Austrian Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl has thrilled audiences and critics all over the world with his passionate and unconventional approach to music making. Friedemann Leipold, of Bayern 4 Klassik Radio Germany offered this praise: "Friedrich Kleinhapl is a remarkable artistic personality, who continually challenges and takes his audience into worlds previously only imagined." Steve Smith in The New York Times commended Kleinhapl as possessing "abundant skill and unbridled passion."
This December, with fascinating programs of music for Cello and Piano by composers including Zemlinsky, Schnittke, Gulda, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, together with pianist Andreas Woyke, Friedrich Kleinhapl will appear on 3 celebrated New York concert series, making his Town Hall Debut on Sunday, December 12. (Please see below for program and ticket details.)
Kleinhapl has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, Ulf Schirmer, Karel Mark Cichon and Michael G‹ttler, the Munich Symphony Orchestra under Heiko Mathias F‹rster, the Prague Symphony Orchestra under Aleksandar Markovic, and the Zagreb Slovenian and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many of the major music capitals of the US, Canada and Europe, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Hercules Hall in Munich and the Dome des Invalides.
With a portfolio of 11 CD's, the most recent addition is a recording of Beethoven's last Cello Sonatas No. 4 and 5 which also includes a rare world premiere of Beethoven's Tenth Violin Sonata op. 96 transcribed for Cello and Piano by Kleinhapl and his accompanist Andreas Woyke. Kleinhapl's CD of works by Shostakovich, recorded in 2004 with Woyke, was awarded the Pasticcio prize. In 2005 Kleinhapl recorded a CD of sonatas and songs by Johannes Brahms, and in 2006, released a recording of J. S. Bach's Cello Suites all on the ARS label. In 2007 Kleinhapl's recording with Andreas Woyke of Sonatas by Franck and Rachmaninoff in won the "Supersonic Award 2008," and the Duo's recording of Sonatas by Beethoven earned the "Excellentia Award 2009." In November, 2010, a CD of pieces by Max Bruch for Cello and Orchestra with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra will be recorded by Kleinhapl.
Highlights of the 2010-2011 include a tour of the United States and Canada. This past season he performed with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in South America, as well as appearing at the Salzburg Easter Festival and with the Israel Chamber Orchestra at the Eisenstadt Haydn Festival.
Friedrich Kleinhapl performs on the "Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Piacenza 1743 ex von Zweygberg,"on loan from the Austrian National Bank's instrument collection.
Details about Kleinhapl's upcoming performances, as well as discography, photos and video are available at www.kleinhapl.com.
CONCERT AND TICKET DETAILS
December 11, at 8:00 PM
Friedrich Kleinhapl, violoncello _ Andreas Woyke, piano
Downtown Music at Grace
33 Church Street
White Plains, NY 10601
Town Hall DEBUT
Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 PM
Friedrich Kleinhapl, Violoncello _ Andreas Woyke, Piano
Town Hall Theater
123 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Box office telephone: (212) 586-4680
Box office hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 11:00am and 1:00pm
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Monday, 13. December at 7.30 PM
Friedrich Kleinhapl, Violoncello - Andreas Woyke, Klavier
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
Tickets can by purchased by e-mail at www.acfny.org
Or Phone: 212.319.5200. xt.222