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Antje Weithaas

Antje Weithaas

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“Antje Weithaas is one of the great violinists of our time.” (FonoForum)

Antje Weithaas’ charisma and stage presence are captivating, but never overshadow the works themselves. Unpretentious and always giving the music precedence, she brings her compelling musical intelligence and an unparalleled technical mastery to every detail of the music. One of the most sought-after artists of her generation, Antje Weithaas has a wide-ranging repertoire that includes the great concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, new works such as Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, modern classics by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ligeti and Gubaidulina, and lesser performed concertos by Hartmann and Schoeck.

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CD Bach Ysaye 2016
Antje Weithaas: Bach & Ysaÿe 2016


Bach: Gavotte en rondeau from Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

Bach: Andante from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003

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Antje Weithaas, Camerata Bern: Brahms


Brahms: Allegro giocoso from Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

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Antje Weithaas: Bach & Ysaÿe


Ysaÿe: Fugato from Sonata in G minor, Op. 27 No. 1
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CD Max Bruch

 

Antje Weithaas: Max Bruch, volume 3


Bruch: Recitativ, Allegro moderato from Violin Concerto No. 2

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Biography

Biography Antje Weithaas




“Antje Weithaas is one of the great violinists of our time.” (FonoForum)

Antje Weithaas’ charisma and stage presence are captivating, but never overshadow the works themselves. Unpretentious and always giving the music precedence, she brings her compelling musical intelligence and an unparalleled technical mastery to every detail of the music. One of the most sought-after artists of her generation, Antje Weithaas has a wide-ranging repertoire that includes the great concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, new works such as Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, modern classics by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ligeti and Gubaidulina, and lesser performed concertos by Hartmann and Schoeck.

As a soloist, Antje Weithaas has worked with most of Germany’s leading orchestras, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg Symphony and the major German radio orchestras, as well as numerous major international orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the leading orchestras of the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Asia. She has collaborated with the illustrious conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitri Kitayenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Marc Albrecht, Yakov Kreizberg, Sakari Oramo and Carlos Kalmar. She enjoys a close working relationship with conductor Antonello Manacorda with whom she made her debut with the Orchestra Filharmonica del Teatro La Fenice in Venice (Brahms) last season and regularly gives concerts in her hometown Potsdam.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include performances with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart under Antonello Manacorda (Mozart B-flat major) and the Orchestra of the National Theatre Mannheim under Alexander Soddy (Berg) as well as a tour with the Camerata Bern in The Netherlands and Germany, during which she celebrated her 50th birthday with a concert at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Having been the Camerata Bern’s artistic director since the 2009/10 season, she is responsible for the ensemble’s musical profile, leading large works such as Beethoven’s symphonies, and recording music by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

The Arcanto Quartet, in which she performs with fellow violinist Daniel Sepec, violist Tabea Zimmermann and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, has been particularly important to Antje Weithaas as a chamber musician. Following their concerts at last year’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the quartet is taking an extended sabbatical. In recent years, they have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Théâtre du Châtelet and Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Konzerthaus Vienna, and have toured Israel, Japan and North America. They have released CDs on the label Harmonia Mundi of works by Bartók, Brahms, Ravel, Dutilleux, Debussy, Schubert and Mozart.

Antje Weithaas produced a reference recording of the Beethoven and Berg violin concertos in 2013 with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under Steven Sloane (CAvi-music). There were rave reviews of the two first CDs from Antje Weithaas’ latest project for CAvi: the complete recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas and Eugène Ysaÿe’s solo sonatas. The label cpo recently released Vol. 2 and 3 of her recordings of Max Bruch’s complete works for violin and orchestra with the NDR Radio Philharmonic under Hermann Bäumer to great acclaim. Antje Weithaas continued her collaboration with the NDR Radio Philharmonic and cpo in the season of 16/17 with recordings of Schumann’s Violin Concerto and Brahms’ Double Concerto with cellist Maximilian Hornung, Andrew Manze conducting.

Antje Weithaas began playing the violin at the age of four and later studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin with Professor Werner Scholz. She won the Kreisler Competition in Graz in 1987 and the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988, as well as the Hanover International Violin Competition in 1991. After teaching at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Antje Weithaas became a professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in 2004. She plays on a 2001 Peter Greiner violin.

Repertoire

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Bach

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041

 

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042

 

Concerto for 2 Violins and Orchestra in D minor, BWV 1043

Bartók

Violin Concerto No. 1

 

Violin Concerto No. 2

Beethoven

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

 

Triple Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in C major, Op. 56

Berg

Violin Concerto "Dem Andenken eines Engels"

Bernstein

"Serenade"

Brahms

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

 

Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102

Britten

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 15

Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

 

Violin Concerto Nr. 2 in D minor, Op. 44

 

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 58

 

Konzertstück for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 57

 

"Scottish Fantasy" for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46

 

Serenade for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 75




Dvorák

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Elgar

Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

Glanert

Music for Violin and Orchestra

Glazunov

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Gubaidulina

"Offertorium"

Hartmann

"Concerto funèbre"

Haydn

Violin Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIa:1

 

Violin Concerto in A major, Hob. VIIa:3

Khachaturian

Violin Concerto

 

Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra

Korngold

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Lalo

"Symphonie Espagnole" in D minor, Op. 21

De Leeuw

Violin Concerto No. 1

Ligeti

Violin Concerto

Lindberg

Violin Concerto

Lutoslawski

"Partita"

 

"Chain 2"

Martinú

Concerto da Camera

Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

 

Concerto for Violin and Strings in D minor

Mozart

Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, KV 207

 

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, KV 211

 

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, KV 316

 

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, KV 218

 

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, KV 219

 

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major, KV 364

 

"Concertone" for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C major, KV 190

Nielsen

Violin Concerto, Op. 33

Prokofiev

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Respighi

Concerto gregoriano for Violin and Orchestra

Rihm

"Gesungene Zeit"

 

"Lichtes Spiel"

Schnittke

1. "Concerto grosso" for 2 Violins and Chamber Orchestra

Schoeck

Violin Concerto in B major, Op. 21

Shostakovich

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

 

Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129

Schumann

Violin Concerto in D minor

Sibelius

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Spohr

Violin Concerto No. 8 in A minor, Op. 47

 

Violin Concerto No. 9 in D minor, Op. 55

 

Violin Concerto No. 11 in G major, Op. 70

Stravinsky

Violin Concerto in D major

Szymanowski

Violin Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Tüür

Violin Concerto

Vivaldi

"The Four Seasons"

Widmann

Violin Concerto