18th July | Northern Romance and Southern Nights

Ekklesiasterion of Ancient Messene | 20:30 o'clock | Free Entrance

Chamber music concert


Benedict Kloeckner – violoncello, Danae Dörken – piano


With the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens.




JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 – 1750), Suite for violoncello solo Nr.6 in D major, BWV 1012

FELIX MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809 – 1847), Sonata for violoncello and piano Nr.2 in D major, Op. 58

  • Allegro assai vivace

  • Allegretto scherzando

  • Adagio

  • Molto Allegro vivace




MANOLIS KALOMIRIS (1883 – 1962), 5 Préludes for piano


GREGOR PIATIGORSKY (1903 – 1976), Variations on a Paganini Theme

arrangement for violoncello and piano


NICCOLO PAGANINI (1782 – 1840), Mosè-fantasia, MS 23

arrangement for violoncello and piano


PABLO DE SARASATE (1844 – 1908), Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

arrangement for violoncello and piano

One of Germany’s most acclaimed young cellists Benedict Kloeckner (1989) is performing with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestras, the NDR and Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Kremerata Baltica, Slovak Radio Orchestra and the Russian and Polish State Philharmonic Orchestras, alongside conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Howard Griffiths, Ingo Metzmacher, Michael Sanderling, Karl Heinz Steffens, Christoph Poppen and Heinrich Schiff. Championed by such maestros as Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle, he performs across Europe, North and South America and Asia, at venues including the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, Symphony Hall in Chicago, John. F Kennedy Center in Washington, Tonhalle Zurich, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, Athenäum Bukarest, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien and Seoul Arts Center.

A keen chamber musician, Benedict is performing with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Yuri Bashmet, Danae Dörken, Christoph Eschenbach, Anna Fedorova, Gidon Kremer, Anne Sophie Mutter, Antoine Tamestit, the Carducci String Quartet, and Sir Andras Schiff.

He is a prize winner of major international competitions such as the European Broadcasting Union Award in Bratislava, the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann cello competition in Berlin, the Animato International Soloist Competition in Zurich, the “Nicolas Firmenich Prize” of the Verbier Festival (CH) and the “First Manhattan International Music Competition New York”. Furthermore he received the “European Culture Prize” awarded by the “European Culture Foundation”.

Benedict Kloeckner regularly collaborates with contemporary composers, including Eric Tanguy and Wolfgang Rihm, (whose Cello Concerto “Temptation” he performed in Munich) as well as Howard Blake, who composed a cello sonata for him. In celebration of his 75th birthday, Howard Blake invited Kloeckner to record his entire repertoire for cello and piano, with himself, for Genuin in cooperation with the SWR. Benedict opened the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017/18 season performing two concertos, one of which was the premiere of Howard Blake’s double concerto. In 2018 he presents the world premiere of Eun-Hwa Cho’s cello concerto with the Korean Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christoph Poppen, during a 3 day concert residency at Seoul Arts Center, as well as the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s double concerto for two Cellos.

His recording catalogue includes a highly acclaimed recording of Robert Schumann’s cello concerto, nominated for the German Record Critics prize, and collaborations with Gidon Kremer, the conductors Heinrich Schiff and Michael Sanderling, the pianists José Gallardo and Anna Fedorova, and the composer and pianist Howard Blake. Future recordings include a CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a recital CD with Danae Dörken.

Since September 2014 Benedict Kloeckner is the artistic director and founder of the “International Music Festival Koblenz” presenting high level chamber music concerts with artists such as Vilde Frang, Tianwa Yang, Boris Giltburg and the Georgian and Munich Chamber orchestras.

Benedict Kloeckner studied with Martin Ostertag, and as a young soloist of the Kronberg Academy Masters with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, graciously financed by the “Angela Winkler-Scholarship”, since October 2009. Benedict Kloeckner is also very grateful to Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer, Michael Sanderling, and Sir Andras Schiff for the musical insight and support they have offered for his artistic development. He plays an Italian Cello by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona 1680) kindly on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.


Called “the discovery of the year” by classical music magazine Crescendo and “on her way to the very top” by Concerti magazine, German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is, at age twenty-six, among the elite of internationally acclaimed artists of a new generation, electrifying audiences and peer musicians alike with her stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma and great profundity of her musical thinking. A uniquely gifted talent at very young age, Danae received the support of Lord Yehudi Menuhin when she was seven, and soon began to cause a stir at major European venues with her “sparkling joy of playing” (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger). Following her studies with the internationally venerated teacher Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and with Lars Vogt, she is today a regular guest of major orchestras including the Munich Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra. She has performed to great critical acclaim at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and many more important venues. Danae Dörken also performs regularly at major festivals including Kissinger Sommer, Lugano Musica, and the renowned Spannungen Music Festival in Heimbach. During the 2017-2018 season, Danae Dörken celebrates her solo debuts at Tonhalle Zurich and Palais des Beaux- Arts Brussels. Danae Dörken's groundbreaking recording of the Piano Concerto No. 21 by Mozart and of the rarely performed Piano Concerto No. 2 by Mendelssohn (with Royal Northern Sinfonia) was released in 2016, to raving critical acclaim. Of Greek descent, Danae Dörken cofounded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) in 2015 on the island of Lesbos.

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