(2017) MOZART & POULENC: WORKS FOR VIOLIN & PIANO - ESTHER HOPPE, ALASDAIR BEATSON
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Official release date: 20 January 2017
In recent years, Esther Hoppe has established herself as a stylistically confident, virtuosic violinist in both the solo and chamber music
repertoires – someone who always places her stupendous technique at the service of the music. After studying with Thomas Füri at the Basel Music Academy, Esther Hoppe went to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she continued her studies with Robert Mann and Ida Kavafian. She then studied with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music in London and with Nora Chastain at the Zurich University of the Arts. Esther Hoppe has given solo performances with many orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Les Siècles in Paris, the German State Philharmonic of Rheinland-Pfalz, the kammerorchester basel, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.
After winning 1st prize at the 8th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 2002, Esther Hoppe founded the Tecchler Trio. They enjoyed an intensive concert career from 2003 to 2011, winning several first prizes at important competitions, the most significant being 1st Prize at the International ARD Competition in Munich in 2007. From 2009 to 2013 Esther Hoppe was also First Concert Master of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, which she herself directed in many concerts. Since 2013 she has been a professor of violin at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg.
Esther Hoppe’s concert career has taken her to the festivals of Lockenhaus, Lucerne, Davos, Gstaad, Delft, Seville, Prussia Cove and the Styriarte in Graz. She has toured all the countries of Europe, the USA, Japan and India, performing in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Great Hall of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Hercules Hall in Munich, the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Konzerthaus in Dortmund. Esther Hoppe’s chamber music partners include Clemens and Veronika Hagen, Nicolas Altstaedt, Heinz Holliger, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alexander Lonquich, Aleksandar Madzar, Christian Poltéra and Ronald Brautigam.
Together with the Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson, Esther Hoppe released a CD with works by Mozart
on the Claves label in 2014 that was highly praised by the critics. Further CDs have been released by Virgin Classics, Neos, Concentus Records and Ars Musici. Esther Hoppe plays a violin
made in 1690 by Gioffredo Cappa. She lives with her family in Zurich.