Photo: Johannes Paqué
Dear friends of music,
On Saturday, March 9, 2019, the pianist Knut Hanßen performed another concert at my music studio, who recited works by the three well-known composers Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. In the concerts of Mr. Hanßen it must be particularly emphasized how comprehensively he is prepared for the performance, not only musically, but also in musicological terms! This not only makes the concert a pleasure to listen to – you also get a lot of background information, which is presented in an exciting way by the interpreter, which greatly facilitates the listener’s understanding of the piece being played, or puts it in a new relationship to already existing knowledge.
The choice of pieces was conceptualized in such a way that the listener was carried on a journey through time from early classical to romantic. It should be noted that these were late works by Haydn and Beethoven, while Brahms’s Opus 2 (in fact, it was arguably the first opus, that had been given the No. 2 by Brahms later on) is an early work by the composer, especially noticeable for its time by its boisterous and experimental style. Thus, the temporal examination of the works took place on two levels.
Despite having a cold, Knut Hanßen played a first-class concert that skilfully captured the individual characteristics of the different composers and brought them to life. In the dynamics he explored the limits of the instrument and at the same time understood not to exceed them, so that the audience was taken from pianissimo to fortissimo on a dreamy journey through the emotions. Equally skillfully Knut Hanßen played both the ridiculously fast but also the slow passages confidently and with ease, whereby the focus was always on the design of a beautiful sound.
A true listening pleasure, which undoubtedly proves that Mr. Hanßen is an up-and-coming talent, of which we will certainly hear a lot!
Dear friends of music,
Knut Hanßen has grown into a permanent fixture in the music studio. He made his first appearance 7 years ago, at that time as a young student of Prof. Sheila Arnold. Meanwhile, in addition to his piano studies, he also completed a conductor’s degree in Munich and in 2017 he made his concert exam on the piano with distinction! Since 2018 he is also working as a piano teacher in the Music Studio, where he inspires his students with his empathy as well as his great practical and theoretical knowledge. This concert is, so to speak, a home game for Mr. Hanßen and one that not only gives the audience but also him a great pleasure!
Look forward to a program with late works by Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven in contrast to the early work of Johannes Brahms. It is a journey through the history of music, from the early Classic to the Romantic, whereby the return of the young and impetuous romantic Brahms to the “old” masters will turn out to be very interesting and a feast for the ears!
Saturday, 9th of March 2019
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Sonata for piano in E flat major, Hob XVI/52
– Finale: Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Sonata for piano in A flat major, op. 110
– Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo
– Allegro molto
– Adagio ma non troppo – Arioso dolente – Fuga: Allegro, ma non troppo – L’istesso tempo di Arioso – L’istesso tempo della Fuga
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor op. 2
– Allegro non troppo ma energico
– Andante con espressione
– Scherzo. Allegro – Trio. Poco più moderato
– Finale. Introduzione. Sostenuto – Allegro non troppo e rubato
Grand piano by Ernst Kaps from 1875
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Knut Hanßen, born in Cologne in 1992, became a young student in 2003 at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf under Thomas Leander. After graduation (2009) he studied in the class of Prof. Sheila Arnold at the University of Music and Dance Cologne, where he graduated his concert exam with honors in September 2017. Likewise, he is a graduate of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in the further education certificate in the masterclass piano under Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy as well as in the course of orchestral conducting with Marcus Bosch, Alexander Liebreich and Bruno Weil.
He received impulses for his pianistic training in masterclasses under a.o. Kristian Bezuidenhout, Bernd Goetzke, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Heidi Köhler, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Rudolf Meister, Roberto Prosseda, Ferenc Rados, Matti Raekallio, Jerome Rose, Anthony Spiri, Jeffrey Swann and Lars Vogt.
In addition to regular concerts, ia. at the Robert Schumann Festival Düsseldorf, at the Beethovenfest, at the Beethovenhaus and the Brüser Berger Music Festival in Bonn, in the Steingräberhaus Bayreuth, in the “Bechstein Young Professionals” series in Cologne and at the “Chamber Concerts at the Lower Rhine” he also completed numerous competitions. He received first prizes at the national competition Jugend musiziert, at the Van-Bremen Piano Competition in Dortmund and at the Köhler Osbahr Foundation for the Promotion of Art and Science in Duisburg. He was awarded the 6th LIONS Advancement Award in 2015 by the LIONS Club Neuwied Andernach as well as the advancement award of the Brüser Berger Musikfestival in 2017. In addition, he is ia. winner of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Competition 2016 (3rd prize), the Jeunesse International Piano Competition Dinu Lipatti, Bucharest 2016 (1st prize) and the Karlrobert Kreiten Piano Competition 2017 (2nd prize) and the Steinway Advancement Award 2017 (1st prize ).
He played piano concertos with the Flora Sinfonie Orchester (ia, Cologne Opera, Kultursommer Rheinland Pfalz), the Philharmonic Orchestra of South Westphalia (Landesorchester NRW) and the TfN Orchestra Hildesheim.
In June 2017 he conducted the Münchner Symphoniker from the piano in Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto, and in March 2018 he joined Nikolai Tokarev with Chopin’s second piano concerto at the Westdeutsche Sinfonia. The Köhler Osbahr Foundation and the Fasel Foundation in cooperation with the Lithuanian Rostropovich Foundation enabled him to play concerts in Vilnius and Kaunas.
Knut Hanßen was a long-time fellow of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and was supported by the German National Academic Foundation, the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now Köln e.V. and the Cologne Richard Wagner Association. He is supported in the framework of a CD production of PE funding for students of music. In addition, he is committed to promoting the young musical talents in the project “Rhapsody in School”, which was initiated by Lars Vogt. From 2015 to 2017 he was a lecturer for piano at the Musikhochschule Köln.
In the music studio Knut Hanßen teaches children and adolescents in German, also in preparation for studying piano or, for example, participating at the Precollege Program of the University of Music and Dance in Cologne.
I am looking forward to your visit!
Note on parking!
Parking spots in Bonn-Poppelsdorf, about a 10 minutes walk from the Blücherstraße!
The next concert will take place on March 23rd, 2019 at 5 pm.
Concert and reading with Urte Lucht (fortepiano) and Dieter E. Neuhaus (dramaturg). On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death: music and stories about August von Kotzebue
Current exhibition by Lucia Hinz: Dance of Colors
The gallery is open on Saturdays from 2 – 6 pm.
By appointment, the exhibition can also be visited at other times.
Blücherstr. 14, 53115 Bonn