Tribute to Helmut Zacharias’ Hamburg Years
To attend this Elbphilharmonie concert, reservations must be made in advance.
The “Magic Violinist” Helmut Zacharias was born in Berlin in 1920 and first performed a Mozart violin concerto on the radio at the age of eleven. His great love, however, was not classical music, but the swing music. The first record under his own name was released on Odeon in 1941. Over the course of a long career he went on to write 450 compositions and 1,400 arrangements and sold over 13. Million records. In 1948 Zacharias, who was later awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, moved to Hamburg, where he played with the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk and gained widespread recognition in the jazz world and also became the pioneer of the Easy Listening. The memorial concert in the Elbphilharmonie featuring well-known artists and young musicians is dedicated to the Hamburg period of the violinist. The soloists are: „jazzlegend“ Rolf Kühn (clarinet), Stefan Pintev (violin), Alexandra Kreutz (vocal) und Ilja Richter (vocal), who is also presenting the concert. The orchestra are the HfMT bigband, the “Coolen Elbstreicher” and a jazz quartet under the direction of violinist Josefine Andronic.
The project is funded by the Dr. E.A. Langer Foundation, the Franz Grothe Foundation, the Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S., the Albert Zajadacz Foundation as well as private sponsors. Cooperation partners: Forum Musikwissenschaft an der Universität Hamburg e.V. (project coordination: Andreas Jakubczik) and Die Coolen Elbstreicher Hamburg.