Robert Schumann - Heinz Holliger | Aschenmusik | ECM New Series 2395



Heinz Holliger, one of the great oboists of our time, was born in Langenthal in the Swiss canton of Berne in 1939. He has made authoritative recordings of the standard repertoire (some with ECM, including a benchmark album of Zelenka's trio sonatas) and considerably enlarged the technical range of his instrument. Many leading composers from Luciano Berio to Isang Yun have written works for him. His conducting career began in 1977 with the Basel Chamber Orchestra. Since then he has stood at the head of all the major orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics. He studied composition with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez. His recordings for ECM include Scardanelli Cycle, his Robert Walser cycle Beiseit, Lieder ohne Worte, the opera Schneewittchen and the Violin Concerto. An earlier version of Romancendres (recorded in 2008) with Christoph Richter and Dénes Várjon, can be heard on the album of the same name. 

Anita Leuzinger was born in 1982 near Zurich. She studied cello with Thomas Grossenbacher and Thomas Demenga. During her studies she received important input from György Kurtág, Miklós Perényi and Steven Isserlis, among others. She was influenced most by the Hungarian pianist Ferenc Rados. In 2008, Leuzinger won first prize at the Naumburg Competition in New York. This led to her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2009. At age 23, while still a student, she won the position of principal cellist with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. She works often with Heinz Holliger, and plays regularly in duo with Anton Kernjak.


Anton Kernjak comes from an Austrian family with Slovenian background. He studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and later attended concert classes with Rudolf Buchbinder at the Basel Conservatory. He was greatly influenced by his studies with Ferenc Rados and by master classes with Kurtág. He has received several awards and was a prize winner at the international Johannes Brahms piano competition in Austria. His chamber music partners include Heinz Holliger, Anita Leuzinger, Thomas Demenga, Hanna Weinmeister, Muriel Cantoreggi, Geneviève Strosser and Silvia Simionescu.