The Artists

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Jörn Hinnerk Andresen

Jörn Hinnerk Andresen

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Norbert Anger

Norbert Anger

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Artemis Quartet

Artemis Quartet

ARTEMIS QUARTETT The Artemis Quartet gives concerts for all great musical centres and international festivals in Europe, the United States, Asia, South America and Australia. Since 2004 the ensemble creates own cycles at the chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, since 2011 at the Wiener Konzerthaus (together with the Belcea Quartet) and with the beginning of the 2016-2017 season at the Prince Regent Theatre Munich. Berlin based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the University of Music Lübeck and is counted among the foremost worldwide quartet formations today. Important mentors have been Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, the Alban Berg Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet and the Emerson Quartet. Being awarded the first place in ARD competition in 1996 and at »Premio Borciani«, made the quartet internationally successful. In 2003, the Beethovenhaus Bonn decorated the quartet as an honorary member for merits for its interpretation of Beethoven’s work. From the beginning the collaboration with musical colleagues has been a major inspiration for the ensemble. Thus, Artemis Quartet has toured with notable musicians such as Sabine Meyer, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Juliane Banse and Jörg Widmann. Various recordings document the artistic cooperation with several partners, for example the piano quintets by Schuhmann and Brahms with Leif Ove Andsnes, the Schubert quintet with Truls Mørk or Arnold Schönberg’s »Verklärte Nacht« with Thomas Kakuska and Valentin Erben from Alban Berg Quartet. Since 2005 the Artemis Quartet has exclusively recorded for Virgin, today Erato and can by now look back on a large discography. Their recordings have been repeatedly awarded the »The German Record Critic’s Award«, the »Gramophone Award« as well as the »Diapason d’Or«. The entire recording of Beethoven’s quartets for strings was honoured with the important french »Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros« in 2011. The quartet has received an »ECHO Klassik« at four occasions. Their next recording with works of Shostakovich will be released in 2018, including the piano quintet with Elisabeth Leonskaja. Not least to increase the awareness for what is new in the field of established music, the examination of contemporary music is always a significant part of the artistic work of the ensemble. Composers such as Mauricio Sotelo (2004), Jörg Widmann (2006), and Thomas Larcher (2008) wrote creations for Artemis Quartet. The musicians launched their own contest for musical composition in 2015. Besides their practice in concerts, the four musicians teach as professors at the University of the Arts in Berlin and at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.  

 

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Avi Avital

Avi Avital

Avi Avital

Avi Avital

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Bamberger Symphoniker

Bamberger Symphoniker

Bamberger Symphoniker

Bamberger Symphoniker

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KS Olaf Bär

KS Olaf Bär

Baritone Olaf Bär lives in his home town Dresden where he was for many years a principal member of the permanent Ensemble at the Semperoper. As winner of the inaugural »Walther Gruner Lieder Competition«, Olaf Bär was launched on an international career and is today considered to be one of the foremost Lieder interpreters of his generation, a reputation which is enhanced by his extensive Lieder recordings, principaly on the EMI.label Olaf Bär has appeared worldwide in recitals and has made major tours of Australia, Israel, Japan and America. Equally at home in the concert hall and opera house, Bär’s concert repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary As an opera singer Olaf Bär has appeared at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, at the Scala in Milan, at the Opera Houses in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Zurich, Chicago, Rome, Napels and Turin and at the Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Bayreuth and  Aix-en-Provence Festivals. In 1998 Olaf Bär was awarded the »Schumann Prize« of the city of Zwickau. Since 2004 Olaf Bär has been professor for interpretation of Lieder at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. Olaf Bär is regularly invited as a juror in numerous international singing competitions and gives masterclasses, specialising in the interpretation of German Lieder.

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Daniel Behle

Daniel Behle

  is one of the most versatile German tenors and is equally successful in the concert, lied and opera genres. His extensive repertoire ranges from Baroque masterpieces to Classical and Romantic works to compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. The highlights of Mr. Behle’s season 2017/18 are his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as David in »Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg« under the baton of Philippe Jordan and the direction of Barrie Kosky as well as, in December 2017, his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Christian Thielemann with Beethoven’s »Missa solemnis«. Daniel Behle appears in concert with renowned orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Radio Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), DSO Berlin, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, SWR Radio Orchestra or the Bach Academy Stuttgart, working with such conductors as Stefan Asbury, Bertrand de Billy, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Marek Janowski, Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, George Petrou, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Jérémie Rhorer, Andreas Spering, and Christian Thielemann. Daniel Behle fascinates his audiences as a lieder singer at the Schwetzingen Festival, the Schubertiade, the Prinzregententheater Munich, the Cologne Philharmonie, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, the Beethoven House Bonn, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, at the Niedersächsische Musiktage and the Alte Oper Frankfurt. The artist has also made a name for himself as a composer. He premiered his Ringelnatz cycle at the Beethoven House Bonn in 2013. A milestone in his composing career is his arrangement of Schubert’s »Winterreise« for tenor and piano trio (Sony Classical). With his most recent recital CD »Mein Hamburg« (arrangements and new compositions for tenor and piano trio) Daniel Behle pays musical tribute to his native city. Daniel Behle was nominated for a »Grammy« Award in 2014 in the recording of Leonardo Vinci’s »Artaserse«. His lieder recordings and solo CDs, including »Die schöne Müllerin«, »Dichterliebe«, Strauss songs and Bach arias, have received great critical acclaim as well as his most recent recording of unknown Schubert Arias together with L’Orfeo Barockorchester (dhm).

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Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti

is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation.  Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Nicola began the 2015/16 season by embarking on a tour of the UK and Dublin’s leading concert halls performing a personally curated programme together with a specially formed ensemble. The programme featured Vivaldi’s »Four Seasons« and the World Premiere of a work by Mark-Anthony Turnage written for Benedetti and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. The commissioning of new works continued with the World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra written especially for Nicola. The first performance of this concert in Germany was with the Gewandhausorchester zu Leipzig in November 2016. Other concerto performances include engagements with the Israel Philharmonic, Verdi Orchestra Milano, RSO Stuttgart, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Tasmania Symphony Orchestra. This season will also see Nicola continuing her passion for music of the Italian Baroque and historical performance realised in collaborations with Andrea Marcon with the Manchester Camerata and WDR Cologne. Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, Nicola began violin lessons at the age of five with Brenda Smith.  In 1997, she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natasha Boyarskaya.  Upon leaving, she continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski and then Pavel Vernikov, and continues to work with multiple acclaimed teachers and performers. Nicola plays the »Gariel« Stradivarius (1717), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.

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Susanne Bernhard

Susanne Bernhard

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Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka)

Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka)

Hauschka is the alias of Düsseldorf based composer and pianist Volker Bertelmann. He is regarded as one of the most remarkable modern proponents of the prepared piano whose works explore the tonal diversity of the keyboard instrument with metal pieces, foils and other objects placed inside the piano or attached to the strings. The resulting sounds remind of the usage of percussive instruments and electronic devices and provide the atmospherically dense, rhythm-based compositions with a lyrical quality. His music can be microscopic in detail and quietly entrancing, or widescreen and cinematic in scope and feel. Trained as a classical pianist, Bertelmann has continually developed, recording some of his albums with renowned musicians (among others with Hilary Hahn and John Convertino) as well as integrating electronic elements in his works. His music moves between sound art and experimental, modern classical and chamber music, electronica, minimalism and pop. In the past years, Bertelmann composed extensively for film and theatre and was Artist in Residence of the MDR Symphony Orchestra in the 2014/15 season, where a number of orchestral works were commissioned and performed by Germany’s oldest Radio Symphony Orchestra directed by Estonian-American conductor Kristjan Järvi. Besides his latest, highly praised solo album »What If« (2017), Bertelmann’s most recent works include »Materials«, commissioned and premiered by the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra in early 2017, »Lost«, a piece written for acclaimed cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and string ensemble, and »Flood and Drought«, composed for Grammy-nominated mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital and string quartet and commissioned by Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival with a premiere there in summer 2017. For his film score for »Lion« (co-composed with Dustin O'Halloran), Bertelmann was nominated for the »Golden Globe«, the »BAFTA Award» and the »Oscar« 2017.

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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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Ian Bostridge

Ian Bostridge

Ian Bostridge's international recital career takes him to the foremost concert halls of Europe, Japan and North America, with regular appearances at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Schwarzenberg and Aldeburgh festivals. He has had residencies at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Luxembourg Philharmonie, London’s Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall. In opera, he has performed the roles of Tamino (Mozart »Die Zauberflöte«), Jupiter (Handel »Semele«) and Aschenbach (Britten »Death in Venice«) at English National Opera, Quint (Britten »The Turn of the Screw«), Don Ottavio (Mozart »Don Giovanni«) and Caliban (Adès »The Tempest«) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Don Ottavio at the Wiener Staatsoper, Tom Rakewell (Stravinsky »The Rake’s Progress«) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Quint at Teatro alla Scala, Milan.   Highlights of the 2017/18 season include Berlioz »Les nuits d’été« with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot, recital tours to both the East and West coasts of America, the title role in Handel »Jeptha« at the Opéra national de Paris, a residency with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Britten »War Requiem« with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Antonio Pappano. His many recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for fifteen »Grammys«. He was awarded a »CBE« in the 2004 New Year's Honours. In 2016, he was awarded the »The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize« for non-fiction writing for his latest book, »Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession«.

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Klaus Maria Brandauer

Klaus Maria Brandauer

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Helmut Branny

Helmut Branny

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Andreas Brantelid

Andreas Brantelid

Andreas Brantelid, born in 1987 to Swedish/Danish parents, is one of the most sought-after performing artists from Scandinavia today, winning worldwide critical acclaim for his thought-provoking interpretations, uniquely colorful sound and engaging personality. Highlights of recent orchestra engagements includes appearances with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Mahler Chamber Or­chestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Seattle Sym­phony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker, Munich Chamber Orchestra, as well as all the major orchestras in the Nordic countries. He has worked with many distinguished conductors including Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philippe Herreweghe, Vasily Petrenko, Thomas Dausgaard, Pablo Heras-Casado, Andrew Manze, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Robin Ticciati, and Heinrich Schiff. Andreas has also collaborated with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Gidon Kremer, Joshua Bell, Vadim Repin, Nikolaj Znaider, Lawrence Power, Paul Badura-Skoda, as well as Christian Ihle Hadland, Veronika Eberle, Shai Wosner and Bengt Forsberg, with whom he has played with since 2002. His debut disc of the Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Saint-Saëns cello concertos was released by EMI in 2008,  a recording of the complete works for cello and piano by Grieg was released by BIS in March 2015. Gabriel Fauré's complete works for cello appeared as a BIS recording in 2016. Andreas won first prizes in the 2006 »Eurovison Young Musicians Competition«, the 2007 »International Paulo Cello Competition« and, in subsequent years, received music awards and fewllowships including the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2008, the BBC’s New Generation Artist 2008-2011, and The Europan Concert Hall Organization »Rising Star« tour in the 2008/09 season. Andreas plays the 1707 »Boni-Hegar« Stradivarius, which has been made available to him by the generous support of Norwegian art collector Christen Sveaas.

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Brooklyn Rider

Brooklyn Rider

Hailed as »the future of chamber music« (»Strings«), Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike.  Brooklyn Rider celebrated its tenth anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project »Brooklyn Rider Almanac«, for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. Last season, Brooklyn Rider released an album with Anne Sofie von Otter entitled »So Many Things« on Naïve Records, including music by Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello, among others. Together they toured material from the album and more in the U.S. and Europe, including stops at Carnegie Hall and the Opernhaus Zurich.  After performances together at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, the quartet toured the U.S. with choreographer Brian Brooks and former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Wendy Whelan, performing »Some of a Thousand Words«. Using music from composers John Luther Adams, Tyondai Braxton, Philip Glass, Evan Ziporyn, and a new composition from Brooklyn Rider's Colin Jacobsen, the intimate series of duets and solos featuring Brooks and Whelan foregrounds the live onstage music of the quartet as a dynamic and central creative component. Brooklyn Rider released »Spontaneous Symbols« in the fall of 2017. Other recent recording projects include 2016’s »The Fiction Issue« with music by Gabriel Kahane, 2013’s »A Walking Fire« on Mercury Classics and »The Impostor« with Béla Fleck on Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics, plus 2011’s much-praised »Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass« on the composer’s Orange Mountain Music label. Violinist Johnny Gandelsman launched In A Circle Records in 2008 with the release of Brooklyn Rider's eclectic debut recording, »Passport«, followed by »Dominant Curve« in 2010, and »Seven Steps« in 2012. A long-standing relationship between Brooklyn Rider and Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor resulted in the much-praised 2008 recording, »Silent City«.  

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Budapest Festival Orchestra

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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Edwin Crossley-Mercer

Edwin Crossley-Mercer

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José Cura

José Cura

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Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato

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Julius Drake

Julius Drake

The pianist Julius Drake lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc. He appears regularly at all the major music centres: the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade and Salzburg Music Festivals; Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre, New York; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and BBC Proms, London. Julius Drake’s many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for Hyperion, for which the Barber Songs, Schumann Heine Lieder and Britten Songs and Proverbs have won the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Gramophone Awards; award winning recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI; several recitals for the Wigmore Live label, with among others Alice Coote, Joyce Didonato, Lorraine Hunt Liebersen, Christopher Maltman and Matthew Polenzani; recordings of Kodaly and Shoeck sonatas with the cellists Natalie Clein and Christian Poltera for the Hyperion and Bis labels; of Tchaikovsky and Mahler with Christianne Stotijn for Onyx; English song with Bejun Mehta for Harmonia Mundi; and Schubert Lieder ‘Poetisches Tagebuch’ with Christoph Prégardien, winner of the Jahrpreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2017. Julius Drake is now embarked on a major project to record the complete songs of Franz Liszt for Hyperion - the second disc in the series, with Angelika Kirchschlager, won the BBC Music Magazine Award for 2012 – and a series of four Schubert recitals recorded live at Wigmore Hall with Ian Bostridge. Concerts in the coming season include the opening concert of the Wigmore Hall 2017 season with Gerald Finley; recitals in his series, ‘Julius Drake and Friends’ at the historic Middle Temple Hall in London with Iestyn Davies, Sophie Bevan and Julia Kleiter; concerts in Frankfurt, Dresden, Vienna and Florence with Ian Bostridge; in Bristol and Barcelona with Mark Padmore; in Madrid with Sarah Connolly; in Geneva with Willard White; in New York with Ruby Hughes; at the Vienna State Opera with Angelika Kirchschlager as well tours of North America with Ian Bostridge, Alice Coote, Gerald Finley, and Christoph Prégardien.

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Dresdner Barockorchester

Dresdner Barockorchester

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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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Dresdner Kapellsolisten

Dresdner Kapellsolisten

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Dresdner Kreuzchor

Dresdner Kreuzchor

The Dresden Kreuzchor (Choir of the Holy Cross) is one of the world’s oldest and most famous boys’ choirs. Its most important task nearly 800 years later is still the musical accompaniment of the vespers and other services at Dresden’s Kreuzkirche. Not only on high church holidays but also throughout the whole church year, the Kreuzchor accompanies half of all liturgical services in the famous church at the old market square. The impressive architecture of the Kreuzkirche is an added attraction for the 3,000 people who come to hear the choir concerts. As the city’s oldest cultural institution, the Dresden Kreuzchor has marked Dresden’s musical life in a very special way, ranking as it does among the ensembles of highest artistic renown of its kind. As one of its most prominent ambassadors, it spreads the city’s excellent reputation as a cultural metropolis throughout the world. Several times a year, the Dresden Kreuzchor goes on national and international concert tours, travelling beyond German and European borders to Israel, Canada, Japan, South America and the USA. Moreover, it performs at international music festivals as well as countless radio and television recordings. A very wide repertoire ranging from early Baroque to world premieres of contemporary music has enabled it to make more than 800 recordings in the last 80 years for prestigious record labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Capriccio and Berlin Classics. It cooperates continually with famous orchestras such as the Dresden Philharmonic and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden). Renowned opera houses regularly hire choir soloists for solo parts such as “The Three Boys” in the Magic Flute. The Kreuzchor singers, known as “Kruzianer” (Crucians), still do the Abitur (university entrance qualification) exam at the Kreuzschule; about half of them live in the neighbouring boarding house called the “Alumnat”. In addition to their normal classes, the approximately 130 singers aged nine to eighteen have weekly vocal and instrument music lessons. Their daily rehearsals and the specific choral sound form the basis of the Dresden Kreuzchor’s success and fame.

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Dresdner Philharmonie

Dresdner Philharmonie

The Dresden Philharmonic is the orchestra of Dresden, the State Capital of Saxony. Since 2011, Michael Sanderling has been its Principal Conductor, following Kurt Masur, Marek Janowski, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and others in this position. The Dresden Philharmonic continues the tradition of the Ratsmusik, the city council’s musicians who were first mentioned in the fifteenth century and had grown into an orchestra by the early nineteenth century. Since 1870, the year when Dresden got its first great concert hall, the Philharmonic’s symphony concerts have been an established part of the city’s concert life. The Dresden Philharmonic has ever since been a concert orchestra with regular ventures into the fields of opera concertante and oratorios. It is housed in the Kulturpalast in the middle of the Old Town. The listed shell of the building will be built-in with a new, ultra-modern concert hall by 2017. Until then, the main venues for the Philharmonic’s great concerts are the Albertinum and the Schauspielhaus. The Dresden Philharmonic offers great musical and stylistic variety. On the one hand, the orchestra has been able to retain its very own »German« sound in the Romantic repertoire. On the other hand, it has developed flexibility of sound and style for Baroque and Viennese Classic music as well as for modern works. Renowned conductors and composers headed the orchestra early on, from Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Richard Strauss to Erich Kleiber and Knappertsbusch, Previn and Marriner, to Andris Nelsons and Kristjan Järvi. Premieres remain an important part of the orchestra’s programme today. The Dresden Philharmonic joins the Dresden Kreuzchor for the Christmas and Easter Bach performances at the Kreuzkirche. For the great choral symphonies the orchestra can rely on the Dresden Philharmonic Choir as an excellent partner. Another important tradition is chamber music and chamber symphonies performed by the Dresden Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, all of whose musicians come from the Dresden Philharmonic. Not only does the Dresden Philharmonic enjoy an extraordinarily large number of regular subscribers; with its family programmes, film music concerts etc. it does a great job in introducing classical music to new groups of listeners. Guest performances all over the world are testimony to the high renown the Dresden Philharmonic enjoys in the world of classical music. Another remarkable aspect is the Philharmonic’s impressive discography which started to develop in 1937. A new paired cycle of symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich and Ludwig van Beethoven under the direction of Principal Conductor Michael Sanderling is currently recorded.

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Tan Dun

Tan Dun

The conceptual and multifaceted composer/conductor Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the world's music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions. A winner of today's most prestigious honors including the Grammy Award, Oscar/Academy Award and Grawemeyer Award, Tan Dun's music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on the radio and television. Tan Dun’s individual voice has been heard by wide audiences. His first Internet Symphony, which was commissioned by Google/YouTube, has reached over 15 million people online. His Organic Music Trilogy of Water, Paper and Ceramic Concerti has frequented major concert halls and festivals. Paper Concerto was premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the opening of the Walt Disney Hall. His multimedia work, The Map, premiered by Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has toured more than 30 countries worldwide. Its manuscript has been included in the Carnegie Hall Composers Gallery. His The Gate (Orchestral Theatre IV) was premiered by Japan’s NHK Symphony Orchestra and crosses the cultural boundaries of Peking Opera, Western Opera and puppet theatre traditions. For Tan Dun the marriage of composition and inspiration has always culminated in his operatic creations, Marco Polo was commissioned by the Edinburgh Festival and has had four different productions including with De Nederlandse Opera directed by Pierre Audi; The First Emperor with Plácido Domingo in the title role, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera of New York; Tea: A Mirror of Soul, premiered at Japan’s Suntory Hall, has since had new productions with Opera de Lyon, a co-production by Santa Fe Opera and The Opera Company of Philadelphia; and Peony Pavilion, directed by Peter Sellars which has had over 50 performances at major festivals in Vienna, Paris, London and Rome.

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Veronika Eberle

Veronika Eberle

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Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen

Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen

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Maxim Emelyanychev

Maxim Emelyanychev

The Russian conductor, Maxim Emelyanychev, comes from a family of musicians. He began his musical education in his home town Novgorod in 1995 and then moved to the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied keyboard instruments (piano, harpsichord, fortepiano), cornetto and conducting. He has conducted numerous orchestras in Russia and is the founder and director of the chamber orchestra Veritas. He has also conducted operas and symphonic concerts in many European cities, including Zurich, Seville and Toulouse. In 2018 he will conduct an opera in Glyndebourne. As a fortepiano player and assistant, he participated in the recordings of Mozart’s operas by Teodor Currentzis. Since 2011, he has been working closely with the ensemble il pomo d'oro, with whom he conducted a European tour of Handel's opera Tamerlano in the Opéra Royal de Versailles, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and the Theater an der Wien. With il pomo d'oro and the countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic, he recorded the CD Arie Napoletane, published by Decca in 2015, as conductor and harpsichord soloist. As a conductor and soloist, he also recorded Haydn's harpsichord concerts with il pomo d’oro, released by Erato in 2016. This recording was awarded an Echo Klassik in 2016. His most recent recording with il pomo d’oro is the new album of American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, In War and Peace (Erato 2016). With this program he is on tour worldwide.

Since 2016, Maxim Emelyanychev has been the principal conductor of the ensemble il pomo d'oro.

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English Baroque Soloists

English Baroque Soloists

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ensemble frauenkirche

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Edivaldo Ernesto

Edivaldo Ernesto

Edivaldo Ernesto has collaborated with numerous artists and choreographers like David Zambrano, Mat Voorter, Robert Hilton, and Faustin Linyekula after having received traditional and classical dance training in Mozambique. Sasha Waltz engaged him for the first time for her project “Dialoge Freiburg“ at E-Werk Freiburg in 2005. Since then and especially after becoming a permanent member of Sasha Waltz & Guests, Edivaldo Ernesto has performed in numerous productions of the company worldwide. With his unique and expressive style, he is considered one of the most remarkable and fascinating protagonists of the dance scene in Berlin. As his legendary duet with American percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky illustrated, improvisation has remained his great passion.

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EUYO – The European Union Youth Orchestra

EUYO – The European Union Youth Orchestra

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Pablo Ferrandéz

Pablo Ferrandéz

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Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer is the founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, as well as the Music Director of the Konzerthaus and Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In recent years he has also gained a reputation as a composer, with his works being performed in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Germany and Austria. What is more, he has directed a number of successful opera productions. The BFO’s frequent worldwide tours and a series of critically acclaimed and fast selling records, released first by Philips Classics and later by Channel Classics, have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most high-profile music directors. Fischer has guest-conducted the Berlin Philharmonic more than ten times; every year he spends two weeks with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and as a conductor, he is also a frequent guest of the leading US symphonic orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. As Music Director, he has led the Kent Opera and the Opéra National de Lyon, and was Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. Many of his recordings have been awarded prestigious international prizes. He studied piano, violin, and later the cello and composition in Budapest, before continuing his education in Vienna where he studied Conducting under Hans Swarowsky. Iván Fischer is a founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society and Patron of the British Kodály Academy. He has received the Golden Medal Award from the President of the Republic of Hungary, and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for his services in promoting international cultural relations. The government of the French Republic made him Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2006 he was honoured with the Kossuth Prize, Hungary’s most prestigious arts award. In 2011 he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, Hungary’s Prima Primissima Prize and the Dutch Ovatie Prize. In 2013 he was accorded Honorary Membership to the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2015 he was presented with the Abu Dhabi Festival Award.

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Flying Steps

Flying Steps

More than 35 of the world's best dancers, 20 years of experience, 2 simultaneous tours and numerous productions for companies and brands have made Flying Steps Entertainment the most successful company in developing urban dance shows and individual show concepts. What started on a card box on Berlin's Kurfürstendamm in 1993, today takes place on the gleaming parquet floors of the world's greatest stages. Whether in the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, in the Burgtheater in Vienna, in the Orchard Hall in Tokyo or in the Teatro della Pergola in Florence – with their shows the Flying Steps have toured through more than thirty countries. In 2010 the Flying Steps' first feature-length show paved the way for this success. With Red Bull Flying Bach they have revolutionized breakdance by being the first to show the artfulness of this dance style and by similarly appealing to all age groups. The Flying Steps were founded by Vartan Bassil and Kadir »Amigo« Memis in Berlin in 1993. Only one year later they won the Battle of the Year (BOTY) for the first time. Another milestone in the history of the quadruple breakdance world champions was the establishment of the Flying Steps Academy in Berlin in 2007. Today it is the biggest urban dance school in Germany. In 2010 »Red Bull Flying Bach« was born – the company's first in-house production. Only shortly after it was followed by the show »Red Bull Flying Illusion«, which premiered in Berlin's Tempodrom in 2014. With both productions the Flying Steps have excited live audiences of more than half a million. With its 32 teachers the Flying Steps Academy is the biggest urban dance school in Germany. On 700 sqm in the heart of Berlin the next generation of Urban Dance gets the chance to learn from the best teachers of the scene. The comprehensive course program includes all modern dance styles – from hip hop and breakdance over popping and locking to afro house, contemporary dance, ballet and special classes for our youngest fans.

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Mikko Franck

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Mikko Franck

Mikko Franck

Mikko Franck

Mikko Franck

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

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Daniele Gatti

Daniele Gatti

is Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and was born in Milan, where he graduated in composition and conducting at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory. In 2016 he was araded the »Premio Franco Abbiati» and was elected Artistic Partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra From 2008 to 2016 he was Music Director of the Orchestre National de France (). He held the same position with the the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, he was Principal Conductor at the Zurich Opera House, Principal Guest .and Music Director of the. Maestro Gatti is one of the few Italian conductors ever to have been invited to the Bayreuth Festival, where he opened the 2008 edition with a new production of »Parsifal«. After leading »Elektra« at the Salzburg Festival in 2010, he returned there in 2012 to conduct »La Bohème«, in 2013 »Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«, in 2014 »Il Trovatore« with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. With the Orchestre National de France, he conducted the Mahler cycle, »Parsifal« in concert version and the Beethoven cycle in combination with five new commissions of French contemporary composers, completed a Tchaikovsky cycle. Regular conducting engagements include Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Bavarian radio Symphony Orchestra and Staatskapelle Dresden. Highlights of 2016 include his return to the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to conduct the entire cycle of Schumann symphonies at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, and the completion of the Beethoven symphony cycle at the Lingotto Theatre in Turin with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In the positition of new Chief conductor of the Roal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam he will appear in Salzburg, Lucerne, London and Berlin. In Dublin he will open the project »RCO meets Europe« that will lead the orchestra to all capitals of the European Union. He is an exclusive Sony artist.

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Alban Gerhardt

Alban Gerhardt

Praised for the »warm songfulness of his playing« (»The Telegraph«) at the 2016 BBC Proms, Alban Gerhardt has, for twenty-five years, made a unique impact on audiences worldwide with his intense musicality, compelling stage presence and insatiable artistic curiosity. His gift for shedding fresh light on familiar scores, along with his appetite for investigating new repertoire from centuries past and present, truly set him apart from his peers. Gerhardt is passionate about sharing his discoveries with audiences far beyond the traditional concert hall: outreach projects undertaken in Europe and the US have involved performances and workshops, not only in schools and hospitals, but also pioneering sessions in public spaces and young offender institutions. His collaboration with Deutsche Bahn, involving live performances on the main commuter routes in Germany, vividly demonstrates his commitment to challenging traditional expectations of classical music. Following early competition success, Gerhardt’s international career was launched by his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker and Semyon Bychkov in 1991. Notable orchestra collaborations since include Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, The Cleveland, The Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony orchestras and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich; under conductors such as Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Thielemann, Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Petrenko and Andris Nelsons. He is also a keen chamber musician; his regular performance partners include Steven Osborne, Baiba Skride and Brett Dean. Gerhardt has collaborated with composers including Thomas Larcher, Brett Dean, Jörg Widmann, and Matthias Pintscher; and in almost every case he commits to memorising their scores before world premiere performances. A highly acclaimed recording artist, Gerhardt has won three »ECHO Klassik« Awards as well as »ICMA« and »MIDEM« Classic awards, and his recording of Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto, released by Deutsche Grammophon, won the »BBC Music Magazine Award« and was shortlisted for a »Gramophone Award« in 2015. Alban Gerhardt plays a Matteo Gofriller cello dating from 1710.

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David Geringas

David Geringas

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GrauSchumacher Piano Duo

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo

Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher, with their talent for putting together clever and innovative programmes, have established themselves as one of the world’s top piano duos. Like no other piano duo, their repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music in all its facets. Their collaboration at the piano is evidence that the two expert pianists are nothing short of musical soul mates. The vast breadth of the duo’s expressiveness has garnered it invitations to various festivals and concert halls such as the Cologne Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, Cité de la Musique Paris, Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival and Wigmore Hall and has resulted in partnerships with renowned conductors such as Emanuel Krivine, Kent Nagano, Andrej Boreyko, Peter Eötvös and Zubin Mehta. Their orchestra projects include concerts with the SWR Symphonieorchester, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Many composers write for the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, most recently Peter Eötvös, Philippe Manoury, Stefan Heucke, Jan Müller-Wieland, Brigitta Muntendorf, Hanspeter Kyburz or Luca Francesconi, to name a few.  Their keen ability to conceive carefully considered programmes is also evident in their numerous recordings which appear, among others, in their own series on Neos.

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Hélène Grimaud

Hélène Grimaud

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Paul Groves

Paul Groves

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Matthias Grünert

Matthias Grünert

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Christian Ihle Hadland

Christian Ihle Hadland

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Hartmut Haenchen

Hartmut Haenchen

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Hahn Hilary

Hahn Hilary

Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn

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Narek Hakhnazaryan

Narek Hakhnazaryan

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Barbara Hannigan

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Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan

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Lynn Harrell

Lynn Harrell

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Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

Cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker made her international breakthrough with her sensational success at the 8th Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 2005, where she became the first contestant in the event’s history to win the first prize as well as two special prizes. Since then Hecker has become one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of her generation, recognised for her deep expression and natural affinity for the cello. Born in Robert Schumann’s hometown Zwickau in 1987, Hecker started playing the cello at the age of five and attended the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Zwickau, before the distinguished German cellist Peter Bruns became her principal teacher. She continued her studies with Heinrich Schiff and subsequently took part in masterclasses with eminent figures such as Anner Bylsma, Bernard Greenhouse, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman and Steven Isserlis. Early recognition came when she won Germany’s important »Jugend musiziert« competition at the age of twelve, followed by the special prize at the 2001 Dotzauer Competition and the »Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award« in 2009. She is supported by the Kronberg Academy. Among the highlights of her career to date are performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, hr- Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and Vienna Symphony Orchestra. She collaborated with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Herreweghe, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano und Jukka-Pekka Saraste. In addition, she has appeared in recitals with her partner Martin Helmchen in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Berlin (Philharmonie), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Frankfurt (Alte Oper), Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), London (Wigmore Hall), New York (Carnegie Hall), Paris (Louvre), Tokyo (Toppan Hall), Vienna (Konzerthaus) und Zurich (Tonhalle). Furthermore, she performs in chamber music concerts with different musicians such as Veronika Eberle, Augustin Hadelich, Viviane Hagner, Michail Lifits, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas and Carolin Widmann. Highlights of season 17/18 include a return invitation with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for a tour through Israel under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski as well as her debut with London Philharmonia. In May 2016 the label Alpha Classics released Marie’s recording of Brahm’s cello sonatas together with Martin Helmchen to great critical acclaim. Besides her concert activities Marie-Elisabeth Hecker has been teaching violoncello since August 2017 as a professor at the Landesmusikgymnasium Carl Maria von Weber, part of the corresponding music university. In co-operation with »Music Road Rwanda« Marie-Elisabeth Hecker regularly travels to Rwanda in order to support a local music school with concerts and educational projects.

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Frans Helmerson

Frans Helmerson

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Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe

was born in Ghent and studied at both the university and music conservatory there, studying piano with Marcel Gazelle. He also started to conduct during this period, and founded the Collegium Vocale Gent in 1970. He was invited by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt, who had noticed his innovative work, to participate in their recordings of the complete cantatas of J.S. Bach. Herreweghe’s energetic, authentic and rhetorical approach to baroque music was soon drawing praise. In 1977 he founded the ensemble La Chapelle Royale in Paris, with whom he performed music of the French Golden Age. From 1982 to 2002 he was artistic director of the Académies Musicales de Saintes. During this period, he founded several new ensembles with whom he made historically appropriate and well-thought-out interpretations of repertoire stretching from the Renaissance to contemporary music. They include the Ensemble Vocal Européen, specialised in Renaissance polyphony, and the Orchestre des Champs Élysées, founded in 1991 with the aim of playing Romantic and pre-Romantic repertoire on original instruments. Since 2009, Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent have been actively working on the development of a large European-level symphonic choir, at the invitation of the prestigious Accademia Chigiana in Siena and from 2011 with the support of the European Union’s Cultural Programm. Since 1997 he is principal conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. He was appointed permanent guest conductor of the Netherlands’ Radio Chamber Philharmonic since 2008. He is also in great demand as a guest conductor with orchestras such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig and the Berlin-based Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Over the years, Philippe Herreweghe has built up an extensive discography of more than 100 recordings with all these different ensembles, on such labels as Harmonia Mundi France, Virgin Classics and Pentatone. Highlights include the »Lagrime di San Pietro« of Lassus, Bach’s »St. Matthew Passion«, the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Schumann, Mahler’s song cycle »Des Knaben Wunderhorn«, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5, »Pierrot Lunaire« by Schönberg and the »Symphony of Psalms« by Stravinsky. In 2010 he founded together with Outhere Music his own label φ (PHI). Since then some ten new recordings with music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Gesualdo, Mahler, Mozart or Victoria have become available. Philippe Herreweghe has received numerous European awards for his consistent artistic imagination and commitment. In 1990 the European music press named him »Musical Personality of the Year«. Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent were appointed »Cultural Ambassadors of Flanders« in 1993. A year later he was awarded the Belgian order of »Officier des Arts et Lettres«, and in 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2003 he received the French title »Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur«. Lastly, in 2010 the city of Leipzig awarded him its »Bach-Medaille« for his great service as a performer of Bach.

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Hofesh Shechter Company

Hofesh Shechter Company

»We’re in the business of inspiring people. I want to change lives, like my life was changed« (Hofesh Shechter) Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 2008 gehört die von Namensgeber Hofesh Shechter, Helen Shute und Colette Hansford gegründete Hofesh Shechter Company zur Riege der international anerkannten Tanzensembles. Als Resident Company im Brighton Dome ansässig, sind die Werke der Hofesh Shechter Company weit über die englischen Grenzen hinaus in Europa, Kanada, den USA und Asien zu erleben und werden international gefeiert. Im Jahr 2008 produzierte die Kompanie Shechters ersten »Choreographer’s Cut«, eine Zusammenstellung seiner Werke »Uprising« und »In your rooms« mit einer zwanzigköpfigen Band und siebzehn Tänzern. 2009 wurde Hofesh Shechter zu dem Werk »The Art of Not Looking Back« beauftragt, inspiriert von und choreografiert für sechs Tänzerinnen. 2010 feierte Shechters erste abendfüllende Produktion »Political Mother« Premiere beim Brighton Festival, deren begeisterte Kritiken das Ensemble zu einer großen internationalen Tournée anregten. Shechters zweiter »Choreographer’s Cut« für »Political Mother« mit über 40 Beteiligten wurde als »howling beast of a dance show« (Metro) gefeiert und 2014 sowohl in Hong Kong als auch Paris wiederholt. 2015 präsentierte die Hofesh Shechter Company erstmalig das vierwöchige Tanzfestival #HOFEST, während dessen sie ihre Produktionen an verschiedenen Londoner Spielstätten, darunter das Royal Opera House und die Brixton Academy vorstellen. Im selben Jahr wurde Shechter’s Trilogie »barbarians« uraufgeführt, mit der die Kompanie seitdem die ganze Welt bereiste.

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Jakub Hrůša

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Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša

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Aleksey Igudesman

Aleksey Igudesman

was born in Leningrad at a very young age. He has never won any competitions, mainly because he has never entered any. During his studies at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, he read the entire plays of Bernhard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Anton Chekhov, which didn’t improve his violin playing, but made him feel foolishly somewhat superior to other less intellectually endowed, yet harder practising colleagues. After studying with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatoire and being told many times by many people that they were rather worried about his future, he embarked on a successful career playing, composing, and arranging for his string trio, »Triology«, recording several CD’s for BMG, working in Hollywood with Academy Award® winner Hans Zimmer, and performing with Bobby McFerrin, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Sir Roger Moore, John Malkovich, and other people who are less famous, but just as great. Aleksey Igudesman writes a lot of music. Often he goes to bed writing and gets up writing. He sometimes feels a little insecure about his music, although it is published by Universal Edition, and tries to compensate for it by being rather extrovert. In fact, his psychiatrist tells him that he is insecure about a lot of things. Aleksey is not so sure about that. Back at school he met his »IGUDESMAN & JOO« partner, Hyung-ki Joo. After a few initial small differences, resulting in several people holding them both back from smashing chairs and music stands on each other’s heads, Joo offered Igudesman some fish and chips, which he simply could not refuse. This in turn led to collaboration over many years, which culminated in the creation of »A Little Nightmare Music«, a show they tour together making people laugh. Aleksey Igudesman plays with a bow made by the Boston-based bowmaker, Benoit Roland, and on a Santo Seraphin violin from the year 1717, which is kindly loaned to him by ERSTE BANK.

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Igudesman & Joo

Igudesman & Joo

IGUDESMAN & JOO Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. Their clips on YouTube, to date, have gathered over 28 million hits, and the duo has appeared on television in numerous countries. Equally comfortable performing in classical concert halls, as well as in stadiums in front of crowds of 18,000, their collective dream is to make classical music accessible to a wider and younger audience. Aleksey and Hyung-ki met at the age of twelve, at the Yehudi Menuhin School, in England, and since then, have remained strong friends and writing partners. In 2004, following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Victor Borge and Dudley Moore, they created their first groundbreaking show, »A Little Nightmare Music«. Since then, they have performed as a duo, and as soloists, with chamber and symphony orchestras at many of the world’s biggest stages and festivals. Many of classical music’s biggest names, such as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova, and Julian Rachlin, have joined them in their musical sketches. Aleksey and Hyung-ki have also teamed up with actors, such as John Malkovich, and former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore, on several occasions in aid of UNICEF. Individually, Aleksey Igudesman has worked with musicians ranging from »Academy®« Awardwinning Hollywood composer, Hans Zimmer, to multi »Grammy®« Award-winning vocalist, Bobby McFerrin. Hyung-ki Joo, has worked with Academy® Award-winning composer, Vangelis, and was chosen by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Joel, to arrange and record Joel’s classical compositions on a CD, which reached no.1 on the Billboard Charts. Igudesman & Joo can be seen in several films, including their own »Mockumentary«, »Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music«. Besides touring »A Little Nightmare Music«, they also perform »BIG Nightmare Music«, with symphony orchestras, and lead their workshop »8 To 88 - Musical Education for Children of All Ages« at universities and music schools around the world, leaving students inspired and confident to break new grounds for their own musical journeys. On New Year’s Eve, 2011, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, with the help of 100 violinists from all over the world, Igudesman & Joo set the world record for the most »Dancing Violinists« performing together on stage. The world record was conceived and produced by the duo in aid of UNICEF.

 

Igudesman & Joo

Igudesman & Joo

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Il Pomo d'Oro

Il Pomo d'Oro

The orchestra il pomo d'oro was founded in the year 2012, uniting a group of young musicians who are among the best to be found worldwide for authentic interpretation on period instruments. They form an ensemble of outstanding quality, combining stylistic knowledge, highest technical skills, and artistic enthusiasm. Since 2016, the young Russian Maxim Emelyanychev, who is also a harpsichord-, fortepiano- and cornetto soloist, is the chief conductor of il pomo d'oro. The orchestra has a special focus on recording, performing and rediscovering masterpieces of the opera from the Baroque to the Belcanto period, and for this, as well as for solo recitals, collaborates with worldclass singers. With ist own instrumental soloists, and additional guests, it also performs and records a variety of instrumental music in various formations. il pomo d'oro is a regular guest in prestigious concert halls and theatres, such as the Théâtre Royal in Versailles, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Herkulessaal München, Bozar Brussels, Carnegie Hall. The name of the orchestra refers to the title of an opera by Antonio Cesti, composed for the wedding of Emperor Leopold I of Austria with Margarita Teresa of Spain in Vienna in 1666. The opera was the final part of an imperial celebration of incredible multimedial splendour, starting with fireworks of 73.000 rockets and a horse-ballet of 300 horses. With its twenty-four different stage sets and stunning special effects like collapsing towers, flying gods and sinking ships, „Il Pomo d’Oro“ was probably the most excessive and expensive operatic production in the then young history of the genre. It provided roles for fifty singers, and it lasted ten hours – ten hours of magnificent spectacle and beautiful music.

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International Choir Academy Lübeck

International Choir Academy Lübeck

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Steven Isserlis

Steven Isserlis

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. As a concerto soloist he appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, recent engagements including performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival, Philharmonia, Cleveland, Minnesota, Zurich Tonhalle and NHK Symphony Orchestras. He gives recitals every season in major musical centres, working with pianists such as Jeremy Denk, Kirill Gerstein, Stephen Hough, Alexander Melnikov, Olli Mustonen, Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Andras Schiff, Connie Shih, Ferenc Rados and Dénes Várjon; and plays with many of the world's leading chamber orchestras, including period-instrument ensembles. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello in classical programmes. He takes a strong interest in authentic performance. In addition to working with many of the foremost period instrument orchestras, he frequently gives recitals with harpsichord and fortepiano. Together with Robert Levin, and using original or replica pianos from the early nineteenth century, Isserlis has performed and recorded Beethoven’s complete music for cello and piano; and with Richard Egarr, he has performed and recorded the viola da gamba sonatas of J.S. Bach as well as sonatas by Handel and Scarlatti. He is also a keen exponent of contemporary music and has premiered many new works including John Tavener’s »The Protecting Veil«, Thomas Adès’s »Lieux retrouvés«, Stephen Hough’s »Sonata for Cello and Piano, Left Hand« (Les Adieux), Wolfgang Rihm's »Concerto in One Movement«, David Matthews' »Concerto in Azzurro«, works for cello and piano by Olli Mustonen, and »For Steven« by György Kurtág. Writing and playing for children is another major interest. Steven Isserlis’ books for children about the lives of the great composers – »Why Beethoven Threw the Stew and its sequel«, »Why Handel Waggled his Wig – are published by Faber and Faber«. As an educator Steven Isserlis gives frequent masterclasses all around the world, and for the past eighteen years he has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, where his fellow-professors include Sir Andras Schiff, Thomas Adès and Ferenc Rados. As a writer and broadcaster, he contributes regularly to publications including »Gramophone«, »The Daily Telegraph« and »The Guardian«, has guest edited The Strad magazine, and makes regular appearances on BBC Radio including on the Today programme, Soul Music, as guest presenter of two editions of Saturday Classics, and as writer and presenter of a documentary about the life of Robert Schumann. The recipient of many awards, Steven Isserlis’s honours include a »Commander of the Order of the British Empire«in recognition of his services to music and the »Schumann Prize« of the City of Zwickau. He is also one of only two living cellists featured in »Gramophone’s« Hall of Fame. He gives most of his concerts on the Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius of 1726, kindly loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.  

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Janine Jansen

Janine Jansen

With an enviable international reputation, violinist Janine Jansen works regularly with the world’s most eminent orchestras and conductors. This season she is a Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall New York performing a variety of concerto and chamber music programmes throughout the season, while tours are planned with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Gatti, London Symphony Orchestra (with Michael Tilson Thomas as well as Semyon Bychkov) and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie/Paavo Järvi. Other highlights this season include engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic (Paavo Järvi), Munich Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta), Staatskapelle Dresden (Antonio Pappano), Philadelphia Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic (Yannick Nézet-Seguin), Czech Philharmonic (Jakob Hrusa), Oslo Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony (David Afkham), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (Karina Canellakis) and Iceland Symphony (Daniel Blendulf). She will also travel to the Far East and Australia performing with Singapore, Sydney and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. A devoted chamber musician, Janine joins Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich, Itamar Golan and Lily Maisky for a major European Chamber Music Tour. She performs a number of recitals throughout Europe with pianists Alexander Gavrylyuk, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Kathryn Stott. As part of her Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall she will perform Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” with Lucas Debargue, Torleif Thedéen and Martin Fröst. In this context she will also perform the US premiere of Michel van der Aa’s violin concerto with Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Seguin. Further concerts at Carnegie Hall include a chamber programme with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Dover Quartet. Janine records exclusively for Decca Classics and since recording Vivaldi’s Four Seasons back in 2003 she has been extremely successful in the digital music charts. Her latest release, conducted by Antonio Pappano, features Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with London Symphony Orchestra and Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Other highlights of her discography include a recording of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, Beethoven and Britten with Paavo Järvi, Mendelssohn and Bruch with Riccardo Chailly, Tchaikovsky with Daniel Harding as well as an album of Bach Concertos with her own ensemble. Janine has also released a number of chamber music discs, including Schubert’s String Quintet and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Sonatas by Debussy, Ravel and Prokofiev with pianist Itamar Golan. Janine has won numerous prizes, including four Edison Klassiek Awards, four ECHO Klassik awards, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, NDR Musikpreis for outstanding artistic achievement and the Concertgebouw Prize. She has been given the VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs for individual achievement and the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award for performances in the UK. In September 2015 she was awarded the Bremen MusikFest Award. Janine studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirshhorn and Boris Belkin. In 2003 Janine founded the hugely successful International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht. After 13 years Janine stepped down from her position as Artistic Director in June 2016 and named cellist Harriet Krijgh as her successor.

Janine Jansen plays the 1707 Stradivarius “Rivaz - Baron Gutmann” violin kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.

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Paavo Järvi

Paavo Järvi

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Hyung-ki Joo

Hyung-ki Joo

Hyung-ki Joo was born. He is British, but looks Korean, or the other way around, or both. He showed his first signs of a sense of comedy whilst nappy-changing and shortly thereafter, showed his love for music when his parents would find him at the record store listening for hours to everything from Mozart to Bee Gees. (Although the two are never to be confused, Hyung-ki is often heard singing »Don Giovanni« in the style of Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees). He started piano lessons at the age of eight and a half and two years later won a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School. There, he discovered that he was among geniuses and child prodigies and was convinced he would be kicked out of school, year after year. In fact, he was not kicked »out« but kicked »around« by teachers and fellow students, such as Aleksey Igudesman. After these painful experiences, Joo invented a new type of piano playing known as »Karate Piano«. No matter how difficult his years at the school may have been, it only strengthened his love of music, and he also realised that the world of classical music had little to do with the spirit in which the music was created and so began dreaming of a way to bring this great music to a wider and newer audience – a dream which has been realised through his show: »IGUDESMAN & JOO: A Little Nightmare Music«. Hyung-ki has small hands, (but only hands small), and therefore finds some piano repertoire quite difficult to play, such as the music of Rachmaninov, who had Big Hands. Anyway, even with this small hindrance, he happily performs chamber music, recitals, concertos, his own compositions, and anything else that includes a piano part. Besides composing, performing, laughing, brushing his teeth at breakneck speed, and writing comedy, Joo’s passion for teaching has led him to develop his own personal style of workshops.

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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.«

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Kayan Kalhor

Kayan Kalhor

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Christiane Karg

Christiane Karg

Born in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria, Christiane Karg studied singing at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at the Music Conservatory in Verona. She was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Hamburg State Opera before joining the ensemble of the Frankfurt Opera in 2008 where her roles include Susanna, Musetta, Pamina, Servilia, Zdenka (Arabella), Adèle (Die Fledermaus), the title role of La Calisto, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Melisande (Pelleas et Melisande). In 2006 she made an auspicious debut at the Salzburg Festival and has returned to sing Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice) with Riccardo Muti and Zerlina with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. She is a regular guest at the Theater an der Wien where she has sung Ismene (Mitridate) and Telaire (Castor and Pollux) and Hero (Beatrice et Benedict). At the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich she has sung Ighino (Palestrina), at the Komische Oper Berlin, Musetta, and Norin and at the Opera de Lille, Anne Trulove (The Rakes Progress). In 2015 she made her house debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing Pamina and in 2016 made her house debut at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, singing Sophie (Rosenkavalier) and also her U.S operatic debut singing Susana at the Lyric Opera, Chicago. In concert she has worked with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mariss Jansons, and Christian Thielemann. A prestigious recitalist, Christiane Karg has given acclaimed recitals in venues such as the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna Musikverein, the Edinburgh International Festival and Wigmore Hall.

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Ralph Kirshbaum

Ralph Kirshbaum

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Omer Klein

Omer Klein

Omer Klein

Omer Klein

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Sophie Koch

Sophie Koch

Sophie Koch studied with Jane Berbié at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and won the 1st prize of the Dutch International Vocal Competition in ´s Hertogenbosch. Her debut took place in France but it was at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Cosi fan tutte) and the Semperoper Dresden (Ariadne auf Naxos) under the Direction of Sir Colin Davis where she had her greatest success. This was followed by Don Giovanni and Orfeo at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In Vienna, she made her debuts as Cherubino and she was immediately offered Octavian in Rosenkavalier, emblematic role of her young career which she sung all over the world. After Munich, Berlin, Milan, Vienna and London, she has appeared at the Paris Opera for the Ring and King Arthur. She regularly appears on the major stages of the world: Toulouse, Brussels, Madrid, Berlin, Zurich, Geneva, the Salzburg Festival and of course London, Dresden, Vienna and Chicago. In 2014, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of Werther. After having imposed her Mozart and her Strauss over the major European stages, Sophie Koch now adds the French and German repertoire. In addition to performing in the complete Ring Cycle at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, her engagements include Venus in Tanhäuser and Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, der Rosenkavalier at the Wiener Staatsoper, and the Salzburg Festival. Sophie Koch has also given many recitals at the Salzburg; Edinburgh, Aix and Verbier Festivals, at the Brahmssaal/Wiener Musikverein, in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Luxembourg, Brussels and Madrid. She received in 2001 the Christel Goltz's Prize at the Semperoper Dresden and in 2016 has been awarded the title Österreichische Kammersängerin by the Vienna State Opera. Her first recordings were dedicated to Lieder by Wolf and Schubert and French Melodies (Le Chant du Monde). She then recorded Peer Gynt ( Eon), Manon and the world Premiere of Laurent Petitgirard’s opera Elefant Man (EMI). She has also recorded Wellesz’ and Bloch‘s Lieder (Delta/Capriccio), some exerpts of Ariane à Naxos under the direction of Antonio Pappano (Virgin), Mahler’s 8th Symphony under Nagano, a Schumann recital (Myrten) with Nelson Goerner and some Lieder of Strauss with Philippe Entremont (Cascavelle). She recorded French orchestral works: Le Poème de l’amour et de la mer from Chausson, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Berlioz’s Cantate d’Herminie. A CD (DDG Records) has recently been released of Sophie Koch performing in Werther at Covent Garden, under the direction of Sir Antonio Pappano. In DVD, you can see her alongside Renée Fleming in Der Rosenkavalier (Decca) and Ariadne auf Naxos (DGG) live from Baden-Baden Festival and in Werther with Jonas Kaufmann (Decca) from the Paris Opera.

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Sebastian Kohlhepp

Sebastian Kohlhepp

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Royal Danish Orchestra

Royal Danish Orchestra

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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 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 »Verfassungsmedaille« (Constitutional Medal) of the Free State of Saxony in recognition of his work.

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Harriet Krijgh

Harriet Krijgh

Harriet Krijgh Twenty-six-year-old Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Her grace and expressiveness touch her audiences as soon as she is on the concert platform. Harriet Krijgh played in the most important venues in Europe including Vienna’s Musikverein and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has performed with orchestras such as Frankfurt and Vienna Radio Symphonies, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg, Trondheim and Sydney Symphonies, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Netherlands, Copenhagen and Tampere Philharmonic. In March 2017 she made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall. She is a regular guest at international festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Lucerne Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Schubertiade Hohenems, the Ghent Festival, the Malmo Chamber Music Festival and the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier. In August 2017, Harriet Krijgh gave her acclaimed debut in Chicago with performances at the Ravinia and Grant Park Music Festivals. Other highlights of her 2017/2018 season include concerts with Wiener Symphoniker, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest. After the successful world premiere of the Gubaidulina triple concerto in Boston and New York in spring 2017 together with violinist Baiba Skride and accordionist Elsbeth Moser, she will perform further premieres in Hannover, Paris  and Utrecht. In June 2018 she will make her debut at the Grafenegg Festival performing as soloist in the »Great summer night gala« broadcast live by ORF. Since 2011 she has recorded for the label Capriccio, releasing recordings of Haydn’s cello concerti, works by Brahms, Rachmaninov and French compositions. Harriet Krijgh is winner of numerous competitions. In 2015/2016 she was chosen »Rising Star« of by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). Harriet Krijgh is artistic director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht. In summer 2017, she successfully presented her first festival, succeeding the founder of the festival Janine Jansen. She also founded the festival »Harriet & Friends« in 2012, which takes place annually in July in Feistritz/Austria. Harriet Krijgh plays a Giovanni Paolo Maggini cello from 1620, which is generously loaned to her privately.      

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Jóhann Kristinsson

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Elisabeth Kulman

Elisabeth Kulman

Elisabeth Kulman is one of today’s leading mezzosopranos. She impresses audiences and critics alike with her precious, colourful timbre, her charismatic stage personality and her musical versatility. She studied voice with Helena Lazarska at the Vienna Music University, made her debut as Pamina in 2001 at the Volksoper in Vienna and enjoyed early success as a soprano. Since 2005 Elisabeth Kulman has been singing the major parts of the mezzo and alto repertoire. As a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera she quickly became a favourite of the audience and established the basis for her vast repertoire. Her most important roles include Fricka, Erda and Waltraute (The Ring of the Nibelung), Carmen, Mrs. Quickly (Falstaff), Brangäne (Tristan and Isolde), Begbick (Mahagonny), Orlofsky (The Bat), Orfeo (Gluck) and Marina (Boris Godunov). Since 2010 Elisabeth Kulman has been working as a freelance artist. She is a much sought-after soloist in the metropolitan centers of the music world: Vienna, Paris, London, Munich, Berlin, Tokyo, Salzburg, Moscow, etc.. She works regularly with world-class orchestras and conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, Marek Janowski or Franz Welser-Möst. She enjoyed a particularly close collaboration with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Since 2015 Elisabeth Kulman has been focusing her artistic activities on recitals (together with her longtime pianist Eduard Kutrowatz), concerts and operas in concert. She is especially devoted to unconventional projects: “Mussorgsky Dis-Covered” with an international jazz quartet, “Mahler Lieder” and “Wer wagt mich zu höhnen?” with the ensemble Amarcord Wien as well as “Hungaro Tune” with symphony orchestra and jazz soloists. Her latest solo program “La femme c’est moi” features pieces from Carmen up to the Beatles.

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Mathias Kunzli

Mathias Kunzli

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L'Arpeggiata

L'Arpeggiata

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Christian-Pierre La Marca

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Christian-Pierre La Marca

Christian-Pierre La Marca

Christian-Pierre La Marca

Christian-Pierre La Marca

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Nathan Laube

Nathan Laube

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Elisabeth Leonskaja

Elisabeth Leonskaja

For decades now, Elisabeth Leonskaja, born in Tbilisi to a Russian family, has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time. While still a student at the Conservatory, she won prizes in the prestigious »Enescu«, »Marguerite Long« and »Queen Elizabeth« international piano competitions. Elisabeth Leonskaja’s musical development was shaped or influenced to a decisive degree by her collaboration with Svjatoslav Richter. The musical partnership and personal friendship between Svjatoslav Richter and Elisabeth Leonskaja endured until Richter’s death. In 1978 Elisabeth Leonskaja left the Soviet Union and made her new home in Vienna, where she had already performed several times. Elisabeth Leonskaja has appeared as a soloist with virtually all the leading orchestras in, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and many others, under the baton of such leading conductors as: Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Maris Jansons, Iván Fischer and many others. Elisabeth Leonskaja is a frequent and welcomed guest at prestigious summer music festivals, such as the Wiener Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Schubertiade in Hohenems and Schwarzenberg, and she also gives recitals in the Piano Series in the world's major musical centers, such as Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Vienna, Bukarest and Tokyo.Despite her busy schedule as a soloist, chamber music has always played a prominent role in her creative work, and she frequently appears with the Artemis, Borodins and Emerson Quartets. Her recording »PARIS« with works by Ravel, Debussy and Enescu released by the Berlin-based Label eaSonus was elected »Solo Recording of the Year 2014« by the ICMA Jury. A first volume of the complete-recording of the Schubert Sonatas was released in 2016, the second will follow during the the spring of 2018. In her adopted home, the Republic of Austria, Elisabeth Leonskaja was made an Honorary Member of the Konzerthaus of Vienna. In 2006, she was awarded the »Austrian Cross of Honor First Class« for her services to the cultural life of the country – the highest award of its kind in Austria. In Tbilissi, Georgia she received the award »The Priestess of Art« in 2015.

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LGT Young Solists

LGT Young Solists

The LGT Young Soloists delight audiences worldwide with their rousing performances at highest artistic level. They are invited to perform regularly at renowned concert halls around the world in cities like New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Moscow, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, Hong Kong and Singapore. The string ensemble is made up of highly gifted young musicians aged between 12 and 22 years. Each member already has a successful soloist career: between them, the LGT Young Soloists have already won more than 80 prizes in national and international competitions. In 2015, the LGT Young Soloists became the first youth orchestra worldwide to release an album on RCA Red Seal (Sony). The Album, named »Italian Journey«, features works of various, mainly Italian composers, earning excellent reviews and was nominated for the International Classical Music Award (ICMA). Alexander Gilman’s idea of uniting high class young soloists in one ensemble came to life in 2013 together with LGT Private Banking. The concept is as simple as it is unique: exceptional young talents perform together with their peers as soloists within their own orchestra, sometimes as tutti players, sometimes as soloists, accompanying each other and sharing their passion for music. This gives them the singular opportunity to regularly be on stage and gain as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians, build repertoire and develop their stage presence. In all this, Alexander Gilman’s committed leadership has a lasting effect in the musical and personal development of the young musicians. The members of the dynamic ensemble hail from various different countries and cultures, sharing new stimuli and impulses, and establish international relationships and friendships. In addition, the musicians are also given the opportunity to play top-level instruments such as Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù, which are generously provided by various sponsors.

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Michail Lifits

Michail Lifits

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Alexander Lonquich

Alexander Lonquich

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Radu Lupu

Radu Lupu

Born in Romania, Radu Lupu began taking piano lessons from Lia Busuioceanu at the age of six. At the young age of 12, he made his public debut with a complete programme of his own music. He continued his studies for several years with Florica Muzicescu and Cella Delavrancea before winning a scholarship in 1961 to the Moscow Conservatoire, where he studied with Galina Eghyazarova, Heinrich Neuhaus and later with Stanislav Neuhaus. He won first prize in three competitions: the 1966 Van Cliburn, the 1967 Enescu International, and the 1969 Leeds International. Mr Lupu has performed in conjunction with many of the most prestigious orchestras of the world. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 1978, conducted by Karajan and the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra. Lupu has also worked with the Vienna Philharmonic, with which he opened the 1986 Salzburg Festival under Muti, along with the Royal Concertgebouw, all of the major London orchestras, and each of the great American orchestras. In the United States, his first significant appearances were in 1972 with the Cleveland Orchestra and Barenboim in New York, as well as with the Chicago Symphony and Giulini. He has been featured at many notable music festivals worldwide and has been a regular guest at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals. His recordings for Decca include the Beethoven Piano Concertos, Brahms Concerto No 1, Grieg and Schumann Concertos, the complete collection of Mozart Violin and Piano Sonatas with Szymon Goldberg, Debussy and Franck Violin and Piano Sonatas with Kyung Wha Chung. In addition, he has recorded solo works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Schubert. In 1995, he won two awards in the category “Best Instrumental Record of the Year”: a Grammy for Schubert’s Sonatas in A major D664 and B flat major D960, and an Edison Award for Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana and Humoresque. He has also compiled two records with Murray Perahia (CBS), two albums with Barbara Hendricks (EMI) of Schubert Lieder with and a collection of pieces for four hands by Schubert with Daniel Barenboim (Teldec). Mr Lupu’s prior concerto engagements have included the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, for his 85th birthday celebration no less, the Luxemburg Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin RSB and the Mozart Orchestra Bologna. He has held recitals in Paris, Geneva, Genova, Turin, Aix-en-Provence, Vicenza, the Brescia and Bergamo Festival, as well as in several cities in the US including at New York’s esteemed Carnegie Hall. Ten separate tours to Japan and performances in Seoul, Korea augment this impressive list. In 2006, Mr Lupu was presented with two awards: the Premio Internazionale Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and, for a second time after his previous win in 1989, the Abbiati prize, conferred by the Italian Critics’ Association.

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Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, He strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, creating programs with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Kayhan Kalhor, Ton Koopman, Yu Long, Edgar Meyer, Mark Morris, Cristina Pato, Kathryn Stott, Chris Thile, Michael Tilson Thomas, Wu Man, Wu Tong, and Damian Woetzel. Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Mr. Ma established Silkroad, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create meaningful change at the intersections of the arts, education and business. Under his artistic direction, Silkroad presents performances by the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble and develops new music, cultural partnerships, education programs, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Mr. Ma’s discography of over 100 albums (including 18 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wideranging interests. The Goat Rodeo Sessions  received the 2013 »Grammy« for Best Folk Album. He remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field. Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010), the Polar Music Prize (2012). In 2011, Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree and was appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002. Mr. Ma serves as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony. He plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.

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Lily Maisky

Lily Maisky

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Mischa Maisky

Mischa Maisky

has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky. Rostropovich has lauded Mischa Maisky as »... one of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation of cellists. His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique.«  Born in Latvia, educated in Russia, after his repatriation to Israel, Mischa Maisky has been enthusiastically received in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Tokyo, along with the rest of the major music centers. As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist during the last 30 years he made well over 35 recordings with such orchestras as Vienna, Israel and Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony,  Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus und Chamber Orchestra of Europe and others. His recordings have enjoyed world-wide critical acclaim and have been awarded five times the prestigious »Record Academy Prize« in Tokyo, three times »ECHO Deutscher Schallplattenpreis«, »Grand Prix du Disque« in Paris and »Diapason d’Or« of the Year as well as the coveted »Grammy« nominations.  Truly a world-class musician and regular guest in most major International Festivals he collaborated with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Gustavo Dudamel and his partnerships have included artists as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Evgeny Kissin, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to name just a few.

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Sascha Maisky

Sascha Maisky

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Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1925, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is one of the leading orchestras in Sweden. The orchestra consists of nearly 90 talented Swedish and international musicians who perform a new program every week. With a rich and diverse repertoire the orchestra plays both the classical music treasure and contemporary music, as well as cross-border musical collaborations. The musicians also perform regularly as soloists and in chamber groups. The Chief Conductor Marc Soustrot’s profound knowledge of the French repertoire has made a colourful imprint on the concert seasons and has developed the orchestra’s sound qualities. The orchestra’s artistic development is continuously achieved by the cooperation with the leading artists and guest conductors in the world, making regular recordings and international tours. The orchestra’s home is Malmö Live Concert Hall in the south of Sweden, where the Malmö Symphony Orchestra has been resident since 2015. The new concert hall with world-class acoustics is modelled after the Musikverein in Vienna. It responds perfectly to the dynamic contrasts of classical, romantic and contemporary music and provides an excellent sound environment for the development and refinement of the orchestral timbre and unique sound. It also enables the best sound quality for the orchestra’s recordings. Several recordings with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra has become internationally renowned including first prize in competitions such as the Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or. The Berwald’s symphonies under the direction of Sixten Ehrling was nominated for Gramophone Classical Music Awards. Franz Schmidt’s symphonies with former Chief Conductor Vassily Sinaisky has also been recognized and praised by Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. The Grieg recordings received top rankings in the New York Times both 2012 and 2013, ”...beautifully played by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra of Sweden”. The orchestra has together with Chief Conductor Marc Soustrot made the extensive effort to record all symphonic music by Camille Saint-Saëns.

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Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev’s triumph at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow thrust him into the limelight and established his position as an outstanding representative of the great Russian pianistic tradition. Invitations quickly poured in to perform with the world’s top orchestras. Today he regularly appears in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the great American and Russian symphony orchestras. Matsuev has collaborated with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Mikhail Pletnev, Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Paavo Järvi, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit and Myung-Whun Chung. In addition to his solo engagements, Denis Matsuev directs a number of festivals and is committed to fostering the next generation of musicians. In his position as Artistic Director of the »Crescendo« Festival, he has travelled to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Paris and New York. In 2010 he became Director of the  nnecy Music Festival, which aims to promote cultural exchange between France and Russia. And, as President of the »New Names« Foundation, he helps talented children in his homeland. To date, more than 10,000 young musicians have benefitted from the work of the Foundation. In February 2014 Matsuev performed at the closing festivities of the Olympic Games in Sochi, and in the same year was named a Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO.    

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Leipzig Radio Choir

Leipzig Radio Choir

When major orchestras in Germany or abroad plan to perform a choral work it is invariably the MDR LEIPZIG RADIO CHOIR that comes at the top of their wish list. As the largest concert choir within the German Broadcasting Corporation (ARD), the MDR LEIPZIG RADIO CHOIR is widely regarded among experts as one of the best. World famous conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre and Sir Roger Norrington have all paid tribute to the ensemble. The choir regularly performs with the MDR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under the baton of its principal conductor, Kristjan Järvi. Not only an excellent partner for major orchestras, the ensemble regularly demonstrates its expertise with highly acclaimed a cappella performances. Secular and sacred music, wide-ranging ensemble singing and choral symphonic works complete a repertoire that encompasses practically a thousand years of musical history. Numerous world premieres attest to the 73 choir members' reputation as a specialised ensemble for contemporary music. From the season 2015/2016 the Estonian conductor Risto Joost has assumed the post of artistic director of the MDR LEIPZIG RADIO CHOIR. His innovative a cappella programmes as well as performances of choral symphonic works have a particular impact on the choir's profile. The line of his predecessors includes names such as Herbert Kegel, Jörg-Peter Weigle and Gert Frischmuth, and in the fifteen years of his tenure from 1998 Howard Arman lastingly consolidated the reputation of this acclaimed world-class ensemble. He was succeeded in 2013 by Philipp Ahmann who held the post of principal guest conductor until 2016 and continues to work regularly with the choir. Nearly 200 LPs and CDs – many of them award-winning – have been recorded by the ensemble during its more than 70-year history. In 2017 the choir was awarded the International Classical Music Award for its recording of Max Reger's Motets op. 110. Whether via the European Broadcasting Union, through touring or in guest performances worldwide, the MDR LEIPZIG RADIO CHOIR, which was awarded the European Cultural Prize in 2013, acts as a supreme musical ambassador for central Germany.

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Meute

Meute

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Ivan Monighetti

Ivan Monighetti

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Monteverdi Choir

Monteverdi Choir

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Johannes Moser

Johannes Moser

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as »one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists«, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser was born into a musical family in 1979 and began studying the cello at the age of eight and became a student of Professor David Geringas in 1997. He has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonics, Münchner Philharmoniker, the Chicago and London Symphonies, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. He works regularly with conductors including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Gustavo Dudamel.  A dedicated chamber musician, Johannes has performed with Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Menahem Pressler, James Ehnes, Midori, and Jonathan Biss. Johannes is committed to reaching out to young audiences, from kindergarten to college and beyond. From his 2010 American tour with toy pianist Phyllis Chen »Sounding Off: A Fresh Look at Classical Music«, to outreach activities on campuses and performances in alternative venues, Moser aims to present classical music in ways with which listeners of all ages can engage and connect.  Johannes was a recipient of the prestigious 2014 Brahms prize. His recordings have earned him two »ECHO Klassik« awards and the »Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik«.

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Daniel Müller-Schott

Daniel Müller-Schott

With technical brilliance and authority, with intellect and emotional esprit, Daniel Müller-Schott has been guest soloist with Berlin Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and the Munich Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel. He is also a regular guest of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, at London’s BBC Proms, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras of Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Hamburg, and in the US with the orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia. He performs with NHK Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, Sydney Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic. He works with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Gimeno, Bernard Haitink, Neeme Järvi, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Jun Märkl, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Vasily Petrenko, André Previn und Krzysztof Urbański. Besides the performance of the great cello repertoire he is a comitted promoter of unknown and comtemporary music and has has premiered concertos dedicated to him by Sir André Previn and Peter Ruzicka. A dedicated chamber musicican he regularely collaborates with Nicolas Angelich, Renaud Capuçon, Xavier de Maistre, Julia Fischer, Igor Levit, Francesco Piemontesi, Lauma und Baiba Skride, Simon Trpčeski as well the  Quatuor Ébène and Modigliani Quartet. He is regularely invited by international festivals. His recent release in 2016 on the Orfeo label »DUO SESSIONS« with Julia Fischer (duos of Kodály, Schulhof, Ravel and Halvorsen) has received much international praise. Müller-Schott studied with Walter Nothas, Heinrich Schiff and Steven Isserlis and was recipient of the 2013 »Aida Stucki Award« awarded from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Through this support he studied with the late Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1992 Müller-Schott won first prize at the 1992 at the »International Tchaikovsky Competition«, Moscow. He plays the »Ex Shapiro« Matteo Goffriller cello, Venice, 1727.

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Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

The Munich Philharmonic was founded in 1893, and since then, under the direction of renowned conductors, it has vastly enriched Munich’s musical life. Even in the orchestra’s earliest years, conductors like HansWinderstein and Felix Weingartner guaranteed the high performance level. Gustav Mahler conducted the orchestra in the world premières of his 4th and 8th Symphonies, and in November 1911, the world première of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” took place under Bruno Walter’s direction. Ferdinand Löwe led the first Bruckner concerts and established the orchestra’s Bruckner tradition, which was then gloriously continued by Siegmund von Hausegger and Oswald von Kabasta.. Eugen Jochum opened the first concert after World War II with the overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. In the autumn of 1945 the orchestra acquired the services of an outstanding conductor in the person of Hans Rosbaud , who additionally took up the cudgels for new music. His successor, from 1949 to 1965 was Fritz Rieger, during whose administration the groundwork was laid for the Philharmonic’s successful youth work. During the Rudolf Kempe era (1967-76) the Philharmonic made its first tour to what was then the U.S.S.R. In 1979 Sergiu Celibidache conducted his first series of concerts with the Munich Philharmonic, and was then appointed General Music Director of the orchestra in June of the same year. The legendary Bruckner concerts made a major contribution to the orchestra’s international reputation. From September 1999 until July 2004 James Levine was the Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, which won the prize for the “Best Concert Program in the 2002/2003 Season” from the German Music Publishers’ Association in the spring of 2003. In January 2004, the Munich Philharmonic made Zubin Mehta the first “Conductor Laureate” in the orchestra’s history. In May of 2003, Christian Thielemann signed a contract as new General Music Director. A tour he led to Asia brought the orchestra to Japan, Korea and China in November of 2007. These totally successful performances were followed by a repeat tour to Japan for five concerts in May of 2010. January of 2009 marked the beginning of a series of concert performances of “Der Rosenkavalier” by Richard Strauss in collaboration with the Festival Theatre in Baden- Baden. Richard Strauss’s “Elektra” followed one year later, and in January 2011 the Munich Philharmonic presented the four symphonies by Johannes Brahms. The orchestra traveled with Conductor Laureate Zubin Mehta in September of 2010 to South America, where it received the plaudits of both press and public. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Munich world première, Christian Thielemann led two performances of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in October 2010. Lorin Maazel assumed the position of Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic in 2012. In his two-year tenure Maazel expanded the orchestra's repertoire and worked on flexible sounds. Since 2015/16 Valery Gergiev is the Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Others

Bill Murray

Bill Murray

was born in 1950 and grew up in Wilmette, a village just outside Chicago. After giving up his medical studies, he dedicated himself to his second passion, acting. Having gathered experience on the radio show »The National Lampoon Radio Hour«, he became a fixture among the authors and performers of the legendary TV show »Saturday Night Live«, for which he won an Emmy Award. Growing popularity brought his first film roles. He worked closely with the director Ivan Reitman, whose 1984 comedy »Ghostbusters« propelled him into the first rank of Hollywood actors. This was followed by movies such as »Tootsie«, »Ghostbusters II« and »Groundhog Day«. After a brief period of stagnation in the mid-1990s, he managed a comeback in Wes Anderson’s »Rushmore« in 1999, which brought him seven awards. Starting with the role of the aging actor in Sofia Coppola’s »Lost in Translation«, for which he received a »Golden Globe Award« and was nominated for an »Oscar«, he has increasingly established himself as a character actor.

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Anush Nikogosyan

Anush Nikogosyan

is an Armenian violinist who was born in 1989 in Yerevan and started playing the violin at the age of 5. Further she studied in the class of Prof. Christoph Poppen at the University of Music and Theater Munich. From 2013 she continued her master-class studies with Prof.Julia Fischer, and graduated with distinction in 2015. She appeared first time with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra aged only 10 on stage of Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e-moll. Since then, she has made concert engagements in many important concert halls including the Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, the Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Qintai Concert Hall Wuhan. As a soloist Anush Nikogosyan performed with numerous orchestras such as the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, the Armenian National Chamber Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra or the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Poppen, Dmitri Liss, Eduard Topchjan, Christopher Warren-Green, Leos Svarovski. Anush Nikogosyan has been awarded a number of prestigious awards. In 2010 she won the highly esteemed International Wörthersee Kärntner Sparkasse Violin Competition (Austria). The chairman of the competition Maestro Fabio Luisi further invited her to the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. In addition to classical repertoire, Anush Nikogosyan also performs the works by contemporary composers. Above all, it is important to her to present music of her homeland Armenia. As a chamber musician, she performed with famous musicians such as Julia Fischer, Kim Kashkashyan, Nils Mönkemeyer, Mario Brunello, Francois-Frederic Guy, Vag Papian, Radovan Vlatkovic, Vaclav Hudecek, Sergey Krylov and Alexander Chaushian. She was a scholarship holder of the Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz Chamber Music Academy in 2012-2015. Since her 11th year she has been a scholarship holder of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation. She plays a Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini violin made in Milan in 1753.

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Gerardo Núñez

Gerardo Núñez

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Orchestre des Champs-Élysées

Orchestre des Champs-Élysées

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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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Conductors

Peter Oundjian

Peter Oundjian

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Music Director Peter Oundjian led the ensemble in its 125th Anniversary celebrations in during the 2016-17 Season. This follows a prosperous and productive five Seasons with Oundjian at the helm, where the Orchestra undertook an artistically and critically successful first tour of China, performed at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival, and released two recordings under his leadership. British-Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian was appointed Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2012, and during that time has become recognised for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit and engaging personality. Peter continues to champion a broad range of music, including Romantic repertoire as well as large-scale choral masterpieces and the works of 20th-century American composers. Peter is also Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and has been an instrumental figure in the rebirth of the Canadian ensemble since his appointment as Music Director in 2004. He has created the annual Mozart Festival, and the hugely successful New Creations Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary orchestral music, as well as showcasing and premiering commissioned works. In 2008, he launched tsoLIVE with the orchestra, a self-produced label of the orchestra’s live concert recordings. Oundjian has since released six recordings on the label, including Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 (June 2012), Vaughan Williams’ Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (December 2011) and Holst’s »The Planets« (March 2011). Few conductors bring such musicianship and engagement to the world’s great podiums – from Berlin, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv, to New York, Chicago and Sydney. He has also appeared at some of the great annual gatherings of music and music lovers: from London’s BBC Proms and the Prague Spring Festival, to the Edinburgh International Festival and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Mozart Festival, where he was Artistic Director from 2003 to 2005. Peter was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010. Since 1981, he has served as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music, and was awarded the University’s Sanford Medal in 2013. In May 2009 he received an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory. Toronto-born, Peter was educated in England, and originally trained as a violinist, attending London’s Royal College of Music before studying at the Juilliard School in New York. He was the first violinist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, a position he held for 14 years.

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Tamás Pálfalvi

Tamás Pálfalvi

His one of a kind technical skills aside, 25-yearold Hungarian Tamás Pálfalvi already stands out as one of the most visionary and innovative trumpet players of today. Enormous virtuosity, stage presence and extraordinary musical concept won him first place at the »Fanny-Mendelssohn-Förderpreis«, a German competition that was created to reward not only the performance of young musicians, but also their conceptual skills and creativity. Additionally he was awarded with the »WEMAG Soloist Award« at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As one of the »ECHO Rising Stars« 2017/2018 he will perform in major concert halls across Europe such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonie Luxemburg, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Auditori Barcelona, the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lissabon and Konzerthaus Dortmund. His debut CD »Agitato«, accompanied by the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and released in September 2015 by Berlin Classics, is further reference of his versatility. Works by Vivaldi, Telemann and Händel are effortlessly intertwined with contemporary works by Ligeti, Kagel and Dubrovay. The CD was met with rave reviews internationally such as Bayerische Rundfunk listing it as »CD of the Month« and Norddeutsche Rundfunk as »CD of the Week«. Tamás has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Suntory Hall and Kitara Hall in Japan, NCPA Beijing, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Harvard’s Sanders Theater and Müpa Budapest, as well as festivals such as Pacific Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Bologna Festival and the New Opera Days Ostrava. He has played under the baton of Fabio Luisi, Christoph Eschenbach, Peter Eötvös, Matthias Pintscher and Zoltán Kocsis and with orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hamburger Camerata and Mecklenburger Kammersolisten. Born in Hungary in 1991, Tamás took up trumpet lessons with István Szabó at the age of 8 and joined the Leó Weiner Conservatory of Music in Budapest in 2005, where he studied under Gábor Huszár. In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship for Bard College in New York, where he studied under Carl Albach until 2012. He then returned to Budapest to study at Franz Liszt Music Academy under Gábor Boldoczki, where he received his Master’s degree in May 2016. Tamás performs on Adams instruments and has developed a new design for the C-trumpet together with the company. They are currently working on a new e-Flat trumpet. Besides the classical trumpet he also performs on Flugelhorn and Baroque trumpet.

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Vag Papian

Vag Papian

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Benjamin Perényi

Benjamin Perényi

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Miklós Perényi

Miklós Perényi

Miklós Perényi is recognised as one of the great cellists of his generation, with a distinctive, subtly nuanced sound matched by extraordinary musicality. Born in Hungary, he began cello lessons at the age of five with Miklós Zsámboki, a student of David Popper. At the age of nine, he gave his first concert in Budapest and went on to study between 1960 and 1964 with Enrico Mainardi in Rome and, in Budapest, with Ede Banda. In 1963 he became a prizewinner at the »International Pablo Casals Cello Competition« in Budapest. Casals invited him to his master classes in Puerto Rico in 1965 and 1966, and he went on to become a frequent visitor to the Marlboro Festival. In 1974, Miklós Perényi joined the faculty at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he helds a professorship. He was honoured with the »Kossuth-Prize« in 1980, with the »Bartók-Pásztory-Prize« in 1987 and with the Hungarian »Artist of the Nation Award« in 2014. Perényi has appeared in the world’s major musical centres, performing with the best orchetras around Europe, Asia and North and South America – among them a tour with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle in 2013. His festival engagements have included Edinburgh, Lucerne, Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Hohenems, Warsaw, Berlin, Kronberg, and the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades in France. Highlights of the 2017/2018 season include orchestra and chamber concerts at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Concertzaal Concertgebouw Bruges, the Grand Theatre Dijon, the Wigmore Hall London and the Dresden Music Festival. His repertoire ranges from the 17th century to the present. One of his closest chamber music partners is the pianist András Schiff. Beyond performing and teaching, he also devotes his energies to composition of works for solo cello and for instrumental ensembles of various sizes. Miklós Perényi’s numerous recordings include releases for Hungaroton, EMI-Quint, Sony Classical, Decca, col legno, Teldec, Erato and Wigmore Hall’s own label. Perényi’s ECM release of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, with András Schiff, won the »Cannes Classical Award« 2005; his latest solo recording with ECM, of works by Britten, Bach and Ligeti, was released in early 2012 to critical acclaim. Miklós Perényi’s latest chamber music CD, featuring the Schubert Quintet with the Kuss Quartet, has been released in October 2013 under the Onyx Classics label.

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Vanessa Perez

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Vanessa Perez

Vanessa Perez

was raised to age 11 in Venezuela, where she began her studies in Caracas, with Luminita Duca at the »Emil Friedman school«. At age 11, made her concert debut performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal and conductor Carlos Riazuelo for a sold-out 2,500-seat auditorium in Caracas. In the U.S., she studied with noted Claudio Arrau pupils Ena Bronstein and Rosalina Sackstein; at 17, she won a full scholarship for London’s Royal Academy of Music to study with Christopher Elton. She continued her studies with pianists Lazar Berman and Franco Scala in Italy, at the renowned Accademia Pianistica Incontri Col Maestro in Imola; she then completed post-graduate studies with Peter Frankl at Yale University and pianist Daniel Epstein in New York City. Perez made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2004, but her first performance in New York wasn’t in an uptown classical concert hall – it was at the downtown jazz shrine of the Blue Note, where Latin jazz star Arturo Sandoval had her perform his Sureña, a piece laced with Venezuelan folk melodies. Beyond traditional classical concert performances, Ms. Perez also collaborated in concert with the famed José Limón Dance Company in New York on the choreographer’s »Mazurkas,« in their 2014 season. Perez has developed an international profile, playing prestigious venues across the United States, Latin America and Europe, a draw for both her rich musicality and her alluring stage personality. The pianist has performed not only with Dudamel and Montero, but also with such top musicians as pianist Ingrid Fliter, cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Colin Jacobsen and conductors such as John Axelrod, Enrique Batiz, Gustav Meier, James Judd, David Gimenez Carreras, and Diego Matheuz. A frequent performer throughout the Americas, Perez has performed in the cultural capitals of Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, and in Argentina’s famed Teatro Colon. In Europe, venues such as a the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Montpellier Festival in France, Beethoven-Haus in Germany, Wigmore Hall in England and the Gothic Hall in Belgium. Actively involved in contemporary music, Perez has collaborated with and performed works by such composers as Paul Moravec, Lowell Liebermann, Suzanne Farrin and Paul Desenne. Among other high-profile experiences in the studio, Perez joined superstar violinist Joshua Bell to record Astor Piazzolla’s »Oblivion« for Bell’s »At Home with Friends« album, released by Sony Classical in 2009. She also teamed with Jan Vogler to duet on Piazzolla’s »Le Grand Tango« and more for the cellist’s 2008 Sony album, »Tango.« Future performances in 2016-2017 include, recitals in the US, chamber music collaborations with the Dali Quartet in Memphis, with violinist Daniel Hope in Canada and the US, with pianist Stephen Buck in Puerto Rico and Latin America, and pianist Gabriela Montero in the Chopin Festival, in Mallorca, Spain.

Vanessa Perez

Vanessa Perez

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Philharmonischer Chor Dresden

Philharmonischer Chor Dresden

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Aaron Pilsan

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Aaron Pilsan

Aaron Pilsan

Pianist Aaron Pilsan is internationally recognized as a future star of the piano world. Selected by the influential German magazine Fono Forum as »Best Young Artist of the Year« in 2011, he was subsequently chosen as a »Rising Star« for the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) in 2014 which resulted in invitations to perform in many of Europe's most prestigious concert halls. Aaron is frequently invited to the leading festivals, including the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schubertiade, Schwetzingen Festival, Bregenz Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Mozartfest Würzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Kissinger Sommer festival, to name a few. He has graced the stages of Europe's major venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Boulez Saal Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, Philharmonie de Paris and Luxemburg Philharmonie. An avid chamber music player, Aaron regularly performs with artists including cellist Kian Soltani, Isabelle Faust, Sharon Kam, Szymanowski Quartet and Quartetto di Cremona. Despite being beloved for his interpretations of the classical and early Romantic repertoire, Aaron's musical sensibilities lend themselves very well to contemporary music. He collaborates regularly with composers Jörg Widman and Thomas Larcher and recently performed the world premiere of Persian classical composer Reza Vali's piece for cello and piano at Berlin's Boulez Saal. Aaron's debut recording on the French label Naive featuring the works of Schubert and Beethoven was highly acclaimed by the international press with Gramophone Magazine calling this recording »refreshing and rewarding« and crediting him for using »his remarkable agility to a purely musical end.« In January 2018, Deutsche Grammophon releases »HOME«, a musical tribute to Aaron's hometown in Austria together with long-time duo partner and cellist Kian Soltani featuring the works of Schubert and Schumann. Born in 1995 in Dornbirn, Austria, Aaron began to play the piano at the age of five. He studied with Karl Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum Salzburg and is currently a protégé of Lars Vogt. Aaron has been supported by the Swiss Foundation »Orpheum,« is a scholar of the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund, and was awarded the »Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk« in August 2017.

Aaron Pilsan

Aaron Pilsan

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Christina Pluhar

Christina Pluhar

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Christian Poltéra

Christian Poltéra

Born in Zurich, cellist Christian Poltéra was a pupil of Nancy Chumachenco and Boris Pergamenschikov before studying with Heinrich Schiff in Salzburg and Vienna. Since replacing Yo-Yo Ma performing the Elgar concerto with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under David Zinman at the age of 17, Mr. Poltéra has steadily established himself as one of the most prominent cellists of his generation. As soloist he has worked with eminent orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna and Bamberg Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestra Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Chamber Orchestra of Europe under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Paavo Järvi, Jiří Bělohlávek as well as the leading conductors of the younger generation, such as James Gaffigan, Robin Ticciati, Vasily Petrenko, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Andris Nelsons. Mr. Poltéra made his solo debut in the US in 2006 with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Mr. Poltéra also devotes himself intensively to chamber music, working with such musicians as Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Leonidas Kavakos, Martin Fröst, Kathryn Stott, Lars Vogt, and Leif Ove Andsnes. Together with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and violist Antoine Tamestit, Christian Poltéra has formed a regular string trio that performs regularly at the most prestigious European concert venues. In 2004 he received the »Borletti-Buitoni Award« and was selected as a »BBC New Generation Artist«. In 2006-07 he was a »Rising Star« of the European Concert Hall Organization. His recordings have won acclaim from the international press, and have been honored with the »Gramophone Magazine's« »Editor's Choice«, »Strad Magazine's« »Strad Selection«, »BBC Music Award«, and »Diapason d’Or de l'année«. Christian Poltéra plays the famous cello »Mara«, built in 1711 by Antonio Stradivari.

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Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter

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Lawrence Power

Lawrence Power

Lawrence Power is one of today’s foremost violists, in demand worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music partner. His eloquent artistry and penetrating musicianship were acknowledged in 2015 when he was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award. Over the past decade, he has become a regular guest performer with orchestras of the highest international calibre, from the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Stockholm Philharmonic and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras to the Philharmonia, the BBC Scottish Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. In addition he has established a strong presence in Australia as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony and Adelaide Symphony orchestras. Lawrence Power was Artist in Residence with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2012- 13 season and has forged a close relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His recital credits include performances at Wigmore Hall and other prestigious UK and European venues and festivals. He regularly collaborates with the violinist Maxim Vengerov and has developed an acclaimed duo partnership with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips. Power’s Gramophone Award-nominated recordings for Hyperion include the viola concertos of Bartók, Rósza, Walton and Rubbra, the Shostakovich and Brahms viola sonatas, and York Bowen's complete works for viola and piano with Simon Crawford-Phillips. His three-disc Hindemith survey stands as a benchmark recording of the composer’s complete works for solo viola, while his most recent Hyperion release, Fin de Siècle, made with Simon Crawford-Phillips, includes world premiere recordings of works by Büsser, Hüe and Honnoré, together with compositions by Chausson, Debussy, Enescu and Ravel. Power also features on Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano’s Shakespeare Songs, joint winner of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. He is set to record Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Bergen Philharmonic for Hyperion and Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Illumination with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in May 2017. As a fervent champion of contemporary music, Lawrence Power has developed a large repertoire of new works. He gave the UK premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s concerto Remnants of Song at the 2012 BBC Proms, and the world premieres of a succession of scores written for him, including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Pentatonic Étude, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Power Play, Julian Anderson’s Prayer, Alexander Goehr’s Hymn to Night and Huw Watkins’s Fantasy. Power opened the 2014-15 season with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante at Lincoln Center in New York with Joshua Bell and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. His 2016-17 schedule includes recitals at LSO St Luke’s, Wigmore Hall and on tour to the United States, Julian Anderson’s Prayer and Walton’s Viola Concerto with the Philharmonia, MacMillan’s Viola Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras. Lawrence Power became Artistic Director of the English Chamber Orchestra Charitable Trust in May 2016 and launched his first London series with the English Chamber Orchestra at Kings Place in October 2016. He is also founder and Artistic Director of West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival. Last updated

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Bettina Ranch

Bettina Ranch

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Marie Henriette Reinhold

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Marie Henriette Reinhold

Marie Henriette Reinhold

wurde 1990 in Leipzig geboren. Bereits seit frühester Kindheit durch ein musikalisches Elternhaus geprägt studierte sie nach dem Abitur an der Landesschule Pforta vorerst Musikwissenschaften sowie Kulturmanagement an der Musikhochschule »Franz Liszt« Weimar und der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. Dieses Studium schloss sie im Sommer 2011 mit dem Bachelor of Arts ab. Die Künstlerin ist Gründungsmitglied des Landesjugendchores Sachsen. Ab dem Jahr 2008 erhielt sie Gesangsunterricht bei Prof. Kammersänger Roland Schubert. Durch diesen Unterricht und die Chorarbeit wuchs ihre Liebe zum Singen sowie der Wunsch das Hobby zum Beruf zu machen. Als Konsequenz studiert sie seit Oktober 2011 klassischen Gesang bei Prof. Elvira Dreßen an der Musikhochschule »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« Leipzig.  Solistische Auftritte führten Marie Henriette Reinhold bereits in die Konzertsäle und Hauptkirchen Deutschlands und des europäischen Auslands. Sie musizierte u. a. mit dem Orchestre des Champs-Élysées und dem Collegium Vocale Gent unter Philipp Herreweghe, der Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, dem Concerto Köln und dem Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Im Jahr 2016 war sie u. a. mit den Bamberger Symphonikern unter Herbert Blomstedt und dem Münchener Bachchor zu hören. 2017 wird sie z. B. mit dem Kammerchor Stuttgart unter Frieder Bernius arbeiten. Erste Opernerfahrungen sammelte sie in den Produktionen der Leipziger Musikhochschule, so u. a. als Dritte Dame in Mozarts »Zauberflöte«, als Gräfin in Lortzings »Wildschütz« und als Rustena in Vivaldis »La verità in cimento«. Meisterkurse bei Jonathan Alder, Alexander Schmalcz und Peter Schreier gaben ihr entscheidende Impulse im Bereich der Liedinterpretation. Marie Henriette Reinhold ist erste Junior-Preisträgerin des Bundeswettbewerbes Berlin 2012 und Preisträgerin der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg 2014.  

Marie Henriette Reinhold

Marie Henriette Reinhold

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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Sibylla Rubens

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Sibylla Rubens

Sibylla Rubens

Sibylla Rubens

Sibylla Rubens

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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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Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

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Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, the Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition. Over its long history many distinguished conductors and internationally celebrated instrumentalists have left their mark on this onetime court orchestra. Previous directors include Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner, who called the ensemble his »miraculous harp«. The list of prominent conductors of the last 100 years includes Ernst von Schuch, Fritz Reiner, Fritz Busch, Karl Böhm, Joseph Keilberth, Rudolf Kempe, Otmar Suitner, Kurt Sanderling,Herbert Blomstedt and Giuseppe Sinopoli. The orchestra was directed by Bernard Haitink from 2002-2004 and most recently by Fabio Luisi from 2007-2010. Principal Conductor since the 2012 / 2013 season has been Christian Thielemann. In May 2016 the former Principal Conductor Herbert Blomstedt received the title Conductor Laureate. This title has only been awarded to Sir Colin Davis before, who held it from 1990 until his death in April 2013. Myung-Whun Chung has been Principal Guest Conductor since the 2012 / 2013 season. Richard Strauss and the Staatskapelle were closely linked for more than sixty years. Nine of the composer’s operas were premiered in Dresden, including »Salome«, »Elektra« and »Der Rosenkavalier«, while Strauss’s »Alpine Symphony« was dedicated to the orchestra. Countless other famous composers have written works either dedicated to the orchestra or first performed in Dresden. In 2007 the Staatskapelle reaffirmed this tradition by introducing the annual position of »Capell-Compositeur«. Following on from Hans Werner Henze, Wolfgang Rihm and György Kurtág, Sofia Gubaidulina will hold this title once more for the 2016 / 2017 season. As »Capell-Virtuos« the pianist Daniil Trifonov will take part in various concerts.

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

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Sächsisches Vocalensemble

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Ángel Sánchez González »Cepillo«

Ángel Sánchez González »Cepillo«

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Michael Sanderling

Michael Sanderling

has been Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic since the 2011/12 concert season. He is known for the highest musical and technical standards, concentrated rehearsals and concert performances of unforgettable intensity. The success of the most recent concert tours to South America, Asia, Great Britain and the United States, which resulted in the orchestra being invited for immediate return engagements, demonstrates that through his work Sanderling has drawn playing of the highest caliber from the Dresden Philharmonic within a very short period of time. In the 2016/17 concert season, Michael Sanderling will conduct the orchestra in such important music centers as Shanghai, Peking, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, London, Vienna, Munich and Cologne. A special focus of concert programming in Dresden is a complete cycle of symphonies by Beethoven and Shostakovich. The surprising interrelations between the works featured in the first release of the series on the Sony Classical label demonstrate how well the two great symphonists can be programmed side by side on one disc, marking a new chapter in the discography of the Dresden Philharmonic. The high point of the season will certainly be when, in early 2017, the Dresden Philharmonic moves into the newly renovated concert hall at the Kulturpalast. Michael Sanderling is one of only a very few whose career path took him from performing as a soloist and orchestral musician to being one of the leading conductors of our time. In 1987, the native of Berlin was appointed Principal Cello of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra under Kurt Masur. From 1994 to 2006 he held the same position with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. His eight years as a member of the Ex Aequo Trio demonstrates his commitment to chamber music. In 2000, he made his professional conducting debut with the Kammerorchester Berlin and from 2006 to 2010 was the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Kammerakademie Potsdam. Michael Sanderling regularly guest conducts renowned orchestras, among them Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the major radio symphony orchestras in Germany. In the 2016/2017 season, he will make his conducting debut with the Vienna Symphony and the Czech Philharmonic.

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Céline Scheen

Céline Scheen

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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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Connie Shih

Connie Shih

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SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet

SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet

The four musicians Blaž Kemperle, Erik Nestler, Alan Lužar and Guerino Bellarosa met in Cologne where they founded the SIGNUM saxophone quartet in 2006. The saxophonists have studied in Cologne, Vienna and Amsterdam; they have been influenced and inspired by the Quatuor Ébène, Artemis Quartet and Gabor Takács-Nágy. Award-winners at international competitions including Lugano and Berlin, SIGNUM nowadays play in concert halls and at festivals all over Europe. In 2013 they made their debut in the Carnegie Hallin New York. A very special and remarkable achievement was the award »Rising Stars 2014/2015« given by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), which took SIGNUM to such prestigious concert halls as the Barbican Centre London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Gulbenkian Lisbon, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonie Cologne, amongst others. In October 2016 SIGNUM was awarded »Best Ensemble 2016« by prestigious German Festival Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern. SIGNUM are constantly searching for new ideas, ground breaking challenges and intriguing artistic encounters. Their sheer joy and experimental versatility are reflected in their extraordinary programs; the four young musicians are also to be heard in classical quartet formations and they continue to create exciting, never before seen joint arrangements with inspiring soundscapes. The first CD of the quartet »DEBUT« was launched in 2011 including works by Grieg, Ravel, Bartók and Shostakovich; a second CD »BALKANICATION« was released in December 2014. A new CD release is scheduled for 2016/17. SIGNUM is a D'ADDARIO Artist.

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Antti Siirala

Antti Siirala

The Finnish pianist, winner of numerous first prizes, including the Leeds Competition, has established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. His rich palette of sound colours, his differentiated and songful phrasing and expressive intelligence are praised frequently. Especially the releases of the three last Beethoven Sonatas (AVI-Music) and the Beethoven Triple Concerto (with The Knights, Colin Jacobsen and Jan Vogler, SONY) demonstrate what an outstanding interpreter Antti Siirala is. He performs with renowned conductors like Herbert Blomstedt, François-Xavier Roth, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sakari Oramo, and with orchestras like the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of HR, NDR Hanover, SWR and WDR, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Wiener Symphoniker, Budapest Festival Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Residentie Orkest, Gothenburg Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. Milestones in the career of the youngest winner in the history of the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna were his recitals in the piano series of the Berlin Philharmonic, at the Lucerne Festival and at the Ruhr Piano Festival, and at concert halls like Cologne’s Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York or Zurich’s Tonhalle. Furthermore, Antti Siirala was artist in residence for three years at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, featured in its series Junge Wilde (Young Wild Things). Upcoming Highlights include concerts with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Prague Symphony under the baton of Pietari Inkinen as well as recitals with a programme dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Finish independence with works by Rautavaara, Bach, Brahms, Kaipaninen and Schumann. He regularly performs chamber music with partners like Jan Vogler and the Moritzburg Ensemble, Baiba Skride, Sharon Kam, Caroline Widmann, Tanja Tetzlaff and Lawrence Power. In addition to the above mentioned recordings, SONY has released an acclaimed recording of Schubert’s Trout Quintet together with newly composed and improvised variations on the song about the trout as well as CDs featuring works by Brahms and Schubert transcriptions (NAXOS). Siirala’s CDs have been selected repeatedly by Gramophone as Editor’s Choice recommendations. Antti Siirala is piano professor at „Hochschule für Musik und Theater“ in Munich.

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Kian Soltani

Kian Soltani

New worlds of imagination appear whenever Kian Soltani makes music. A sense of individuality, depth of expression and charismatic presence are among the elements of the young Austrian cellist’s captivating artistry. Rave reviews and invitations to perform at the world’s leading concert halls have propelled the 25-year-old musician from rising star to one of the most exciting musicians of this generation. Kian Soltani made his international breakthrough at the age of nineteen with acclaimed debuts in the Vienna Musikverein’s Goldener Saal and at the Hohenems Schubertiade. He attracted further worldwide attention in April 2013 as winner of the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki where he was hailed by Ostinato magazine as »a soloist of the highest level among the new generation of cellists«. In the summer of 2015 he joined Daniel Barenboim as one of the soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, performing the work during the West Eastern Divan Orchestra’s Waldbühnenkonzert in Berlin, at the Salzburg and Lucerne festivals, at the BBC Proms in London, and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Highlights of the 2017/18 season include performances at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Philharmonie de Paris, Royal Festival Hall London, Kölner Philharmonie, Boulez Saal Berlin, Prinzregententheater Munich, Oslo Konserthus and the Hohenems Schubertiade, as well as appearances at the Salzburg, Verbier, Lucerne and Aix-enProvence Easter Festivals. He will again join Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra performing Strauss’ »Don Quixote« on a worldwide tour throughout 2017. His debut Deutsche Grammophon album, »Home«, comprising works for cello and piano by Schubert, Schumann and Reza Vali, is set for international release in January 2018. Kian Soltani was born in Bregenz in 1992 to a family of Persian musicians. He began playing cello at an age four and was only twelve when he joined Ivan Monighetti’s class at the Basel Music Academy. He was chosen as an Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation scholarship holder in 2014, and completed his further studies as a member of the Young Soloist Programme at Germany’s Kronberg Academy. He received additional important musical training at the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein. Kian Soltani plays on the »London« Stradivarius 1694 cello, on generous loan from theJ & A Beare International Violin Society.

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Conductors

Marc Soustrot

Marc Soustrot

is considered a specialist of French orchestral literature. He is also well-known for his deep involvement in contemporary music, which he has cultivated since the beginning of his career. He has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire (1976 – 1994), the Beethoven Orchester Bonn (1995 – 2003) and Het Brabants Orkest Eindhoven (1996 – 2006). He has been chief conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra since the 2011/12 season and of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra since the 2015/16 season. As a guest conductor, Soustrot has worked with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Filharmonie Antwerpen, Residentie Orkest Den Haag and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Luxembourg, Barcelona and Tokyo. Marc Soustrot has many years of experience in the opera world and a vast operatic repertoire. He has worked with the orchestras of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Teatro Real Madrid, Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie de Munt, Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen and the Norwegian National Opera Oslo. In 2012 he garnered much praise for his interpretation of Francis Poulenc’s »Les Dialogues des Carmelites« at the Royal Swedish Opera and the Stuttgart Opera. Returning to Stuttgart. In 2015 he gave his successful debut conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in a new production of Claude Debussy’s »Pelléas et Mélisande« (staging: Álex Ollé/La Fura dels Baus) at the Semperoper Dresden. Marc Soustrot has conducted on a number of prize-winning CDs and is currently recording the complete symphonic work of Camille Saint-Saëns with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra for Naxos. In 2008 he was honoured with the title of »Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur«. Born in Lyon, Soustrot studied trombone and piano at the Conservatoire de Lyon until 1969, when he began training as a conductor with Manuel Rosenthal in Paris.  

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Staatskapelle Halle

Staatskapelle Halle

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Martin Stadtfeld

Martin Stadtfeld

Martin Stadtfeld has established himself as one of the leading interpreters of Johann Sebastian Bach's music over the last 12 years, winning the first prize at the Leipzig Bach Competition in 2002. Two years later, his debut CD with Bach’s Goldberg Variations, released by Sony Classical, made it to the top of the classical charts. The recording was compared to the legendary Glenn Gould recording of 1955, and was awarded the »ECHO Klassik«. Following this success, Martin Stadtfeld was honoured with three more »Echo Klassik« awards and numerous CDs followed. After his recent recording of works from the London Sketchbook by the 8 year old Mozart and the later Piano Concertos No. 1 & 9, his eagerly awaited CD with Chopin’s Etudes op.10 and op. 25, linked with Stadtfeld’s very own improvisations, was released in 2016. Concerts led him to the most important music centers all over the world and he was invited to play with renowned orchestras in Europe, Japan and the United States. Among these were the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Vienna Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic Prague and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Along with his regular appearances in Germany, Martin Stadtfeld also performed at the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, the Seoul Arts Center, the National Center of Performing Arts in Peking, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and others. Furthermore he is a frequent guest at the Salzburg Festspiele, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival, the Ljubljana Festival, the International Festival Echternach, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Hohenems as well as the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. Conveying an interest in and knowledge of classical music to young children and adolescents is a major priority to Martin Stadtfeld. He regularly visits schools, motivating and inspiring children by talking about his work as a pianist.

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Thomas Stimmel

Thomas Stimmel

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Singers

Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel

The Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has performed in all the great opera houses of the world, and is especially recognized for his portrayals of Figaro, Falstaff and Wotan. He made his operatic début in 1990 as Guglielmo in »Così fan tutte« for Welsh National Opera. His international operatic career began in 1991 when he sang the Speaker in Mozart's »Die Zauberflöte« at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and in the same year he made his United States début as Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera. Other roles performed during his career include Holländer in »Der fliegende Holländer«, Méphistophélès in »Faust«, both the Title Role and Leporello in »Don Giovanni«, Jochanaan in »Salome«, Scarpia in »Tosca«, the Title Role in »Gianni Schicchi«, Nick Shadow in »The Rake’s Progress«, Wolfram in »Tannhäuser«, Balstrode in »Peter Grimes«, Four Villains in »Les contes d’Hoffmann«, Dulcamara in »L’Elisir d’Amore« and the Title Role in »Sweeney Todd«. Bryn Terfel is also known for his versatility as a concert performer with highlights ranging from the opening ceremony of the Wales Millennium Centre, BBC Last Night of the Proms, and the Royal Variety Show to a gala concert with Andrea Bocelli in Central Park, New York. He has given recitals in the major cities of the world and for nine years hosted his own festival in Faenol, North Wales. He is a »Grammy«, »Classical Brit» and »Gramophone Award« winner with a discography encompassing operas of Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, and more than fifteen solo discs including Lieder, American musical theatre, Welsh songs and sacred repertory. In 2015, to mark his 50th birthday and twenty five years in the profession, Bryn performed in a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London and in a concert performance of »Tosca« at the Wales Millennium Centre. He was also given »The Freedom of the City of London«. Operatic highlights in 2015 included his debut in the role of Tevye in »Fiddler on the Roof« for Grange Park Opera, the Title Role in »Sweeney Todd« for English National Opera and Méphistophélès in »Damnation of Faust« for Opera de Paris. Highlights in 2016 include his debut in the role of Boris Godunov for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, recitals in North America and concerts in festivals throughout Europe. In the 16/17 season he will perform Scarpia in Paris and Berlin, Hans Sachs at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Dulcamara and Wotan for Vienna State Opera.

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Christian Thielemann

Christian Thielemann

The 2016/2017 season is Christian Thielemann’s fifth as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. He began his professional career in 1978 as a rehearsal pianist at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin; following engagements in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe and Hanover he joined the conducting staff of Rhine Opera in Dusseldorf in 1985, moving to Nuremberg three years later to occupy the post of Generalmusikdirektor. In 1997 he returned to his hometown of Berlin to direct the Deutsche Oper until 2004, when he became Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic, a post he occupied until 2011. In addition to his current position in Dresden, Thielemann has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival since 2013, where the Staatskapelle is resident orchestra. Christian Thielemann has contributed to the birthday celebrations for Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss with numerous Staatskapelle concerts in the Semperoper and on tour. His programmes have also featured a wide range of music from Bach to Henze and Gubaidulina. He has conducted new productions of »Manon Lescaut«, »Simon Boccanegra« and »Elektra« in Dresden and »Parsifal«, »Arabella« and »Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci« in Salzburg. »Opernwelt« magazine crowned him »Conductor of the Year« for his interpretation of »Die Frau ohne Schatten« at the Salzburg Festival of 2011. Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. Following his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000, he has returned every year to thrill audiences with benchmark interpretations. In 2010 he was appointed the festival’s Musical Advisor, and in June 2015 became its Music Director. Much in demand as a versatile concert conductor, he has collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras in Amsterdam, London, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, and has also performed in Israel, Japan and China. As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. Alongside the New Year’s Eve Concerts of 2010 to 2013, he has already released many CDs and DVDs with the Staatskapelle featuring symphonic works by Beethoven, Liszt, Bruckner, Reger, Pfitzner and Busoni as well as Strauss’s »Arabella«, »Ariadne auf Naxos« and »Elektra«, Weber’s »Der Freischütz« and Wagner’s »Parsifal«. One of the most recent ventures has been a complete cycle of the symphonies of Johannes Brahms. He has recorded all of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic. Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In May 2015 he was awarded the Richard Wagner prize by the Richard Wagner Society of the city of Leipzig.

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Daniil Trifonov

Daniil Trifonov

Daniil Trifonov Born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991, Daniil Trifonov has emerged as one of the most talked-about young musicians in the world. His reputation for outstanding performances, musical insight and expressive intensity has already surpassed the attention he received during the 2010/11 season when he won medals at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Third Prize), the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (First Prize and Grand Prix). Recent and upcoming concerto highlights include the Berlin Philharmonic with Rattle, Vienna Philharmonic with Nelsons, London Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestras with Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Mehta, Philharmonia Orchestra with Maazel, New York Philharmonic with Gilbert, , Chicago Symphony and Royal Philharmonic with Dutoit and Danish Radio Symphony with Noseda. In 2017/18 he will perform throughout Germany with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, as well as touring with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti, to include performances in Vienna, Prague, Dresden and Paris. Recent and upcoming recitals include Stern Auditorium of New York Carnegie Hall, London‘s Royal  Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw‘s Master Piano Series, Philharmonie de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Zurich Tonhalle, amongst many others. Daniil Trifonov has also been presented by the major festivals of Europe: Verbier, Lucerne, Montreux, Tivoli, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Lockenhaus, Grafenegg, La Roque d'Anthéron, Klavier Festival Ruhr. Daniil Trifonov is a noted chamber musician and performs regularly with artists including Nicholas Angelich, Sergei Babayan, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Yuri Bashmet, Vilde Frang, and the Pavel Haas Quartet. Daniil Trifonov began his musical studies at the age of five. He studied at Moscow Gnesin School of Music in the class of Tatiana Zelikman (2000-2009). From 2006 to 2009 he also studied composition and has continued to write piano, chamber and orchestral music since then.  Since 2009, he has studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the class of Sergei Babayan. In February 2013, Deutsche Grammophon announced the signing of an exclusive recording agreement with Daniil Trifonov. His first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artists (»Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital«) won a »Grammy« Award nomination. His latest release, »Transcendental«, was awarded the »ECHO Klassik« 2017 award. His discography also includes a recording of »Rachmaninov Variations« with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin, as well as Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, released on the Mariinsky label in 2012. His first CD was released on Decca in 2011, featuring a selection of Chopin solo works.

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Gianluigi Trovesi

Gianluigi Trovesi

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Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno

Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno

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Voces8

Voces8

Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. In recent seasons VOCES8 has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cité de la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, the Shanghai Concert Hall and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Artistic collaborations have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, period ensembles Florilegium and L’Arpeggiata, violinist Hugo Ticciati and pianist/composer Jonathan Dove. VOCES8 is a Decca Classics Artist and has released albums which have been at the top of the Classical Charts. VOCES8 is an Ambassador for Edition Peters with whom it publishes arrangements and educational material. The ensemble’s innovative education work has received praise from UNESCO and since 2005 has raised £1 million towards music education.

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Jan Vogler

Jan Vogler

The cellist has performed with such orchestras as New York Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras and Wiener Symphoniker. A passionate chamber musician, he performs regularly with pianists Hélène Grimaud and Martin Stadtfeld. As cultural ambassador he accompanied the former federal president Horst Köhler on a visit to Korea in 2010. In 2006 he received the »European Cultural Prize« and in 2011 the »Erich Kästner Prize« for tolerance, humanity and international understanding. A dedicated champion of contemporary music, he regularly premieres new works including works by Mansurian, Harbison and Udo Zimmermann in 2010. For the 2013-14 seasons he is invited to perform with such orchestras as Bamberger Symphoniker, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Taiwan and Copenhagen Philharmonics and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In addition he will play at the Beethovenfest Bonn with pianist Hélène Grimaud, several duo evenings with violinist Mira Wang as well as a Bach solo program in Augsburg among others. Jan Vogler records exclusively for SONY Classical. CDs include Dvorák’s Cello Concerto (New York Philharmonic), Shostakovich (The Knights), »My Tunes« as well as the fifth CD of the Moritzburg Fesival »Trout Variations« (2011). In March 2013 his recordings of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites was released followed by the Schumann chamber music CD »Dicherliebe« with Hélène Grimaud. Jan Vogler is Artistic and General Director of the Dresden Music Festival and founder and Artistic Director of the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival. He plays the 1707 Stradivarius »Ex Castelbarco/Fau« cello and 1721 Domenico Montagnana cello »Ex-Hekking«.

Jan Vogler

Jan Vogler

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Mira Wang

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Mira Wang

Mira Wang

Die in China geborene Geigerin Mira Wang studierte bei Roman Totenberg an der Boston University, wo sie ihr Studium mit Auszeichnung abschloss und den renommierten »Kahn Award« für herausragende Musiker erhielt. Mira Wang gewann zahlreiche Preise bei Wettbewerben auf der ganzen Welt, u.a. den 1. Preis beim Internationalen Violin-Wettbewerb in Genf und den 1. Preis des Internationalen Violin-Wettbewerbs in Neuseeland. Mira gastierte bei vielen Orchestern in den USA, Europa und Asien, wie z.B. der Staatskapelle Dresden, dem Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, dem Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, dem Singapore Symphony Orchestra und dem Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  Als Kammermusikerin konzertierte sie bei zahlreichen internationalen Festivals wie dem Marlboro Festival, »Les Museiques« in Basel, dem Kuhmo Festival und dem MDR Musiksommer. Beim Moritzburg Festival ist sie ständiger Gast, dort leitet sie seit 2014 die Moritzburg Akademie für junge Musiker. Seit 2005 ist Mira Wang künstlerische Leiterin der exklusiven Kammermusikreihe »Modelroom Musicales« im New York Yachtclub.  Zu den Höhepunkten ihrer Konzerttätigkeit zählen die Uraufführung des Violinkonzertes »Spring in Dresden« von Chen Yi, gemeinsam mit der Staatskapelle Dresden und Ivan Fisher, und ihre Auftritte als Gastsolistin beim American Symphony Orchestra, u. a. mit »Chain 2« von W. Lutoslawski in der New Yorker Avery-Fisher-Hall. 2010 spielte sie die Uraufführung des Doppelkonzertes von John Harbison, mit dem Cellisten Jan Vogler und dem Boston Symphony Orchestra. Im Oktober und November 2015 wird sie »Duo Concerto« von Wolfgang Rihm auf drei Kontinenten aus der Taufe heben, zunächst in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall und der Dresdner Frauenkirche, gemeinsam mit Jan Vogler und dem Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, dann beim Singapore Symphony Orchestra unter Lan Shui. Bei dem Label BERLIN Classics sind mehrere CD’s mit Mira Wang erschienen, so z.B. die  Violinkonzerte von Saint-Saëns (begleitet von der Radiophilharmonie des NDR) und  Prokofiew (mit der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken). Außerdem wirkte sie bei Aufnahmen für SONY Classical mit, so z. B. bei der Mozart-Produktion (»Echo Klassik«) und dem Album »Tango« des Moritzburg Festivals.  

Mira Wang

Mira Wang

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Alisa Weilerstein

Alisa Weilerstein

Alisa Weilerstein An exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics, Alisa was the first cellist to be signed by the label for over 20 years. Her debut recording of the Elgar and Elliott Carter cello concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin was named »BBC Music magazine’s« »Recording of the Year 2013.« Weilerstein’s second Decca release, featuring Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, revealed a »take-noprisoners emotional investment that is evident in every bar« (»New York Times«). »Solo«, a compilation of unaccompanied 20th Century cello music, was released in October 2014 to critical acclaim. The album’s centerpiece is Kodály’s Sonata for solo cello, a signature work in which the cellist has impressed the »New York Times« with her »staggering performance.« The American-born cellist Alisa Weilerstein has attracted attention worldwide for her natural virtuosity, intensity of her playing and the spontaneity and sensitivity of her interpretations. In 2010, she was invited by Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic to play the Elgar concerto in the orchestra’s annual Europakonzert which that year took place in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. She has appeared with all of the major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe with conductors including Pablo Heras-Casado, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Matthias Pintscher, Yuri Temirkanov, Juraj Valcuha, Osmo Vänskä, Semyon Bychkov, Simone Young and Jaap van Zweden. She has also appeared at major music festivals throughout the world as a soloist, recitalist and as a chamber musician. Following the release of their duo album debut on Decca, comprising sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninoff, Alisa reunited with her longtime recital partner, pianist Inon Barnatan, for a tour of North America and on a tour of six European capitals that takes in London’s Wigmore Hall. An ardent champion of new music, she has worked extensively with Osvaldo Golijov and premiered works by Lera Auerbach and Joseph Hallman. She gave the New York premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s »Reflections on Narcissus« under the composer’s direction during the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Biennial. She appears at major music festivals worldwide, and regularly collaborates with Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the El Sistema education programme. Weilerstein, whose honours include Lincoln Center’s 2008 »Martin E. Segal prize« and the 2006 »Leonard Bernstein Award«, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 9, she is now a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Pieter Wispelwey

Pieter Wispelwey

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Johanna Wokalek

Johanna Wokalek

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Thomas Zehetmair

Thomas Zehetmair

Thomas Zehetmair’s ability to skilfully blend his musical interests is unparalleled. He enjoys widespread international acclaim not only as a violinist, but also a conductor and chamber musician making him one of the most prominent artist personalities of present day. Since the season 2016/17 he is Principle Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur. Thomas Zehetmair has recorded the largest amount of repertoire for the violin; many of his releases have earned multiple awards. These recordings include, among others, B. A. Zimmermann’s violin concerto with the WDR Sinfonieorchester under Heinz Holliger (»Diapason d’Or de l’Année« 2009), 24 Paganini Caprices (the best list of the »Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik« 2009, »Midem Classic Award« 2010), a recording of Elgar’s violin concerto with the Hallé Orchestra Manchester under Sir Mark Elder (»Gramophone Award« 2010) and Mozart’s violin concertos with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under Frans Brüggen, acclaimed as a reference recording. Furthermore, the recording »Manto and Madrigals« appeared with ECM in March 2011 where the duo of Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius embark on a journey charting modern and contemporary repertoire for the violin and viola. Taking the helm of the Royal Northern Sinfonia as Principle Conductor in 2002, he sculpted it into one of England’s leading orchestras during his term ending in 2014. Thomas Zehetmair is both a sought-after soloist and conductor among leading international orchestras worldwide. He is Artistic Partner at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (USA) and also maintains close ties with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore he is the founding member of the Zehetmair Quartett, with which he was awarded the »Paul Hindemith Prize« by the City of Hanau in November 2014 in recognition of outstanding musical achievement. For his far-reaching artistic contributions, Thomas Zehetmair was awarded, among other things, the certificate of honour by the »Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik» as well as the »Karl Böhm Interpretation Prize« by the federated state of Styria. Thomas Zehetmair is an honorary doctor at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar and Newcastle University.

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