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The German flautist Anton Isselhardt studied with Prof. Joachim Starke( University of Music Mannheim) and with Carin Levine (University of Music Freiburg). He served as flautist with the State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate (1980-83). These orchestral experiences, especially with renowned conductors like Sergiu Celibidache, had a lasting influence on his musical consciousness. Anton Isselhardt plays in several Chamber music groups with musicians from Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Since 2006 Anton has been the Head Of Classical Music Program of the Goethe Zentrum (Meta House) in Phnom Penh. He has organized various international music projects in the Southeast Asian region:
Institut Seni Indenoesia, Jogjakarta, Conservatory of Music Ho-Chi-Minh City, Myanmar Radio Television Orchestra, Royal University of Fine Arts Phnom Penh. Anton Isselhardt is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Music at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. He conducts master classes and workshops for chamber music and orchestras. Anton Isselhardt is also regularly performing in Europe and the SEA region.
The artistic collaboration between Anton Isslhardt and Pongpat Pongpradit started in 2017 with the duo “Wind & Strings”. Both established themselves after a while as a leading duo of this musical genre in South East Asia. They perform based on a consciousness for the past, with its forgotten music traditions in the 19th century, but also with a focus on the musical challenges of the future. Today, “Wind & Strings” are a promising and raising duo. The fragile instrumentation requires a sensitive and artistic responsibility. The wide repertoire contains well-made transcriptions of the Renaissance and Baroque period. Original compositions from Beethoven’s and Schubert days in Vienna lead to the musical language of Romanticism of some central and southern European masters like Johann Kaspar Mertz, Mauro Guliano, Luigi Legnani and Joaquin Rodrigo. In addition, the delightful compositions by Latin American composers from the early 20th century until the 21st century are building a strong block of their repertoire, as well as the distinguished compositions by French composers of the early 20th century. Extended and various instrumentations are also considered for future projects, as well as challenging transcriptions with special instrumentations. The friendship between Anton and Pongpat, in combination with the artistic uniqueness of these two experienced musicians support the vision, touring around the globe – providing fine chamber music to curious audiences
Since 2006 Anton Isselhardt has been the head of the Classical Music Program of the Goethe Center in Phnom Penh. He has organized various international music projects in the Southeast Asian Region. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Music at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, and is regularly performing in Europe and the SEA region.
Pongpat Pogpradit is head of the classical guitar department and lecturer at the Silpakorn University in Bangkok. He is the director of the Silpakorn International Guitar Festival and member of the Thailand Guitar Society. Pongpat regularly performs on many International Guitar Festivals in South East Asia and on other international stages.