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Hansjörg Schellenberger: “I Travailed on Strauss’ Oboe Concerto for Five Years as If I Was Working on a Doctorate”


This interview with the distinguished musician Hansjörg Schellenberger provides a comprehensive exploration of his extensive and enduring engagement with Japan, spanning over five decades since his participation in a youth exchange program in 1967. From winning a music competition as a young artist to assuming the role of chief conductor of the Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012, Schellenberger reflects on the evolution of his relationship with the country and its vibrant musical scene.

The conversation extends to Schellenberger’s remarkable career as a professor at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid, Spain, for more than two decades. Delving into the unique structure of the school, its ties to Queen Sofía, and the recent changes in the payment system, Schellenberger sheds light on his role in teaching and the impact on student applications, making the institution more attractive and accessible.

A focal point of the interview is Schellenberger’s new Urtext edition of Richard Strauss’ Concerto in D major for Oboe and Small Orchestra. Sharing personal anecdotes and encounters with Strauss’ work, including a significant letter from Ludwig Kusche, Schellenberger describes the meticulous research process involved in creating this edition. Drawing on handwritten material from the first performance in Zurich and other sources, he highlights the insights gained on Strauss’ tempo intentions, offering a valuable contribution to the world of oboists.

Finally, the interview touches upon Schellenberger’s passion for chamber music, emphasizing his collaboration with his wife, harpist Margit-Anna Süß. With insights into upcoming projects, including a tour featuring solo and duo performances, Schellenberger provides a glimpse into the rich tapestry of his musical pursuits and collaborations.

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