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Alberto Menchen – Biography
Alberto is one of the most renowned violinists Menchen Spain. He received his first
violin lessons at the Conservatory of Seville, later Evgeny Ojogine and Galina
Guenkina before at the "Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia" in Madrid he
continued in 2001 his teaching. There he met with Zakhar Bron and JL García Asensio
and obtained 2005 / 06 awarded "Violinist of the Year".
Since 2006 he studied with Prof. Boris Garlitsky, first at the "Conservatoire Superieur
de Paris, then at the Academy of Music and Drama Hamburg, and since 2013 at the
Folkwang University of the Arts.
Since his childhood Alberto Menchen has received numerous awards and
scholarships, for example 1st prize at the Chamber Music Competition "Real
Maestranza de Sevilla", 1st prize at the "Manuel Castillo" competition, as well as the
1st prize at the International Competition "Vincenzo Boccabianca" and 1st prize in
the "Elise Meyer". He was also winner of the International Competition "Pablo de
Sarasate" and "Lipizer". He scored and scholarships of "AIE", "Juventudes Musicales",
"Ministerio de la Cultura", "Junta de Andalucia" and the Berenberg Culture Prize
2011 . Since 2014 he holds a scholarship at "Villa Musica".
In addition, he has appeared since his youth at numerous festivals and renowned
Künster Linnen and artists such as Natalia Gutman, Elisso Virsaladzse, Gérard Caussé,
Boris Garlitsky, Alexander Hülshoff, Tatiana Samouil, Justus Grimm, David Kadouch,
David Quiggle, Natalia Tchitch, Pavel Gomziakov experienced chamber music ,
Alberto Menchen advice received by the most prestigious international artists such
Turtchaninova, Vengerov, Markovici, Zafer, Gothoni, Kless, Wataya, Brodsky, Fuks, N.
Chumachenko, Fatkulin, Pauk, Blacher, Poppen, Canino, P. Csaba, V. Ashkenazy , F.
Helmerson, V. Margulys, E. Nebolsin, Marta Gulyas, Natalia Shakovskaya, Vadim
Gluzman, Viktor Dantchenko, E. Koroliov, Rainer Schmidt.
Alberto Menchen was 1st concertmaster of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and
is currently concertmaster of the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne.
Alberto Menchen – Press
The Young Concertmaster
Alberto Menchen is new 1st concertmaster of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra.
The 25-year-old beat out hundreds of competitors. Tonight he has a first major
appearance. He wants to stay most of all. By Arne Lieb
Tonight explore the Düsseldorf Symphony "epochal borders" from. They play music
that has emerged around the great upheaval of the First World War. The concert will
be one of the first important performances for the new 1st concertmaster Alberto
Menchen. The young Spanish violinist had prevailed in December against hundreds
competitor - now it is initially for one year section leader of the first violins and right
hand of the conductor.
Menchen, 25 years, is a quiet, thoughtful interlocutor. For just over a year, he has
lived in Germany, only in Hamburg, now in Dusseldorf, and now speaks fluent
German. If he does not know a word, he proposes it to his iPhone: "enriquecedor" is
working with the Düsseldorf Symphony, he says - "enriching" translated the phone.
"It's always been my dream to be concertmaster in such orchestras."
The strings in the view
As 1st concertmaster takes Menchen at the Symphony Violin Solos, but must also
know the scores and keep the other strings in the view. The concertmaster is a
special position in the orchestra: He stands between conductor and musicians and
decides with many details. "One has to be very diplomatic," says Alberto Menchen.
In today's program, especially the music of Alexander Zemlinsky was a challenge. It is
very difficult for the strings, stay together and work out the important voices. But the
composition is the work value: Menchen is enthusiastic about the expressive, big
sound of the "mermaid". "The piece touched," he says.
25 Years - Alberto Menchen seems young to fill a senior position in an orchestra. But
he is not the first so young concertmaster with the Düsseldorf Symphony: Franziska
breakfast was the same age when they first concertmaster in 1996. A look at
Menchens Vita also shows that the violinist despite his young age is anything but a
beginner is.
Alberto Menchen – Press
Menchen who was born in 1986 in Madrid and raised in Seville, has been awarded as
a child and teenager in numerous competitions, such as the international price
"Pablo de Sarasate". From 2007 he studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur
in Paris with Professor Boris Garlitsky, whom he followed to the Hamburg Academy
of Music and Drama in 2009. He joined many concerts, among others, the Mahler
Youth Orchestra, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris, and as a soloist with the
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. He also played with a chamber music quartet itself
founded on festivals. In Hamburg he received the prize worth EUR 15 000 Berenberg
Culture Prize recently.
Menchen has many plans. "I want to do everything, and the good as possible," he
says. He wanted to play in the orchestra and in chamber music, teaching and remain
concertmaster. Whether his future lies in Dusseldorf, decides re foreplay in a year such pressure is in the everyday life of a musician. It was important, while remaining
natural. "One has to be, how to be," says Alberto Menchen. "If you try to change his
personality, you will be unhappy."
Albert Menchen – Press
Spanish violinist Alberto Menchen honored
In the premises of Germany's oldest private bank, endowed with EUR 15 000
Berenberg Culture Prize was awarded to Alberto Menchen. The ceremony was born
in Madrid in 1986 Violinist at a number of international prizes and awards is linked
to, among them the "Vincenzo Boccabianca" or "Pablo de Sarasate". After studies in
Sevilla, Madrid and Paris in 2009, he followed his professor Boris Garlitsky of the
Seine at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. "Menchen is an
exceptional talent," said board member Prof. Dr. Hermann rough, with Dr. HansWalter Peters, spokesman for the personally liable partners presented the Berenberg
Cultural Award. Menchen, since this spring, has been 1st concertmaster of the
Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. Scholarships were born in Fukushima in 1984
Oboist Keisuke Honda and was born in Shanghai in 1985 clarinetist Kefei Hu. Also
with a grant from the theater director Jette Steckel, born 1982 in Berlin, excellent. In
2007, she was "Theater heute" elected by the young director of the year in the
2009/2010 season, she directed "Woyzeck" at the Thalia Theater, currently can be
seen there Schiller's "Don Carlos" by it. Project funding was the film producer
Stephanie Blum, born in 1981 in Hamburg, for her film "backstretch - 20359 St. Pauli.
Alberto Menchen – Repertoire
Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006
Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : The Last Rose of Summer (Étude No.6)
Kreisler, Fritz : Rezitativ e Scherzo Caprice 6 op. 6
Paganini, Niccolò : 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op.1
Schnittke, Alfred : A Paganini
Wieniawski, Henryk : 8 Etudes for 2 Violins, Op.18
Ysaye, Eugene : Solo Violin Sonatas 1,4,5,6
Bartok, Bela : Rhapsody 1 (also with orchestra)
Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonatas 4,5,7,8,9
Brahms, Johannes : Sonatas 1,2,3, Sonate F-A-E Scherzo and Hungarian Dances 5,7,17
Chausson, Ernest : Poeme (also with Orchestra)
Elgar, Edward : Salut d'Amour (also with Orchestra)
Franck, César : Violin Sonata
Debussy, Claude : Violin Sonata and The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Monti, Vittorio : Csardas
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Rondo in C Major and Rondo in B flat Major
Ravel, Maurice : Violin Sonata , Sonata for Violin and Cello and Tzigane (also with orchestra)
Saint-Saens : Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Sarasate, Pablo de : Zigeunerweisen and Carmen Fantasy (both also with orchestra)
Alberto Menchen – Repertoire
Shostakovich, Dmitry : Preludes op 34
Schubert, Franz : Fantasy, Grand Duo and Sonatinas
Schumann, Robert : Sonatas 1,2
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr : Souvenir d'un lieu cher (also with orchestra) and Valse - Scherzo C Major op. 34
Waxman, Franz : Carmen Fantasy (also with orchestra)
Wieniawski, Henryk : Polonaise Brillante
Bach, Johann Sebastian : Violin Concerto in A minor, Violin Concerto in E major and Concerto for 2
Beethoven, Ludwig van : Violin Concerto op. 61 and Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano
Brahms, Johannes : Violin Concerto op.77
Glazunov, Alexander : Violion Concerto op 82
Mendelssohn, Felix : Violin Concerto op 64
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Violin Concertos 1, 4, 5
Prokofiev, Sergey : Violin Concerto No.2, Op.63
Sibelius, Jean : Violin Concerto, Op.47
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr : Violin Concerto, Op.35
Shostakovich, Dmitry : Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor
Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons
Wieniawski, Henryk : Violin Concerto No.2, Op.22
Alberto Menchen – YouTube Links
Brahms, Hungarian dance 7
Brahms dance 17 for violin and piano
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Alberto Menchen – Photo Gallery
Alberto Menchen – Biography (original German)
Alberto Menchen zählt zu renommiertesten Geigern Spaniens. Er erhielt seinen
ersten Violinunterricht am Konservatorium von Sevilla, später bei Evgeny Ojogine
und Galina Guenkina bevor er 2001 bei der „Escuela Superior De Musica Reina Sofia"
in Madrid seinen Unterricht fortführt. Dort lernt er bei Zakhar Bron und J.L. García
Asensio und erhält 2005/06 die Auszeichnung „Violinist des Jahres".
Seit 2006 studiert er bei Prof. Boris Garlitsky,zuerst am " Conservatoire Superieur de
Paris, danach an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, und seit 2013 an
der Folkwang Universität der Künste.
Seit seiner Kindheit hat Alberto Menchen zahlreiche Preise und Stipendien erhalten,
so wie z.B. den 1. Preis beim Kammermusikwettbewerb "Real Maestranza de Sévilla",
den 1. Preis beim Wettbewerb „ Manuel Castillo ", sowie den 1. Preis beim
Internationalen Wettbewerb "Vincenzo Boccabianca" und 1. Preis beim „Elise
Meyer". Er war außerdem Preisträger des Internationalen Wettbewerbs "Pablo de
Sarasate" und „Rodolfo Lipizer". Er hat sowie Stipendien von „AIE", „Juventudes
Musicales", „Ministerio de la Cultura", „Junta de Andalucia" und der Berenberg
Kulturpreis 2011 bekommen. Seit 2014 ist er Stipendiat bei “Villa Musica”.
Außerdem ist er seit seiner Jugend auf zahlreichen Festivals aufgetreten und
namhaften Künsterlinnen und Künstlern wie Natalia Gutman, Elisso Virsaladzse,
Gérard Caussé, Boris Garlitsky, Alexander Hülshoff, Tatiana Samouil, Justus Grimm,
David Kadouch, David Quiggle, Natalia Tchitch, Pavel Gomziakov kammermusikalisch
Alberto Menchen hat Ratschläge von den renommiertesten internationalen
Künstlern erhalten wie Turtchaninova, Vengerov, Markovici, Zafer, Gothoni, Kless,
Wataya, Brodsky, Fuks, N. Chumachenco, Fatkulin, Pauk, Blacher, Poppen, Canino, P.
Csaba, V. Ashkenazy, F. Helmerson , V. Margulys, E. Nebolsin, Marta Gulyas, Natalia
Shakovskaya, Vadim Gluzman, Viktor Dantchenko, E. Koroliov, Rainer Schmidt.
Alberto Menchen war 1. Konzertmeister des Düsseldorfer Symphoniker und ist
gegenwärtig Konzertmeister des WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln.