Clarinet playing since 1971

Dirk Altmann

I started playing the clarinet, when I was seven years old. Thanks to my revered teacher Helmut Pallushek, I was thirteen years old when I made my first experiences in the Hanover Opera Orchestra. After a sensational audition, at the age of eighteen I was given the chance to play principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmonic. For more than 30 years I have been lucky to be with fantastic colleagues in the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, it is a great privilege to be invited in many countries as a soloist, chamber musician or teacher.

Clarinet playing since 1971

Dirk Altmann

I started playing the clarinet, when I was seven years old. Thanks to my revered teacher Helmut Pallushek, I was thirteen years old when I made my first experiences in the Hanover Opera Orchestra. After a sensational audition, at the age of eighteen I was given the chance to play principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmonic. For more than 30 years I have been lucky to be with fantastic colleagues in the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, it is a great privilege to be invited in many countries as a soloist, chamber musician or teacher.

My new Album is released by TACET

Recording highlights

I know, there are tons of recordings of the everybody’s darling Mozart clarinet concerto! But! If you are serious and studious, you will find some new aspects. For example: If you play with a small, but agil ensemble, it is much easyer to show the gestures of the music, without forcing it. To play with a Basso continuo group – in our case with pianoforte – what was common in the times of Mozart, makes the recording more coulerfull and interesting. Masato Suzuki was a great partner and we had a lot of fun during the recording days. Thats why we chose to play some songs by Mozart adappted for clarinet and piano.
Andreas Spreer is one of the best recording masters I know. The TACET equipment, with his old Neumann tube microphones is incredible. The musicality feeling and incorruptible hearing of Andreas is legendary. It is again a great TACET production.
Many thanks to my beloved collegues from the Ludwig Chamber Players and the SWR Symphony Orchester. It was a pleasure! Not to mention the outstanding texts by Katharina Eickhoff and the wonderful booklet design by Toms Spogis.

I know, there are tons of recordings of the everybody’s darling Mozart clarinet concerto! But! If you are serious and studious, you will find some new aspects. For example: …

News

//2019

/may

22/ SWR Musikergespräch to Heinz Holligers birthday (german)

/october

TACET released our new album with works by the famous viennese composer Mozart.
Easiest way to buy it in Europe JPC

/november

11/ Recommondation for our Mozart album from the Stuttgarter Zeitung: … liveliness, agility and clarity and a singing clarinet | worth buying

18/ Hongkong Tour is cancalled, because of political turmoil.

Mahler songs for ensemble by M.UCKI

On my next Japan tour, we will premiere a new version of songs by Gustav Mahler. I did the arangments for the special Messiaen “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” Ensemble.

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911) | 22´
5 Songs for clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano arr. by M. UCKI

I. Oft denk´ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen! from “Kindertotenlieder”
II. Rheinlegendchen from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”
III. Verlorne Müh’ from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”
IV. Lob des hohen Verstands from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”
V. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen from “Rückert-Lieder”

Save the dates

//2019

/august

31/ Sankt Georgen, Schwarzwald | Opening Bergstadtsommer 2019 | Brahms Q115

/september

02/ Bergstadtsommer | Neue Musik

07/ Bergstadtsommer | Abschlusskonzert

13. – 06.10.| Japan Tour with concerts, classes and television.

22/ Gifu, Kani Public Arts Center ALA | Brahms Brahms Q115

24/ Shinagawa Tokyo | Brahms Q115

26/ Nagano Ueda mugonkan museum | Messiaen Quatour NHK television recording

28/ Tokyo Hakuju Hall | Messiaen Quatour

30/ Osaka Phoenix Hall | Messiaen Quatour

/october

01/ Osaka | Masterclass

05/ Tokushima | Masterclass

06/ Tokushima | Recital with Mako Okamoto

07/ Fukuoka Acros Symphony Hall | Festival Recital with Mako Okamoto

19/ Stuttgart Nacht | Steve Reich, Edgar Varese

/november

18 – 24/ Honkong | Tour with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester (cancelled)

/december

12 -22/ Stuttgart, Wien, Hamburg, Dortmund, Freiburg, Mannheim | SWR Symphonie Orchester, Teodor Currentzis Mahler 9

//2020

/januar

12/ Stuttgart, Haigst Kirche| Mozart Q581 with Hegel Quartet

18 – 01/ Germany | Tour and CD recording with the Ludwig Chamber Players and Tenor Ilker Arcayürek #BTHVN2020

/february / march

13 – 19.03/ Europe Tour | SWR Symphony Orchester, Teodor Currentzis Mahler 1

My next Japan tour

My next trip to Japan is coming. I’m really looking forward to making music with my LCP colleagues Kei Shirai and Gen Yokosaka. Together with Mako Okamoto we will perform the “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” by Olivier Messiaen. In addition to concerts in Tokyo and Osaka, there will also be a television production for the Japanese NHK Broadcasting in Nagano.
Other programs include the Clarinet Quintet by Johannes Brahms and a recital with piano.

Classes

Several times a year I teach in Japan. Dates, information and teaching materials can be found in this FB group. This group is for my students, to share music, fun and good expiriences.
In addition, I will share valuable content, for a better clarinet performance.

Next classes

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Not everything can be explained. Claude Debussy is on the program, exclusively, and at the beginning, Dirk Altmann, the princible clarinet of the Stuttgart-Radio Symphony Orchestra, plays the “Première Rapsodie” – so much to the actual. But as he does, that the music simply begins, imperceptibly, from nothing, as he breathes life into this dreamlike Kantilenen, remains his secret.

Contact

Feel free to contact me!

Japan Management

CREOMU Co., Tokyo
Kumiko Hirose
k-hirose[at]creomu.com
www.creomu.com

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