Deep dive into a challenging genre with a captivating cellist.
The sought-after Franco-German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt has a broad repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music and is active as a soloist, chamber musician and artistic leader. He is praised for his persuasive and thorough conveyance, effortless virtuosity, and ability to blend daring and radical elements into the music.
This festival concert begins with Iannis Xenakis’ Dhipli Zyia, where Altstaedt plays together with violinist Ludvig Gudim from the Crescendo mentoring program.
The cellist then continues alone, performing solo works by Dutilleux, Bach, Kodály and festival composer in residence Jörg Widmann in Håkonshallen. The concert is completed with Kodály's Sonata for cello solo in B minor, which is considered the most significant work in this challenging genre since Bach's iconic cello suites.
Crescendois a mentoring program for young classical musicians under the direction of the Bergen International Festival, Barratt Due Music Institute and the Oslo Philharmonic. The project is supported by Trond Mohn, Bettina Ford Jebsen, Hans Peter Jebsen, The Savings Bank Foundation DNB, Dextra Musica and Talent Norway.