More than just „Crossover“

Michael Sieg, oboist and cor anglaisist in the hr symphony orchestra, and Peter Reiter-Schaub, who is still a bassoon player at the time, now a pianist in the hr big band, already know each other as a teenager. Once they had made music together in the Youth Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden, but then lost sight of themselves during their studies, and one day they met by chance in the canteen of the Hessischer Rundfunk again.

In the „Ensemble Open-Up“ gather your musical friends and colleagues to a highly interesting and exciting project.

In doing so, they are realizing an extraordinary concert program that combines music from the most varied eras and styles from baroque to romanticism, classical modernism, contemporary music and jazz – usually in exciting new arrangements – while at the same time expressly embracing the many fashionable ones »Crossover projects« distanced: »Anyone who comes to the concert with the expectation that he will hear“ Swinging-Bach-light „will surely be sorely disappointed,“ says Michael Sieg.

„Because „Crossover“ means much more to us: how classical musicians venture into jazz a bit and, on the other hand, accompany a Handel aria like musicians who are more at home in jazz. That seems to me to be a special field of tension «. The concept of this experimental concert also includes the fact that everything goes off stage without electrical amplification – so all participants can meet on the same level in terms of sound.

Adam Gellen


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Michael Sieg

studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg with Hans Elhorst and Heinz Holliger. During his studies he was a member of the »Junge Deutsche Philharmonie«. His first engagement as a solo cor anglaisist of the Bergen Symphony Orchestra took him to Norway. Michael Sieg has been working in Frankfurt as an oboist and English hornist in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1987. He played with the Ensemble Modern Orchestra under Pierre Boulez and for many years chamber music with Albrecht Mayer. In 2010, the NEOS released a CD by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra with him as soloist in Bruno Maderna’s „Ausstrahlung und Grande Aulodia“ for flute, oboe and orchestra. He is a laureate of various international chamber music competitions. For several years, Michael Sieg has been teaching English horn at the conservatories in Cologne (2010-2015) and Detmold.



Peter Reiter-Schaub

s equally known as a pianist and as a saxophonist. Since his earliest youth, he has been studying classical piano. In 1972 he began with the bassoon, played mainly saxophone and clarinet in the 80s and has been dedicated to the brass instruments for several years. He studied at the well-known jazz seminar of the Kölner Musikhochschule. From 1989 to 1998, he worked as a saxophone teacher  at the University of Mainz, then until 2002 at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt in the subject of composition, ear training and ensemble playing. Peter Reiter-Schaub has been the pianist of the hr big band in Frankfurt since 1996. During this period in the hr band, he did a lot of arranging works for many productions (for example: „Lili Marleen“, „Il Barbiere di Siviglia“, „Tosca“, CD with Eddie Daniels).

As a composer he wrote a lot of tunes, a few choir music, some chamber music, one Symphonie (The Four Elements), a Jazz-Messe and a Easter-Oratory. Examples can be heard on www.reiter-schaub.de.

 He played outside of the hr big band with artists like Chaka Khan, Al Foster, Tony Lakatos, Dusko Goykovich, Jule Neigel and Hana Hegerová.



Irina Prodan

comes from Odessa / Ukraine. She studied piano, saxophone, opera and musical at the conservatories in Odessa, Frankfurt and Würzburg. She was a scholarship holder of the Deutsches Bühnenverein – Landesverband Bayern, received the »Merkur Theater Prize« (Förderpreis), was also a finalist at the »La Traviata Competition« 2011 in Bad Homburg and first prize winner at the »Concurs International altinerilor interpreţi Eugen Coca „. In 2013-2015 she was a soloist on the tour production »Nacht der Operette«. In this and the upcoming season Irina Prodan will perform at the Nationaltheater Mannheim as a musical actress (»Blues Brothers«). For several years she has been working as a sought-after concert singer in German and Russian-speaking countries. Irina Prodan has participated in numerous world premieres in the field of new music and has a very broad repertoire.



Valentín Garvie

was born in Mar del Plata / Argentina and started playing the trumpet at the age of eight. From 1993-1999 he lived in Buenos Aires, where he studied music at the Universidad Católica Argentina, majoring in conducting. In parallel, he learned trumpet with Rafael Morelli and worked in a variety of musical styles from historical performance practice to jazz. From 1999-2001, Valentín Garvie received a post-graduate course in trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music, London, thanks to scholarships from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes, the British Council and the Fundación Antorchas, where he studied mainly with Howard Snell and John Wallace. He has received numerous prizes, including the Principal’s Prize for „Outstanding Student“ and the title „Associate of the Royal Academy of Music“ in 2007. Valentín Garvie has been a member of the Ensemble Modern since 2002, working intensively on jazz and being a member of Worldbrass, La Banda Antix and Bob Degen’s Community. In addition, he is also pedagogically active in Europe and South America. Valentín Garvie was awarded the Frankfurt Jazz Prize in 2015.



Marc König

Nach zwei Klassikdiplomen und einem Zeitvertrag am Saarländischen Staatstheater Saarbrücken begann Marc König ein Jazzstudium an der Musikhochschule Mannheim. Seine Studien brachten ihn bis zur Carnegiehall. Seit dem Abschluss im Juni 2013 ist er sowohl klassisch als auch im Jazz selbstständig etabliert. Neben seinen Engagements in mehreren Orchestern und Bands ist er seit dem Herbstsemester Lehrbeauftragter für Technikunterricht „Trompete Jazz“,  für Methodik/Ästhethik und Orchesterstellen „Trompete Klassik“ an der Musikhochschule Mannheim.



Dietmar Fuhr

studied double bass at the Musikhochschule Köln. Afterwards, during a longer stay in New York, he was able to refine his musical skills through numerous concerts with excellent musicians and expand the range of his artistic work.
Since that time he is a sought-after musician of the German and European jazz scene. In 2009, Dietmar Fuhr began his work as a lecturer in jazz double bass at the Cologne Music Academy. As part of concerts and radio and CD recordings, he worked with Florian Ross, Enrico Rava, Richie Beirach, Dave Liebman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jochen Rückert, John Schroeder, George Garzone, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Danny Gottlieb, Antonio Farao, Nils Wogram, Till Brönner, Achim Kaufmann and the Auryn Quartet together. Up to now, concert tours have been conducted by Dietmar Fuhr and others. to Greece, Ireland, India, China, Finland, Russia, Portugal, Romania, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Indonesia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.



Axel Pape

is involved in various projects in the field of jazz and contemporary music. He plays in the trio of Sebastian Sternal and worked in other ensembles with musicians like Bob Degen, Johannes Enders, Tony Lakatos, Barbara Dennerlein, Charlie Mariano, Bill Ramsey and Rainer Böhm. Axel Pape was a scholarship holder of Villa Musica and the Zukunftsinitiative Rheinland-Pfalz and completed concert appearances at clubs and festivals in Germany and abroad. He has been involved in productions for hr, SWR, WDR and ZDF. Axel Pape has a teaching assignment for jazz drums and ensemble at the University of Mainz.