2nd Leader and Praktikant
Again at the end of the semester, two extraordinarily gratifying news: Lutong Zhang won the audition for the 2nd leader (Vorspieler) position in her orchestra in Schwerin - all good wishes for the probationary period! And Haruka Ouchi, who has been a Masters student in my class for the last year, was offered the opportunity to work as an Praktikant at the Radiophilharmonie in Hanover. Congratulations to both!
Canto doloroso e Danza
June 23th 2019, Freistadt, Austria
A huge thank to the wonderful cellist Anja Schröder for the outstanding premiere of my new and so much demanding work for violoncello solo! Thanks also to festival director Bernd Preinfalk and his team for the nice reception in the circle of the participants, I really enjoyed the time in this charming part of Astria!
Tenure Track Phiharmonic Orchestra Hamburg
Gideon Schirmer, former master student in my studio who finished his studies in the summer semester of 2018 with an impressive recital in the Siegelsaal (Hall of Mirrors) in Hamburg, is now permanent member of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra after passing his probationary period. Bravo and heartfelt congratulations!
Master Class Forum Artium
International atmosphere at the well-attended course in the Forum Artium in Georgsmarienhütte: the participants came next to Germany from Hungary, Spain, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Japan and South Korea - I have hopefully nobody forgotten ... Thank you for the pleasant time and the excellent level in the final concert!
Tzu Jen Chou, former concert exam (soloist degree) student in my violin class, is now the 2nd concertmaster of the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra after passing his probationary period. Congratulations!
Recording Session in Cologne
Friedrich Gernsheim Duos for Violin and Piano
What a wonderful music by completely wrongly forgotten romantic composer Friedrich Gernsheim! Last week I recorded for the label cpo with pianist Ernst Breidenbach at the National German Public Broadcasting Station DLF in Cologne. Greatest thanks for the realization of the project and the perfect working atmosphere at the DLF to the head of classical department Christoph Schmitz. And no less thanks to the outstanding sound engineer Stephan Reh and his team for the great collaboration!
Canto doloroso e Danza for Violoncello solo
June 23rd, 2:00 p.m. at the Church St.Peter in Freistadt, Austria
The next world premiere is coming soon: At the Austrian festival Landgänge in the churches of St.Peter near Freistadt, my Canto doloroso a Danza will be presented for the first time to an audience by wonderful cellist Anja Schröder. Anja was a chamber music partner in several ensembles during our common study time in Freiburg. She has been member of the Duisburg Philharmonic since 1994, and is particularly involved in chamber music from baroque works in historical performance practice to world premieres of contemporary works. The idea for Canto came up to me when we met since a long time again last year on the occasion of the summer courses in Leutkirch, where she accompanied her viola playing son.
End of academic Year 2018/19
The academic year has now ended. We can look back on a very successful course with great progress and sometimes outstanding achievements in the student concerts. It was a wonderful beginning for me in this grandiose place with equally friendly and professional leadership under President Paulo Baglieri. The students were Theresa Clauberg, Kana Himeno, Oliver Rau, Tatuarttu Ruponen and Elisabeth Schöneck. Great thanks you to everyone involved for this positive experience! And attached already a reference to the following academic year.
Audition Success Deputy Concertmaster
Maike won the audition for the position of Deputy Concertmaster at the Theater Lüneburg. Congratulations and all the best wishes for the trial period!
Competition success on Tenerife
After winning the Mendelssohn Concerto Competitions last summer during the Summerschool Hamburg my student Mio Sasaki just won 3rd prize at the 4th Agustín Aponte International Violin Competition in Tenerife which was her first international award. Brava, congratulations!
Schickedanz Violin Sonata
16 February 2019, 5:00 p.m., Forum of the University of Music Hamburg
It is just about to happen! My Violin Sonata is scheduled for its first performance. Being part of the program of our string festival at the university, it will be premiered by my dear colleagues Sebastian Schmidt and Bernhard Fograscher. I am waiting with excitement for the first performance.
The Genesis of the Classical Violin Sonata
Project with my Hamburg Students
It was a great time near to my homearea with Ingrid and Gerhard Theis in the house of the Otzberger Summer Concert Series! With my Hamburg students we spent about a week with intensive work on the genesis of the classical violin sonata from Mozart with three final concert events in Otzberg-Zipfen and Darmstadt. I was supported by my dear colleagues Fredrik Schwenk and the admirably indestructible Alexei Petrov, who played a good four and a half hours in the mammoth Sunday concert. Many thanks to everybody involved in the project, I enjoyed those days!
won auditions for orchestra jobs
temporary contracts: - Ayano Tajima: 1st violin NDR Hamburg - Gayeon Shin: NDR Hanover - Gayeon Shin and Wen Hung: Hamburg Symphony - Isabel Würdinger: Theater Oldenburg Academy - Emily Mücke Berlin German State Opera - Jin Hyoung Park Theater Orchestra Lübeck - Elisabeth Schneider Chamberacademy Potsdam
Update from the Orchestras
Tenure Track Contracts
Very good news: After passing the probationary period, the following graduates of my violin class are now permanent orchestra members: Elena Soltan: 2nd Concertmistress Munich BR Rundfunkorchester Yang Li: 2nd Concertmistress Dortmund Chuanru He: 1. Concertmaster Staatstheater Cottbus Luisa Höfs: Duisburg Philharmonic Lutong Zhang: Theater Schwerin Sophie Keiter: Orchestra Chemnitz
The world premiere performance of my piano quartet at the Festival Otzberger Summer Concerts was a great success: after the Scherzo, there was spontaneous applause, which increased by a multiple after the conclusion of the performance. Many thanks to festival director Ingrid Theis, who gave me the opportunity for this premiere! And of course, the musical collaborators Alexei Petrov, Kaori Yoshida and Mathias Beyer-Karlshoj, who studied and performed the work together with me. May it also sound in many other performances!
Former and present students
-Tzu Jin Chou won the audition in Lübeck for the second concertmaster position! - Ayano Tajima receives a two-year contract in the first violins at the NDR in Hamburg! - Last but not least, my current BA student Jin Hyoung Park won the audition for the academy at the Theater in Lübeck! Congratulations to all of them best wishes for the trial or contract period.
Gideon Schirmer, who just completed his master‘s degree with a brilliant recital performance a few weeks ago, won the audition at the Hamburg State Opera for a second violin position. Congratulations and all the good wishes for the trial period.
Pinneberg Culture Prize
Oliver Rau, who was able to bear me for a record breaking 12 years as a private student, a pre college student and now a bachelor student, has been awarded this year’s Pinneberg Culture Prize. Congratulations!
Bach Sei Solo
„Essi sono, é vero, il frutto di una lunga e laboriosa fatica“ (They are truly the fruit of a long and laborious work). Of course, Mozart’s famous words from the dedication of the so-called „Haydn Quartets“ are cited here in a completely different context of incomparably lower significance. But with this publication I hope you don’t resent me to feel - if not as a father - at least as an obstetrician. So I’m delighted to announce the release of my interpretation of Bach’s 6 solo sonatas and partitas in July. Many thanks to the great sound engineer Thorsten Weigelt, who was an incredible support in this project - not only in good, but also in bad times! I am no less grateful to Ludger Böckenhoff with his entire team of Audite, who stayed loyal in difficult times as well. I am absolutely aware of the fact - especially in our modern world - that this can’t be taken for granted. So I am happily looking forward to the reactions to this publication. Everyone who knows me must be aware of my particularly intense relationship with Bach. I am very happy with this recording.
German Opera Berlin
Emily Mücke, currently a bachelor student who already started studying with me as a junior student, won one of the coveted academy positions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Congratulations and all the best wishes on the way to professional life!
Yang Li 2nd Concertmaster
Very good news from Dortmund: Yang Li has passed her trial period, she is now 2nd concertmaster with the Dortmund Philharmonic. Congratulations!
Gideon Schirmer, who just completed his masters degree with a brilliant concert a few weeks ago, won the audition of the Hamburg State Opera for a second violin position. Congratulations and all good wishes for the trial period!
July 4 at 8:03 pm
Live broadcast from June 11 2013 Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen with works by Strauss and Brahms
1st Prize at the German National Youth Competition
CONGRATIULATIONS for winning 1st prize at the German National Youth Competition „Jugend musiziert“ in the solo violin category! Oliver is since more than 7 years studying with Christoph Schickedanz, 2010 he was accepted at the Andreas-Franke-Academy (pre collage program for exceptionally gifted students at the HfMT Hamburg). He was concertmaster of the Hamburg Youth Orchestra, in 2011 a scholarship holder from the Marie-Luise-Imbusch-Foundation, in former years he achieved an piano- accompanying 1st prize, a 1st National Prize in the category Duo-Violin and this year he also got an audience prize at „Jugend musiziert“.
1st coordinate Concertmaster / Leader at the Cottbus Philharmonic Orchestra
Congratiulations to Elena! After having won just her first audition in the end of 2012 she now got permanently appointed as 1st Concertmaster /Leader at the Cottbus Philharmonic Orchestra. Elena started studying the MA program at the HfMT with Christoph Schickedanz in 2009, she is presently enrolled in the „Konzertexamen“ (Soloist degree)
Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University, Bloomingtgon, USA
THANK YOU SO MUCH! For a great time at IU to Kevork Mardirossian and all his students
Anne Friederike Greuner
presently BA student in the second year was finalist at the „Malta International Music Competition“ in Valetta. Congratulations!
Studio P4, Berlin Nalepastrasse, Sound Engineer Thorsten Weigelt
Christoph Schickedanz recording one of the Bach Solo Sonatas or Partitas The complete cycle will be published at the Audite label