Lotte Thaler portrayed the violinist in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as a constant inquirer who was never satisfied with what apparently fell to him as a "child prodigy" and developed into an exceptional musician through self-critical reflection. "For Gringolts, playing the violin means first and foremost: thinking and developing one's own imagination. Today, at thirty-nine, he is a universalist, a violinist who can do everything," her article says.
In the FAZ, Ilya Gringolts is portrayed as a musician with enormous stylistic range and unwavering integrity.
"Drastic and clear" - "strong and accurate": Johannes Klumpp received enthusiastic reviews for his conducting of the two opera premieres From a House of the Dead and The Makropulos Affair on April 30 at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. The Janáček double bill was performed again in May; individually, the operas will be shown until July.
Vito Žuraj's first full-length opera Blühen was premiered in Frankfurt in January 2023 and received enthusiastic reviews. Before the world premiere, we spoke to the composer about his collaboration with librettist Händl Klaus, director Brigitte Fassbaender and the Ensemble Modern, which played under Michael Wendeberg.