Masterclass Violoncello and Celloensemble Prof. Markus Wagner

25.– 29. September 2019

Max. Number of participants: 8

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Excellent working conditions and practice facilities
The works studied in private lessons are accompanied by a cello ensemble composed of the other participants.
Each participant receives daily private lessons, in the evening all participants meet for ensemble playing in the concert hall of the Villa Novalis.
In the final concert on sept. 29th at 3:00 pm the works will be performed in the public.

Works of various degrees of difficulty are possible, such as concertos by Haydn, Boccherini, Schumann, Laló, Saint-Saens but also shorter pieces such as Fauré Apres en reve, Popper Gnomentanz or Beethoven Sonatine.
A complete literature list can be requested at
Each participant can also bring their own sheet music for ensemble to the course.

Participation fee incl. accomodation and meals: 390,- €

Markus Wagner‘s wide-ranging repertoire ranges from baroque, classical and romantic music to contemporary compositions. In addition to the standard repertoire, he is particularly interested in discovering unknown composers and their works. He premiered some of them, such as Heinrich Kaspar Schmid’s Cello Concerto. The above-mentioned CD with world premiere recordings of the Suites for solo violoncello by Julius Klengel, Hugo Becker and Paul Tortelier, highly praised by audiences and the trade press, was released in 2014.
   He was influenced by his musical parents and after a short detour via the violin he discovered the violoncello as his instrument at the age of seven. After first lessons with Walter Reiser, Kurt Engert and Fritz Moscher he studied with Walter Nothas at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich (artistic diploma with distinction) and continued his studies with Zara Nelsova at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Master classes with Paul Tortelier (Diploma di Merito of the Accademia Chigiana, Siena), Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Gutman, William Pleeth and Yo Yo Ma (Violoncello Society New York) complemented his education.
   Markus Wagner has won prizes in several national and international competitions, including 1st prize at the Felix Mottl Competition (Munich 1989), the Art Prize of the City of Augsburg (1991), medal at the Concurso International de Musique Maria Canals (Barcelona 1991) and diploma at the Concours International d’Exécution Musicale (Vina del Mar, Chile 1991).
   In 1991 Markus Wagner was appointed as one of the youngest lecturers in Germany to head a major cello class at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg. After his appointment as professor in 2001, he moved to the Hochschule für Musik in Nuremberg in 2007. Many of his former students now hold orchestral positions in Europe, Asia and North America. Markus Wagner regularly gives master classes in Germany and other European countries.
   Concert tours have taken Markus Wagner to most European countries, Israel, China and the USA. He was a guest at the music festivals in Athens, Bucharest and New York, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Bach Week in Ansbach.
   Markus Wagner plays an instrument by Romeo Antoniazzi, Cremona 1924.