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15th June 2020

First performance since the quarantine

Orphelion Septet

On the 11th of June we finally played again together, performing L.v. Beethoven's Septet op. 20. The concert was streamed over the internet.

It felt very strange to play a live concert without audience. The stress and nervousness were present as in every concert, but starting from walking on stage without the sound of applause to leaving stage in silence, maintaining the focus during the concert seemed like an uphill struggle felt by all of us.

It later occurred to me that this experience actually represents the performers worst nightmare. Walking on stage, only to discover that nobody had come to listen.

During standard recording sessions we intrinsically accept that we are performing for an invisible audience that will listen to our playing at some later time in future. Streaming concerts however, create a situation that combines the challenges of a live performance with the demand for studio recording perfection.

I think we all agreed that the experience, while healthy and instructive, was very uncomfortable and we look forward to playing concerts again where we can receive the feedback of a present audience.  

20th May 2020

Tribute to civic help initiatives

3d-printing object

While public health services try to cope with the big number of patients, a multitude of private initiatives are trying to help their efforts.

Ranging from providing meals to medical staff to producing needed protection equipment on private 3d-printers, those efforts have left their mark and might very well have saved lives in the process.

This video is dedicated to the 3d-printing "MAKER" community of Spain and in particular to our group in Galicia.

28th April 2020

In memoriam Julio Andrade

Julio Andrade

By the end of march we received the sad news that our friend Julio Andrade fell victim to an infection with Coronavirus.

Julio had accompanied our musical trajectory since we came to Spain and we will tremendously miss his musical input and wisdom.

This video with H. Purcell's Chacony in G-minor is dedicated to him. 

16th April 2020

New COVID-19 video

Covid-19

As the confinement continues, we started to create some videos recording from different locations.

Every recording will be dedicated to the people who risk their health and well-being for us during this crisis.

The first video in this series is Johann Pachelbel's famous Canon in D.

I initially thought this would be an easy task, but it turned out to be quite complicated to coordinate that type of recording. Many thanks to our colleagues Ludwig, Luigi and Debbie!

14th March 2020

ONLINE classes for quarantined musicians

Music classes

Following the outbreak and pandemic of the COVID-19 virus and the closure of educational centers many students will be without classes for an undefined period of time

We decided to expand our online teaching activities and offer Violin and Cello classes free of charge to applicants. 

To book your slot, please get in touch with us via our contact form.

10th December 2019

GOLDBERG variations performed at REAL ACADEMIA GALEGA DE BELAS ARTES

Orphelion Goldberg

A great audience, full hall and in consequence a substantial amount of money for our charity funds made this evening very enjoyable.

It was especially rewarding to play again with our old friend GABRIEL BUSSI.

9th December 2019

GOLDBERG variations performed for SOR EUSEBIA in La Coruña

Orphelion Goldberg

We met with a tremendously attentive and grateful audience today at the SOR EUSEBIA charity home for disfavoured and homeless men.

It is always amazing to see how the music of J.S. Bach catches the attention and moves people who might not have a lot of previous experience in listening to classical music.

We enjoyed the event tremendously and look forward to be back next year!

September 2019

ORPHELION charity chamber musical cycle 2019/2020 in colaboration with Real Academia de Belas Artes

Charity season 19-20

Another year has passed and I am happy to present the 9th edition of our charity chamber music cycle in colaboration with the Real Academia de Belas Artes La Coruña

This season we have several exciting projects!
After many years we are going to play the GOLDBERG variations again. We also plan to perform them for different charity societies during the year.
Later this year we are going to perform with our friend and wonderful pianist MARIALENA FERNANDES.

Thank you again to all our friends and colleagues who are participating and who are supporting us altruistically in this ongoing endeavour. It would not be possible without you!

20th October 2018

ORPHELION charity chamber musical cycle 2018/2019 in colaboration with Real Academia de Belas Artes

Charity season 18-19

We are proud and grateful to be able to present the 8th edition of our charity chamber music cycle in colaboration with the Real Academia de Belas Artes La Coruña

It gives us great satisfaction to be able to return some of our gratitude to the society of our hometown who has given us so much and we are looking forward to many more seasons of offering nice music and lessening the burden for the disvavoured of our society! 

Thank you to all our friends and colleagues who are participating and who are supporting us altruistically in this ongoing endeavour. It would not be possible without you!

10th October 2018

Opening of ENCLAVE music festival in Orense/Spain on 3rd October

Orphelion Enclave

It was an enormous pleasure and honour to be able to play the opening concert for ENCLAVE chamber music festival in the Liceo/Orense

A nice and apreciative audience accompanied us during an unusual and rewarding program featuring Beethoven's Septimino which Nico played admirably on natural horn, Nielsen's "Serenata in Vano" and the largely unknown septet of Adolphe Blanc.

Many thank's to Carlos and Alba of ENCLAVE for a perfect organisation and a great experience and we are looking forward to be back soon!

21th March 2018

Chambermusic recital in Real Academia Galega De Belas Artes on 15th March

Orphelion trio Hamburger

It was very enjoyable to perform again with my sister, Stephanie Hamburger. Nice music, nice audience and thanks to the generous audience we could help "Cocina económica La Coruña" with the earnings of the evening.

It is extremely rewarding to be able to support these organisations that, far away from the limelight and public attention, help the disfavoured people of our society. It gives a special meaning to preparing and performing music. Something often lost in our profit oriented day to day life

We are looking forward to our next concerts together in Switzerland later this year.

4th March 2018

Upcoming concert in Real Academia Galega De Belas Artes on 15th March

Orphelion Sils 2018

We are very excited and looking forward to our next concert in Real Acadmia Galega de Belas Artes La Coruña on 15th of March at 20h. After 20 years we will perform again in La Coruña with my sister Stephanie Hamburger. The program is very interesting, including 2 largely unknown pieces - Eugène Walkiers' Grand Trio op. 35 and Alexander Tcherepnin's childrens trio from 1960 - and Vivaldi's concerto in g-minor RV 103.

In the last few years we have been able to coordinate our schedules and will be able to increase our performances in the future. Many interesting projects are being planned for the next few years, including recordings and editions of our own arrangements.

22 February 2018

Concert in Real Academia Galega De Belas Artes

Orphelion Septet 2018

We very much enjoyed our performance of Nielssen Serenata in Vano and Beethoven septet that took place at the Real Academia Galega de Belas Artes in La Coruña. This concert was part of our charity chamber music cycle. We had a very appreciative audience and could donate the earnings of the concert to the Asociación Parkinson Galicia - La Coruña.

Incidently this was the first concert we played under our new name ORPHELION.

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