Strings of Hope 2022 Mentorship Program

Strings of Hope 2022
© Les Musicales de Baabdath

We are pleased to announce the second edition of The Strings of Hope Mentorship Program. A collaborative project between the Goethe-Institut Libanon, Les Musicales de Baabdath, The Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music and four members of the Deutsche Symphony Orchester (DSO): Adele Bitter (cellist), Elena Rindler (violinist), Susanne Lerche Linder (violist), and Holger Groschopp (pianist).

The aim of the program is to initiate students of The Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music to the art and techniques of European and German Chamber Music by strengthening their skills in performing a varied pedagogical repertoire in varied small formations.

Conceived by the Goethe-Institut Libanon and its partners as a sustainable yearly program, the 2022 edition of the project involves students of the previous edition in addition to 2 new members.
During the first part of the program, the German mentors guide the Lebanese students through a jointly chosen repertoire for a period of three months (September-November). The mentorship sessions are delivered by the four DSO musicians online from Berlin.
The second part of the program consists in a one-week intensive workshop and stage performance sessions delivered in-person to the students at the premises of the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music in Beirut, whereby the Goethe-Institut Libanon invites the German mentors for a one-week stay in Lebanon from November 7 till 13.
On Saturday November 12, the student musicians will present the result of their work with the German mentors, by performing a chamber music concert in the framework of Les Musicales de Baabdath Festival. The performance will be preceded on November 8, by a concert by the mentors also in the framework of the festival.

Admission to the performances is free of charge.
Les Musicales de Baabdath program

The Students:
Piano: Emmanuel Sebaali, Wiaam Haddad
Viola: Sarah Mallah
Violin: Rita Asdiguian, Ramzi Kandalaft, Marwa Eid, Jad Mrad
Cello: Mustapha Shahili


About the Mentors, all members of the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra:
Adele Bitter - Cello:
Ms. Bitter was a student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main. She obtained her Concert Exam with distinction from Josef Schwab at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin.
She completed additional studies with Lee Fiser (LaSalle Quartet) in Cincinnati / USA and received the diploma of the Markneukirchen International Music Competition. As a member of the ›Ensemble Modern‹, she worked among others at the renowned festivals of Edinburgh and Lucerne.
She was also a member of the Orchestra Academy of the State Opera Unter den Linden Berlin and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Since 2001 Adele Bitter has been the auditor in the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin. She played solo concerts with the Berliner Sinfoniker, the orchestra of the Mainz State Theater and the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe.
Adele Bitter is involved in Early Music as a Continuo specialist, among others with Ton Koopman. She recently completed her additional studies in historical performance practice / Baroque violoncello at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Christophe Coin. She founded the Adamello Quartet with members of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin to express her love for Chamber Music.
Elena Rindler - Violin:
Ms. Rindler received her first violin lessons at the age of six. She later studied in Lübeck her teachers were Elisabeth Weber, Ning Feng and Hagai Shaham. Over the years she has received scholarships from the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation Hamburg and the Possehl Foundation Lübeck. In the 2013 | 2014 season Elena Rindler was funded by the Ferenc Fricsay Academy of the DSO; In addition, she gained further orchestral experience as a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and as a temporary worker at the Hamburger Camerata. She attended master classes, among others with Thomas Brandis, Nora Chastain, Stephan Picard, Latica Honda-Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein. Chamber music activities have also taken her to festivals such as the Brahms Festival Lübeck, Young Euro Classic and the Heidelberger Frühling.

Susanne Lerche Linder - Viola:
Mrs. Linder studied music in Freiburg and Saarbrücken and has a major in Viola. Body work accompanied her through her studies. In 2004, as member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, she decided to pursue her fascination for Feldenkrais and began training as a Feldenkrais teacher in Munich. Her teachers were Miriam Pfeffer and Russell Delman, who both learned from Moshé Feldenkrais and worked closely with him.
Since 2008 she has been passing-on her experience to other people through courses and individual lessons.
She is also a permanent viola teacher at the City West music school with a focus on movement-based learning.
Holger Groschopp - Piano:
Mr. Groschopp pursued his piano studies in Berlin with Georg Sava. In addition, he studied composition with Isang Yun and song interpretation with Aribert Reimann and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. His extensive solo career has taken him to most European countries, the Middle and Far East as well as North and Central America.
Holger Groschopp performed as soloist at major European festivals (Berlin, Salzburg, Montepulciano etc.) and played chamber music with many prominent musicians. He is considered an expert in Contemporary Music and worked intensively with composers such as Isang Yun, Pierre Boulez, Aribert Reimann, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger and others. He has had also, a close collaboration with Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, the Berlin Philharmonic, the DSO Berlin and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. His six CD’s released on the Capriccio label with transcriptions by Ferruccio Busoni were given highest acclaim by a range of international critics, including highest recommendation in BBC Music Magazine and the US magazine Fanfare.