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Favourite Hits of the Rising Stars

They are well on the way to becoming successful international soloists. The Rising Stars reveal what music they hear privately.

They’re young, highly talented and in the process of conquering the world’s concert stages: this year’s »Rising Stars« are making guest appearances at the Elbphilharmonie from 14–19 January – five outstanding soloists and a string quartet whom the European Concert Hall Organisation has enabled to perform at leading venues. In their private lives, too, the stars of tomorrow are enthusiastic music lovers – and surprisingly varied in their taste.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian © Julia Wesely

»He entices brilliant sounds from his violin, even in an underground garage« – thus the radio programme 3sat Kulturzeit about 22-year-old violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. In his spare time, the young Vienna native likes listening to classics of music history from Mozart to Debussy.

  • 1) Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
  • 2) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni
  • 3) Robert Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17
  • 4) Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
  • 5) Johann Strauss II: Rosen aus dem Süden, (Roses from the South), Op. 388

    Tamás Pálfalvi

    Tamás Pálfalvi
    Tamás Pálfalvi © Dominik Odenkirchen

    Born in Hungary, Tamás Pálfalvi is one of the most creative and experimental trumpeters of his generation. This evident from his private playlist as well, where he likes to alternate between Beethoven, Frank Sinatra and Macklemore!

    • 1) Frank Sinatra: It Was a Very Good Year
    • 2) Supertramp: The Logical Song
    • 3) Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
    • 4) Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor
    • 5) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Can’t Hold Us

    Rising Stars Playlist

    Nora Fischer

    Nora Fischer
    Nora Fischer © Marco Borggreve

    From the Renaissance to the present day: Nora Fischer sings everything. With an incredibly versatile voice, she effortlessly switches from one style to another and realises unique cross-genre projects. Her personal top 5 is a little treasury of unusual vocal numbers.

    • 1) Hamlet Gonashvili: Tsintskaro
    • 2) Björk: Oceania
    • 3) Bobby McFerrin: Thinkin’ About Your Body
    • 4) Camille: Sous le sable
    • 5) Lotte Lenya, Kurt Weill: Alabama Song

    Ellen Nisbeth

    Ellen Nisbeth
    Ellen Nisbeth © Nikolaj Lund

    She plays together with famous orchestras, performs works specially written for her, and already has a lecturer’s position at a music college: for Ellen Nisbeth the viola is a vocation. Her personal playlist ranges from Elvis evergreens and Swedish heroic tenors to film soundtracks.

    Ellen Nisbeth
    • 1) Miles Davis: Flamenco Sketches
    • 2) Jussi Björling, Wilhelm Stenhammar: Sverige
    • 3) Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender
    • 4) Chet Baker: My Funny Valentine
    • 5) Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Film Score for »Deception«

    Christoph Sietzen

    Christoph Sietzen
    Christoph Sietzen © Daniel Delang

    »This young man possesses the rare ability to sing on a percussion instrument – and has brought about a revolution for the marimba« (RONDO Magazin). Percussionist Christoph Sietzen made his debut at the Salzburg Festival aged only twelve, and won the prestigious ARD Music Competition in 2014. In private, he listens to music with depth as well as to catchy rock, jazz and classical pieces.

    Christoph Sietzen
    • 1) K. Jarrett / C. Haden: My Old Flame
    • 2) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Schubert: Nachtstück, D.672
    • 3) Sviatoslav Richter, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5
    • 4) Cory Henry: Heart
    • 5) The Police: Every Breath You Take

    Quatuor van Kuijk

    Quatuor van Kuijk
    Quatuor van Kuijk © Nikolaj Lund

    The prizewinning Quatuor van Kuijk stands out with its sure sense of style, its energetic playing and a willingness to take risks. The four France-based musicians love chansons, singer-songwriter numbers, and a dash of 80s pop to round things off.

    • 1) Barbara: Septembre
    • 2) Labi Siffre: I Got The...
    • 3) Charles Aznavour: La Mamma
    • 4) Supertramp: Dreamer

    Learn more about the »Rising Stars« concerts:

    Concert Programme (German only)

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