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Munich Duo: Cello and Bassoon

Date & Time: Sunday May 1, 2022 at 7  p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students

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Program: Musicale of Jewish Composers

American cellist REBECCA RUST and German bassoonist FRIEDRICH EDELMANN, a husband-wife team of over 40 years, were awarded a financial support from the government of the Palatinate (Germany) to make a 65-minute film “MUSICALE of JEWISH COMPOSERS”, which was acknowledged in Germany as an official contribution of the festival year 2021, “1700 Years Jewish Life in Germany”.

Their performance, including compelling music by Jewish composers (Mendelssohn, Ernest Bloch, Max Stern, Hans Gál, Laurence Sherr) was filmed in 2021 in the Synagogue in Altenkunstadt and the Town Museum of Kaiserslautern in Germany. Some of these compositions will be played at the concert on March 18th, 2022.

Max Stern composed several pieces for the performers, using traditional Jewish melodies. Laurence Sherr also arranged and composed works for this duo, using songs and melodies of Holocaust victims. “Elegy & Vision” was written as part of a process of dealing with losses in his family’s history.

Performances in Europe, North Africa, America, China, Israel, and Japan were partly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Germany as well as by Volkswagen and Mercedes of Japan. Some of the most memorable Japanese experiences were private invitations to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo where they visited the then Emperor and Empress of Japan and played together with the Empress on the piano. In Italy they frequently performed the children’s theater production of Wolf Erlbruch’s, “Duck, Death and Tulip” for two dancers, cello & bassoon, a production which received First prize in 2015 in Italy for “Best theater production for Children and Young People”. They have 15 CDs to their credit. (Some of them are now sold out, but are also still available from us).

About the Artists

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Friedrich Edelmann grew up in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He studied with Alfred Rinderspacher (Prof. in Mannheim), Klaus Thunemann (Prof. in Hamburg-Hannover-Berlin), and Milan Turkovic (Prof. in Salzburg-Vienna). After his diploma in mathematics in Heidelberg, he joined the orchestra of the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern for three years. In 1977 he became the Principal Bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Sergiu Celibidache from 1979 until 1996, and under Maestro James Levine from 1999 until 2004. During that time he also played under Karl Böhm, Günther Wand, Kurt Masur, Carlo Maria Giulini, Karl Richter, Carlos Kleiber, Georg Solti, Erich Leinsdorf, Herbert Blomstedt, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Rafael Kubelik, Zubin Mehta among others. He has won several first prizes in German national competitions and was a member of the World-Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales under Karel Ancerl, when he met the American cellist Rebecca Rust.

In February 1998 he was a member of the “Nagano Winter Orchestra” under Seiji Ozawa with opening concerts of the Winter-Olympics in Nagano, Japan. In July-August 1998 he was the coach of the woodwinds of the World-Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales in Taipei.

Praised by Carlo Maria Giulini for her “exceptional musicality”, the American cellist Rebecca Rust, a native of California, U.S.A. received her first piano lessons with her mother at the age of five and began cello lessons with Margaret Rowell, Cello Professor at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford, at the age of nine.  At age thirteen she was a prizewinner of the Mendelssohn Competition; at fourteen a prizewinner in the California Cello Club Competition; first prize in the “Mu Phi Epsilon” Competition and the Berkeley Piano Club made it possible for her to begin studies in New York with Bernard Greenhouse (Casals’ pupil and cellist of the Beaux-Arts-Trio).

She became a member of the Christmas String Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Schneider, and received a scholarship to study with the Lenox Quartet. After graduating “cum laude” in New York, she continued her studies with Paul Szabo (Casals’ pupil and cellist of the Vegh Quartet) at the Cologne College of Music, earning there a soloist diploma “with honors”. During this time she was also solo cellist of the “Orchestre Mondiale des Jeunesses Musicales” under Karel Ancerl. Master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich followed in the USA (as one of five participants from over one hundred applicants) and in Basel, Switzerland, where in the final concerts she appeared as soloist, playing the Lalo Concerto, with the Basel Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich. This was followed by solo concerts and radio productions in Europe, the USA, Israel, China and in Japan with concerts in Tokyo, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kobe, Sendai, Mito, Hiroshima among others, and in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, including appearances as soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Sergiu Celibidache was the patron of her debut in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall in October 1992).

Rebecca Rust plays a Master-Cello by William Forster (1791), formerly owned by Prince Charles.

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