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"An integral Musician with an immense culture"
(Leo Brouwer)

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On the Road

Anna-Maria Maak continues to present the repertoire of the album Resplendences around Bach: This time, including exclusively the performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's first solo piano music,
which she premiered worldwide in early 2019.
Also, she will be presenting new compositions by Sef Albertz
in advance to 'Beethoven Year' 2020.

SAVE THE DATES

Oct. 8, 2019 | 19:30 | Villa Najork (Leipzig)
with World Premiere of Sef Albertz

Nov. 13 & 14, 2019 | 20:00 | Wein Galerie (Leipzig)

Dec. 8, 2019 | 19:00 | Salle de Pologne (Leipzig)

Dec. 14, 2019 | 17:00 | Lange Klaviere (Weimar) | Buy Tickets
with World Premiere of Sef Albertz as part of 'Beethoven bei uns'

Dec. 15, 2019 | 16:00 | House Concert in Schlachtensee (Berlin)
As part of 'Beethoven bei uns'

Feb. 15, 2020 | Vaihingen (Stuttgart)
Mozart Piano Concerto N° 20 & New Concertante Work of Sef Albertz
Kammerphilharmonie der Universität Stuttgart

Sef Albertz is working on sketches for a new orchestral work (certainly including the piano!).
The work has been commissioned by the Kammerphilharmonie der Universität Stuttgart.
Anna-Maria Maak and the orchestra will premiere the new composition in February 2020.

NEW COMMISSIONED WORK

ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITION

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VIDEO

(From sold-out concert)
Pianist Anna-Maria Maak
playing the music of Sef Albertz
with the
MDR Sinfonieorchester
under Kristjan Järvi
at the 'Festival of Light'

"Leipzig surrendered to the music of the Venezuelan Sef Albertz"
(Newspaper 'El Universal')

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WORLD PREMIERE IN SPAIN

Sef Albertz written
a new chamber music work
commisioned by The Andalucian Council & The Manuel de Falla Chair.

About the premiere: "What a piece
of music! Impressive composition
with a theme entirely appropriate
for our Festival. Fantastic...!"
(Manuel Ferrand, Director of the Spanish Music Festival of Cádiz)

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NEW RELEASE

Resplendences around Bach
(ranked No. 1 on the German charts: iTunes & Soundcloud Classical)

With Anna-Maria Maak (piano) and
Sef Albertz (composer & Arranger)

"A great composer, a fantastic interpreter, a powerful work!"
(Kristjan Järvi, conductor)

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WORLD PREMIERE

"Great performance, full of 'fuoco' and great musicality. Bravo Sef...!"
(Marlos Nobre, about the world premiere of his
Guitar Sonata Opus 115
that Sef Albertz played
on November 9th 2016
in a Leipzig sold-out concert)

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WORLD PREMIERE

"...the way to 'communicate'...very attractive...the interpretation ...undoubtedly extraordinary!"
(Leo Brouwer about the premiere of his Sonata 'Mitología de las Aguas',
dedicated to Sef Albertz,
who played the first performance and made the first recording of the work on his CD 'Con Guitarra!')

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A REFERENCE

“Sef gathers that vast spectrum of the human spirit that allows, in Art, to confront and fraternize
tradition with the audacious
of contemporaneity
to create a cosmopolitan vision of Venezuelan identity”

(Alirio Díaz, Venezuelan Musician) 

“The deepest rivers flow with the least sound.
Still waters run deep”

This old Latin proverb can aptly describe the relevant, distinctive and multifaceted artistic personality of
SEF ALBERTZ (*1971)

1

Beginnings

After carrying out his studies in music and electronic engineering in his native Venezuela, ALBERTZ moved in 2000 to Germany, where he completed his artistic postgraduate studies as a composer and guitarist with outstanding results.

2

Encounters

Meetings with composers such as Leo Brouwer, Luis de Pablo, Marlos Nobre, Mauricio Kagel, Hans Werner Henze, Krzysztof Penderecki, among others, have involved SEF ALBERTZ already as an interpreter and/or arranger of their works.

3

Opus

With over 100 works written, ALBERTZ’s own compositional output includes solo, chamber, electroacoustic and orchestral music. Some relevant (recent) compositional works:

• ‘Con ecos de otras voces, desde lejos, desde muy lejos
Premiere: Spanish Music Festival of Cádiz, 2018 

• ‘The Place of the Resplendences
Premiere: Leipziger Stadtbibliothek 2018

• ‘Piano Concerto
Premiere: MDR Festival of Lights 2016, Leipzig

• ‘Southern Lights’ for Piano, BigBand & Orchestra
(MDR Commission)
Premiere: MDR Festival of Lights 2016, Leipzig

• ‘Ciaccona’ (after Bach), for Piano & String Orchestra
Premiere: MDR Festival of Lights 2016, Leipzig

• ‘Danza, Escena & Joropo’, for Solo Piano
Premiere: Leipzig Steinway Klavierhaus 2015

• ‘La noche juega, sin palabras, en la mirada
for Violin, Cello, Piano & Percussion
Premiere: German National Library 2013

• ‘Azul-Luz en la estación’, Fantasia for Guitar & Orchestra
Premiere: Opening of the Festival ‘Con Guitarra!’ 2011, Leipzig

• ‘Songs without words’ (after Mendelssohn)
for Guitar & String Orchestra
Premiere: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
during the Mendelssohn-Festtage 2009 

4

Where?

The music of SEF ALBERTZ has been performed in Brazil, Chile, Cuba, England, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, etc.

5

Other interests...or the same thing?

As founder and artistic director of ‘Con Guitarra!’ (“A fine Festival…a Jewel”, LVZ Leipzig), ALBERTZ has created a multimedia project, an exciting artistic concept, where his talents as a musician (performer & composer) designer (sound, video & media), photographer and dramaturge have found a perfect space to be developed together, intrinsically.
He’s also literary active with several poetry books and essays on diverse topics of modern art.

6

Statement

In the own words of SEF:
“everything in my life is a composition, a creative process that always brings in itself something beautiful, deep and stimulating at the same time. It’s my ‘life maxim’. So, quite consciously, I can say that I’m in a full-time occupation. Composing is my passion”.

7

Who?

The compositional projects of SEF ALBERTZ have been commissioned and sponsored by national and international institutions such as:
• Central German Broadcasting
• Festival de Música Española de Cádiz
• Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Musikvermittlung e.V. (Germany)
• Instituto Cervantes (Spain)
• Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (Germany)
• LARA Foundation for Culture, FUNDALARA (Venezuela)
• Leipzig Kulturamt
• MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
• The Council of Andalusia (Spain)
• UNESCO, etc. 

8

Sounds & Beat

The creative work of ALBERTZ is recorded on several CD albums:
Con Guitarra! (With Guitar!, 2011)
Infancia (Childhood, 2012)
Hommage (Tribute, 2013)
Seasons (2015)
Platero & Ich (Platero and I, 2016) 

9

Immediate future

Upcoming projects include the first worldwide publication of two new CD productions with his pianistic oeuvre (‘Resplendences…’ & ‘…In the Secret of the World’) and the DVD production ‘Other Nuances’.
All these projects together with his long-time artistic accomplice, the German pianist Anna-Maria Maak, with whom SEF ALBERTZ creates an artist couple that reconstructs the tradition of musical collaboration, as once did 'Clara and Robert Schumann' or ‘Yvonne Loriod and Olivier Messiaen’, but in their own particular way. According to Estonian-American conductor Kristjan Järvi:
“A great composer...a fantastic performer...a powerful work!”

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SOLO
(extract)

Elogio del silencio
(Electroacoustic Music)

Suite „Homenaje a Joan Miró”
for Guitar

„Las miradas del transeúnte”
for Guitar

3 Sonates (I, II & III)
for Guitar

„Rostros...”
Suite für Solo Mandolin

„2 Pieces”
for Harp

„Música Real Para la Corte del Pequeño Príncipe”
(Música I, for Guitar)
(Música III, for Piano)

„Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” & „Ciaccona”
(after Bach)
for Piano

„The Place of the Resplendences”
(for Anna-Maria Maak)
for Piano

„Suite Venezolana”
for Piano

„Infancia”
for Piano

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CHAMBER
(extract)

„Impresiones V, sobre un leve espacio”
for mixed Choir

„Cuatro Canciones de Miguel Hernández”
for Baritone & Guitar

„De los pensamientos que viajan”
for Children Choir & Piano

„Diálogos”
for String Quartet

„Música Incidental”
for Voice, Strings & Percussion

„Y entonces, algunas veces...”
for Percussion Ensemble

„El Lunes...Un Instante...El Miércoles”
for Woodwind Quintet

„Des Danses, el Azul, in a Story”
for 2 Violins

„Música Real Para la Corte del Pequeño Príncipe”
(Música II, for Cello & Piano)

„La noche juega, sin palabras, en la mirada”
for Violin, Cello, Piano & Percussion

„Una metáfora del espíritu”
Intuitive Music for diferent instrumental ensembles

„Quinteto de Paz”
for Guitar & String Quartet

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ORCHESTRAL
(extract)

„Guitar Concerto”
for Guitar & String Orchestra

„Partita-Concert”
(First concertante works for 3 Guitars
written in Venezuela)

„Azul-Luz en la Estación”
(Fantasy)
for Guitar & Orchestra

„Pavana & Fantasía”
(after Antonio Lauro)
for Guitar & Orchestra

SONGS WITHOUT WORDS (*)
(after Mendelssohn)
for Guitar & String Orchestra

aDIOS TANGO (*)
für Piano & String Orchestra

PIANO CONCERTO (*)
for Piano & String Orchestra

CIACCONA (*)
(after Bach)
for Piano & String Orchestra

MY LONG AWAITED (*)
(after Piazzolla)
for Piano & String Orchestra


(*) also available in version with string quartet

"An excellent guitarist and composer...
A great artist"

(Marlos Nobre | Brazilian Composer)

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RESPLENDENCES AROUND BACH

CD, LP & Streaming | 2018 
Pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays world premiere recordings
of original & arranged music by Sef Albertz. 

"...a fruitful collaboration between
pianist Anna-Maria Maak and composer Sef Albertz
...entirely committed to modernity...
with impressive sovereignty...masterly virtuosity
and intimate empathy...as well as innovative ideas"

(Magazine PIANONews 3-2019)

"...an enrichment of contemporary piano music"
Prof. Volkmar Lehmann
(Dir. Em. Institute for Piano, University of Music Weimar)

„A great composer...a fantastic performer...a powerful work!”
(Kristjan Järvi, conductor)

„A dramaturgical [and] skillful connection to a fascinating musical world, an exquisite combination of progressive and traditional, jazz and funk, Mediterranean temperament and profundity“
(MDR Press)

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PLATERO UND ICH (2015)

'An Andalusian Elegie'

Anna-Maria Maak (Narration & Piano)
Sef Albertz (Guitar)
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Texts: Juan Ramón Jiménez
Music: M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco

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SEASONS (2015)

Sef Albertz & his guitar students
(Including world premiere recordings of works by Sef Albertz)
„a so interesting and professionally conceived CD recording...a valuable medium to share and to expand creativity with others”
(Torgauer Zeitung)

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HOMMAGE (2013)

Double Album including
world premiere recordings.
Music by J. S. Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn & Sef Albertz. 

Anna-Maria Maak (Piano),
Sef Albertz (Guitar) & Strings from MDR Sinfonieorchester

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INFANCIA (2012)

Double Album of Anna-Maria Maak 
with world premiere recordings
of Piano works by Sef Albertz.
Also including Ibero-American
Piano Music by H. Villa-Lobos,
A. Estévez, F. Mompou, M. Moleiro,
X. Montsalvatge, F. Ruíz,
A. Roldán & Astor Piazzolla

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CON GUITARRA! (2011)

Duo Albertz plays world premiere recordings of new Ibero-American Music for Flute & Guitar.
All compositions written for and dedicated to Sef Albertz
by Leo Brouwer (Cuba), Carlos Cruz de Castro (Spain), Diego Feinstein (Argentina) & Marlos Nobre (Brazil)

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...DE NORTE A SUR!
(2005)

(SOLD-OUT)
Duo Albertz plays traditional and contemporary Ibero-American
Music for Flute & Guitar
including  lyrical & virtuoso
compositions from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil & Venezuela

“Sef is a role model, an example to emulate…
He is not only a great promise of Venezuelan music,
but also a great composer and a fine interpreter to whom I admire greatly!”

(Alirio Díaz | Venezuelan Musician)

Address

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Leipzig, Germany 


Contacts

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Phone: +49 (0) 341 9 27 78 00

Links

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