Who is who in the Urtext campaign?

Dario Mariño Varela

What a happy coincidence! As of this season Darío Mariño Varela has taken over the position of solo clarinetist at the Kassel State Orchestra and has moved to Kassel, the city where Barenreiter’s headquarters are located. His laugh is just as sympathetic as on the photo which we used for our current Urtext campaign.

Darío Mariño Varela comes from Galicia in Spain. He received his musical training at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. What drew him to Berlin? The Berlin Philharmonic and their solo clarinetist Wenzel Fuchs with whom he wished to study and actually did. After university he worked for two years at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

We asked when Darío made the acquaintance with Bärenreiter for the first time. „When at the age of 16 I was given the Bärenreiter edition of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto as a gift. At the time Sabine Meyer played the work in my home town. I was excited about how the edition felt to the touch, about the quality of the print and the paper. In the meantime I have played in orchestras from Bärenreiter parts many times. I very much appreciate that Bärenreiter Urtext editions are free from editorial emendations and as such don’t steer your musical interpretation in a preconceived direction.“

Thank you, Darío, for being a part of our Urtext campaign!


Su-a Lee

Korean born cellist Su-a Lee is one of the leading lights of the Scottish music scene. Celebrated wherever she goes, she stands out for her versatility, her ability to connect with the audience and her appetite for musical adventure.

Born in Seoul, Su-a trained at Chethams School of Music and completing her studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Upon graduating, Su-a moved to Scotland to join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, where she has been Assistant Principal Cello ever since.

Su-a, her cello and her musical saw also feature regularly on the non-classical music scene and across all art forms. They have appeared all over the world from South America to the Arctic Circle. As well as performing in the world’s major concert halls, you are as likely to find them in unorthodox and interesting locations, including Japanese temples, circus tents, and waterfalls.

"It is so important to me, that I can get as close to the composer’s wishes as I can. Barenreiter is my preferred publisher because they put in so much care and attention to stay faithful to the composer’s intentions, therefore enabling me to stay as authentic as possible.”

Thank you, Su-a for being a part of our Urtext campaign!


Jonas Zschenderlein

We at Bärenreiter are continuously striving to produce fine high-quality Urtext editions. But our Urtext editions would be nothing if we did not have musicians who bring them to life in their performances. It is this special energy and passion which arises during music making that we want to convey in our Urtext campaign, and we feel that the up and coming violinist Jonas Zschenderlein is exactly “our man for this job”. You can really sense the enthusiasm and dynamism which he brings across.

We asked Jonas to tell us a little about himself as a musician and why Urtext editions are so important to him.

“Chamber Music from the Baroque era is my passion. That's why I founded the quartet 4 Times Baroque together with three friends from Frankfurt. For a few years now we have been touring throughout Europe playing at many early music festivals. In addition I'm concertmaster of Vox Orchestra and play regularly with different baroque ensembles and chamber musicians.

As a violinist of the early music scene I'm always confronted with one challenge: how to do justice to the musical expression of a piece. That's why it's very important to have Urtext editions as the basic information about a piece and the aim of the composer. Thanks to Bärenreiter for for doing such great work”.

And thank you, Jonas, for being a part of our Urtext campaign!


Soohyun Ahn

Soohyun Ahn was born in Seoul, South Korea. She studied at the Seoul National University where she received her Bachelor degree. In September 2009 she moved to Germany in order to study in the masterclass of Prof. Nabil Shehata at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. Between 2009 and 2011 she was recipient of a scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

At the International Sperger Competition 2010 Soohyun received a special prize. In 2011 she started studying at the orchestra academy of the Munich Philharmonic and in 2013 she became solo bassist at the Dresden Philharmonic. Since 2015 Soohyun has been sub-principal solo bassist at the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul.

It is the special concentration and dedication which Soohyun’s face reflects while playing; this we wish to convey in our Urtext campaign.

Thank you, Soohyun, for being a part of our Urtext campaign!


Louis Schwizgebel

Born into a family of artists from Switzerland and China, Louis Schwizgebel studied with Brigitte Meyer in Lausanne and Pascal Devoyon in Berlin. Later he pursued his studies at the Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald as well as at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski. At the age of seventeen he won the Geneva International Music Competition and, two years later, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In 2012 he won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, and between 2013-2015 he was a BBC New Generation Artist.
Louis Schwizgebel now lives in London.

He has performed with many orchestras and conductors across the globe and has recorded works by Schubert, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Liszt, and Holliger.

Highlights of Schwizgebel’s 2017/18 season include debuts in Mexico and Brazil with the Minería Orchestra and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra respectively and in Europe with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Bournemouth Symphony and Slovak Philharmonic orchestras. In the US he will perform with the Florida and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras. He will return to Leeds with the BBC Philharmonic and play again with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. On the recital stage he will make his debut at the Musashino Foundation in Tokyo, and will perform across the UK, Germany, France and Switzerland with Renaud Capuçon.

Louis Schwizgebel says: “Playing from urtext editions is essential to my work. I'm always searching for the true intentions of the composers.”

Thank you Louis for being a part of our Urtext campaign!


Marco Borggreve

For our Urtext campaign Bärenreiter had the privilege to collaborate with Marco Borggreve, one of the leading photographers of the classical music world. We asked him to provide pictures which would convey the enthusiasm and joy of musicians performing.

We felt that Borggreve was “our man” for this campaign as he has such a strong affinity to music. In fact in an interview he once stated that “music is more important than photography”. In his work he is continually striving to bring across the “essence of the music”. He wishes to preserve the concentration and passion which musicians exude when they are playing or singing as well as to encapsulate the unique energy which arises during a performance between the musician, his instrument and the music.

We think Marco Borggreve has done our Bärenreiter campaign full justice.

Thank you Marco for creating such inspiring photographs!

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