Neuss Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, March 14 - 3:00 pm
Tickets: Adults - $15, Youth - $5
Reserved Seating at the PAC
Member ticket sales: January 28 & 29
Public ticket sales begin: February 1

The Neuss Chamber Orchestra is celebrating over 50 amazing years of performing both nationally and internationally. The orchestra's tour is being coordinated in part by the Sister City Partnership between Saint Paul and Neuss, Germany. 2010 will mark the 10 year anniversary of this partnership and the orchestra's performances in Minnesota are part of a year of celebrations and exchanges. This award-winning ensemble is under the director of Joachim Neugart and their program will feature works by Bach, Telemann, Part, Resphigi and Haydn.

This tour is made possible with the support of many partners and friends of the Neuss Chamber Orchestra, including the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Goethe-Institute.

Mariko Sudo biography

Mariko Sudo, born April 18, 1984, began piano lessons at the age of 5 at the Music School Neuss. From 1997 until 2003 she took private lessons from Mrs. Leontina Margulis in Cologne. During this time Mariko also studied at the Anton-Rubinstein-Akademie in Dusseldorf Germany. After graduating in June 2003 from the all girl's high school Marienberg, (Neuss, Germany) she began her studies with Prof. Arnulf von Arnim at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen/Duisburg. She completed these studies in summer 2009.

Since the age of 12, Mariko annually takes part in the masterclass "Russian School" with Prof. Vitaly Margulis in Freiburg, Germany. Several master classes, many with well-known teachers have continued to push her personal way of piano playing. In summer 2005, and again in 2007, she was invited to the "Klavierfestival Ruhr". In 2006 she also took part in a masterclass with Mozart specialist Prof. Robert Levin.

Mariko Sudo has also competed in several competitions by the renowned national music competition "Jugend musiziert" and has won first place at each level of competition. At the 10th "Concorso Pianistico Internazionale per giovani pianisti Fryderyk Chpoin" in Romeshe was awarded a diploma. In 2001 she competed in the "22. J. S. Bach-Wettbewerb" in Koethen/Germany. In 2008, while performing in Berlin with the Orion Piano Quartet she was awarded both the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Preis" and the "Kammermusikpreis der Freunde junger Musiker". The following year her quartet was invited to perform by several chamber music festivals, including the International Chamber Music Festival Montepulciano and the Muziek Biennale Niederrhein.

Mariko has not only performed as a soloist but also as a part of chamber music concerts across Europe. She made her piano concerto debut in 2002 with the "Neusser Kammerorchester" where she played L. v. Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto. Several other piano concertos, such as the 1st concerto for piano by L.v. Beethoven, the piano concerto in F Major KV 413, the "Jeunehomme" concerto by W.A. Mozart and the a minor piano concerto, op. 54 by R. Schumann were performed in 2003. She has been accompanied by several orchestras including the "Neusser Kammerorchester", the "Oberbergisches Symphonieorchester" and the "Orchestra of the Cervo Summer Academy" (Italy) with conductors Joachim Neugart, Gus Anton and Eckard Fischer. Recently she gave her concert debut with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Jonathan Darlington at the Mercator Hall. "Symphonic Shades" by Chris Hulsbeck was performed.

Ms. Sudo currently lives in Essen Germany and is studying at the Folkwang-Hochshule where she is working on a Master's program in piano performance and chamber music.