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Dirk Altmann, clarinet
Born in Hannover (Germany)
Studies at Musikhochschule Hannover. Student of Prof. Helmuth Pallushek
1983 – 1985 Member of the Herbert-von-Karajan Stiftung of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Student of Karl Leister (Berlin Philharmonic)
Principal Soloclarinet of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart
Ensembles: Ludwig Chamber Players | STUTTGART WINDS | FrAlHöTi | Duo mit Mako Okamao, Klavier
Equipments: JOSEF Woodwind Manufacture | Ligaphone, Paris
Album Label: TACET | Hänssler Classic | SWRmusic
For more than 30 years, Dirk Altmann has been a principal solo clarinet with the SWR Symphonie Orchestra in Stuttgart. In addition, he is very active as a soloist, chamber musician, arranger and teacher.
In January 2018 he recorded the clarinet concerto KV 622 and the clarinet quintet KV 581 by W.A. Mozart, with the Ludwig Chamber Players and Masato Suzuki (fortepiano, conductor) for the TACET label (release autumn 2018). In 2016 he produced his current PARIS album with the Japanese pianist and professor Mako Okamoto. Further CDs with works by Charles Koechlin, Robert Schumann and Paul Hindemith have been released with the labels Hänssler classic and TACET. As a soloist Altmann recorded the Première Rhapsody by Claude Debussy with Heinz Holliger and RSO Stuttgart for SWRmusic.
As a chamber musician he plays with the Ludwig Chamber Players (LCP), the STUTTGART WINDS, the ensemble FrAlHöTi and in a duo with Mako Okamoto, piano.
An ensemble version of the “Visions fugitives” by S. Prokofiev (LCP – TACET), which he did for the Ludwig Chamber Players Prokofiev Chamber music CD, was nominated for the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2017.
As a soloist, he was a guest at international festivals, In Ferrara, Schwetzingen, Salzburg or the Rheingau Music Festival. With Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Neville Marriner, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Thomas Hengelbrock, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger and Daniel Harding as conductors.
In recent years, Dirk Altmann has repeatedly been invited to master classes in China, Taiwan and Japan. Since 2010 he has been cooperating with the Japanese woodwind instrument manufacturer JOSEF Woodwind Manufacture (Okinawa).
For more than 30 years, Dirk Altmann has been a soloklarinettist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. In addition, he is very active as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. In 2016, he released his latest CD “Hommage à PARIS” with the Japanease pianist Mako Okamoto. The Press praised the sensitive sonority and the refinement of the interpretation. There followed recitals in Tokyo and Osaka, where a broadly diversified German / French repertoire was presented. He also taught Masterclasses at the universities of Shizuoka and Osaka, as well as in Tokushima, Nara and Matsumoto. Last season he performed the Aaron Copland clarinet concerto with the SWR Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Joshua Weilerstein. With the Orchestra Classica under the direction of Haruka Omori the concert of W.A. Mozart. He played in the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, Beethovenhaus Bonn and the Stuttgarter Liederhalle with his chamber group Ludwig Chamber Players (LCP). On this tour his arrangement of the “Visions fugitives” by S. Prokofiev was premiered. The recording (LCP | TACET) of this ensemble version was nominated for the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2017. With LCP, Dirk Altmann was again for concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama. With his Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, a highly emotional farewell concert was held at the London Proms, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington. He was also a guest at the international music festival in Alicante.
Dirk Altmann was born in Hanover and was a student of Prof. Helmuth Pallushek. At the age of 14, he played for the first time in the orchestra of the Lower Saxon State Opera. At the age of 18, he was a member of the Herbert-von-Karajan-Stiftung and was invited for several years as principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. Since 1985 he has been a solo clarinetist with the SWR Symphonieorchester. In the same position Dirk Altmann enjoyed outstanding concerts with the Munich Philharmonic under Sergiu Celebidache or the orchestra of the Munich Staatsoper under Carlos Kleiber (Japan 1986). However, the long-standing collaboration with Sir Roger Norrington has been the most significant factor for his interpretations. He attempts to incorporate Norrington’s approach, from a comprehensive study of performance practice.
As a soloist, he was a guest at international festivals in Ferrara, Schwetzingen, Salzburg and the Rheingau Music Festival. With Sir Neville Marriner, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Thomas Hengelbrock, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger and Daniel Harding as conductors. He received invitations from the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble Modern. Longterm collaboration with Heinz Holliger and Peter Eötvös show his great interest in new music. As co-founder of the newears.ensemble, he was responsible for numerous premieres. A recording of the Première Rhapsody by Claude Debussy with RSO Stuttgart and Heinz Holliger as conductor, was made in 2012 (SWRmusic).
With the 2013 formed Ludwig Chamber Players, Dirk Altmann makes concert tours to Asia and Europe. Several CDs with works by Beethoven and Prokofiev were recorded at the Audiophile label TACET and with the STUTTGART WINDS he recorded a highly praised album with the “Gran Partita” by W.A. Mozart . With the pianist Florian Henschel he recorded the clarinet repertoire by Robert Schumann and Charles Koechlin (Hänssler Classic).
For several years, Dirk Altmann plays with the Japanease pianist Mako Okamoto as a Duo (Hommage à PARIS, EigenArt by TACET). For these different ensembles, Dirk Altmann also works as an arranger and edited works by Mozart (Fantasia KV 608 – TACET), Prokofiev (Visions fugitives op. 22 – TACET), Brahms, Puccini, Gideon Klein and others.
As a musical ambassador, he traveled to India, Africa and the Middle East for the Goethe Institute. In recent years, he has repeatedly been invited to master classes in China, Taiwan and Japan. Since 2010, Dirk Altmann has been cooperating with the Japanese woodwinding company JOSEF Woodwind Manufacture (Okinawa).
Johann Melchior Molter (1696 – 1765), Konzerte für die D-Klarinette – barocke Anmutung, schöne “helle” Musik
Johann Stamitz (1717 – 1757), Konzert B-dur
Carl Stamitz (1745 – 1801), Versch. Klarinettenkonzerte und das Bassetthornkonzert, Mannheimer Schule.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791), Konzert A-Dur KV 622 – Bassettklarinette
Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (1757-1831), Konzerte in B-dur – war zu seiner Zeit erfolgreicher als Mozart.
František Vincenc Kramář (1759 -1831), Konzert Es-Dur op. 36
Bernhard Henrik Crussel (1774 – 1838), Zwei Klarinettenkonzerte
Louis Spohr (1784 – 1859), Vier Klarinettenkonzerte
Carl Maria von Weber (1786 – 1826), Klarinettenkonzert f-moll op. 73 und Es-Dur op.74, Concertino op. 26
Archille-Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918), Premiere Rhapsodie
Carl August Nielsen (1865 – 1931), Konzert op. 52
Charles Koechlin (1867 – 1950), 2 Sonaten – von Koechlin orchestriert
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974), Konzert und Scaramouche
Igor Strawinsky (1882 – 1971), Ebony Concerto – jazzy
Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963), Konzert
Aaron Copland (1900 – 1950), Konzert
Gerald Finzi (1901 – 1956), Konzert – mit Streichorchester
Mátyás Seiber (1905 – 1960), Concertino – mit Streichorchester
Isang Yun (1917 – 1995), Konzert (1981)
Pierre Boulez (1925), Domains – mit Ensemble
Hans Werner Henze (1927 – 2012), Le Miracle de la Rose. Imaginäres Theater II (1981) – mit Ensemble
Helmut Lachenmann (*1935) – Accanto. Musik für einen Soloklarinettisten mit Orchester (1975-76)
John Corigliano (*1938) – Concert (1977)
John Adams (*1947) – Gnarly Buttons (1996) – für Klarinette und Ensemble
At this point, I like to thank the clarinetist Eduard Brunner.Many of great and outstanding works for our instrument of the last decades have emerged on his initiative.
Francois Deviennes (1759-1803), Drei Sonaten – mit Hammerklavier geeignet (schöne Ausgabe von Nicholas Cox)
Carl Maria von Weber (1786 – 1826), Gran Duo concertant op.48 / Variationen op.33
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847), Sonate
Norbert Burgmüller (1810 – 1836), Duo op.15
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856), Fantasiestücke op. 73 / Romanzen op. 94 / Adagio und Allegro op. 70 / Fünf Stücke im Volkston op. 102 (Fassung für Bassetthorn) – siehe CD Märchenerzählungen
Nils Wlhelm Gade (1817 – 1890), Fantastyker op.43
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897), Sonaten f-moll und Es-Dur op. 120
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921), Sonate
Felix Draeseke (1835 – 1913) Sonate op.38
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918), Première Rhapsodie / Petit Piece
Charles Koechlin (1867 – 1950), 2 Sonaten op. 86 / Quatorze Pièces op. 178 – sie CD Koechlin “Music for clarinet”
Max Reger (1873 – 1916), 2 Sonaten op. 49, Sonate op. 107
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877 – 1933), Sonate op. 139
Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945), Sonatine
Alban Berg (1885 – 1935), Vier Stücke op.5
Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963), Sonata
Bohuslav Martinu (1890 – 1959), Sonatine
Artur Honegger (1892 – 1955), Sonate
Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963), Sonate – siehe CD “Musikalischen Blumengärtlein”
Wiltold Lutoslawski (1913 -1994), Dance Prelude
Isang Yun (1917 – 1995), Riul
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