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. Hedwig Fassbender
I have always considered myself a „singing actress" and have sought the challenge of bringing both forms, acting and singing, ever closer together. On my journey from Cherubino to Isolde, I sang Carmen, Fricka, Sieglinde, Kundry , Bartók's Judit and especially Kostelnička in „Jenufa" and Herodias in Salome at wonderful opera houses and worked with great conductors and directors. I have also had the honor of recording some works that are most dear to me: Wagner's Isolde, Mahler's Song of the Earth, Bach's St. Matthew Passion and a collection of Richard Strauss Songs.
My most formative artistic encounters were as Kostelnička in Jenufa under Kirill Petrenko, as the Foreign Princess in Rusalka under Ivan Fischer, as Bartók's Judit under Vladimir Jurowsky, as Kundry under Adam Fischer, The woman over 60 in The Golden Dragon under its composer Peter Eötvös and in the roles during my delightful collaboration with Herbert Wernicke at the Theater Basel in the 90s. In 2018, after the last performance of „Kreidekreis" at the Opera Lyon, I consciously took my final bow and bid farewell to grand opera.
I tought five years as a professor in Winterthur and eighteen years as a professor in Frankfurt, during which I served for a long time as dean. 2011, the vocal department was awarded the Hessian Excellence Prize for Higher Education, which is the most highly endowed European teaching award. Many of my former students are enjoying successful international singing careers, of which I am very proud.
In 2017, after thirty-five years on the stage and over twenty years at the university, I felt a strong desire to break away from the security of a career in civil service and work towards my own ideas and initiatives.
This is what my life looks like today:
I give private singing lessons to professional singers of all ages and I regularly work for several workshops a year at the opera studios of the Zurich, Frankfurt and Warsaw opera houses. To work with these young singers and pianists consistently during their time in the opera studios is for both parties meaningful and fulfilling. I also give master classes at studios of other opera houses including the Bolshoi Theater, the Opéra de Paris, and the Hannover Opera.
In 2014, I was finally able to launch the first round of the "Exzellenz-Labor Gesang // Oper" (ExLab – Opera). This project is very dear to me, as I conceived and developed it and am its artistic director. The ExLab is a high-intensity masterclass in musical style and performance training.
Prof. Reinhold Friedrich
REINHOLD FRIEDRICH - Biography
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.
Reinhold Friedrich was awarded another ECHO Klassik for the recording of the "Russian Trumpet Concerts" (MDG) with Göttinger Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph-Mathias Mueller. Numerous other CD recordings document his multifaceted work, including the first recording of the trumpet concerto "Pieta" by Christian Jost (Coviello) and the recording of the second Brandenburg Concerto (Sony) with the Berlin Baroque Soloists under Reinhard Goebel, which won the OPUS Classical price of 2018. A recording of Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat (with Isabelle Faust) at the Wigmore Hall London is in the planning stage.
Upcoming concerts will lead him to the Elbphilharmonie (concert by Bernd Alois Zimmermann), to the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra, and the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra (concert by Toshio Hosokawa), to Siberia (UA "Spirit of Siberia" by Enjott Schneider), to the National Orchestra Yerevan (concert by Ilya Chakov), to Australia with Wolfgang Rihm's trumpet concert "Marsyas" and to the Lucerne Academy Orchestra under the direction of George Benjamin, with Nuria Rial to the Handel Festival in Halle and with the Berliner Barock Solisten under Reinhold Goebel to Lutry and Versailles. He will also be performing in Katowice, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Geneva, Groningen, Hamburg, Bremen, Freiburg, Dusseldorf, Nuremberg, Lyon, Armenia, Korea and Taiwan.