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Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Julia Fischer at Konzerthaus Berlin

Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin — Großer Saal

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About the Event

In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven and Béla Bartók at Berlin's treasured and world‐renowned Konzerthaus.

The outstanding violinist Julia Fischer, who was acclaimed by audiences as 'Artist in Residence' at the Konzerthaus and has since graced us in a wide variety of ensembles, appears again this season as soloist together with the renowned British chamber orchestra Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Listening delights include Beethoven's deeply melodic Violin Romances, Bartók's refined rhythmic Divertimento for string orchestra, and Schubert's 5th Symphony titled 'lovely symphony in B flat major' — so affectionately described by his supporter Leopold von Sonnleithner.


  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Romanze für Violine und Orchester Nr. 1 G‐Dur op. 40
  • Béla Bartók – Divertimento für Streichorchester Sz 113
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Romanze für Violine und Orchester F‐Dur op. 50
  • Franz Schubert – Sinfonie Nr. 5 B‐Dur D 485
Program is subject to change


Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is an English chamber orchestra. The group was founded in London by Sir Neville Marriner, attracting some of the finest players in London, many of whom considered themselves to be refugees from conductors. Its name comes from Trafalgar Square's St Martin‐in‐the‐Fields church, in which its first concert was performed, on November 13, 1959. The initial performances at St. Martin's church were as a small, conductorless string group, and played a key role in the revival of baroque performances in England. It has since expanded to include winds, but is of flexible size, changing its make‐up to suit its repertoire, which ranges from the Baroque to contemporary works.

Violin: Julia Fischer

Born in Munich in 1983, Julia Fischer studied with the famous violinist Ana Chumachenco. Since 2006, she is herself Germany's youngest Professor of Violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

In 2005, Fischer won Germany's coveted 'ECHO' Award for her recording of 'Russian Concertos' by Khatchaturian, Prokofiev, and Glazounov. In 2006, she was named by BBC Music Magazine the 'Best Newcomer of the Year'. She was 'Artist of the Year' in 2007 at the Gramophone Awards and 'Instrumentalist of the Year' at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards.

Julia Fischer performs world‐wide with renowned orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Konzerthaus Berlin

The Konzerthaus Berlin is a concert hall situated on the Gendarmenmarkt, the most beautiful square in the city. Built in 1821, the structure initially served as a theater. Severely damaged in the Second World War, it was rebuilt as a concert hall in 1977, with a neoclassical interior, and changed its name to reflect its new function in 1994. Consistently numbered among the top five concert halls in the world, the Konzerthaus hosts around 500 performances every year, ranging from symphony and chamber concerts featuring international stars to new music and children's concerts.

Franz Schubert

During his rather short life, Franz Schubert, one of the fathers of romanticism in music, had always been an unappreciated genius who had never received public acclaim. Only his family and friends were delighted by his music, and most of his works were discovered and published only many years after his death. Franz Schubert was born on the 31th of March 1797 in the suburbs of Vienna. His father and eldest brother were amateur musicians and they taught him to play piano and violin. At the age of 11 Schubert was a singer in a choir at the Lichtenthal parish and later auditioned for Antonio Salieri and admitted to the emperor’s choir. During that period young Franz started composing his own works. However, after his voice broke he had to leave the choir and in 1814 he started working as a teacher in the same parish school as his father. He never stopped composing and 4 years later he decided to quit teaching and devote his life completely to music. He fell out with his father because of that and struggled to make ends meet. In 1818 Schubert went to Vienna, where he met Vogl. Together they gave private concerts in small aristocratic circles, mainly playing Lieder, which Schubert wrote around 600. Franz Schubert gave only one big public concert in his whole life in March 1828, which was very warmly received by the audience. However, his health was deteriorating and in November the same year he died of thyroid fever at the age of 31.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German pianist and composer of the late 18th century. He is well known as the most influential composers of all time as well as crucial figure to the Classical music scene. In fact, he demonstrated his musical talent at an early age, taking lessons from his father and composer/conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. Later, he moved to Vienna where he gained the reputation of a virtuoso pianist by composing his popular masterpieces. He created his most admired works in his last 15 years of life, all the while being almost completely deaf.


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