Biography

Daniel Ahlert


Daniel Ahlert studied mandolin and baroque mandolin with Prof. Marga Wilden-Hüsgen at Musikhochschule Köln/Wuppertal and finished with the highest possible degree. In 1992 he and guitarist and lutenist Birgit Schwab founded Duo Ahlert & Schwab. Since then Daniel pursues a successful international career as a mandolin soloist and chamber musician.

Daniel started studying the mandolin in 1984. Two years later he also began taking lessons on the violin. In 1986 already, Daniel debuted in his hometown Bergkamen, and in 1988 he performed for the first time as a soloist with orchestra, playing Vivaldi's mandolin concerto. Concerts in other European countries followed.
Daniel Ahlert won first prizes in 1993 at the final stage of Jugend musiziert and 1996 at "13. Concours national Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes". Following this success he was invited to do recordings of music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Raffaele Calace for radio 100,7 in Luxembourg.

Daniel Ahlert has performed with many ensembles, e.g. Ensemble Notabu, Duisburger Philharmoniker and Concilium Musicum Wien, and he was invited by Slovak Chamber Orchestra conducted by Bohdan Warchal as their soloist for a concert tour through Slovakia. He performed with Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan and played Antonio Vivaldi's mandolin concerto at Aqua Musica Festival in Amsterdam and at Holland Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht. Since 2018 Daniel Ahlert is also performing with León Berben (harpsichord and square piano).

In 2018 Claudio Records published the CD project „Elan Valley“, for which Daniel did the premiere recording of the mandolin concerto British composer Barry Mills dedicated to him.

Daniel Ahlert is teaching mandolin in masterclasses, at music schools and universities in Germany and abroad. In order to expand the repertoire for mandolin, Daniel Ahlert works with composers from all over the world, who write music for him. He premiered concertos and solo music e.g. by Ernesto Cordero (Puerto Rico), Nestor de Hollanda Cavalcanti (Brazil), Jürgen Meyer-Metzenthin (Germany) and Jeffrey Hoover (USA).
Daniel also started writing music of his own in his youth, and he has finished more than 30 compositions, since a couple of years ago he decided he wanted to get back to exploring this field, too. They are all published by Les Productions d'OZ in Canada.

Last but not least, Daniel Ahlert is devoting himself to historically informed playing on the mandolin and researching historical music sources and long-forgotten literature and original music for mandolin, as well as performing them. E.g. Daniel was the first to reconstruct how to make picks from cherrytree-bark, a technique that had been lost for centuries.

Repertoire

„Lost Sonatas“
Re- and newly discovered sonatas for mandolin and lute
Music by Weiss, Tartini, Chédeville a.o.
With Birgit Schwab, Lute

„Eurovisions“
Europe's baroque music for mandolin and harpsichord
Music by Corelli, Bach und Scarlatti a.o.
With Léon Berben, Harpsichord

„Eurovisions“
Europe's baroque music for mandolin, lute and harpsichord
Music by Vivaldi, Bach und Scarlatti a.o.
With Birgit Schwab, Lute and Léon Berben, Harpsichord

Beethoven's Mandolin
Sonatas for Mandolin and Square Piano
Music by Beethoven und Hummel a.o.
With Léon Berben, square piano

„La Belle Époque“
Music from the turn of the century for Mandolin and Guitar
Music by Elgar, Debussy und Sarasate a.o., performed on period instruments
With Birgit Schwab, Guitar

„Pure Mandolin“
Music for solo mandolin
Starting Saison 2021/22

„Caprichos de Goya“
for Mandolin and Guitar
Not only is the series of etchings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya considered a satirical masterpiece, it has also been inspiring musicians to set Goya's imagery to music ever since he made them (1797-1799). In their newest project Duo Ahlert & Schwab present music for mandolin and guitar, which was inspired by the Caprichos and once again demonstrate their instruments' tonal and artistic capabilities.
With Birgit Schwab, Guitar
Starting Saison 2021/22

Mandolin and Orchestra
Johann Andreas Kauchlitz Colizzi (about 1742-1808)
Concerto a Mandolino Concertante (mandolin, strings, B.c. and 2 horns ad.lib.) .

Giovanni Francesco Giuliani (about 1760-1820)
Concerto F-major for mandolin, strings, 2 oboes and 2 horns

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837)
Concerto G-major for mandolin, strings, 2 flutes and 2 horns (1799)

Raffaele Calace (1863-1934)
Concerto Nr.1 Op.113 for mandolin and orchestra
(Orchestration: Sébastien Paci)

Radamés Gnattali (1906-1988)
Suite Retratos for mandolin, guitar and strings

Yasuo Kuwahara (1946-2003)
Raidoh – Concerto or mandolin and orchestra

Ernesto Cordero (*1946)
Concertino Tropical (1998) for mandolin and strings

Barry Mills (*1949)
-Concerto for mandolin, guitar and orchestra (2003, dedicated to Duo Ahlert & Ahlert)
-Concerto for mandolin and strings (2016, Dedicated to Daniel Ahlert)

Compositions by Daniel Ahlert




Titel: Scales for mandolin, vol. 1 & 2
Written: 1998-2006

Titel: Folia Variations for mandolin and guitar
Written: 2007
First performance: July 4th 2007 in Herzogenrath

Titel: 6 Caprices for mandolin
Written: 2009
Published by: Les Productions d'Oz

Titel: 12 easy pieces for Baroque mandoline
Written: 2009-2010

Titel: "Repetitionsetüden" for mandolin
Written: 2009-2010

Titel: Quartet for 4 mandolins
Written: 2010
First performance: August 5th 2010 in Herongen

Titel: Suite girafe for mandolin
Written: 2010
First performance: July 24th 2011 in Schwerte
Published by: Les Productions d'Oz

Titel: Études miniatures zoologiques for mandolin
Written: 2010
Published by: Les Productions d'Oz

Titel: Preludien, Tänze und Fantasien for Baroque mandolin
Written: 2010

Titel: Arie e Danza for mandoline and basso
Written: 2011
First performance: ?

Titel: Fantasie et la Fustemberg for mandolin
Written: 2011
First performance: January 1st 2012 in Bochum

Titel: Katzenmusik for mandolin
Written: 2011
First performance: July 2nd 2014 in Bochum
Titel: Fantasia 1 & 2 for mandolin
Written: 2011

Titel: 5 Episodes for mandolin
Written: 2011
Published by: Les Productions d'Oz

Titel: 3 Etudes for mandolin
Written: 2012
Published by: Les Productions d'Oz

Titel: 4 Episodes for 3 mandolins
Written: 2012

Titel: Duos for Baroque mandolin
Written: 2012

Titel: Sonata for Baroque mandolin and basso
Written: 2012
First performance: November 9th 2012 in Höhenkirchen

Titel: Tremolo Etudes for mandolin
Written: 2013

Titel: Die Sternkreiszeichen f0r 4 mandolins, vol. 1
Written: 2013
First performance: August 2013 in Herzogenrath

Titel: Sonata in D for baroque mandolin
Written: 2013

Titel: Purple for mandolin
Written: 2014
First performance: June 8th 2015 in Bochum
Titel: Capriccio for mandoline and guitar
Written: 2014
First performance: August 19th 2014 in Frankfurt

Titel: Fantasie über ein ganz bestimmtes Thema for 2 mandolins
Written: 2015
Published by: Les Productions d'Oz

Titel: Capriccio for mandolinorchestra
Written: 2015

Titel: Landscapes for mandolin
Written: 2017

Titel: 3 Aquarelle for 3 mandolins
Written: 2016-2019

Titel: Summertime for mandolin and violin
Written: 2018
First performance: July 10th 2019 in Bochum
Titel: The Ever Changin Moon for mandolin
Written: 2019
Published by: Les Productions d'Oz

Titel: Doubel Stop Etudes for mandolin, vol. 1 & 2
Written: 2008-2020

Titel: Notturno & Requiem for guitar
Written: 2011/2020
Published by: Les Productions d'Oz

Titel: Thema con Variationi for mandolin
Written: 2020

Titel: 6 Variations on "Nel cor piu non mi sento" for mandolin
Written: 2020

Reconstructions
Silvius Leopold Weiss ((1687-1750)
Titel: Sonata 20 in d for lute and mandolin
Titel: Sonata 14 in g for lute and mandolin
Titel: Concert in F for lute and mandolin
Titel: Sonata 6 in B for lute and mandolin

Søffren Degen (1816-1885)
Titel: Trois Pièces for mandolin and guitar

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Titel: Serenade for mandolin and guitar

Giuseppe Pettine (18)
Titel: Christmas Song Op.13 for mandolin and guitar

Orchestrations
Raffaele Calace (1863-1934)
Titel: Danse Fantastique for Liuto cantabile and mandolinorchestra



Kontakt

Duo Ahlert & Schwab GbR
Espenweg 40
59192 Bergkamen
Fon: +49 (0)2307 4381635
e-mail: duo (at) ahlert-schwab.de