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Master Class

Donald Sulzen & Julie Kaufmann

Master Class Song and Opera with
KS Julie Kaufmann / Donald Sulzen

Wolfgang Sawallisch Music Academy: 21.2 – 26.2.2024

Course description

In this master class we will turn to the art of performing as a duo. Technical aspects such as dynamic balance, articulation, phrasing, style and the relationship between text and music will be discussed, as well as the psychological side of teamwork and the importance of healthy dialogue in the practice situation. Opera repertoire is also a central part of the course, bringing the art of opera accompaniment into focus.

Song repertoire / opera literature

You have free choice of repertoire. Please indicate your choice with your application, but no later than four weeks before the start of the course, so that duos can be set up if necessary. Please send with your application a detailed CV, as well as at least one audio or video recording, gladly also as a link to the organizer.

Who can participate

This course is especially beneficial for musicians who would like to perform as a duo. Duos are especially welcome, but singers without a piano partner or pianists without a singing partner can also participate. Duos will be formed before the course begins so that the appropriate repertoire can be rehearsed. The course is limited to a maximum of twelve participants.


Münchner Klaviertrio

Concerts of the Munich Piano Trio

Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Nymphenburg Castle, Hubertussaal – Munich

Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio in A Major, Hob. XV: 35

Antonín Dvořák: Dumky Trio, op. 90

Robert Schumann: Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44

Benefit Concert (Lions-Club Munich, Marienplatz e.V.)

Munich Piano Trio: Michael Arlt (violin), Gerhard Zank (violoncello), Donald Sulzen (piano)
Guests: Tilo Widenmeyer (viola) & Verena Kurz (2nd violin)

Tickets available at the door

Georg Schumann CD

CD Recording of the Munich Piano Trio with works by Robert Schumann

The Munich Piano Trio recorded two masterpieces by composer Robert Schumann in June 2023: the piano trio No. 3 in g minor, op. 110 and, together with Tilo Widenmeyer (viola) as well as Verena Kurz (2nd violin), the piano quintet in E-flat major, op. 44.

The CD will be released by the end of this year and can be ordered through the Munich Piano Trio.

Thomas E. Bauer

Song Recitals with Thomas E. Bauer, Baritone

Opera Rara Kraków (Poland)

Songs of Robert Schumann
— Friday, February 25, 2022 at 6 pm

Crete Senesi Festival – Asciano (Italy)

Chiesa San Francesco

Songs of Gustav Mahler and Kurt Weill
— Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 5 pm

2022 Seoul International Music Festival (Südkorea)

Kumho Art Hall Yonsei Soeul

Songs of Robert Schumann and Gustav Mahler
— Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Thomas E. Bauer

Concert Hall of Blaibach

Kulturwaldfestpiele Bayerischer Wald

Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Sebastian Kohlhepp, Tenor

Thomas E. Bauer, Baritone

Donald Sulzen, Piano & Dr. Libman

Dr. Matthias Junker, text & G. Mahler

Mahler's moving masterpiece in the piano version of the composer including a historically reconstructed, fateful conversation of the composer with his American physician Dr. Libman in New York.

Konzerthaus Blaibach

Enjoy a showreel with the highlights of the concert of September 12, 2020.

Shanghai Concert Hall

Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall (China)

Recital with Gustav Mahler:
Songs from the Wunderhornlieder and Kindertotenlieder

— Sunday, June 13, 2020 at 8 pm

The concert has been canceled and will be re-performed at a later date.

Anna Caterina Antonacci

Song Recitals with Anna Caterina Antonacci

Círculo de Belles Artes – Madrid (Spain)

Song Recital: Francis Poulenc, La voix humaine
— Sunday, November 28 2021 at 7 pm

Anna Caterina Antonacci

Vancouver Recital Society (Canada)

Song Recital
— Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 3 pm

The concert has been canceled and will be re-performed at a later date.

Teatro Massimo Palermo – Opera House (Italy)

Song Recital
— Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 8:30 pm

The concert has been canceled and will be re-performed at a later date.

Eliot Quartett

Concerts with the Eliot Quartet

Concert Hall of Blaibach

Kulturwaldfestpiele Bayerischer Wald

W. A. Mozart: Piano Concertos KV 413 and KV 415


— Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 5 pm

— Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8 pm

The arrangement of the piano concertos without wind instruments was suggested by Mozart himself as a possible version. In the advertisement of the first edition from January, 1783, Mozart notes that the concertos “could be performed with a large orchestra with winds, but also as well with a quartet for 2 violins, 1 viola, and cello, without winds.”


Peter Jonas

In Memoriam Peter Jonas (1946 – 2020)

4. Monday Concert of the Bavarian State Opera, May 27, 2020

In remembrance of the unforgotten artistic director Peter Jonas, the Munich Piano Trio with violist Tilo Widenmeyer plays the Piano Quartet in E flat major, KV 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The professional recording team of the opera house has captured the special atmosphere of the moment in close-ups of rich sound and color.

CD Recordings

Der junge Richard Strauss

CD Recording of the Munich Piano Trio:
The Young Richard Strauss

Fono Forum (June 2018)

"The Munic Piano Trio plays the pieces with noble precision, stylistically following more the references than a conception of juvenile agitation."

MusicWeb International (April 2018)

"This performance by the Münchner Klaviertrio ... serves more to bring out the accomplishments of the young composer. ... This is a highly rewarding release, which clearly shows the progression of Richard Strauss the composer and which any self-respecting Straussian will relish. Strauss is clearly evident in patches of this music, especially in the piano writing of the Piano Quartet, and the Münchner Klaviertrio bring this out expertly. ... the recorded sound is also clear and detailed."

Georg Schumann CD

CD Recording of the Munich Piano Trio with works by Georg Schumann

The late romantic Cello Sonata, Opus 19 and the Piano Quartet, Opus 29 of Georg Schumann, a contemporary of Richard Strauss, has appeared on the cpo label.

These neglected masterpieces, which until now have not been recorded, are sure to raise high interest among critics, musicians and most important, listeners!

Georg Schumann CD

CD Recording of the Munich Piano Trio with works by Robert Schumann

In 2016, the Munich Piano trio has marketed two master compositions by Robert Schumann: the Piano Trio Opus 80 and the Piano Quartet Opus 47 with Tilo Widenmeyer as violist. It is the eights GENUIN-CD of the ensemble.

The CD was promoted on February 22, 2016 in the broadcasting Tonart-Klassik of Deutschlandradio-Kultur.


Zankel Hall

The Best Classical Music of 2018
– The Best Performances –

“One of our most essential singers arrived for a rare New York recital in February at Zankel Hall. It was a quietly shattering yet deeply satisfying evening, a study in aging, nostalgia and death pursued through ripe Respighi songs, autumnal Nadia Boulanger, changeable early Britten, wryly pained Poulenc. (And, as encores, exquisitely shaped Frescobaldi and an almost murmured Habanera from “Carmen.”) No program notes, no speeches from the stage: She treated her audience like adults, sharing an intimacy charged with mystery.”

Zachary Woolfe (December 5, 2018) 

Antonacci - Sulzen - Bologna 2016

Fondazione Mariele Ventre — Bologna (Italy)

Live performance of Bologna's concert, March 3, 2016

with songs by Monteverdi, Respighi, Pizzetti, Cilea, Refice, Mascagni, Poulenc, Fauré and Hahn

Antonacci - Sulzen - Savona 2013

Teatro Comunale G. Chiabrera — Savona (Italy)

Live Recording of the Recital on December 7, 2013

with songs by Berlioz, Cilea, Debussy, Fauré, Hahn, Mascagni, Respighi, Tosti and Wagner

Antonacci - Sulzen - Savona

Teatro Comunale Chiabrera — Savona (Italy)

Live video recording of the inaugural concert of the Teatro Comunale in Savona — 2nd October 2010!

Antonacci - Wigmore Hall 2015

„La Voix Humaine" (Poulenc): Wigmore Hall

Poulencs master composition from the opening recital of Radio 3's Lunchtime Season 2015 live for the BBC with Fiona Talkington and an enthusiastic public.

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Wigmore Hall

Triumph in Wigmore Hall – London

Acclaimed song recital in one of the world's most important recital venues: Lunchtime Concert live on BBC (Radio 3) with Sarah Walker and compositions of Fauré, Hahn, Bachelet, Respighi, Zandonai and Mascagni.

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Danjulo Ishizaka

„Le Cygne“ (The Swan): Live Registration

Camille Saint Saëns Le Cygne from The Carnival of the Animals in an exemplary Live Performance of the Kissinger Sommer on June 21, 2015 with Danjulo Ishizaka (violoncello).

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Eliot Quartett

Live Recording with the Eliot Quartet

Concert Hall of Blaibach

W. A. Mozart: Piano Concertos KV 413 and KV 415

— Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 4 pm

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