Preview: December 17-23, 2018

The last week before the Christmas holidays begins, the shops and Christmas markets are overcrowded, the last gifts are packed and plans for Christmas Eve are forged. Time for contemplation is provided by the concerts of our premierone artists.

Concerts and events

You can see Gerhard Siegel on stage twice this week as the witch in the London production of Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" in Covent Garden. The soprano Sunhae Im will perform Handel's "Messiah" on December 21 with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Martin Haselböck at the Warsaw Philharmonic. In the Serbian capital of Belgrade, Daniel Raiskin will give a concert on the same day with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra at the Grand Hall of the Kolarac Foundation. Reinhard Goebel will conduct a concert on Saturday with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and soprano Simona Šaturová at the Rudolphinum in Prague.

Pianist Kateryna Titova gives a duo recital on December 20 with Edgar Wiersocki at Piano Galerie Berlin. On Tuesday, people in Barcelona are looking forward to a concert by Nils Mönkemeyer and the Apollon Musagete Quartet. Yulia Deyneka will perform with the string quartet of the Staatskapelle Berlin in Katovice on Saturday. Works by Schubert, Webern and Brahms are played there. Leonard Fu and Jens Peter Maintz join the Hamburger Camerata to play a festive Christmas concert on the 20th of December in the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. Here music by Bach, Sarasate and others is brought to the stage. On Monday, Esther Saladin will perform at the Festival Dias de Música Electroacústica (Festival DME) in Seia, Portugal. Under the title "Pohadka!", Cello students from the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, under Judith Ermert, will give a concert on December 19 with works by Slavic composers.

Competitions

On Thursday, December 20, the application deadline for the Vienna International Music Competition for all instruments ends. In order not to spend the Christmas holidays stressed by registration procedures, you should already apply now for the Wolfgang Jacobi composition prize, the composition competition on the occasion of the Weimar spring days for contemporary music, The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition and the Peter Toperczer International Piano Competition Kosice. For all of these competitions the application deadline ends on the 31st December.