Philharmonic Octet Berlin


Nielsen: Serenata in vano (Cl. Fg. Hrn. Vc. Cb.)

Dvořák: 5 Bagatelles Op.47 (arr. by U.G. Schäefer for the Philharmonic Octet Berlin)

Schubert: Octet D. 803

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 / Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
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Philharmonic Octet Berlin
The Berlin Philharmonic Octet was founded more than 80 years ago and was the first chamber association of the Berliner Philharmoniker to appear in all major European cities. Since then the ensemble has continually renewed itself, drawing again and again from the Berliner Philharmoniker’s membership: its chronicle features such great names and world-famous musicians as the former concertmasters Spivakovsky, Rohn and Borries; the cellists Piatigorsky, Graudan and de Machula; the clarinettist Bürkner and the bassoonist Rothensteiner.

After World War II, the ensemble expanded its already vigorous touring activities within Europe to take in other continents, visiting the USA, Canada, Africa, Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia. In 1978 the Philharmonic Octet gave its first concerts in Israel and the Soviet Union.
It has appeared regularly at the festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh and Berlin. Paul Hindemith dedicated his Octet to the ensemble in 1958 and played first viola when they gave the premiere in Berlin. Other composers who have written for them include Hans Werner Henze, Boris Blacher, Werner Thärichen, Karl Heinz Wahren, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Isang Yun.
Daishin Kashimoto, 1st Violin
Daishin Kashimoto was first prize winner of such renowned competitions as the 6th Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition in England in 1993, the International Competition for Violinists in Cologne in 1994 (where he was the youngest participant), and, in 1996, both the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition for Piano and Violin in Paris.
He has received a number of prestigious awards, such as the Arion Award (1995); both the Idemitsu and Mobile Music Awards (1997); the Fresh Artists Award of the Nippon Steel Music Awards (1998); The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists (1998); the Cultural Award from Hyogo Prefectural Government (2011); the Change Maker 2011 award in Japan; and the Steigenberger and Davidov Awards in Germany.

A Japanese national born in London in 1979, Daishin Kashimoto began studying violin in Tokyo at the age of three under Kumiko Eto. He moved to New York in 1985, and in the following year was accepted as the youngest student in the pre-college division of The Juilliard School, where he studied under Naoko Tanaka and received the Edward John Noble Foundation Scholarship. In 1990 he moved to Lübeck, Germany, to accept an invitation to study under Prof. Zakhar Bron. From age 20 he studied under Prof. Rainer Kussmaul at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, and completed the master’s course there, winning the Gustav Scheck prize.

He has been recognized internationally for performing under renowned Maestros such as Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Evgeny Svetlanov, Michel Plasson, Semyon Bychkov, Eliahu Inbal, Mariss Jansons, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Myung-Whun Chung, Mikhail Pletnev and others.

Daishin is also active in the field of chamber music, and has performed with noted musicians such as Martha Argerich, Itamar Golan, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Gérard Caussée, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Eric Le Sage, and others.
On January 22, 2007, he was chosen to perform at a special concert aimed to develop the relationship between China, Korea, and Japan, and performed chamber music with the H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan (viola) and Myung-Whun Chung (piano), together with Jing Zhao and Dong-Hyuck Ahn.

Since 2007, Daishin has served as music director at annual chamber music festival “Le Pont” in Ako and Himeji in Japan.

Daishin was appointed as the first concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2010. He performed also as a soloist with Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons. In addition, he is a member of the Philharmonic Octet Berlin.

As a recent project as a soloist, from 2010 to spring 2013, Daishin performed and recorded all of the Beethoven violin sonatas together with pianist Konstantin Lifschitz, and they received high praise for their concerts throughout Japan spanning three tours. The complete CD box of Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas, released worldwide on Warner Classics in January 2014.

He plays on a violin made by Andrea Guarneri, 1674.
Romano Tommasini, 2nd Violin
Romano Tommasini, son of Italian parents, completed his music studies in Paris in 1983 with a premier prix in both violin and chamber music. In 1986 he became premier violon solo of the orchestra of Nancy, and three years later came to the Berliner Philharmoniker. As a chamber-music player, he has been a member of the Philharmonic String Trio, the Pilharmonic String Quintet and the Philharmonic Camerata.
Amihai Grosz, Viola
Amihai Grosz began his viola studies at the age of 12 under David Chen at the Jerusalem Academy of Music. Later, he became a student of Tabea Zimmermann at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin and of Haim Taub at Keshet Eilon Music Center. Amihai Grosz has performed as a soloist with various renowned orchestras in Israel and Germany, such as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Münchner Kammerorchester and the Staatskapelle Berlin, which has given him the opportunity to work with artists such as Isaac Stern, Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida, Yefim Bronfman and David Geringas.

Amihai Grosz is also a founding member of the Jerusalem String Quartet. In addition, the violist has performed as a chamber musician at prestigious festivals in Israel, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Amihai Grosz plays an instrument made by Gasparo da Salò from the 16th century which is on loan to him for life from a private collection.
Christoph Igelbrink, Cello
Christoph Igelbrink was already playing the piano at the age of three and began learning the cello when he was eleven in order to fill out a family string quartet. Inspired by rapid successes in the ?Jugend musiziert? competitions, by the fun he had playing in diverse youth orchestras and from reading biographies of great cellists, he soon realized he wanted to become a professional cellist. At 16 he entered Düsseldorf’s Robert Schumann Hochschule as a pupil of Wolfgang Mehlhorn, later studying at the Hamburg Musikhochschule and attending master classes with Antonio Janigro and Paul Tortelier. After completing his studies he was engaged in 1986 by the Hamburg Philharmonic (Philharmonische Staatsorchester). Since 1989 he has been a member of not only the Berliner Philharmoniker but the ?12 Cellists? as well, and he also plays in the Athenaeum Quartet, the Philharmonic Piano Trio of Berlin and the Philharmonic Octet. His free time is devoted to his wife and three daughters, to the house and garden, and cycling. A tense football match can often distract him from such domestic hobbies as reading or playing the piano.
Esko Laine, Contrabass
At the age of 13, Esko Laine started to play the double bass and had double bass instruction from Jussi Javas at the Hyvinkää Conservatory. He was just 18 when he joined the Helsinki National Opera Orchestra and appeared as soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Further studies followed from 1982 to 1985 with Günter Klaus at the Frankfurt Musikhochschule, with Franco Petracchi at the Geneva Conservatoire and at the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad. As a double bass of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he took on the responsibilities of a principal from 1999 to 2001 and again since 2008. Esko Laine has given the premieres of several orchestral concertos and chamber works for double bass that were composed for him. Much sought after as a teacher of master classes and with renowned youth orchestras, Laine has since 2000 also been an instructor in the Philharmonic’s Orchestra Academy and at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule. He plays since 2002 in the Philharmonic Octet. He is member of the ensembles Bolero Berlin (since 2008) and Tango Finlandés.
Wenzel Fuchs, Clarinet
Born 1963 in Innsbruck, Austria

What makes working with the Berliner Philharmoniker so unique?
Communication, joy in playing, comradeship and quality.ォ

Wenzel Fuchs comes from a region where traditional wind music is highly valued.

The Innsbruck native, scion of a musical family, was already playing the clarinet as a child in various wind ensembles.

After first studying in Kitzbuehel and Innsbruck, he went to the Vienna Musikhochschule,He got a Prize of the Austrian Ministry for science and Art.
In these time he had the opportunity of playing as a substitute with the Vienna Philharmonic. He began his professional career as principal clarinettist of the Vienna Volksoper, then moving to the Austrian Radio (ORF) Symphony Orchestra and in 1993 in the same position to the Berlin Philharmonic. In addition to his work in the orchestra, Fuchs is active as a soloist and chamber player in, among other groups, the
Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Wind Soloists, Philharmonic Octet and the Philharmonic Friends of Vienna-Berlin. He also teaches in the Berliner Philharmoniker`s Orchestra Academy, holds a professorship at the Hochschule fur Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin (since October 2008),
a visiting professorship at the Gedai University Tokyo and at the Sakuyou Music University in Okayama, Japan and an honorary professorship at the Shanghai Conservatory, and he gives
master classes all over the world. Wenzel Fuchs enjoys skiing and likes
most of all to spend his free time with his family.
Stefan Dohr, Horn
Originally Stefan Dohr learned to play the viola. One day he was given a hunting horn, and, after hearing a concert by the famous horn player Hermann Baumann, he came to the conclusion: ?That horn sounds better than my viola!? After studying in Essen and Cologne he became principal horn of the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, and engagements followed with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin before, in 1993, he finally became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker. As a soloist he has collaborated with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.

Along with the Classical and Romantic horn repertoire, he is also interested in contemporary works by Ligeti, Knussen and Kirchner. Stefan Dohr has premièred many horn concertos dedicated to him, including those by Herbert Willi (2008), Jorge E. López (2009), Johannes Wallmann (2010), Toshio Hosokawa (2011) and Wolfgang Rihm (2014). Another focus is chamber music which he performs not only with his Philharmoniker colleagues in a variety of ensembles but also together with Maurizio Pollini, Lars Vogt, Kolja Blacher and Ian Bostridge. He is also a member of the Ensemble Wien-Berlin, the Philharmonic Octet, and the Horns of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Stefan Dohr, who prefers to spend his free time with his family, has taught as a visiting professor at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin and at the Orchestra Academy.
Mor Biron, Fagott
Mor Biron played the cello and bass recorder before deciding to concentrate on the bassoon. He began his studies under Gad Lederman und Maurizio Paez at the Academy of Music in Jerusalem and from 2004 under Klaus Thunemann and Volker Tessman at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. From 2004 to 2006 he was a student of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker and became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2007.

Mor Biron, whose musical training was supported by scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Barenboim-Said Foundation, had already gained practical experience in various orchestras. For example, he played in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester led by Claudio Abbado, the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester (now the Konzerthausorchester Berlin) and was principal bassoonist of the Orquesta del Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia under Lorin Maazel in the 2006/2007 season.

Since 2000, he has been a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, an orchestra with which he has also performed as a soloist on numerous occasions since 2005. Mor Biron, a winner of numerous competitions, also devotes himself intensively to chamber music. He is a member of the Ensemble Berlin and the Philharmonic Octet of the Berliner Philharmoniker.


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