An Evening with Junge Sinfonie Köln
Wed 17 October 2018 - 7:30 pm
€15 (COS members)
The 75 piece Junge Sinfonie Köln visits Cork for a special charity concert in aid of the Cope Foundation. A limited number of tickets will be available for COS members to book at discounted rates. Titled ‘Echte Fründe’, which means ‘real friends’ in German, the concert marks the 30th Anniversary of the twinning of Cork City and Cologne.
Bizet: Carmen Suites, Nos. 1 & 2
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Hässy: Galleon Overture, Op. 126
Junge Sinfonie Köln (Cologne Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Kai Schuster (Bizet); Ulrich Gögel (Beethoven); Sebastian Hässy (Dvořák)
Iris von Zahn Piano
€15 (COS members)
Please note that a limited number of tickets will be available for COS members to book at the discounted rate. A small booking fee will be charged. Non-members may purchase tickets here
Iris von Zahn scored her first musical success as a child, receiving a first prize in Germany’s youth music competition Jugend Musiziert. She then went on to study at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, where she qualified as a music teacher and later as an accompanist for Lied and chamber music. She also studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London. There, she was awarded the piano diploma “with distinction”, won various awards including the Lord Hartley Prize and became “Licentiate of the Royal Academies”. In 2016, she reached the semi-finals and finals at the international piano competitions in Paris and Windsor, respectively.
After her studies, Iris started teaching in Cologne, which she still does today: “I think it’s a most rewarding challenge to try and make music in all its variety something important in the lives of children, students and, eventually, adults.”
Notwithstanding her main job, Iris has never let go of her passion for the piano and performs regularly in different formations, giving concerts with the Australian violinist Timothy Jones and the American flautist Camilla Hoitenga, among others. Particular highlights of her concert activity are programmatic solo recitals such as “Romanische Reise”, focusing on French and Spanish composers, “Farbklang – Klangfarbe”, which explores the connection between impressionistic music and painting, and “The Blue Flower of Romanticism” with quotes from German literature and music by Schumann and Schubert.
After successfully playing several Mozart piano concertos with a local chamber orchestra in Cologne, Iris contacted the Junge Sinfonie Köln to propose performing Beethoven’s C-minor Piano Concerto: “It has always been my dream to play it. To me, it’s one of the most passionate, intimate, playful and inspiring piano concertos I could conceive of. And it felt natural to ask the Junge Sinfonie Köln, because a few decades ago I played the violin in this very orchestra, with Ulrich as conductor. So there is a lot of familiarity between us, which makes our collaboration an even greater pleasure.”