The Hotchkiss Philharmonic Orchestra will mark its return to live concerts this Spring on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. with artistic director Fabio Witkowski back at the podium and German pianist Andreas Frölich as guest soloist. Mr. Frölich is a concert pianist of international renown and has performed with orchestras all over the world. The concert is free and open to the public; no ticket reservations are necessary. Masks required. Seating is first come, first served. The program begins with Verdi’s moving Prelude from La Traviata, followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453, performed by Mr. Frölich. After intermission, the orchestra will perform the powerful Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven.
The Hotchkiss Philharmonic The Hotchkiss Philharmonic Orchestra was established in 2018 through the generosity of Barbara Walsh Hostetter '77 and her husband, Amos. The orchestra combines a group of outstanding professional musicians with talented Hotchkiss music students, giving those students the unique opportunity to work and perform alongside world-class artists. Offering free admission to all of its concerts, the orchestra is thrilled to invite the community to its breathtaking concert venue, Katherine M. Elfers Hall, for a season of exciting symphonic music.
Andreas Frölich, piano Andreas Frölich studied at the conservatories in Freiburg and Köln. He has won prizes at various international piano competitions (e.g. Senigallia, Finale Ligure, Milan and the International Music Competition in Vienna). His concert performances take him both as a soloist with internationally well-known orchestras and as the pianist in the Berlin Mendelssohn Trio and the Ensemble Wien (which includes the leader and members of the Vienna Philharmonic), to the leading concert venues in Europe, South America and Asia, as well as to South Africa and Australia (e.g. Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Philharmonie in Cologne, Ga München Gasteig - Munich, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Konzerthaus Berlin, Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro) and to major international music festivals, including the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Mozartfest Würzburg, the Emilia Romagna Festival and many more all over the world. His artistic activity also includes numerous radio productions for all the leading German broadcasters, and more than thirty CD productions, some of them award-winning, for CPO, EMI, OehmsClassics, BMG and VMS. Andreas Frölich is artistic director and chairman of the international MozArte piano competition Aachen, artistic director of the "MozArte " international music Festival and artistic leader of the "Orpheo concert series" for young prizewinners in Kerkrade/NL. He is a professor at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne on its Aachen campus, at the Kalaidos Conservatory in Zürich, and gives regular master classes as visiting professor at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg. In addition, he is in demand as a juror at numerous international piano competitions.
Fabio Witkowski, conductor Mr. Witkowski is the Artistic Director and founder of The Hotchkiss Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the holder of the Joanne Sohrweide Music Teaching Chair, and the Head of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at The Hotchkiss School. Mr. Witkowski has appeared with the São Bernardo Philharmonic, Orchestra di Camera di Firenze, Santo André Symphony, Hartford Symphony, and Orchestra Toscana Classica, among others. As a pianist and chamber musician, he has a busy concert schedule in Europe, Asia, Israel, Brazil, and the USA. He has collaborated with the Fine Arts Quartet, Guarneri String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, and Amerigo Trio. He also performs regularly with his wife, pianist Gisele Witkowski, as the Witkowski Piano Duo. He is the director of the Hotchkiss in Spain Music Festival, and the Hotchkiss Summer Piano Portals. He is a frequent guest performer and teacher in several music festivals and competitions, including the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival, the Londrina, Ourinhos, and Belém Music Festivals in Brazil, the Maria Herrero Competition, Granada Music Festival, and Spanish Composers International Piano Competition in Spain, the The MozArte International Piano Competition in Aachen and Villa Musica Festival in Germany.