Past events

30 August 2017, 7pm
Recitals by Esther Schöpf (violin) and Norbert Groh (piano) at Medley Hall, The University of Melbourne, Carlton

Concert details

Wednesday 30 August 2017, 7pm
at Medley Hall, The University of Melbourne, 48 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC 3053 [View Google Map]
Tickets: $ 35 (regular), $ 25 (concession)

About the project

The idea for this special project originated with our discovery of the score of George Philipp Telemann's 'Ein Fröhlicher Tugendspiegel' (roughly translated: 'A cheerful reflection of virtues') in a second-hand bookshop. Telemann´s delightfully sensitive and distinctive musical translation of the individual virtues has inspired Esther and Norbert to create these encounters and pairings. Each of the Telemann virtues is coupled with a specially characteristic work from the late 19th or 20th century in order to present the individual quality and meaning of the baroque virtues, to complement them and to dress them in new, up-to-date apparel. The results are intensive musical and intercultural encounters.

The program

G. P. Telemann (1681-1767)       
George Perlman (1897-2000)   
from the Fröhlicher Tugendspiegel:  Die Anmut (Gracefulness)
from the Suite Hebraique, Nr. 2 – Dance of the Rebbitzen
G. P. Telemann   
Enrique Granados (1867-1916)   
Die Würde (Dignity)
Spanish Dances: Oriental
G. P. Telemann   
Barbara Heller (1936*)  
Die Wachsamkeit (Vigilance)
Lalai - Schlaflied zum Wachwerden
G. P. Telemann   
George Perlman
Die Großmut (Generosity)
from the Ghetto-Sketches, Nr. 3 – Hebrew Chant and Dance
G. P. Telemann  
Astor Piazzolla  
Die  Liebe (Love)
Jeanne y Paul
G. P. Telemann   
George Perlman   
Die Tapferkeit (Courage)
from the Ghettto-Sketches, Nr.2 – Lied von a Vogele
G. P. Telemann  
Astor Piazzola   
Die  Ruhe (Tranquillity)
Milonga sin palabras
G. P. Telemann  
Enrique Granados   
Die Ausgelassenheit (Merriment)
Spanish Dances: Playera
G. P. Telemann   
Akira Senju (1960*)   
Die Sanftmut (Kindness)
Yoimachigusa (The Night Candle)
G. P. Telemann   
Hans Zander   
Die Freude (Happiness)
Balkanesisches Kaffeehaus

About the The Duo Esther Schöpf & Norbert Groh

Renowned for its diversity and liveliness, their broad repertoire spanning nearly all musical genres from classical concerts to easy-listening music. Besides their own performances, they regularly work together on numerous projects with theaters, filmmakers, performance artists and also compose music for radio plays. Their latest CD production 'Begegnungen' (Encounters) was released in the autumn 2015 under the label Stringendo (

Photo: Hannelore Bowman

Esther Schöpf (violin)

Born in the Odenwald region of southern Hesse (Germany), Esther started playing violin at the age of four and after graduation from high school went on to study violin and chamber music at the Music Conservatories of Munich (Germany) and Geneva (Switzerland). Together with her chamber music ensembles 'Schwabinger Klaviertrio' and 'NonSordino' she frequently performs at various national and international festivals (e.g. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Würzburger Mozart Festspiele and Heidelberger Frühling). She is concertmaster of the Munich Daimler Orchestra and of the Chamber Orchestra Stringendo. In addition, Esther develops projects combining music and literature that regularly lead to co-productions with various theaters in Munich. Numerous CD productions document her artistic work.

Norbert Groh (piano)

Born near Bamberg in Bavaria (Germany) Norbert started playing piano, organ, cembalo and accordion at an early age. His exceptional versatile musical talent soon earned him numerous awards in various competitions. He went on to study music at the Musikhochschule (University-level College of Music) of Munich, Karlsruhe and Vienna. In addition he studied conducting at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, which led to positions at the Augsburg Municipal Opera and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

As soloist (piano, organ, cembalo), as chamber musician and as conductor, Norbert regularly performs at various national and international venues such as the Schleswig- Holstein Festival, the Munich Opera Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the festival 'amici della musica, Milano'.. Concert tours have led him to the USA, Spain, Finnland, and other countries. He also composes and arranges music for radio plays for the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Radio) and an audio-book publisher. Numerous CD and radio productions document his artistic work.

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