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Gesa Riedel

Always risking new approaches, never standing still, continually open to fresh ideas; Gesa Riedel succeeds in exciting people with her music and creativity, whether they be students, schoolchildren or concert-goers. In her work the cellist crosses boundaries; she is open for Baroque music on historical instruments as well as for jazz.

Currently Gesa Riedel is working on her first solo CD; jazz and classical elements are interwoven in a harmonious whole. She is accompanied by jazz greats such as Jochen Arp (saxophone), Nils Gessinger (jazz piano), Omar Rodriguez Calvo (double bass) and Heinz Lichius (drums). South American flair is provided by Chilean pianist Mario Alarcón. The CD has already been recorded and at present the Castigo Sound Studio is working flat out to finalise post-production. The CD will be on the market at the latest in the autumn of 2007, in time for the Chilean Tour with Mario Alarcón.

Gesa Riedel has played with orchestras or been accompanied as a soloist by orchestras; she has travelled the world with the quartet Salut Salon; the pop band Orange Blue recruited the cellist for their tours. Classical chamber music with artists of different nationalities is part of her programme, as well as novel modern compositions that are completely unknown to many concert-goers.

At the same time Gesa Riedel tries to pass on her unreserved enthusiasm for music: she works as a lecturer at the College for Music and Theatre in Rostock; in Hamburg she teaches young cellists; the youth orchestra Cool Strings is an innovative project, which is the result of her co-operation both with Angelika Bachmann and with private pupils. Since the beginning of 2006 Gisela Riedel has been the creative head of Cool Strings. For the fifth time they have been prizewinners in the LTM competition (LTM is a regional society of musicians and music teachers).

On January 28th 2007 the Cool Strings performed once again in Hamburg’s large concert hall, the Laeiszhalle. On May 5th 2007 they appeared at the Hamburg College of Music and Theatre as part of the Children’s Festival of Sound.

Gesa Riedel gave her latest educational lecture at the end of April in the Hohner Conservatoire in Trossingen. A collaborative project with Prof. Michael Hampel at the College of Music in Trossingen is in the planning stage. In addition Gesa Riedel is currently involved in setting up music projects for the Hamburg Brecht Schools.

Available records

Gustavo Martin Sánchez - Canciones, Canzoni & Arias Scarlatti - 20 Sonatas - Andreas Nebl, Accordion Original Scribente - Bernd Zack, Piano Songs for a baronial bridal couple - DUE SOPRA IL BASSO Bernd Zack - Beethoven Klaviersonaten Nr. 7, 21 & 30 4 x 4 Female Choir - celestial basswärts - world premiere recording for double bass and piano STIMMUNGEN Schumann: Works for Clarinet, Basset horn and Piano - Schindler / Chipak Jens Hoffmann - Virtuoso Salon Music from Liszt’s Circle IN MEMORIAM dedicated to the great Glanzberg Grogor Witt - my oboe VIVIENDO Versuchung - 4x4 Frauenchor der PH Heidelberg Clarinet sonatas with Heiner Schindler American Crossings - Susan & Sarah Wang jazzy woodwinds: fünf+3 Tierisches für KLEIN und groß - nursery rhymes & tongue twister Andreas Hering - Piano Nebl & Nebl - DIE SCHWOTTISCHE Verquer 2 Hiroko Kume Zack - piano solo Anja Setzkorn-Krause - Burton, Copland, Prokofjew 4 x 4 Frauenchor der Pädagogischen Hochschule Heidelberg Wind Quintet-Arrangements Frank Thoenes - Tiefflug Höhenflug Jens Hoffmann - Reminiszenz Yuko Mine. Piano Edith Salmen, Percussion - "Water music" Edith Salmen, Percussion - "Papiermusik" Duo Paradiso - Italia, amore mio! Duo Paradiso "Champignons a l’hermeneutique" Yasuko Sugimoto - Virtuoso Piano Works Emilio Peroni plays Beethoven & Schubert Ostinato - Duo VIGOROSO A musical version of Hermann Hesses lyrics Andreas Sieling with Walcker-Orgel in Rostock Dekade - BEST OF 10 years "teacher concerts" Wolfhard Klein, Ibiza - Gedichte Percussion Project Rostock - "DRUMS" Eckehard Schubert - Ludwig van Beethoven Nebl & Nebl - Mozart, Tiensuu, Milhaud, Winkler and Boutry "Night music" - Solingen String Quartett "Rosamunde" . Solingen String Quartett
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