Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Wenzel Fuchs

(photo: Dmytro Larin)

The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra with a soloist from the Berliner Philharmoniker – this combination won over audiences at the orchestra’s last guest performance at the beginning of this season. The Ukrainian orchestra, whose patron is the Berliner Philharmoniker, now returns to perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, a work full of captivating melodies, with principal clarinetist Wenzel Fuchs. Other items on the programme include Strauss’ Metamorphosen, Beethoven’s Egmont overture and the Elegy in memory of Stanislav Liudkevych by Ukrainian composer Evhen Stankovych.

Kyiv Symphony Orchestra

Felix Krieger conductor

Wenzel Fuchs clarinet

Yevhen Stankovych

Elegy in memory of Stanislav Liudkevych

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, K. 622

Wenzel Fuchs clarinet

Richard Strauss

Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings

Ludwig van Beethoven

Egmont Overture, op. 84

Dates and Tickets

Sun 14 Jan 2024, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Biographies

Kyiv Symphony Orchestra

The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra boasts a tradition that has lasted more than 40 years; Italian conductor Luigi Gaggero has led the orchestra since 2018. The orchestra's mission is to present Ukrainian works in dialog with the European repertoire. The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra symbolises cultural life in Ukraine and regularly performs at major national events. It is also an important institution for the promotion of young musicians. In 2022, the orchestra performed at venues including the Philharmonie Berlin, the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Philharmonie in Paris, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg on its tour of Europe. In 2023, the Berliner Philharmoniker took over the patronage of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.

Felix Krieger

The founder and artistic director of the Berlin Opera Group is internationally active as a conductor of opera, ballet and concerts. Highlights of his stage career have included conducting Mozart's Magic Flute at the Semperoper Dresden and La clemenza di Tito at the Teatro São Pedro in São Paulo, Swan Lake at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Verdi's Stiffelio at the Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. In concert, he has conducted renowned orchestras such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the London Sinfonietta. He has also regularly conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin as a guest conductor. Born in Freiburg, Felix Krieger studied conducting, piano and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and in Italy at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole with Carlo Maria Giulini before becoming Claudio Abbado's assistant with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1996.

Wenzel Fuchs

The solo clarinettist of the Berliner Philharmoniker comes from Innsbruck, where he initially played in a brass band. During his studies at the Vienna Academy of Music, he played as a substitute with the Vienna Philharmonic. He began his career as principal clarinettist at the Vienna Volksoper and with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra before moving to Berlin in 1993. In addition to his work in the orchestra, Wenzel Fuchs is active as a soloist and chamber musician with Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel Pahud and András Schiff, among others. He also teaches at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, at Geidai University in Tokyo, at the Shanghai Conservatory and as a professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

(photo: Sebastian Hänel)

Video

Wenzel Fuchs on Mozarts Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra