Concert-lecture by Mario Caroli, flute, with Katharina Kegler, pianoforte 29/09/2019 at 11:30 in Sala Monteverdi
Started the flute at the age of 14 and he got his soloist diploma at the age of 19. He was awarded, when he was 22 years old, the coveted "Kranichsteiner Musikpreis" at Darmstadt. He has since enjoyed a highly successful solo career as one of the most remarkable flutists of his generation. The conception of his programs and his wide repertoire show an absolute authentic and personal approach of the profession.
In his concerts he combines works by Marin Marais and Brian Ferneyhough with a disarming simplicity. There are no barriers between the different stylistic areas for him and he refuses to be seen as a "specialist" in limited repertoire genres. Mario Caroli belongs to the small circle of artists able to play a classical concerto as well as the most complex contemporary piece with the same vitality and virtuosity. It is maybe also due to this reason if his public appareances receive always such a great success. His debut recital at Amsterdam Concertgebouw received a standing ovation. At the occasion of one of his recitals at the Société Philharmonique of Bruxelles, a critic remarked: "the audience was literally amazed by his technique, his power, his poetry and his musicality", whereas his first recital at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris was called to be "of an amazing evocative power".
Mario Caroli appears regularly in the greatest concerthalls of the world, including the Philharmonic Halls of Berlin and Cologne, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Opéra Garnier in Paris, the New York Lincoln Centre (in the cycle of "Great Performers"), Suntory Hall, Oji Hall and Opera City House of Tokyo, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Bruxelles.
He plays flute concertos -from Vivaldi to Sciarrino, as well as Mercadante, Ibert or Jolivet -with the Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Orchestra of WDR, the orchestra of SWR, the Bayerische Rundfunk, the Iceland National Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the TokyoSinfonietta, the Orchestras of the Stuttgart, Rouen and Cagliari Opera Houses. He has been a soloist also with Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Ensemble Contrechamps of Geneva, the Algoritmo Ensemble of Rome the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, the Schola Heidelberg with conductors like Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Lothar Koenigs, Christian Mandeal, Kazushi Ono, Pascal Rophé, Oswald Sallaberger.Mario Caroli also obtained a university degree in philosophy (summa cum laude, with a thesis on Nietzsche's "Der Antichrist") and has a passion for poetry, cinema and psychology.
Katharina Kegler has studied with Tibor Hazay in Freiburg im Breisgau and with John Perry in Houston (USA). Has received important musical impulse from Gilbert Kalish and Dadid Takeno during a 6-months scolarship at the prestigious Bangg Centre for the Arts in Canada.
As a soloist, chamber musician, and with her liederistic activity, she collaborated with renowned artists such as Martin Spangenberg, Mario Caroli, Dashon Burton and Petra Müllejans. She dedicated herself to the American contemporary litterature, together with the trumpet player and composer Antony Plog, and collaborated with the trombonist Branimir Slokar in masterclasses and concerts.
Tournées and masterclasses has taken her in many European countries, in Middle East, China, Canada, Japan, and Brazil. Katharina Kegler collaborates with many orchestras, such as the SWR Sinfonieorchester, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and made many radio and TV recordings with France Musique, DRS (Svizzera) and RTV Slovenia, recorded CDs with Ars Musici, Summit Records, Chrismon und Hänssler. In her artistic repertoire there are also the concerts-conferences, such as those about the painter Paul Klee and the Croatian composer Dora Pejačević.
In 2012 she founded the series of concerts Musikfest Ebringen (she is also the artistic and organizative director).
Since 1992 she works as accompanist at the Musikhochschule of Freiburg.