Cosmopolitan String Duo | Elisabeth Kropfitsch | Violin | Meehae Ryo, cello | Session III
The appearance of Cosmopolitan String Duo at InterHarmony Outstanding Guest Artist Series creates an important and long-awaited bridge between Vienna and Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musicians Elisabeth Kropfitsch and Meehae Ryo spend time with young musicians frequently, giving numerous masterclasses and workshops covering every aspect of playing, from handling an instrument to actual interpretation on stage. Their performance of Handel Passacaglia and Ravel Duos will be combined with cello and violin master classes. This event is important particularly to string player because they will be introduced to the Viennese style of chamber music interpretation.
Elisabeth Kropfitsch Biography
She wins numerous competitions, for example the international violin competition “Città di Senigallia/ Italy” and changes from learning into teaching artist: She becomes lecturer for violin at the “Wiener Musikhochschule” and assistant professor with Prof. E. Melkus, Prof. I. Ozim, Prof. J. Pospichal and Prof. M. Frischenschlager. Then she teached at the Joseph Haydn Institute of the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and also at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium Eisenstadt in cooperation with the music university in Bratislava. Since 1th October 2011 she is university professor for violin on the University for Music and performing Arts of Vienna.
In connection with various first prices in national and international competitions the number of concerts steadily increased. The artist’s international career takes its beginning in Vienna (Konzerthaus, Musikverein), and moves on to Paris , Salzburg, Mailand (Teatro Piccolo), Palermo (Teatro Golden), Jerusalem (Rebecca Crown Hall), Berlin (Philharmonie), Rom, Basel, Tel Aviv (Beit Ariela), Barcelona (Palau de Musica), London (Purcell -, Wigmore Hall), Warschau (Philharmonie), Hamburg (Musikhalle), New York (Carnegie Recital Hall, Lincoln Center), Zürich (Tonhalle), Graz (Stefaniensaal), Peking (Beijing Concert-Hall), Nagoya, a.o. Together with the Jess-Trio-Wien she gives artistic form to all piano trios written by Ludwig van Beethoven under Giorgio Strehler’s patronage in Milano and Plays in regular abonnement concert series in Konzerthaus Vienna (six concerts each season since 15 years). Radio- and television productions (ORF, SRG, ZDF, NRD, RAI, a.o.) present the " extremely pretty violinist Elisabeth” - as a critic described her - to a huge audience all over Europe. Together with her brother Johannes she performs in her own TV-series “Elisabeth Kropfitsch plays Fritz Kreisler” with ORF, plays in BBC – productions and various live-productions. As a soloist she plays with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg (Brahms, Beethoven), the Festival Strings Lucerne (Martinu), the orchestra of the “Südwestdeutscher Rundfunk” (Bach), the Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstlerorchester (Mendelssohn, Gattermeyer), the Bohusla Martinu Symphonie Orchestra (Blechinger), the Wiener Solisten (Haydn), the Wiener Sinfonietta (Mendelssohn), the Laibach Philharmonic Orchestra (Beethoven), the Capella Itropolitana (Bach), the Nagoya symphony orchestra (Mendelssohn) , Moskau and St. Petersburg symphonic orchestra (Beethoven) a.o. very successfully. She recorded numerous CDs with EMI, Gramola, Hungaroton, Rondo. Instrument: her own violin "d'Elia" built 1751 by Giambattista Guadagnini.
Meehae Ryo Biography
Meehae had her first cello lesson at age of six. After she won many of national competitions, her ambition to study abroad at early age, she asked her parents to search for a school which could provide the best educational background to prepare her to become a true musician for inside and outside. She accepted a place at Juilliard School when she was sixteen and then finished her studies with DMA degree at the University of Michigan in the USA.
Meehae’s passion for music is enough to make her as one of the most preferred cellist by numerous orchestras. These include: the Wiener Concert Verein ( Wiener Symphoniker Kammer Orchester), Berliner Symphony Orchestra, , Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Belgrad Philharmony Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaerntner Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philharmony, Madeira Classical Players in Portugal, Kazakhstan National Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Classical Players.
In July 2013, Meehae and Albena Danailova, who is the first female concertmaster in the history of the Vienna Philharmony Orchestra, were invited to play Brahms Double Concerto at Cesky Krumlov Music Festival, and their stage was broadcasted live on the Czech National Broadcast. General Manager of Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV was very happy of this concert and sent to Meehae a invitation to perform once again in Abonoment program of Budapest Symphony Orchestra with concert master of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Mr. Andreas Buschatz Brahms double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra on 10th. October 2014 in Liszt Hall, Budapest.
Meehae has performed in the most well-known concert halls, including Musikverein Golden Hall, Verdi Hall, Hercules Hall, Smetana Hall, Dvorak Hall, Liszt Hall, Carnegie Hall, Auditorium della conciliazione and Berliner Philharmonie Hall.
Meehae’s first recording was with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under maestro Vladimir Valek as the conductor; it was a commemoration album of Schumann’s 150th death by Sony Classic. In 2013, she recorded Saint-Saëns and Elgar cello concerto with Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra , which is released by Deutsche Gramphone.
Meehae does not limit herself as a concert cellist, she is also one of most respected professor in Republic of Korea. Based on her personal experiences, she not only teaches them techniques needed to play cello, but also about life as a cellist. She has been invited to give master classes in some of the most renowned music schools such as Vienna University, Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Kazakhstan Conservatory of Music. She plays on a Storione Cello.