“One of the joys of creating a festival programme is that it allows you to focus in depth on a particular aspect of a composer’s life and music. In 2016, for the first Rosendal Chamber Music Festival we focused on 1828 – the year of Franz Schubert’s death which was also a year in which the composer wrote some of his most poignantly beautiful music.  Now, for the second Festival I have put together a programme around another big passion of mine – the chamber music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Despite all the wonderful chamber music Mozart wrote, only a few pieces are regularly performed in chamber music festivals.  So I would like 2017 to be an intense Mozart celebration in which we perform not only the really famous works – such as the Clarinet Quintet and Piano Quartet no. 1  – but also show the diversity of Mozart’s extraordinary music.  How often does one actually hear his great string quartets and quintets or his piano sonatas in concert, or when did you last hear his pieces for two pianos or his lieder?”

“I am delighted to be joined on stage this summer by a wonderful line up of guest artists including  Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano) and Francesco Piemontesi (piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) and Martin Fröst (clarinet), Mizuho Yoshii (oboe), Audun Halvorsen (bassoon), José Vicente Castelló (French horn), as well as my long time chamber music partners, Tabea Zimmermann (viola) and siblings Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff (violin and cello) who will also perform with quartet partners Elisabeth Kufferath (violin) and Hanna Weinmeister (viola).

“As with the first Rosendal Festival, 2017 will introduce upcoming young Norwegian artists. This year the Opus 13 String Quartet – Sonoko Miriam Welde, Edvard Erdal (violins) Michael Grolid (viola) and Frida Tharaldsen Skaftun – will also perform.

“We hope you will be able to join us in Rosendal this August and we look forward to welcoming both “old” and “new” friends for what will be a celebration of Mozart!”

Source: Rosendal Festival