The faculty 2022
Our internationally acclaimed faculty members are at the heart of the IMAS masterclasses. With their artistry of the highest calibre, years of experience and passion for music, they provide incomparable inspiration and motivation for the young participants. IMAS offers three masterclass courses: the piano course takes place every year, and the other two instruments are on rotation.
PROF. BERND GOETZKE
Bernd Goetzke was born in Hanover, Germany in 1951. At the age of 13 he was already accepted as a student at the Hanover University of Music and Drama, where he studied Piano with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kammerling until obtaining his Concert Soloist's Diploma in 1975. Another important phase in his pianistic development was his long association (1969 to 1977) with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, who regarded him as his last pupil. He also participated in Beethoven courses given by Wilhelm Kempff and Claudio Arrau.
Bernd Goetzke was awarded prizes in several international competitions (Paris, Milan, Epinal, Athens, Brussels, amongst others). Already at the age of 25 he was appointed Lecturer at the Hanover University of Music and Drama and became professor in 1982; there he teaches a class of young pianists from all over the world, as well as being Head of the Concert Soloist Programme. In addition he holds numerous Master Classes in Germany and abroad.
He is also involved in the training of soloists and the development of young talents outside of the University environment: as jury member of many international competitions, for example, or as Artistic Advisor of the festival "Braunschweiger Kammermusikpodium" and as Chair of a society supporting young artists. As of last year he is Director of a newly-founded Institute for highly-gifted children. This Institute, conceived by him, is attached to the Hanover University of Music and Drama and the only one of its kind in Germany.
In recent years his concert repertoire has focused on works of the twentieth century, reflecting his fascination with the stylistic richness and diversity of the period between Late Romanticism and Avantgarde. In the realm of chamber music one could mention the German premiere of Bartok's Piano Quintet, Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time", Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire", Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, or also the two Rhapsodies by Gershwin or Skryabin's "Prometheus". Bernd Goetzke has also published several articles on subject-related matters ("Freedom in Interpretation", "Pedal Technique", "Bach's Melodic Characteristics", "Articulation and Phrasing in Classical Music", etc.).
Prof. Christiane Iven
The versatile artist Christiane Iven worked as a concert and lieder singer and felt equally at home on the opera stage. Starting her career in concert and opera as a mezzo-soprano, Iven later switched to soprano. Her dark timbred voice has always been in between both subjects. Among other things, she was a member of the ensemble of the Staatsoper Stuttgart for many years. In Stuttgart, as well as in further German and European opera houses, she worked with the directing team Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, with Calixto Bieto, Claus Guth, Luc Perceval, Andreas Homoki, Stephan Herheim, Andrea Moses and others. Her most important roles were Feldmarschallin (Rosenkavalier), Agathe (Freischütz), Didon (Les Troyens), Marie (Wozzeck), Kundry (Parsifal), Strauss's Ariadne (title role), Elvira (Don Giovanni), Emilia Marty (Die Sache Makropulos), Sieglinde (Walküre) and Isolde (Tristan und Isolde).
She appeared in concerts with leading orchestras, including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporaine, NDR Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, RSO Berlin, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Munich Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Marc Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Riccardo Chailly, Teodor Currentzis, John Elliot Gardiner, Michael Gielen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Heinz Holliger, Marco Letonja, Shao-Chia Lü, Sir Neville Marriner, Matthias Pintscher, Helmut Rilling, Michael Schoenwandt, Christian Zacharias and Lothar Zagrosek.
Her most frequently sung repertoire included the Seven Early Songs by Alban Berg, the Wesendonck-Lieder by Richard Wagner, Rückert-Lieder, the Lied von der Erde, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Lieder aus des Knaben Wunderhorn by Gustav Mahler, the Lyric Symphony by Alexander Zemlinsky, as well as the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss.
Her lieder recitals with Burkhard Kehring, Igor Levit, Wolfram Rieger, András Schiff, Jan Philip Schulze among many others, were Christiane Iven's particular passion and at the very heart of her concert activity. She was a guest performer at leading music festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Schwetzinger SWR Festival.
Christiane Iven was born in Hamburg, studied in her home city under Judith Beckmann, and supplemented her studies in lied interpretation classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin.
She had scholarships from the Steans Institute of Music at the Ravinia Festival (USA), the Richard-Wagner-Verband and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. In 1990 she was a prizewinner at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, and in the following years she won prizes at a number of international lied competitions.
Christiane Iven discovered her passion for music in her school time. She sang in the choir of the St. Michaeliskirche in Hamburg under Günter Jena for many years. As a student she worked as a long-term understudy at the NDR choir. In particular the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, his Passions and Cantatas, became the focus of her life, and left a profound impression which remains to this day. After initial, small parts at the State Opera Hamburg she became a member of the ensemble at the Theater Bremen in 1992. In 1996 she moved to the Nationaltheater Mannheim, where she sang parts such as Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Charlotte (Werther). This was followed in 2001 by an engagement as a permanent ensemble member at the Staatsoper Hannover and in 2006 at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
For her artistic achievements, she was awarded the Niedersächsischer Staatspreis (State Prize of Lower Saxony) and honored with the title of 'Kämmersängerin' by the state of Baden Württemberg.
A further focus is her successful work as a singing teacher. From 2001–2007 she was a professor at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Since the winter semester 2013/14, Christiane Iven holds a professorship for voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. She is a requested jury member at international singing competitions and gives numerous master classes, including at the Internationale Musikakademie für Solisten (IMAS) at Schloss Bückeburg, the Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart, the International Hugo-Wolf-Akademie and the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
In addition, Christiane Iven works as a coach and consultant in the fields of music, theater and pedagogy.
Prof. Reinhold Friedrich
Born in Weingarten / Baden, Reinhold Friedrich has been a guest of all major stages around the world since his success at the ARD International Music Competition in 1986. Strongly influenced by his teachers Edward H. Tarr (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel) and Pierre Thibaud (Conservatoire Superieure de Musique Paris). He has always considered that old and new music belong together. The re-discovery of forgotten works of the Romantic period and the classical modern era lie particularly close to his heart, as does his interest in avant- garde music.
He gave his debut performance at the Berliner Festwochen with "Sequenza X" by Luciano Berio. This was followed by his first appearance as a soloist at the Musikverein in Vienna with the Vienna Academy under Martin Haselböck, playing the trumpet concerto by Joseph Haydn on the historic keyed trumpet. His involvement with historical performance practice has brought him together with a variety of orchestras such as the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, La Stagione Frankfurt, Kammerorchester Basel, L'arte del mondo, Concerto Melante, the Berliner Barock Solisten as well as the Cappella Andrea Barca under Sir András Schiff. The focus of this collaboration was often on the 2nd Brandenburg Concerto by J.S. Bach, whose rendering is near and dear to Friedrich.
As part of his engagement with contemporary compositions, Reinhold Friedrich premiered a large number of significant works. This includes pieces by Wolfgang Rihm, Carola Bauckholt, Luciano Berio, Edison Denissov, Peter Eötvös, Hans Werner Henze, Adriana Hölszky, Nicolaus A. Huber, Luca Lombardi, Benedict Mason, Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, Hilda Parèdes, Matthias Pintscher, Jan Rääts, Rebecca Saunders, Nina Šenk, Enjott Schneider, Daniel Schnyder, Gerhard Stäbler, Eino Tamberg, Caspar Johannes Walter, Christian Wolff, and Benjamin Yusopov. Solo concerts such as "Eirene" by Herbert Willi (Wergo) and "Nobody knows de trouble I see" by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, whose CD recording won an ECHO Klassik in 1994, form an important part of his broad repertoire.
As a soloist, Reinhold Friedrich performed with ensembles such as the Bamberger and Wiener Symphoniker, the Staatsoper Berlin and Stuttgart, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Frankfurt Museum Orchester, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Prague, the orchestra of the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires and all German radio symphony orchestras; conducted amongst others by Semyon Bychkov, Dennis Russell Davies, Peter Eötvös, Vladimir Fedevichev, Adam Fischer, Michael Gielen, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Manfred Honeck, Eliahu Inbal, Krystjan and Neeme Järvi, Dmitri Kitaenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Jonathan Nott, Kazushi Ono, Matthias Pintscher, Trevor Pinnock, Stanislav Skrowaczewski, and Hans Zender.
From 1983 to 1999 Reinhold Friedrich held the position of solo trumpeter at the Radio Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt. In 2003, Claudio Abbado appointed him permanent solo trumpeter of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which has been conducted by Riccardo Chailly since 2017. Furthermore, Reinhold Friedrich is the Artistic Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble. Present chamber music partners of Reinhold Friedrich are Thomas Duis, Bernd Glemser, and Eriko Takezawa (piano), Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion), Iveta Apkalna, Sebastian Küchler-Blessing, Martin Lücker, and Christian Schmitt (organ).
Reinhold Friedrich is a professor of trumpet at Karlsruhe University of Music, a sought-after lecturer for master classes, and honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Escuela Superior de Musica REINA SOFIA in Madrid, and as well as in Hiroshima / Japan. His former students are winners in almost all major international competitions and hold leading positions or professorships throughout Europe, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Moscow, and Rio de Janeiro.