Based on just his geographical location and his family heritage, Felix would be called a German instrument maker. Once you have the pleasure of knowing him, though, you begin to realise that he is an amalgamation of the many different cultures from which he has drawn upon from his knowledge, absorbing the experience of getting to know different people from many distant places, and learning from past and modern history, all of which have shaped his persona throughout his lifetime.

My first meeting with Felix was in Cologne, where he was giving the presentation called ‘Faszination Streichinstrumente’. Now, if you find yourself at an event where you do not fully understand the language, you might start looking for the nearest exit, thinking of how to politely sneak away. Luckily for me, the room was packed and Felix started his presentation before I could leave! I stayed glued to my seat right to the end of it. Even though I still don’t know the full English transcript, I vividly remember the images of the old masters’ paintings portraying musical instruments from the XV-XVII century, through which Felix illustrated so beautifully the evolution from medieval instruments to the now classic and pivotal Amati violin shape. You did not need to speak the language – the images spoke for themselves.

I would like to think that Felix’s ‘faszination’ with stringed instruments started in a childhood in which he studied the cello in Germany, in the day when the Berlin Wall still stood and Checkpoint Charlie was a real place and not just a Museum and tourist attraction. His path of becoming a violin maker started in 1989 in Gubbio, in the province of Umbria, Italy. During the three years that he studied to obtain the diploma “Maestro Liutaio”, Felix also conducted his own researches into the history of violin making throughout Italy. This was also a very important time in his personal life, as it was while in Italy that he met his soulmate (and now his wife of many years), the lovely Maria, who is originally from South America.

The story continues in Berlin, where Felix worked in a master’s shop for the next six years and obtained the official German instrument making status of ‘Geigenbaumeister’ in 1998.  The following year, Felix opened his own shop in Berlin, where he can now be found along the lushly green and leafy Beerenstrasse, in the beautiful south-western district of Zehlendorf. He continues his never-ending journey of discovery, both acoustically and aesthetically, in his making of new instruments, following the schools of old Italian masters, but continuing to expand his knowledge of today, drawing on his wide network of contemporary violin makers who gather every year at the Oberlin College Workshop in the USA.

However, once you have the opportunity to see, hold and play on one of the Felix’s instruments, you do begin to wonder how he can possibly better himself further! The moment you start tuning it in, the powerful sound of the violin begins to resonates through your body, and you are taken on the journey by which the instrument responses perfectly well to wherever you wish to go musically. The beautiful balance across all four strings leaves you gliding through different positions effortlessly, and if anything, once you start playing on it, you just want to keep exploring to reach the next level, held back only by your own lack of practice and technical excellence. That sense of ‘faszination’ that Felix as the maker has about his craft is fully embedded in the instrument and transferred to the player who, in the same manner, in turn continues to be fascinated and inspired by the sound it produces.

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Sep
26
Wed
7:30 pm Veles Ensemble & Ahmed Mukhtar @ Saint Margaret Pattens Church
Veles Ensemble & Ahmed Mukhtar @ Saint Margaret Pattens Church
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
As part of the London Strings Festival, the Veles Ensemble will open the evening of contrast with a true classic: Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9 No.1 in G-major and then accompanied by Ahmed Mukhtar who will continue the evening presenting Iraqi music with Oud solo’s. He will then be joined by the Veles Ensemble to finish with arrangements of his own compositions. The Veles Ensemble was founded in 2016 by three young successful London classical musicians: Hartmut Richter, violin, Ralitsa Naydenova, viola and Evva Mizerska, cello, all soloists, recitalists and performers in leading London chamber orchestras who aim to explore and promote rarely heard masterpieces and new compositions as well as bringing the classics to life. Ahmed Mukhtar’s music is rooted in the traditional Maqam style and explores the use of the quarter tone in the Arabic Oud. The Maqam is the nearest equivalent to mode in Western classical. Ahmed Mukhtar will offer some of his compositions arranged for Strings by Ignacio Lusardi Monteverde, which will be played by the Veles Ensemble. The unfretted Oud with its delicately flattened intervals can make a dream, gallop or thunder, as well as the desert with the use of silence to a great effect. As Iraqi Middle Eastern Mukhtar’s music lies on improvisation and Taqasim in a great deal of works and forms.
Sep
27
Thu
8:00 pm Music for an Autumn Evening – th... @ Holy Trinity Church
Music for an Autumn Evening – th... @ Holy Trinity Church
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Comalli Consort, established in early 2018 comprising of students from the Royal Academy of Music in London, is an up and coming historical performance ensemble focusing on music of the Renaissance period. English soprano, Charlotte La Thrope, graduated with first class honours in music from the University of Durham, majoring in performance, received ‘The Most Outstanding Soloist Award’ in her final year. She currently studies with Lillian Watson and Christopher Glynn at the Royal Academy of Music and is generously supported by the Derek Butler London Scholarship Prize, the Helen Roll Charitable Trust Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust. Voz femenina Anon. – La Spagna segundo tono Anon. – Que me queréis Anon. – Si la noche haze escura Anon. – Al Alva venid Anon. – Las mis penas Anon. – La Spagna quarto tono For the Virgin Queen John DOWLAND – Time Stands Still John DOWLAND – Queen Elizabeth her Galliard John DOWLAND – Come Heavy Sleepe Feminine Portraits in the Continent Johannes GHISELIN – La Alfonsina Josquin DES PREZ – Nimphes, Nappes Josquin DES PREZ – La Bernadina The Male Voice John DOWLAND – Behold a Wonder Here John DOWLAND – Me, me and none but me Trad. – Lord Rendall Performers Charlotte La Thrope – Soprano Louise Ayrton – Violin Sergio Bucheli – Lute Alice Trocellier[...]
Welcome to MusicFor!

Welcome to MusicFor!

I am delighted to welcome you all to the MusicFor recitals! The first ever concert series starting with four concerts ‘Music for an Autumn Evening’ at Stroud Green’s Holy Trinity Church in North London. I have been a professional musician - a singer and conductor -...