Justus Frantz performs as soloist and conductor with the Underground Youth Orchestra.
Legendary pianist and conductor Justus Frantz comes to Greece to perform as soloist and conductor with the Underground Youth Orchestra on Monday 16 May at the Athens Megaron Concert Hall.
Together with the distinguished Greek pianist Triantafillos Liotis, they will perform W. A. Mozart’s unique concerto for two pianos in E flat major, K. 365 (316a). The concert will conclude with L. V. Beethoven’s masterful Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.
Athens Concert Hall: 210 72 82 333
Hall: Dimitris Mitropoulos
Ticket prices: 24€, 16€, 8€ (Students, young people up to 25 years old, unemployed, disabled, 65+ & large families)
Athens Megaron Concert Hall Monday 16 May 2022 Monday 16 May 2022
Justus Frantz Bio:
Justus Frantz has been known for decades as an internationally successful pianist, as a conductor of excellent orchestras and operas, as a moderator and great music mediator, as a visionary of classical music life and as a founder, in particular of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Philharmonie der Nations a formative figure of musical life. With his devotion to music, charisma and enthusiasm he is an ambassador for the classical musical heritage of Central Europe and especially Germany in the world.
Justus Frantz was born on May 18, 1944 in Hohensalza in what is now Poland and grew up in Testorf in East Holstein. After studying piano with Eliza Hansen in Hamburg and Wilhelm Kempff in Positano, and studying conducting with Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg, he first gained the attention of a larger audience in 1967 as a pianist and prizewinner at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. When Herbert von Karajan engaged the young pianist in 1969, the international breakthrough came.
He has worked with the following orchestras, among others: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Wiener Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic London, Munich Philharmonic, Chinese National Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony Orchestra
Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra St. Petersburg
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Novaya Rossiya, South Africa Philharmonic, Durban Kwa Zulu Natal, Cleveland Orchestra, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia
Performances with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in the USA in 1975 established the creative friendship between Justus Frantz and the American composer and conductor.
He has worked with the following conductors, among others: Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Valery Gergiev, George Solti, Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolf Kempe, Seiji Ozawa, Roger Norrington, Bernhard Haitink.
Justus Frantz founded the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 1986 and was its director until 1994. He has made it one of the most important festivals in Europe and created a format that has become the model for numerous other festivals.
He founded the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and is the godfather and idea generator for the Rheingau Music Festival. He founded the Mendelssohn Society in Hamburg and the Brahms Society in Schleswig-Holstein. The Hindemith Prize, which he newly organized, has become a renowned prize for modern music and young composers. Year after year, Justus Frantz gives many free concerts for young people.