Ivan Danko, the principal oboist of the Stuttgart State Opera and first prize winner of the “International Hugo Kauder Competition” in New Haven in 2009, is a founder of Hugo Kauder Trio. In search of suitable music, the musicians discovered the oeuvre of Hugo Kauder (1888 – 1972). Kauder was born in Czech Republic and is part of the generation of persecuted and displaced Jewish artists of the 20th century. The name of the composer is practically unknown today, even to experts, and is an icon for forgotten composers whose posthumous fame was perhaps only denied on account of unfavorable historical conditions.
Convincing its public of the merits of musical rarities is an easy task for the Hugo Kauder Trio. In addition to the qualities of the music itself, the unexpected spectrum of timbres in the rare combination of oboe, viola and piano plays a vital role, as well as the immaculate ensemble playing of the three musicians, also active as soloists, which has frequently been critically acclaimed.
The concert “Jewels from Eastern Europe” will include works of acclaimed composers such Antonin Dvorak, Peter I. Tchaikovsky as well as Hugo Kauder and the most played Slovak contemporary composer Ladislav Kupkovic.
The concert is organized in co-operation with the Embassy Series. For more information and tickets, please visit The Embassy Series website.