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THURSDAY, FEB 27 2014, 08:30 PM

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Principal clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic Matthias Schorn performs 11 new works for solo clarinet from his brand new album, born to be schorn, written by eleven different artistic personalities: Austrian composers Friedrich Cerha, Balduin Sulzer, Richard Dünser, Paul Engel, Thomas Gansch, Georg Breinschmid, Richard Trautwein, and Leonard Eröd and by Jarkko Riihimäki (Finland), Igmar Alderete Acosta (Spain), and Athanasia Tzanou (Greece). Each of these pieces was written for Schorn and is thus – just like Schorn himself – born to be schorn.

This concert is part of the Austrian Cultural Forum’s series of events within the framework of Carnegie Hall's Vienna: City of Dreams (carnegiehall.org/viennafestival.

Here is ACFNY music director Chris Zimmerman's conversation with Mr. Schorn, in the run-up to tonight's event: http://acfny.tumblr.com

See below for photos of Matthias Schorn's performance (by Gabriel Wöginger).

Schorn has been carrying around the idea for this project for quite some time. Thus, in recent years, established Austrian composers and young, aspiring composers of the international music scene wrote pieces for him. He also had creative input for this project from a series of musician friends whom he holds in particularly high esteem. As shining examples, they inspire him in his own music-making, and several of them work in an extremely wide range of different music styles.

The CD includes a piece by the brilliant jazz trumpeter Thomas Gansch, a tango by Finnish pianist Jarkko Riihimäki and a composition by Georg Breinschmid, ‘the best double bassist in the world’. Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra contrabassoonist Leonhard Eröd wrote a custom-tailored piece for Schorn, and all-round Upper Austrian talent Raphael Trautwein transformed some of their shared experiences into music.

The resulting album is a very personal affair. “Not only do I feel thrilled and proud, but I’m also filled with humble gratitude towards my colleagues. I wonder – what better way of experiencing music history ‘in the making’ than by premiering a piece composed for oneself? Moreover, I am happy that you, the listener, are also taking part in such historical proximity,” says Schorn.


"Charming, witty ideas, a magnificent sound, top-notch virtuosity – a musician entirely at ease with himself and his music," is what a critic wrote on the occasion of Matthias Schorn’s solo clarinet debut with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel in December 2011. Nordkurier, the German daily, describes him as "the most exciting clarinet newcomer since Sabine Meyer," and the Washington Post praised his "technically brilliant" playing in May 2012.

Matthias Schorn (photo by Lukas Beck) was born in Salzburg, where he studied with Alois Brandhofer at the Mozarteum University of the Arts, then with Johann Hindler at the Vienna University of Music, where he concluded his studies with a Masters thesis in ethnomusicology. Schorn began his professional career as a clarinettist at Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. After further stints at the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester (Berlin) and at the Munich Philharmonic he joined the Vienna Philharmonic as principal clarinettist in 2007.

He has given solo concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players, the Berlin DSO and RSO, Innviertel Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the cham- ber orchestras of Munich, Leipzig and Ingolstadt, working with conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Dennis Russell Davies, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Michael Sanderling, Alexander Liebreich, Ariel Zuckerman and Nicholas Milton.

Schorn also cultivates a passion for chamber music. He has performed with partners such as Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Hope, Benjamin Schmid, Martin Grubinger, Annette Dasch, Viviane Hagner, Veronika Eberle, Wu Han, Gabor Boldoczki, Christopher Hinterhuber, Daniel Müller-Schott, Raphael Wallfisch, Ernst Kovacic, Thomas Gansch, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sky du Mont, Julia Stemberger, Karlheinz Hackl, the Faurè Quartet, the Minetti Quartet, the Quatuor Ebene, the Danish String Quartet and the Apollon Musagète Quartet.

Ever in search of his musical ideal, Schorn has founded the PalmKlang Festival in Oberalm (Salzburg) and has founded a series of chamber music ensembles: the Marc Chagall Trio, the Theophil Ensemble Vienna, and the world music ensemble Faltenradio. Since 2007, Schorn has taught an international clarinet class at the Vienna Private Conservatory. He gives masterclasses world-wide (for instance at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at the University of California in Santa Barbara).

Matthias Schorn lives with his wife Daniela, a music teacher, in Vienna and in Salzburg.


This event is part of the Austrian Cultural Forum's Vienna Complex Festival 2014. The ACFNY is partnering with New York’s Carnegie Hall to present the large-scale Vienna: City of Dreams festival in Spring 2014. The Austrian Cultural Forum opens the mind and senses to Vienna today. Building upon the vast artistic, intellectual, and cultural legacies of Vienna in 1900, the ACFNY explores the vibrant creative fabric of the ‘city of dreams’ in the 21st century with a festival of contemporary music, a symposium, a film series, and a major visual art exhibition titled “Vienna Complex.”

> More information: acfny.org/viennacomplex