Monday 29 November 20:30

Athens Concert Hall

   The Underground Youth Orchestra returns dynamically, continuing the concert cycle of “UYO EuroConcerts” with transfers of important artists from all around the world. On Monday, November 29, the internationally renowned violinist Wolfgang Schröder will collaborate with the orchestra under the direction of Michalis Oikonomou in a demanding program that includes works by A. Kameris, H. Vieuxtemps and W.A. Mozart, at the Athens Concert Hall.

PROGRAM

 Kameris Dance on strings Wolfgang Schröder, violin

H. Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 in La Minor Op. 37 for violin and orchestra Wolfgang Schröder, violin W. A. ​​Mozart Agreement No.41 in C major, K.551 Allegro vivace Andante cantabile Menuetto, Allegretto Molto Allegro

 

Wolfgang Schröder

Born into a South German family, Wolfgang Schröders earliest studies began with his parents. At  a young age Ana Chumachenko became his teacher and played a decisive  role in his development as a violinist.

 

At the early age of 17, he won the first prize at the German state competition Jugend musiziert (Youth makes music) and subsequently a scholarship at the International Menuhin Music Academy (IMMA). He has performed  together  with Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy, both as soloist and chamber musician in numerous European countries (Barbican Center, London), South America (Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires), and many other.

After graduating from IMMA , he continued his studies at the Mozarteum University of Music in Salzburg under Prof. Sandor Vegh, and thereafter at the Mannes School of Music in New York under Prof. Aaron Rosand.

Wolfgang Schröder’s solo career has included performances with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Symphony Orchestra, Talich Chamber Orchestra,  Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Kammerorchester Basel, Rubinstein Phil harmony Lodz, Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, Nuremberg Symphony, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Israel Soloists Ensemble, Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Thai Philharmonic Orchestra etc.  He was also the artistic director of the European Community Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) from 1993-1995 and has performed a number of highly acclaimed concert tours worldwide.

He has worked with conductors like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrey Boreyko, Daniel Raiskin, ,, to name just a few.

 

As an active chamber musician, in 1992 he founded the Belcanto String Trio and from 1996 to 2005 has regularly performed as violinist of the Trio Parnassus. In September 2001 the Trio Parnassus received the prestigious Echo Classic Award  for their complete recording of the Schumann piano trios

As soloist and chamber player Wolfgang Schröder performs in musical centers such as the “Philharmonie” in Berlin, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Vienna “Konzerthaus”, at the “Great Performers Series“ at Lincoln Center New York, at the “Frick Collection” Museum New York at the “Masters Series“ in London`s Wigmore Hall, at the London Barbican Hall, the Megaron Musikis of Athens and at “Teatro Colon” in Buenos Aires.                                                                                                                                  Wolfgang Schröder’s chamber music partners include artists like among others Wenzel Fuchs,   Vladimir Mendelssohn, Benjamin Schmid, Alex Karr, Cyprien Katsaris, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Daniel Raiskin, Ramon Jaffe, Andreas Frölich, Elisaveta Blumina,  Levon Chilingirian Zvi Carmeli, Alex Hülshoff  and Gustav Rivinius and Sennu Laine. He also has been regularly invited to major chamber music festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, the Open Chamber Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove (England), the Hopfgarten Festival  (Austria), the Moritzburg Festival in Germany, the West Cork Festival in Ireland, the Umea and Bostad Festivals (Sweden), the International Music Festival Middelburg (Holland) , the Euriade Festival in Aachen, Germany, the International Festival of Echternach (Luxemburg) and the Ojika Festival, Japan.

Since 1998 he has been artistic director of the Camerata Stuttgart. Appearances with the Camerata Stuttgart include performances in prestigious concert halls like the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Megaron Music Hall of Athens , Liederhalle of Stuttgart and the Dortmund Opera House.

Wolfgang Schröder has made  recordings for MDG, Divox, Ars Production, Thorofon, Symicon and CPO labels. A CD with the complete Sonatas for Violin by Eugene Ysaye  appeared on  Hook  Records in 2017. Since 2005 he is 1st Concertmaster of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.

 

Μιχάλης Οικονόμου

He studied musicology at the University of Athens as well as violin, advanced theory and composition at the National Conservatory. Receiving five scholarships, he continued his musical studies at Boston University, acquiring the Master in Conducting and PhD in Composition. His teachers were some of the most important personalities of the international music scene, Lukas Foss, Theodoros Antoniou, Jorma Panula, Gianluigi Gelmetti and David Hoose. He has been honored with eleven awards in national and international competitions, including the awards of the international competitions “Dimitris Mitropoulos” and “ALEA III”. He is a permanent chief musician of the symphony orchestra of Athens as well as director of the music department and a regular member of the Senate of the National Technical University of Athens. Since 2020 he has taken over as a professor, the school of conducting of the orchestra of the historic Athens Conservatory. At the same time, Michalis Oikonomou has created and teaches the unique pan-Hellenic masterclass of Conducting in our country, as well as three annual international masterclass of conducting (Hungary-Malta-Athens), choosing as students the top young conductors around the world, thus having his reputation as an excellent conductor of international orchestra. In 2011, after a vote of one hundred musicians of different nationalities, he was elected artistic director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, while for many years he conducted the gala of the winners of Placido Domingo’s top song contest Operalia. In parallel with his illustrious tenure in Qatar, Mr. Economou was for a number of years the first conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a regular guest conductor of all Greek orchestras and at least twenty different symphony orchestras abroad. He is represented by the leading art office IMG Artists and performs more than forty concerts around the world every year.