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CentoConcerts live at CENTOGENE

Music and culture are a means of understanding the world. We are convinced that music and cultural opportunities needs to be increased, particularly in times of strong upheaval, change, and uncertainty. They create open spaces and moments of reflection, in which existential social and individual questions are thought through, interpreted, and understood.

CentoConcerts are intended to inspire young musicians at the beginning of their careers. International spirit is at the heart of everything we do - that is why we support international ensembles and European initiatives in particular.

With our CentoConcert series, CENTOGENE offers young artists a forum to perform in front of a wide audience in the foyer of the company's headquarters in Rostock. To date, the highly talented students of the YARO Academy at the Rostock University of Music and Theater have been performing for our CentoConcert series. CENTOGENE has been cooperating with YARO-Rostock for many years and is proud to support their musically gifted pupils and students. CENTOGENE is also looking forward to supporting the Krzyżowa-Music / Poland chamber music festival, an ambitious festival with a European perspective.

Upcoming CentoConcerts

September 2020

Through the Baroque in 80 minutes

We would like to extend a warm welcome to a young baroque ensemble and the mezzo-soprano Sophia Greiwe who will be performing at our September CentoConcert. Together, Anna Reisener, Christian Voß, Iddo Zhang, Julius Lorscheider und Sophia Greiwe will lead you through the variety and richness of the colors of the baroque with their program Through the Baroque in 80 minutes: Beginning in early 17th century Italy through the elegant as well as magnificent music of France and England up to the multi-layered depth of the German late baroque, this musical journey with its shorter and longer stopovers is a vacation for mind and soul.

When: September 22, 2020 7 p.m. CEST

Join this concert live online on our Facebook Page!

Past CentoConcerts

July 2020

Lilit Grigoryan

We look forward to welcoming Rostock-based Armenian painist Lilit Grigoryan to our Rostock office on July 29, 2020, where she will perform Beethoven‘s enigmatic opus 111 as well as Busoni‘s transcription of Bachs legendary Chaconne and Rachmaninow’s Version of Chopin’s waltzes.

Lilit, who is distinguished by her abundant strength and a clear, assertive musical language, is one of the outstanding artists of her generation. She is highly praised by the press for her „beyond-her-years performance" (BBC Music Magazine) and is referred to as "bright spot in the field of interchangeable pianism" (MDR Kultur).

Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1985, Lilit later studied with Sergei Sarajyan and Matthias Kirschnereit. She graduated from the Rostock University of Music and Drama (HMT) with the highest distinction and is today herself teaching at the HMT.

When: July 29, 2020 7 p.m. CEST

A recording of this concert is available on our Facebook Page.

© Neda Navaee

June 2020

Talented Musicians from YARO

We are pleased to welcome back the talented musicians of the Young Academy at the University of Rostock (YARO) including the young percussionist Finn Hennes and the pianist Oksana Goretska. In the immediate vicinity of CENTOGENE’s Rostock offices, the academy fosters young up-and-coming talents from around the world. Trained by experienced professors and internationally renowned artists, the musicians are provided with a platform to develop their skills and showcase their talents on international stages.

CENTOGENE is proud to continue our long-standing partnership with YARO as we welcome five young promising artists, who will soon leave YARO to pursue their further university education.

When: June 18, 2020 7 p.m. CEST

Head over to our Facebook Page to watch the recording.

Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit and the Wind Quintet of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra

It is a great honor to welcome Matthias Kirschnereit, one of Germany's outstanding pianists, together with the wind quintet of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra to our CentoConcert series!

Lustig und Traurig, the title of a mostly unknown piano work by Ludwig van Beethoven, outlines the full range of moods in this programme. In addition to rarely heard, short, delightful piano-pieces of the annual regent, Kirschnereit has chosen an early romantic quintet by the Schwetzinger Beethoven contemporary Franz Danzi, which will performed by the wind quintet of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra.

We will also enjoy the virtuoso Images for piano by Claude Debussy, with their large range of timbres. Another highlight of the evening will be Beethoven's Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat major op.16.

When: June 8, 2020 7 p.m. CEST

You can watch excerpts of the live performance online on our Facebook Page!

© Maike Helbig

May 2020

After months of pandemic restrictions, the Eliot Quartett - an award-winning string quartet featuring performers from Russia, Canada and Germany - performed to a live audience at CENTOGENE’s office in Rostock, Germany. This young, international string quartet and one of the most interesting and promising ensembles of its generation will be performing music by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven as part of our first ever live online performance.

When: May 25, 2020, 7 p.m. CEST

Head over to our Facebook page to watch the recording of this wonderful concert!

© Eliot Quartet: Thomas Stimmel

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