Alon Sariel, mandolin and lute
As a mandolinist and lutenist, as well as a conductor, Alon Sariel is at home in the fields of both early and new music, having premiered dozens of works dedicated to him. He appeared at festivals such as the Salzburger Biennale for New Music and the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, and has performed in halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie and Sala São Paulo in Brazil. Musical roads have taken Alon Sariel to many different genres from folk to avantgarde, leading him to collaborations with a bright spectrum of first-class artists such as soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, trumpeter and intuitive-music artist Markus Stockhausen, violinist Jean-Christophe Spinosi, accordionist and banjo player Stian Carstensen and clarinetist David Krakauer.
A winner of numerous international competitions, prizes and awards, Alon Sariel has also been actively engaged in several socio/political-musical projects including Live Music Now (Yehudi Menuhin), Rhapsody in School (Lars Vogt) and the West- Eastern Divan (Daniel Barenboim).
As a soloist and member of different ensembles, Alon Sariel toured throughout Europe, the USA and Mexico, South America, South Africa, and the Middle- and Far- East. He has given master classes for the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA), and at universities such as Trinity College of Music (London), Lilla Akademien (Stockholm), the conservatories of Kazan (Russia) ZUŠ Nová Paka (Czech Republic) and Celaya (Mexico). Alon Sariel’s playing was transmitted via radio stations worldwide, including Arte, BBC4, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR3, P2 Klassiskt, Kol HaMusika, WQXR and WNYC among others.
Currently residing in Hanover, where he is musical director of the international Baroque orchestra Concerto Foscari and founding member of PRISMA, with whom he was awarded the first prize at the International Biber Competition in Austria 2015. Recent engagements as soloist/conductor include ensembles as Munich Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Radio Symphony, Sofia Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Soloists, Camerata Tinta Barocca (Cape Town) and the Barokksolistene (Norway).
Among diverse recording productions with different ensembles, Alon Sariel is signed on several world premiere recordings such as the trios for plucked instruments by Paul Ben-Haim (for Albany Records) and by Yehezkel Braun (for IMI), as well as for “Nedudim” for mandolin and string orchestra by Gilad Hochman (with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin for Neue Meister). His recording “Paisiello in Vienna” marking the 200th anniversary of the composer’s passing was released by Brilliant Classics to a wide critical acclaim. Alon Sariel’s recording “Telemandolin” (Berlin Classics, 2017) was awarded the “Golden Label” by Klassiek Centraal (Belgium) and the prestigious OPUS KLASSIK (Germany). Furthermore, the album has been described by the press as “a recording of epic proportions”. (Mandolin Café, USA)
2019 saw the release of his album “Rembrandt” (querstand) as lutenist, with music of the Dutch Golden Age, and “Bach in the White City” (Sheva Collection), an homage to the Bauhaus Centenary, bridging elegantly between Weimar and Tel Aviv. Furthermore, Alon Sariel has recorded Beethoven’s mandolin literature on historical instruments for the 2020 NAXOS Classics Beethoven complete works CD box set.
Ania Vegry, soprano
The London-born soprano Ania Vegry studied at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media with Christiane Iven and Charlotte Lehmann as well as in Madrid with Teresa Berganza. While still a student, she became a permanent member of the Hanover State Opera, where she performed numerous roles, including Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Ilia in Idomeneo, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro; for this role she was nominated “Young Singer of the Year” in the magazine Opernwelt. Vegry has also appeared as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Ännchen in Der Freischütz and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, sang Nanetta in Verdi‘s Falstaff, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and Gilda in Rigoletto, Puccini‘s Musetta in La Bohème and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi as well as Rosina in Rossini‘s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims, Adina in Donizetti‘s L ́elisir d‘amore, Cunegonde in Bernstein‘s Candide and Constance in Francis Poulenc‘s Les Dialogues des Carmelites. She has also performed numerous roles of the contemporary repertoire, including Gabrielle in Penderecki‘s Die Teufel von Loudun, Minette in Henze‘s Die englische Katze, as well as Hermione in Manfred Trojahn‘s Orest and Viola & Cesario in Was ihr wollt.
Guest engagements have taken Vegry to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater Bremen, Komische Oper Berlin, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Hamburg State Opera, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin, Meistersingerhalle Nuremberg, Opéra Garnier in Paris, Berlin Philharmonic and Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich. As a sought-after concert singer, Vegry performs together with conductors such as Alexander Shelley, Jonathan Darlington, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Simon Halsey, Christopher Hogwood, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Ira Levin, Enrique Mazzola, Gregor Bühl, Marc Albrecht, Joana Mallwitz, Dorian Wilson, Ivan Repusic and Helmuth Rilling. She regularly gives recitals and concerts with renowned orchestras such as the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, the Hannoversche Hofkapelle, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and with ensembles such as the Neues Ensemble, Musica Alta Ripa, Musica Assoluta,
Ensemble New Seasons, Stockholm Chamber Brass, the Szymanowski Quartet or the Arte Ensemble. Her chamber music partners include internationally renowned musicians such as Tabea Zimmermann, Andreas Ottensamer, Albrecht Mayer, Sharon Kam, Markus Becker, Rudolf Buchbinder, Maxim Vengerov, Andrej Bielow, Nicholas Rimmer and Jan-Philip Schulze. She is a regular guest at festivals such as the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Kunstfestspiele Hannover, Braunschweig Classix, Movimentos, Anima Mundi, Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi (Herreweghe), Festival de musique classique à Sion, and the Sommerliche Tage as well as the Musikwoche Hitzacker.
Vegry has repeatedly recorded opera arias and song cycles for radio stations (NDR, MDR, SWR, BR). She took the opportunity of the Hanover production of Gassmann‘s L`Opera Seria on a specially set up stage in the gallery building of the Herrenhäuser Gärten to view his oeuvre and have the previously unpublished concert and opera arias first published and then recorded with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under the direction of David Stern for the CPO label. In close cooperation with the publishing house Boosey & Hawkes, a complete recording of the songs of the Polish Jewish composer Szymon Laks is currently being made for the first time for the EDA label. The CD will be released in 2020. In the upcoming season Vegry will perform the roles of Pamina, Gilda and Sophie (Rosenkavalier) at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau as well as the Parts of the first solo soprano and the Magna Peccatrix with the Nürnberger Symphoniker at the Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg among others.
Boris Kusnezow, piano
Boris Kusnezow is one of the most sought after collaborative pianists of his generation. He performs with venues such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Kioi-Hall in eminent instrumentalists and singers worldwide. His performances have taken him to renowned concert Tokyo, the Munich Gasteig and the Berlin Philharmonie.
His artistic activities are documented in 12 CDs and numerous radio recordings. The German press (FAZ, Süddeutsche, Fono Forum, among others) have repeatedly praised him as a chamber musician and several of his CDs have been nominated for prizes, including the OPUS KLASSIK and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
Boris Kusnezow is in demand as an official pianist for some of the world’s most prestigious instrumental and singing competitions, most recently being invited to the ARD Competition in Munich, the Joseph Joachim Competition in Hannover and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Alongside his performing career, central to his artistic life is his passion for teaching. He currently holds teaching positions at the music conservatories in Hannover and Berlin (Hanns Eisler).
Boris Kusnezow was born in Moscow and began his musical education at the traditional Gnessin Academy. He has lived in Germany from the age of eight and completed his musical studies in Hannover with Professor Bernd Goetzke. Thereafter followed first place at the German Music Competition, international awards such as Fellowship of the Borletti- Buitoni Trust and scholarships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
Boris Kusnezow lives in Hannover. In addition to his active performing career and teaching activities, he organises an international music academy in Schloss Bückeburg and volunteers for the Loewe Foundation, where he focuses on the promotion of classical music.
Download Program notes written by the artists
Szymon Laks (1901-1983)
– L’oiseau qui n’existe pas
Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984) Drei Lieder ohne Worte
– Sephardisches Lied
Salamone Rossi (1570-1630)
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (1580-1651)
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
– Oblivion Soave
Thomas Morley (1557/58-1602)
– Now is the Month of Maying
Szymon Laks (1901-1983)
Chants populaires juifs — Acht jiddische Lieder für Stimme und Klavier:
– Ich bin a balagole
– Die gilderne pawe
– Unser rebeniu
– In droïsn is a triber tog
– Gwaldze brider
– Di alte Kashe
– Fraïtik far nacht
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) & Uri Caine (*1956)
– Andante con Variazioni WoO 44b / Variations on a Theme by Beethoven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1793)
– Arie des Cherubino “Voi che sapete” from Le nozze di Figaro
– Canzonetta des Don Giovanni “Deh‘ vieni alla finestra” from Don Giovanni
Jay Livingston (1915-2001)
– Que sera, sera
– Soprano Ania Vegry will donate her fee to the UNICEF Children’s Fund.
– The pianist Boris Kusnezow wants to support the family of the late rabbi Benjamin Wolff in Hanover with his fee.
– The mandolinist and lute player Alon Sariel donates his fee to the animal welfare organization Pro Animale für Tiere in Not e.V.