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Barocco Sassone

Stefan Schilli, Oboe – Kai Frömbgen, Oboe
Rie Koyama, Bassoon – Sebastian Küchler, Cembalo

Barocco Sassone brings the heyday of the Baroque period and the rich cultural life at the Dresden court at this time to life before the listener’s eyes.
The composers “stars” of their time Jan Dismas Zelenka and Johann David Heinichen lay the foundation for this ensemble with their trio sonatas for two oboes and bassoon. The progressive nature of these works gives rise to references to contemporary works. You can look forward to exciting programmes spanning several centuries of music and melodiousness from the Baroque to modern times.

With oboists Stefan Schilli and Kai Frömbgen, bassoonist Rie Koyama and Essen Cathedral organist Sebastian Küchler-Blessing on the harpsichord, the most impressive and extraordinary representatives of their instruments have come together to offer their listeners a very special evening.

Programme proposals

Zelenka : Triosonata No 4 g-Minor
J.D. Heinichen : Triosonata B-Major for 2 Ob., Bassoon und B.c.
A. Vivaldi:
Sonata g-minor for 2 Ob. & B.c., RV 81
S.L. Weiss : Solo Lute
Zelenka : Triosonata No 5 F-Major

“Zelenka, Fasch & Weiss”
Zelenka : Triosonata No 4 in g-minor
Silvius L. Weiss : Solo Sonate G-Major , No 96
J.Fr. Fasch : eine der Trio-Sonaten für 2 Ob., Fg. u. B.c. in g-moll / d-minor
Joh. Sigism. Weiss: one of the sonatas for Oboe und B.c. in g-minor/ B-major
Zelenka : Triosonate No 6 c-minor

“Jan Dismas Zelenka & Elliott Carter”
Zelenka : Triosonate No 1
E. Carter : Retracing for Bassoon solo
E. Carter : Inner Song for Ob. solo
Zelenka : Triososonta Nr. 2
E.Carter : Sonatina for Oboe and Cembalo
E.Carter : Figment III for double bass solo
Zelenka : Triosonata No 6

Tour-Dates 2025:

10.-16. März 2025
16.-22. Juni 2025

Of course, appointments outside these dates are also possible on request.

Rie Koyama was born in Stuttgart in 1991 and grew up in Germany. She studied with Akio Koyama in Trossingen and with Dag Jensen in Munich.
She has won first prizes at 24 national and international competitions, including The Muri Competition and the 2012 German Music Competition. She achieved the greatest success of her career when she won the ARD International Music Competition in the bassoon category in 2013. She was also honoured with the special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned composition from this competition.
As a soloist, she has performed with numerous orchestras in Europe and Asia and is a regular guest at renowned music festivals. Her regular chamber music ensembles include the Trio Walter, the Veits Quintet and the “franz ensemble”.
Rie Koyama was principal bassoonist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen from 2015 to 2022, has been principal bassoonist with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra since November 2020 and principal bassoonist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since July 2023.

Kai Frömbgen, comes from Koblenz. The principal oboist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra studied in Leipzig and was a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation, the Villa Musica and the Richard Wagner Society. He played in the EUYO in 1998 and 1999, was principal oboist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado from 2005 to 2007 and played in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from 2012 to 2018.
His partners in chamber music projects have included Isabelle Faust, Frank Peter Zimmermann, András Schiff and the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble, and he is also a member of the Linos Ensemble.
Kai Frömbgen is a professor at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.

Stefan Schilli from Offenburg is principal oboist in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In 1996 he won the international competitions “Prague Spring”, the ARD competition, the German Music Competition (1993) and was honoured with the Gebrüder Busch Prize.
As a soloist, he has performed with such renowned conductors as Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Sir Colin Davis, Reinhard Goebel, Christopher Hogwood, Dennis Russell-Davies and many others. Guest appearances have taken him to renowned festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival, the Bath Festival and the Pablo Casals Festival in the south of France.

For many years, Stefan Schilli has also dedicated himself to playing historical oboe instruments and is a founding member of the baroque ensemble “L’Accademia Giocosa”, which was awarded a Diapasson d’or for its recording of unknown instrumental works by G.Ph. Telemann.

Essen Cathedral organist Sebastian Küchler-Blessing has been responsible for organ music in liturgies and concerts at the cathedral church of the Ruhr diocese since the age of 26.
He performs in concert halls and cathedrals as far afield as the Urals and the Persian Gulf, such as the Elbphilharmonie and Cologne Cathedral, as well as at major classical music festivals; in 2022, for example, at the Tonhalle Zurich, the Heidelberger Frühling, the MDR Music Summer and the Beethovenfest Bonn.
Sebastian Küchler-Blessing won the Bach Prize at the Leipzig Bach Competition, the Mendelssohn Prize and first prize at the International Organ Week in Nuremberg. He was honoured with the Audience Award of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Arthur Waser Prize of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.
He has received funding from the German National Academic Foundation, among others.
Sebastian Küchler-Blessing teaches organ and liturgical organ playing/improvisation at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf and has taught at the universities in Freiburg and, as a guest, in St. Petersburg and Leipzig.

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