The Artists

Conductors

Ekaterina Antonenko

Singers

Sofie Asplund

Sofie Asplund

In the season 2017/2018 the young soprano has performed her first Zerbinetta in »Ariadne auf Naxos« at the Göteborg Opera, with great success and fantastic reviews. Sofie Asplund will this season participate in Barbara Hannigan’s programme »Equilibrium Young Artists« where she is chosen to perform Anne Trulove in »The Rake’s Progress«, with semi-staged performances in Munich with the Münchner Philharmoniker, as well as on a European tour with the Ludwig Orchestra visiting Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Dresden and Dortmund. All performances will take place in May 2019, under the baton of Barbara Hannigan. Sofie Asplund will also this season appear at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm as Constance in »Dialogues des carmélites« and Zerlina in »Don Giovanni«. Sofie Asplund has previously been a guest at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm where she has sung Susanna in »Le Nozze di Figaro«, Olga Sukarev in Giordano’s »Fedora« and Oscar in »Un ballo in maschera«. She also appeared in the role of Erste Magd in »Daphne« at Staatsoper Hamburg. Sofie Asplund graduated from the Royal College of Opera in Stockholm in 2013. She has been engaged as a guest soloist at the Göteborg Opera, where she made her praised debut as Susanna in »Le Nozze di Figaro«. On the same stage, Sofie Asplund has performed her first Gretel in »Hänsel und Gretel«, Gilda in »Rigoletto« and Erste Magd in a concert version of Strauss’ »Daphne«. Among Sofie Asplund’s other engagements are Oscar in »Un ballo in maschera«, Sophie in »Der Rosenkavalier« and Pousette in »Manon« at the Malmö Opera. She has sung Erste Magd in »Daphne« at the Opera in Basel, Titania in »A Midsummer Night’s Dream« and the Vixen in »The cunning little vixen« at Läckö castle in Sweden, Carolina in »Il matrimonio segreto« at the Drottningholm Court Theatre, Barbarina in »Le Nozze di Figaro« at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Lydia in »Pride and Prejudice« and Laura in »Star Cross'd lovers« at the Vadstena Academy. Sofie Asplund has also sung Eurydice in »Orphée aux Enfers« by Offenbach in a staged concert in Uppsala together with the Drottningholm Barockensemble. Sofie Asplund has also sung musical theatre roles including Maria in »West Side Story« and Christine in »The Phantom of the Opera« which she has performed at the Finland National Opera and at the Göteborg Opera. Sofie Asplund’s concert repertoire include Mozart’s »Requiem«, the »Coronation Mass«, »Exultate, Jubilate« and »Mass in C minor«. She has sung Bach’s »Magnificat«, »St John’s passion« and »St. Matthew passion«, »The Creation« by Haydn, Pergolesi’s »Stabat Mater«, Orff’s »Carmina Burana«, »Les Illuminations« by Britten, »Ein Deutsches Requiem« by Brahms and »God in Disguise« by Lars-Erik Larsson. Sofie Asplund was awarded the Rosenborg-Gehrmansscholarship of 2015. In 2013 she was awarded both Anders Wall and Birgit Nilsson scholarships and she has also received scholarships from Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien as well as from the Drottningholm court theatre.

Choirs

AuditivVokal Dresden

AuditivVokal Dresden

The contemporary vocal ensemble represents reformed performance practices and extraordinary concerts. In the artistic work of Olaf Katzer, who founded the ensemble in 2007 and has been directing since then, he focuses on vocal research and the search for novel contexts through links between science, politics and the arts. Besides the search for new and extended vocal techniques as well as their establishment, AuditivVokal Dresden also interprets old and early music. In addition, Olaf Katzer and the ensemble also fulfill their socio-cultural and cultural-educational mission and are committed to sustainable teaching and promoting contemporary vocal music. Initiatives such as the Neue Dresdner Vokalschule (new vocal school Dresden) establish the excellent reputation of the ensemble. Thereby it is a central task to explore the possibilities of new and newest ensemble music and to shape the present and future of vocal music. The Neue Dresdner Vokalschule should be seen in close collaboration with composers as a living instrument to perform already existing, complex and advanced works and newly emerging compositions. The artistic activities cover an enormous range of contemporary repertoire and forms of events, ranging from small-sized a cappella concerts to large concerts with orchestras.

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Ido Azrad

Ido Azrad

was born in Jerusalem in 1986. He acquired his third degree (solo class) in clarinet at the Trossingen Music school, Germany, under Chen Halevi. He completed two Master degrees for modern clarinet and historical clarinet in Trossingen and his Bachelor’s degree at the Jerusalem Academy of Music. Ido obtained all four degrees with excellent achievements. Over the past several years he has studied with Wolfgang Meyer, Ernst Schlader, Dudu Carmel, Ilia Schwartz and Ilan Schul. Ido Azrad has been a recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships in clarinet and chamber music from 2004 to 2011. In 2010/2011 he was a recipient of Baden Württemberg foundation. He won the Trossingen Music Academy competition, as well as the Paul Ben Haim competition and first prizes at the Jerusalem academy of music competitions. Ido has played as a soloist with the Tel Aviv Soloists, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, The Be'er Sheva symphony orchestra, The Trossingen Music Academy Orchestra, The Sinfonietta for Modern Music, Trossingen and The Jerusalem Academy Orchestra. He has played recitals in Europe, Canada and Israel, and recorded for the radio and television in Austria, Germany and Israel. In 2012 he played a world premiere of a duo for two clarinets by Philippe Hersant with the clarinetist Chen Halevi. Ido Azrad has participated in many important festivals such as Hitzacker Music Festival, Les Musiques, Scelsi Music Festival, The Voice of Music Festival in the upper Galilee, the Israel Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, IJOA festival, Bayreuth Young Festival and The Idyllwild Music Festival. Ido Azrad has performed with international artists such as Felix Renggli, Chen Halevi, Zvi Plesser, Winfried Rademacher, Sebastian Tewinkel, Andreas Reibenspies, Dudu Carmel, Chezy Nir, Nick Deutsch and Ariel Zuckermann. Ido Azrad is frequently invited to play with various orchestras including the Jerusalem Camerata, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Tel Aviv Soloists, and is a founding member of the TutzFrequenz ensemble, a unique ensemble combining modern and historical instruments. Ido Azrad is currently a clarinet teacher and the Acting Director of the conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

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Bamberg Symphony

Bamberg Symphony

Bamberger Symphoniker

Bamberger Symphoniker

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Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim

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Lisa Batiashvili

Lisa Batiashvili

The Georgian-born German violinist is praised by audiences and fellow musicians for her virtuosity and »profound sensitivity« (»Financial Times«). An award winning artist, she has developed long-standing relationships with some of the world’s leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. From 2019 to 2021, Lisa Batiashvili is the Artistic Director of Audi Sommerkonzerte, Ingolstadt. This season’s concerto highlights include projects with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Boston, Chicago and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Lisa Batiashvili will also tour in the US with the Philadelphia Orchestra and around Europe with Camerata Salzburg and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma. Batiashvili is the 2018/19 Artist in Residence with the Münchner Konzertdirektion Hörtnagel, in which she curates programmes with Quatour Ébène, Camerata Salzburg conducted by François Leleux, and as part of a piano trio an European tour with Gautier Capuçon and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Last season Lisa Batiashvili was Artist in Residence with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Roma. Concerto highlights included touring Europe with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Lisa Batiashvili performed the UK premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No. 2, which followed from her world premiere performance in 2016. Previously, Lisa Batiashvili has premiered violin concerts by Hillborg (No. 1) and Lindberg. Recording exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon, her latest album – »Visions of Prokofiev« (Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Yannick Nézet-Séguin) – won an »OPUS KLASSIK« Award and was shortlisted for the 2018 »Gramophone« Awards. Earlier recordings include the concertos of Tchaikowsky and Sibelius (Staatskapelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim), Brahms (Staatskapelle Dresden/Christian Thielemann), and Schostakowitsch (No. 1; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Esa-Pekka Salonen). She has had DVD releases of live performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Bartók’s Violin Concerto No.1), as well as with Gautier Capuçon, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann (Brahm’s Concerto for Violin and Cello). A student of Ana Chumachenco and Mark Lubotsky, Lisa Batiashvili gained international recognition at the age of sixteen as the youngest-ever competitor in the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition. She has won a number of awards: the »MIDEM Classical Award«, the »Choc de l'année«, the »Accademia Musicale Chigiana International Prize«, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival's »Leonard Bernstein Award«, and the »Beethoven-Ring« Bonn. Lisa Batiashvili was named »Musical America«’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2015, was nominated as »Gramophone«’s Artist of the Year in 2017, and in 2018 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (University of Arts, Helsinki). Lisa Batiashvili lives in Munich and plays a Joseph Guarneri »del Gesu« from 1739, generously loaned by a private collector.

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Belcea Quartet

Belcea Quartet

»What seems to be the predominant impulse driving this music is man’s yearning for freedom, the unquenchable desire to expand his limits to learn the truth about himself in this process.« – What the Belcea Quartet writes in the preface to its recording of the complete Beethoven String Quartets could also be described as their artistic creed. These musicians are not confined by traditional boundaries. It is perhaps the very fact of their diverse cultural backgrounds that is behind their dynamic and free interpretative style. Founded at the Royal College of Music in London in 1994, the quartet is based in Great Britain. However, the Romanian violinist Corina Belcea and the Polish violist Krzysztof Chorzelski, the two founder members, bring a very different artistic provenance to the ensemble while drawing from the best traditions of string quartet playing received from the quartet's mentors: the members of the Alban Berg and Amadeus Quartets. This spectrum is extended by the French musicians Axel Schacher (violin) and Antoine Lederlin (violoncello). The Belcea Quartet blends its diverse influences into a common musical language. This diversity is reflected in the Belcea Quartet's repertoire. Regular world premieres – among them Mark-Anthony Turnage's string quartets »Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad« in 2010, »Contusion« in 2014, Thomas Larcher’s »lucid dreams« in 2015, Krzysztof Penderecki’s 4th string quartet in 2016, as well as the 3rd string quartet by Joseph Phibbs – which will be premiered this season –, go hand-in-hand with its profound connection with the great works of the Classical and Romantic periods. The quartet's open-minded approach to music invariably enables it to find its own unique, elegant and refined interpretations of the main string quartet repertoire. The quartet’s regular partners include Piotr Anderszewski, Till Fellner and Antoine Tamestit. From 2017/2018 season on, the Belcea Quartet is Artist-in-Residence at the new Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin. The quartet has shared a residence at the Wiener Konzerthaus with the Artemis Quartet since 2010. The musicians recently created their very own Belcea Quartet Trust, whose main aims are to support and inspire young string quartets through series of intensive coaching sessions organized according to the needs of each selected ensemble, as well as to support commissioning of new works from today's leading composers to be premiered by the quartet in the future. The Belcea Quartet has an impressive discography. During its long-term association with EMI Classics, the quartet recorded the complete Britten and Bartók quartets as well as works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux, amongst others. In 2012 and 2013, the quartet recorded the complete Beethoven quartets live in the Benjamin Britten Studio in Snape. This recording was released under ZigZag Territories, the quartet’s new label. As with its predecessors, this CD has been met with critical acclaim: it has been recognized with such prizes as »Gramophone Award«. In 2015, the quartet released its highly acclaimed recording of works by Webern, Berg and Schoenberg to coincide with its 20th jubilee. September 2016 saw the release of the quartet’s recording of the complete Brahms string quartets & piano quintet, a CD acclaimed by the press and awarded with a »Diapason d’Or« of the year 2016. The Shostakovich album, including the 3rd string quartet and the piano quintet with Piotr Anderszewski, was released in April 2018. »The absolute certainty of ensemble is one of the joys of the Belcea, but just as important is their fearlessness, and their reactivity, capturing the music’s emotional shifts unerringly.« (»Gramophone«, June 2018) The Belcea Quartet's performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets at Vienna's Konzerthaus in 2012 were broadcast by Mezzo TV and were released – on DVD and Blue-ray disk – by the label Euroarts in fall 2014. The release was accompanied by Jean-Claude Mocik's documentary of the entire project, »Looking for Beethoven«. In 2018/2019, the quartet will perform in such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Stockholm’s Konserthus, the Alte Oper Frankfurt as well as the National Concert Hall Taipei.

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Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell

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Ivor Bolton

Ivor Bolton

is Music Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid and of the Basel Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Dresden Festival Orchestra. From 2004 to 2016 he was chief conductor of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, with whom he has appeared annually at the Salzburg Festival since 2000. In the UK, he has been Music Director of English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Chief Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He enjoys a close relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper where, since 1994, he has conducted a wide range of new productions, most notably of Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart. He has been awarded the prestigious Bayerische Theaterpreis for his outstanding work in Munich. Ivor Bolton was a frequent guest at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and at the Opéra National de Paris. Other operatic engagements include Covent Garden, Paris, Aix, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Dresden, Geneva, Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, Sydney, Vienna and Zurich. In concert he has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras in Europe, the US and the Far East. His many recordings, apart from those with the Mozarteumorchester, include Monteverdi’s »Poppea« and Handel’s »Xerxes«, »Giulio Cesare« and »Ariodante« with the Bayerische Staatsoper, and DVDs of »Deidamia« from Amsterdam, »Theodora« from Salzburg and »Jenufa« from Madrid.

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Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau Trio

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Randy Brecker

Randy Brecker

The Jazz trumpeter and composer has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. He attended Indiana University from 1963 to 1966 studying with William »Bill« Adam, David Baker and Jerry Coker and later moved to New York where he landed gigs with such prominent bands as Clark Terry's Big Bad Band, the Duke Pearson Big Band and the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. After Horace Silver, Randy Brecker joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers before teaming up with brother Michael Brecker, Barry Rogers, Billy Cobham, and John Abercrombie to form the seminal fusion group »Dreams«. In the early 1970s, Randy Brecker performed live with many prominent artists including Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House, Stevie Wonder and Billy Cobham. By 1975, Randy and Michael Brecker were ready to front their own group, the Brecker Brothers Band. A band of immeasurable impact and influence, they released six albums on Arista and garnered seven Grammy nominations between 1975 and 1981. In 1992, Randy and Michael reunited for a world tour and the triple-Grammy nominated GRP recording, »The Return of the Brecker Brothers«. The follow-up, 1994’s »Out of the Loop«, was a double- Grammy winner. In 1997, »Into the Sun« (Concord), a recording featuring Randy Brecker’s impressions of Brazil, garnered him his first Grammy as a solo artist. The summer of 2003 culminated in the special headline appearance in Japan at the Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival of the reunited Brecker Brothers. The WDR Big Band also celebrated Randy and his music in 2004 in a performance at the Leverkusen Jazz Fest. The date was of special significance to Randy Brecker as it was the last time he played with his brother, who took ill shortly thereafter with a rare form of leukemia known as MDS. In 2007, Randy Brecker was awarded his fourth Grammy for »Randy Brecker Live with the WDR Big Band«, the live recording of his performance with Michael Brecker at the Leverkusen Jazz Fest in 2004. Tragically, Michael Brecker passed away that same year on Jan 13th. Randy Brecker returned to his long-time love of Brazilian music in 2008 for the album »Randy in Brazil«. Chosen one of the top 10 CDs of 2008 by AllAboutJazz.com, the CD won the Grammy for »Best Contemporary Jazz Album«, bringing his Grammy total to five. In 2009, Randy Brecker’s roots were celebrated with the release of »Jazz Suite Tykocin«, a project initiated and conceived by the Polish pianist and composer Wlodek Pawlik, featuring Randy Brecker as a soloist with members of the Bialystok Philharmonic. 2011 saw the release of »The Jazz Ballad Song Book: Randy Brecker with the Danish Radio Big Band and The Danish National Chamber Orchestra«, which garnered four Grammy nominations and enjoyed enthusiastic critical acclaim. A Brecker Brothers Band Reunion tour of European festivals in the summer of 2013 in support of Randy’s project »Randy Brecker’s Brecker Brothers Band Reunion«, re-introduced the familiar faces of Brecker Brothers Band members from the past and their special brand of music to sell-out crowds.

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Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman

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Camerata Salzburg

Camerata Salzburg

»... the creative development of cultural values that are relevant to the wider community« – that is how Bernhard Paumgartner defined the CAMERATA »mission« in 1952. The choice of the name »CAMERATA«, the world's first chamber orchestra with this name, in memory of the Camerata Fiorentina – an association of musicians, poets, and philosophers of the Renaissance, who had dedicated themselves to the ideal of music on the ancient model – laid the foundation for the deeply humanistic orientation of creating CAMERATA. Since its formation, the CAMERATA has been a regular ensemble in its home city of Salzburg as a concert and opera orchestra at the Salzburg Festival as well as the Mozart Week, and has its own subscription series at the Great Hall of the Mozarteum Foundation. The CAMERATA regularly performs in Europe’s centres of music from the Vienna Konzerthaus, via the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Teatro Communale in Ferrara, the Culture and Convention Centre in Luzern, and the Prinzregententheater in Munich, to the Cologne Philharmonic and the Philharmonie de Paris. It is also invited to take part in various international festivals every year, as a representative of Salzburg’s Mozart style, and goes on at least one major overseas tour every year. More than 60 recordings on vinyl and CD, many of which were awarded major prizes, document the musical culture of the CAMERATA Salzburg spanning six decades. Musical personalities such as Géza Anda, Sándor Végh, Sir Roger Norrington and András Schiff have influenced the CAMERATA. Famous musicians such as Clara Haskil, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Heinz Holliger, Alfred Brendel, Philippe Herreweghe, Franz Welser-Möst, Pinchas Zukerman, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Teodor Currentzis, Matthias Goerne, Hilary Hahn, Ádám Fischer, Fazıl Say and Isabelle Faust have performed with the CAMERATA through the decades. The classical core of the repertoire with Salzburg's »genius loci«, Mozart, and Viennese Classical music at the centre, extends to the Romantic and Modern periods. As its greatest inspiration and longtime conductor, Sándor Végh laid the foundations for the worldwide fame of the CAMERATA sound, which is based on the musical ideal of the string quartet, but extends far beyond that. Sándor Végh's call to: »Search within yourself, then you will have something to say!« still echoes today and challenges the CAMERATA, again and again, to lay bare the »soul of chamber music« as the central element of the CAMERATA sound in the oeuvres it performs, and to bring it to life. After Sándor Végh's death, Sir Roger Norrington exerted a lasting influence on the orchestra as its chief conductor. Today, he is conductor laureate of the CAMERATA. His successors as conductors of the orchestra were the Greek violin virtuoso and conductor Leonidas Kavakos and the French conductor Louis Langrée from 2011 to 2016. Since 2016, the musicians of the CAMERATA have taken the artistic direction into their own hands. Each musician is dedicated to the greater good, but still remains true to him/herself. Each one bears a responsibility for the interpretation, the volume, the rhythm, the subtleties, the tone. Guided by their leader, Gregory Ahss as »primus inter pares«, the CAMERATA has already achieved in its first season national and international success with its musical freedom and self-determination. That is a clear indication that the CAMERATA's high expectations of its own work are being received enthusiastically by its audience and critics.

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Karina Canellakis

Karina Canellakis

is the newly appointed Chief Conductor of the Dutch Radio Filharmonisch Orkest beginning in the 2019/20 season. Internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command and interpretive depth, Karina Canellakis’ reputation has risen quickly since winning the »Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award« in 2016. Karina Canellakis makes several notable debuts in the 2018/19 season, including with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, and Stavanger Symphony. She also makes her Australian debut in a four-city tour conducting the symphony orchestras of Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Tasmania. In addition, Karina Canellakis leads the prestigious 2018 Nobel Prize Concert with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she appears twice in this season. Over the summer, she made her Wiener Symphoniker debut at the Bregenz Festival and returned to the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Re-invitations this season feature the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl as well as the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, and North Carolina. She also conducts »Don Giovanni« with the Curtis Opera Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. In Europe, she returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. Recent seasons have featured debuts with the Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, National Orchestra of Spain, Hallé Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and Houston Symphony. On the operatic stage, she has conducted »Die Zauberflöte« with the Zurich Opera, »Le nozze di Figaro« with Curtis Opera Theater, and gave the world premiere of David Lang’s opera »The Loser« at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has also led Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ new opera »The Hogboon« with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and a fully staged production of Verdi’s Requiem at the Zurich Opera. Already known to many in the classical music world for her virtuoso violin playing, Karina Canellakis was initially encouraged to pursue conducting by Sir Simon Rattle while she was playing regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic for two years as a member of their Orchester-Akademie. In addition to appearing frequently as a soloist with various North American orchestras, she subsequently played regularly in the Chicago Symphony for over three years and appeared on several occasions as guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. She also spent many summers performing at the Marlboro Music Festival. She plays a 1782 Mantegazza violin on generous loan from a private patron. Karina Canellakis previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Born and raised in New York City, she speaks French, German and Italian.

Karina Canellakis

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Keyvan Chemirani

Keyvan Chemirani

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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Eric Clapton

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Lars Danielsson

Lars Danielsson

Swedish bassist, cellist, composer and arranger Lars Danielsson is well-known and admired throughout the international jazz scene for his lyrical playing and strong groove. Born in 1958, he is a musician with particularly broad interests. At the conservatory in Gothenburg he had studied classical cello, before changing to bass and to jazz. As a bassist he has a uniquely rounded sound, which is as lyrical as powerful. The Lars Danielsson Quartet with former Miles Davis saxophonist David Liebman, pianist Bobo Stenson and legendary ECM drummer Jon Christensen has received a lot of recognition and numerous awards during the 18 years of its existence. Danielsson has released ten solo-albums since 1980 with his quartet and guests such as Alex Acuña and John Abercrombie. The Quartet has been a testing ground for Lars Danielsson’s work as a composer and arranger, which has extended over the last years to include both – symphony orchestra and big band music. He has worked with Denmark’s Radio Concert Orchestra as well as the JazzBaltica Ensemble as a composer, arranger and producer. Lars Danielsson has worked with Randy and Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Mike Stern, Billy Hart, Charles Lloyd, Terri Lyne Carrington and Dave Kikoski. He has also been a member of the Trilok Gurtu Group. As a producer, Lars Danielsson worked with Cæcilie Norby, Jonas Johansen, the Danish Radio Concert Orchestra and Viktoria Tolstoy. In 2007, he received a commission for a piece with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra featuring himself as a soloist together with Leszek Moždžer. He has also received a commission from the NDR Big Band and Wolfgang Haffner to write a piece for the JazzBaltica Festival 2007. Furthermore, he has been working with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Vytas Sondeckis and Bugge Wesseltoft. His 2008 album »Pasodoble« was a huge success. Jazzwise UK wrote about Danielsson’s collaboration with Polish pianist Leszek Moždžer: »A clarity of thought and execution rarely encountered in jazz.«

Lars Danielsson

Lars Danielsson

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David Orlowsky Trio

David Orlowsky Trio

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Stéphane Denève

Stéphane Denève

is Music Director of the Brussels Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Music Director Designate (19/20) of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). He has previously served as Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Recognised internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, Stéphane Denève regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century. A gifted communicator and educator, he is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and has worked regularly with young people in the programmes such as those of the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, the Colburn School, and the Music Academy of the West. He is a frequent guest with leading orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin and NHK Symphony. The 18/19 season will also see him lead a major US tour with the Brussels Philharmonic. In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, and at the Opéra National de Paris. As a recording artist, he has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck and Honegger. He is a triple winner of the »Diapason d’Or«, has been shortlisted for »Gramophone«’s Artist of the Year Award, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards. His most recent releases include discs of Prokofiev suites and the works of Guillaume Connesson with Brussels Philharmonic, as well as recordings with Lucas and Arthur Jussen and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, all for Deutsche Grammophon.

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German String Philharmonic

German String Philharmonic

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Dresden Festival Orchestra

Dresden Festival Orchestra

Every year, some of the best musicians for historically informed performance practice from the finest early-music ensembles in Europe unite to the Dresden Festival Orchestra as the Dresden Music Festival's very own ensemble. With great joy of discovery, precision and a keen sense for authentic interpretations, the Dresden Festival Orchestra explores the original sound of various epochs and in doing so fills a void in the musical life of the city. The musicians play original instruments, varying with the era and historical background of its repertoire, which means that the strings use gut strings and the winds offer a completely new sound. The artists, all virtuosos and specialists on their instruments, are giftet with variety of styles and playing techniques, wich they bring to Dresden from orchestras such as the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestera of the18th Century, the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the Concentus Musicus Wien, Il Giardino Armonico or Le Cercle de l'Harmonie. Already at its celebrated premiere during the 2012 Music Festival the ensemble thrilled both audiences and critics. During the 2014 Festival season, the orchestra paid homage to Richard Strauss in his anniversary year, offering a brilliant rediscovery of his opera »Feuersnot« (a coproduction with the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden), that was nominated for the 2015 »International Opera Award«. In October 2016 the first recording was released with Schumann’s second symphony and his cello concerto featuring Jan Vogler as solist. Renowned soloists that performed with the orchestra inculde Simone Kermes, Giuliano Carmignola, Isabelle Faust, Bejun Mehta and Waltraud Meier. Since 2012 Ivor Bolton has been chief conductor of the Dresden Festival Orchestra.

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Dresden Kammerchor

Dresden Kammerchor

The Dresden Kammerchor is one of the leading choirs in Germany. Since its foundation in 1985 by Hans-Christoph Rademann it has become firmly established on the German and European musical scene. With initiatives such as the first complete recording of Heinrich Schütz (since 2009) and a continuing interest in researching and promoting the musical legacy of central Germany, the choir helps shape the cultural identity of this region, working internationally as an ambassador for Dresden and Saxony. In collaboration with the Dresden Barockorchester and other musical partners, numerous works have been rediscovered, performed and recorded. Recordings of works by Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolph Hasse, Johann David Heinichen and Jan Dismas Zelenka have been honored with numerous prizes including the »Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik« (German Record Critics’ Award) of the Year 2016. Alongside the oratories and sacred works of Baroque masters such as Bach, Telemann and Händel, the choral-symphonic repertoire of the Classical and Romantic periods from Mozart via Mendelssohn to Brahms forms another main focus of the choir’s work. The Dresden Kammerchor is also renowned for the performance of challenging a cappella literature from the 19th and 20th centuries by composers such as Max Reger, Alfred Schnittke, Ernst Krenek, Olivier Messiaen and Herman Berlinski. The choir specializes in modern and contemporary music. This is reflected in numerous premieres, first performances, and new works commissioned by the choir. In 2009 Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Dresden Kammerchor initiated the first Dresden Choir Workshop for Contemporary Music, which had its fourth edition in 2018. The choir was awarded the »Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis« (Ernst von Siemens Music prize) for its services to contemporary music. The Dresden Kammerchor has received broad acclaim on its numerous concert trips in and outside Europe, i.e. USA, South Africa, India, China, Taiwan and Mexico. The choir also receives regular invitations to international music festivals of great reputation like the Rheingau Musik Festival, Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Festivales Musicales Buenos Aires, Bachwoche Ansbach and Händel-Festspiele Halle and Göttingen. Frequent cooperations with renowned orchestras and conductors from Germany and abroad underscore the reputation of the choir. Among the most famous are the conductors René Jacobs, Sir Roger Norrington, Ádám Fischer, Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Jos van Immerseel and the ensembles Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Köln, Academy for Early Music Berlin and Anima Eterna Brugge. The Dresden Kammerchor stays in touch with its roots trough a cooperation with the College of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden.

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Dresden Kreuzchor

Dresden Kreuzchor

The Dresden Kreuzchor is one of the world’s oldest and most famous boys’ choirs. Its history dates back to the first mention of the city of Dresden in the early 13th century. More than 800 years later, its most important task is still the musical accompaniment of the vespers and services at Dresden’s Kreuzkirche. Here, the Dresden Kreuzchor performs in Vespers and services and regularly gives concerts with outstanding works of sacred music. They form the core of the repertoire and are an expression of the Christian-humanistic character of the choir. Alongside famous soloists, the Dresden Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Dresden are major artistic partners. The Dresden Kreuzchor also collaborates with ensembles of early music such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Academy for Early Music of Berlin. The repertoire of the Dresden Kreuzchor ranges from Renaissance music to premieres of contemporary works. His extensive artistic work has been documented in numerous recordings. Several times a year, the Dresden Kreuzchor goes on national and international concert tours, beyond German and European borders to Israel, Canada, Japan, South America and the USA. Moreover, it performs at international music festivals and realizes countless radio and television recordings. It represents the Saxon state capital as its oldest cultural institution on almost all continents and has recently debuted at the Shanghai International Arts Festival and the Salzburg Easter Festivals. The choir singers are also regularly invited to opera roles as soloists. The Kreuzchor singers, called »Crucians«, still graduate at the Kreuzschule; about two third of them live in the adjacent boarding school. Next to their normal classes, the 130 singers – aged nine to eighteen – have weekly singing and instrumental lessons. Their daily rehearsals and the specific sound of the choir are the basis of the success and the fame of the Dresden Kreuzchor.

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Dresden Philharmonic

Dresden Philharmonic

The Dresden Philharmonic can look back on a 150-year-tradition as the orchestra of Saxony’s capital Dresden. Ever since 1870, when Dresden was provided with its first large concert hall, its symphony concerts have been an integral element of the city’s cultural life. The Dresden Philharmonic has remained a concert orchestra to this day, with regular excursions into concert performance and oratorio. Its homestead is the state-of-the-art concert hall inaugurated in April 2017 in the Kulturpalast building at the heart of the historic district. The principal conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic since 2011 is Michael Sanderling. Besides Kurt Masur, principal conductor in the years 1967–1972, his predecessors have also included Paul van Kempen, Carl Schuricht, Heinz Bongartz, Herbert Kegel, Marek Janowski and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, amongst others. The musical and stylistic bandwidth of the Dresden Philharmonic is great. On the one side, the orchestra has managed to preserve its very own »Dresden sound« in the romantic repertoire. And on the other, it has developed a tonal and stylistic flexibility for the music of the Baroque and First Viennese School as much as for modern works. Important composers have also taken to its conductor’s desk from early on, from Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák via Strauss through to Penderecki and Holliger. World premieres continue to play an important part in the programme to this day. Guest performances around the world attest to the high esteem enjoyed by the Dresden Philharmonic in the world of classical music. And the Philharmonic’s discography to have accumulated since 1937 is also impressive. A new CD cycle directed by Michael Sanderling and released by the Sony Classical label creates a dialogue between the symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Thomas Dunford

Thomas Dunford

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Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen

Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen

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Mikko Franck

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Mikko Franck

Mikko Franck

was born in 1979 in Helsinki, Finland. He began his conducting career at the age of 17 and has since worked with leading orchestras and opera houses across the world. From 2002 to 2007, Mikko Franck was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Belgique. In 2006, he took up the position of General Music Director of the Finnish National Opera, and the following year was appointed Artistic Director and General Music Director, a dual position he held until August 2013. Since September 2015, Mikko Franck has been Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, his contract with the orchestra having recently been extended for a further four seasons. In September 2017, he also became Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In 2017-18, as well as fulfilling a demanding concert schedule in Paris and Rome, Mikko Franck was invited to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra (December 2017) and the Berliner Philharmoniker (January and May 2018). In May 2019 he will return to the podium of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Previous tours with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France have included Europe, China and South Korea. During 2018-19, Mikko Franck and the orchestra will travel to Germany and Austria, with concerts in Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich and Vienna, followed by a tour of Spain in March 2019. Equally devoted to the operatic repertoire, he has in recent seasons conducted the Wiener Staatsoper productions of »La Bohème«, »Salome«, »Lohengrin«, »Josephs Legende«, »Elektra«, »Tosca«, »La Fanciulla del West«, »Die tote Stadt«, and »Tristan und Isolde«. In November 2018 he conducts »Pelléas et Mélisande« at the Semperoper Dresden. In February 2018, Mikko Franck was nominated Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF France. Through this role he will support UNICEF in its important work around the world.

Mikko Franck

Mikko Franck

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Richard Galliano

Richard Galliano

»Galliano accomplishes the feat of allowing the sound to float so lightly and airily that one thinks of a spring day in a French pavement café while the last snowflakes of winter whirl around.« (»Berliner Morgenpost«) There are few musicians that have reinvigorated an instrument as well as a whole musical style, and have brought it to the attention of many new listeners. Richard Galliano has managed this for the accordion and the connected French musette tradition, as a partner to the French chanson stars of the 1970s, a pioneer of the jazz accordion, and the creator of his own style, »New Musette«. A regular fixture at the great international jazz festivals for decades, the accordion and bandoneon player now often performs in the classical concert hall. Richard Galliano regularly appears as a soloist with orchestra, string quartet and quintet, performing his own compositions, new interpretations of classical pieces, and pieces by his mentor and friend Astor Piazzolla. Born in 1959 in Cannes with Italian ancestry, Richard Galliano began to study the instrument with his father, accordionist Lucien Galliano, from the age of four (father and son published a prize-winning teaching method for the accordion). Whilst still a teenager, he started music studies at the Conservatory in Nice, including music theory and trombone, and found success at competitions. Richard Galliano first discovered jazz when he was about fourteen years old and was one of the first to transfer its style to the accordion. In 1973 he met Claude Nougaro in Paris, who made the young musician arranger and conductor of his group. The sound of Richard Galliano’s accordion appears on countless records of popular French artists of the period, including Barbara, Charles Aznavour and Juliette Gréco. At the same time, he remained connected to jazz, and through the 1980s performed with figures including Chet Baker, Toots Thielemans and Ron Carter. His totally new musical direction was inspired by Astor Piazzolla. In 1983, Richard Galliano was the solo bandoneon player in a theater project alongside the creator of Tango Nuevo. Astor Piazzolla encouraged him to look to his musical origins, and thus motivated the creation of »New Musette«. Released in 1991, the album of the same name presented his new jazz-inspired look at the French musette in quartet arrangement and became a great success, winning the renowned Prix Django Reinhardt. A series of important albums followed, including New York Tango with George Mraz, Al Foster and Biréli Lagrène, which was awarded the Victoire de la Musique, and the 1997 release Blow Up which was recorded with Michel Portal. He regularly appeared in a trio with Daniel Humair and Jean-Francois Jenny-Clarke, and later with Clarence Penn and Larry Grenadier in New York. In addition, he has repeatedly performed with musicians such as Jan Garbarek, Martial Solal, Hermeto Pascoal, Gary Burton, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Charlie Haden and Wynton Marsalis. Since the end of the 1990s, he has mostly performed his own compositions and music by Astor Piazzolla in arrangements for orchestra and chamber ensembles, documented in CDs including Piazzolla Forever, released in 2003. Since 2010, he has released four CDs on Deutsche Grammophon, including new interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach with a classically trained sextet; a recording of film music by Nino Rota with a quartet including trumpeter Dave Douglas; and albums of music by Vivaldi and Mozart, arranged for sextet.

Richard Galliano

Richard Galliano

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Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev

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Chilly Gonzales

Chilly Gonzales

is a Grammy-winning Canadian pianist and entertainer, currently living in Europe. He is known as much for the intimate piano touch of bestselling albums »Solo Piano I« and »Solo Piano II« as for his showmanship and composition for awardwinning stars. Gonzo, as he is known to close collaborators, aims to be a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper. Chilly Gonzales holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake, among others. With »Never Stop«, Chilly Gonzales composed a global hit for the inaugural Apple iPad 2 campaign. In 2014 he won a Grammy for his collaboration on Daft Punk’s Best Album of the Year and composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces »Re-Introduction Etude«. With his last album »Chambers«, Chilly Gonzales devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. 2018 sees the return of Chilly Gonzales to the stage with an intimate hour of pieces from the »Solo Piano« album cycle, after which he is joined by Stella Le Page on cello and Joe Flory on drums to perform hits and hidden surprises from the rest of his repertoire, interspersed with his unique playful explanations about how music works.

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

was named Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in February 2016 following in the footsteps of Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has electrified audiences as a guest conductor all over the world. In Europe, she has collaborated with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, the Choir of the Bavarian Radio, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony as well as the Chamber Orchestras of Vienna, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg, and the Orchestra of the Komische Oper in Berlin. At the Kremerata Baltica, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has enjoyed a dynamic collaboration with Gidon Kremer on numerous European tours. She has led operas in Heidelberg, Salzburg, Komische Oper Berlin, and Bern, where she served as Kapellmeister. In North America, she has worked with Seattle and San Diego symphonies and gave her New York conducting debut with the Juilliard Orchestra. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was a Dudamel Fellow in the 2012/2013 season, Assistant Conductor for two seasons (2014–2016), and Associate Conductor for the 2016/2017 season. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was the Music Director of the Salzburg Landestheater from 2015 to 2017. Winner of the 2012 prestigious »Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award«, she subsequently made her debut with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in a symphonic concert at the Salzburger Festspiele. Highlights of her 2017/2018 season include an extensive tour of Europe (Germany, Austria in Vienna’s Musikverein, Benelux and Switzerland) with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and returns to the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Paris), the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (Turin), the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Met Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was discovered by the German Conducting Forum (Deutsches Dirigentenforum) in April 2009. A native of Vilnius, Lithuania, she was born into a musical family. Before pursuing her studies at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, she studied at the Music Conservatory Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig and at the Music Conservatory in Bologna, Italy. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in choral and orchestral conducting from the University of Music and Fine Arts, Graz, Austria. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has participated in numerous master classes and conducting workshops and worked with many established conductors and professors such as Christian Ehwald, George Alexander Albrecht, Johannes Schlaefli, Herbert Blomstedt, Colin Metters, and Kurt Masur.

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Hélène Grimaud

Hélène Grimaud

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Wolfgang Haffner

Wolfgang Haffner

was born in 1965 and is regarded as Germany’s number one jazz drummer. His father has been a church musician and Wolfgang Haffner already had piano and drum lessons by the age of six. When he was eighteen, Germany’s most famous jazz musician Albert Mangelsdorff hired him into his band. Since then, Wolfgang Haffner has been working with several outstand international artists like Klaus Doldinger, Joe Haider, Al Porcino, Till Brönner or US-stars like Pat Metheny, Randy and Michael Brecker, Chuck Loeb or John Abercrombie. He is famous for his explosive drive and creativity. He has also been drumming on several ACT productions for artists like Nils Landgren or Lars Danielsson. Due to his dynamic and powerful way of drumming, Wolfgang Haffner has also worked for stars in the field of rock and pop like Chaka Khan, German hip hop band Die Fantastischen Vier or Nightmares on Wax. Wolfgang Haffner soon started to produce and compose music as well and started his own projects, like US-fusion band Metro and NuJazzensemble Zappelbude. Wolfgang Haffner has released three solo albums on ACT. His ACT debut »Shapes« was well received by critics and fans all over Europe. The album was awarded the »German Jazz Award«. For his second ACT album »Round Silence« Wolfgang Haffner won the 2010 »ECHO Jazz« Award – the »German Grammy« – in the category »best German drummer«. The music on his album »Heart of the Matter« (2012) is the consistent sequel to the music the artist presented on his previous albums. German newspaper »Stern« simply referred to Wolfgang Haffners productions as »addictive«: Organic music with a sovereign groove, substantial melodies, full of colours and room for imagination. With special guests: German jazz stars Götz Alsmann and Till Brönner and Thomas Quasthoff as well as Sting-guitarist Dominic Miller.

Wolfgang Haffner

Wolfgang Haffner

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Hagen Quartet

Hagen Quartet

After recitals given by the »four world-class string players from Salzburg«, rapt audiences remain »entranced several minutes with quasi-absolute stillness in their thoughts, well aware that they have experienced something truly exceptional«, as the press has noted. On these occasions, concertgoers share »the wish that the music would never stop.« For chamber music lovers, the 2018/19 season thus offers a number of welcome opportunities for utter listening enjoyment – »unforgettable moments of sheer musical magic« (»DrehPunktKultur«). The Hagen Quartet will be focusing on Franz Schubert for this season. In addition, they will also be directing their attention mainly to Shostakovich, but also to Beethoven, Dvořák and Schumann with all their tonal shapes and concentrated musical details. Once again, in the course of this concert season, the Hagen Quartet’s performance schedule will take them to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Wigmore Hall London and moreover to Brussels, Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin, to name but a few. They are also guests again at the Salzburg Festival and the Schubertiade Hohenems. In Asia there will be another tour with concerts in Tokyo and Fukushima as well as concerts in China, Macao and Taiwan. The Hagen Quartet will travel to the United States for concerts at Carnegie Hall New York, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Philadelphia. The Hagen Quartet’s recording featuring the Mozart String Quartets K. 387 and K. 458 was awarded the »Diapason d'Or« and the »Choc« of the »Classica« magazine (France), as well as the coveted German »ECHO Klassik« (2016) in the category »Best Chamber Music Recording of the 17th/18th centuries«. In 2011, the Hagen Quartet celebrated their 30th anniversary with two recordings for myrios classics featuring works by Mozart, Webern, Beethoven, Grieg and the Brahms Clarinet Quintet (with Jörg Widmann). That same year, the Hagen Quartet won the »ECHO Klassik« in the category »Ensemble of the Year«; in 2012, the quartet was named Honorary Member of the Vienna Konzerthaus. The Hagen Quartet’s unprecedented three and a half decade career began in 1981. Its early years, marked by a series of prizes in chamber music competitions and an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon that was to produce around forty-five CDs over the following twenty years, enabled the group to work its way through the immensely vast repertoire for string quartet in which this ensemble’s distinctive profile has emerged. Collaborations with artistic personalities such as György Kurtág and the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt are as important to the Hagen Quartet as its concert appearances with performers including Maurizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida, Sabine Meyer, Krystian Zimerman, Heinrich Schiff, and Jörg Widmann. The group’s concert repertoire and discography feature attractive and intelligently arranged programmes embracing the entire history of the string quartet genre, from its pre-Haydn beginnings right through to György Kurtág. The Hagen Quartet also works closely with composers of its own generation: not only reviving existing works, but also commissioning and premiering new pieces. Many young string quartets regard the Hagen Quartet as a model in terms of sound quality, stylistic variety, ensemble playing and serious commitment to the works and composers of the genre. As teachers and mentors at the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Hochschule in Basel, as well as in international masterclasses, the quartet’s members pass on their great wealth of experience to younger colleagues. The Hagen Quartet plays on old Italian master instruments.

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Hilary Hahn

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Hahn Hilary

Hahn Hilary

Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn

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Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan

Embodying music with an unparalleled dramatic sensibility, soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation. Her artistic colleagues include directors and conductors such as Christoph Marthaler, Sir Simon Rattle, Sasha Waltz, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, David Zinman, Sir Antonio Pappano, Katie Mitchell, and Kirill Petrenko. As a singer, conductor the Canadian musician has shown a profound commitment to the music of our time, and has given the world première performances of over 85 new creations. Hannigan has collaborated extensively with composers including Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pascal Dusapin, Brett Dean, George Benjamin, and Hans Abrahamsen. She works regularly with orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. This season also sees the launch of her groundbreaking mentorship scheme, »Equilibrium Young Artists« with over twenty performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s »Pulcinella«, and »The Rake’s Progress« under her direction thta leads her to the Philharmonie de Paris, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Dresdner Musikfestspiele and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Barbara Hannigan will also be Artistic Director of the prestigious Ojai Festival in California in summer 2019. In 2019/20, Hannigan begins her tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden. Hannigan’s first album as singer and conductor, »Crazy Girl Crazy« , won her a »Grammy Award«, an »Opus Klassik award«, a »Klara award« and a »JUNO Award«. Further awards include Singer of the Year (»Opernwelt« 2013), Musical Personality of the Year (»Syndicat de la Presse Francaise« 2012), Ehrenpreise (»Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik« 2018) and the »Rolf Schock Prize for Musical Arts« (2018). Barbara Hannigan holds honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto and Mt Allison University, and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2016.

Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan

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Wolfgang Hentrich

Wolfgang Hentrich

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Dominique Horwitz

Dominique Horwitz

was born in 1957 in Paris, where he grew up. In 1971 his family moved to Berlin where he attended a Franco-German grammar school. Having been recommended by a friend, he gave his first TV appearance when he was nineteen years old. Only shortly after he made his debut on the big screen in the role of Leo Singer in Peter Lilienthal’s award-winning film »David«. In 1978 Horwitz had a one-year cabaret-interlude at the CaDeWe in Berlin followed by a contract at the Zimmertheater Tübingen from 1979 to 1983. In 1985 the actor was under contract at the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel in Munich and from 1985 to 1988 he was signed at the Thalia Theater Hamburg. Shooting »Der große Bellheim« with Dieter Wedel brought him back to the world of film. In 1993 he had his international breakthrough playing the title role in Joseph Vilsmaier’s »Stalingrad«. Since then Dominique Horwitz has been admired in many film and TV productions but nevertheless remained true to the stage. Amongst other roles, he has played in »The Black Rider« directed by Robert Wilson, in the »Dreigroschenoper« directed by Katharina Thalbach and in Harold Pinter’s »Moonlight« directed by Peter Zadek. In autumn 2008 he played the role of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in Doug Wright’s »I am my own wife« at the Renaissance-Theater Berlin. Having grown up with Jaques Brel’s chansons, Dominique Horwitz decided in 1984 to arrange and present his own show with selected songs from the great chansonnier – a success that was rewarded with reviews saying that he did better than Brel did himself. For the first time »Horwitz sings Brel« was in Vienna at the Musikverein in 2017. Dominique Horwitz certainly remains a very welcome guest on the musical-literary scene: be it a recital of Brecht songs, Weill’s »Dreigroschenoper«, be it Stravinsky’s »The Soldier’s Tale« or Beethoven’s »Egmont« – Dominique Horwitz sings, plays and interprets the different characters with an incomparable intensity. He recently worked together with conductors as Valery Gergiev (Stravinsky’s »Oedipus Rex«), Daniel Barenboim (Stravinsky’s »The Soldier’s Tale«) and Christoph Eschenbach (Mendelssohn’s »A Midsummer Night’s Dream«). He has been invited to important festivals such as Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival or Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. As singer Dominique Horwitz’ highlights of the past seasons are performances of »Dominique Horwitz sings Jacques Brel« with the WDR Funkhausorchester, the Bremer Philharmoniker or the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. Further he performed the evening »Dominique Horwitz sings Robert Mitchum« in Potsdam and Hannover, a project with the WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne. As author Dominique Horwitz gave his debut in 2015 publishing »Tod in Weimar«, a detective story located in his hometown. In 1992 he received the »Golden Lion« in the category »Best Actor« and in 2002 the »Mephisto« award for his Brel programme.

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Family Concert: »Klaus Klettermaus« Konzertplatz Weißer Hirsch
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Jakub Hrůša

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Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša

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Michael Hurshell

Michael Hurshell

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Choirs

Intrada Vocal Ensemble

Intrada Vocal Ensemble

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Jazzrausch Bigband

Jazzrausch Bigband

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Johannes Motschmann Trio

Johannes Motschmann Trio

It was with the debut of »Electric Fields« in the Berghain Kantine venue, that the trio embarked on their mission to fuse electronic music with real instruments in a live setting – the sounds being created right there on stage. With a huge arsenal of analogue synthesisers, e-pianos, and a complex multi-percussion setup, Johannes Motschmann, Boris Bolles and David Panzl travel between worlds, performing as often in clubs as in classical concert halls. »Electric Fields« is a soundtrack that ranges from quiet piano sounds to hard, polyrhythmic beats, and where ambient noises and drones alternate with delicate orchestral lines. After Johannes Motschmann and Boris Bolles found an old Wurlitzer electric piano in the cellar of their student house, the boys continued to search for new instruments, which years later would give »Electric Fields« its unique sound and form. Central to its sound are the Wurlitzer piano and the CP-70, which, along with the bass lines of the Moog Prodigy and MS-20, build the harmonic foundations of the music. A distinctive retro vibe is undoubtedly apparent as a result of the fact that almost all the instruments hail from the 70s and 80s. David takes rhythms that were designed on drum machines and rejuvenates them with new life, while Boris uncovers delicate, lyrical lines on the violin that bring clarity and wholeness to the rhythms and arrangements. All that was machine-controlled now lies in the hands of these three classically trained musicians, who, with the highest degree of precision, make Johannes Motschmann’s meticulously notated compositions sound as symphonic as if you were listening not to an electro-acoustic trio, but to an entire orchestra.

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Matthias Jung

Matthias Jung

was born in Magdeburg in 1964 and began his musical education at the »Spezialschule für Musik« and in the »Rundfunkjugendchor« in Wernigerode. He studied choral and orchestral conducting in Weimar where he founded the successful Vocal Consort Weimar. He was engaged by two renowned boys’ choirs: by the Tölzer Knabenchor and by the Dresden Kreuzchor. From 1994 to 1996 he hold the position of Kreuzkantor. A great number of works belonging to the Central German musical treasury were made accessible and performed anew by him. Jung is also committed to the performance of contemporary vocal music, and a series of works by living composers was premiered by him. With the establishment of the annual »Robert-Schumann-Ehrung des Sächsischen Vocalensembles e.V.« in 2010, the romantic choral works habe become a prominent part of his concert schedule.He is musical director of the Sächsisches Vocalensemble (Saxon Vocal Ensemble) as well as of the Dresdner Motettenchor and the Knabenchor Dresden. He has conducted renowned ensembles including the radio choirs in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne, as well as the Biwako Hall Vocal Ensemble (Japan). He has made successful guest appearances in Europe, the USA and Japan. He is also a sought-after juror. His numerous CD recordings have been awarded the »Cannes Classical Award« and the »German Record Critic’s Award«, among others. Matthias Jung is also a recipient of the »Förderpreis für Kunst und Kultur der Landeshauptstadt Dresden.«

Lucas und Artuhr Jussen

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Lucas und Arthur Jussen

Lucas und Arthur Jussen

»You realise that this is not usual. This is not just two good pianists playing together. They sense each other’s most small, individual a little bit of interpretation« (Sir Neville Marriner). »It is like driving a pair of BMWs«, remarked conductor Michael Schønwandt, after directing the Dutch brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen. Despite their young age, they have been part of the international concert world for years and are praised by both the press and audiences. In addition to all major Dutch orchestras with which Lucas and Arthur Jussen have performed, they also received invitations from orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. They collaborate with conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Jaap van Zweden. The 2018/19 season begins with their debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and is followed by the brothers’ presentation at the traditional Prinsengrachtconcert, which is the climax of classical music in the Netherlands every summer, and takes place on the canals of Amsterdam. Further highlights of the season include performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the SWR Symphonieorchester and the Münchener Kammerorchester. Lucas and Arthur Jussen continue to champion Dobrinka Tabakova’s new double concerto, which they premiered in Amsterdam last season, and look forward to its regional premieres in France with the Orchestre de Picardie and in the UK with the BBC Concert Orchestra. In recital the duo perform in Munich’s Prinzregententheater, in Moscow’s Zaryadye Hall, in the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and in the Konzerthaus in Vienna and Dortmund. As »Junge Wilde« of the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Jussen brothers will perform a variety of programmes at the Konzerthaus Dortmund in the next three seasons. They will embark on an Asian tour in June 2019, appearing in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Kaohsiung and Macao. Lucas and Arthur Jussen received their first piano lessons in their native town Hilversum. It became clear quickly that they were great talents. As children, they were already invited to perform for the Dutch queen Beatrix. First awards at competitions followed shortly. In 2005, the brothers studied in Portugal and Brazil for nearly a year at the invitation of Portuguese master pianist Maria João Pires. In the following years they took lessons from both Maria João Pires and two renowned Dutch teachers. Lucas Jussen completed his studies with Menahem Pressler in the US and with Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid. Arthur Jussen graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory where he studied with Jan Wijn. Recording exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon since 2010, their debut CD with works by Beethoven received platinum status and was awarded the »Edison Klassiek« audience award. A Schubert recording and their third CD »Jeux«, dedicated to French piano music, were subsequently released. In October 2015, they released their recording of Mozart’s piano concertos K. 365 and K. 242 together with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner. The album reached gold status and was listed by the British magazine »Gramophone« amongst »The 50 Greatest Mozart Recordings«. Their most recent recording featuring works by Poulenc and Saint-Saëns was released in March 2017 (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Stéphane Denève). Their recording of the Poulenc Double Concerto was chosen as the best recording of this piece ever made by the French radio programme »La tribune des critiques de disques«.

Lucas und Artuhr Jussen

Lucas und Artuhr Jussen

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Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin

Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin

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Olaf Katzer

Olaf Katzer

»Back to art!« is the credo of the conductor Olaf Katzer. He wants to combine humanity, originality and artistic authenticity in his musical interpretations – across epoch boundaries, mediating between different stylistic and aesthetic orientations, and also among the people and their multifaceted cultures. Born in 1980 in the Rhineland, Olaf Katzer studied music and psychology in Munich, Weimar and Dresden. While still a student, he founded the Ensemble AuditivVokal Dresden, which he has since directed artistically. More than 60 premiere performances, guest appearances at numerous festivals and radio recordings document his commitment to the contemporary vocal music. Concert tours took him to almost all European countries as well as to Taiwan, China, the USA and South America. In a transdisciplinary exchange with singers, instrumentalists, dancers, composers, painters, directors and scientists, he develops contemporary ensemble art for the 21st century in sustainable and unconventional program designs. In addition, Olaf Katzer receives invitations from ensembles such as the RIAS Kammerchor, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, the MDR-Rundfunkchor and the Dresdner Kammerchor. Since 2011 he has worked as a lecturer in choral conducting at the College of Music Dresden, since the academic year 2015/16 as a substitute professor of choral conducting.

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Roderich Kreile

Roderich Kreile

To date, the office of Kreuzkantor (director of the choir) is one of the most prestigious and renowned offices in Protestant church music. The 28th Kreuzkantor since the Reformation is Roderich Kreile, who has been in office since 1997. He was born in 1956 and studied church music and choral conducting in Munich. As a church musician, Roderich Kreile soon received widespread attention beyond regional borders. He taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich between 1989 and 1996, his last position there being one of professor, and he conducted two university choirs. In 1994, he also took on the position of conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Choir. In addition, he accepted invitations to play the organ and to give lectures both in Germany and abroad. Kreuzkantor Roderich Kreile conducts all liturgical performances as well as the concerts and tours given by the Dresden Kreuzchor. He has developed a wide repertoire of religious and secular choral works with the Crucians from the history of music and has conducted many world premieres of contemporary compositions over the last years. He has also increased co-operation with world-famous orchestras and produced numerous radio and CD recordings. Whereas in earlier centuries, the Kreuzkantor’s duties were mostly limited to conducting music for the liturgical services, his tasks today extend far beyond the purely artistic responsibilities. As head of the Dresden Kreuzchor, Roderich Kreile also acts as a director on behalf of the city. Roderich Kreile is a member of the Saxon Academy of Arts, Vice-President of the Neue Bachgesellschaft (New Bach Society) and a member of the board of advisors for the International Heinrich Schütz Society. In 2012 he was awarded the Constitutional Medal of the Free State of Saxony in recognition of his work.

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Samuel Kummer

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Samuel Kummer

Samuel Kummer

Samuel Kummer

Samuel Kummer

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La Folia Barockorchester

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La Folia Barockorchester

La Folia Barockorchester

La Folia Barockorchester

La Folia Barockorchester

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Nils Landgren

Nils Landgren

There is a synonym for the words diversity, curiosity and zeal: Nils Landgren. James Brown used to be considered the »hardest working man in showbusiness« and it now appears that the god of funk has bequeathed this title to a Swede who cheerfully travels the world with a bright red trombone. »Mr. Red Horn« swings brilliantly from one perspective to the next, also because he needs this constant change. Nils Landgren, 55 years old, when he is not touring with his band Funk Unit or other projects he is very much in demand as a producer or talent scout: He passes his expertise on to students in Hamburg and Shanghai, advises the NDR Big Band on artistic matters (with which he also played as musician for several years), works with the versatile Swedish Bohuslän Big Band and also compiles, as artistic director, the programme of the Jazzfest Berlin (until 2011). Nils Landgren is someone who feels as dedicated to the rich folklore tradition of his homeland as to the previously unheard – an idealist who ignores the boundaries between the genres and who has collaborated in joint projects with musicians such as Maceo Parker, Colin Towns, the Brecker Brothers, Airto Moreira, Till Brönner, Roy Hargrove, Fred Wesley, Steve Gadd, Richard Galliano, Michael Wollny, João Bosco, Benny Andersson, Viktoria Tolstoy, Joe Sample, Ray Parker Jr., Eddie Harris and Esbjörn Svensson and, in doing so, has continually broadened his horizons. When the audience sees Nils Landgren with his Funk Unit, the Swede shows himself from his masculine and distinct, relentlessly grooving side and acts the jazz action hero. However, there is also a gentle melancholic, highly sentimental Nils Landgren. He can be seen on the albums »Christmas With My Friends«, on »The Moon, The Stars And You« as well as on »Ballads« and »Sentimental Journey« – in which he intones on the trombone with incomparable smoothness. Nils Landgren, born in 1956, started playing the drums when he was only six years old. It was when he was 13 years old that Nils Landgren realised his calling and changed to the trombone. Between 1972 and 1978, he gained a sound classical basis at various teaching establishments and quickly put these newly acquired technical skills on the trombone into practice, also in other areas. Encounters with folk jazz pioneer Bengt-Arne Wallin and trombonist Eje Thelin accelerated his musical career change.Today he is able to stand out in almost any stylistic environment – a studio whizz. The solo career of the man who has always gone right up to his limits and beyond, both musically and conditionally, has been going strong for almost thirty years. Nils Landgren’s debut, »Planet Rock« from 1983, marked the starting point of a very impressive discography including projects which could hardly be any more different from one another. The duo recordings, for example »Layers of Light« and »Swedish Folk Modern« with pianist Esbjörn Svensson, as well as the album »Gotland«, reveal someone who is very closely connected to their homeland, who moves through Scandinavian’s sound worlds, drifts into the ethereal and into the incomprehensible. For the project »Salzau Music On The Water« Nils Landgren met vibraphonist Christopher Dell and bassist Lars Danielsson on an installation on the water near Schloss Salzau and played ethereal sounds into the dawn. However, the same Nils Landgren made a reference, for example, to the world famous fellow Swedes from ABBA with »Funky ABBA« and honoured Cannonball Adderley with the album »Paint it Blue« by his multi award winning group Funk Unit. This band does not, incidentally, only achieve great things from a musical viewpoint – the album »Funk For Life« supported, together with Doctors without Borders, a project to help musically promote children and teenagers in Kibera, one of the biggest slums in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. »Teamwork«, released in spring 2013, is another milestone in the Funk Unit history: technically outstanding, this is a group of team players who combine well with a great groove connection: James Brown meets Parliament meets Crusaders meets Funk Unit: that's one way you could describe the musical concept on »Teamwork«.

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Jazz Night: Nils Landgren & Friends Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Marie-Pierre Langlamet

Marie-Pierre Langlamet

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Jan Lisiecki

Jan Lisiecki

At twenty-three, pianist Jan Lisiecki is already recognized as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility, he is »a pianist who makes every note count« (»The New York Times«). Jan Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age. In 2017, Jan Lisiecki received the »ECHO Klassik«, Germany’s most significant classical music award, as well as the »JUNO Award«, the most prestigious recognition in the Canadian music industry, honouring his fourth recording for Deutsche Grammophon, featuring Chopin’s rarely-performed works for piano and orchestra with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański. Jan Lisiecki performs with the world’s most prestigious orchestras on major stages and has worked closely with prominent conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Claudio Abbado. Recent highlights include recital tours of Europe and Asia and subscription debuts with the Boston Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, among others. Jan Lisiecki celebrated great success with his highly acclaimed recital program »Night Music« which he will continue to perform in the 2018/19 season. The pianist will return to Carnegie Hall for a performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and he will tour with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra through Europe as well as with the Czech Philharmonic in Germany. Other collaborations include NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and concerts in Salzburg with Mozarteum Orchestra. In 2013 he became the youngest ever recipient of »Gramophone« magazine’s »Young Artist of the Year Award«, and also received the »Leonard Bernstein Award« at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Jan Lisiecki is an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon. In 2012, he was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada.

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Andrea Lucchesini

Andrea Lucchesini

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Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s social impact, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Yo-Yo Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity. Yo-Yo Ma founded the Silkroad project to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations at the edge where education, business, and the arts come together to transform the world. He is a member of the Silkroad Ensemble which tours annually and for whom more than 80 works have been specifically commissioned. Yo-Yo Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute. His work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities. Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended the Juilliard School and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the »Avery Fisher Prize« (1978), the »National Medal of Arts« (2001), and the »Presidential Medal of Freedom« (2010). In 2011, Yo-Yo Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Most recently, the musician has joined the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Barack Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

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Cristian Măcelaru

Cristian Măcelaru

Newly appointed Chief Conductor Designate of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, Cristian Măcelaru is one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. He takes on this new position at WDR, one of Europe’s leading orchestras, effective with the 2019/20 season. Cristian Măcelaru is Music Director and Conductor of the internationally renowned Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Among the 2018 season’s highlights are three world premieres, a record-breaking sixteen composers in residence, a stunning roster of international guest artists, and two special tributes to commemorate William Bolcom’s and John Corigliano’s respective 80th birthdays. Cristian Măcelaru attracted international attention for the first time in 2012, when he stepped into the breach with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, deputizing for Pierre Boulez. In the same year, he received the »Solti Emerging Conductor Award« for young conductors, followed in 2014 by the »Solti Conducting Award«. Since then, he has performed regularly at the podium of the best American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. A particularly close collaboration connects him with the Philadelphia Orchestra: Since his subscription debut in 2013, Cristian Măcelaru has been on the podium of this orchestra over 100 times and served there for three seasons as Conductor in Residence. Prior to that, he was their Associate Conductor for two seasons and previously Assistant Conductor for one season from September 2011. He continues a close relationship with the orchestra in leading them on annual subscription programs and other special concerts. In Europe, Cristian Măcelaru has been in great demand as a guest conductor with many well-known orchestras and festivals, among others the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The 2018/19 season sees Cristian Măcelaru make debuts with the Orchestre National de France, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra; OSESP). He returns to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Dresdner Philharmonie, amongst others. In January 2019, he brings the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania on their first-ever tour to the States in commemoration of Romania’s centennial, culminating a seven-city tour at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center in performances with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Cristian Măcelaru was born in Timișoara, Romania and he received violin lessons at an early age. His studies took him from Romania to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, University of Miami in Florida and Rice University in Houston, where he studied conducting with Larry Rachleff. He then deepened his knowledge in Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival in masterclasses with David Zinman, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury. Cristian Măcelaru was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut with that orchestra at the age of 19. He also played in the first violin section of the Houston Symphony for two seasons.

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Andrew Manze

Andrew Manze

is widely celebrated as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation. His extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire, together with his rare skill as a communicator and his boundless energy, mark him out. From the 2014/15 season Andrew Manze became the Chief Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover. His contract has recently been renewed, for the second time, until summer 2021. In addition to a busy touring schedule within Germany and Austria, they had a highly successful tour to China and South Korea in autumn 2016 with Sir András Schiff as soloist. In 2017/18 they tour the UK and they will return to the Far East in autumn 2019. They have embarked on a major series of recordings for Pentatone initially focussing on the orchestral works of Mendelssohn, the first of which was awarded the »Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik« 2017. In great demand as a guest conductor worldwide Andrew Manze has long standing relationships with a number of leading international orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and the Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras. He is also a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City. He has a close relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is Principal Guest Conductor (from 2018/19), and with whom he is in the process of recording the complete Ralph Vaughan Williams symphonies for Onyx Classics. In 2018/19 Andrew Manze will make his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other recent debuts have been with the Concertgebouw Orkest, NDR Elbphilharmonie, Bamberg Symphony, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. From 2006 to 2014, Andrew Manze was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester. With this orchestra, he made a number of recordings, including Beethoven’s »Eroica« (Harmonia Mundi) and a cycle of Brahms symphonies (CPO). From September 2010 to August 2014, Andrew Manze held the title of Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra from 2008 to 2011. After reading Classics at Cambridge University, Andrew Manze studied the violin and rapidly became a leading specialist in the world of historical performance practice. He became Associate Director of the Academy of Ancient Music in 1996 and then Artistic Director of the English Concert from 2003 to 2007. As a violinist, Andrew Manze has released an astonishing variety of CDs, many of them award-winning. Andrew Manze is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Visiting Professor at the Oslo Academy and has contributed to new editions of sonatas and concertos by Mozart and Bach published by Bärenreiter, Breitkopf and Härtel. He also teaches, edits and writes about music, as well as broadcasting regularly on radio and television. In November 2011, Andrew Manze received the prestigious »Rolf Schock Prize« in Stockholm.

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China Moses

China Moses

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Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter

is a musical phenomenon: for more than 40 years the virtuoso has now been a fixture in all the world’s major concert halls, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor and visionary. The four-time »Grammy Award« winner is equally committed to the performance of traditional composers as to the future of music: so far she has given world premieres of 26 works – Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm and John Williams have all composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter. Furthermore, she dedicates herself to numerous benefit projects and to supporting tomorrow’s musical elite: in the autumn of 1997 she founded the Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V., to which the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation was added in 2008. These two charitable institutions provide support for the scholarship recipients, support which is tailored to the fellows’ individual needs. Since 2011, Anne-Sophie Mutter has regularly shared the spotlight on stage with her ensemble of fellows, »Mutter’s Virtuosi«. Anne-Sophie Mutter’s 2018 concert calendar features performances in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, once again reflecting the violinist’s musical versatility and her unparalleled prominence in the world of classical music: in March she performed the world premiere of André Previn’s composition »The Fifth Season« for violin and piano at Carnegie Hall. Throughout the year, the violin works by Krzysztof Penderecki form a great thematic focus, commemorating the composer’s 85th birthday in 2018 and the many years of friendship between him and Anne-Sophie Mutter. In honour of the Polish composer, she will play those works he has dedicated to her, the Violin Concerto No. 2 »Metamorphoses« (which she premiered in 1995) and the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 (premiered by her in 2000), the Duo concertante per violino e contrabbasso (premiered by her in 2011) as well as La Follia« for solo violin (which she premiered in 2013). A double CD with all the works Krzysztof Penderecki has dedicated to her has been released on August 10th 2018, also including her first recording of the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2. In March 2018 Poland bestowed the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture »Gloria Artis« upon her. In 2018 she was named an Honorary Member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Romania awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of a Grand Officer to Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2017. During the same month France honoured her by presenting her with the insignia of a Commander of the French Order of the Arts and Literature. In 2016, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports awarded her the »Medalla de Oro al mérito en las Bellas Artes« (Gold Medal for Merits in the Fine Arts). In 2015 Anne-Sophie Mutter was named an Honorary Fellow of Keble College at the University of Oxford and in 2013 she became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, after winning the medal of the Lutosławski Society (Warsaw) in January. Numerous other honors include the »Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award« (2012) the »Brahms-Preis« (2011), the »Erich-Fromm-Preis« and the »Gustav-Adolf-Preis« for her social activism, the »Europäischer St.-Ulrichs-Preis« (European St Ulrich Award) as well as the »Cristóbal Gabarrón Award«. In 2008 Anne-Sophie Mutter was the recipient of the international »Ernst von Siemens Music Prize« as well as the »Mendelssohn-Preis« of Leipzig. The violinist has also been awarded the German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of Honour, the Bavarian Order of Merit and the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, amongst others.

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Notos Quartet

Notos Quartet

The Notos Quartet is regarded as one of the »outstanding chamber music formations of our time« (»Fono Forum« 9/2017). Besides this piano quartet’s »virtuosic brilliance and technical perfection« audiences and critics worldwide celebrate the Notos Quartet for its »sense of balance and ensemble playing revealing every detail of the composition« and praise the musicians for their »profound musicality that goes straight to the heart«. Since its foundation in 2007 the Notos quartet has won six first prizes as well as numerous special prizes at international competitions in England, Holland, Italy and China. Above that in 2017 the quartet was awarded the »ECHO Klassik« as newcomer of the year, at the time a prestigious prize that in its history had only been given to ensembles on the rarest of occasions. As a reaction to the »ECHO Pop« committee’s decision in 2018 to honour an album containing antisemitic and inhumane language the musicians of the Notos Quartet were the first artists to return their »ECHO«. This triggered a protest movement that many renowned artists such as Igor Levit and Daniel Barenboim followed by returning their prizes. Subsequently the German music industry decided to abolish the brand »ECHO« completely. The upcoming season includes concert tours to Japan and China as well as performances at concert halls such as the Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, International House of Music Moscow and Wigmore Hall London. Furthermore the ensemble will be premiering works dedicated to the Notos Quartet by Beat Furrer and Bryce Dessner. The Notos Quartet’s vision is to perform the well-known masterpieces, to reveal lost and forgotten treasures, and to champion the new compositions for the unique genre of the piano quartet. This is evident on the ensemble’s debut album »Hungarian Treasures« released by Sony Classical/RCA in February of 2017. It includes the world premiere recording of Béla Bartók’s piano quartet, a rediscovery for which the ensemble receives international acclaim. Numerous broadcasts of concerts, interviews and portraits on all major German cultural radio stations, German TV as well as the BBC, France Musique, Radio4 Holland, P2 Sweden, IPR USA and Radio and TV stations in Japan and Vietnam document the world-wide interest in the Notos Quartet and its extraordinary concert programmes. In addition to appearances at major festivals and leading concert halls throughout Europe such as the Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, BOZAR Brussels and Teatro la Fenice Venice, the Notos Quartet regularly visits such exotic locations as Southeast Asia, where the players not only give recitals but also seek to promote the careers of young musicians, which they regard as an important part of their work. In England and Germany, too, they inspire young musicians as founders of the Notos Chamber Music Academy and, in the past, as holders of the Waverley Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Among others, the Alban Berg Quartet, Mandelring Quartet as well as Uwe-Martin Haiberg, Clemens Hagen, Menahem Pressler and András Schiff count to the quartet's mentors, teachers and supporters. The support of the Merito String Instruments Trust enables the Notos Quartet to play on old valuable Italian string instruments and as Pirastro Artists exclusively on strings by the renowned string manufacturer Pirastro GmbH.

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Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma

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Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

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Simon Oslender

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Simon Oslender

Simon Oslender

Simon Oslender

Simon Oslender

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Emmanuel Pahud

Emmanuel Pahud

French and Swiss flautist Emmanuel Pahud began studying music at the age of six. He graduated in 1990 with the Premier Prix from the Paris Conservatoire, and went on studying with Aurèle Nicolet; he won the First Prize at the competitions in Duino, Kobe and Geneva. At the age of twenty-two Emmanuel Pahud joined the Berlin Philharmonic as Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado, a position which he still holds today. In addition, he enjoys an extensive international career as soloist and chamber musician. Emmanuel Pahud appears regularly at leading concert series, festivals and orchestras worldwide, and has collaborated as a soloist with top conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Giovanni Antonini, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, John Eliot Gardiner, Paavo Järvi, Lorin Maazel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Sir Simon Rattle, Mstislaw Rostropovich, and David Zinman. Emmanuel Pahud is a dedicated chamber musician and regularly gives recitals with the pianists Éric Le Sage, Alessio Bax, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich. In 1993, Emmanuel Pahud founded the International Music Festival Salon de Provence together with Éric Le Sage and Paul Meyer, which is still a unique chamber music festival today. Emmanuel Pahud also continues chamber music performances and recordings with the ensemble Les Vents Français with top wind players: François Leleux, Paul Meyer, Gilbert Audin and Radovan Vlatković. He is committed to expanding the flute repertoire and commissions new flute works every year to composers such as Elliott Carter, Marc-André Dalbavie, Thierry Escaich, Simon Holt, Toshio Hosokawa, Michael Jarrell, Luca Lombardi, Philippe Manoury, Matthias Pintscher, and Christian Rivet. Since 1996 Emmanuel Pahud records exclusively for EMI/Warner Classics, one of the most significant contributions to recorded flute music: more than twenty-five recordings which all have received unanimous critical acclaim and winning awards. Emmanuel Pahud was honoured to receive the »Ordre des Arts et des Lettres« for his contribution to music, and is Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. He also is an Ambassador for UNICEF.

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René Pape

René Pape

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Sir Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano

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Sabian Puértolas

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Sabina Puértolas

Sabina Puértolas

Sabian Puértolas

Sabian Puértolas

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Hans-Christoph Rademann

Hans-Christoph Rademann

The conductor Hans-Christoph Rademann is an exceptionally versatile artist with a wide-ranging repertoire, who devotes himself with equal passion to the performance and rediscovery of early music and to the premiering and promotion of contemporary music. Born in Dresden and raised in Schwarzenberg (Saxony), he was influenced from an early age by the great central German tradition of music and church music directors. He was a member of the famous Kreuzchor, and studied choral and orchestral conducting at the Musikhochschule Dresden. During his studies he founded the Dresdner Kammerchor, developing it into a top international choir; he remains its director today. Impressive evidence of the quality of this artistic collaboration is the highly-acclaimed recording of the Complete Works of Heinrich Schütz on the Stuttgart Carus-Verlag label, which reaches its conclusion in 2018. Since June 2013 Hans-Christoph Rademann has also been Akademie Director of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. In addition he works with leading choirs and ensembles on the international concert scene. From 1999 to 2004 he was chief conductor of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Chorus, and from 2007 to 2015 chief conductor of the RIAS Kammerchor. Regular invitations as a guest conductor take him to the Collegium Vocale Gent, the Akademie für Alte Musik, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Concerto Köln, the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, etc. Hans-Christoph Rademann has received numerous prizes and honours for his artistic work. These include the »Johann Walter Plakette« of the Sächsischer Musikrat (2014), the Saxon Constitutional Medal (2008), the Patrons’ Award and Art Prize of the City of Dresden (1994 and 2014), and the »Preis der Europäischen Kirchenmusik« Schwäbisch Gmünd (2016). He has received many awards for his numerous CD recordings including the »Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik« (German Record Critics’ Award; most recently in 2016), the »Grand Prix du Disque« (2002), the »Diapason d’Or« (2006 and 2011), the »Choc« of the year 2011, the »Baroque Vocal Award« 2014, amongst others. Since 2000 Hans-Christoph Rademann has been Professor of Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. He is also Artistic Director of the Erzgebirge Music Festival.

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Jean Rondeau

Jean Rondeau

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Baroque Lounge: Jean Rondeau Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke
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Ada Rovatti

Ada Rovatti

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Valer Sabadus

Valer Sabadus

With his crystal-clear androgynous singing voice Valer Sabadus joins the ranks of the world’s leading countertenors.  Valer Sabadus regularly teams up for concerts with foremost early music ensembles, including Concerto Köln, Accademia Bizantina, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Hofkapelle München, L’Arpeggiata and Il Pomo d’Oro. Valer Sabadus is an exclusive Sony Classical artist, his CD »Caldara« registered together with the ensemble Nuovo Aspetto was released in the fall of 2015. His solo album »Le belle immagini« with arias by C.W. Gluck gained him the »ECHO Klassik« award in 2015. His recent release is the album »Duetti Sacri« with Nuria Rial and the Basel Chamber Orchestra. Valer Sabadus came to international fame in 2012 for his outstanding interpretation of the role of Semira in Leonardo Vinci’s opera »Artaserse« at the opera houses in Nancy, Lausanne and Cologne, the Theater an der Wien, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Opéra Royal de Versailles, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The production also appeared on CD and DVD, and won countless prizes. In the same year, German music critics awarded him a prize for his solo CD »Hasse Reloaded« (OehmsClassics). He also enjoyed great international success as Menelao in Francesco Cavalli’s rediscovered opera »Elena« at the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence. Another milestone in his career was his brilliant debut as Xerxes in Händel’s eponymous opera at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.  

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Xavier Sabata

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Xavier Sabata

Xavier Sabata

Xavier Sabata

Xavier Sabata

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Sächsisches Vocalensemble

Sächsisches Vocalensemble

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Fatma Said

Fatma Said

The young Eqyptian soprano Fatma Said is one of the most exciting artists of her generation. Hailed by the »Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung« as »a discovery« – Fatma Said has not only distinguished herself in opera houses and on concert stages, but also in a humanitarian capacity, regularly representing her home country as an ambassador for culture and education. In 2016, she made her sensational role debut at Teatro alla Scala as Pamina in Peter Stein’s critically-acclaimed new production of »Die Zauberflöte«, conducted by Adam Fischer. The production, in which Fatma Said was described as »luminous«, »warm and mature« and full of »incredible depth«, was broadcast by »Arte« and has since been released on DVD. Fatma Said has established a reputation as an extraordinarily gifted recitalist and is currently a »BBC Radio 3« New Generation Artist. This season, as well as her New Generation Artist commitments, Fatma Said will perform »Die Schöpfung« (The Creation) at Tonhalle Düsseldorf and in Budapest, Strauss-Lieder with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Birmingham, and will give recitals in Perth, Leeds, Dresden, Bonn, Mallorca, and at Wigmore Hall. Fatma Said will make her debut at the Salzburg Mozartwoche with »T.H.A.M.O.S« by La Fura del Baus – a production based on Mozart’s »Thamos, König in Ägypten« – and will give gala concerts at the United Nations in Geneva, and in Muscat with Juan Diego Flórez. Recent highlights include L’Amour in the new John Fulljames/Hofesh Schechter »Orphée et Eurydice« at Teatro alla Scala, concerts in Lucerne, Vienna and Salzburg with Rolando Villazón, and performances and the recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at Tonhalle Düsseldorf with Adam Fischer. Fatma Said is an alumna of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and the prestigious Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan. She represented Egypt twice at the United Nations to highlight children’s right to education and dignity through music and was part of the Silk Road Concert at the Temple of Luxor this year. In 2016, Fatma Said received an honorary award from Egypt's National Council for Women and was singled out for one of Egypt’s highest accolades during the first National Youth Convention: she became the first opera singer ever to be awarded the state’s Creativity Award for her outstanding artistic achievement on an international level.

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Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall

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Sir András Schiff

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Sir András Schiff

Sir András Schiff

Sir András Schiff

Sir András Schiff

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Gil Shaham

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Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham

is one of the foremost violinists of our time: his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. The »Grammy Award«-winner, also named »Musical America’s« »Instrumentalist of the Year,« is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals. Highlights of recent years include the acclaimed recording and performances of J.S. Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin. In the coming seasons in addition to championing these solo works he will join his long time duo partner pianist, Akira Eguchi in recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Appearances with orchestra regularly include the Berlin Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and San Francisco Symphony as well as multi-year residencies with the Orchestras of Montreal, SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart and Singapore. Mr. Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, earning multiple »Grammys«, a »Grand Prix du Disque«, »Diapason d’Or«, and »Gramophone Editor’s Choice«. Many of these recordings appear on Canary Classics, the label he founded in 2004. His CDs include »1930s Violin Concertos, Virtuoso Violin Works«, Elgar’s Violin Concerto, »Hebrew Melodies«, »The Butterfly Lovers« and many more. His most recent recording in the series »1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2«, including the Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto and Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2 was nominated for a »Grammy Award«. Mr. Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008, received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012, he was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius, and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.

Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham

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Tugan Sokhiev

Tugan Sokhiev

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Grigory Sokolov

Grigory Sokolov

The unique, unrepeatable nature of music made in the present moment is central to understanding the expressive beauty and compelling honesty of Grigory Sokolov’s art. The Russian pianist’s poetic interpretations, which come to life with mystical intensity in performance, arise from profound knowledge of the works in his vast repertoire. His recital programs span everything from transcriptions of medieval sacred polyphony and keyboard works by Byrd, Couperin, Rameau, Froberger to the music of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and landmark twentieth-century compositions by Prokofjew, Ravel, Skrjabin, Rachmaninow, Schönberg and Strawinsky. He is widely recognized among pianophiles as one of today’s greatest pianists, an artist universally admired for his visionary insight, spellbinding spontaneity and uncompromising devotion to music. Grigory Sokolov was born in St Petersburg. He started to play piano at the age of five and, two years later, began studies with Liya Zelikhman at the Central Special School of the Leningrad Conservatory. He went on to receive lessons from Moisey Khalfin at the Leningrad Conservatory, and gave his debut recital in Leningrad in 1962. Grigory Sokolov’s prodigious talent was recognized in 1966 when at the age of sixteen, he became the youngest musician ever to receive the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Emil Gilels, chairman of the Tchaikovsky Competition jury, subsequently championed Grigory Sokolov’s work. The pianist performed as concerto soloist with the most prestigious orchestras before deciding to focus exclusively on giving solo recitals. Gregory Sokolov performs around 70 concerts each season, immersing himself fully in a single program and touring extensively throughout Europe. Grigory Sokolov signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and a first album was released in January 2015, a sensational recital recorded live at the 2008 Salzburg Festival. The double-disc set’s contents reflect the breadth and depth of his repertoire, comprising two sonatas by Mozart, Chopin’s 24 Préludes Op.28 and encore pieces by J. S. Bach, Chopin, Rameau and Skrjabin. Grigory Sokolov’s album »The Salzburg Recital« was followed in January 2016 by the release of a second two-disc set, with music from Schubert and Beethoven. 2017 Deutsche Grammophon released a CD with concerti of Mozart and Rachmaninow.

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Staatskapelle Berlin

Staatskapelle Berlin

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Martin Stadtfeld

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Martin Stadtfeld

Martin Stadtfeld

Martin Stadtfeld's career began with a piano from a clearance sale, and by the age of seven, his professional aspirations were already formed: to be a concert pianist. Early on, he studies the rules and secrets of counterpoint and harmony, and enters the class of Lev Natochenny as a young student in Frankfurt. During this time, he began to make a stir in competitions, winning prizes in Paris, Bolzano and Leipzig, and in 2002, won First Prize at the Bach Competition. This is an award with special meaning, for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach is for the pianist the Cape Canaveral of music - from here all paths lead to the cosmos of musical history. It's no wonder then that Stadtfeld's first CD recording is like a rocket. The 22-year-old pianist began his recording career with one of the most delicate works of the entire piano repertoire, Bach's »Goldberg Variations«, just as Glenn Gould had with the same label. Lauded in the press worldwide, Martin Stadtfeld has become at home on the world's leading concert stages and as guest with major orchestras and festivals. Success has not gone to his head, bound by the laws of the market. On the contrary, he has remained easy and down to earth – whether he is practicing at the local piano studio in the middle of the Ruhr area, composing concert programs or communicating with audiences. Martin Stadtfeld's next challenge already awaits him – to learn the treasures of the past and to create something new. His own first composition, a cycle of conversations with Bach's music, will form part of his seasons’ program and will also be released by Sony Classical in October.

Martin Stadtfeld

Martin Stadtfeld

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Kathryn Stott

Christian Tetzlaff

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Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff

is one of the most sought-after violinists and most exciting musicians on the classical music scene. »The greatest performance of the work I’ve ever heard«, wrote Tim Ashley (»The Guardian«, May 2015) after listening to his interpretation of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Daniel Harding. Concerts with Christian Tetzlaff often turn into an existential experience for both the interpreter and the audience; suddenly old familiar works appear in a completely new light. In addition, he frequently turns his attention to forgotten masterpieces such as Joseph Joachim’s Violin Concerto which he successfully championed, and he also attempts to bring important new works into the repertoire such as Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, which he premiered in 2013. Christian Tetzlaff is regularly invited to be the Artist in Residence with orchestras and at events in order to be able to present his musical interpretations, which has been the case with the Berliner Philharmoniker, at Wigmore Hall in London, and with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra New York. In the 2018/19 season he will be the Artist in Residence of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dresdner Philharmonie at the same time. During his career Christian Tetzlaff has appeared as a guest with major orchestras around the world, such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and all of London’s leading orchestras, working with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, Robin Ticciati, Paavo Järvi and Vladimir Jurowski. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include concerts in the USA with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Adès at the Tanglewood Music Festival, with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as an extensive tour with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He will also go on tour to Vietnam with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and in Europe he will perform with renowned orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic with conductors including Barbara Hannigan, Susanna Mälkki, Vladimir Jurowski, Robin Ticciati and John Storgårds. There are three things that make this musician unique, aside from his astounding skill on the violin: He interprets the musical manuscript in a literal fashion, perceives music as a language, and views great works as narratives which reflect existential experiences. As obvious as it may sound, he brings an unusual approach in his daily concert routine. Christian Tetzlaff tries to follow the manuscript as closely as possible – without regard for »performance tradition« and without indulging in the usual technical short-cuts on the violin – often allowing a renewed clarity and richness to arise in well-known works. As a violinist Tetzlaff tries to disappear from the music – paradoxically this makes his interpretations very personal. Christian Tetzlaff founded his own string quartet in 1994, and until now chamber music is still as important to him as his work as a soloist with and without the orchestra. Every year he takes on at least one extensive tour with the quartet. The Tetzlaff Quartet received the »Diapason d’Or« in 2015, and his trio with sister Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt was nominated for a »Grammy« award. Christian Tetzlaff has also received numerous awards for his CD recordings, including the »Diapason d’Or« in July 2018, the »MIDEM Classical Award« in 2017 und the »Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik« (German Record Critics' Award) in 2015. Christian Tetzlaff plays a violin made by the German violin maker Stefan-Peter Greiner and teaches regularly at the Kronberg Academy.

Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff

Choirs

The King’s Singers

The King’s Singers

were officially born on May 1st 1968, formed by six recently-graduated choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge. Their vocal line-up was (by chance) two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass – and the group has never wavered from this formation since. 2018 marks the 50th birthday of the group, and to celebrate, The King’s Singers are presenting their anniversary season: »GOLD«. Everything in this »GOLD«-season, from triplealbum to book and concert tour, celebrates the amazing musical heritage of The King’s Singers, and also looks at the bright future of vocal music in all its forms. What really distinguished the group in its early years was its musical diversity. The King’s Singers were a weekly fixture on prime-time television, celebrating popular music never usually touched by choral ensembles, and their unique British charm, combined with their musical craft, captured audiences’ hearts the world over. The group has consistently been welcomed on the world’s great stages throughout its history – from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Opera House in Sydney or New York’s Carnegie Hall – as well as being ambassadors for musical excellence across the globe. Two »Grammy Awards«, an »Emmy Award«, and a place in »Gramophone« magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame sit among the numerous accolades bestowed upon the group. This love of diversity has always fuelled The King’s Singers’ commitment to creating new music. A panoply of commissioned works by many of the supreme composers of our times – including Sir John Tavener, Tōru Takemitsu, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, Nico Muhly, György Ligeti and Eric Whitacre – sits alongside countless bespoke arrangements in the group’s extensive repertoire. The group is determined to spread the joy of ensemble singing, and leads workshops and residential courses all over the world each season. The world may have changed a lot in the fifty years since the original King’s Singers came together, but today’s group is still charged by the same lifeblood – one that wants to radiate the joy singing brings every day, and that wants to give life to audiences with their virtuosity and vision for an exciting musical future.

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Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Since being awarded the prize for the best interpretation of the Sibelius Violin Concerto and the Second Prize at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2015, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has gained international attention. He has been selected to take part in the 2017/18 Rising Stars series of the European Concert Hall Organisation following nominations by the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Vienna Musikverein. On this tour, he will perform in some of Europe's most renowned concert halls. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has also been chosen to be a »Great Talent« at the Vienna Konzerthaus and performs in various chamber ensembles with artists such as Elisabeth Leonskaja. Further highlights of the current season include debuts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in the Berlin Philharmonie and with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra as an Orpheum Foundation soloist. He will also work with Austria's most important orchestras, such as the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra, Graz Philharmonic Orchestra and Tonkünstler Orchestra. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian returns to perform with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra in the Vienna Musikverein. Following his highly successful debut-recitals, he received immediate reinvitation to the Rheingau Music Festival and the Hanko Music Festival in Finland. Furthermore, he will make his debut at the Music Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as part of the Young Elite series. In his young career, he has already performed with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Munich Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Ádám Fischer, Keith Lockhart, Hannu Lintu, Cornelius Meister, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kristiina Poska and John Storgårds. Since September 2017 Emmanuel Tjeknavorian presents his own monthly programme on Austria's private classical music station radio klassik Stephansdom. In March 2018, he appeared on the Arte TV show »Stars von morgen« (Tomorrow's Stars) with Rolando Villazón. Born in Vienna in 1995, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian grew up in a musical family and took his first violin session at the age of five. Two years later, he had his first public performance with an orchestra and since 2011 he has studied under Gerhard Schulz – a former member of the world-famous Alban Berg Quartett – at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He has recieved various awards from renowned festivals, such as the »NORDMETALL-Ensemblepreis« (Ensemble Prize of the Nordmetall foundation) from the Music Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern together with his piano duo-partner Maximilian Kromer and the »LOTTO-Förderpreis« (LOTTO-Promotion award) 2018 from the Rheingau Music Festival. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian plays an Antonio Stradivari (Cremona) violin.

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Nikolai Tokarev

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Matthias Veit

Matthias Veit

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Jan Vogler

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Jan Vogler

Jan Vogler

is one of today’s most renowned soloists, praised for his »soulful, richly hued playing« (»New York Times«) and his »spiralling virtuosity« (»Gramophone« magazine). Jan Vogler frequently performs with leading international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg as well as the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia Roma and collaborates with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Sir Antonio Pappano, Valery Gergiev, Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck and Kent Nagano. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include recitals with his longtime collaborator, pianist Hélène Grimaud, concerts with the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony, and appearances in Dresden and Cologne with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and its chief conductor Cristian Măcelaru. In addition to his appearances as a soloist, Jan Vogler also devotes himself to the joint project with his friend, actor Bill Murray – »Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds«. The innovative show explores the unexpected themes and points of contact of literature and chamber music from North America and Europe. The program features works by a wide array of artists including Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Bach, Piazzolla, Van Morrison, Gershwin, and Foster. »Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends« premiered at the Dresden Musikfestspiele in June 2017, and has been followed by tours in North America, Europe, and tours Australia in the autumn of 2018. The album »New Worlds« was released by Decca Gold in September 2017. As prolific and multi-award-winning recording artist, Jan Vogler records exclusively for Sony Classical. His most recent album »Double Concertos« features works by Brahms, Rihm and Harbison, which he recorded together with his wife Mira Wang on the violin and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian. On his previous recording of Tchaikovsky with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moritzburg Festival Ensemble and Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Hugh Canning of »The Sunday Times« commented: »Vogler’s witty and affectionate Rococo Variations are up there with the best«. For his recording of Bach’s six Suites for cello solo he was awarded his third »ECHO Klassik« in the category »Instrumentalist of the Year 2014 (cello)«. Jan Vogler has been Artistic Director of the Moritzburg Festival near Dresden since 2001, and Intendant of the Dresden Musikfestspiele since 2008. In 2006, he was honoured with the »Europäischer Kulturpreis« (European Culture Award) and in 2011 with the »Erich Kästner-Preis« (Erich Kästner Award) for tolerance, humanity and international understanding. Jan Vogler plays the 1707 Stradivari »Ex Castelbarco/Fau« cello.

Jan Vogler

Jan Vogler

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»Carte blanche« to Jan Vogler Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Yuja Wang

Yuja Wang

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James Way

James Way

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Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Vienna Philharmonic

Vienna Philharmonic

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Douglas Williams

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Prof. Dr. Friederike Wißmann

Prof. Dr. Friederike Wißmann

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Sound & Science: Space and Sound TU Dresden (Barkhausen-Bau)
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