Di. 16. November '21 19:30 Uhr
Duisburg Mercatorhalle

Closing Concert

Fabian Müller & Lorenzo Soulès


Arcadi Volodos auf dem Klavierfestival Ruhr 2020

Darius Milhaud La Création du monde
Pupils from Duisburg-Marxloh (dance, music and stage design)

Sergei Rachmaninow Suite No. 1 for two pianos op. 5
George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Please note that we are conducting this evening according to the current Corona Protection Ordinance under the so-called 3G rule.
Therefore, please bring verification of your vaccination or recovery (in the app or as original documentation on paper) or a current antigen rapid test (not older than 24 hours!) together with your ID card and ticket with you when you enter.
Furthermore, masks (medical mask or FFP2 mask) are compulsory when entering the building; however, you can remove the mask at your seat.

The 1920s went down in music history as the “Jazz Age”. After a voyage to North America, Darius Milhaud composed La Création du monde (“The Creation of the World”): a ballet score in which the 30-year-old Frenchman combined his enthusiasm for jazz and the blues with his love for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Almost at the same time, 25-year-old George Gershwin was writing Rhapsody in Blue, a work that laid the foundation for his worldwide fame and paved the way for jazz into the concert hall. At this year’s final concert of the Ruhr Piano Festival you can now hear these two fascinating pieces in an exceptional, unaccustomed performance. Two outstanding pianists of the young generation are at the pianos: Fabian Müller and Lorenzo Soulès. They play as a duo in Rachmaninov and Gershwin, but for La Création du monde they are joined onstage by pupils from several schools in Duisburg-Marxloh, who, as part of a dance and music project overseen by the Festival’s Education Department, have developed their own choreography.

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Fabian Müller

During the last seasons, Fabian Müller could establish himself as one of the most remarkable German pianists of his generation. He caused a great sensation at the International ARD music competition in Munich 2017, when he not only won 2nd prize in the overall ranking, but was awarded with not less than four additional prizes: the audience prize, the Brothers Busch award, the special prize Genuin classics as well as the Henle Urtext award. The Süddeutsche Zeitung commented on his festival performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3: “This was played eminently clear, transparent, exciting in each phrase and every single tone. To play with such a controlled and round touch, but with fine expression and sense for structure and tension curves, is a stroke of luck.”


Lorenzo Soulès

The French pianist Lorenzo Soulès was born in Lyon within a family of musicians and started the piano at the early age of three. Aged 9, he entered the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris CRR in the class of Olivier Gardon, before continuing his studies with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, where he graduated with distinction. Between 2006 and 2009, he took lessons with Alicia de Larrocha with whom he worked on the complete Iberia cycle by Albeniz.



2007 wurde mit der neu eröffneten Mercatorhalle Duisburg im CityPalais in zentraler Lage ein anspruchsvoller Konzertsaal mit 1.700 Plätzen geschaffen, der sich durch puren Hörgenuss auszeichnet....




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