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TUESDAY, NOV 07 2017, 07:30 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to welcome The New York Times celebrated duo Kleinhapl & Woyke (cello & piano) back to our stage. "United by passion and power" extolled The New York Times following the duo's last concert at the ACFNY. On Nov 7, 2017 the internationally renowned and award-winning duo Friedrich Kleinhapl (cello) and Andreas Woyke (piano) perform a highly expressive program: "Rebels and Collaborators" including sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, Alfred Schnittke, Friedrich Gulda and Dmitrij Shostakowitch.

Ludwig van Beethoven: 2nd cello sonata g-minor op5/2
Alfred Schnittke: 1st cello sonata
Friedrich Gulda: “cadenza”
Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: cello sonata d-Minor 

Friedrich Kleinhapl (cello) completed his studies with Philippe Muller in Paris. He also received important artistic impulses from Claudio Abbado, Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Tortelier and Tibor Varga. Ever since 1990 he has been performing as a soloist and chamber musician in major musical centers in Europe, North- and South-America, as well as in China, Japan and The Emirates. Since 1998, he performs on a precious violoncello on loan from the Austrian National Bank's instrument collection. The artist´s international breakthrough occurred in October 2007 when he performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev. The famous Russian conductor described Friedrich Kleinhapl as one of the most promising talents of a new generation. Aside from standard pieces, Kleinhapl's repertoire contains contemporary works, for instance, Friedrich Gulda’s cello concerto, Sofia Gubaidulina´s ‚Canticle of the Sun’ and many concertos dedicated to Friedrich Kleinhapl. From 2003 onwards, Friedrich Kleinhapl and the German pianist Andreas Woyke have been performing as a duo. His considerable discography focuses on this duo as well as on solo pieces with orchestra. www.kleinhapl.com 

Andreas Woyke's artistic career as a soloist (piano), chamber musician, composer, improviser and jazz performer is lined with concert performances at important international venues like Townhall NYC, Sala Sao Paulo, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Gasteig Munich, Cologne Philharmony, Pretoria State Theatre or Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai. Performing under renown conductors like Joao Carlos Martins, Kazushi Ono, Gerard Korsten or Heribert Beissel has a significant impact on his artistic personality as well as his collaboration with famous artists as mezzo soprano Christa Ludwig, actress Julia Stemberger or writer Michael Krüger. Andreas Woyke crosses stylistic boundaries. On his Solo-CD „Braiding Bach" he combines piano works by Johann Sebastian Bach with his own compositions. In these strongly Jazz-inspired sound images the improvising element shows as important effect as in the baroque embellishing of Bach's sarabandes. As an improviser he also collaborates with painters and accompanies silent movies. Woyke is open to any styles like rock, jazz-rock, funk, soul, ethno or house as well as the classical époques and ancient music. www.andreas-woyke.com