Since it has become very difficult for young, freelance young artists to secure their livelihood through concerts, Reinhard Piechocki, the initiator and moderator of the Piano Summer and the Chopiniade, two joint series of events with the Putbus Theater, had the idea of promoting virtuosos who were particularly worthy of support, such as the pianist Mari Namera to help with the financing of her first CD.
To support Mari Namera, money is being collected for the production of her own CD. The target group were people of all ages who are interested in music.
The Theater Putbus development association supported this project and had a succesful campaign on the 99 Funken crowdfunding platform of the Sparkasse Vorpommern.
Born in Japan, the pianist began playing the piano at the age of three. She studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) with Prof. Kei Itoh and at the Berlin University of the Arts with Prof. Elena Lapitskaja and Prof. Björn Lehmann and since 2015 at the Rostock University of Music and Theater with Prof. Bernd Zack. She completed her studies with top marks. Mari Namera has received high honors in competitions such as the Japan Player's Competition, Roze Piano Competition, Verona International Piano Competition, and 1st Prize at the Yachiyo Music Competition. Since then she has appeared regularly in piano recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Japan and Germany. Today she lives and teaches in Rostock.
Reinhard Piechocki and Daniel Seng
On April 14th, 2023 and October 13th. 2023: In two concerts, pianist Daniel Seng performs Chopin's 24 Etudes (op.10 on Fri. 14.4. and op.25 on Sat. 12.11.) with impressive virtuosity. "among the most difficult riddles ever set in the hand of a pianist.".
Even the two most famous Chopin interpreters of the twentieth century, Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) and Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), have admitted that they were downright afraid of some etudes because of the extreme technical difficulties and never played them publicly in concert .
During the National Socialist era, the 24 Etudes of the pianist Alice Herz Sommer (1903-2013) saved the life because she gave over 100 piano concerts for her fellow prisoners in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.
The moderator of the concerts, Reinhard Piechocki, and Melissa Müller wrote the book "A Garden of Eden in the Middle of Hell", which made the forgotten pianist world-famous.
CD funding project
Daniel Seng not only interprets the 24 etudes with great virtuosity, but also in a special, bel canto-like way. The Putbus Theatre Friends' Association will support him in the creation of a CD with a fundraiser.