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German cellist Anja Lechner is scheduled to give performances at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Center on April 17 and 18.

In addition to pieces by Bach, Lechner will perform some pieces by Ukrainian pianist and composer of contemporary classical music Valentyn Sylvestrov, leading Armenian composer of classical music Tigran Mansurian and Iranian musician Hushyar Kayyam during the nights with cooperation of Tehran-based Company Hermes Records.

Lechner previously performed concerts with the Tarkovsky Quartet during the 28th Fajr International Music Festival in Tehran in February 2013.

She also joined Armenian pianist Artur Avanesov in February 2014 to perform Garden IIcomposed by Hushyar Khayyam in Tehran.

Who is Anja Lechner?

Anja Lechner was born in Germany and studied with Jan Polasek, Heinrich Schiff and Janos Starker, and was awarded a scholarship from the Deutsche Stuidienstiftung.

She is the cellist of the Rosamunde Quartet which she co-founded in 1992. The quartet made its international breakthrough with festival appearances and, particularly, recordings with ECM. Prominent amongst these are albums with music of Haydn (The Seven Words), Shostakovich/Webern/Burian, and Valentin Silvestrov (the Grammy-nominated leggiero, pesante). A quartet album featuring the music of Tigran Mansurian is in preparation.

Lechner has also long been involved with aspects of improvisation in different traditions. Her interest in Tango Nuevo led to the Rosamunde Quartet’s Kultrum collaboration – both a critical and popular success – with Argentinian bandoneonist/composer Dino Saluzzi. The Saluzzi/Rosamunde partnership is now in its seventh year and Anja Lechner also plays duo concerts with the bandoneonist.

She is, furthermore, a member of the trio Misha Alperin / Anja Lechner / Hans-Kristian Kjos Sorensen; their debut album Night was recorded live at the Vossajazz Festival in Norway.

In 2004, Anja Lechner toured with the trio Abaton, with Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and American violinist Mark Feldman.