Concert programme on 13 December
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto ‘alla rustica’ RV 151
Georg Friedrich Händel: Io t’abbraccio Rodelindaś e Bertarido’s duet
Georg Friedrich Händel: Piangerò la sorté mia Cleopatra´s aria
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Cello RV 547
SIGRID KUULMANN violin | AARE TAMMESALU cello
Georg Friedrich Händel: Furibondo spira il vento Arsace´s aria
Ottorino Respighi: Antiche Danze ed Arie: Suite No.3, P.172
Georg Friedrich Händel: Da Tempeste Cleopatra´s aria
Antonio Vivaldi: Vedrò con mio diletto Giustino´s aria
Georg Friedrich Händel: Mira Adesso Arianna´s e Teseo´s duet
ARETE TEEMETS, soprano
NIKOS SPANATIS, counter tenor
KATERINA KTONA, harpsichord
WILLIAM KUNHARDT, conductor
Estonian soprano Arete Teemets studied singing at the Estonian Music Academy with docent Nadia Kurem and at the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia with maestra Rebecca Berg, graduating her Master studies with maximum grade. In 2010 Arete Teemets received first prize at the Santa Chiara Classical Singing Competition in the category of sacred classical music, winning the Chori Praefecti award. She has also received third prize from the International Opera Singers Competition 2011 in Spoleto (Concorso Comunita’ Europea). In the same year, she was awarded with the prize of Premio Via Vittoria which is given to the best singer of Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia. In 2014, Arete Teemets won 1st prize at Concours Flame in Paris. In Estonia, she has been awarded Young Musician award of Marje and Kuldar Sink in 2010.
Greek counter Tenor, Nikos Spanatis has appeared as soloist at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Greek National Opera, the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, the Onassis Cultural Center, as well as abroad in the Junge Hunde International Festival Entrescenen in Denmark, the Basilica of Saint Marcus’ Cathedral in Venice. He frequently appears in Art Projects in Greece and in Europe (Amsterdam, Stuttgard, Madrid), in concerts with distinguished pianists and in chamber music concerts. As soloist, he has performed with Armonia Atenea Orchestra, Athens State Orchestra, Greek National Radio Orchestra & Choir, Orchestra of Colours, Orchestra of Patras, Baroque Orchestra and Choir of the Ionian University and with the most significant baroque music ensembles in Greece.
Concert programme on 14 December
Mozart: Divertimento D KV 136 Salzburg Symphony No.1
Grieg: Holberg suite Op. 40
Piazzolla: Four Seasons in Buenos Aires
HUGO TICCIATI, violin
WILLIAM KUNHARDT, conductor
Hugo Ticciati embraces the world of contemporary music, collaborating with composers such as Sven-David Sandström, Albert Schnelzer, Anders Hillborg, Djuro Zivkovic, Leonardo Coral, Andrea Tarrodi, Tobias Broström, Thomas Jennefelt, Sergey N. Evtushenko and Esaias Järnegard. In the coming seasons he will be performing world premières of concertos dedicated to him in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Hugo also loves devising concerts and events that combine music with the other arts, notably dance and literature. He is currently working with the English composer Bill Connor on “An Improvised Violin Concerto.” Last season’s highlights included concertos by Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Hartmann, Shchedrin, Piazzolla, Auerbach, Glass, Lutoslawski, Takemitsu and world premieres of concertos by Tobias Broström, Sergey N. Evtushenko and Albert Schnelzer in venues including Carnegie Hall, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall and Cadogan Hall (London). Next season features tours in China and the USA with his own string orchestra, a series of concerts at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam and a weekend of concerts at the Wigmore Hall
William Kunhardt is Principal Conductor of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Piraeus Festival in Athens. He is the 2014 winner of the James Conlon Conducting prize at Aspen Music Festival and the recipient of a 2014 Emerging Excellence Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund UK. He has made international debuts and national radio broadcasts with Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian and Romanian Radio Orchestras, Athens and Tallinn Chamber Orchestras, and has appeared with festival orchestras in Switzerland, France, Germany and Sweden. In January 2012 he was invited to conduct the opening ceremony of Bahrain’s year as Capital of Culture for the Middle East and in November 2013 he was one of an elite group of artists asked to perform at Aldeburgh Music’s Benjamin Britten Centenary Weekend.
The Sinfonietta has performed in Switzerland and Austria, in Italy and Finland, in Germany and Belgium, in Brazil and Chile, in Argentina and Uruguay and has taken part at international music festivals like Ars Musica in Brussels, Festival Pianistico Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo, Mittelfest and Emilia Romagna in Italy, Oleg Kagan International Music Festival in Kreuth am Tegernsee in Germany, Saint Petersburg Easter Festival in Russia, Iitti Music Festival in Finland, Riga Music Festival Artissimo in Latvia and has performed in prestigious venues in Europe, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia in Russia, Cologne Philharmonic Hall among others. In Estonia, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta performs at the International Tallinn Organ Festival, at Suure-Jaani Music Festival, at Kuressaare Chamber Music Days and Mustjala Music Festival in Saaremaa and of course at Festival Glasperlenspiel in Tartu.