
¡°Le Donne Virtuose¡± have also toured the country playing for many big Swiss conventions in the past years. The four young musicians had the honor of performing for the Swiss Expo in 2002. They have been invited to perform at the International Economic Forum WEF in Davos. Major Swiss companies such as UBS, Swiss Re, Concast and Mephag engage ¡°Le Donne Virtuose¡° for special events. Prominent hotel chains in Z¨¹rich, Lucerne and St. Moritz regularly invite the quartet to add a special note to their cultural profile.
¡°Le Donne Virtuose¡± have also toured Germany, Italy and Austria; current tour plans include their debut in Dubai and tours to the UK in 2008.
Currently there is one CD available by Le Donne Virtuose. It is called ¡°salut d¡¯amour¡± and portrays a vast variety of styles the quartet represents. There are two further CD projects in planning with Swiss labels. One of which portrays Swiss composers, the other is a CD with a program for children.
Fränzi Frick was born in Z¨¹rich in 1974 and raised in the United States (San Francisco, Minneapolis). She studied at the Musikochschule in Zurich in the class of Robert Zimansky and graduated with highest honors in spring 1998 receiving a Bachelor and Master in teaching, performing and orchestral studies. From 1998 to 2000 Fränzi Frick studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore (USA) with Shirley Givens, receiving her Graduate Performance Diploma in 2000. She had the honor of being appointed Ms. Givens¡¯ teaching assistant. Fränzi Frick won several scholarship and chamber music prizes including the Kiwanis prize for chamber music and the Bertie-Alter Prize for outstanding accomplishments in pedagogy. She received the Leonora-Jackson-McKim-Memorial-Violin-Scholarship and the Olga von Hartz Owens scholarship in 2000. She studied with various famous teachers at masterclasses throughout the world including Tibor Varga, Franco Gulli, David Kim and the Juilliard String Quartet. In the summer of 2000 Fränzi Frick was appointed member of the violin faculty of the Zurich Conservatory. Besides teaching the violin pedagogy class at the Musikhochschule she enjoys directing the children¡¯s ensemble of the Conservatory. Fränzi Frick hosts several children music camps in Switzerland and Germany. Her work has been portrayed in several TV documentaries.
Caterina Klemm was born in London in 1972 and raised in Rome. Besides her passion for music she was a successful horseback rider in her youth. In 1986 she won the gold medal at the Junior European Three Day Event Championships in Samuor, France. In 1987 her family moved to Switzerland where she intensified her violin studies with Werner Goos. She received her Bachelor and Masters in Teaching and Performing, while studying in the class of Marianne Häberli at the Musikhochschule in Zurich. In 1997 Caterina joined the Graduate Performance program at the Music Academy in Basel, where she studied with Alexander von Wijnkoop and graduated with highest honors. Caterina Klemm has won several violin prizes such as the Koeckert Prize, the Duttweiler-Hug-Prize and scholarshoip of the Bruno Schuler Foundation. She has joined numerous Masterclasses and was inspired by teachers such as Hansheinz Schneeberger, Ana Chumachenco, Felice Cusano and Bruno Canino. Her great passion lies in chamber music, besides performing with ¡°Le Donne Virtuose¡±, she is a member of the Piano Trio Girasole, the Accento Ensemble and the Tango-Sextett Tanguango. Caterina Klemm teaches at the School of Music in B¨¹lach.
Nicole Hitz was born in Neuenburg in 1969 and was raised in the surroundings of Zurich. She studied viola with Rudolf Weber and Wendy Champney at the Musikhochschule in Winterthur. Following her Bachelor and Master Degrees in teaching and orchestra she graduated in 1998 with highest honors from her Performance Degree. At the Music Academy in Trossingen she specialized in baroque performance with Prof. Anton Steck. She has also participated in Masterclasses with Tabea Zimmermann, Paul Coletti, Thomas Riebl as well as Michel Rouilly. Nicole Hitz won various prizes including the ¡°KieferHablitzel¡± - and the ¡°Orpheus Konzertstiftung¡± - Scholarship. In 1998 she won the Cultural Prize of the city of Salzburg. Nicole Hitz concertizes throughout Europe as a member of various ensembles, including groups specialized in historic performance. She is a regular member of the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Abalon Trio and the Pratum Musicum Ensemble. She teaches at the Music School of Zurich.
Katharina Wälchli was born in Z¨¹rich in 1973. At the age of seventeen she participated in an exchange program at the ¡°High School for the Performing and Visual Arts¡± in Houston, Texas. In the following she spent two years in Lausanne, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in music and French. She studied the cello with Phillippe Mermoud at the Conservatory in Lausanne, receiving her Masters in Teaching in 1995. In Zurich she joined the Graduate Performance Program, studying with Claude Starck and achieving her Concert Diploma in 1999. She took part in various Masterclasses with prominent teachers such as Daniel Grosgurin, Thomas Grossenbacher and Wen-Sing Yang. Her great interest in chamber music has led her to work with the Quatuor Sine Nomine and the Carmina-Quartett. Katharina has been a member of the Orchestra of the Opera in Biel as well as a member of the ¡°Orchestre Philharmonique Suisse¡± and the Camerata Schweiz. She has been invited to perform at various festivals, including the ¡°Septembre Musical¡± in Montreux. Katharina Wälchli teaches at the music schools of Glarus and Langenthal.
Wonderfully uncomplicated and with never ending enthusiasm
- Schaffhauser Nachrichten, 17.3.2003
With supreme lightness and infectious humor.
- Z¨¹richsee Zeitung, 26.9.2005
Inspired, with musical maturity and extremely well coordinated....
- Aargauer Zeitung, 10.8.2004
Musically and technically meeting every challenge, nailing you to the rim of your chair¡with fresh and uncomplicated appearance, all four with unique character and never ending enthusiasm... in spite of each individuality they convey a feeling of solid togetherness.
- Z¨¹rcher Oberländer, 15.8.2007