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“Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern” by Heinz Walter Florin Given World Premiere

The world premiere of the vocal-symphonic work “Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern” for speaker, choir and orchestra by Heinz Walter Florin will be presented at this year’s Christmas concert of the South Westphalia Philharmonic on 13 December 2014 in Cologne. With his new piece, Florin has succeeded in creating a sensitive setting of one of the best-known tales of Hans Christian Andersen.

The Deutz Choir of Cologne and the South Westphalia Philharmonic will present the new tale under the direction of the composer Heinz Walter Florin at the Gürzenich.

Heinz Walter Florin was born in Bonn am Rhein into a musical family. After passing his school-leaving examinations, his talent for the piano led him to undertake basic studies in that instrument at the Robert Schumann Music Academy in Düsseldorf. Courses of study and master classes followed with important piano pedagogues. He was thus trained as a piano virtuoso by Margulis (Freiburg) and Merzhanov (Moscow).
As a pianist, he has successfully appeared in many recitals, chamber concerts and song recitals, and as a soloist with major orchestras, performing with internationally renowned artists and orchestras. His wide repertoire and artistic breadth are documented on numerous CD publications, radio and television productions.
Florin’s special interest, however, has always been conducting, which he studied in Maastricht. The successful final diploma in orchestral conducting formed the basis for his further career. Since then, Heinz Walter Florin has conducted concerts, operatic performances and major open-air events on radio and television. He works with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, the Bonn Beethoven Orchestra, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and many other orchestras, as well as with choirs and world-renowned vocal and instrumental soloists.
In addition, he has been the artistic director of the Deutz Choir of Cologne since 2000.

Further performances of “Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern” at the Gürzenich will take place the next day, on 14 December 2014, at 11 AM and 3 PM.

13 December 2014
Gürzenich, 4 PM
World premiere: Heinz Walter Florin
“Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern”. Poem for speaker, choir and orchestra
Deutz Choir Cologne
South Westphalia Philharmonic
Heinz Walter Florin (direction)


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