JPO Special Spring Concerts 2021- Concert 2

This concert will be available for viewing as follows:

Thursday 4 November – 19h30

Conductor: Justus Frantz
Soloist: Ye-Eun Choi – violin


Mozart: Marriage of Figaro: Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, Op.55 Eroica

This is followed by is Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, his last large orchestral work. It holds an important place in the violin repertoire and is one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos in history.  The work itself was one of the foremost violin concertos of the Romantic era and was influential on many other composers.

Our final performance is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E♭ major, Op. 55, Eroica – one of the composer’s most celebrated works.   The large-scale composition is widely considered a landmark in the transition between the Classical and the Romantic era and is often considered to be the first Romantic symphony.

Conductor: Justus Frantz

Justus Frantz is a name that one associates with outstanding orchestras and an absolute commitment to music. Professor Justus Frantz has been an internationally successful pianist and conductor for more than thirty years.

Frantz began playing piano at the age of ten and later studied with Eliza Hansen and Wilhelm Kempff at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg under a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, or German National Scholarship Foundation. He first played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan in 1970. In 1975, he played in his United States debut concert with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein, who became his lifelong friend. Other conductors with whom he has played include Carlo Maria Giulini and Rudolf Kempe. He founded the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in 1986 and became a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 1989, a post from which he has since retired.

He has served classical music countless times by constantly discovering and

nurturing young musical talents.  Therefore tours of the Philharmonia of the Nations Auditions (Vorpiele) in many countries take a firm place in his schedule – and for young musicians worldwide it’s an excellent opportunity at the beginning of their musical careers. He invited the violinists Midori, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin and pianist Evgeny Kissin as young talents for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and paved the way for their great careers. In St. Petersburg he chose the unknown Anna Netrebko to sing Susanna in his production of The Marriage of Figaro. He  discovered the young violinist and composer Martin Panteleev and brought his compositions on stage for the first time.

Justus Frantz is chief conductor of the Philharmonia of the Nations. He also works regularly with renowned orchestras all over the world such as the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Great Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Giorgian Chamber Orchestra.

Soloist – Ye-Eun Choi – violin

Ye-Eun Choi, presented with profound inspiration through Bach Double Concerto with Anne Sophie Mutter in 2007, made her outstanding debut with Orchestre National De France under Riccardo Muti at Maison de la Radio in Paris.

As one of the world’s most in-demand soloists, Ye-Eun Choi continues to develop and reach new audiences every season.

She regularly works together with the world’s leading conductors including: Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Previn, Jirí Belohlávek , Michael Tilson Thomas, Jap Van Zweden, Yannick Nezet Seguin, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yuri Bashmet, Neeme Jarvi, Alan Gilbert, Kent Nagano, Andrew Manze, Stephane Deneve, Nicholas McGegan, Sergey Neller, Hugh Wolf, Christian Vasquez, etc.

Ye-Eun Choi collaborated with orchestras such as: New York Phillharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayrischer Rundfunk+HMT Orchestra, NDR Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, , Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, Orchestre Philharmonique de MonteCarlo, Ontario Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Orchestra,  Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Nuermberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg,  NHK Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra etc.

Highlights of 2017 -2018 are the concert with Orchestre National De France under Riccardo Muti, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek, Bayrischer Rundfunk + HMT München under Mariss Jansons, Bamberger Symphoniker under Christoph Eschenbach , Gyeungi Philharmonic Orchestra under Yaap Van Zweden.

Highlights of 2019 are the concets with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Rory Macdonald, NHK Symphony Orchestra under Stephane Deneve, Philharmonie du Luxembourg under Florian Krumpöck. In 2019 she also performed Violin Concerto “Metamorphosen” with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie under Krzysztof Penderecki at Saarbrücken, Mannheim and played the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Jarvi.

A long-standing relationship connects Choi and Mutter, two artists who often share the stage as they will do this and in the next season performing chamber music throughout Europe, US, and Asia, together with the cellists Daniel Müller Schott and Kian Soltani, as well as viola player Vladimir Babeshko in the year 2020. Extensive concert tours will bring them to the most established concert halls such as Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Palau de la Musica Catalana, Carnegie Hall New York, Davis Symphony Hall San Francisco, Suntory Hall Tokyo, among others.

Ye-Eun Choi frequently appears at a myriad of important festivals, such as Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Verbier Festival, Recontres Musicales d’Évian, La Folle Journée, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,  Moritzburg Festival, Concrdia Festival in Kazan, etc.

In 2013 Ye-Eun Choi’s debut CD was released by Deutsche Grammophon with sonatas by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Prokofiev.

Born in Seoul in 1988, Ye-Eun Choi moved to Munich to study with Ana Chumachenco at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich in 2004 and has been supported by Anne Sophie Mutter since 2005 as a holder of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. She made a debut with New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Alan Gilbert in 2009 and awarded European Cultural Young Artist Award in 2013.

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