Liana Leßmann is a Bremen-based clarinet player, born in 1994.

Sought after as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player, Liana has performed widely in Europe and Asia. Highlights include concerts in the Berliner Philharmonie, the Suntory Hall Tokyo and the Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti Modena .

As soloist, Liana has performed Weber’s and Mozart’s clarinet concertos and John Adams’ “Gnarly Buttons” with orchestras such as the Kammerorchester Hannover, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau and the Heidelberger Sinfoniker.

As a two-year-member in the Karajan-Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Liana played various concerts alongside with the musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, enjoying the support and guidance of the orchestra’s members. Since successfully completing the Academy, Liana has been invited to perform as a guest with the orchestra several times.

In demand as a substitute in orchestras Liana has also appeared with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Orchestra Da Camera Di Mantova. She played under many notable conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Paavo Järvi, Kiril Petrenko, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelsons and Alan Gilbert.

Liana has been invited to international festivals like the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Krzyzowa Music Festival in Poland and the IMPULS Festival for contemporary music. Since 2016, she is a member of the chamber orchestra ensemble reflektor.

As a committed chamber musician, Liana has collaborated with Sabine Meyer, Reiner Wehle, Dag Jensen, Daniel Sepec, Simon Bernardini, Viviane Hagner, Naoko Shimizu and Janne Saksala among many others. In 2018 she was a Co-Founder of the ensemble “Pacific Quintet”, a woodwind quintet based in Berlin.

Liana has been awarded prizes in several competitions as both a soloist and with the Pacific Quintet, including the 2nd Prize at the “Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition 2019” in Copenhagen, the “Ruhrpreis for Art and Science”, the 1st prize in the north district “Lions Music competition” and prizes for clarinet and piano at “Jugend musiziert.”

Born in Bremen, Liana began to study clarinet at the age of 16 in the Folkwang University of the Arts with Andreas Merten. She continued her studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Sabine Meyer and at the Universität der Künste Berlin with François Benda. In 2018, she moved for one year to Genève to study with Romain Guyot. Since 2020, she has been pursuing a Master’s Degree in Chamber Music with the Pacific Quintet at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin with Martin Spangenberg.

In addition, she has taken part in master classes with Karl Leister, Ralph Manno, Jens Thoben, Eduard Brunner, Alessandro Carbonare, Eberhard Feltz and Kilian Herold among others.

In 2021 Liana won the 1st prize in the music competition “Ton & Erklärung” (Sound & Explanation) with the Pacific Quintet.

In 2022 Liana was playing as Co-Principal Clarinetist in the Symphony Orchestra of Düsseldorf.

Since the beginning of season 2022/23 Liana is a member of the Bremer Philharmoniker.

„This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.“

Leonard Bernstein

1st prize winners of the “Ton & Erklärung 2021” (Sound & Explanation) Competition of the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy and 2nd prize winners of the “Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition 2019” in Copenhagen, the Pacific Quintet celebrated their debut concert in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin in 2019.

The Pacific Quintet met in 2017 at the Pacific Music Festival, founded by Leonard Bernstein in Sapporo, Japan. Inspired by the passionate attention to music, the intercultural exchange and the respectful company with each other at the festival, the five musicians decided to carry Bernstein’s spirit to Europe and founded the Pacific Quintet in Berlin. Because its members hail from Honduras, Japan, Russia, South Korea and Germany, tolerance and inclusion is of utmost importance to the Pacific Quintet. This ensemble strives to use music as a means of communication in order to make the wealth of different cultures, origins and traditions visible to all, amidst a society in which fear of the foreign and blanket condemnation based on stereotypes are gaining more relevance again.

The members of the Pacific Quintet studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, the University of the Arts Berlin and the Karajan-Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Renowned artists such as Christian Wetzel, Nick Deutsch, Christian-Friedrich Dahlmann and Wenzel Fuchs have supported the Ensemble with their guidance. Since 2020, the Pacific Quintet has studied chamber music with Martin Spangenberg at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin.

In addition to their dedication to chamber music, the musicians are performing with many orchestras including the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the WDR Symphonieorchester, the Bremer Philharmoniker and the Japan National Orchestra.

Aliya Vodovozova (Flute), Fernando Martinez Zavala (Oboe), Liana Leßmann (Clarinet), Kenichi Furuya (Bassoon), Haeree Yoo (Horn)

www.pacific-quintet.com

  • Fri, 10. May 2024

    20:00h
    Berlin
    Konzerthaus Berlin
    CD-Release Concert

    Jorge Santos-Vida (2023) // Kyousei Yamamoto-Medley aus japanischen Volksliedern//Hanns Eisler-Divertimento für Bläserquintett op. 4
    Fazil Say-„Alevi dedeler raki masasinda“ für Bläserquintett op. 35//Soeui Lee-Three Bagatelles (2023)//Leonard Bernstein-West Side Story, bearbeitet von Richard Price

    Pacific Quintet
  • Tue, 4. June 2024

    20:00h
    Bremen
    Sendesaal
    Das Bremer Konzert

    Franz Schubert – Oktett F-Dur, D 803

  • Sat, 14. September 2024

    16:00h
    Waren (Müritz)
    Produktionshalle der MMG
    Kammermusik Ausgezeichnet! Gala der neuen Preisträger:innen

    Français//Say t.b.c.

    Pacific Quintet
  • Sun, 11. February 2024

    15:30h
    Caen
    Théâtre de Caen

    Concerto pour violon no.2 // B. Bartok
    Romeo et Juliette suites // S. Prokofiev

  • Fri, 9. February 2024

    20:00h
    Le Havre
    Le Volcan

    Concerto pour violon no.2 // B. Bartok
    Romeo et Juliette suites // S. Prokofiev

    Orchestre Les Dissonances
  • Tue, 2. January 2024

    19:00h
    Dresden
    Semperoper

    Il barbiere di Siviglia // G. Rossini

    Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Tue, 12. December 2023

    19:00h
    Dresden
    Semperoper

    G. Rossini // Il barbiere di Siviglia

    Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Sat, 2. December 2023

    19:30h
    Weikersheim
    Tauberphilharmonie
    DEBUT Concerts

    t.b.c.

  • Fri, 17. November 2023

    19:00h
    Dresden
    Semperoper

    G. Rossini // Il barbiere di Siviglia

    Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Thu, 16. November 2023

    19:00h
    Dresden
    Semperoper

    J. Offenbach // Les Contes d‘Hoffmann

    Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Tue, 14. November 2023

    19:00h
    Dresden
    Semperoper

    G. Rossini // Il barbiere di Siviglia

    Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Fri, 15. September 2023

    19:30h
    Bonn
    Universität Bonn, Aula
    Beethovenfest Bonn

    Florian Kovacic
    IV. Satz Largo aus der Sinfonie Nr. 1, Uraufführung

    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Klavierkonzert Nr. 5 Es-Dur op. 73

    Marshall McDaniel
    »Man Making Machine«, Uraufführung

    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Sinfonie Nr. 5 c-Moll op. 67

    sowie Uraufführungen von Andrew Creeggan und Robin Haigh

    One.Music Orchestra, Yoel Gamzou
  • Tue, 12. September 2023

    20:00h
    Dresden
    Semperoper Dresden

    Soiree zur Eröffnung der Spielzeit 2023/24

    Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden