Mechthild Karkow – Nicht Bach! Meer sollte er heissen!

Mechthild Karkow – He should not be called a creek! He should be called an ocean!

October 30, 6 pm, at the Sendesaal Bremen.

With a play of words not easily transferrable into other languages, Ludwig van Beethoven once expressed his admiration for Johann Sebastian Bach thus: “He should not have been named `Bach´ (German for creek), but `Ocean´ for his endless and inexhaustible riches of tonal combinations and harmonies!”

Yet Beethoven was fully equal to Bach in his inventiveness as a composer. Violinist Mechthild Karkow wishes to demonstrate these qualities in her inaugural concert for baroque violin after she had joined the HfK as Professor for Baroque Violin in October 2020. She will present baroque rhetoric and Viennese classicism by performing two precedent setting master works: J.S. Bach: Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor; and Ludwig von Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 10 (his final violin sonata). Tobias Koch will accompany the violinist at the fortepiano.

Mechthild Karkow – baroque violin and classical violin
Tobias Koch – fortepiano


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Partita Nr. 2 d-Moll for Violin solo, BWV 1004
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Sonata for Pianoforte and Violin Nr. 10 in G-Dur, Op. 96


The baroque violinist Mechthild Karkow is one of the most versatile
specialists in her field with a practice of historical performances. Her
repertoire spans from the end of the 16th to the early 20th century and
includes contemporary compositions for baroque violin, baroque viola
and viola d’amore. For her, it goes without saying that delving into
historical sources and playing instruments as well as bows and using
techniques and posture for playing that are appropriate to the
repertoire “enriches a stylistically differentiated and lively

Mechthild Karkow has won international
competitions and has participated in numerous recording sessions for
radio and CDs. She also participates at highly regarded festivals and
has performed at concerts as a soloist, a concertmaster and chamber
musician with different ensembles. Among numerous engagements, she has
shared stages with musicians such as Christoph Coin, Andrea Marcon and
Marieke Spaans and has appeared as a soloist and artistic director of
the Freiburger Barockorchester.

As an artist, Mechthild Karkow
prioritises passing along her experience and substantial knowledge of
playing the violin. She began her pedagogical work as a Professor for
Baroque Violin and Baroque Viola at the University of Music and Theatre
“Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig in 2013 and taught at the
Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts at the same time. She
was appointed Professor for Baroque Violin and Baroque Viola at the HfK
at the beginning of the winter semester 2020/21. Beyond her work at the
University she also teaches international master courses, presentations
and workshops.

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Tobias Koch puts his musical credo into these words: “Tracing the
secrets of sounds with an open mind, an appetite for discovery and a
refusal to be prejudiced.” Born in Kempen on the Lower Rhine River, the
pianist has been fascinated by the expressive range of historical
keyboard instruments. He plays the cembalo, clavichord, tangent and
forte pianos, orphica, pedal piano, organ, as well as the romantic
concert grand and keeps surprising audiences with deeply original,
artistic projects that reflect his vast repertoire as well as his
inquisitive spirit regarding the possibilities of instruments. Tobias
Koch is reaping international recognition for his individual
reappraisals of repertoire classics of piano music, most recently
especially works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Schumann: “He is
inspired and inspiring right from the get-go – by the way he plays the
piano, Koch creates musical images in passing and lets them dissolve
again. The rousing performance simply turns every bar into an exciting
experience.” (MDR Figaro)

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Foto Mechthild Karkow © Laurenz A. Rein
Foto Tobias Koch © Philip Lethen

Mechthild Karkow – Nicht Bach! Meer sollte er heissen!

Sendesaal Bremen, Bürgermeister-Spitta-Alle

30. October 2022, 18:00