As a chamber music performer and soloist, Bernard Hebb has been very active over the years, his preference being in the area of chamber music. His partiality to concertize in partnership with other instruments, goes back to the time when he played electric guitar in jazz and dance ensembles. Since then, his classic guitar performing endeavors have reached into many fields of chamber music, the most interesting being in the duo area either with oboe, or flute or guitar duet and as a result of the these chamber music collaborations, many interesting concert tours and recordings have emerged ( see Recordings ).
Flute and Guitar
In musical circles of the past, flute und guitar was a favorite combination, especially in the 19th century.
The first signs of this joint partnership showed up in the baroque, represented not by the guitar, but by the lute as basso-continuo accompaniment for flute sonatas.
With the advent of chamber music in 19th century homes, the combination became very popular and found a place in the European “House Music”, which at times, turned out to be virtuoso “Salon Music”.
In the 20th century, the romantic impressionistic composers found great pleasure in discovering the intimate charm of both instruments.
Anderas Evers, flute/Bernard Hebb, guitar
Since the founding of the duo in 1991, Andreas Evers and Bernard Hebb have concertized extensively.
The duo´s repertoire encompasses three centuries of musical tradition. The emphasis of the collaboration reaches from the revival of German and Italian music of the baroque and classical periods, to transcriptions of romantic impressionistic literature and contemporary music. Through the use of the piccolo flute and modern guitar techniques (for example percussion effects), the playing of Andreas Evers and Bernard Hebb contains a wide range of colors.
Andreas Evers, flute
– born in Delmenhorst, Germany.
-prize-winer at the competition “Jugendmusiziert”.
-Studied by Gunther Pohl (State College of Music Lübeck, Germany), receiving Artists Diploma, and Brooks de Wetter Smith at the University of North Carolina, U.S.A., as recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. Also, Master classes with James Galway.
Solo and chamber concerts with duo partners e.g. Bernard Hebb (Guitar), Ramon Jaffé (Violoncello), Jochen Köler and Klaus Stebies (Piano). He was soloist with orchestra and was a member, among others, of professional orchestras like the “Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie” and the “Stätisches Sinfonieorchester Bremerhaven”.
Radio and CD Recordings
Recordings as solo flutist with the “Camerata Instrumentale Bremen” and CD productions for Antes Edition: “French Miniatures” (Französische Miniaturen), BM-CD 31.9135, with guitarist Stefan Schäfer.
Guitar Duo: Bernard Hebb and Finn Svit
The guitar duo as a chamber music ensemble has a long tradition, and over the centuries there have been many beautiful compositions written, and or arranged, for two guitars. Because of the multitude of musical possibilities that two guitars can express, Bernard Hebb and Finn Svit decided in 1996 to continue this tradition by forming their own duo. Bernard Hebb and Finn Svit have concertized in many European countries, and have received invitations to give recitals and master classes in other parts of the world.
Finn Svit, Guitar
-Born in Denmark.
-Studied at the Nordjysk Musikkonservatorium in Aalborg, Denmark; received Teacher´s Diploma in Guitar.
-“Dansk Musiker Forbund” scholarship from the Nordjysk Musikkonservatorium.
-Active participant at the international classes of Prof. Karl Scheit, Prof. Sonja Prunnbauer, Hubert Käppel, Wolfgang Lendle, Per Olof Johnson, Milan Zelenka and Prof. Bernard Hebb.
-Teacher in Denmark.
-Instructor at the Barmstedt Guitar Course in Germany.
-Artistic Director of the Aalborg InternationalGuitar Festival in Denmark.
-Jury member at international festivals
-Music School Director
Performances and Master Classes
Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany and Sweden.
Radio and TV Recordings
Danish Radio and Television productions;recordings and programs in Bulgaria
Productions for Gega New, Bulgaria: “Treasures” (Gega New GD 221) and “More Treasures”(Gega New GD 222) for violin and guitar with Jochen Brusch (Violin) and “Guitar Impressions” (Gega New GD 214) for Guitar duo with Bernard Hebb.