Caterina Lichtenberg & Mike Marshall

»Mandolin Magic« – Spotlight Mandolin / Hamburg International Music Festival

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Caterina Lichtenberg / Mike Marshall
Caterina Lichtenberg / Mike Marshall © Claudia Kempf

The best of two worlds

Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall are a committed duo both in music and in life. Lichtenberg comes from Germany; she enjoys a formidable reputation as a classical mandolin player and she holds the world’s only Professorship for the instrument (at the Music Conservatory in Cologne). Marshall grew up in Florida and his artistic background is in the American way of playing the mandolin, in bluegrass. Like Chris Thile, with whom he also makes an outstanding duo, Mike Marhsall is one of America’s top mandolin players.

Lichtenberg and Marshall now showcase their talents, skills and loves in a jointly developed repertoire that does justice to both worlds – the classical and Baroque as well as folk. Bluegrass helped Lichtenberg approach Baroque in new ways, she admits – after all, improvisation was very common in the Baroque age. Conversely, Marshall enjoys the additional possibilities that are opened up when working with notated material from music history.

The duo exudes power and sensitivity in equal measure. Marshall expands the duo’s sound spectrum through the occasional use of a mandocello, which has the same pitch as the violoncello, i.e. significantly deeper than the mandolin, giving some works added warmth and groove.


Caterina Lichtenberg mandolin

Mike Marshall mandolin, mandocello

Alexander Puliaev fortepiano


»Mandolin Magic«

Heraclio Fernández
El diablo suelto

Mike Marshall
Cat Got the Mouse

Johann Sebastian Bach
Duetto Nr. 3 G-Dur BWV 804 / aus: Clavier-Übung, Teil 3
Duetto Nr. 2 F-Dur BWV 803 / aus: Clavier-Übung, Teil 3

Mike Marshall
Big Man from Syracuse

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Duo G-Dur KV 423 für

Chris Acquavella
The Rushstick Charmers

Ludwig van Beethoven
Vier Stücke für Mandoline und Cembalo WoO 43 und WoO44 (Auswahl)

Amerikanisches Volkslied

Raffaele Calace
Duetti i Faasciolo op. 96 und op. 98 (Auswahl)

Elzic’s Farewell


Jacob Bittencourt
Santa Morena

Pre-Concert Talk with Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall

18:30 / Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal

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Hamburg International Music Festival


Focus Mandolin

Promoter: HamburgMusik

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