Metzmacher, born in 1906 in Schwerine, Germany, received
his early musical training from his parents. His studies
continued at the Leipzig conservatory, where he studied
with Julius Klengel from 1924 to 1927, followed by studies
with Hans Muench in Holland. His studies with Diran Alexanian
and HugoBecker were instrumental in moulding his personal
style of playing the cello.
Following his studies, he
was engaged as the first solo cellist with the Staedtiche
Orchestra in Stettin, Germany, and in 1930 he was awarded
the position of concertmaster of the Munich Philharmonic
Orchestra followed by concertmaster of the Hamburg Philharmonic
Staatsorchestra in 1934. In 1938, he accepted a position
as professor at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Frankfurt/
Main, Germany, where he continued to teach until 1951.
He then accepted a position
at the academy in Hannover that later was named the Staatliche
Hochschule (state conservatory) für Musik und Theater. Mr.
Metzmacher also received contracts to teach from the Schleswig-Holstein
Music Academy in Luebeck, Germany, and the Staatmusikschule
in Brunswick, Germany.
Mr. Metzmacher gained international
recognition as a soloist during the time he was a member
of the Stross Quartet and during the many years he was a
cellist with the Festspiel Orchestra of Bayreuth, Germany.
By adhering to stylistic responsibility and technical perfection,
he developed a personal style which earned him the recognition
he now has as one of the outstanding cellists of our time.
Nökleberg, born in Norway in 1944, studied piano with Nicolai Dirdal and Hans Leygraf as well as clavichord with Lajos Rovatkay with whom he specialized in the interpretation of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Winner of both Scandinavian and international competitions, he has given concerts throughout Germany
In 1975 he was given a chair at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. He now teaches at the music conservatory in Oslo, Norway. Mr. Steen-Nökleberg has concertized throughout Europe and the former USSR, the USA, South America and Japan as well as other countries in the Orient.
Mr. Steen-Nökleberg is in
demand as a teacher and jurist at piano competitions such
as the Gina Bachaer International Piano Competition and
the Grieg International Piano Competition. He’s also the
President of the European Piano Teachers Association for
Renowned for his interpretations
of the music of Grieg, Mr. Steen-Nökleberg recently published
the book Onstage with Grieg and is editor of the new Henle
edition of the complete Grieg piano works, all of which
he has recorded on the Naxos label.
“I am a relative newcomer
to BriosoRecordings®... yesterday I got BR 100. This is
a truly revelatory performance of the Beethoven cello sonatas...
Metzmacher is to the cello what Backhaus was to the piano.
Rock solid, very musical, deeply humane. I knew Steen-Nokleberg
from his series of Grieg's piano works on Naxos, and he
is once again in top form here. This goes right to the top,
alongside Piatigorsky/ Solomon.”
Greg Weis, Associate Professor of Philosophy, USC Aiken
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