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Prof. Dr. Ercan Altinsoy

Prof. Dr. Ercan Altinsoy

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Conductors

Ekaterina Antonenko

Ekaterina Antonenko

studied choir conducting at the Tchaikovsky Academic Music College at the Moscow State Conservatory with Irina Usova, and at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Vladimir Sukhanov. From 2010 until 2012 Ekaterina Antonenko was granted a DAAD scholarship and she continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Marcus Creed). The musician participated in master classes with Frieder Bernius, Marc Minkowski and Hans-Christoph Rademann, among others. In 2013 Ekaterina Antonenko completed her doctorate in 2001 on the topic of »Church music of Baldassare Galuppi«. From 2012 she has been teacher at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 2011, upon the invitation of Peter Phillips Ekaterina Antonenko conducted The Tallis Scholars in the Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. In 2015 she assisted Hans-Christoph Rademann at rehearsals of the »Penitential Psalms» by Alfred Schnittke with the RIAS Kammerchor. Furthermore Ekaterina Antonenko instructed the Dresdner Kammerchor for the performance of George Frideric Handel's »Alexander's Feast« at the music festival Wratislavia Cantans 2015 and for the Commemorative Concert of the Kristallnacht with works by Schnittke and Samuel Adler at the Frauenkirche, Dresden (2018). Founded in 2006 by Ekaterina Antonenko, Intrada Vocal Ensemble is international renowned and has gained a reputation as one of the best Russian choirs of today.

Singers

Sofie Asplund

Sofie Asplund

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

Choirs

AuditivVokal Dresden

AuditivVokal Dresden

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

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Instrumentalists

Ido Azrad

Ido Azrad

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

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Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim

is one of today’s most outstanding artists. As a pianist and conductor, he has been active for decades in major cities across Europe and all around the world. Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942, where he held his first public recital at the age of seven. In 1952, he moved to Israel with his parents and participated in conducting classes in Salzburg with Igor Markevitch shortly after. At the age of ten, Daniel Barenboim had his debuts as a solo pianist in Vienna and Rome. Since then, he has undertaken tours in Europe, the U.S., South America, Australia, and the Far East. Numerous recordings attest to Daniel Barenboim’s great artistic stature as a pianist and a conductor. In 1954, he began with solo recordings, including Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Among others, later he recorded all of Mozart’s piano concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, where he conducted from the piano. As an accompanist, he has worked regularly with important singers such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Since his 1967 conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Daniel Barenboim has been in demand as a conductor at leading orchestras around the world, including the Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonics, ensembles with whom he has worked for decades now. Between 1975 and 1989, Daniel Barenboim was chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris. His debut at the opera podium he held at Edinburgh Festival in 1973 with Mozart’s »Don Giovanni«, and in 1981, he conducted for the first time in Bayreuth, and continued to conduct there every summer until 1999. From 1991 to June 2006, Daniel Barenboim served as chief conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and completed a series of recordings, including works by Brahms, Strauss, and Schönberg with this top-notch ensemble. Since 1992, Daniel Barenboim has been general music director at the Berlin State Opera, and in 2000, Staatskapelle Berlin named him chief conductor for life. In both the opera and the concert repertoire, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle have jointly worked on large-scale cycles and presented them in Berlin and on worldwide guest performance tours. The cyclical production of Richard Wagner’s ten major works at Berlin State Opera met with worldwide acclaim, as did the performance of all symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, and Bruckner, among others. In addition to the great works of the classical-romantic repertoire and classical modernism, Daniel Barenboim and the orchestra have increasingly focused on contemporary music. The constantly growing number of works that Daniel Barenboim has recorded with Staatskapelle Berlin, include operas from Wagner, the symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms, as well as the piano concertos of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Brahms, with Daniel Barenboim as soloist. In 1999, he founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra together with the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. Each summer, this project brings together young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and the Arab world to contribute to a dialogue between the various cultures of the Middle East. Since 2015, talented young musicians from the Middle East have studied at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, another initiative of the Daniel Barenboim. The building of this academy for music and humanities also houses the Pierre Boulez Saal. In 2016 Daniel Barenboim founded a piano trio with violinist Michael Barenboim and cellist Kian Soltani. During the 2017/18 season the musicians performed the complete Beethoven Piano Trios in Pierre Boulez Hall, combined with contemporary works. Daniel Barenboim has been awarded many prizes and honors, e. g. the »Order of Merit« of the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition he has been named commander of the French Légion d’honneur and a United Nations Ambassador for Peace. Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon him the title of »Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire«. Daniel Barenboim has published several books, among others his autobiography »A Life in Music«.

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Lisa Batiashvili

Lisa Batiashvili

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

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Belcea Quartet

Belcea Quartet

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

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Instrumentalists

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell

With a career spanning more than thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor and director Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His curiosity and clarity of insight are a testament to his belief in the power of music as a unifying cultural force. An artist of precision and passion, Joshua Bell is committed to the violin as an instrument of expression and a vehicle for realizing the new and unexplored. Since 2011, Joshua Bell has served as Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, succeeding Sir Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958. Joshua Bell’s multifaceted interests range from performing the repertoire’s hallmarks to recording commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Joshua Bell received a »Grammy« award. He has also premiered works of John Corigliano, Edgar Meyer, Jay Greenberg, and Behzad Ranjbaran, continually exploring the boundaries of the repertoire and the instrument. Committed to innovative ways of expanding classical music’s social and cultural impact, Joshua Bell has collaborated with various artists and organizations across a multitude of genres. He has partnered with peers including Renée Fleming, Chick Corea, Regina Spektor, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Anoushka Shankar, Frankie Moreno, Josh Groban, and Sting, among others, emphasizing music as a crucial element of cross-cultural conversation. In Spring 2019, Joshua Bell joins his longtime friends and musical partners, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk, for a ten-city American trio tour. Joshua Bell maintains an avid interest in film music, and in 2018/19, commemorates the twentieth anniversary of »The Red Violin« (1998); the film’s »Academy Award« winning soundtrack features Joshua Bell as soloist. He is the featured soloist in a wide array of film soundtracks, from that of »Ladies in Lavender« (2004) to »Defiance« (2008), further diversifying the possibilities of the violin. Through music’s interaction with technology, Joshua Bell further seeks to expand the boundaries of his instrument. He has partnered with Embertone, the leading virtual instrument sampling company, on the Joshua Bell Virtual Violin, a sampler created for producers, engineers, artists, and composers. In an effort to broaden the violin’s accessibility, Joshua Bell also collaborated with Sony on the Joshua Bell VR experience. As an exclusive Sony Classical artist, the violinist has recorded more than 40 albums garnering numerous awards, including »Grammy«, »Mercury Prize«, »Gramophone Classical Music Award« and »ECHO Klassik«. In 2007, a »Pulitzer Prize«-winning »Washington Post« story, centered on Joshua Bell performing incognito in a Washington, D.C. metro station, sparked an ongoing conversation regarding artistic reception and context. Joshua Bell maintains active involvement with Education Through Music and Turnaround Arts, which provide instruments and arts education to children who may not otherwise be able to experience classical music firsthand. At age fourteen, Joshua Bell debuted with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age seventeen with the St. Louis Symphony.

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Orchestras

Berlin Philharmonic

Berlin Philharmonic

Berliner Philharmoniekr und Kirill Petrenko

Berliner Philharmoniekr und Kirill Petrenko

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Josef Bierbichler

Josef Bierbichler

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Ivor Bolton

Ivor Bolton

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

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Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau Trio

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau’s most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled »The Art of the Trio«. During that same period, Brad Mehldau also released a record called »Places« that included both solo piano and trio songs. After ten rewarding years with Rossy playing in Mehldau’s regular trio, drummer Jeff Ballard joined the band in 2005. The label Nonesuch released its first album from the Brad Mehldau Trio »Day is Done« in September 2005. An exciting double live trio recording entitled »Brad Mehldau Trio Live« was released in March 2008 (Nonesuch). Two years later Nonesuch released a double-disc of original work entitled »Highway Rider«. The album featured performances by Brad Mehldau’s trio – with drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier – as well as percussionist Matt Chamberlain, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and a chamber orchestra led by Dan Coleman. In 2012 Nonesuch released an album of original songs from the Brad Mehldau Trio (»Ode«) – the first from the trio since 2008’s live Village Vanguard disc and the first studio trio recording since 2005’s »Day is Done«. »Ode« went on to garner a Grammy nomination. In 2016, Nonesuch Records released the Brad Mehldau Trio’s »Blues and Ballads« and the celebrated debut album of the Joshua Redman/Brad Mehldau Duo, »Nearness«, featuring recordings from their 2011 European tour. Both albums have received universal praise from critics and audiences alike, and both earned a Grammy nomination for Brad Mehldau. His musical personality forms a dichotomy. He is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, and it informs everything he plays. In his most inspired playing, the actual structure of his musical thought serves as an expressive device. As he plays, he listens to how ideas unwind, and the order in which they reveal themselves. Each tune has a strongly felt narrative arch, whether it expresses itself in a beginning, an end, or something left intentionally open-ended. The two sides of Brad Mehldau’s personality – the improviser and the formalist – play off each other, and the effect is often something like controlled chaos. The musician has performed around the world at a steady pace since the mid-1990s, with his trio and as a solo pianist. His performances convey a wide range of expression. There is often an intellectual rigor to the continuous process of abstraction that may take place on a given tune, and a certain density of information. That could be followed by a stripped down, emotionally direct ballad. Brad Mehldau favors juxtaposing extremes. He has attracted a sizeable following over the years, one that has grown to expect a singular, intense experience in his performance. The artist was appointed as curator of an annual four-concert jazz series at London's prestigious Wigmore Hall during its 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons, with Brad Mehldau appearing in at least two of the four annual concerts. In late January 2010 Carnegie Hall announced the 2010/11 season-long residency by Brad Mehldau as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall – the first jazz artist to hold this position since it was established in 1995.

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Randy Brecker

Randy Brecker

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

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Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman

Internationally recognized as one of today's most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike. In celebration of the 80th birthday of Yuri Temirkanov, Yefim Bronfman’s 2018/19 season started with a European tour with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. This has been followed by concerts in Scandinavia (with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) and Europe, including performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. In the US he will return to orchestras in cities like Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Dallas, and in recital the pianist can be heard in New York (Carnegie Hall), Stanford, Madrid, Geneva, Leipzig, Munich, Berlin, among others. Yefim Bronfman works regularly with an illustrious group of conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jaap van Zweden. Summer engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of Europe and the US. Always keen to explore chamber music repertoire, Yefim Bronfman’s partners are Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Pahud and many others. In 1991 he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Yefim Bronfman's first public performances there since his emigration to Israel at the age of fifteen. The pianist was awarded the prestigious »Avery Fisher Prize«, among others, and widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings. Yefim Bronfman has been nominated for six »Grammy Awards«, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartók Piano Concerti. His prolific catalog of recordings includes works for two pianos by Rachmaninoff and Brahms with Emanuel Ax, the complete Prokofiev concerti with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, a Schubert/Mozart disc with the Zukerman Chamber Players and the soundtrack to Disney's »Fantasia 2000«. Among Yefim Bronfman’s most recent CD releases are the 2014 »Grammy« nominated Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 – commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert on the DaCapo label, the recital disc »Perspectives«, and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concerti as well as the Triple Concerto together with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk, and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under David Zinman (Arte Nova/BMG). Now available on DVD are Yefim Bronfman’s performances of Liszt's Second Piano Concerto with Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon); Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle (EuroArts), as well as both Brahms Concerti with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra. Born in Tashkent/Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. Later, Yefim Bronfman studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin.

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Orchestras

Camerata Salzburg

Camerata Salzburg

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

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Karina Canellakis

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Karina Canellakis

Karina Canellakis

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

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Cappella Amsterdam

Cappella Amsterdam

was established by Jan Boeke in 1970 and has, since 1990, been under the artistic leadership of Daniel Reuss. In recent years the choir has occupied a prominent position in the field of Dutch music and has also enjoyed great success in Europe and beyond. Cappella Amsterdam has thus played a vital role in the European Tenso Network of choirs. Cappella Amsterdam is renowned for its homogenous, refined consonance and its extraordinary versatility. The choir excels in both modern repertoires as in music by the old masters and especially embraces the works of Dutch composers. Cappella Amsterdam doesn’t only have success with its own productions but also with collaborations with other renowned choirs, ensembles and orchestras. Harmonia mundi regularly releases CDs by Cappella Amsterdam, which are all praised. »Lux Aeterna«, for instance, which include works by Görgy Ligeti and Robert Heppener, was crowned with the »Diapason d’Or« of the year 2009. The productions of Sweelinck and Frank Martin’s »Golgotha« (released by the same label in 2010) also welcomed rave revues. In 2009 Cappella Amsterdam won the »VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs« in the category »Most impressive achievement of a small (chamber) ensemble«. The choir has again been recognised in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Amsterdam prize for the Arts, the Edison Classical Listeners award and the VSCD Classical Music award. For a recording of Martin's »Golgotha«, conducted by Daniel Reuss, the choir was nominated together with the Estonian Philharmonic Orchestra for a Grammy for best choral performance. In 2014 the new CD »Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen« with exceptional choral works by Johannes Brahms was released in the Netherlands. Daniel Reuss and his Cappella Amsterdam are focussing on Brahms’ later choral works Philharmonic Chamber Choir und dem Staatlichen Symphonieorchester Estlands and has won the »Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik« 2015. Arvo Pärt's »Kanon Pokajonen«, released in 2016, received the award as »Best Classical Music Recording« by The »New York Times«.

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Constantinos Carydis

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Constantinos Carydis

Constantinos Carydis

In Summer 2018 Constantinos Carydis led a new production of Mozart’s »The Magic Flute« with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, in January 2019 he returned for another collaboration to the Oper Frankfurt for Handel’s »Serse«. Other engagements in the 2018/19 season sees Constantinos Carydis work with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in concerts at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg as well as with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He will lead the Bavarian State Orchestra’s Academy Concerts series and conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Bamberg Symphony, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra of Belgium before rounding off the season by making his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. Previously he worked with orchestras such as Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. As an opera conductor, Constantinos Carydis has a close working relationship with the Bavarian State Opera and the Oper Frankfurt; he also led productions at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Dutch National Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Opéra National de Lyon and at festivals such as Edinburgh International Festival, Hellenic Festival in Athens, George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Settimane Musicali di Ascona. Constantinos Carydis was born in Athens. He studied piano and music theory at the Athens Conservatoire and completed his studies in conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. In 2011 he was awarded the »Carlos-Kleiber-Prize« by the Bavarian State Opera.

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Keyvan Chemirani

Keyvan Chemirani

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

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Lars Danielsson

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Lars Danielsson

Lars Danielsson

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

Lars Danielsson

Lars Danielsson

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David Orlowsky Trio

David Orlowsky Trio

With its unique musical style and crowd-pulling performances, the David Orlowsky Trio is regarded as one of the world's most successful and most innovative ensembles. The three artists have re-defined the standards of classical music. Naming their style as Chamber.World.Music, the artists explore new forms of music at the crossroads of classical, klezmer, pop, Middle Eastern music and jazz. They have wowed audiences at New York's Carnegie Hall, Berlin's Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam or Luxembourg Philharmonie, as well as at major festivals including Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, the Lucerne Festival and Oslo Chamber Music Festival, all of which have them as regular guests. The compositions of the three-time »ECHO Klassik« award winners (2008, 2011 and 2015) are published worldwide by Schott Musik/Advance Music, being frequent bestsellers. Past engagements led the trio among others to the Wigmore Hall London, BOZAR Brussels, Philharmonie Luxemburg, Mozarteum Salzburg, Alte Oper Frankfurt, deSingel Antwerp, Great Mountains Music Festival & School in South Korea, Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles, Rheingau Musik Festival, and the renowned concert series of the Danish Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The trio released their sixth studio album for Sony Classical, »Paris – Odessa« in Spring 2017, which was followed by an extensive tour covering the musical route between the namesakes Paris and Odessa. The current season sees David Orlowsky Trio’s 20th anniversary tour including concert highlights at the Istanbul International Music Festival, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Dresdner Musikfestspiele and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Frequent musical collaborators of the David Orlowsky Trio include Daniel Hope, Per Arne Glorvigen, Iveta Apkalna, Avi Avital and actor Dominique Horwitz, with whom they have developed a fascinating concert and reading program based on Michael Ende's famous novel »Momo«. The trio records exclusively for Sony Classical.

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German String Philharmonic

German String Philharmonic

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Dresden Festival Orchestra

Dresden Festival Orchestra

Every year, some of the best musicians for historically informed performance practice from the finest early-music ensembles in Europe unite to the Dresden Festival Orchestra as the Dresden Music Festival's very own ensemble. With great joy of discovery, precision and a keen sense for authentic interpretations, the Dresden Festival Orchestra has explored the original sound of various epochs since its inception in 2012 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, Waltraud Meier, Thomas Zehetmair and Valer Sabadus. Since 2012 Ivor Bolton has been chief conductor of the Dresden Festival Orchestra.

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Dresden Kammerchor

Dresden Kammerchor

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

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Dresden Kreuzchor

Dresden Kreuzchor

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

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Dresden Philharmonic

Dresden Philharmonic

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

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Thomas Dunford

Thomas Dunford

Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine, thanks to his first teacher Claire Antonini. He completed his studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), when he obtained an unanimous First Prize with honors in the class of Charles-Édouard Fantin. Thomas Dunford continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel with Hopkinson Smith, and participated in several master classes with artists like Rolf Lislevand and Julian Bream, as well as in workshops with Eugène Ferré, Paul O’Dette, Pascale Boquet, Benjamin Perrot and Eduardo Egüez. He was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in 2009. From September 2003 to January 2005, Thomas Dunford gave his first performances playing the role of the lutenist in William Shakespeare’s »Twelfth Night« on the stage at the Comédie-Française. Since then, Thomas Dunford has played numerous recitals in the most prestigious locations, such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Frick Collection, London’s Wigmore Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington, at the Vancouver Recital Society, at Cal Performances Berkeley, the Banff center, Saffron Hall, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona; the festivals of Ambronay, La Chaise-Dieu, Nantes, Saintes, Utrecht, Maguelone, Froville; at Radio France et Montpellier, the Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, as well as at WDR Cologne. He has performed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, the United States, Israel, China, Japan, and India. Thomas Dunford’s first solo CD »Lachrimae«, recorded for the French label Alpha in 2012, was unanimously acclaimed by critics and was awarded the »Caecilia Prize« of 2013. His second CD – »Labirinto d’amore« with mezzo soprano Anna Reinhold was awarded the »Choc« from »Classica« magazine. His extensive discography includes recordings of music from John Dowland, Antonio Vivaldi, Barbara Strozzi, Michael Praetorius, Claudio Monteverdi, J. S. Bach, Henry Purcell, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, among others. Thomas Dunford is regularly in demand, playing a variety of early plucked string instruments with the ensembles Les Arts Florissants, Akadêmia, Amarillis, Les Ambassadeurs, Arcangelo, La Cappella Mediterranea, Capriccio Stravagante, La Chapelle Rhénane, Ensemble Clématis, Collegium Vocale Gent, Le Concert Spirituel, Le Concert d’Astrée, A Deux Violes Esgales, The English Concert, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Ensembe La Fenice, Les Folies Francaises, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Marsyas, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Musiciens du Paradis, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Les Ombres, Ensemble Pygmalion, La Sainte Folie Fantastique, Scherzi Musicali, La Serenissima, Les Siècles, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, La Simphonie du Marais, and many others. Thomas Dunford is attracted to a wide variety of music including jazz, and collaborates in chamber music projects with conductors and soloists like Paul Agnew, Leonardo García Alarcón, Nicola Benedetti, Keyvan Chemirani, William Christie, Jonathan Cohen, Christophe Coin, Iestyn Davies, Lea Desandre, Isabelle Faust, Bobby McFerrin, Philippe Herreweghe, Monica Huggett, Alexis Kosenko, François Lazarevitch, Anne Sofie von Otter, Trevor Pinnock, Patricia Petibon, Sandrine Piau, Anna Prohaska, Hugo Reyne, Anna Reinhold, Jean Rondeau, Skip Sempé, and Jean Tubéry.

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Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen

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Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming

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Richard Galliano

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Richard Galliano

Richard Galliano

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

Richard Galliano

Richard Galliano

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Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev

is a vivid representative of the St Petersburg conducting school. His debut as a conductor at the Mariinsky (then Kirov) Theatre came in 1978 with Prokofiev's »War and Peace«. In 1988 Valery Gergiev was appointed Music Director of the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 1996 he became its Artistic and General Director. With his arrival at the helm, it became a tradition to hold major festivals marking various anniversaries of composers. These festivals saw performances not only of well-known scores but also of rarely performed works or those never staged before at all. Through Valery Gergiev's efforts the Mariinsky Theatre has revived Richard Wagner’s operas, by 2003 »Der Ring des Nibelungen« had been staged in full. That was the first complete Russian »Ring« production after an interval of almost a century and the first one in Russia to be performed in the original German. Under Valery Gergiev's direction the Mariinsky Theatre has become a major theatre and concert complex, without par anywhere in the world. His projects hosted by the Mariinsky Theatre include media broadcasting, on-line concert broadcasts and the establishment of a recording studio. The Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev has scaled new heights, assimilating not just opera and ballet scores, but also an expansive symphony music repertoire including works by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and many other composers. Valery Gergiev's international activities are no less intensive. Having made debuts in 1991 at the Bavarian State Opera, in 1993 at Covent Garden and in 1994 at the Metropolitan Opera, he successfully continues to collaborate with the world's great opera houses. From 1995 to 2008 Valery Gergiev was Principal Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic (he remains its honorary conductor to this day), and from 2007 to 2015 of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since autumn 2015 he has headed the Munich Philharmonic and since summer 2018 the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Valery Gergiev is the founder and director of prestigious international festivals including the Stars of the White Nights (since 1993) and the Moscow Easter Festival (since 2002). Since 2011 he has directed the organisational committee of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Valery Gergiev's musical and public activities have brought him prestigious State awards of Russia, Armenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, France and Japan.

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Chilly Gonzales

Chilly Gonzales

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

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

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

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Hélène Grimaud

Hélène Grimaud

is not just a deeply passionate and committed musical artist whose pianistic accomplishments play a central role in her life. She is a woman with multiple talents that extend far beyond the instrument she plays with such poetic expression and peerless technical control. Hélène Grimaud was born in 1969 in Aix-en-Provence and began her piano studies at the local conservatory before going on to work with Pierre Barbizet in Marseille. She was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire at just 13 and won a first prize in piano performance a mere three years later. She continued to study with György Sándor and Leon Fleisher until, in 1987, she gave her well-received debut recital in Tokyo. That same year, renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim invited her to perform with the Orchestre de Paris: this marked the launch of Hélène Grimaud’s musical career, characterised ever since by concerts with most of the world’s major orchestras and many celebrated conductors, such as the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado and the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur. Furthermore Hélène Grimaud made a wholly different kind of debut: in upper New York State she established the Wolf Conservation Center. Her love for the endangered species was sparked by a chance encounter with a wolf in northern Florida; this led to her determination to open an environmental education centre. She is also a member of the organisation Musicians for Human Rights, a worldwide network of musicians and people working in the field of music to promote a culture of human rights and social change. Despite her divided dedication to these multiple passions, it is through Hélène Grimaud’s thoughtful and tenderly expressive music-making that she most deeply touches the emotions of audiences. She undertakes extensive tours as a soloist and recitalist worldwide and is also an ardent and committed chamber musician who performs frequently at the most prestigious festivals and cultural events with a wide range of musical collaborators, including Sol Gabetta, Rolando Villazón, Jan Vogler, Truls Mørk, Clemens Hagen and the Capuçon brothers. Her prodigious contribution to and impact on the world of classical music were recognised by the French government when she was admitted into the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (France’s highest decoration) at the rank of Chevalier (Knight). Hélène Grimaud has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2002. Her recordings have been critically acclaimed and awarded numerous accolades, among them the »Choc du Monde de la musique«, »Diapason d’Or«, »Grand Prix du disque«, »Record Academy Prize« (Tokyo), »Midem Classic Award« and the »ECHO Klassik« Award. Hélène Grimaud’s latest album, »Memory«, was released in September 2018. Exploring music’s ability to bring the past back to life, it comprises a selection of evanescent miniatures by Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie and Valentin Silvestrov which, in the pianist’s own words, »conjure atmospheres of fragile reflection, a mirage of what was – or what could have been«. Highlights of last season include Grimaud’s residency with the Gothenburg Symphony; in addition, she gave performances in Lucerne, Ludwigshafen and Paris of multimedia concert project »Woodlands and beyond…«, premiered at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in April 2017. The project combines piano works by Romantic and Impressionist composers with images from »Woodlands«, the latest publication by her partner, fine art photographer Mat Hennek.

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Wolfgang Haffner

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Wolfgang Haffner

Wolfgang Haffner

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

Wolfgang Haffner

Wolfgang Haffner

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Hagen Quartet

Hagen Quartet

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

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Barbara Hannigan

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Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan

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

Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan

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Experience: Sarah Willis in conversation with Barbara Hannigan Kulturpalast (Event space of the Central Library)
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Wolfgang Hentrich

Wolfgang Hentrich

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Hespèrion XXI

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Dominique Horwitz

Dominique Horwitz

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

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Family Concert: »Klaus Klettermaus« Konzertplatz Weißer Hirsch
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Michael Hurshell

Michael Hurshell

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Intrada Vocal Ensemble

Intrada Vocal Ensemble

enjoys performing early music in collaboration with world-renowned artists, such as The Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips, Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini, Le Poème Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre, Frieder Bernius, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Hans-Christoph Rademann, and Christopher Moulds, among others. Intrada is regularly invited to perform with Moscow’s leading orchestras under famous conductors, such as the Russian State Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, as well as the Russian National Orchestra under Michail Pletnjow – in world-renowned venues, including the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow International House of Music and Moscow Kremlin. Furthermore Intrada is a regular guest at the Moscow elite festival December Nights, founded by Sviatoslav Richter at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Intrada also performed Russian sacred music at the Dresdner Kunstfest 2015 (Schlosskapelle Dresden), at the International Congress for Choral Conductors in Paris and at the Musikfest Erzgebirge 2016. In 2017 the ensemble gave a concert featuring choral music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Rodion Shchedrin, Georgy Sviridov and Alfred Schnittke at the Dresden Music Festival. Following an invitation of the Deutschlandradio Kultur the musicians performed at the Wartburg in 2018. Intrada premiered a number of contemporary music compositions in Russia, including Frank Martin’s Mass for the Double Choir and the Moscow premier of David Lang’s »The Little Match Girl Passion«. In 2014 a joint concert of The Tallis Scholars and Intrada dedicated to the memory of Sir John Tavener took place at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory featuring a performance of Tavener’s »Requiem Fragments« (with soprano Julia Lezhneva). The group sang world premieres of works by Klaus Lang, Franck Christoph Yeznikian, Ilya Demutsky, Vladimir Rannev, as well as Arman Guschan, among others.

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Jazzrausch Bigband

Jazzrausch Bigband

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Classical Beats: Jazzrausch Bigband ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
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Johannes Motschmann Trio

Johannes Motschmann Trio

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

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Matthias Jung

Matthias Jung

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

Vladimri Jurowski

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Vladimir Jurowski

Vladimir Jurowski

Vladimri Jurowski

Vladimri Jurowski

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Lucas und Artuhr Jussen

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Lucas und Arthur Jussen

Lucas und Arthur Jussen

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

Lucas und Artuhr Jussen

Lucas und Artuhr Jussen

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Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin

Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin

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Olaf Katzer

Olaf Katzer

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

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Ortrud Kegel

Ortrud Kegel

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Jewgenij Kissin

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Jewgenij Kissin

Jewgenij Kissin

Jewgenij Kissin

Jewgenij Kissin

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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Roderich Kreile

Roderich Kreile

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

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Serenade on the Green Schloss Pillnitz
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Samuel Kummer

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Samuel Kummer

Samuel Kummer

Samuel Kummer

Samuel Kummer

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La Folia Barockorchester

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La Folia Barockorchester

La Folia Barockorchester

La Folia Barockorchester

La Folia Barockorchester

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Nils Landgren

Nils Landgren

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

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Jazz Night: Nils Landgren & Friends Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Family Concert: »Klaus Klettermaus« Konzertplatz Weißer Hirsch
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Marie-Pierre Langlamet

Marie-Pierre Langlamet

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Jan Lisiecki

Jan Lisiecki

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

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra & Jan Lisiecki Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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London Philharmonic Orchestra

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London Philharmonic Orchestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Andrea Lucchesini

Andrea Lucchesini

Trained under the guidance of Maria Tipo, Andrea Lucchesini garnered international recognition at a very young age when he won the piano competition »Dino Ciani« at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Since then he has performed throughout the world with leading orchestras, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Roberto Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Dennis Russell Davies, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Gabriele Ferro, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda and Giuseppe Sinopoli. Andrea Lucchesini’s wide-ranging activities, marked by a desire to explore music with no limitations, lead him to offer programs ranging from classical to current repertoire. In 1994 this earned him the recognition of European musicologists from which he received the »Accademia Musicale Chigiana International Prize«. The following year he won the »Premio Franco Abbiati«, which confirmed the appreciation of the Italian critics. The first of Andrea Lucchesini’s numerous recordings date back to the 1980s: Liszt's Sonata in B minor, Beethoven's Sonata op.106 for Hammerklavier and Chopin’s Sonata op. 58 (EMI International). Later he recorded Arnold Schoenberg’s »Pierrot Lunaire« and Alban Berg's Chamber Concerto (Teldec) with the Staatskapelle Dresden, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli. For BMG the pianist recorded Luciano Berio’s Concerto »Echoing Curves«, conducted by the composer himself. This marked one of the milestones of a close collaboration with Luciano Berio, with whom Andrea Lucchesini witnessed the creation of the composer’s final and challenging Sonata for solo piano. Andrea Lucchesini performed the world premiere of this piece in 2001 which – together with all of Berio’s other piano works – became part of a CD which met with unanimous international critical acclaim (Avie Records). Equally appreciated is Andrea Lucchesini’s live recording of Beethoven’s complete cycle of 32 Sonatas (Stradivarius). The collective work was honored as »CD of the month« by the prestigious German magazine »Fono Forum« in August 2004. In recent years, the pianist has enthusiastically immersed himself in the Schubertian repertoire, starting with the recording of the Impromptus, in an Avie Records CD accepted by the applause of international critics. In 2018 the German label Audite released the new recording of Andrea Lucchesini: »Dialogues« – with music of Scarlatti/Berio and Schubert/Widmann: different musical eras face each other in a dialogue which rises more affinities than ever thought. Since 1990, the pianist has also dedicated his attention to chamber music, including a close collaboration with cellist Mario Brunello and Quartetto di Cremona (performing and recording), as well as exploring various formations in chamber music repertoire. Futhermore, Andrea Lucchesini is passionately dedicated to teaching, currently at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, where he has been artistic director from 2008 until 2016. He is frequently invited to give masterclasses at major music institutions in Europe, such as the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, the Piano Summer Festival Wasserburg and the Mozarteum University Salzburg. Andrea Lucchesini serves as juror at numerous piano competitions all over the world and was named »Accademico« of Santa Cecilia in 2008.

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LUDWIG Orchestra

LUDWIG Orchestra

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Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

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

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Cristian Măcelaru

Cristian Măcelaru

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

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Andrew Manze

Andrew Manze

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

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China Moses

China Moses

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Robin Peter Müller

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Robin Peter Müller

Robin Peter Müller

Robin Peter Müller

Robin Peter Müller

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Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter

is a musical phenomenon: For more than 40 years the virtuoso has now been a fixture in all the world’s major concert halls, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor and visionary. The four-time »Grammy Award« winner is equally committed to the performance of traditional composers as to the future of music: so far she has given world premieres of 27 works – Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm and John Williams have all composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter. Furthermore, she dedicates herself to numerous benefit projects and to supporting tomorrow’s musical elite: in the autumn of 1997 she founded the Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V., to which the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation was added in 2008. These two charitable institutions provide support for the scholarship recipients, support which is tailored to the fellows’ individual needs. Since 2011, Anne-Sophie Mutter has regularly shared the spotlight on stage with her ensemble of fellows, Mutter’s Virtuosi. Anne-Sophie Mutter’s 2019 concert calendar features performances in Asia, Europe, North and South America, once again reflecting the violinist’s musical versatility and her unparalleled prominence in the world of classical music: In March she will perform the world premieres of Unsuk Chin’s »Gran Cadenza« for two Violins and Sebastian Currier’s »Ghost Trio« at Carnegie Hall. In Beijing, she will give the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s String Quartet – just like the two above-mentioned works, this was commissioned by Anne-Sophie Mutter and is dedicated to the violinist. In September she will perform for the first time in her career as part of an open-air concert. Entitled »Across the Stars«, this event features some of the most outstanding works by John Williams, who has won several »Oscars« for his compositions; the concert will take place on Munich’s Königsplatz. July sees the release of her CD recording of this new Williams repertoire, which has not been heard in this form anywhere else so far. Another thematic focus in 2019 are the violin concerti by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which Anne-Sophie Mutter performs throughout Europe and in the USA. In South America and in Europe, she appears with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and plays the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and Yo-Yo Ma – an extraordinary cast. Poland awarded the »Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Cultural Achievements« to Anne-Sophie Mutter in March 2018, making her the first German artist to receive such an honour. In February 2018 she was named an Honorary Member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Romania awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of a Grand Officer to Anne-Sophie Mutter in November 2017; during the same month France honoured her by presenting her with the insignia of a Commander of the French Order of the Arts and Literature. In December 2016, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports awarded her the »Medalla de Oro al mérito en las Bellas Artes« (Gold Medal for Merits in the Fine Arts). In January 2015 Anne-Sophie Mutter was named an Honorary Fellow of Keble College at the University of Oxford. In October 2013 she became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, after winning the medal of the Lutosławski Society (Warsaw) in January. The artist received numerous awards, among others the »Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award«, the »Brahms Prize«, the »Erich Fromm Prize« and the »Gustav Adolf Prize« for her social activism, the »European Prize of St. Ulrich«, the »Cristóbal Gabarrón Award«, the international »Ernst von Siemens Music Prize« as well as the Leipzig »Mendelssohn Prize«. The violinist has also been awarded the German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of Honour, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, and numerous other honors.

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New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden

New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden

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Notos Quartet

Notos Quartet

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

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Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre is one of the oldest musical ensembles in Russia. It can trace its history back to the early 18th century and the development of the Court Instrumental Chapel. In the 19th century, an extremely important role in the emergence of the Mariinsky Orchestra was played by Eduard Nápravník, who directed it for over half a century. The excellence of the orchestra was recognised on numerous occasions by the world-class musicians who conducted it, among them Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Hans von Bülow, Peter Tchaikovsky, Gustav Mahler, Arthur Nikisch and Sergei Rachmaninoff. In Soviet times, the ensemble’s illustrious traditions were continued by conductors such as Vladimir Dranishnikov, Ariy Pazovsky, Yevgeny Mravinsky, Konstantin Simeonov and Yuri Temirkanov. The orchestra has had the honour of being the first to perform many operas and ballets by Tchaikovsky, operas by Mikhail Glinka, Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as ballets by Dimitri Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian. Since 1988, the orchestra has been directed by Valery Gergiev, a musician of the highest order and an outstanding figure in the music world. Maestro Gergiev’s arrival at the helm ushered in a new era of rapid expansion of the orchestra’s repertoire, which today includes every symphony by Beethoven, Mahler, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, Requiems by Mozart, Berlioz, Verdi, Brahms and Tishchenko, and various works by composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux, Hans Werner Henze, Rodion Shchedrin, Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli and Nikolai Karetnikov. The orchestra performs programmes of symphony music at prestigious concert venues throughout the world.

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Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma

The Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia was the first orchestra in Italy to devote itself exclusively to the symphonic repertoire, giving premieres of major masterpieces of the 1900, such as Respighi’s »Fountains of Rome« and »Pines of Rome«. Founded in 1908, the orchestra has been conducted by some of the major musical figures of the 20th century: from Mahler, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Strauss, Stravinsky, Sibelius, Hindemith, Toscanini, Furtwängler, De Sabata, Karajan and Abbado to the most impressive performers of our time including Gergiev, Thielemann, Dudamel, as well as Temirkanov. The Music Directors of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia have been Bernardino Molinari, Franco Ferrara, Fernando Previtali, Igor Markevitch, Thomas Schippers, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Daniele Gatti, and Chung Myung-whun. Leonard Bernstein was Honorary President of the orchestra from 1983 to 1990. With Sir Antonio Pappano in the role of Music Director since 2005, the stature of the orchestra has enjoyed extraordinary success, building an international reputation for itself. With Sir Antonio Pappano at the helm, the ensemble has appeared at some of the major music festivals including the Proms in London, »White Nights« in St. Petersburg, Lucerne Festival, as well as Salzburg Festival, and has performed in some of the world’s best-known concert venues, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Salle Pleyel and Philharmonie de Paris, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Semperoper in Dresden, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. After long-term collaboration with some of the biggest international record labels who have produced recordings that have since become legendary, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia records extensively for Warner Classics. The releases, under Sir Antonio Pappano, won many prizes and include Puccini’s »Madama Butterfly« (with Angela Gheorghiu), Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s and Pergolesi’s »Stabat Mater« with Anna Netrebko, Rossini’s »William Tell«, Mahler’s Symphony no. 6, Rossini’s »Petite Messe solennelle«, Verdi’s »Quattro pezzi sacri«, Britten’s »War Requiem«, and a CD entitled »Rossini Overtures«. Recently recorded, Verdi’s »Aida« boasts a stellar cast (Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Erwin Schrott) and has taken home numerous awards, among others, »Choc Classica«, »Diapason d’Or«, »Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik«, and »ECHO Klassik« in the category »Conductor of the Year«. Furthermore CD’s came out also with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 2 – performed by Beatrice Rana) –, Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Janine Jansen (Decca), as well as Schumann’s Piano Concerto performed by Jan Lisiecki (DG). Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia also recorded »Nessun Dorma. The Puccini Album« with tenor Jonas Kaufmann (»Best Classical Music Recording of 2015« for »The New York Times«), which made the world charts, Schumann’s Symphonies no. 2 and no. 4, Elgar’s Symphony no. 1 (ICA Classics), the CD »Anna Netrebko. Verismo« (DG) and Saint-Saëns' Third Symphony and »The Carnival of the Animals« with Martha Argerich (Warner Classics 2017). Most recently the album with Bernstein’s complete Symphonies nos. 1-3 has been published.

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, education, and a passion for artistic excellence. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra strives to be the world’s premier chamber orchestra by performing music at the highest level without a conductor, challenging artistic boundaries, inspiring the public to think and work with new perspectives, and building a broad and active audience in New York City and around the world. Committed to innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1972 by a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs without a conductor, rotating musical leadership roles for each work, with a focus on presenting diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered 48 original works. Its recordings include the »Grammy Award«-winning »Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures« for Deutsche Grammophon, and over 70 other recordings for DG, Sony Classical, EMI Classics, BMG/RCA Red Seal, Decca, and others, including its own label, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Records. In the 2018/19 season, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will perform on the major stages of concert venues in the US, Europe, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. The ensemble presents an annual concert series in New York City featuring performances at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y, as well as the intimate chamber series called Twilight at Tarisio in the elegant instrument showroom at Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows in midtown Manhattan.

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Orpheus XXI

Orpheus XXI

Orpheus XXI

Orpheus XXI

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Simon Oslender

Simon Oslender

Simon Oslender

Simon Oslender

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Emmanuel Pahud

Emmanuel Pahud

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

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René Pape

René Pape

is one of the leading international basses. He received his musical education in his native city of Dresden and made his debut while still a student in 1988 at the Berlin State Opera and has been a member of this company ever since. There, René Pape has performed the main roles of his repertoire, such as Rocco (»Fidelio«), König Marke (»Tristan und Isolde«), König Heinrich (»Lohengrin«), Pogner (»Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«), Fasolt (»Das Rheingold«), Sarastro (»Die Zauberflöte«), Figaro (»Le nozze di Figaro«) and Leporello (»Don Giovanni«) – all in new productions conducted by Daniel Barenboim. He also sang Philipp II (»Don Carlos«), Gurnemanz (»Parsifal«) and Boris Godunow (»Boris Godunow«) – conducted by Daniel Barenboim. It was from Berlin that René Pape developed his impressive worldwide career. The bass has appeared at all the major opera houses in Europe, Japan (tours with the Metropolitan New York and Berlin State Opera) and the USA. Since his successful debut René Pape has been a welcome regular guest artist of the Metropolitan Opera New York with commitments reaching up to 2016/17 season. Under James Levine he has appeared in new productions of »Tristan und Isolde« (König Marke), »Fidelio« (Rocco), »Don Giovanni« (Leporello), »Faust« (Méphistophélès) and revivals of »Lohengrin« (König Heinrich) and »Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg« (Pogner). Under Valery Gergiev he sang his first Gurnemanz in »Parsifal«. He has appeared at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera as well as at the festivals in Bayreuth, Glyndebourne, Kazan, Salzburg, Verbier and Lucerne, at the Munich Opera Festival, Orange Warsaw Festival, as well as the White Nights of St. Petersburg. Equally at home on the concert platform, René Pape has appeared as a Lied recitalist and as a soloist with the major symphony orchestras in all prestigious concert halls all over the world, such as in Tokyo, Madrid, London, Florence (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Rome, New York (New York Philharmonic under Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur), Chicago (with the Chicago Symphony under Sir Georg Solti and Daniel Barenboim), Paris (Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim and Semyon Bychkov), Cleveland Symphony Orchestra (under Franz Welser-Möst), and Philadelphia (Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch). Furthermore René Pape worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera (under Zubin Mehta), Munich Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony, among others. He appeared on TV and recorded CD’s and DVD’s among others on the labels BMG, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and Teldec under conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, James Levine, Sir Georg Solti and Antonio Pappano. René Pape sang in many film productions, e. g. in »The Magic Flute« – directed by Kenneth Branagh, and »Der Freischütz« (The Hunter's Bride, 2009). His discography includes the Solo-CD »Gods, Kings & Demons« with the Staatskapelle Dresden, as well as a Wagner-CD with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim (Deutsche Grammophon 2011). René Pape has won two »Grammy Awards« and is »Vocalist of the Year 2002« of the magazine »Musical America«. In the 2016/17 season, he had his much anticipated debut recital at the Wigmore Hall in London and returned to the Edinburgh International Festival. Following acclaimed recitals, he is reinvited to the Wigmore Hall in the 2018/19 season.

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Sir Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano

has been Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2005; he had already become Music Director of London’s Covent Garden in September 2002. In the past, he has filled other prestigious positions: in 1990 he was named Music Director of Den Norske Opera of Oslo, the theatre where he made his international debut, and from 1991 to 2002 he carried out the same role at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Born in London in 1959 to Italian parents, Sir Antonio Pappano studied piano, composition and conducting in the USA. Among the more impressive steps in his career must be cited his debuts at the Vienna Stat Opera (1993), at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1997) and at the Bayreuth Festival in (1999). Sir Antonio Pappano has conducted many of the world’s major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In April 2014 he made his debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milan with Berlioz’s »Les Troyens«, a production which was awarded the »Premio della critica musicale Franco Abbiati«. In 2005, Sir Antonio Pappano was named »Conductor of the Year« by the Royal Philharmonic Society; that same year he also received the »Premio della critica musicale Franco Abbiati« for his conducting of the Requiems of Brahms, Britten and Verdi together with the Artistic Ensembles of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. And in 2013 he was honoured as »Conductor of the Year« at the International Opera Awards. Sir Antonio Pappano records extensively for Warner Classics and has made several recordings with the Chorus and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Among his recordings is Verdi’s »Aida« that has taken home numerous awards, among others, »Gramophone Classical Music Awards«, »ECHO Klassik« as »Conductor of the year«, as well as the »Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik« (»German Record Critics' Award«). Furthermore Sir Antonio Pappano recorded Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 2 with Beatrice Rana at the piano and, by Decca Records, Brahms’s Violin Concerto (with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia) and Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (London Symphony Orchestra) starring Janine Jansen as soloist and Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Jan Lisiecki (Deutsche Grammophon). Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra also recorded »Nessun Dorma. The Puccini Album« with Jonas Kaufmann, Schumann’s Symphonies No. 2 and No. 4, Elgar’s Symphony No.1 (ICA Classics), the CD »Anna Netrebko. Verismo« (DG), and Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 »avec orgue« as well as »The Carnival of the Animals« with Martha Argerich. Most recently the album with Bernstein’s complete Symphonies Nos. 1-3 has been published. In 2016 Sir Antonio Pappano was awarded with the 58th »Grammy Award« for »Best Classical Solo Vocal Recording« together with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato for their Erato Classics release. In 2012 Pappano was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music and in the same year he was appointed »Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana«. In March 2015 the honorary degree in Music was conferred to Sir Antonio Pappano by the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and in May of the same year he received the RPS Gold Medal – the Royal Philharmonic Society’s highest honours. He joins a rarefied group of musicians that includes Brahms, Elgar, Strauss, Stravinsky and Britten.

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Kirill Petrenko

Kirill Petrenko

Kirill

Kirill

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Sabina Puértolas

Sabina Puértolas

Spanish soprano Sabina Puértolas studied at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música »Pablo Sarasate« de Pamplona, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Accademia Verdiana in Busseto. She is the winner of the international singing competitions »Riccardo Zandonai« (Rovereto, Italy), »Julián Gayarre« (Pamplona, Italy), »Francisca Quart« (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) and »Manuel Ausensi« (Barcelona, Spain). Sabina Puértolas’ plans for the season 2018/19 include the title role in Händel’s »Rodelinda« at the Opéra National de Lyon and Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile – both with Claus Guth, Ilia in Mozart’s »Idomeneo« – a new production by Robert Carsen under Ivor Bolton at Teatro Real in Madrid, Fiorilla in Rossini’s »Il Turco in Italia« at the Ópera de Oviedo, and the title role in »Doña Francisquita« – a new production at the Teatro de la Zarzuela. Sabina Puértolas also makes her debut as Adina in Donizetti’s »L’elisir d’amore« at Baluarte in Pamplona. Recently, Sabina Puértolas has performed Gilda in »Rigoletto« at the Royal Opera Covent Garden and Teatro Municipal de Santigo de Chile, Rosina in »Il barbiere di Siviglia« at the Seattle Opera, Fiorilla in »Il Turco in Italia« and Servilia in »La clemenza di Tito« with the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Marie in Donizetti’s »La fille du régiment«, directed by Laurent Pelly, and Contessa di Folleville in »Il Viaggio a Reims« at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Despina in »Così fan tutte« in Jan Philipp Gloger’s new production for the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden under Semyon Bychkov, Marie in »La fille du régiment« at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, as well as Monteverdi’s »L’incoronazione di Popppea« and Händel’s »Messiah« on an European tour with the Ensemble Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Other highlights include Princesse Eudoxie in Olivier Py’s production of Fromental Halévy’s »La Juive« under Daniele Rustioni for the Opéra National de Lyon, Morgana in »Alcina« for La Monnaie in Brussels and the Dutch National Opera with Christophe Rousset and Pierre Audi, Despina in »Così fan tutte« with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma under Semyon Bychkov, Zerlina in Claus Guth’s production of »Don Giovanni« with the Dutch National Opera and Marc Albrecht, as well as Drusilla in »L’incoronazione di Poppea«, directed by Claus Guth at the Theater an der Wien with Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Sabina Puértolas appeared as Lisette in »La Rondine« for the Royal Opera Covent Garden under Marco Armiliato, as Lisa in »La Sonnambula« with Daniel Oren at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, as Drusilla at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse and the Theater an der Wien, where she has also sung Minerva/Amore in Monteverdi’s »Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria«, and as Oscar in Verdi’s »Un ballo in maschera« at La Scala in Milan with Riccardo Muti, among others. Concerts have included Pergolesis »Stabat Mater« and Haydn’s »Die Schöpfung« – both with Christophe Rousset, »Messiah« with the Spanish National Orchestra and Xian Zhang, Gounod’s »Messe solennelle en l'honneur de Sainte-Cécile« with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Jesús López Cobos, as well as Dalinda in Händel’s »Ariodante« with Alan Curtis and the ensemble Il complesso barocco on a European tour including Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam and London. Her discography includes »Così fan tutte« at the Royal Opera House (OpusArte), »Alcina« at La Monnaie with Rousset and Audi (Alpha Classics), »Ariodante« under Alan Curtis (Virgin Classics) and »La Llama« by José María Usandizaga (Deutsche Grammophon).

Sabian Puértolas

Sabian Puértolas

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Gyula Rab

Gyula Rab

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Hans-Christoph Rademann

Hans-Christoph Rademann

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

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Jean Rondeau

Jean Rondeau

studied harpsichord with Blandine Verlet for over ten years, followed by training in basso continuo, organ, piano, jazz and improvisation, composition, and conducting. He pursued further studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, graduating with honours, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. There, he was awarded a distinction for harpsichord and basso continuo by the jury. In 2012, twenty-one years old, Jean Rondeau became one of the youngest performers ever to take the First Prize at the »International Competition Musica Antiqua« in Bruges (harpsichord), and also won the »EUBO Development Trust Prize« – an accolade bestowed on the most promising young Baroque musicians in the European Union. The same year, he claimed second place in the »Prague Spring International Music Competition«, along with a nod for the best interpretation of the contemporary piece composed specially for the event. In 2013 Jean Rondeau won the »Prix des Radios francophones publiques« and two years later he received the award »Révélation soliste instrumental« at the Victoires de la musique classique. Jean Rondeau was asked to perform many times solo, chamber music and orchestra concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, as well as Asia. He plays with ensembles such as Les Violons du Roy, the Kammerorchester Basel, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, L'Orchestre national de Lille and the hr-Sinfonieorchester in halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Alte Oper Frankfurt. An exclusive recording artist with Erato, Jean Rondeau released his debut album of Bach for solo harpsichord, titled »Imagine«, early 2015, and »Vertigo« in 2016 – with music from Jean-Philippe Rameau and Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer. »Dynastie« – the third album – was released in March 2017, presenting his vision of J. S. Bach and sons concerti. In 2016 the artist composed his first original score for Christian Schwochow’s film »Paula«, which premiered at the Locarno Festival 2016. Jean Rondeau is in demand for solo and chamber music throughout Europe, America and Asia. He frequently performs with the Baroque quartet Nevermind. Quite apart from his activities as harpsichordist, he founded the ensemble Note Forget, presenting his own jazz-oriented compositions and improvisations on piano.

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Erik Rosenius

Erik Rosenius

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Ada Rovatti

Ada Rovatti

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Jazz Night: Nils Landgren & Friends Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Xavier Sabata

Xavier Sabata

Engagements this season include Bertarido in Handel’s »Rodelinda« with Claus Guth under Stefano Montanari at Opéra National de Lyon, as well as at Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Chile), the revival as Ottone in Monteverdi’s »L’incoronazione di Poppea« under Diego Fasolis at Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin), Endimione in »La Calisto« directed by David Alden with Ivor Bolton at Teatro Real (Madrid), Ottone in Handel’s »Agrippina« with Il Pomo d’Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev in Turku (Finland), as well as the world premiere of »L’enigma di Lea« at Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona). Last season Xavier Sabata sang Guth’s new »Rodelinda« production with Ivor Bolton at Teatro Real (Madrid), the title role in Handel’s »Rinaldo« on European tour with Christophe Rousset and the Kammeorchester Basel including the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, as well as a new production at the Perelada Festival, amongst others; he also debuted in recital at the Teatro de la Zarzuela Lied Cycle. After early successes working with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, he has appeared with such ensembles as Europa Galante, Collegium 1704, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, I Barocchisti, Al Ayre Español, El Concierto Español and Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, and collaborates regularly with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Alan Curtis, Gabriel Garrido, Fabio Bonizzoni, Diego Fasolis, Andrea Marcon, Xavier Díaz Latorre, Ivor Bolton, George Petrou, Riccardo Minasi, Harry Bicket and Christopher Moulds. Xavier Sabata has been awarded with the »Premio Ópera Actual« (2013) and the »Premi Tendències d’El Mundo« (2014). He is a frequent guest at venues such as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Teatro Real in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Kraków Opera, Opéra de Lausanne, Grand Théâtre in Genève, Theater an der Wien (Vienna), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, and at the leading halls in London and New York. He appeared on many festivals, including the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Handel Festival in Halle and the Festival de Música Via Stellae in Santiago de Compostela. His repertoire ranges from Cavalli and Monteverdi, through the heroes of baroque opera seria, to premieres of innovative new works such as Fabrice Bollon’s »Oscar und die Dame in Rosa« at Theater Freiburg. His solo recorded programme »Bad Guys« – performed in Caen, Freiburg, Seville and Barcelona – got an unqualified praise in the press: »This ranks among the most intelligent and striking recital discs of recent years« (»The Guardian«, London). His recent album »Dilettanti« also received rave reviews: »...rich and glorious tone, seemingly-limitless breath control and a formidable dramatic sense« (»Early Music News«). In the role of Tassile he was part of the Europe-wide success tour and recording of Handel’s »Alessandro«, which has garnered eleven international awards, while his performance of the title-role of Handel’s »Tamerlano« for Naïve Records was a major factor in its continuing acclaim: »Album of the Week« in »The Sunday Times« (13 April 2014) and »Editor’s Choice« in the August 2014 edition of »Gramophone« magazine, amongst others. He participated in the Gala Night of Countertenors team, alongside Max Emanuel Cenčić, Yuriy Mynenko and Franco Fagioli, released by DECCA, and performed in Potsdam, Versailles, Karlsruhe and Hamburg.

Xavier Sabata

Xavier Sabata

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Sächsisches Vocalensemble

Sächsisches Vocalensemble

Singers

Fatma Said

Fatma Said

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

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Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall

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Conductors

Tugan Sokhiev

Tugan Sokhiev

Internationally renowned conductor Tugan Sokhiev was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in 2008, having begun his association with the orchestra three years earlier as its Principal Guest Conductor and Musical Advisor. Under his tenure, the orchestra has risen to international prominence. Besides successful concert seasons which include several world premieres and an important touring activity, he also instigated a Conducting Academy. Since 2014, he has also held the post of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and between 2012 and 2017 he was Principal Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. During the 2018/19 season Tugan Sokhiev is invited to conduct two series with the Berlin Philharmonic, including a tour and their popular Waldbühne concert in Berlin, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in Dresden and Cologne, as well as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. At the Bolshoi Theatre, he will lead a new production of »Candide« in an homage to Bernstein and conduct »Viaggio a Reims« and »Così fan tutte«, among others. With the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, his programmes include a concert version of »La Damnation de Faust, Itinéraire d’une Illusion«, a new work the orchestra has commissioned to the Chinese composer Qigang Chen. Tugan Sokhiev was one of the last students of the legendary teacher Ilya Musin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and he also worked with Yuri Temirkanov, Music Director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Soon after graduating, he made his opera debut with »La Bohème« at the Welsh National Opera in 2002, followed by his debuts at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg with the Metropolitan Opera, and a highly acclaimed »Boris Godunov« at the Houston Grand Opera. In 2005 he was named »Musical Discovery of the Year« by the Syndicat de la Critique in France for his concert with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Soon after making his St. Petersburg debut, Tugan Sokhiev appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, performing Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony. He also performs with ensembles like the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Russia, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra, among others. Tugan Sokhiev has a rich and varied discography, including recordings on Naïve Classique with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. He is currently collaborating with EuroArts for a series of DVD’s, the first of which – »A Flight through the orchestra« features his interpretation of Brahms’ Second Symphony with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester. Under the same label, he appears with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in a recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Vadim Gluzman, Bartok’s »The Wooden Prince« and Brahms’ First Symphony (2017). A Berlioz »Requiem«, recorded in 2018 with the Bolshoï Theater is soon to be released.

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Grigory Sokolov

Grigory Sokolov

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

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Orchestras

Staatskapelle Berlin

Staatskapelle Berlin

With almost 450 years of tradition, Staatskapelle Berlin is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Originally founded as court orchestra by Prince-Elector Joachim II of Brandenburg in 1570 the ensemble expanded its activities with the founding of the Royal Court Opera in 1742 by the Prussian King Frederick the Great. Ever since then, the orchestra has been closely tied to Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Many important musicians have conducted the orchestra, both in the opera and in the regular concert series that have been held since 1842, among them Gaspare Spontini, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Otto Nicolai, Felix von Weingartner, Richard Strauss, Erich Kleiber, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Franz Konwitschny, and Otmar Suitner. Since 1992, Daniel Barenboim has served as the orchestra’s general music director, and in 2000, the orchestra voted him as conductor for life. At numerous guest appearances that have brought the orchestra to the great European music centers, to Israel, the Far East, North and South America, the international top position of the orchestra has proved. The performance of all symphonies and piano concertos of Beethoven in Vienna, Paris, London, New York and Tokyo, and the cycles of symphonies of Schumann and Brahms, the ten-part cycle of all important stage works by Wagner, and the performance of Wagner’s »Ring« cycle in Japan 2002 are some of the most outstanding events. In 2007 the symphonies and orchestral songs of Gustav Mahler were performed under the batons of Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez at Philharmonie Berlin. This ten-part cycle was also performed at Vienna’s Musikverein as well as New York’s Carnegie Hall. Highlights in recent time were a nine-part cycle with symphonies by Anton Bruckner in Vienna (2012), and concert performances of Wagner’s »Ring« during the Proms in London (2013). The celebrated Bruckner cycle was presented again in 2016 and 2017 in Tokyo, New York and Paris. In July 2018, Staatskapelle Berlin performed Wagner’s »Tristan and Isolde« in Buenos Aires at Teatro Colón and the Brahms symphony cycle at CCK (Cultural Center Kirchner). Recently, in November 2018, the orchestra presented all four Brahms symphonies in Beijing and Sydney as well. Several times Staatskapelle Berlin was awarded »Orchestra of the year« by the journal »Opernwelt« and in 2003 the orchestra got the renowned »Wilhelm Furtwängler Prize«. A constantly growing number of recordings in both the operatic and symphonic repertoires, documents the work of Staatskapelle Berlin. Beside studio productions of Wagner’s three romantic operas, Beethoven’s »Fidelio«, Strauss’s »Elektra« and Berg’s »Wozzeck«, recordings of all symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann, Bruckner, and Brahms were realized. Most recently recordings of the piano concertos by Chopin, Liszt, and Brahms as well as large symphonic works by Strauss and Elgar were released. DVD productions include Beethoven’s piano concertos, Wagner’s »Tannhäuser« and »Parsifal«, Verdi’s »Il trovatore«, Berg’s »Lulu«, and Mozart’s »Figaro«, among others. Members of Staatskapelle Berlin are engaged in the orchestra academy (founded in 1997) or in the foundation NaturTon – an initiative supporting environment protection projects. The musicians are also active in various chamber music concerts. At Bebelplatz besides the opera house once a year the event »Staatsoper for all« takes place with a large open-air concert conducted by Barenboim and visited by tens of thousands of people.

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Kathryn Stott

Kathryn Stott

startet to play piano at the age of five; that was the beginning of her musical journey, which is still going on. Kathryn Stott’s initial progress was rapid and by the age of eight, she found herself at a boarding school for young musicians, the Yehudi Menuhin School. During her studies there, she was heavily influenced by two occasional visitors to the school: Nadia Boulanger and Vlado Perlemuter. From them, Kathryn Stott’s great passion for French music was ignited and Gabriel Fauré in particular has remained the musical love of her life. Further studies at the Royal College of Music in London led the pianist very abruptly into the life of a professional musician via the »Leeds International Piano Competition«. After three years, Kathryn Stott realized that she needed to re-connect with chamber music in a bid to feel more connected to other musicians and after all, this had played an important part of her musical existence since being a child. When, quite by chance, she met Yo-Yo Ma in 1978, it turned out to be one of the most fortuitous moments of her life. Since 1985, they have enjoyed a collaboration which has taken them to many fascinating parts of the world and led to musical adventures with musicians who shared very much from their own traditions. Kathryn Stott has always considered herself and Yo-Yo Ma to be intrepid musical explorers on their own individual paths but with an incredible bond that unites them on the creative highway. Presently, Kathryn Stott enjoys the challenge of creativity in a different way by bringing many musicians together once a year in her role as Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Kathryn Stott’s love of curating and directing began in 1995 and since then she has brought to life many of her ideas in events lasting anything from long weekends to two weeks. She continues to push her capacity for exploring music and loves bringing together unusual combinations whenever possible. There are many highlights in her career to mention: It was a thrill to perform at the Last Night of the Proms to millions around the world, but equally a massive thrill to have lit up twenty small faces in an inner city school while they jumped up and down to energetic piano music. Working with young musicians is something Kathryn Scott feels passionate about and presently teachs at the Academy of Music in Oslo. She also enjoyed a particularly close collaboration with composer Graham Fitkin who wrote music for her. Kathryn Stott feels privileged to be immersed in a language which has no boundaries; it allows her to share musical stories on a global scale.

Christian Tetzlaff

Instrumentalists

Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff

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

Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff

Choirs

The King’s Singers

The King’s Singers

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

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Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

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

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Nikolai Tokarev

Nikolai Tokarev

The musical education of Nikolai Tokarev began in 1988 at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow where he was graduated in 2001. From 2001 to 2006 he continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and afterwards at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dusseldorf. In 2003 he was awarded the first prize of the piano competition Kissinger Klavierolymp (together with Martin Helmchen). In 2006 he won the second prize and the prize of the audience of the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich. Nikolai Tokarev has performed with orchestras like the National Philharmonic of Russia and the BBC Philharmonic. He had concerts at international festivals like the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival and Kissinger Sommer.

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Mitsuko

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Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko

Mitsuko

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Piano Recital Mitsuko Uchida Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Matthias Veit

Matthias Veit

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Fatma Said & Matthias Veit Schloss Wackerbarth
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Jan Vogler

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Jan Vogler

Jan Vogler

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

Jan Vogler

Jan Vogler

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Workshop Concert Palais im Großen Garten
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James Way

James Way

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Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Vienna Philharmonic

Vienna Philharmonic

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Douglas Williams

Douglas Williams

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Prof. Dr. Friederike Wißmann

Prof. Dr. Friederike Wißmann

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