Thanks to the connection that I made with Jörg Linowitzki two years ago when he visited Codarts Rotterdam to undertake the review of the String Department, I was invited by his Hochschüle in Lübeck to visit the class of Diethelm Jonas on 28 and 29 January. I gave a talk on British and Dutch oboe playing and taught some of the class over the two days. It was great experience for me! Getting to know Diethelm and seeing him in action with his really fine class was a treat.

For the record, I heard Gonzalo Meija playing the Britten Metamorphoses, Risa Soejima playing the first movement of Bach’s first cello suite, Francesco Monteagudo Garde playing the Mozart concerto, Alexander Krimer playing Schumann Romances Nos 1 and 2 and Marco Cegarra playing Telemann’s d minor Fantasia. In addition I heard an excellent performance by Johans Camacho of the Pavel Haas Suite – what a great and powerful work this. Alexei Ogrintchouk’s recording of this with his father playing the piano is worth hearing (Bis Records).

I was treated to a very fine meal by Diethelm Jonas and we were joined by Jörg Linowitzki for this. All in all, it was a most worthwhile visit and a very good way to complete the Erasmus exchange between Rotterdam and Lübeck, thanks to Asia Ross and Alexandra Kwiatkowski.


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