BRAHMS | SCHUMANN | MOZART | HINDEMITH | BRUCH
RIBAL MOLAEB | viola
VERA KARNER | clarinet
MITRA KOTTE | piano
Baabdath | St. Anthony of Padua Church | 8 pm
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 – 1897)
Two Songs for Alto Voice, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
Gestillte Sehnsucht (Longing at rest)
Geistliches Wiegenlied (Sacred lullaby)
PAUL HINDEMITH (1895 – 1963)
Sonata for Viola and Piano No. 4, Op. 11
Theme and variation
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 – 1856)
Three Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano
Zart und mit Ausdruck (Delicately and with expression)
Lebhaft Leicht (Lively, light)
Rasch und mit Feuer (Fast and with fire)
FRANZ LISZT (1811 – 1886) / FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828)
Der Müller und der Bach (The Miller and the Brook) for Piano
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791)
Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-Flat Major, KV 498
MAX BRUCH (1838 – 1920)
Three Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 83
No. 2: Allegro con moto
No. 6: Nachtgesang: Andante con moto
No. 7: Allegro vivace, ma non troppo
Fourth Movement of the Sonata for Viola/Clarinet and Piano in F Minor, No. 1, Op. 120
RIBAL MOLAEB | VIOLA
Born in Baissour Mount-Lebanon, Ribal Molaeb initially started studying the Violin at the age of 6 at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music before switching to the Viola. He was a prize winner at the Margot Babikian Competition. Already at the age of 16, he was invited to participate in the “Young Artists Festival, Bayreuth, Germany”. One year later in 2010, he started studying at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in the Class of Prof. Thomas Riebl before moving to Vienna to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Thomas Selditz where he received his Masters of Arts Degree in 2018. As a recitalist, Ribal Molaeb performed several recitals in different venues in Lebanon and Europe. But most significantly he performed twice at the prestigious Musikverein in Vienna. As a chamber musician, he had workshops guided by Maestro Daniel Barenboim in Berlin where he also received lessons by musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic. He attended the Hohenstaufen chamber music academy in Germany for 7 editions from the year 2012 till 2018. He performed in prestigious Mozarthaus Vienna, and ”Friday Nights with Yury Revich”. He participated in chamber music festivals such as : ‘Beirut Chants’, ‘Beethoven fest Bonn’, ‘ Saison de musique de chambre – Université Antonine’, ‘Sonc Festival Slovenia’ ‘Sumito Festival Switzerland’and ‘Musericordia Germany’. As an orchestra musician, Ribal Molaeb is a member of Daniel Barenboim’s prestigious West-Eastern Divan Orchestra since 2010. He also acted as a Principal Violist with Seymon Bychkov and the Webern Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein Vienna.
Molaeb composed and performed theatre music for director Mounir Abou Debs, ”founder of the modern theater school in Lebanon in 1960”, and the film music of ”A Life Worth Living” and ”Jamil Molaeb, Artist Portrait”.
As a Painter, Ribal trained in his father Jamil Molaeb’s atelier since he was a child, his paintings are exhibited and purchased so far in Vienna, Zürich, Amsterdam and Beirut. In summer 2015, he founded the ”Molaeb Festival For Chamber Music And Fine Arts” which takes place at the Jamil Molaeb Museum, Mount-Lebanon. He is a co-founder of the ”Sonc Festival” in Slovenia and is currently an artistic director at the ”SUMITO festival” in Switzerland.
VERA KARNER | CLARINET
Vera Karner was born in Vienna in 1994 and has been studying with Prof. Alexander Neubauer at the Private University for Music and Art since 2010, complementing her studies since 2014 with Prof. Reiner Wehle at the College of Music in Lübeck. Vera Karner has given concerts as a soloist with a number of ensembles including the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Varna State Opera and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Stara Zagora State Opera (both in Bulgaria), the Polish Chamber Philharmonic of Sopot, Camerata Musica Hungarica (at the Vienna Konzerthaus) and Camerata Universidad Andres Bello of Chile. She has amassed further experience by playing with orchestras in concerts with the orchestra of the Viennese State Opera and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Vera Karner has performed in concert at Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus venues and at various festivals such as Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, Schleswig Holstein, Chelsea (New York) and the Austrian Music Festival in Bulgaria. She has been involved in a number of music projects on radio for the Austrian classical music broadcaster Ö1, including Intrada, Philharmonische Verführung, Klassiktreffpunkt Ö1/ORF and Apropos Musik.
Vera Karner has won several prizes at national and international music competitions, as well as awards and grants. These include the Fidelio Competition in Vienna, Ad Infinitium Lübeck and the 2015 Lions Music Prize. She is involved on a private level in helping people who are sick and have mobility issues, and she supports the Live Music Now project founded by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, which holds concerts free of charge in social facilities.
MITRA KOTTE | PIANO
In season 2015/16 Mitra Kotte made her solo-debut at the Wiener Musikverein and at the Liszt Festival Raiding. In addition to further solo and chamber music concerts at home and abroad she played for the International Chopin Society, the Beethoven Society Vienna and the Cziffra-Stiftung. She also appeared at the Dublin National Concert Hall and the Wiener Konzerthaus. Since then she plays concerts in various cities throughout Europe and Asia.
Mitra has won numerous prizes at different national and international competitions in the piano solo and chamber music categories. She received the Benjamin-Prize 2017 of the Wolfgang Boesch Foundation, which is awarded to the best student taking the 2nd Diploma at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. In September 2015 she won the 2nd prize at the “1st Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians” in China. In 2014 she was prize winner and the winner of the “Haydn prize” at the International Competition for Young Pianists Ettlingen, Germany. She is recipient of “Förderpreis für junge Künstler-Stiftung Margaretha Schenk 2014” awarded by Mozart Society Vienna. Furthermore she captured the “Musica Juventutis 2014” prize. She is also a prizewinner of the International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna, the International Competition Münchner Klavierpodium and the International Takács competition in Austria.
Mitra Kotte was born in Vienna, Austria in 1995. Since 2012 she studies at the “Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien” with Martin Hughes. During the academic year 2017/2018 she was a student of Daejin Kim at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul.
Mitra has had the opportunity to participate in numerous master classes with great musicians such as Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Oleg Maisenberg, Bernd Goetzke, Elisso Virsaladze, Jura Margulis, Robert Levin, Ya-Fei- Chuang, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jacques Rouvier, Matti Raekallio and Dominique Merlet.