The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society will be presenting the principal oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Albrecht Mayer, at a recital with pianist Alexander Schmalcz on Thursday 16 February 2017. The show, sponsored by the Parasol Foundation, starts at 8pm in the Convent Ballroom.
Albrecht Mayer first started singing as a child in the cathedral choir of his home city of Bamberg. He began his professional career in 1990 as principal oboist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Since 1992 he has occupied the same position with the Berliner Philharmoniker, despite his growing renown as a concert soloist. Among the most sought-after oboists of our time, he has appeared as a soloist with Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. In 2007, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
He was awarded the ETA-Hoffmann Prize in December 2006 and has been honoured with the Echo Prize by the German Phono-Akademie three times. In 2013, he was inducted into the Gramophone "Hall of Fame" and also awarded the Bavarian Culture Prize.
Accompanying him on piano is Alexander Schmalcz, who can be heard regularly in the most important cultural centres of Europe, the Americas and Japan and in international festivals and concert halls such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
He has won numerous prizes, including the Gerald Moore Award in 1996 and the Megan Foster accompanist Prize. In 1995, together with his piano trio, he won the Nederlands Impressariaat competition.
The programme will feature compositions for oboe and piano by Mozart, Beethoven, Hummel, Brahms and Strauss.
Tickets priced at £20 are available from Sacarello's coffee shop- restaurant in Irish Town and The Silver Shop at 222 Main Street or online at www.buytickets.gi
A limited number of tickets at £10 are available to senior citizens and students via the John Mackintosh Hall at 308 Main Street.