With the charango and the classical orchestral instruments oboe and cello, Diego Jascalevich, Judith Gerdes and Anja Schmidt bring South American music to the stage. The trio fuses in its unique cast to an extraordinary ensemble. Due to the different cultural imprints of the three musicians, the chamber music fusion gets its piquant spice. The rhythmic sophistication and versatility of South America is combined with classic European sound aesthetics.
The program includes works by Piazzolla and arrangements of traditional siestal folklore.
Judith Gerdes – Oboe
Judith Gerdes studied oboe at the Berlin Hochschule der Künste and attended masterclasses with Lajos Lencses, Prof. Günter Passin and Prof. Winfried Liebermann. Since 1996 she lives and teaches in Kassel. In addition to her participation in the Harleshäuser Kammerorchester and in the ensemble ‘in process’, she maintains a lively chamber music activity, for example with the wind quintet “Pentason” or Subeja trio and concertized nationwide in different ensembles.
Anja Schmidt, Violoncello
In Kassel, Anja Schmidt first studied instrumental pedagogy with Wolfram Geiss; then moved to the Academy of Music in Münster for the Artistic Diploma and studied with Susanne Wahmhoff. Numerous master classes and further education with Heidi Litschauer, Claude Starck, and Gerhard Mantel shaped her relationship to the instrument. Her training on the baroque cello she received primarily from Susanne Wahmhoff and Kristin von der Goltz.
In addition to her pedagogical tasks in the promotion of young talents, the focus of her concert career is primarily in the field of chamber music. For a steady expansion of her repertoire she was involved for many years in the chamber orchestra “ensemble pro arco” and in the “Luscinia” string quartet.
The regular concert activity in the “Duo Mizar” with the pianist Kristin de Oliveira, as well as other trio and quartet projects made her an accomplished chamber music partner. She has been taking over the cello part in the “Trio Montano” since the spring of 2009. In addition, Anja Schmidt enjoys looking beyond the traditional nose and discovering new playing techniques and facets of jazz, rock, pop and South American music.
Diego Jascalevich, Charango
The Argentine Diego Jascalevich is considered the master of his small South American plucked instrument. He performed at Peter Gabriel’s World Music Festival in London. Diego can be heard on many CD productions, por example as a guest musician for the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, as well as for the flamenco guitarist José Luis Montón. Growing up in Buenos Aires, he lived many years in Bahia, Brazil, and Rome before coming to Germany.
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