Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2012 (07.02.2012)

The 23. Season of Festspiele MV with 125 concerts at 83 locations from the 9th of June until the 9th of September 2012 in churches and castles, barns and halls, theatres and open-air all other the province is coming soon. The combination of high-quality concerts, wonderful lake and Baltic Sea landscapes, special locations and familiar atmosphere are the trademark of Festspiele MV. On stage there will be world famous artists as well as young artists.


The soloists 2012 like Anne Sofie von Otter, Hélène Grimaud, Martin Stadtfeld, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Jan Vogler and Julia Fischer or  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  under   Andris Nelsons  , the  Philharmonie der Nationen  under Justus Frant  z, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under Iván Fischer, the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Marek Janowski and the famous orchestras of the German broadcasting stations NDR, hr, WDR and MDR promise unforgettable concert moments.


The music elite from New York come to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the invitation of the Artistic Director Daniel Hope already since three years: In the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm reside musicians from the Academy (A program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute) for the Carnegie-Hall-Project and the Lincoln-Centre-Project stays there with the pianist Wu Han und the cellist David Finckel and their Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre stay each for a week, to rehearse with Daniel Hope and the prize-winners of Festspiele MV in the beautiful seaside hotel and go on concert tour. As Associate Artistic Director of Savannah Music Festival in Georgia Daniel Hope brings his musicians for the first time to Savannah-Project, after a test week they will go on concert tour through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.


With nine concerts the Focus Denmark brings fantastic artists of the most different genres from Denmark to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern like the baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen with their conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen, the Copenhagen Jazz String Quartet, the Ensemble Midtvest and of course the prize-winners Danish String Quartet and the Trio con Brio. The Midsummer Festival at the Hotel Tucholski in Loitz promises a very special atmosphere. After the concert the Danish String Quartet with their Folk-Band Dreamers Circus plays in the garden beside the Peene (river). The Hotel Tucholski is the birth house of the artist Barbara Tucholski. In 2011 it was used as location for Festspiele MV for the first time and after the concert with Daniel Hope and the David Orlowsky Trio was rewarded with the location-prize 2011, which Festspiele MV gives for development and extension of new locations.


The support of young talents plays an important role since the foundation of Festspiele MV: In the international series “Junge Elite” young, promising talents perform and with the concert apply to the ensemble-, soloist- or audience-prize. Once awarded the prize-winners always return to the Festspiele, in 2012 that are Daniel Hope, who in the mean time is Artistic Director of Festspiele MV, Daniel Müller-Schott, Julia Fischer, Alice Sarah Ott, Viviane Hagner, the Danish String Quartet, the vocal ensemble amarcord a. m. m.


Since 2006 a “Prize-winner in residence” marks the program: After Daniel Hope, Julia Fischer, Daniel Müller-Schott, Viviane Hagner, Gábor Boldoczki und Li-Wei Qin this year the young violinist Veronika Eberle takes over this roll, who plays in a big violin concert with meaningful orchestras like the NDR Symphony Orchestra under Krzysztof Urbański and the City of Birmingham Orchestra Symphony under Andris Nelsons and a Duo-evening with the pianist Lars Vogt.


For the Friends-Project the Münchener Kammerorchester, Antoine Tamesit (viola), Julian Steckel (violoncello), and Francesco Piemintesi (piano) stay for a test week in Schloss Hasenwinkel to, under the leadership of the conductor Christoph Poppen, design a chamber music and concert program for concerts in Hasenwinkel, Wismar, Ulrichshusen and Stralsund. Together with other prize-winners of Festspiele MV, e. g. the Danish String Quartet, Sebastian Klinger (violoncello) and Matthias Schorn (clarinet) Veronika Eberle arranges the Prize-Winner-Project: A chamber musical program with totally different aspects – rehearsed in Hasenwinkel and performed in three concerts in Ulrichshusen. These chamber music residences (including Carnegie-Hall-, Lincoln-Center- and Savannah-Project) are a main item in the program of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern und unique in their expression.

With more than 80 different locations per season – in big cities such as in the smallest villages – every year Festspiele MV find new locations even in the remotest corners of the country. At the special traditional locations there are two anniversaries: the castle Ulrichshusen, where Yehudi Menuhin 1994 inaugurated the “Festspielscheune”, celebrates its 450th anniversary with Hélène Grimaud and the Landgestüt Redefin, where on the three favourite picnic-horse-symphony-concerts are performed, will become 200 years old.


Since a few years a yearly main focus is the special aspects in between the locations. After the enchanted, by decaying enchanted castles under the title “Sleeping Beauties” or the historical or actual facilities of artists, the “Künstlerstätten”, the topic of this year “Composed Landscapes” promises very pretty walks through specially chosen gardens and parks. One of the most popular events is the Open Air in Klütz, where beside outstanding artists there is the view on the breathtaking baroque park from Castle Bothmer, which after its new renovation can shine again. The events of this year’s location topic will show the beauty and diversity of the parks and gardens in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in 22 events. At the most famous new locations the “Composed Landscapes” show how imaginative and different the people until today make their surroundings into green master pieces. In tours before the concerts the visitors have the chance to see the typical English arranged gardens, that the famous Prussian landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné and the English gardner Archibald Thomson designed. Passionate garden lovers will guide through garden paradises like Germanys northest wine plantation in Rattey. The visitors can sit in the middle of the nature, while the ensemble of the Concert House Orchestra Berlin plays regional and romantic pieces in the orangery of the rose garden Groß Siemen, in which 3.500 roses grow or when the Danish musicians of Inviolata performs in the greenhouse of the gardens at the Tiefwarensee surrounded by tropical plants and a rare but charming mix of viola and accordion.


Also in the yearly musical series “From MV” Festspiele MV reflect their surroundings – in concerts with musicians out of the region, cooperations with local culture institutes or thematically appropriate topics. 2012, for example the 200th birthday of the composer Emilie Mayer from Mecklenburg, who was called “female Beethoven” to her times, is celebrated by the Festspiele. Also the Fauré Quartet, Philharmonie from Neubrandenburg and the musicians of the Carnegie-Hall-Project bring the work of the nearly forgotten composer on stage again. The “Ludwigsluster Classic” is also focused on a composer from Mecklenburg, Matthias Sperger, to honour his 200th death day.