Saleem Ashkar’s 2016/17 season starts on Thursday at the Konzerthaus, Berlin with the first concert in his Beethoven Sonata cycle. This unique project will see him performing the complete Beethoven Sonata cycle throughout the season in Berlin, Prague and Osnabrück.
The concept – which originated in Berlin, spearheaded by the Konzerthaus – seeks to create an original and interactive context for the performance of the sonatas by playing in venues such as the Jewish Museum, Akademie der Künste and the new Barenboim-Said Academy Boulez Saal at the invitation of Daniel Baremboim. The recitals will be combined with film and discussion.
Saleem spent the summer months touring his homeland of Israel performing the cycle to Israeli and Palestinian audiences, while being filmed by a documentary team from Accentus Music who are producing a series of video blogs to be screened alongside each European recital.
Through post-discussions, he will debate the music of Beethoven, its effect as a vehicle for social change and the context in which it is perceived in different cultures – plus many more themes of topical interest.
Concert dates – Berlin:
- 22 September 2016 – Werner Otto Saal [Konzerthaus]
- 7 October 2016 – Jewish Museum
- 19 November 2016 – Mendelssohn Remise
- 15 December 2016 – Akademie der Künste
- 9 February 2017 – Stilwerk Berlin [Bechstein]
- 11 March 2017 – Villa Elisabeth
- 5 April 2017 – Pierre Boulez Saal
- 4 June 2017 – Grosser Saal [Konzerthaus]
Alongside the Beethoven Sonata cycle, Saleem’s 2016/17 season promises a mix of concerto, chamber music and solo engagements. His first concerto engagement of the season sees him performing Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 5 with the Bamberg Symphoniker / Eschenbach. Other highlights include a return to the National Arts Centre Ottawa Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Shelley and Mendelssohn’s first Piano Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luzembourg / Znaider and Orchestra della Toscana in venues across Italy.
Saleem will also appear in recital at Cal Performances, San Francisco and undertake a residency at Brown University, USA.
Chamber music engagements see him performing with the Diamanten Ensemble, Copenhagen and alongside Yo-Yo Ma in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg’s opening series.