The Kronberg Academy, in Kronberg Germany, has built its own home in the Casals Forum. The new venue includes a concert hall with first-class acoustics and equipment, plus an adjoining study and administration center. The Casals Forum was named in the spirit of Pablo Casals (1876-1973), the Spanish cellist, composer, and conductor who is considered to be one of the pre-eminent cellists of the first half of the 20th century.
The conception of the new building was focused on creating an environment in which music and its performers can grow to their highest potential. “Highest artistic mastery thrives in an atmosphere that is stimulatingly familiar, at the same time contemplative and sometimes unconventional,” writes the Kronberg Academy.
In addition to being considered one of the greatest cellists of all time, Pablo Casals was passionate about peace and protecting nature. To honor that, the Casals Forum was built according to high ecological standards and is the first concert hall building to be operated in a climate-neutral manner.
As a new venue in the Rhine-Main region, the Casals Forum will be a place for people to come together through music. To celebrate the opening, the 2022 Kronberg Festival will host world-renowned artists to perform for the Kronberg community and guests.
These artists will perform both as soloists and in chamber ensembles — and will introduce talented young musicians in joint concerts. Additionally, Students from across the world will receive tuition at the public Cello Masterclasses taking place in conjunction to the Festival. The experience will be complemented by exhibitions, talks, and the international violin-making exhibition VioViva.
Performing artists include Christoph Eschenbach, Isabelle Faust, Amanda Forsyth, Kirill Gerstein, Vadim Gluzman, Håvard Gimse, Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Alina Ibragimova, Steven Isserlis, Janine Jansen, Anastasia Kobekina, Gidon Kremer, Jens Peter Maintz, Mischa Maisky, Truls Mørk, Jérôme Pernoo, Fazıl Say, Sir András Schiff, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Abel Selaocoe, Kian Soltani, Antoine Tamestit, Christian Tetzlaff, Jörg Widmann, Tabea Zimmermann, and Pinchas Zukerman.
The ensembles that will play at the festival are Chamber Orchestra of Europe, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Kremerata Baltica, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Ensemble Resonanz, Bridges-Kammerorchester, and many more.
“At the Kronberg Festival there is no getting away from what Kronberg Academy stands for: inspiration, fascination, world stars, and leading young musicians,” the Kronberg Academy website reads.