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Update 11.07.2019 – Photos and videos: The music studio invites to the “International Kreutzer Music Competition” in the Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn

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Dear friends of music,

On Saturday, July 6, 2019, the International Kreutzer Music Competition took place in cooperation with the music school Sunny International Music from China. Naturally, students from the music studio also took part in this event! Furthermore, it was a very special honor to welcome the pianist Joanna Sochacka, who besides a small concert appearance (the larger one should follow at the end of the day) was also available to the students for all sorts of questions about life as a professional musician.

Unfortunately, the students of Mia Tang and her assistant, Summer Han, from the Sunny International Music school soon left us, as they already had their next trip to Vienna.

f.l.t.r.: Mia Tang, Gabriele Paqué, Summer Han

But that did not stop us, because there were many more highlights on the program that Michelle Yen-Howland had prepared with her students for this event. If you have been already a guest to last years charity event in favor of the musical education of South African children, knew that this could only be beautiful!

Our students who are between the ages of 4 and 15 had prepared plays as well as classical concert performances: for examle the very young students, who appeared as sunflowers and, after being watered, immediately jumped to the piano, to show their delight with a musical piece. Absolutely cute and funny! Also interesting was the idea that had children show off in clothes that represented their country of origin and who then transferred this charm on the piano into a piece of music. Among others, countries like Mexico, China, Germany, the Netherlands and many other countries were represented there. Finally, the children showed an adaptation of the well-known fairy tale “The Princess on the Pea”, whereby the real princess not only betrays herself by her gentle sleep, but of course also by her talent on the piano – an admittedly not easy task for her, since the other princesses were all beautiful and highly musical as well!

As previously mentioned, Joanna Sochacka together with Ryan Howland created the finale of this musical day in the Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn. Further information can be found here.

On this day all profits went to UNICEF and I am happy to inform you that we could collect 500, – € in donations!

Our sincere thanks go to all the donors, but mostly of course to the students who made this day possible and their parents, with whose help we could rent the chamber music hall!

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Dear friends of music,

As you may know, we recently visited China in April together with Michelle Yen-Howland and Gabriele’s students to make new contacts and as well as experience the beautiful country. Now we get visitors from this very country!

We met Mia Tang, who also runs a piano school near the city of Beijing called Sunny International Music for children. For a long time already she had the wish to visit Germany together with her pupils to be able to perform here with her class. Together with Gabriele Paqué she now finally fulfills that wish!

Picture: Ian Howland

On Saturday, July 6, 2019, the first “International Kreutzer Music Competition” will take place in the Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the city of Bonn, where Chinese piano students and students of Michelle Yen-Howland from Germany will hold a concert together!
A great program is planned, which will focus on the cultural exchange between students from both countries. In addition to small piano concerts (and other instruments) further program points are also planned, which include singing, ballet and storytelling, accompanied by music.
The event will also be accompanied by the pianist Joanna Sochacka from Poland, who, together with Gabriele Paqué, will oversee the children’s play and give them useful tips on playing the piano.

Admission to the event is free! We ask for a donation that will be donated to UNICEF.

Picture: Ian Howland

The culmination of this event will be the concert in the evening by Joanna Sochacka, which will be performed solo and in duo with violinist Ryan Howland. The program includes works by F. Chopin, J. Brahms, W. A. ​​Mozart, A. Skriabin, E. Grieg and F. Kreisler.

Further information about the concert can be found here. The entrance fee for the concert is 10, – €.

We are looking forward to your visit!


Saturday, 06. July 2019
from 13:00: International Kreutzer Music Competition

18:30: Concert by Joanna Sochacka (piano), together with Ryan Howland (violin)

Further information about the concert can be found here.

in the
Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn
Bonngasse 24-26
53111 Bonn


International Kreutzer Music Competition

at the Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn

Program:

Opening concert:
“Far away” by Robert Prizeman
Piano and choir

“Souvenir” by F. Drdla
Piano and violin

“Nocturne Nr. 9”
and
“Nocturne in C Sharp Minor op. posth.”
by F. Chopin

Piano concert with ballet performance

The Sunflower Theater
children aged between 4 and 7

Storytelling:
“The little pianist”

Little International

PAUSE

Piano concerts
Solo performances of our little musicians

PAUSE

Piano theater:
“The princess and the pea”

Admission is free! We ask for a donation that will be donated to UNICEF.

The piano concert with Joanna Sochacka and Ryan Howland takes place at 18:30. More information can be found here.


I am looking forward to your visit!

Sincerely,
Gabriele Paqué

Note on parking!

Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn
Bonngasse 24-26
53111 Bonn (city center)

Public transport: Stop Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz / Beethovenhaus
Parking in the Friedensplatz parking garage or Marktgarage

Current exhibition: Jubilee exhibition on the occasion of the 10th anniversary
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
Telefon: 0228-41076755

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Update 11.07.2019 – Photos of the CONCERT: Joanna Sochacka (piano) and Ryan Howland (violin) present works by F. Chopin, J. Brahms, W. A. Mozart, A. Skriabin, E. Grieg and F. Kreisler

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Dear friends of music,

On July 6, 2019, following the event “International Kreutzer Music Competition” in cooperation with the Chinese music school Sunny International Music, the grand finale with the concert of Joanna Sochacka took place.
The Polish pianist presented pieces by W. A. Mozart, F. Chopin, J. Brahms and A Skriabin, but first performing with the violinist Ryan Howland in a pre-concert in which they played works by W. A. Mozart, E. Grieg and F. Kreisler ,
Ryan Howland is no stranger to the music studio, as he is the son of the teaching Michelle Yen-Howland and so it will come as no surprise that he also has a great talent for music. Especially in the last three years, since he arrived from Canada in Germany, he has not only learned the German language. He is now also a student at the University of Music, Theater and Dance in Frankfurt and has again greatly improved his play. We all admired his performance together with Joanna Sochacka, who excelled even in her role as an accompanist. Both of them sparked a firework of emotions and we are looking forward to hearing from Ryan soon!

In the second part, the audience awaited the solo performance of the pianist. With passion and technical sophistication, the audience showed their gratitude to the player in a never-ending applause!
The concert opened with the Scherzo in C sharp minor op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin, which was composed between 1838 and 1839 and which is one of the most important piano works of the Romantic period. Right at the beginning, the octave passages convey an incredible drama, which also places very high technical demands on the performer. Sochacka mastered this fabulous! Also the middle part with the following choral theme was played with the deepest depth and devotion, so that this piece turned out to be a true listening pleasure!
The Fantasia in B minor, op. 28 by Alexander Skriabin was composed in 1900 and initially presents itself to the listener as not as catchy and understandable as the piece before. With its almost improvisatory character, it almost resembles a fast movement of a sonata. However, Sochacka mastered the monstrous technical effort that this piece demands of every performer with great skill and bravado.
The Sonata in C Major, KV 309 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has once again set the audience in the classical tone in terms of both sound and technique. Here, Sochacka worked out beautifully the characteristics of each movement. She played the first movement with much accuracy, playful wit and with a high sensitivity for dynamic differentiation. The second movement again turned out to be calm, expressive and very emotional, while the third movement was convincing through Sochacka’s sparkling keystroke.
At the end, the pianist played the Polonaise Fantasia in A flat major, op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin, bringing the evening to a grand finale! The chromatically rising chords, powerful octaves, trills with both hands and the staccato octaves were played technically as well as musically ravishing and brilliantly.

A wonderful evening with great music and a gorgeous pianist!

Bravo!


Dear friends of music,

At the end of the International Kreutzer Music Competition a special concert is planned, this time in the Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn.

The pianist Joanna Sochacka from Poland, who accompanies the competition on this day together with Gabriele Paqué, will perform works by W. A. Mozart, F. Chopin, J. Brahms and A Skriabin on this evening. In addition, there will be an appearance on the program together with the violinist Ryan Howland. Both have also prepared pieces by W. A. Mozart, E. Grieg and F. Kreisler.

Joanna Sochacka is a laureate of many international competitions. On stage she was seen at Carnegie Hall (New York, USA), the Royal Albert Hall (London, UK) and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland.

Look forward to a very special evening in the heart of Bonn!


Saturday, 06. July 2019

6:30 pm

in the
Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn
Bonngasse 24-26
53111 Bonn

Program:

Vorkonzert mit Ryan Howland (Geige):

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Violin sonata in B major, KV 454
Largo – Allegro

Edward Grieg (1843 – 1907)
Violin sonata No. 3 in c minor, op. 45
Allegretto esprissivo alla Romanza

Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962)
Liebeslied

Hauptprogramm

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Sonata in C major, KV 309
– Allegro con spirito
Andante un poco adagio
– Rondo (allegretto grazioso)

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Scherzo in C sharp minor, op. 39

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Polonaise-Fantasie in A flat major, op. 61

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Intermezzo in A major, op. 118 Nr. 2

Alexander Skriabin (1871 – 1915)
Fantasy in B minor, op. 28

Entry: 10,- €


Joanna Sochacka

Photo: Ewa Kubiak

Joanna Sochacka – at the moment she is studying at Haute École de Musique de Genève with Fabrizio Chiovetta, and she is completing her Doctoral Studies at the Academy of Music named of K.G. Bacewicz in Lodz with Hanna Holeksa. She finished studies at the Academy of Music in Cracow with Andrzej Pikul (diploma with distinction).
She has already been a very successful performing artist. So far she played in such countries as Israel, France, Switzerland, Austria, USA, Moldova, Estonia, Italy, Spain, England, Czech Republic and Germany. She played in many renowned concert halls in Poland and abroad, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, Sala cu’Orga in Moldova, Liszt Concert Hall in Raiding, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Philharmonic Hall in Lodz, Philharmonic Hall in Kielce, Philharmonic Hall in Cracow, Villa Atma in Zakopane, Frederic Chopin Museum at Tamka in Warsaw. She regularly takes part in many international piano festivals including International Piano Festival in Cracow, Festival ,, August of Talents” in Katowice, Festival ,,Summer Music” in Przemysl, Festival ,, Chopin Evenings” in Warsaw.
Joanna is a laureate of many international and national piano competitions, including the IV International Piano Competition ,,Ischia’’ in Naples, Italy (II prize), Golden Classical Music Awards in New York (II prize), International Chopin Piano Competition in Szafarnia (III prize), Grand Prize Virtuoso London (I prize), the Emma Altberg Competition in Lodz (I prize), the International Chopin Competition in Narva, Estonia (distinction and special prize), the International Moritz Moszkowski Piano Competition in Kielce (II prize), the International Juliusz Zarębski Competition in Warsaw (II prize), the Halina Czerny-Stefańska Chopin Piano Competiton in Cracow (I prize) and the International Piano Competition in Castellana Grotte, Italy (I prize), Academy Concerto Competition in Cracow (I prize and debut with Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra).
She has been awarded grants by many scholarship foundations, from 2008 to 2012 she was supported by the Polish National Fund for Talented Children. She received several ,,Sapere auso” prizes for talented musicians (2009, 2010, 2011, 2016), Dartington Trust Scholarship (2007, 2013), scholarship from Institute of Adam Mickiewicz (2010), Julian Cochran Foundation (2019), Rita Zimmermann Musik-Stiftung (2019). She received scholarships for very prestigious masterclasses including Music Festival ,,Music Summer” in Dartington (2013), International Piano Masterclasses in Malaga(2015), and Tel Hai Piano Masterclasses in Israel (2017).
Furthermore she took part in many masterclasses and honed her skills under many outstanding teachers, including Dmitrij Bashkirov, Jura Margulis, Jean Marc Luisada, Dina Yoffe, Anna Malikova, Kevin Kenner Tatiana Zelikman, Ronan O’Hora, Victor Derevianko, Daniel Blumenthal, Aquiles delle Vigne, Janusz Olejniczak, Akiko Ebi, Paul Badura-Skoda, Victor Derevianko, Tamas Ungar, Joaquín Soriano, Ralf Nattkemper, Andrzej Jasinski, Piotr Paleczny, Stanisław Tichonow, Uta Wayand, Waldemar Wojtal, Vida Vujic, Martino Tirimo, Konstanze Eickhorst and Tamara Stefanovich, Carlos Cebro, Elza Kolodin, Lilja Zilberstein.

I am looking forward to your visit!

Sincerely,
Gabriele Paqué

Note on parking!

Beethoven Chamber Music Hall of the City of Bonn
Bonngasse 24-26
53111 Bonn (city center)

Public transport: Stop Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz / Beethovenhaus
Parking in the Friedensplatz parking garage or Marktgarage

Current exhibition: Jubilee exhibition on the occasion of the 10th anniversary
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
Telefon: 0228-41076755

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Update 25.06.2019 Photos and report – The Musicstudio celebrates its 10th anniversary! Concerts by Gotthard Kladetzky, Knut Hanßen and Yin Chiang

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Johannes Paqué and Gabriele Paqué; Photo: Florian Roth

Dear friends of the music studio,

On Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Musikstudio und Galerie: Gabriele Paqué!
As already described below, we experienced many highs and lows, which inevitably led us to this special day, and in retrospect make the celebration of this event all the prettier.
Many long-time companions visited us on this day as well as many people who we met during our work in the Musicstudio – and I am proud to say that we all have become bound together by our love for music, art, culture and especially by our loving interaction with each other.

Michelle Yen-Howland with students

Students of Gabriele Paqué

And of course, the studio also presented itself to its guests from its best side: students of Gabriele Paqué and Michelle Yen-Howland designed the musical program surrounding this celebration with singing and concerts. Even a piece for 12 hands was presented on both grand pianos by students of Gabriele Paqué. The students of Michelle Yen-Howland also proved their great commitment with pieces by Chopin, Mozart and other composers. A remarkable achievement, considering how young some of them are and that Michelle Yen-Howland has just been teaching here for 3 years!

In the first speech Gabriele Paqué talked about her dream from over 10 years ago about giving piano lessons to older adults and how she realized it with this Musicstudio. The fact that the music studio should also serve as a gallery as well as children being taught the piano on a very high level as well, proved itself as a logical consequence, once you get to see this great venue with its exceptional instruments.
The next speech was held by Gotthard Kladetzky, who presented himself in his function as chairman of the DTKV, Bonn / Rhein-Sieg district. Particularly noteworthy is Gabriele Paqué’s commitment in association with her constant desire to promote musical culture and adolescent musicians!
Last but not least, Johannes Paqué, who also moderated during the event, talked about his previous work in the music studio. After helping out during his philosophy studies for the first 7 years by designing the graphics products for the Musicstudio, he has now taken on more and more tasks in the last 3 years and is now also an integral part of the team. Seeing how his mother realized such an ambitious project practically out of nowhere ultimately sparked a fire in him for this project as well, since especially the collaboration with artists, musicians and, of course, the many students from many different nations aroused his enthusiasm.

In the second half, the pianists Knut Hanßen, Yin Chiang and Gotthard Kladetzky used their skills on the instrument, which turned out to be a very interesting as well as emotional concert, and at the same time led the listener from classical music to the present.
The beginning was presented by Knut Hanßen with pieces by Domenico Scarlatti and Joseph Haydn. As always, Knut Hanßen talked about the composition of the individual pieces, so that the audience got a better impression of what made these pieces so special. For example, Haydn’s piece is one that comes up with surprising twists, which may be due to the fact that the piece was initially intended as the first movement of a sonata, but then found its consummation in the present variations, with some shrill chords and pauses in unusual places which give the piece it’s special “note”.
We made a jump to the piano music of the present as Yin Chiang presented 8 études by György Ligeti at an impressive pace and expressiveness. Although it’s recommended to be at least a little bit acquainted with this style of music to understand these pieces with their disharmonic melodies and unusual rhythms, it could not be denied that Yin Chiang is a master in the interpretation of modern compositions. After all, she studied with the famous pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who was once a pupil of Ligeti himself!
The emotional climax brought Gotthard Kladetzky with his play of the famous Sonata in B minor by Franz Liszt, which took at least half an hour and was completely recited by memory. Since there is already a myriad of pertinent literature on this piece, and because of its high complexity, it is difficult to go into detail here. But so much is said in the words of Gotthard Kladetzky: “The sonata covers the entire cosmos of mankind – all ups and downs, tragedy, and romance of human life.” And you could not express it better. I can only recommend to anyone who does’nt know this piece to listen to a recording of it!

f. l. t. r.: Knut Hanßen, Gabriele Paqué, Yin Chiang and Gotthard Kladetzky

And before you know it, this wonderful celebration was already over. Radiant faces from far and wide left the music studio and this is really the dream that we, i. E. Gabriele and Johannes Paqué, always hoped for!
We would like to take this opportunity once again to thank all the people who have accompanied the music studio over the 10 years and who have helped to shape this special, loving atmosphere of the studio. Of course we would also like to thank the pianists Knut Hanßen, Yin Chiang and Gotthard Kladetzky, as well as all friends and colleagues. And of course, we would also like to thank our younger and older students, who have gone to so much trouble preparing for this festival.

We are curious what the next 10 years will bring!

Sincerely
Gabriele & Johannes Paqué

Photos: Johannes Paqué

Video of the anniversary


Dear friends of music and art,

The time has come! The music studio celebrates its 10th anniversary today, June 22, 2019. The well-known: “Are 10 years over already?” comes to mind, first of all to me and my friends, of course. But on the other side a lot has happened in the past 10 years, most of which I couldn’t have imagined myself.
The music studio started as a place where older people can learn to play the piano. Of course, thanks to the beautiful rooms, it was also obvious to fill them with beautiful art and therefore the idea came easy to make a gallery out of the studio as well. In addition, it has been a great desire since my own studies to organize high-class concerts on my premises with musicians from all over the world. And indeed it succeeded! Not only musicians from near and far make music here, but also artists from all over the world show their great works in this studio. Now, I count many among them among my friends! In addition to this are my beloved students, who have accompanied me almost all the way through the whole time span and today they don’t even shy away from public appearances.
An unexpected but joyous innovation came when about three years ago a Canadian with Taiwanese roots called me in my studio asking if she could give piano lessons in Chinese and English. The education of her children led Michelle Yen-Howland to Germany and she was looking for a place where she could work again as a piano teacher. I still remember her words: “Don’t worry Gabriele! I will have filled your studio with my students in no time at all. Just wait and see!” And so it happened. Within a short time she acquired dozens of students from various corners of the world, all of whom play with enthusiasm piano and successfully participate in competitions.
In addition, I’m very lucky that Knut Hanßen now teaches in my studio as well! Knut is also a longtime companion of the Musicstudio. Already as a young student, he celebrated his first appearance at the studio at the age of 17. That is already 8 years back. In the meantime, he has developed into an outstanding concert pianist, who completed his concert exam at the piano with honors almost 3 years ago.
Since 3 years my son Johannes is also heavily involved in the success of the music studio. While he “only” did the graphic design for me in addition to his studies in philosophy, he has since become a dedicated employee, who, besides his old responsibilities, now also takes care of the website, social media, marketing, office work and correspondence with clients as well as being entrusted with the organization of exhibitions and concerts. My number 2 in the music studio!

On this day I want to celebrate now with my friends, companions and of course with you these 10  past years, which were also very laborious and sometimes cost me some tears. In addition to the festive speeches from 3 pm, a program awaits you that is, of course, full with music and art. Students of the music studio have prepared special pieces that they will perform for us. Among them even exotic things such as piano pieces for 8 or even 12 hands!
At 5 pm the masters themselves will come to the stage, all of whom have already been to the music studio several times: Gotthard Kladetzky is chairman of the German Tonkünstler Verband Bonn / Rhein-Sieg. As deputy chairman, Gotthard and I have been working together very closely for a few years now and, apart from my own events in the Musicstudio, are organizing many musical events in the Bonn area. As a former pupil of the world-famous pianist Claudio Arrau, Gotthard Kladetzky is of course also an outstanding pianist, best known for his interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Liszt.
Yin Chiang is originally from Taiwan. After completing her studies, she first worked as a lecturer at the College of Music in Shanghai, before she came to Germany. She had her last appearance just a few weeks ago. On May 4, she played a beautiful concert with her sister Huei Chiang (violin) with works by Beethoven and accompanied by the reading by Marc Herrmann of the “Kreutzer Sonata” by Tolstoy. In addition, she has inspired the audience several times with her interpretations of both classical and modern Chinese music.
About Knut Hanßen we already know now that he is a gifted pianist. By the way, not so long ago he also played in the Musicstudio. On March 9, he played works by Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms, for which he got a a great critic in the General Anzeiger.
The art is presented by no less than seven artists this time who have grown very close to my heart in the last several years: Alejandro DeCinti, Maria Dierker, Dao Droste, Kirsten Lubach, Antonio Máro, Rafael Ramirez Máro and Otto von Kotzebue. You can find out more about the beautiful exhibition here.

What more could I say than that you can look forward to a great and memorable afternoon!


Saturday, 22nd of June 2019

3 pm: Speeches and music contributions by students of the music studio

5 pm: Piano concerts with Gotthard Kladetzky, Yin Chiang and Knut Hanßen

Blücherstraße 14
53115 Bonn


Piano concerts from 5 pm

Program:

Knut Hanßen plays
Domenico Scarlatti
(1685 – 1757)
Sonata in f minor, K 204 a

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Andante con Variazioni – f minor for piano Hob. XVII:6

Yin Chiang plays
György Ligeti
 (1923 – 2006)
8 Études pour piano

XI. En suspens
XII. Entrelacs
I. Désordre
II. Cordes à vide
VIII. Fém
V. Arc-en-ciel
III. Touches bloquées
IV. Fanfares

Gotthard Kladetzky plays
Franz Liszt
(1811 – 1886)
Piano sonata in B minor

1. Lento Assai
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Allegro energico
4. Allegro energico – Più mosso
5. Andante sostenuto

The entry is free!


I am looking forward to your visit!

Sincerely,
Gabriele Paqué

Note on parking!
Parking spots in Bonn-Poppelsdorf, about a 10 minutes walk from the Blücherstraße!

Current exhibition: Jubilee exhibition on the occasion of the 10th anniversary
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
Telefon: 0228-41076755

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