Oct. 30/2021

JAD MRAD . Violin
MARWA EID . Violin

With the participation of Lotus De Vries – Viola

Baabdath – The New Church
Saturday October 30, 2021
8:00 pm

Physically distanced seating . Mandatory face mask
First come first seated
No Reservations/No Tickets
Doors Open at 7:15 pm


D. Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
String Quartet N°8 in c minor op.110 (1960)
„In memory of the victims of fascism and war“
I. Largo
II. Allegro molto
III. Allegretto
IV. Largo
V. Largo

Marwa Eid, Ramzi Kandalaft, Lotus De Vries, Yeliena Khoury

G. Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759)
Sonata for 2 Violins and Piano in g minor
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Arioso
IV. Allegro

Kevin Kanaan, Eduard Dayan, Holger Groschopp

A. Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Maličkosti (Bagatelles) for 2 Violins, Violoncello and Piano op. 47 (1878)
I. Allegretto scherzando
II. Tempo di minuetto – Grazioso
III. Allegretto scherzando
IV. Canon: Andante con moto
V. Poco allegro

Rita Asdikian, Elena Rindler, Yeliena Khoury, Wiaam Haddad

R. Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Quintet for two violins, viola, cello and piano in E flat major op. 44 (1842)
I. Allegro brillante
II. In modo d’una Marcia
III. Scherzo. Molto vivace
IV. Allegro, ma non troppo

Jad Mrad, Ramzi Kandalaft, Lotus De Vries, Adele Bitter, Emmanuel Sebaali

The Strings of Hope 2021 Mentorship Program is a collaborative project between The Goethe-Institut Libanon, Les Musicales de Baabdath, The Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music and 4 members of the DSO (Deutsche Symphony Orchestra): Adele Bitter (cellist), Elena Rindler (violinist), Susanne Lerche Linder (violist), Clemens Linder (violinist), and Holger Groschopp (pianist).

The aim of the program is to initiate students of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music to the art and techniques of European and German Chamber Music by strengthening their skills in performing a varied repertoire in varied small formations.

During the first part of the program, the German mentors guided the Lebanese students through a jointly chosen repertoire for a period of 3 months (August-September). The mentorship sessions were delivered online from Berlin.

The second part of the program consists in a 1-week intensive rehearsal and stage performance sessions delivered face-to-face to the students in Beirut at the premises of the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music. For that purpose, the Goethe-Institut Libanon invited the German mentors to stay in Lebanon from October 26 until 31, 2021.

For more information, check Goethe-Institut Libanon Strings of Hope 2021 Mentorship


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Eduard Dayan . Violin  – Student of Professor Arthur Ter Hovhanissian
Level 5
Mentor: Elena Rindler

Emmanuel Sebaali . Piano – Student of Professor Suzanne Ketchek
Mentor: Holger Groschopp

Jad Mrad . Violin – Student of Professor Mario Rahi
Level 9
Mentor: Clemens Linder

Kevin Kanaan . Violin – Student of Professor Arthur Ter Hovhanissian
Level 6
Mentor: Elena Rindler

Marwa Eid . Violin – Student of Professor Michel Kheirallah
Level 10
Mentor: Clemens Linder

Ramzi Kandlaft . Violin – Student of Professor Mario Rahi
Level 10
Mentor: Clemens Linder

Rita Azdikian . Violin – Student of Professor Ondin Brezeanu
Level 10
Mentor: Elena Rindler

Wiaam Haddad . Piano – Student of Professor Gayane Gassparian
Level 10
Mentor: Holger Groschopp

Yeliena Khoury . Piano – Student of Professor Nastasia Yertsava
Level 6
Mentor: Adele Bitter


Adele Bitter (Cello)

Ms. Bitter was a student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main. She obtained her Concert Exam with distinction from Josef Schwab at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin. She completed additional studies with Lee Fiser (LaSalle Quartet) in Cincinnati / USA and received the diploma of the Markneukirchen International Music Competition. As a member of the ›Ensemble Modern‹, she worked among others at the renowned festivals of Edinburgh and Lucerne. She was also a member of the Orchestra Academy of the State Opera Unter den Linden Berlin and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Since 2001 Adele Bitter has been the auditor in the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin. She played solo concerts with the Berliner Sinfoniker, the orchestra of the Mainz State Theater and the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe. Adele Bitter is involved in Early Music as a Continuo specialist, among others with Ton Koopman. She recently completed her additional studies in historical performance practice / Baroque violoncello at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Christophe Coin. She founded the Adamello Quartet with members of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin to express her love for Chamber Music.

Clemens Linder (Violin)

Mr. Linder, studied with Maria Kikel, Klara Flieder and Ernst Kovacic in Vienna. In 1991 he won first Prize at the National Youth Music Competition, in 1994 the Advancement Award of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and in 2000 the Award of the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture. He performed Solo and Chamber Music with partners such as Ernst Kovacic, Thomas Larcher, Valentin Erben, Jörg Widmann and the Hartog Quartet. Since 2002 Clemens Linder has been the second violin auditor at the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Since 2004 he is lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and since 2005 regular section leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Holger Groschopp (Piano)

Mr. Groschopp pursued his piano studies in Berlin with Georg Sava. In addition, he studied composition with Isang Yun and song interpretation with Aribert Reimann and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. His extensive solo career has taken him to most European countries, the Middle and Far East as well as North and Central America. Holger Groschopp performed as soloist at major European festivals (Berlin, Salzburg, Montepulciano etc.) and played chamber music with many prominent musicians. He is considered an expert in Contemporary Music and worked intensively with composers such as Isang Yun, Pierre Boulez, Aribert Reimann, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger and others. He has had also, a close collaboration with Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, the Berlin Philharmonic, the DSO Berlin and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. His six CD’s released on the Capriccio label with transcriptions by Ferruccio Busoni were given highest acclaim by a range of international critics, including highest recommendation in BBC Music Magazine and the US magazine Fanfare.

Susanne Lerche Linder (Viola)

Mrs. Linder studied music in Freiburg and Saarbrücken and has a major in Viola. Body work accompanied her through her studies. In 2004, as member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, she decided to pursue her fascination for Feldenkrais and began training as a Feldenkrais teacher in Munich. Her teachers were Miriam Pfeffer and Russell Delman, who both learned from Moshé Feldenkrais and worked closely with him. Since 2008 she has been passing-on her experience to other people through courses and individual lessons. She is also a permanent viola teacher at the City West music school with a focus on movement-based learning.

Elena Rindler (Violin)

Ms. Rindler received her first violin lessons at the age of six. She later studied in Lübeck her teachers were Elisabeth Weber, Ning Feng and Hagai Shaham. Over the years she has received scholarships from the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation Hamburg and the Possehl Foundation Lübeck. In the 2013 | 2014 season Elena Rindler was funded by the Ferenc Fricsay Academy of the DSO; In addition, she gained further orchestral experience as a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and as a temporary worker at the Hamburger Camerata. She attended master classes, among others with Thomas Brandis, Nora Chastain, Stephan Picard, Latica Honda-Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein. Chamber music activities have also taken her to festivals such as the Brahms Festival Lübeck, Young Euro Classic and the Heidelberger Frühling.

A selection of paintings by Raouf Rifai (Harmony 2020/21 – Acrylic on canvas) is exhibited in the space allocated for the concert.