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Lebenslauf Babette Haag

Lebenslauf Hardy Wenzel

Lebenslauf Gudrun Haag

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The harpist GUDRUN HAAG began her musical education in her hometown of Wuerzburg with Therese Reichling. Later on she went to Paris to study with Micheline Kahn- Damase. She received the "Licence de Concert" from Lily Laskine, who has guided generations of harpists, and Alfred Cortot.
She further widened her repertoire in collaboration with the famous Spanish harpist NICANOR ZABALETA, who inspired many contemporary composers to write for solo-harp. Through this cooperation she became acquainted with compositions of the 20th century, but also with musical traditions of the 16th and 17th century.

Since 1974 she is teaching at Munich's "Richard-Strauss- Conservatory".
Besides playing on recordingsfor a number of European Radio Orchestras and various CD projects, she regularily plays in the Bavarian Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with conductors such as W.Sawallisch, L.Maazel, S.Celibidache, Z.Mehta and Sir Colin Davis.

She regularily gives solo concerts and specializes in playing in various duo settings. Most notable of these is the "Duo Arparimba"

She received many awards such as the "Musik-Förderpreis" of the Bavarian State (1980), the "Art Prize"of Munich/Schwabing (1985) and the G.Klinge - Culture Prize" in 1988.

2001 granting of "Federal Cross of Merit"

"She is called "Wizard of the music world" and the newspapers (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung) certify her an electrifying enthusiasm combined with brilliant virtuosity.

Babette Haag is a percussionist who produces a gigantic spectrum from whispered notes to hammering drum-tempests with an impressive mixture of sensibility and temperament.

She has studied classic percussion and timpani at the Music Academy in Freiburg/Breisgau and was solo timpanist of the Philharmony of the Nations (Justus Frantz) from 1990 to 1996. In 1991, she took part in the competition of the "Deutscher Musikrat" and was awarded a scholarship for the 36. National Selection "Concerts of young people" in 1992/1993. Her interpretations - defined by a high musicality and an admirable sense of rhythm - brought her throughout Europe, Australia, and Asia. In addition, her artistic activity includes chambermusic (e.g., with the brothers Paratore and the Duo „Arparimba” - music for harp and marimba), as well as solo concerts with orchestra.

In 1998 she released her first Solo-CD:"Magic Drums". which was followed in 1999 by the first Duo-CD: "Arparimba - Music for Harp and Marimba". In 2001 she released "Magic Marimba".

Hardy Wenzel studied violin and viola at the 'Academy for Music' in Dresden.

Since 1979 he is a member of the 'Robert-Schumann-Philharmonia Chemnitz'.
At first in the position of principal of the 2.violins, since 1984 as solo viola player.

From 1982 to 1988 he was a member of the "Konzertmeister-Quartett" ("Quartett of the Principals") of the 'Robert-Schumann-Philharmonia.

From 1989 to 1992 he hold a teaching position at the 'Leopold-Mozart-Conservatory' Augsburg.

Being a member of various chambermusic-ensembles he is playing throughout Europe and abroad, as well as regularily attending the Music Festival Seattle from 1994 to 1998.

Over the past years Hardy Wenzel has been guest in well-known orchestras such as the 'Dresden Philharmonia', the 'Staatskapelle Dresden' and the 'Deutsche Oper Berlin'.