San Francisco-Munich Trio at Incarnation, San Francisco

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7:30 pm

Friedrich Edelmann grew up in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He studied with Alfred Rinderspacher (Prof. in Mannheim), Klaus Thunemann (Prof. in Hamburg-Hannover-Berlin), and Milan Turkovic (Prof. in Salzburg-Vienna). After his diploma in mathematics in Heidelberg, he joined the orchestra of the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern for three years. In 1977 he became the Principal Bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Sergiu Celibidache from 1979 until 1996, and under Maestro James Levine from 1999 until 2004. During that time he also played under Karl Böhm, Günther Wand, Kurt Masur, Carlo Maria Giulini, Karl Richter, Carlos Kleiber, Georg Solti, Erich Leinsdorf, Herbert Blomstedt, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Rafael Kubelik, Zubin Mehta among others. He has won several first prizes in German national competitions and was a member of the World-Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales under Karel Ancerl, when he met the American cellist Rebecca Rust. In February 1998 he was a member of the “Nagano Winter Orchestra” under Seiji Ozawa with opening concerts of the Winter-Olympics in Nagano, Japan. In July-August 1998 he was the coach of the woodwinds of the World-Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales in Taipei.

Praised by Carlo Maria Giulini for her “exceptional musicality”, the American cellist Rebecca Rust, a native of California, U.S.A. received her first piano lessons with her mother at the age of five and began cello lessons with Margaret Rowell, Cello Professor at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford, at the age of nine.  At age thirteen she was a prizewinner of the Mendelssohn Competition; at fourteen a prizewinner in the California Cello Club Competition; first prize in the “Mu Phi Epsilon” Competition and the Berkeley Piano Club made it possible for her to begin studies in New York with Bernard Greenhouse (Casals’ pupil and cellist of the Beaux-Arts-Trio). She became a member of the Christmas String Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Schneider, and received a scholarship to study with the Lenox Quartet. After graduating “cum laude” in New York, she continued her studies with Paul Szabo (Casals’ pupil and cellist of the Vegh Quartet) at the Cologne College of Music, earning there a soloist diploma “with honors”. During this time she was also solo cellist of the “Orchestre Mondiale des Jeunesses Musicales” under Karel Ancerl. Master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich followed in the USA (as one of five participants from over one hundred applicants) and in Basel, Switzerland, where in the final concerts she appeared as soloist, playing the Lalo Concerto, with the Basel Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich. This was followed by solo concerts and radio productions in Europe, the USA, Israel, China and in Japan with concerts in Tokyo, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kobe, Sendai, Mito, Hiroshima among others, and in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, including appearances as soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Sergiu Celibidache was the patron of her debut in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall in October 1992). Rebecca Rust plays a Master-Cello by William Forster (1791), formerly owned by Prince Charles.

Organist and pianist Tom Flesher studied organ with Ken Mansfield of Hayward State University, and William Watkins in Washington, DC. While earning his BA (math) from William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Tom studied with James S. Darling at Bruton Parish Church. Retired from the computer business, Tom is organist at First Presbyterian Church of Napa, and has collaborated with the delightful Rust-Edelmann cello-bassoon duo many times.


Hector Berlioz Les nuits d’ete
Francois Couperin: Concert in G Major for cello & bassoon
J.S. Bach: Adagio for cello & organ
Theodor Kirchner: 2 Tonstücke op. 92 for cello & organ
Hans Gál: Divertimento for bassoon & cello
Anton Arensky: Chant Triste op 56 No. 3  and Petit Ballade op. 12 No. 1  for cello & piano
Cesar Cui: Orientale op. 50 for cello & piano
Joseph Haydn: Divertimento D Major for cello & bassoon
Julius Klengel: Andante sostenuto op. 51 for cello & organ
Georges Bizet: Little duet for bassoon & cello
Felix Mendelssohn: Song without Words for cello & piano
Johann Paul Schiffelholz: Trio in G Major for cello, bassoon & piano

Cost: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

Mathew Chacko


Incarnation Church
1750 29th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122-4223
Phone: 415.564.2324