St Petersburg, The Prokofiev Hall

Elisabeth Brauß (piano)

Music hour featuring prize-winners of the TONALi competition (Hamburg)

Sixth concert of the thirty-sixth subscription

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata No 8 in D Major, K. 311

Daniel Smutny
Azorean etudes

Paul Hindemith
In einer Nacht … Träume und Erlebnisse, Op. 15

Franz Liszt
Scherzo and March, S. 177

The winner of TONALi13.
The pianist Elisabeth Brauß was born in 1995 in Hannover. At the age of six she began in the class of Dr. Elena Levit. From 2004 until 2007 she was an exhibitionist at the Musikhochschule Hannover. From 2008–2010 she studied in the piano classes of Dr. Elena Levit and Prof. Matti Raekallio and from 2010 onwards she has continued her studies with Prof. Bernd Goetzke.
The eighteen year old pianist has several times won first prize in the Bundeswettbewerb „Jugend musiziert“, the Steinway-Wettbewerb Hamburg and the International Grotrian Steinweg Wettbewerb together with the special prize of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and of the Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival/Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe.
Already as a child Elisabeth Brauß went on international concert tours including in 2005 a trip as a ten year old to Oslo as part of the celebrations of the hundred years of independence of Norway and in 2006 to Kiev as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Ukraine and in 2007 to Chicago.
She has twice been to China in 2008 and 2009 to several cities including Macao and Guangzhou. In Germany she has performed in the Konzerthaus Berlin and several times at the Schleswig-Holstein-Festival and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. She has performed as a soloist with famous orchestras such as the Bochumer Symphoniker (Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3), the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra (Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22) and the NDR Radiophilharmonie (Concerto for three pianos by Mozart, K. 242)

„It is different. It is creative, idiosyncratic and trend-setting in all aspects. It is much more than a difficult to win music contest – TONALi. It drives top sponsorship and at the same time initiates the impulse for cultural education. It addresses young composers, high potential young musicians and numerous young listeners (more than 10,000 in 12 Hamburg based schools), who often find to classical music because of TONALi. It is a total work of art, which has been cleverly and effectively adjusted to the actual music situation. The city of Hamburg, which has strong musical scene, can be proud of TONALI, which no one today wants to miss anymore and which has found much attention far beyond Hamburg.
It is with much personal solicitousness and respect in my role as honorary president that I see the rapid development of TONALi. This unique and highly demanding music project, initiated in 2009 by two young cellists Amadeus Templeton and Boris Matchin will see its fourth edition in 2014 as a result of tireless dedication, voluntary commitment and the support of many personalities, institutions and sponsors.
The 2014 competition focuses on the violin. 12 violinists (with residence in Germany), all aiming for a solo career, may qualify and compete to win the TONALi-prize worth 10,000 Euro. Those making it to the final, will be invited to perform a violin concert in the big hall at Laeiszhalle Hamburg with the renowned The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. This poses a strong incentive for the young musicians to perform at their very best and makes them happily engage themselves with TONALi fundamental principles:
• A distinctive interest in the future of classical concerts, which in its format looks for new ideas, new rituals and contemporary communication.
• Active discussion about the question the musician can take more responsibility for the development of classical concert future.
• The willingness to widely communicate these new formats, encouraged by TONALi by its unique school activities that prove a contemporary relation between audience and musician.
TONALi sets a trend as a result of its threefold structure: „writing (composition prize), performing (Grand Prix) and listening (TuttiContest)“ and challenges many in various ways. Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor and TONALi Honorary President.

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The concert will take place with the amicable support of the Senate and Ministry of Culture of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg


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