Anna Steinkogler &
From the very first moment they made music together, bandoneonist Valentin Butt and harpist Anna Steinkogler felt a strong musical bond, and the exciting desire to create something powerful, enthralling and intensely emotional together. Since then they have continued to develop new perspectives together.
True musicianship and dedication are the key to their own compelling arrangements. They are certainly not looking for imitation, but the creation of new colours, friction and tension. The differences between the personality of both musicians and instruments seem to blend into each other on stage, yet they manage to maintain both extremes at all times. Their music is an organic and refreshing take on the encounter of the well-known and the new.
Harp and bandeon — a perfect combination?
The answer certainly is ‘Yes!’ Who wouldn’t be surprised to find out how soft a bandoneon can actually sound, and that a harp is not limited to playing glissandi?
Whereas most people would assign the attributes dark, compact, earthly and melancholic to the bandoneon without hesitation, and describe the harp as rather filigree, ethereal and oscillating, Anna Steinkogler and Valentin Butt like to switch roles! There is much more to it!
Like two chamelons, they adapt to each other — only to break apart again a few bars later and enjoy the strong contrasts of high and low, gentle and brisk, dark and light. You will come to the conclusion that there is much more these instruments have in common than you thought!
Valentin Butt, born in Saint Petersburg, studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. He was awarded several prizes and national and international competitions and is a regular guest at festivals all over the world. He has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with big theatres in Berlin such as the Schaubühne, Berliner Ensemble and the Deutsches Theater as a musician, composer and musical director. He also participates in radio plays and film music recordings and is a member of several bands such as SkaZka Orchestra, Holler my Dear and Di Meschugeles.
Duo flute — harp
Anna Steinkogler &
Liam Mallett, Neuseeland, studierte Flöte an der University of Auckland bei Uwe Grodd, der Hochschule für Musik Freiburg bei Felix Renggli und schloss sein Studium in Berlin an der Universität der Künste bei Roswitha Staege mit dem Konzertexamen ab.
Es folgten 1. Preise beim Konzertwettbewerb der Musikakademie Basel und dem Stratford Upon Avon — Flötenwettbewerb (GB).
Ausserdem gewann er den 2. Preis der Jeunesse Musicale in Belgrad, Serbien. Als Kammermusiker und Solist trat er auf der ganzen Welt auf; besonders Tourneen nach Nordamerika, Mexiko und die Ukraine lieferten wichtige Impulse.
Er arbeitet mit Orchestern wie der Camerate Bern, den Göteborger Symphonikern, dem New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, der Komischen Oper Berlin, der Kammerakademie Potsdam, dem NDR Hannover und der Staatsoper Hannover.
Zurzeit ist er Flötist an der Komischen Oper Berlin.
Liam Mallett ist Gründungsmitglied des Zafraan Ensembles für Neue Musik, mit dem er neben zahlreichen Konzerten und CD-Produktionen auch Musiktheater entwickelt.
Bartok, Rumänische Volkstänze
Berthomieu, Cinq Nuances
Bizet, Carmen Suite
Couperin, Le Rossignol en Amour
Debussy, En Bateau
Elgar, Salut d’Amour
Fauré, Fantaisie Op. 79
Jongen, Danse Lente
Marais, La Folia
Molnar, Phantasie über japanische Volkslieder
Piazzolla, Histoire du Tango
Rossini, Andante und Variationen
Sibinga, Trois Images
Shankar, L’Aube Enchantée
Takemitsu, Towards the Sea
Anna Steinkogler &
Lucie Delhaye and Anna Steinkogler are both convinced that there is still much to be done for their beloved instrument when it comes to promoting the harp beyond well-known cliches. When performing as soloists, both performers were often struck by the audience’s surprised reaction to the harp: there is so much more to it than angelic ethereal sounds!
Repertoire, amplitude, sonority, playing techniques and colours are much more diverse than expected.
Inspired by the many questions they often have to answer after a solo recital, and the positive surprise and interest they awaken in their audience, Lucie Delhaye and Anna Steinkogler set themselves two goals when starting to work together.
On the one hand: playing chamber music at a very high level and enjoying the great possibilities of repertoire that open up when combining two harps, which is like merging two chamber orchestras into one big symphony orchestra.