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TONALI 2015: Classic & Cosmetics

It’s different. It’s creative, unconventional and forward-looking in every way. It is much more than an elusive winning music competition – TONALi, taking place in mid-September

For five years, Hamburg has been honouring excellence of junior talent in classical music with this 10,000 euro award. In 2015, the show will last for 50 hours, with ten locations serving as stages. All are unique, some will be truly unexptected venue for classic music: the Old Elbe tunnel, the land registry hall of a district court, the Abaton cinema or the yoga center in TONALi house. Already participating for the third time is the cosmetic department of Hamburg’s leading chemist chain Budni. This, the 18-year old start violonist and defending champion Leonard Fu will be performing the best of classical music in front of a large audience at the Budni branch located at Europa Passage.

100 Artists and Famous Names

Among the 100 artists performing on stage, there will be 24 cellists. In addition, eight dancers, two orchestras, a singer, a drummer, a violist, a Klezmer Gypsy Jazz Band, a baroque ensemble plus numerous exciting soloists and a Norwegian conductor. A couple of internationally renowned names will also be performing at TONALI 2015, including, inter alia, the German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen, dogma Chamber Orchestra, Nimrod Guez, Mikhail Gurevich, Solen Mainguenè Alexei Gerassimez, Leonard Fu and Eivind Gullberg Jensen. The series of concerts will ope with a performance by the German National Youth Ballet at Kulturkirche Altona, where the young talents will be dancing to artfully played cello music by twelve TONALI juniors in a spectacular choreography.

Great Cinema Celebrating TONALI’as Fifth Anniversary

TONALi will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2015. On 17 September, three films produced on TONALi will be shown for the first time all be shown, accompanied by live music of TONALi musicians who are also protagonists of the films. The gala will be attended by the film producer Ute Schneider, the directors Delmar Mavignier, Hannes driver and Oliver Gieth and the TONALi founders Amadeus Templeton and Boris Matchin.

Excellence and Mass Education

“TONALi gives a future, stimulates a changing performance culture in classical music and connects people that understand, maintain and develop the music as a universal language,” comments Honorary President Christoph Eschenbach, on the ambitious music project that was initiated by the two young cellists Amadeus Templeton and Boris Matchin in 2009. In 2014, the contest will take place for the fourth time. While promoting excellence, TONALI also acts as a door opener in cultural education by addressing young composers, highly talented young performers, and young listeners – more than 10,000 young people in twelve schools in Hamburg alone.

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