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Robert Pobitschka - PIANO CONCERTO "DEEP BLUE" after a poem by Fran Eve Wright

 

Premiere performance 10 August 2015 during the serenade concert "1815-1915-2015" at music festival "Carinthischer Sommer" in the court yard of Ossiach Monastery/Austria

 

The composer on the piano, accompanied by Wiener Concert-Verein (members of Vienna Symphony Orchestra)  conductor: Wolfgang Dörner  

 

VIDEO on YouTube

 

 Link: "Deep blue" (Text)

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Robert Pobitschka - "NOVALIS"

 

Recording on the occasion of the premiere performance 24 Juni 2015 at the Novalis Art Projekt in Schlöben/Jena/Germany (artisitic director: Barbara Neuhäuser)

 

The composer on the Novalis-Organ in Schlöben

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Pobitschka - "LULLABY FOR ADULTS" - For Yoko  

 

Yoko Saotome-Huber, violin accopmpanied on piano by the composer

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Photograph: Yoko Saotome Huber & Robert Pobitschka, by courtesy of Edith Hofmann, NÖN, 2015

 

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Istvan Szelenyi - "SUMMA VITAE", Fantasy for piano and orchestra after a theme by Franz Liszt, composed 1956

 

Robert Pobitschka, piano accompanied by Symphony Orchester Miscolc/Hungary 

Conductor: Laszlo Szelenyi - the composer's son, photograph right

 

Recording by Duna Televizio, Budapest

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Pobitschka - ATLANTIA AWAKES  Oratory for the protection of the environment (Ballet) after a libretto by Fran Eve Wright  

 

Andrea Brown, soprano - Andreas Jankowitsch, baritone - Wiener Kammerchor - RSO Wien - Conductor: Michael Grohotolsky

 

Photograph: Alain Michigan dancing "Atlantia awakes"

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  Link: Libretto "Atlantia erwacht"

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Robert Pobitschka - "WATER IS LIFE II"

 

The composer on piano

 

 

 

Picture left: Metamorphosis of the score "Water is Life II" by the artist AquaAqua  

 

 

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Franz Schubert - FANTASY  f minor op. 103

 

Robert Pobitschka & Norman Shetler, piano four hands 

 

Recording by Bavarian Radio

 

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Rainer Bischof - ""NO FEAR" ("KEINE ANGST") - composition dedicated to Robert Pobitschka und Tibor Kovac 

 

Tibor Kovac, violin & Robert Pobitschka, piano

 

Photograph: Tibor Kovac & Rainer Bischof & Robert Pobitschka

 

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Johannes Brahms - CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA no. 1 op. 15 d minor

 

Robert Pobitschka, piano - Symphony Orchestra Miscolc / Hungary - Conductor: Laszlo Szelenyi

 

 

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After completing his law studies at the University of Vienna ROBERT POBITSCHKA re-dedicated himself to his musical studies with the renowned Russian pianist Tatiana Kravtchenko at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He attended inter alia master classes with Lisa Leonskaja and Lev Naumov at the Schleswig-Holstein - Music Festival.

Robert Pobitschka has celebrated successes at major venues including the Bruckner Haus in Linz, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein as well as the Minoriten Hall in Graz.  He has been a guest at the Eisenstadt International Haydn Festival and has played as a soloist at the opening orchestral concert of the Haydn Festival in Dolni Lukavice/Czech Republik. He   has appeared at the prestigeous Austrian music festival “Carinthischer Sommer”, at the Vienna Cultural Festival in Berlin and Potsdam, at the festival "Evenings in Monrepos" in Vyborg / Karelia  as well as Kultursommer Eppan/Italy and “Sommertraum” –Festival at Semmering, Austria. The Vladinmir Spiwakov Foundation invited him to give a concert in Moscow which was held in the hall of the Russian Fund of Culture. 

His concert tours have taken him to Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, Peru, the USA and China. 

Concert recordings and studio recordings were broadcast by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF, Radio Free Berlin, CCTV in China, CTC Peru and Duna Televizio, Budapest. Bavarian radio ”Bayerischer Rundfunk” broadcast Gustav Mahler's four-hand piano version of Anton Bruckner's Third Symphony, partner at the piano was Norman Shetler. 

Robert Pobitschka is director of „Kerzenlicht-Konzerte“ in Waldviertel, Austria, founder and director of International Summer Academy Drosendorf/Austria and president of UNESCO Club Vienna.

His own compositions address important social and environmental issues. His works include the environmental oratorio "Atlantia awakes" (Text by Fran E. Wright) which recorded by the Vienna Chamber Choir and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Michael Grohotolsky, "Kyrie eleison - dedicated to nature" and "Water is Life", performed at various venues including the United Nations Vienna to commemorate International World Water Day at the Ceremonial Hall of Vienna’s Hofburg Palace.  The Japanese Gardening Society in Tokyo commissioned the piano work "Cosmos Japanese Garden", which was premiered at the opening of the Japanese Garden in Schoenbrunn Palace Park, Vienna. His “Twelve Songs after the telve Assisi Peace Prayers” were first performed in a United Nations celebration to mark International Day of Tolerance. Opera „Sancti Magni vita“ after a libretto by Richard Bletschacher. 

24. July 2015  first performance of his composition for organ “Novalis” by the composer on the Novalis Organ in Schlöben/Jena/Germany. 10 August 2015 premiere performance of his piano concerto “Deep blue” after a poem by Fran Wright at prestigeous Austrian music festival “Carinthischer Sommer”. 

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KULIMU - Journal for Art & Literature & Music

(41. Jg. 2015 Heft 1/2  - Lappersdorf/Regensburg/Germany)

 

BRILLANCE AND ESPRIT

 

Robert Pobitschka’s piano concerto „Deep blue“ gains a win for music festival „Carinthischer Sommer (Ossiach/Austria)

 

The motto for the serenade concert of the Wiener Concert-Verein, 10 August at the Monastery  of Ossiach was '1815 (Vienna Congress) - 1915 (World War I) - 2015 (crisis in Europe)'. Therefore under the outstanding lead of conductor Wolfgang Dörner, music was presented to the audience that has been composed during these periods of time. The range of music included Beethoven (2 movement from his 8 Symphony) Lanner (Hofballtänze) Johann Strauß, Ravel (Rigaudon from 'Le Tombeau de Couperin') as well as Prokofjew (3 movement from his  'Symphonie classique'). 

The main attraction on the program of the serenade concert was the premiere performance of Robert Pobitschka’s piano concerto 'Deep blue', the composer himself performing the solo part on the piano. Fran Eve Wright’s poem „Deep blue“ that one could read in the program, had inspired him for the composition. He transformed the poem’s atmosphere colourful into music. Panels of sounds were followed by repeating elements and an almost percussive rhythm in the last movement. The pianist’s play included power as well as poetical expression, specially in the second movement. His virtuosity never contradicted the subtleness of his tone. But also the mental flexibility of the musicians of the Wiener Concert-Verein must be seen as responsible for the premiere performance’s success. Under the lead of conductor Wolfgang Dörner they executed the composition’s complex dynamic contrasts in a natural as well as precise manner. They seemed to enjoy the pleasure of exploring new grounds and received friendly applaus from the audience that obviously seemed to be in good spirits.

  Piano concerto "Deep blue" on YouTube

 

 

Simonetta Puccioni (Granddoughter of Giacomo Puccini) & Robert Pobitschka

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NÖN - Lower Austria News

(Woche 26/2015)

THE HIGHEST APPROACH 

Piano recital| Robert Pobitschka caused enthusiasm and enchanted the audience by celebrating his piano art 

GREILLENSTEIN CASTLE| As part of the series Kerzenlicht-Konzerte (Chandellight Concerts) 13 June pianist Robert Pobitschka gave a solo recital with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms. The program included rather challenging pieces of these three composers. The six movements of Bach’s Partita BWV 825b flat major require highest technical skills in order to appropriately point out the complex contra points. The other requirement is a special attention and understanding of the audience. The next work, Mozart’s Sonata b flat major is the last but one of all 18 sonatas for piano Mozart has written. In classical manor it consist of three movements. The pianist chose a rather fast tempo for the last one (Allegretto).

After the intermission Robert Pobitschka performed Johannes Brahms’ Six Piano Pieces op. 118, a work composed in 1886 from Brahms’ last period. Before he started playing the pianist mentioned that the historical Streicher piano he was playing on in the concert was 40 years “young” when Brahms’s pieces were first performed. He said it’s good condition is remarkable. The most famous piece from op. 118 is the Ballade no. 3. The master’s interpretation seemed to become a celebration. The audience reacted with plenty of applause, the artist thanked with two encores by Chopin (Polonaise and Nocturne).   

 

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Ostthüringen News

(Monday, 20 Juli 2015)

 

PREMIERE PERFORMANCE ON THE NOVALIS ORGAN ON KIRCHBERG IN SCHLÖBEN (Germany) 

 

The finale of the International Novalis Art Project and the premiere performance of a composition to commemorate the poet Naovalis brought an artistic highlight to Schlöben and opened up perspectives for the future

 

 

Schlöben | "We must become more romantical", Mayor Hans-Peter Perschke quoted the poet Friedrich von Hardenberg who under the pseudonym Novalis became a symbol figure of mental development and breaking out of old patterns…

When the Mayor spoke to the audience at Schlöben Church and honoured the successful workshop of artists under the lead of Barbara Neuhäuser, artist from nearby Gröben, the sound of a musical premiere performance that had taken place right before seemed to be still in the room.

 

On the Novalis Organ Robert Pobitschka, international renowned pianist and composer had given his own composition, which had been inspired by Novalis’ “Hymns to the night”.

… like the Novalis’ work this composition was written in a cyclical order. After a bright and light entrée and passages that follow romantic intentions came long parts that seemed to be depressive and dark and did not lead into harmonious solution…

... followed the principle of complete dedication to the circumstances, the room and the instrument, which created bows of sound that ranged from harmonious to chaotically. Thus, part of the audience was enthusiastic, another part seemed confused…  

 

  "NOVALIS" on YouTube.

Photograph: Robert Pobitschka on the Novalis-Organ.

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"A MANI STRETTE" after the poem by Natale Porritiello for violin (solo), piano (solo) and speaker

Premiere performance 26 October 2015 in the Karl Schiske Memorial Hall at Orth Castle Museum in presence of the poet by 

Yoko Saotome-Huber ,violin & Robert Pobitschka, piano and speaker

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Photograph: Yoko Saotome-Huber, Bertha Schiske, Natale Porritiello & Robert Pobitschka after the concert

 

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"NOVALIS" for Organ

1. A joung poet 2. A path into the night 3. Night 4. Epilog 

Premiere performance 24 Juni 2015 by the composer on the Novalis-Organ during the International Novalis Art Project in Schlöben/ Jena/Germany (Director: Barbara Neuhäuser)

 

 

 

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"LULLABY FOR ADULTS" - For Yoko  

violin and piano

Premiere performance 15 April 2014 in Tokyo by Yoko Saotome-Huber, violin and Kumi Miyagawa, piano

 

 

  "Lullaby" on YouTube

PIANO CONCERTO "DEEP BLUE" after the poem by Fran Eve Wright

Premiere performance 10 August 2015 during the serenade concert "1815-1915-2015" at music festival "Carinthischer Sommer" in the court yard of Ossiach Monastery, Austria

The composer on the piano accompanied by Wiener Concert-Verein (members of Vienna Symphony Orchestra) - conductor: Wolfgang Dörner

 

  "Deep blue" on YouTube

 

  Link: "Deep blue" (Text)

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"REKLAME FÜR DROSENDORF" ("Advertisement for Drosendorf") after a text by Julian Schutting for voice and piano

Premiere performance 13 Juli 2013 on occasion of the opening of International Summer Akademy Drosendorf in presence of the poet by Flaka Goranci, mezzosoprano, accompanied on piano by the composer 

 

 Photograph: Julian Schutting, Flaka Goranci & Robert Pobitschka

 

"SANCTI MAGNI VITA" Opera in Latin language, libretto by Richard Bletschacher after the medevial vita of Saint Magnus (9th Century)

Composed 2009 - 2011

 

"ATLANTIA ERWACHT" ("Atlantia awakes") Oratory for the protection of the environment (Ballet) after a libretto by Fran Eve Wright for  soprane, baritone, choir and orchestra 

Premiere performance as a ballet 29 Juli 2007 during the opening ceremony of the Ballet Seminar of the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO (ITI) in Wolfsegg/Austria by the dancer Alain Michigan  

Andrea Brown - soprano, Andreas Jankowitsch - baritone, Vienna Chamber Choir, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, conductor: Michael Grohotolsky

 

  Link: Libretto "Atlantia erwacht"

 

  "Atlantia erwacht" on YouTube

 

"WATER IS LIFE II" for piano after a painting by Zhao Yusheng

Premiere performance 2 Mai 2007 in Vienna by the composer 

 

"WATER IS LIFE I" after a poem by Liu Ding Guo for soprano und string orchestra

Premiere performance 21 März 2007 by Andrea Lauren Brown, soprano and the 1st Women Chamber Orchestra of Austria conducted by the composer (concert to mark United Nation's World Water Day)

 

 

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"SONGS FROM THE TWELVE ASSISI PEACE PRAYERS" after the „Assisi Peace Prayers“ from the first meeting in history of leaders of twelve world religions in Assisi 1986. For voice  und piano (arrangements for voice and orchestra and for piano four hands)  

1. Buddhist –  2. Baha´i    3. Christian     4. Hindu –   5. Jainist     6. Jewish –   7. Moslem 8. Native African  – 9. Native American     10. Shinto – 11. Sikh  – 12. Zoroastrian  

Premiere performance 16 November 2004 in Vienna by soprano Andrea Lauren Brown, accompanioed on piano by the composer (concert to mark UN International Day for Tolerance)  

 

"THE SEA PAINTINGS OF MIRA ALEKSANDRA STEFANOV" for piano or string orchestra

Premiere performance 7 Dezember 2000 in Vienna by the composer on the piano during the artist's vernissage 

 

"KYRIE ELEISON - DEDICATED TO NATURE"  for voice or violin and piano or orchestra 

Premiere performance 21 März 2002 in Vienna with dancers Tanzforum Wien in the choreography of Alexandra Young-Schmidt, Cynthia O'Brien, violin and Robert Pobitschka, piano (concert to mark UN International Eart Day, photographs left and right)

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"COSMOS JAPANESE GARDEN"   for piano. Work commissioned by the  Japanese Gardening Association, Tokyo for the opening of the Japanese Garden in Vienna - Schönbrunn Palace Park. 

1. Entering the garden – 2. Dialog with the Protection Gods – 3. Water, flowers and birds 4. Professor Harada brings the garden to life, using a magic wand –  5. Japanese - Austrian talk in the tee house

Premiere performance 9 Mai 1999 in Vienna by the composer during the opening celebrations for the Japanese Garden in Schoenbrunn Palace Park

 

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SECHS LIEDER NACH ERNST CHRISTIAN PACHER (Six songs after poems by Ernst Christian Pacher) for deep voice and piano (in German)

1. Und klagend – 2. Für Michaela – 3. Bericht einer Resignation –  4. Auch ich war ein Kind  5. Und unsere Seele – 6. Und als du von mir gingst

Premiere performance 20 Juli 1997 in Vienna by Jutta Geister, alto accompanied an the piano by the composer

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CONTACT:

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Tel.: +43 - (0)650 - 53 29 909

 

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www.uwa-konzerte.de

www.sommerakademie-drosendorf.at

www.kerzenlicht-konzerte.at