Artistic Director - Babette Hierholzer - pianist

Irene Zandel, Photography

Since 2015 Babette Hierholzer is the new Artistic Director of the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society.
     The debut of pianist Babette Hierholzer with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was followed by numerous performances led by the renowned Conductors Sir Colin Davis, Klaus Tennstedt, Leopold Hager and Semyon Bychkov. She gave her American debut with the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra playing Liszt Concerto No. 1 and her Canadian debut with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven Concerto No. 2. On numerous occasions she performed in Mexico with the Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo under Johannes Bruno Ullrich.
     Ms. Hierholzer has performed extensively both in recital, chamber music and as soloist with orchestra in most of the countries of Europe, as well as in the United States, South America and Africa.
     Babette Hierholzer was born in Freiburg, Germany and studied with Elisabeth Dounias-Sindermann, Wolfgang Saschowa in Berlin, with Herbert Stessin in New York, with Paul Badura-Skoda in Essen and Vienna, with Maria Tipo in Florence and with Bruno Leonardo Gelber in Buenos Aires. Ms. Hierholzer won numerous first prizes, the “Viotti Concorso Internazionale de Musica” in Vercelli, Italy, the “Joanna Hodges” International Competition in Palm Springs and played her New York debut at Weill Carnegie Hall as winner of the “East & West Artists Prize For New York Debut”.
     She has recorded numerous recordings including a live recording of Mozart Concerto No. 23 in A Major KV 488 on TESTAMENT label with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Klaus Tennstedt. Also she performed the sound track and double/stand-in role for Clara Wieck (played by Nastassja Kinski) in Peter Schamoni’s movie Spring Symphony about the life of Robert and Clara Schumann.
     In 2004 she and pianist Jürgen Appell founded the DUO LONTANO, which can look back to a successful more than ten years of concertizing on extended concert tours that led them to Italy, Germany, Venezuela, Mexico, Russia and to the USA and included an invitation to Caracas to perform Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos with the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolivar conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
     In 2015 GENUIN released a recording of DUO LONTANO performing works by Mendelssohn, which was recorded at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.
     In March 2016, the DUO LONTANO performed for the first time in Cuba, giving recitals in Havana and performing with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba under Enrique Pérez Mesa.
     Ms. Hierholzer is the Artistic Director of the German Forum an organization, that is supporting and promoting outstanding young instrumentalists and singers from the German-speaking world by offering them an opportunity to perform in New York City. In 2014 The German Forum celebrated its 10th anniversary with a concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium @ Lincoln Center.
Babette Hierholzer is a Steinway & Sons Artist.

Duo Lontano performing in Havana with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional under Maestro Enrique Pérez Mesa at Sala Covarrubias - Teatro Nacional de Cuba

Board of Directors

Nicholas Warren, President
Timothy Lewis, Vice President
Roz Austin, Treasurer
Lenore Nemeth &
Joan Monder, Secretaries

Anna Bagnall
Milly Feinsilber
Christina Hirsch
Arthur Michaels

Advisory Board

Helena Baillie
Leon Botstein
Raymond Erickson
Kimberly Kahan
Robert Martin
Robert Montgomery
Joan Tower


Award Winning chamber players...

Award-winning chamber players such as the Eroica Trio and the Manhattan and the Mendelssohn String Quartets appeared early in their careers and again later.

The Pacifica Quartet, which first appeared in 1998, in 2004, and again in 2005, are the latest recipients of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America.

Previous winners of the award that have also appeared during several RCMS seasons include the Borromeo and Brentano Quartets.

 International groups such as the Czech Nonet, which performed here on their first American tour in 2002, the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust (recorder) Quartet, and the Parisi String Quartet have also appeared in recent years.

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