From the very beginning, the Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis has promoted joint performance opportunities for the award winners, where they can also pursue their soloistic ambitions. One example is the annual Festival of the Award Winners at the Elbphilharmonie. The award winners want to further expand the concept of joint performances in a changing line-up and have joined forces with selected FMFP finalists under the name Fanny Mendelssohn Artists. Together they form a new ensemble of top-class classical soloists that will delight audiences with creative programs and flexible instrumentations at festivals and concerts in Germany and abroad.

Philipp Schupelius, cello

Philipp Schupelius (born 2003) is a cellist who performs in many genres and on numerous stages.

Trained by Ulrich Voss, Valentino Worlitzsch and for the past six years by Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Philipp has been able to explore many facets of the instrument. He is passionate about chamber music, jazz, klezmer, blues – all of that too. But his favorite music is classical, from baroque to modern. In addition to his admiration for the great cellists, Philipp also has a great admiration for the great comedians and entertainers, especially Billy Wilder, Charlie Chaplin and Hans Fallada.

During his musical life, Philipp has received numerous awards, each of which has opened new perspectives. Since October, he has been studying at the Kronberg Academy with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt – where new things are also opening.

Leon Lorenz, percussion

Leon Lorenz (*12.12.1999 in Stuttgart) received his first percussion lessons at the age of six from Gergely Nagy at the Stuttgart Music School. At the age of twelve, he became the first percussionist there to be accepted into the study-preparatory class, which gave him increased training in chamber music, orchestra, music theory, ear training and composition. He expanded his orchestral experience over four years in the German National Youth Orchestra. In 2016, he joined Prof. Jürgen Spitschka at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule as a junior student. He deepened his education with Prof. Bernhard Wulff, as well as during a study visit to Japan with Prof. Keiko Abe. From 2018–2022 he studied with Prof. Alexej Gerassimez, Prof. Raymond Curfs, Prof. Wolfram Winkel, Claudio Estay and Carlos Vera Larrucea at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Since 2022 he has been studying at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg with Martin Grubinger. He won numerous first prizes at the following competitions: Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Musiziert (2012, 2015, 2016), Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Komponiert (2016, 2017), Opus ONE 2017, Wettbewerb bavrischer Musikhochschulen, as well as the Förderpreis at the Gasteig Kultur- Wettbewerb. Leon Lorenz can be heard as a soloist at renowned festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Mosel Music Festival. Leon Lorenz is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Ad Astra Percussion Ensemble

The musical world of large concert halls currently combines numerous traditional and innovative elements. The well-tried is combined with the new, alienated, ‘updated’, contrasted, there are interdisciplinary productions, enriching use of lighting and video technology, unusual stage spaces and all kinds of ideas that are designed to acquire new audiences without scaring away tradition-conscious audiences. In this situation, being a multipercussionist now presents special challenges and opportunities at the same time. Multipercussion entails introducing many of the instruments used to the audience in their mode of operation and their special tonal, technical and playful-musical dimensions, since they are sometimes hardly known to anyone. The Ad Astra Percussion Ensemble (Deng Wenhui, Carlos Rubio Amondarain, Godwin Schmid and Leon Lorenz), which was founded in 2022, takes up and continues these ideas. The focus is on new commissioned compositions, and last but not least, the most important: each concert tells a story with a red thread that accompanies the audience on a journey in which they themselves are part of the action.