Babyconcerts & Kidsconcerts
”Children will find a space to express themselves and sharing emotions by contacting these elements.
Sound, light, movement, shapes and textures intermingle in a complete show, which will transport babies along with their parents to a fantastic World. A Story told like never before!
From 2007-2011 he pursued further studies in Weimar, Germany, with the clarinetist Martin Spangenberg, while continuing his orchestral training with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (of which he was a member for 6 years) and as a substitute with the Jenaer Philharmoniker.
Since then he has continued to be an active orchestral clarinetist, being part of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin Academy for two years (his first professional position performing on the German clarinet system), followed by contracts and collaborations with multiple different orchestras, including the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Vogtland Philharmonic, the Kammerphil. Bremen and the Berliner Symphoniker, as well as orchestras in France and Spain.
However, his greatest passion is for chamber music, where he finds it possible to experience the strongest connections between music, performers and audience. He began to discover this passion thanks to a scholarship from the Villa-Musica Rheinland Pfalz Foundation, which enabled him to share a stage with multiple different instrumentalists and international soloists over a four-year period. These experiences provided the motivation to found chamber ensembles such as the 5Beaufort wind quintet or the Ad Hoc Trio for clarinet, violin and piano.
He has also performed numerous concerts supported by a scholarship from the Yehudi Menuhin Live-music-now Foundation, whose task is to bring chamber music closer to places such as schools, nursing homes and hospitals.
These activities in the field of chamber music led him to later study a Master's degree in chamber music with the Artemis string quartet at the University of the Arts in Berlin and participate in some of the most important chamber music competitions such as the ARD of Munich for wind quintets in 2014, international chamber music competition of Chieri Italia 2013 (1st Prize), Cours et Concours Villa-Musica, Germany 2010 (1st Prize), International Cofrentes Competition, Spain 2016 (1st Prize) and to constitute what is the base of his professional activity at present with the Axon Trio and the Neros Ensemble among others.
Hugo has a particular interest in contemporary music, and the stimulus that arises from seeking out new musical languages and innovative forms of expression and technique. As a member of the Ibero-American Weimar Ensemble, and as a regular guest with multiple different contemporary music ensembles in Germany, he has performed at some of the most prominent festivals in the country, including Acht Brücken (Cologne), Märzmusik (Berlin), Impuls (Dessau), Unerhörte Musik (Berlin), Via Nova (Weimar), and Ultraschall (Berlin).
Alongside performance, much of his time is dedicated to educational projects, teaching clarinet at the Shostakovich Conservatoire of Lichtenberg (Berlin), and teaching masterclasses and with youth ensembles and festivals in countries including Spain, Germany, Russia, Lebanon, China, India, and Peru
She was awarded first prize Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert and got the scholarship of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. As well she was awarded 2018 second prize in the international competition for composition Adelboden/ Switzerland.
As a soloist and chamber musician Franka Herwig tours all over the world and plays in most European countries as well as the USA, China and South Korea.
Since 2014 Franka Herwig is regularly playing with Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
As well she is a resident member of Ensemble Mini since 2010 under leading of Joolz Gale and since 2017 of Alma Mahler Kammerorchester.
She plays with various modern music ensembles, so as Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Resonaz, Ensemblekollektiv, and as a guest with orchestras like Berliner Sinfonieorchester, Junge Münchner Philharmonie and Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester.
She was guest in London Ear Festival London, Counterflows Festival in Glasgow, Klangwerkstatt Berlin, Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival in South Korea, so in Contemporary Arts Festival Budapest, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Festival Musica-Musika Bilbao, Spain, Platonov Arts Festival Russland etc. She was resident artist in the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Scotland.
Furthermore she is playing as a stage musician in theatre so as Junge Deutsche Oper Berlin, Malanhua Childrens Theatre Shanghai,China, Staatstheater Würzburg, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Opera Lab Berlin.
Contemporary music represents main focus of her repertory. She works together with composers and has performed the premieres of numerous compositions. Much of this work was documented by live recordings of radio broadcasts or on CD.
Alessandro has recently expanded his activity collaborating with musicians, composers, theater stages and actors, co-producing theater plays and concerts for babies and teens, for which he curated the artistic direction.