Classical Mandolin Players
On this page you can find some important classical mandolin players. I have mainly added players that I know, or that have influenced me in some way.
Mandolin players in bluegrass, folk and jazz can be found on this page.
Takashi Ochi came to Germany in the 70s, I think he was the first Japanese mandolin player who was invited to germany. He played with the German Zupforchestra under Siegfried Behrend. He decided to stay in Germany and was for many years one of the leading mandolin players in Germany.
That was the time when I learned to play the mandolin Takashi Ochi has recorded many records as soloist - including the mandolin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi - and those records were the first records with classical mandolin music that I listened to.
met Takashi Ochi several times and had also some lessons while I was
learning conducting at the Bundesakademie in Trossingen. I could also
play with him in the Deutsches Zupforchester and in the Badisches
Takashi is a very friendly person, and it has alwas been a joy to meet him. Today he has his own Sushi-Restaurant in Mannheim: Kaoru
Detlef Tewes is the most professional mandolin player in Germany. He was one of the first students of Marga Wilden Hüsgen at the mujisc university Köln/Wuppertal. He played all over the world in more than 2000 concerts with many of the big orchestras, does a lot of opera performances and has initiated many new compositions for the mandolin. He is regularly playing together with Boris Björn Bagger (guitar).
He is also very actively publishing pieces for mandolin, chamber music and orchestra in edition49.
youtube channels: edition49 und DetlefTewes
Tewes has produced many CDs, including a CD with title "Oh, that's Mandolin" with music for mandolin from around 1900.Another CD is dedicated to the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Another student of Marga Wilden-Hüsgen is Gertrud Weyhofen. She finished her studies as one of the first students of Marga Wilden-Hüsgen in 1995. Together with Michael Tröster (guitar) she played as Duo Capriccioso and has recorded several CDs.
Gertrud Weyhofen is teaching at the music academy in Kassel.
Kurzportrait von Gertrud Weyhofen (Musikakademie Kassel)
Caterina Lichtenberg has studied with Marga Wilden-Hüsgen. In 2007 she was appointed to professor for the mandolin at the music university of Köln/Wuppertal.
Caterina Lichtenberg has produced many CDs in different ensembles. With the Trio Delicado she played Brazilian choro music.
She is playing together with Mirko Schrader (guitar), but also with Mike Marshall (mandolin) and is playing different styles of mandolin music from classical to bluegrass and choro music.
Homepage Caterina Lichtenberg
videos with Mike Marshall and Mirko Schrader were made available on
youtube, I have collected some videos in my Playlist Caterina Lichtenberg
Daniel Ahlert and Birgit Schwab are playing modern music with mandolin and guitar, but also early music with baroque mandolin and lute.
Birgit Schwab: guitar, baroquelute, archlute
Daniel Ahlert: mandolin, baroquemandolins, bassmandolin (liuto moderno)This duo exists for 16 years now, and has since then become the leading ensemble in this combination.
Homepage des Duo Ahlert-Schwab (in German or English)
Steffen Trekel has studied with Detlef Tewes and Marga Wilden-Hüsgen and teaches mandolin at the Hamburg conservatory.
More information can be found on his homepage: Homepage Steffen Trekel
Annika Lückeberfeld has studied with Marga Wilden-Hüsgen. In 2007 she could study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her first Solo-CD titled "Aproximação“ was published at Trekel records.
myspace page of Annika Lückeberfeld with some examples: myspace Seite von Annika Lückeberfeld
Klasu Wuckelt has studied with Takashi Ochi and has developped his very special style. He loves to play the traditional Italian mandolin music and old German songs (Schlager), but he does also play a lot of modern music. He has produced some very special CDs - all CDs are availble from his homepage.
I have played together with Klaus for many years in the Badisches Zupforchestra.
As you can see in the following picture, Klaus has a special mandolin in Lyre form, which was built especially for him by Christoph Michael Pesch.
Homepage: Meister der Mandoline (German and English)
I have met Ugo Orlandi many years ago for a weekend seminar in Ötigheim at the beginning of his carreer as a classical mandolin virtuoso. Ugo Orlandi has made many records as a soloist together with orchestra
Biografie von Ugo Orlandi
Alison Stephens was the most important mandolin player in the UK until her early death in 2010.
Homepage von Alison Stephens
Homepage von Marilyn Mair
Homepage von Carlo Aonzo
Youtube channel von Carlo Aonzo - Hier findet man bisher zwei Stücke, ein Lullaby von Carlos Vater und Ali for flying von Calo Aonzo selbst komponiert. Vielleicht gibt es bald ja noch mehr. Weitere Videos mit Carlo Aonzo - einfach mal suchen!
Carlo Aonzo und Don Stiernberg spielen Stücke von Jethro Burns
Oleg Videnov ist ein junger Mandolinist aus Bulgarien. Seine Videos bei youtube zeigen ihn bei verschiedenen Auftritten mit Klavier, Gitarre oder Orchester, unter anderem spielt er das Perpetuum Mobile von Raffaele Calace, eine Serenade von Silvestri oder das Capriccio Spagnuolo oder auch eine virtuose Fassung das russischen Volksliedes "Hell scheint der Mond"
Sonia Maurer gehört zu den jungen Mandolinistinnen aus Italien. Sie hat bereits eine umfangreiche Sammlung von CDs aufgenommen. Aufgefallen ist mir Sonia Maurer durch drei Videos (1. Satz / 2. Satz / 3. Satz )mit der Aufnahme des Vivaldi C-Dur Konzertes, das sie auf einer Barockmandoline spielt.
Auf ihrer Hompage findet man weitere Informationen
|Avi Avital spielt im Ensemble mit Giora Feidmann.|
|Alon Sariel ist in verschiedenen Kammermusikbesetzungen aktiv.|
|Tom Cohen tritt als Solist mit dem Andalus Orchestra, im Quartett und mit einer Klezmer Band auf.|
|Jacob Reuven spielt auch als Solit mit einem Orchester|
Liste von Experten, die zum Internationalen Mandolinensymposium 2004 in Trossingen eingeladen waren:
Avi Avital (Israel), Florentino Calvo (France), Pedro Chamorro (Spain), Ruth Gygax (Switzerland), Annemie Hermans (Netherlands), Jouni Koskimäki (Finland), Caterina Lichtenberg (Germany), Nokolai Maretzki (Belarus), Juan Carlos Muoz (Luxembourg), Ugo Orlandi (Italy), Alison Stephens (England), Thanassis Tsipinakis (Greece),Jose Antionio Zambrano (Venezuela), Takashi Kubota (Japan), Takashi Ochi (Germany), Reidar Edvarsen (Norway), Herta Habersam-Wenghoefer(Austrian), A. Tsygankov (Russia), Steffen Trekel (Germany), Adrian Hooper (Australia), Shmuel Elbaz (Israel), Gertrud Weyhofen (Germany), Marilynn Mair (USA), Keith Harris (Australia), Fabio Giudice (Italy) , Carlo Aonzo (Italy).
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