Ensemble Tramuntana (classical orchestra / original instruments)
The birth of classicism
Ensemble Tramuntana (original instruments)
Director: Barry Sargent | Soloist: Eric Hoeprich (clarinet)
Mayumi Sargent, Cati Reus, Margalida Gual, Marta jiménez, Enric Pastor, Quim Térmens (violins)
Eura Fortuny, Galina Zinchenko (violas)
Antigoni Seferli, Joan Fiol (cellos)
Pablo Moreno (double bass)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788) - Symphony No. 5 in B minor, H.661
Johann Stamitz (1717 - 1757) - Clarinet Concerto in B flat major
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847) - Symphony for strings No. 9 in C major, MWV No. 9
Born in Cincinnati (USA), where he begins his musical studies with Sigmund Effron. At the age of 15 he performs as soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the following year with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He continues his studies with Andor Toth at the Oberlin Conservatory where he graduates with "High Honors". Later he moves his residency to Paris to broaden his violinistic knowledge with the leadership of Gerard Poulet. In this same city he comes in contact with the cellist Christophe Coin, who invites him to play with the Ensemble Mosaïque, encouraging him to investigate and interpret with historic instruments. He studies baroque violin with Monica Huggett.
Since then he has been concertmaster of prestigious baroque ensembles; in France with Les Arts Florissants, Les Talents Liriques, Seminario Musicale, in Holand with the Bach Vereinigen, in Italy with Promo Musica, in Germany with Kölner Academie and concertmaster-conductor of Concerto Köln. He has collaborated as well with Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman, Jordi Savall, Christopher Hogwood and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
In Spain, where he resides, he has been first violin of Al Ayre Español, invited concertmaster of Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Extremadura Orchestra, Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, Canary Islands Philharmonic Orchestra. His work as a conductor has been extens in Spain. He has been founder and director of three orchestras: Seville Barroque Orchestra, Camerata Sa Nostra and Mallorca Baroque Orchestra. He has conducted the Canary Islands Philharmonic Orchestra, Granollers Orchestra, Menorca Island Orchestra, City of Granada Orchestra, Terrassa 48 Chamber Orchestra, the Jove de Catalunya and the Jove Barroca of Andalucia. Presently he's the conductor of Ensemble Tramuntana
Baltimore-born clarinetist Eric Hoeprich has spent 35 years devoted to historical versions of his instrument; His enormous experience as a performer, musicologist and builder allows him to approach the repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries with a unique authority in the world.
As a founding member and principal clarinetist of the Frans Brüggen Orchestra of the 18th Century, Hoeprich has performed very often as a soloist with this group, although he has also performed with many of the best early music groups in Europe, the United States and Australia. with directors such as Nicholas McGegan, Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, and PhilippeHerreweghe. With the Orchestra of the 18th century, Hoeprich has recorded for Philips and Glossa the version for clarinet di bassetto of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.
Hoeprich's chamber activities also take him around the world, both with his own ensembles, the Nachtmusique and the Stadler Trio, as a guest with numerous string quartets and pianists. For a recent Glossa recording of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet (again on the Bassetto Clarinet), which he combined with that of Brahms, Hoeprich collaborated with the London Haydn Quartet (which uses classical gut strings and bows). The Nachtmusique ensemble, founded by Hoeprich in the 1980s and specializing in Harmoniemusik, has recorded projects by Mozart, Beethoven and Krommer for Glossa. For the Stadler Trio (tres corni di bassetto), Mozart has always been the composer of reference.
As a musicologist, Eric Hoeprich has been hired by Yale University Press to write a comprehensive book on the clarinet, The Clarinet, as part of a new collection dedicated to orchestral instruments. Hoeprich teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and at Indiana University. His articles have appeared in publications such as Early Music, Galpin Society Journal, The Clarinet, Tibia, and Scherzo.
His interest in the antique clarinet has led him to put together a splendid collection of instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries. Particularly interesting is the clarinet built by the same craftsman who made the instrument played by Heinrich Bärmann, the clarinetist for whom Weber composed all his great works. Hoeprich also owns what appears to be the oldest surviving French clarinet, built around 1770 by Prudent in Paris. His collection also includes models by Georg Ottensteiner, whose instruments were played by Richard Mühlfeld, the recipient of all Brahms chamber clarinet works. Hoeprich himself, taking as a model an engraving that appears in a Riga program of 1794, where Anton Stadler played Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, is the maker of a careful reproduction of the clarinet di bassetto that the interpreter used on that occasion.