New Year's concert at the TU Ilmenau

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We. 31.01.2024
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The TU Ilmenau invites you to the traditional New Year's Concert on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. in the Audimax, Humboldtbau.

The concert to kick off the year will be performed by the TU Ilmenau Academic Orchestra under the direction of Lea Ray.

It will also include a review of the past year by the President of TU Ilmenau and a look ahead to the coming year.

The bc-Café will provide drinks before and during the event. Cloakroom lockers are available for guests in the Humboldt building, which can be used with a €2.00 coin as a deposit.

Admission is free from 7.00 pm.


  • Sinfonietta by Wolfgang Hocke (*1937)
  1. Intrada
  2. Intermezzo
  3. Finale
  • Address by the President of the TU Ilmenau, Prof. Kai-Uwe Sattler

- Break -

  • Viola Concerto in D major, Op.1, by Carl Stamitz (1745-1801)

Soloist: Johanna Kegel

  1. Allegro (non troppo)
  2. Andante moderato
  3. Rondo (Allegretto)
  • Overture in D by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Josias Ray

Lea Ray has been conducting the Academic Orchestra at TU Ilmenau since October 2023. She has already gained valuable conducting experience in rehearsals and concerts with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra Constance, the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, the Thuringian Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha and the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim. In 2022, she assisted the Young Central German Chamber Opera in the production "Così fan tutte" and led a project ensemble of the "Netzwerk Alte Musik e. V.".

In the 2022/23 season, Lea Ray was a conducting fellow at the Bergische Symphoniker Orchestra Academy, where she conducted the school concerts and the final concerts of the season.

In fall 2023, she assisted Tobias Engeli with the Saxony State Youth Orchestra. She also conducted school concerts with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra.

Further assistantships at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and the Chemnitz Opera will follow this year.

Lea Ray is currently studying orchestral conducting at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar in the class of Prof. Ekhart Wycik and Prof. Nicolás Pasquet. She received further inspiration from Prof. Johannes Schlaefli, Prof. Christoph-Mathias Müller, Prof. Richard Wien, Prof. Denis Rouger and Prof. Dieter Kurz. In 2018 and 2020 she was a PROMOS scholarship holder and in 2022 she was funded by the GVL as part of "Neustart Kultur" for further education. Since April 2023, she has been a scholarship holder of the Neue Liszt Stiftung Weimar as part of the Charlotte Krupp Scholarship.

Halbaufnahme der Solistin Johanna Kegel mitInis Oírr Asano

Johanna Kegel, born in 2000, began her musical education at the age of five at the "Johann Sebastian Bach" music school in Leipzig, initially on the violin. She switched to the viola in 2014. Before starting her studies, she received lessons from Felix Schwartz. Concert tours with the Leipzig Youth Symphony Orchestra and various chamber music groups have already taken Johanna Kegel to Hungary, Italy, Israel, Ethiopia and Japan. As part of the "Jugend Musiziert" competition, she was awarded the special prize of the Saxon State Ministry of Science and the Arts, as well as the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" prize for young talent in chamber music. Johanna Kegel studies with Erich Krüger and Ditte Leser at the Franz Liszt School of Music in Weimar. As part of the Erasmus programme, she also studied for a semester with Martin Outram at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She received further inspiration from masterclasses with Pauline Sachse, Florian Richter, Hariolf Schlichtig, Roland Glassl and Lawrence Power.

Johanna Kegel has been a substitute in the Staatskapelle Weimar since 2021 and a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra since 2023. She has already gained solo experience with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and the Leipzig Youth Symphony Orchestra. Johanna Kegel is supported by the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship.


The Academic Orchestra of the TU Ilmenau was founded in 1967 as the chamber orchestra of the TH Ilmenau, the forerunner of today's Technical University. It has been playing in a symphonic line-up since 2001. Its members are students and employees of the TU Ilmenau as well as amateur musicians from the region. The orchestra is supported by professional musicians for semester projects such as the New Year's Concert.