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Andris Nelsons conducts Dvo?ák Stabat Mater

Andris Nelsons conducts Dvo?ák Stabat Mater
Event on 2019-03-02 20:00:00
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In 2017-18, his fourth season as the BSO's Ray and Maria Stata Music Director, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in twelve wide-ranging subscription programs at Symphony Hall, repeating three of them at New York's Carnegie Hall in March. Also this season, in November, he and the orchestra tour Japan together for the first time, playing concerts in Nagoya, Osaka, Kawasaki, and Tokyo. In addition, in February 2018 Maestro Nelsons becomes Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in which capacity he will bring both orchestras together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance; under his direction, the BSO celebrates its first "Leipzig Week in Boston" that same month. In the summer of 2015, following his first season as music director, Andris Nelsons' contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was extended through the 2021-22 season. Following the 2015 Tanglewood season, he and the BSO undertook a twelve-concert, eight-city tour to major European capitals as well as the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals. A second European tour, to eight cities in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg, took place in May 2016.

The fifteenth music director in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons made his BSO debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2011, his Tanglewood debut in July 2012, and his BSO subscription series debut in January 2013. His first CD with the BSO-live recordings of Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and Sibelius's Symphony No. 2-was released in November 2014 on BSO Classics. April 2017 brought the release on BSO Classics of the four Brahms symphonies with Maestro Nelsons conducting, recorded live at Symphony Hall in November 2016. In an ongoing, multi-year collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon initiated in 2014-15, he and the BSO are making live recordings of Shostakovich's complete symphonies, the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and other works by the composer. The first release in this series (the Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance and Gramophone Magazine's Orchestral Award. The second release (symphonies 5, 8, and 9, plus excerpts from Shostakovich's 1932 incidental music to Hamlet) won the 2017 Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. Also for Deutsche Grammophon, Andris Nelsons is recording the Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic.

In 2017-18, Andris Nelsons is artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and continues his regular collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic, leading that orchestra on tour to China. He also maintains regular collaborations with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Maestro Nelsons has also been a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he conducts a new David Alden production of Lohengrin this season.

Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. He was music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2015, principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to 2009, and music director of Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Nelsons is the subject of a 2013 DVD from Orfeo, a documentary film entitled "Andris Nelsons: Genius on Fire." View biography in full page >

Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought after sopranos on the international scene today, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She is working with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Kirill Petrenko and Semyon Bychkov.

In the 2017/18 season Opolais continues her notable collaboration with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, making her role debut as Elsa in "Lohengrin", in a new production by David Alden, starring opposite Klaus Florian Vogt. Previously in London, Opolais has particularly cemented her title as "the leading Puccini Soprano of today" (The Telegraph), appearing in Kent's 2014 production as Manon Lescaut, as well as starring as Cio-Cio San and Floria Tosca. This season Opolais also looks forward to making her debut at the Hamburg Staatsoper, in "Madama Butterfly", in two special performance as part of the Italian Opera Festival. She also returns for performances of this signature role at the Wiener Staatsoper.

Kristine Opolais is particularly known for her notable collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera, her performances frequently broadcast in HD worldwide. She recently starred as the title role in Zimmerman's 2017 production of "Rusalka", and she received the highest critical praise for her "vocally lustrous and achingly vulnerable performance" (NY Times). Opolais has maintained this strong relationship with the Met since her debut as Magda in "La Rondine" in 2013. Famously, in 2014 Opolais made history at the Met, with two role debuts in 18 hours. She gave a renowned performance in "Butterfly", only to step in for a matinee of "La bohème" the next day, which was additionally cinema broadcast worldwide and Opolais wowed audiences around the globe. She has also forged a strong relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper, which began in 2010 when Opolais made her debut, to wide acclaim, as Rusalka. Since this time Opolais has appeared in numerous titles including "Manon Lescaut", "Madama Butterfly", Tatjana in "Onegin" and Margherita in "Mefistofele".

In recent seasons, Opolais' concert performances have included appearances at Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms and Tanglewood Festival, where Opolais is a regular guest – this season headlining closing weekend in opera gala, including Act II of "Tosca", with Sir Bryn Terfel. Opolais has appeared with orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Filarmonica della Scala. Highlights of 2017/18 include Opolais' joining an all-star cast, with Piotr Becza?a and Rene Papé in Dvorak's Stabat Mater, opening the Prague Festival. She also debuts with the Wiener Philharmoniker, which stands as her third consecutive season appearing at the prestigious Musikverein.

Opolais' forthcoming recording is a DVD of Tosca, from Himmelmann's 2017 production in Baden-Baden, with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Rattle. Further DVD recordings include Royal Opera House's "Manon Lescaut", in which Opolais sings the title role opposite Jonas Kaufmann, Prokofiev's "The Gambler" at the Deutsche Staatsoper under the baton of Barenboim and "Rusalka" from the Bayerische Staatsoper. CD recordings include those with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln of "Suor Angelica", released with Orfeo and nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award, "Simon Boccanegra" on the Decca label and collaborating with Jonas Kaufmann on his Grammy recognised Puccini disc with Sony. View biography in full page >

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Hailed by The Guardian as "one of the great Wagner basses of our time" Ain Anger made his Bayreuth Festival debut as Fafner in Das Rheingold and Siegfried under Christian Thielemann before singing Hunding in new Ring Cycles at Bayerische Staatsoper (Kent Nagano), Wiener Staatsoper (Franz Welser-Möst) and Oper Frankfurt (Sebastian Weigle). He made an acclaimed debut at Teatro alla Scala as Daland (Der fliegende Holländer) under Hartmut Haenchen, sang Pogner in San Francisco's production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under Sir Mark Elder and joined Deutsche Oper Berlin at the BBC Proms in Tannhauser under Donald Runnicles.

A mainstay of the Wiener Staatsoper stage since his house debut as Monterone (Rigoletto) in 2004, Ain Anger has now sung more than forty roles there ranging from Dosifei (Khovanshchina), Koenig Heinrich (Lohengrin) and Philippe II (Don Carlos) to Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Zaccaria (Nabucco) and Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra).

Ain Anger's current season includes two anticipated roles debuts: Boris Godunov for Deutsche Oper Berlin under Kirill Karabits and Hagen in Tim Albery's production of Götterdämmerung at the Canadian Opera Company under Music Director, Johannes Debus. Elsewhere in the season, Anger joins Christian Thielemann as Fafner (Das Rheingold) at Semperoper Dresden, and Adam Fischer as Hunding (Die Walküre) at Wiener Staatsoper, both subsequently touring to Japan.

Recent highlights include a unanimously praised debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Pimen in Richard Jones' new production of Boris Godunov under Sir Antonio Pappano, and as Cardinal Brogni in Calixto Bieito's new production of La Juive at Bayerische Staatsoper, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. At Washington National Opera, Ain Anger appeared as Daland under Philippe Auguin, and has appeared in productions of both Tannhauser and Lohengrin at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

On the concert platform, Ain Anger has recently performed Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Olari Elts), Mahler's Symphony No.8 with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Mariss Jansons), Verdi's Messa da Requiem with Sydney Symphony Orchestra (David Robertson) and Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Jaap van Zweden), as well as Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Riccardo Chailly).

Trained at Tallin's Academy of Music, Ain Anger began his career in his native Estonia before joining the ensembles of Oper Leipzig, Staatsoper Hamburg and subsequently Wiener Staatsoper.

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Thomas Wilkins conducts Hailstork, Sierra, Price and Ellington with saxophonist James Carter

Thomas Wilkins conducts Hailstork, Sierra, Price and Ellington with saxophonist James Carter
Event on 2019-03-23 20:00:00
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Thomas Wilkins is Music Director of the Omaha Symphony, a position he has held since 2005. Additionally he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Concert Conductor chair with the Boston Symphony. Past positions have included Resident Conductor of the Detroit Symphony, the Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and Associate Conductor of the Richmond (VA) Symphony. He also has served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Thomas Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages. He is considered a master at communicating and connecting with audiences. Following his highly successful first season with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Globe named him among the "Best People and Ideas of 2011."

During his conducting career, he has led orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Utah Symphony and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., to name a few.

He continues to make frequent appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony. During the 2012/2013 season he will make debuts with the orchestras of Phoenix, Sarasota, Naples and Long Beach, CA.

His commitment to community has been demonstrated by his participation on several Boards of Directors, including the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Charles Drew Health Center (Omaha), the Center Against Spouse Abuse in Tampa Bay, and the Museum of Fine Arts as well as he Academy Preparatory Center both in St. Petersburg, FL. Currently, he serves as chairman of the board for the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund and as National Ambassador for the non-profit World Pediatric Project headquartered in Richmond, VA, which provides children throughout Central America and the Caribbean critical surgical and diagnostic care.

A native of Norfolk, Va., Thomas Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He resides with his wife Sheri-Lee in Omaha. They are the proud parents of twin daughters, Erica and Nicole. View biography in full page >

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Thomas Adès conducts Liszt, Adès and Tchaikovsky featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein

Thomas Adès conducts Liszt, Adès and Tchaikovsky featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein
Event on 2019-03-07 20:00:00
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Born in London in 1971, Thomas Adès studied piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and read music at King's College, Cambridge.  Renowned as both a composer and a performer he works regularly with the world's leading opera companies and festivals.  

Recent conducting engagements include a tour with the Britten Sinfonia, concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Gulbenkian Orchestra as part of his Gulbenkian Foundation Residency, the London Symphony and Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestras, his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC, Finnish and Danish Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (whose Music Director he was between 1998 and 2000), the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern and the Athelas Ensemble.
He recently conducted productions of The Rake's Progress at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Zurich Opera.  His most recent piano engagements include a recital at Carnegie Hall with Ian Bostridge, and an appearance with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. In 2010 he undertook a piano recital tour that included Carnegie Hall, and London's Barbican Centre featured the premiere of his new piano work Concert Paraphrase from Powder Her Face.  2010/11 saw Adès return to Australia as an artist in residence at the Melbourne Festival.  Future plans include concerts with the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Barry's "The Importance of Being Earnest" with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and a piano recital at the Festival de Saint Denis.

Between 1993 and 1995 he was Composer in Association with the Hallé Orchestra, which resulted in The Origin of the Harp (1994) and These Premises Are Alarmed for the opening of the Bridgewater Hall in 1996. Asyla (1997) was a Feeney Trust commission for Sir Simon Rattle and the CBSO who performed it at Symphony Hall in August 1998 in Rattle's last concert as Music Director. From 1999-2008 he was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.

Adès' first opera, Powder Her Face (commissioned by Almeida Opera for the Cheltenham Festival in 1995), has been performed all around the world, was televised by Channel Four, and is available on a DVD as well as an EMI CD. Most of the composer's music has been recorded by EMI, with whom Adès has a contract as composer, pianist and conductor. Adès' second opera, The Tempest, was commissioned by the Royal Opera House and was premiered under the baton of the composer to great critical acclaim in February 2004. It was revived at Covent Garden in 2007 – again with the composer conducting and to a sold-out house – and has also been performed in Copenhagen, Strasbourg and Santa Fe. Recently released to outstanding reviews, The Tempest is also available on an EMI CD and in France, the disc was recently awarded the prestigious Diapason d'Or de l'année and the 2010 Classical Brit Award for Composer of the Year. In September 2005 his violin concerto, Concentric Paths, written for Anthony Marwood, was premiered at the Berliner Festspiele and the BBC Proms, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under his baton. His second orchestral work for Simon Rattle, Tevot, (2007) was commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Carnegie Hall. 

Appointed to the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer Chair at Carnegie Hall for 2007/8, he was featured as composer, conductor and pianist throughout that season.  Adès' most recent works include a 'Piano concerto with moving image' entitled In Seven Days, a collaboration with video artist Tal Rosner, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London's Southbank Centre and Lieux Retrouvés, a work for 'cello and piano written for Steven Isserlis and commissioned by Aldeburgh Festival and Wigmore Hall.

Adès' music has attracted numerous awards and prizes, including the prestigious Grawemeyer Award (in 2000, for Asyla), of which he is the youngest ever recipient. View biography in full page >

The multifaceted pianist Kirill Gerstein is rapidly ascending into classical music's highest ranks. With a masterful technique, discerning intelligence, and a musical curiosity that has led him to explore repertoire spanning centuries and numerous styles, he has proven to be one of today's most intriguing and versatile musicians.

Mr. Gerstein is the sixth recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, presented every four years to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, possesses broad and profound musicianship and charisma and who desires and can sustain a career as a major international concert artist. Since receiving the award in 2010, Mr. Gerstein has shared his prize through the commissioning of boundary-crossing new works by Oliver Knussen, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau, Timothy Andres and Alexander Goehr. Mr. Gerstein was also awarded First Prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, received a 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award and a 2010 Avery Fisher Grant.

Highlights of his 2015-16 season in North America include performances of Scriabin's Prometheus: Poem of Fire with Ricardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 with Semyon Bychkov and the Berlin Philharmonic, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland Orchestra, and playing both of George Gershwin's piano concertos in the original jazz-band version to open New York's 92nd Street Y's 15/16 season; re-engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as with the Toronto, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Colorado, Utah and Oregon symphonies and the National Arts Centre Orchestra; a tour to Australia and New Zealand; his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw with concerts in Amsterdam and Frankfurt; a European tour with the Czech Philharmonic; and recitals in New York and Houston.

Kirill Gerstein's recent North American engagements include performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and the Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis and Montreal symphonies among others. He has also recently appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chicago's Grant Park, Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony, Blossom with the Cleveland Orchestra, and with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, Mann Music Center and Saratoga; and performed in recital at New York's 92nd St. Y and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and in Boston, Toronto, Berkeley, Vancouver, Detroit, Miami and Princeton.

Internationally, Kirill Gerstein has played with such prominent European orchestras as the Czech, Munich, Rotterdam and London Philharmonics, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskappelle, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and the Zurich Tonhalle, as well as with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He has performed recitals in Paris, Prague, Hamburg, London's Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He made his Salzburg Festival debut playing solo and two piano works with Andras Schiff and has also appeared at the Lucerne and Jerusalem Chamber Music Festivals as well as at the Proms in London.

Mr. Gerstein's second solo recording featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann's Carnaval was released by Myrios Classics in June 2014. His first solo recording with works by Schumann, Liszt and Oliver Knussen, also for Myrios, was chosen by The New York Times as one of the best recordings of 2010. He also collaborated with Tabea Zimmerman on two recordings of sonatas for viola and piano for Myrios, released in February 2011 and November 2012. His most recent recording of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin was released by Myrios in March 2015 and is the first recording using the new critical edition recently completed by the Tchaikovsky Museum in Moscow using the composer's original second version.

Born in 1979 in Voronezh, Russia, Mr. Gerstein studied piano at a special music school for gifted children and taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents' extensive record collection. At the age of 14, he came to the United States to study jazz piano as the youngest student ever to attend Boston's Berklee College of Music. After completing his studies in three years and following his second summer at the Boston University program at Tanglewood, Mr. Gerstein turned his focus back to classical music and moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky and earned both Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees by the age of 20. He continued his studies in Madrid with Dmitri Bashkirov and in Budapest with Ferenc Rados.

Mr. Gerstein became an American citizen in 2003 and divides his time between the United States and Germany.

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Shi-Yeon Sung conducts Mendelssohn and Dvo?ák featuring pianist Ingrid Fliter

Shi-Yeon Sung conducts Mendelssohn and Dvo?ák featuring pianist Ingrid Fliter
Event on 2019-01-05 20:00:00
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Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter has won the admiration and hearts of audiences around the world for her passionate yet thoughtful and sensitive music making played with an effortless technique. Winner of the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists and the only woman to have received this honor, Ms. Fliter divides her time between North America and Europe. She made her American orchestral debut with the Atlanta Symphony, just days after the announcement of her Gilmore Award. Since then she has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco, Toronto, St. Louis, Detroit, National, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Seattle, Vancouver, Puerto Rico, Utah, and Nashville symphonies, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra among others, as well as at the Mostly Mozart, Grant Park, Aspen, Ravinia, Blossom and Brevard summer festivals. She was also the featured soloist on the Youth Orchestra of the Americas Canadian tour in summer 2015. Equally busy as a recitalist, Ms. Fliter has performed in New York at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, and the 92nd Street Y; at Chicago's Orchestra Hall; and in Boston, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Detroit, as well as for the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth. In Europe and Asia, Ms. Fliter has performed with orchestras and in recital in Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Salzburg, Cologne, and Tokyo, and participated in festivals such as La Roque D'Antheron, Prague Autumn, and The World Pianist Series in Tokyo. Recent international engagements include appearances with the Rotterdam, Israel, Hong Kong, Monte Carlo, Osaka, Helsinki, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonics, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony, and the Proms in London, as well as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio, and Danish National Symphony Orchestras and the Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras; a fourth tour of Australia; and recitals in Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Stockholm, Lisbon, Sydney, and London at both Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Highlights of Ingrid Fliter's 16/17 season include re-engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and New World symphonies and a first appearance with the Rochester Philharmonic; her Philadelphia recital debut; and a tour of Spain with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra led by Peter Oundjian. Born in Buenos Aires in 1973, Ingrid Fliter began her piano studies in Argentina with Elizabeth Westerkamp. In 1992 she moved to Europe where she continued her studies in Freiburg with Vitaly Margulis, in Rome with Carlos Bruno, and with Franco Scala and Boris Petrushansky at the Academy "Incontrui col Maestro" in Imola, Italy. Ms. Fliter began playing public recitals at the age of 11 and made her professional orchestra debut at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires at the age of 16. Already the winner of several Argentine competitions, she went on to win prizes at the Cantu International Competition and the Ferruccio Busoni Competition in Italy and in 2000 was awarded the silver medal at the Frédéric Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She has been teaching at the Imola International Academy "Incontri col Maestro" since the fall of 2015. In June 2013 Ms. Fliter recorded both Chopin concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Jun Märkl for Linn Records, and in June 2014 she recorded the complete Chopin Preludes for the same label. Her two all-Chopin recordings for EMI earned her the reputation as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of that composer while her most recent EMI recording is an all-Beethoven CD featuring the Pathétique and Appassionata sonatas. Live recordings of Ms. Fliter performing works by Beethoven and Chopin at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as well as a DVD of a recital at the Miami International Piano Festival are available on the VAI Audio label. Her most recent recording features the first Mendelssohn and Schumann concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Linn Records.

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John Storgårds conducts Saariaho, Mozart and Sibelius featuring pianist Martin Helmchen

John Storgårds conducts Saariaho, Mozart and Sibelius featuring pianist Martin Helmchen
Event on 2019-01-26 20:00:00
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Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa and Artistic Partner of the Münchener Kammerorchester, John Storgårds has a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso and is widely recognised for his creative flair for programming. He additionally holds the title of Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland.

Storgårds appears with such orchestras as WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bamberger Symphoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as all the major Nordic orchestras including Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra where he was Chief Conductor 2008-2015. Further afield, he appears with the Sydney, Melbourne and NHK Symphonies as well as the Boston, St Louis, Toronto and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Soloists with whom he collaborates include Yefim Bronfman, Sol Gabetta, Håkan Hardenberger, Kari Kriikku, Gil Shaham, Baiba Skride, Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Storgårds's vast repertoire includes all symphonies by Sibelius, Nielsen, Bruckner, Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. He gave a historical cycle of all 54 symphonies by Mozart (including the unnumbered works) and conducted Finnish premieres of Schumann's only opera 'Genoveva', his early 'Zwickau' symphony, plus world premieres of Sibelius' Suite op. 117 for violin and strings and the Late Fragments. As a violinist, Storgårds gave the Finnish premiere of Schumann's own violin version of the cello concerto and his Violin Sonata No 3. Storgårds regularly performs world premieres of works by contemporary composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Brett Dean, Per Nørgård and P?teris Vasks. Many of these composers have dedicated their works to him. In opera he conducted the Finnish premiere of Haydn's Orlando Paladino at the Finnish National Opera, a production which remains one of the most successful in Finland. He conducted major titles by Strauss, Verdi and most Mozart operas. Recently he led a new production by Paul-Emile Fourny of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

Highlights of his 2017/18 season include Storgårds' return to the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. He will give debut appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien at Vienna's prestigious Musikverein and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall. Following their recent touring success, Storgårds is taking the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland on tour to Ottawa. In opera Storgårds will give the world premiere of Sebastian Fagerlund's new opera Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata at the Finnish National Opera with Anne Sofie von Otter in the leading role of Charlotte.

Storgårds' award winning discography includes recordings of works by Schumann, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn but also rarities by Holmboe and Vasks' featuring him as soloist. Two cycles of symphonies by Sibelius (2014) and Nielsen (2015) with the BBC Philharmonic were released to critical acclaim by Chandos. Their latest recording, released earlier this year, includes works by American avant-garde composer George Antheil. Other successes include discs of works by Nørgård, Korngold and Rautavaara, the latter receiving a Grammy nomination and a Gramophone Award in 2012. Storgårds's recording with the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland of concertos for theremin and horn by Kalevi Aho received the distinguished ECHO Klassik award in 2015.

Storgårds studied violin with Chaim Taub and subsequently became concert master of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen, before studying conducting with Jorma Panula and Eri Klas. He received the Finnish State Prize for Music in 2002 and the Pro Finlandia Prize 2012. View biography in full page >

With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, Martin Helmchen has become one of the great pianists of his generation. Born in 1982, he has made a series of sensational U.S. orchestral debuts, beginning in 2011 at Tanglewood, playing the Schumann Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi. In 2014, with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, he gave a revelatory performance of the Dvorák Piano Concerto; in 2015, he made his Symphony Hall debut, performing Beethoven's Concerto No. 5 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and in 2016, he performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2. This past season, he debuted with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center under Thierry Fischer, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25. During the 2017/2018 season, he will make debuts with both the San Diego and Kansas City symphonies.

Mr. Helmchen has also appeared with the symphonies of Dallas, Grand Rapids, Houston, Portland (Oregon), Saint Louis, and San Francisco, as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom. In May 2014, he made a highly acclaimed recital debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Among Martin Helmchen's worldwide highlights are performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Philharmonic, and the NHK Symphony in Japan. Other international engagements include the City of Birmingham Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gürzenich-Orchester/Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Philharmonia Orchestra/London, Prague Symphony, and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Artist-in-Residence with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra during the 2011/2012 season, he has also appeared with the BBC/London, Bournemouth Symphony, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie/Bremen, Dresden Philharmonic, DSO/Berlin, Hallé Orchestra/Manchester, Giuseppe Verdi Symphony/Milan, NDR/Hamburg, Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de France, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, RSO/Berlin, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, among others. In France, he tours with La Chambre Philharmonique under Emmanuel Krivine.

Mr. Helmchen has collaborated with such renowned conductors as David Afkham, Marc Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Sir Mark Elder, Lawrence Foster, Edward Gardner, Valery Gergiev, Hans Graf, Manfred Honeck, Philippe Herreweghe, Pablo Heras-Casado, Marek Janowski, Michail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Bernhard Klee, Jiri Kout, Sir Neville Marriner, the late Kurt Masur, Andris Nelsons, Sir Roger Norrington, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Christoph Poppen, Markus Poschner, Michael Sanderling, Heinrich Schiff, Marcus Stenz, Krzysztof Urbanski, Gilbert Varga, and David Zinman, to name a few.

Also an enthusiastic recitalist, Martin Helmchen has performed at prestigious venues around the world, such as The Frick Collection/New York, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall (with cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker), the Coast Recital Society, San Francisco Performances, ArtSpring, the Wigmore Hall/London, and the Alte Oper in Frankfort. He also appears regularly at major German festivals, we well as the Schubertiade, Lockenhaus, and Marlboro. In 2017, he will be artist in residence at Germany's Schwetzingen SWR Festival.

With a passion for chamber music, largely ignited by his early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow, Mr. Helmchen now performs regularly with Heinrich Schiff and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker. Other partners include Juliane Banse, Veronika Eberle, Julia Fischer (with whom he is on tour in Asia during the current season), Sharon Kam, Gidon Kremer, Sabine Meyer, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, and Tabea Zimmermann. Since 2010, he has been an Associate Professor of chamber music at the Kronberg Academy. Last summer he was invited to return to Elena Bashkirova's International Chamber Music Festival in Jerusalem.

An active recording artist, Martin Helmchen's debut disc of Mozart concertos with the Netherlands Chamber Philharmonic was released in September 2007 through his exclusive contract with PentaTone. A second Mozart concerto disc with the same orchestra was released in 2013. His first solo CD, a recording of works by Schubert, won an ECHO Award in 2009. Other discs for PentaTone include the Mendelssohn concertos, the Schumann and Dvorák concertos, and the highly acclaimed complete works of Schubert for violin and piano with Julia Fischer.

Mr. Helmchen studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Galina Iwanzowa, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover with Arie Vardie, and with William Grant Naboré. His career took off when he won the 2001 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at the age of nineteen. Other distinctions include a fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2005; the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2006 (culminating in his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at the Lucerne Festival); and soloist in the "BBC New Generation Artists" program from 2005 to 2007.

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Sir Andrew Davis conducts Harbison, Mozart and Vaughan Williams featuring pianist Alessio Bax

Sir Andrew Davis conducts Harbison, Mozart and Vaughan Williams featuring pianist Alessio Bax
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Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000. Davis's contract with Lyric Opera was recently extended through the 2020-2021 season. Maestro Davis was recently named chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra beginning in January 2013, and he is conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (having previously served as principal conductor), conductor laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (having previously had the longest tenure as chief conductor since BBCSO founder Sir Adrian Boult) and former music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

In the 2012-2013 Lyric Opera season he conducts Strauss's Elektra, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, Massenet's Werther, and Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. His engagements elsewhere in 2012-2013 include Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Liceu in Barcelona (Rusalka), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, Orchestre de l'opera de la Bastille, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Billy Budd) . Additionally, Sir Andrew will spend several weeks recording for Chandos Records.

In the 2011-2012 season Sir Andrew conducted Boris Godunov, Ariadne auf Naxos, and The Magic Flute at Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as a subscriber appreciation concert featuring soprano Renée Fleming (Lyric's creative consultant) and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. 2011-2012 also saw Maestro Davis on the podium with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the symphonies of Rotterdam, Bergen and Bamberg, as well as the Metropolitan Opera (Don Giovanni) and the Canadian Opera Company (A Florentine Tragedy/Gianni Schicci). He finished out the season last summer with performances of Arabella at the Santa Fe Opera and performances of Delius's A Mass of Life for the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival.

With the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Davis has led concerts at the Proms and on tour to Hong Kong, Japan, the U.S., and Europe. He has conducted all of the world's major orchestras, from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw, as well as at opera houses and festivals throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and the Bayreuth Festival.

Maestro Davis has a massive discography on the Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics International, Capriccio, EMI, and CBS labels, among others. Sir Andrew currently records exclusively for Chandos Records.

Sir Andrew's recording of Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 of York Bowen was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for Best Orchestral Performance. In 2008, Sir Andrew released Elgar's Violin Concertos, featuring violinist James Ehnes and London's Philharmonia Orchestra (Onyx Classics), which won Gramophone's coveted "Best of Category – Concerto" Award. Recordings in 2007 included Beethoven's Violin Concerto with violinist Min-Jyn Kim and the Philharmonia Orchestra (Sony); a solo recital of operatic favorites sung by soprano Nicole Cabell with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Decca), which in 2008 won the Solti Prize from the French Académie du Disque Lyrique; and Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Yundi Li and the Philharmonia Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon).

In 1992, Maestro Davis was created a Commander of the British Empire for his services to British music, and in 1999 he was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List. In 1991, he received the Royal Philharmonic Society/Charles Heidsieck Music Award. In June of 2012, he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, Maestro Davis studied at King's College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar before taking up the baton. His diverse repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary, and his vast conducting credits span the symphonic and operatic and choral worlds. Sir Andrew is a great proponent of twentieth century works including those by Janácek, Messiaen, Boulez, Elgar, Tippett, and Britten, in addition to the core symphonic and operatic composers' works.

Maestro Davis and his wife, soprano Gianna Rolandi, reside in Chicago where she is the director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. View biography in full page >

Combining exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique, Alessio Bax is without a doubt "among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public" (Gramophone).He catapulted to prominence with First Prize wins at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, and is now a familiar face on four continents, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but as a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Cincinnati Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.

After inaugurating a new three-year appointment as Artistic Director of Tuscany's Incontri in Terra di Siena festival in summer 2017, Bax launches Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's 2017-18 season in company with his wife and fellow pianist, Lucille Chung. Further highlights of his full season include a pair of high-profile U.S. duo recital tours with violinist Joshua Bell and flutist Emmanuel Pahud, respectively; UK solo recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and the Leeds Piano Festival; collaborations with U.S. orchestras from the Minnesota Orchestra to the North Carolina Philharmonic, on concertos by Gershwin, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, and Schumann; return engagements in Yerevan with the Armenian Philharmonic and in Hong Kong; and Signum Classics' release of his recording of Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto with the Southbank Sinfonia, paired with rarely heard solo works by the master composer.

The 2016-17 season saw Bax return to the Vancouver Symphony for MacDowell's Second Piano Concerto with Bramwell Tovey, and step in at the eleventh hour to play Brahms's Second Piano Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony under Sir Andrew Davis, in what proved "the most exciting debut in recent memory" (Cincinnati Enquirer). He also gave three performances at the Wigmore Hall, including his solo recital debut, which aired live on BBC Radio 3, and a duo recital with his regular collaborator, Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Dashin Kashimoto, by way of a coda to their extensive Asian tour. Other highlights of recent seasons include Mozart with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Hans Graf; Rachmaninov with London's Southbank Sinfonia led by Vladimir Ashkenazy; his Minnesota Orchestra debut under Andrew Litton; a return to the Dallas Symphony for Barber under Jaap van Zweden; season-opening appearances with the Colorado Symphony; and concerts at L.A.'s Disney Hall, Washington's Kennedy Center, and New York's Carnegie Hall. In 2009, the pianist was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and four years later he received both the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, which recognizes young artists of exceptional accomplishment. 

Bax is a staple on the international summer festival circuit, and has performed at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland; England's International Piano Series and Aldeburgh and Bath festivals; the Risør Festival in Norway; and the Moritzburg Festival, Ruhr Klavier-Festival, and Beethovenfest Bonn in Germany. In the U.S., he makes regular appearances at New York's Bard Music Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Bravo! Vail festival, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Minnesota's Beethoven Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and Kentucky's Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. He has given recitals at New York's Lincoln Center and other major music halls around the world, including those of Rome, Milan, Bilbao, Madrid, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Washington, DC. As a chamber musician, Bax has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis, Nicholas Phan, Paul Watkins, Jörg Widmann, and the Emerson String Quartet, among many others.

Bax's celebrated discography for Signum Classics includes Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and "Moonlight" Sonatas (a Gramophone  "Editor's Choice"); Bax & Chung,  a duo disc with Lucille Chung that includes Stravinsky's original four-hand version of the ballet Pétrouchka as well as music by Brahms and Piazzolla; Alessio Bax plays Mozart,  comprising Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595 with London's Southbank Sinfonia and Simon Over; Alessio Bax: Scriabin & Mussorgsky (named "Recording of the Month … and quite possibly my recording of the year" by MusicWeb International); Alessio Bax plays Brahms  (a Gramophone  "Critics' Choice"); Bach Transcribed; and Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies (an American Record Guide  "Critics' Choice 2011"). Recorded for Warner Classics, his Baroque Reflections album was also a Gramophone  "Editor's Choice."He performed Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata for maestro Daniel Barenboim in the PBS-TV documentary Barenboim on Beethoven: Masterclass,  available as a DVD boxed set on the EMI label. 

Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of Bari, his hometown in Italy, where his teacher was Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with Francois-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, where, with Lucille Chung, he is now the Johnson-Prothro Artist-in-Residence. He also serves with Chung as co-artistic director of Dallas' Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation, created to cultivate the legacy of the Basque pianist and to support young pianists' careers. A Steinway artist, Bax resides in New York City with Chung and their three-year-old daughter, Mila. Outside the concert hall he is known for his longtime obsession with fine food; as a 2013 New York Times profile noted, he is not only notorious for hosting "epic" multi-course dinner parties, but often spends his intermissions dreaming of meals to come.

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Ken-David Masur conducts Harbison, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson

Ken-David Masur conducts Harbison, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson
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Ken-David Masur — who has been hailed as "fearless, bold, and a life-force" (San Diego Union-Tribune) and "a brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma" (Leipzig Volkszeitung), begins the 2017/18 season leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in a program of Aaron Jay Kernis, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, and an end-of-summer return to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in Dvorak 9 and the world premiere of Alan Fletcher's new piano concerto. The fall brings performances of a new production of Moto Osada's chamber opera Four Nights of Dream  at the Japan Society in New York and at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, followed by a subscription week of Beethoven's Egmont Overture and a new, staged production of Grieg's Peer Gynt created especially for the Boston Symphony (writer/Director Bill Barclay) with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Soprano Camilla Tilling, and stage actors at Symphony Hall. Ken also attends the Beethoven Symposium as part of the opening weekend of the International Kurt Masur Institute together with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lambert Orkis, Peter Gülke, and Michael Ladenburger, at the newly created institute as well as at the Gewandhaus.

Other guest engagements in 2017/18 include weeks with the Milwaukee, Colorado, and Portland (ME) Symphonies, and returns to the Munich Symphony, where he is Principal Guest Conductor, and to the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Japan.

Masur also led the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood last season (Tchaikovsky 6 and Strauss' Four Last Songs with Renée Fleming) as well as the L.A. Philharmonic (Beethoven Symphony No. 5 and Korngold violin Cto. with Gil Shaham), and guested at the Orchestre National de France in Paris in a program with Anne-Sophie Mutter, and in Germany, Korea, and Moscow.  As a sought-after leader and educator of younger players, Ken-David conducted and participated in training sessions with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, BUTI, New England Conservatory, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra last season.

Associate Conductor of the Boston Symphony, Ken-David Masur and his wife Melinda Lee Masur are founders and Artistic Directors of the Chelsea Music Festival, an annual two-week long multi-media production of music, art, and cuisine which in June, 2017 presented its 8th season in New York.  Its productions are varied and internationally themed, always including premieres of new works by young and established composers — a celebration of the arts and senses called "a gem of a series" by the New York Times, which frequently features the Festival amongst its Best Classical picks of the season.

Masur's previous appointments include Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre National de France in Paris from 2004-2006, and Resident Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony in 2007.  In 2011, he was the recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, where he was invited to return as a Fellow in 2012.  He has had guest engagements with the Dresden, Israel, and Japan Philharmonics; with the Orchestre National de Toulouse, and the Hiroshima, Omaha, and Memphis Symphonies. 

Ken-David Masur received his B.A. from Columbia University in New York City. From 1999- 2002 he served as the first Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus there, which toured Germany and released a critically acclaimed album of symphonies and cantatas by W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and J.S. Bach. He received further music studies at the Leipzig Conservatory, the Detmold Academy, the Manhattan School of Music and the "Hanns Eisler" Conservatory in Berlin, where he was a five-year master student of Bass-Baritone Thomas Quasthoff.

Masur studied conducting primarily with his father Kurt Masur and has been further mentored by conductors such as Stefan Asbury, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Jorma Panula, Larry Rachleff and Christopher Seaman. He won a GRAMMY nomination from the Latin Recording Academy in the category Best Classical Album of the Year for his work as a producer of the album Salon Buenos Aires. View biography in full page >

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world's leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him. This season that vast repertoire can be sampled in concerti ranging from Rachmaninoff's popular Third and rarely performed Fourth, to Brahms Nos. 1 and 2, Beethoven, Mozart, Grieg and Copland in cities including Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Liverpool, and Madrid ending with a spring US West Coast tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. In recital he can be heard in LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York, New Orleans, Hawaii and Prague. 

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Andris Nelsons conducts an All-Wagner Program

Andris Nelsons conducts an All-Wagner Program
Event on 2018-04-07 20:00:00

Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde is a hymn to the intense spirituality that accompanies transcendent earthly love. Musically and operatically innovative, it remains a watershed in the history of music; to hear its music live is an unforgettable experience. Andris Nelsons leads an outstanding cast of singers-including the great German tenor Jonas Kaufmann (taking the role of Tristan for the very first time) and the acclaimed Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund-in Act II of the opera, in which the title characters come together under the spell of a love potion, only to be discovered by King Marke, Tristan's uncle and lord, to whom Isolde is betrothed. The concert opens with one of Wagner's few purely instrumental works still heard today, the Siegfried Idyll, which he composed in 1869 and had performed as a surprise birthday gift for his wife Cosima. The "Siegfried" of the title is the couple's son, born the previous June, though Wagner later incorporated some of the Idyll's music into the third of his Ring operas, Siegfried. View biography in full page >

Andris Nelsons is the newly appointed Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, starting from the 2014/2015 season. He will act as Music Director Designate for the BSO's 2013/2014 season. Andris Nelsons made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in March 2011, leading Mahler's Symphony no. 9 at Carnegie Hall. Last summer, Nelsons made his debut at Tanglewood, and in January 2013, he made his Symphony Hall debut. This new appointment cements Andris Nelsons as one of the most sought-after conductors on the international scene today, a distinguished name both on the opera and concert podiums.  

Nelsons has been Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2008 and remains at the helm of orchestra until Summer 2015, enjoying critically acclaimed seasons and an outstanding tenure. With the CBSO, he undertakes major tours worldwide, including regular appearances at such summer festivals as Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms and Berliner Festspiele. Together they have toured the major European concert halls, including the Musikverein, Vienna, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, Gasteig, Munich and the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid. Nelsons made his debut in Japan, on tour with Wiener Philharmoniker, and returned to tour Japan and the Far East with the CBSO in November 2013. 

Over the next few seasons he will continue collaborations with Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Andris Nelsons is a regular guest at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera New York. In summer 2014 he returns to Bayreuther Festspiele as Musical Director for Lohengrin, in a production directed by Hans Neuenfels, which Nelsons premiered in Bayreuth in 2010.

With the CBSO, Nelsons has an exciting recording collaboration with Orfeo International: they are working towards releasing all orchestral works by Tchaikovsky and all those by R. Strauss, the first disc of which was praised by The Times: "one of the most sumptuous and refined accounts of 'Ein Heldenleben' ever put on to disc". The majority of Nelsons' recordings are recognised with a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and, in October 2011, Andris Nelsons received the prestigious ECHO Klassik of the German Phono Academy in the category "Conductor of the Year" for his recording with CBSO of Stravinsky's 'Firebird' and 'Symphony of Psalms'. For audiovisual recordings, he has an exclusive agreement with Unitel GmbH, the most recent release is a disc including Dvorak, entitled From The New World with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, released on DVD and Blu-ray in June 2013.

Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. He was Principal Conductor of Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany 2006-2009 and Music Director of Latvian National Opera 2003-2007. View biography in full page >

Camilla Nylund who was born in 1968 in Vaasa / Finland. She studied with Professor Eva Illes and later at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. For her outstanding achievement she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal in 1995 by the International Foundation of the Mozarteum.

Camilla Nylund had been member of the ensemble at the Dresden Semper Opera from 1999 until 2002. Major productions in Dresden included COSI FAN TUTTE, FALSTAFF, LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, ARABELLA, TANNHÄUSER, ROSENKAVALIER, FREISCHÜTZ, FLEDERMAUS.

Ever since Camilla had been invited for productions and performances at many of the world's leading opera houses – she sang Tatjana/ONEGIN and Eva/MEISTERSINGER at the Hamburg State Opera and Gräfin in the Venice production of CAPRICCIO, FIDELIO-Leonore at the Zurich Opera, Salome at the Köln Opera, in Vienna she performed Leonore in Beethoven's first FIDELIO version (Theater an der Wien). She debuted at the Bavarian State Opera (Elisabeth/TANNHÄUSER, Zubin Mehta), Furthermore the Salzburger Festspiele and Sir Simon Rattle invited her for their Japan tour with a concertant FIDELIO.

In November 2005 Camilla Nylund made her successful debut at the Vienna State Opera (SALOME). She was invited to la Scala di Milano and to Chicago to perform Beethoven 9th under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, at the Berlin Philharmonie she sang Contessa Simon Rattle's concertant performances of FIGARO. Sir Simon Rattle re-invited her to Berlin for Henze's FLOSS DER MEDUSA. At the Bavarian State Opera the singer took part in the new production CHOWANSCHTSCHINA (Emma) and appeared as FIGARO-Contessa, Fiordiligi in COSI and as Eva in MEISTERSINGER. A new production of ROSENKAVALIER/Marschallin brought her to the New National Theatre Tokyo.

2007/8 Camilla Nylund made her much acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival – in RUSALKA. In 2009/10 she made her debut at the Paris Bastille as Salome (November 2009) which turned even out to be a tremendous success. Equally acclaimend was her first Irene in RIENZI, new production at  the Deutsche Oper Berlin (January 2010). She appeared in a new production NOTRE DAME in Dresden, and in a new production SALOME (under the baton of Zubin Mehta) in Valencia.

In Summer 2011 she made her debut in Bayreuth – as Elisabeth in TANNHÄUSER, followed by re-invitations for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

2011/12 opened with a series of ARIADNE at the Vienna State Opera, followed by ELEKTRA/Chrysothemis at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, ROSENKAVALIER at La Scala di Milano, SALOME in Vienna, RUSALKA at Covent Garden/London, furthermore she appeared at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam as DON CARLO-Elisabetta.

In 2012/13 Camilla Nylund was invited to the San Francisco Opera for LOHENGRIN and to the Liceo Barcelona for RUSALKA. Her first WALKÜRE-Sieglinde (Vienna State Opera) became a much acclaimed role debut.

In 2013/14 Camilla Nylund appeared in productions ARIADNE in Frankfurt, TOTE STADT in Helsinki, SALOME at the Staatsoper Berlin, a new production LOHENGRIN at the Vienna State Opera and SALOME concertant in Philadelphia.
 
Engagements in 2014/15 include: concerts with Beethovens 9. Symphony under R. Muti in Chicago, tannhäuser at the Vienna State Opera, rusalka in Lyon, ariadne auf naxos at Berlin State Opera, rosenkavalier in Amsterdam.
2015/16 includes ROSENKAVALIER at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, ELEKTRA/Chrysothemis in Dresden, HOLLÄNDER at the Berlin State Opera, SALOME at The Vienna State Opera and in Tokyo, LOHENGRIN in Vienna and concertant in Amsterdam, new production ONEGIN in Dresden and the artist's debut at the BBC Proms (soprano part in MISSA SOLEMNIS)

2016/17
FIDELIO/Leonore with Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera,
FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN at the Berlin State Opera,
FLIEGENDER HOLLÄNDER/Senta in Helsinki,
TANNHÄUSER (both Elisabeth and Venus) at the Berlin Deutsche Oper,
WALKÜRE, ARABELLA and FIDELIO at the Vienna State Opera,
WALKÜRE in Bayreuth

Future engagements include
FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN, TOTE STADT, ARABELLA, WALKÜRE, FREISCHÜTZ at the Vienna State Opera, debut WOZZECK-Marie in Düsseldorf, CAPRICCIO in Frankfurt, HOLLÄNDER in Zurich, debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York (ROSENKAVALIER).

Camilla Nylund regularly works with the world's leading conductors within the concert and oratorio repertoire – Daniel Barenboim, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Ingo Metzmacher, Sir Simon Rattle, Yakov Kreizberg, Christian Thielemann, just to mention a few. View biography in full page >

Since his sensational 2006 debut at the Metropolitan Opera in La Traviata, Jonas Kaufmann has numbered among the top stars on the operatic horizon. The international press has singled him out as the "new king of tenors" and insiders praise him as the most important German tenor since Fritz Wunderlich.

Hailing from Munich, Kauffman completed his vocal studies there at the local Music Academy and attended master classes with Hans Hotter, James King and Josef Metternich. During his first years at the State Theatre in Saarbrücken, he continued his training with Michael Rhodes in Trier.

After engagements in Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Milan – in Giorgio Strehler's production of Così fan tutte and Fidelio, conducted by Riccardo Muti – Kaufmann moved on to the Zürich Opera in 2001. From there he began his international career, appearing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin State Opera, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Salzburg Festival. In 2010, Kaufmann made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as the title role in Lohengrin in a spectacular staging by Hans Neuenfels.

Kaufmann is just as internationally in demand in the Italian and French repertoires as he is in German opera. He has sung Massenet's Werther in Paris and Vienna and Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca in London, at the Met and La Scala. His intensive characterizations of Don José in Bizet's Carmen and Werther in Massenet's opera took opera fans throughout the world by storm. Kaufmann loves portraying shattered characters, immersing himself in their world and making their thoughts and emotions strikingly believable.

Besides his vocal and musical qualities, it is Kaufmann's total identification with his roles that has been received with such enthusiasm by the press and public. This was certainly the case at his role debut as Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera in the spring of 2011. The eagerly awaited new production, masterfully conducted by James Levine and transmitted world-wide on radio and in HD to cinemas, allowed audiences to experience the special quality of Kaufmann's Wagner interpretations in detail: the blend of German expressive power and Italian vocal finesse. When Kaufmann subsequently had a great success performing the title role in Gounod's Faust (a new production that could also be seen in cinemas all over the world), he showed once again his vocal and theatrical versatility.

In 2012, Kaufmann debuted as Bacchus in Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos at the Salzburg Festival. In Salzburg, he was also heard as Don José in the new production of Carmen, conducted by Simon Rattle, and in a performance of Verdi's Requiem, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, which he also performed at La Scala and the Lucerne Festival. In December of 2012, Kaufmann returned to Milan for the opening of La Scala's season in the new production of Lohengrin, conducted by Barenboim and directed by Claus Guth.

2013 was the year of Wagner and Verdi. After the Met's new production of Parsifal and the revival of Don Carlos at the Royal Opera House in London, Kaufmann also portrayed the title role in Don Carlos in Munich and Salzburg. Furthermore, he sang two Verdi roles for the first time in new productions at the Bayerische Staatsoper: Manrico in Il Trovatore and Alvaro in La Forza del Destino. In February and March of 2014, Kaufmann portrayed Massenet's Werther in a new production at the Met, and in June he debuted as Des Grieux in Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House.

Highlights from 2015 included Kaufmann's debut as the title role in a new production of Andrea Chenier at the Royal Opera House, conducted by Antonio Pappano, his first Radames in Aida in Rome, in a concert performance with Anja Harteros and Pappano, a highly acclaimed double debut in the new production of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci at the Salzburg Easter Festival, a Puccini recital at La Scala, and new productions of Beethoven's Fidelio in Salzburg and Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust at the Paris Opera.

After the great success of his solo album of evergreens from the late Twenties and early Thirties (Du bist die Welt für mich), Kaufmann released his new album of Puccini arias (Nessun dorma) in September of 2015. He performed some of those arias at the legendary "Last night of the proms" in the Royal Albert Hall on September 12th.

In Munich's new production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger, which premiered in May of 2016, Kaufmann sang the role of Walther von Stolzing on stage for the first time. After his South American tour debut in August of 2016, with concerts and recitals in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lima and Santiago de Chile, the tenor will prepare the title role in Otello at the Royal Opera House in London (June 2017).

Kaufmann's versatility as an artist is documented on a number of CD's and DVD's in performances of such works as Lohengrin, Walküre, Parsifal, Königskinder, Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Carlos, Tosca, Andrea Chenier, Adriana Lecouvreur, Werther and Carmen. His solo albums "Verismo", "Wagner" and "Verdi" were bestsellers only a few weeks after being released. In 2011, Kaufmann was presented with the coveted Opera News Award in New York. An article in "Opera News" heralded this selection with the words: "His intensity and elegance, the smoothness of his voice and his body language, combined with his musicality and his glowing appearance make him the very definition of a 21st century opera star." Shortly afterwards, Kaufmann was named a "Chevalier de l'Orde de l'Art et des Lettres" by French culture minister Frédéric Mitterand. Kaufmann has been selected several times as Singer of the Year by the classical music magazines Opernwelt, Diapason and Musical America, as well as by the juries of Echo-Klassik and the inaugural International Opera Awards (London 2013).

Jonas Kaufmann is also a familiar figure internationally on the concert and recital platforms. He regards art song interpretation as "The Royal Class of Singing", since this genre calls for considerably more finesse and differentiation than any other vocal discipline. His partnership with pianist Helmut Deutsch, with whom he has worked as far back as his student days in Munich, has proven itself in countless concerts, including one on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera on October 30, 2011. This was the first solo recital given at the Met since Luciano Pavarotti's back in 1994. View biography in full page >

Mihoko Fujimura was born in Japan and studied at both Tokyo University and the Münchener Hochschule für Musik.  She won numerous international singing competitions before joining the ensemble of the Graz Opera from 1995 to 2000, where she sang many of her signature roles for the first time. 

She came to international attention in her performances at the 2002 Munich Opera Festival and the Bayreuther Festspiele and has since become a regular guest at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Theatre du Chatelet, Teatro Real Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayreuther Festspiele, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.  In concert she appears with the world's leading orchestras and is a regular guest artist in Japan.

She has appeared at the Bayreuth Festival in nine consecutive seasons, singing Kundry, Brangäne, Fricka, Waltraute and Erda.

Miss Fujimura's operatic repertoire includes Kundry, Brangäne, Venus, Fricka, Idamantes, Octavian, Carmen, Eboli, Azucena and Amneris.   Her concert repertoire includes Verdi's "Requiem", Wagner's "Wesendonck Lieder" and Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde"; "Rückert Lieder"; "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" and Symphonies No. 2, 3 and 8.  She appears regularly with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Adam Fischer, Fabio Luisi, Christian Thielemann, Kurt Masur and Peter Schneider and in recital with Christoph Ulrich Meier. 

She has recorded Brangäne ("Tristan und Isolde") with Antonio Pappano for EMI Classics, Gurrelieder with the BRSO and Mariss Jansons, Mahler 3 with the Bamberger Symphoniker and Jonathan Nott, and Beethoven 9 with Christian Thielemann and the Wiener Philharmoniker. For Fontec she has released two solo recital discs with pianist Wofram Rieger, singing works by Wagner, Mahler, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms and Schumann.

In concert she appears with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the BBC Proms with the BBCSO and Semyon Bychkov, the London Symphony Orchestra with both Daniel Harding and the late Sir Colin Davis, the Orchestre de Paris with Christoph Eschenbach, the Philadelphia Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, the Montreal Symphony with Kent Nagano, the Accademia Santa Cecilia and Yuri Termikanov and Kurt Masur, the Tokyo Philharmonic and Myung-Whun Chung, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, both the Bayerische Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, both the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker with Christian Thielemann, and the Berliner Philharmoniker with Bernard Haitink and Simon Rattle.

Engagements this season include a tour of Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder to South America with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Kent Nagano; celebratory performances of the Beethoven 9 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, a Gala concert with Kazushi Ono and 'Das Rheingold' with the Dresden Semperoper to mark the 30th Anniversary of Tokyo's Suntory Hall; a China tour of the Beethoven 9 with the Wiener Symphoniker; 'Das Rheingold' (Fricka) at the Wiener Staatsoper and performances of Hosokawa's 'Klage' and the Mahler II with the Tokyo Symphony.

In 2014 she was awarded the Purple Ribbon Medal of Honour by the Japanese Government for her contribution to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments. View biography in full page >

After completing his training as a music and German teacher, Georg Zeppenfeld went on to study concert and operatic singing at the Academies of Music in Detmold and Cologne, under the guidance of Professor Hans Sotin. After his first operatic engagements, which took him to the Municipal Theatre in Münster and to the Bonn Opera, he was engaged by the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Semperoper) in 2001 and has been a member of the ensemble ever since.

Performing with such renowned conductors as Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Peter Schneider, Marcello Viotti, and Leif Segerstam, Zeppenfeld has been able to develop an extensive repertoire of predominantly serious bass roles from various periods and styles. Among them are Monteverdi's Seneca/L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, and Mozart's Sarastro, Commendatore, Figaro, Bartolo, and Don Alfonso, as well as Verdi's Padre Guardiano/LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Sparafucile/RIGOLETTO, Zaccaria/NABUCCO, Banquo/MACBETH, and Philipp II/DON CARLO, Wagner's Fasolt/DAS RHEINGOLD, Veit Pogner/DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, Landgraf Herrmann/TANNHÄUSER, Gurnemanz/PARSIFAL, König Heinrich/LOHENGRIN, and König Marke/TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Mussorgsky's Pimen/BORIS GODUNOV, and Dvo?ák's Water Sprite/RUSALKA.
Guest appearances have taken him to the leading opera houses of Germany, such as Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, and to international music centers including Amsterdam, Antwerp, Luxemburg, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris and Vienna as well as New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and more. He made his debut in 2010 at the Bayreuther Festspiele in the role of König Heinrich/LOHENGRIN and returned in 2011 as Veit Pogner/DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG (recorded with the BSO under the baton of Marek Janowski). After his debut in the role of Philebos/DER KÖNIG KANDAULES in 2002, he has regularly appeared at the Salzburg Festival in operatic, lied, and oratorio performances alike. In summer 2012, he returned to Salzburg as Sarastro in a new production of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. At the Glyndebourne Festival, Zeppenfeld appeared in the role of König Marke. In 2005, he sang Sarastro in a new production at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden; in 2007, he made his triumphant U.S. debut at the San Francisco Opera House in the same role, which he also sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2009 and at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2011.

Among his recent highlights are his debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, where he sang König Heinrich in a new production of Richard Wagner's LOHENGRIN, as well as guest performances at La Scala di Milano in the role of Commendatore/DON GIOVANNI, followed by Landgraf Herrmann/TANNHÄUSER.

Highlights of the 2011/12 season include Peneios in Vienna, Sarastro in Munich, Barcelona and at the Salzburger Festspiele as well as Gurnemanz in Lyon, and others.
The 2012/13 season takes him to Antwerp, Gent and Luxembug in the role of Gurnemanz, and to Hamburg as Landgraf Hermann and König Heinrich. In Dresden, Georg Zeppenfeld will appear in his major role of Sarastro as well as in the roles of Rocco/FIDELIO, Daland/DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER and Zoroastro in Händel's ORLANDO.

In addition to his operatic engagements, Georg Zeppenfeld also pursues an active international career as a concert singer. In particular, the works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven as well as the great late Romantic oratorios have given him the opportunity to sing in many of Europe's leading concert venues.

Recent engagements include concerts with the Munich Philharmonic as well as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Christian Thielemann, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Riccardo Chailly, Concentus Musicus Wien under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Filarmonica della Scala under Kurt Masur, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre National de France, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and other leading orchestras which allowed him to expand his stylistic spectrum and by that to accentuate his immense vocal versatility. In Summer 2012, Zeppenfeld sang Beethoven's 9TH SYMPHONY with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, at the Lucerne Festival and the Beethovenfest in Bonn; in November 2012 he returned to his University in Detmold for a recital.

Georg Zeppenfeld has participated in numerous radio and TV productions and many CD recordings. He sang in the Memorial Day performance of Verdi's REQUIEM under Daniele Gatti on the 60th anniversary of the destruction of Dresden, which was televised by ARTE and released on DVD. His artistic achievements are documented on CD and DVD recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Oehms classics, and Unitel, as well as radio and TV productions for major German broadcasting corporations. View biography in full page >

Born in Carmarthen, West Wales, Andrew Rees gained a scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and completed his studies on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He was a Jerwood Young Artist at English National Opera and later became a principal tenor at the company.

At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, he has sung Doctor Yes in the world premiere of Anna Nicole, Ulrich Eisslinger Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Froh Das Rheingold.  Roles elsewhere have included Bob Boles Peter Grimes and Melot Tristan und Isolde for Grange Park Opera, Steva Jenufa and Siegmund Die Walküre for Longborough Festival Opera, Kudryash Katya Kabanova and Ismaele Nabucco for Opera Holland Park, Kudryash Katya Kabanova and Ulrich Eisslinger Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Welsh National Opera, Pang Turandot and Macduff Macbeth for Northern Ireland Opera, Macduff Macbeth and Raffaele Stiffelio for Chelsea Opera Group, Melot Tristan und Isolde for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Nederlandse Reisopera and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Siegmund Die Walküre for Longborough Festival Opera.

International engagements have included Steva Jenufa for New Israeli Opera, Boris Katya Kabanova and Sergei Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Stadttheater St Gallen, Sergei Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the National Theater Weimar and Jimmy Mahoney The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for Angers Nantes Opera.

Contemporary work includes Dudley in Philip Cashian'sThe Cumnor Affair for Tête-à-Tête, Diana and Acteon for the Royal Ballet, Ryan When She Died: Death of a Princess for Channel 4 and Lemminkaïnen Swan Hunter for Opera North, all by Jonathan Dove, and Judith Weir's Blond Eckbert with the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Hamburg.

Concert highlights have included Beethoven Symphony No. 9 on tour with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Theseus in the world premiere of Jonathan Dove's The Monster in the Maze with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Dream of Gerontius with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Heinrich der Schreiber Tannhäuser and Fourth Esquire Parsifal at the BBC Proms and Grace Williams' Missa Cambrensis with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

His recordings include Narraboth Salome for Chandos and Doctor Yes Anna Nicole for Opus Arte Blu Ray / DVD.

Conductors with whom he has worked include Stefan Asbury, Stephen Barlow, Brad Cohen, Paul Daniel, Mark Elder, Tecwyn Evans, Edward Gardner, Daniele Gatti, Antony Hermus, Jacek Kaspszyk, Lothar Koenigs, Jiri Kout, Charles Mackerras, Gianluca Marcianò, Sakari Oramo, Anthony Negus, Antonio Pappano, George Pehlivanian, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles and Mark Wigglesworth.

Current engagements include Vladimir Igoryevich Prince Igor for Chelsea Opera Group, Laca for Grange Park Opera, Melot Tristan und Isolde at the Rome Opera, Jimmy Mahoney The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for the Royal Danish Opera and Rachmaninov's The Bells with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Next season, he will sing Melot at the Dutch National Opera. View biography in full page >

Baritone David Kravitz is increasingly in demand on operatic and concert stages. Critics have hailed his "large, multi-layered" and "sumptuously flexible" voice, his "power and eloquence," his "deeply considered acting," his "drop-dead musicianship," and his "deep understanding of the text."

This season, David Kravitz joins the Center for Contemporary Opera in a collaboration with Laboratorio Opera for the premiere of Love Hurts, music by Nicola Moro and libretto by Lisa Hilton, singing the role of Marquis de Sade / Gilles de Rais. He also debuts with Opera Santa Barbara as Forester in Cunning Little Vixen, and joins the Boston Symphony as the Notary in Der Rosenkavalier.

Last season included Mr. Kravitz's role debut of Scarpia in Tosca with Skylight Opera, and performances of Handel's Messiah wth the Virginia Symphony. The 2014-2015 season included a company debut with Palm Beach Opera, as the Rabbi in the world premiere of Enemies, A Love Story. Continuing his commitment to new music, he also appeared in the workshop and acclaimed world premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Crossing: A New American Opera with American Repertory Theater. Additionally, he returned to Boston Lyric Opera as the Baron Duphol in La Traviata.

The baritone's 2013-204 season brought a company debut with Dallas Opera to reprise the role of United Nations in Death and the Powers, the role of Frederik in Sondheim's A Little Night Music with Emmanuel Music, as well as performances with Boston Lyric Opera as both the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte and Marullo in Rigoletto.  His concert performances included Mohammed Fairouz's Symphony No. 3 (Poems and Prayers) with the UCLA Philharmonic, and A Sea Symphony, with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. He closed the season as La Rocca in Un giorno di Regno with Odyssey Opera in their inaugural season, followed by debuting the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof  with Ash Lawn Opera.

The baritone's 2012-2013 calendar included appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for Le rossignol under the baton of Charles Dutoit; The English Concert, as Farasmane in Radamisto at Carnegie Hall; Boston Pops, for holiday concerts conducted by Keith Lockhart; Boston Lyric Opera, for Abraham in the North American premiere of MacMillan's Clemency; the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, for his debut, as Poo-Bah in The Mikado; Boston Modern Orchestra Project, for King Fisher in a concert performance of The Midsummer Marriage; Chautauqua Opera, for Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes, and the Tanglewood Music Festival, for Nick in Emmanuel Music's production of Harbison's The Great Gatsby. Additionally, Mr. Kravitz created the role of Davis Miller in the world premiere of D.J. Sparr's Approaching Ali at Washington National Opera.

In autumn of 2011, Mr. Kravitz made his debut with Florentine Opera as Ping in Turandot, and appeared with The Washington Chorus, for Wachner's Come My Dark Eyed One and Mozart's Mass in C Minor. He continues the season as Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with The Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Opera Memphis; Lord Salt in The Golden Ticket with Atlanta Opera; and Cosimo in John Musto's The Inspector  with Boston Lyric Opera. 

In the 2010-2011 season, Mr. Kravitz sang the Businessman in Intermezzo for his debut at New York City Opera, and appeared as the United Nations Delegate in the world premiere of Tod Machover's Death and the Powers at Opéra de Monte-Carlo, with subsequent performances of the work that season at Chicago Opera Theater and in Boston in a production by the American Repertory Theater. He also returned to Opera Boston as the Provost Marshall and Gold Merchant in Hindemith's rarely performed Cardillac, sang Handel's Messiah for his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, covered Matthias Goerne in Britten's War Requiem with the Saito Kinen Festival under Seiji Ozawa, performed Pilate in Bach's St. John Passion with the Boston Symphony led by Masaaki Suzuki, sang his first Verdi Requiem, and appeared as Nick Shadow inThe Rake's Progress with Emmanuel Music. He closed the season as Taddeo in L'italiana in Algeri with Boston Midsummer Opera. 

In the summer of 2009, he joined Glimmerglass Opera for Dr. Grenvil in La traviata  and Mr. Kofner in The Consul. In the 2009-2010 season, he sang his first Germont in La traviata  with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Elijah  (solo bass, covering Elijah) and MacMillan's St. John Passion  (covering Christus), bowed as Baron Grog in Offenbach's La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein  with Opera Boston, and later traveled to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for Lord Salt in the world premiere of The Golden Ticket.  He also sang Raphael in Die Schöpfung with Emmanuel Music under John Harbison and Cimarosa's Il maestro di cappella with Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman (a "tour de force," declared the Boston Globe).

In the 2008-2009 season, Mr. Kravitz sang Prince Ottokar in Der Freischu?tz  and Krusina in The Bartered Bride  with Opera Boston, and joined the Philadelphia Orchestra for Handel's Messiah.  He also garnered rave reviews for his "resolute power and total connection" (Opera News) in Bach's St. Matthew Passion  with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink.

In the 2007-2008 season he returned to the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Levine for Berlioz's Les Troyens, to Opera Boston for Handel's Semele, to Opera Theatre of St. Louis for Martin y Soler's Una Cosa Rara, and to Boston Baroque for Purcell's King Arthur. Mr. Kravitz joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Bach's St. Matthew 
Passion  under Bernard Haitink; he performed Handel's Messiah  in Carnegie Hall; he joined the Lincoln (NE) Symphony under Edward Polochick for Bach's St. Matthew Passion; and he returned to Emmanuel Music for Bach's B Minor Mass, to the New England Philharmonic for Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and to the Cantata Singers for Carmina Burana  and for the Boston premieres of Kurt Weill's Flight of Lindbergh  and Charles Fussell's High Bridge.   

Mr. Kravitz's commitment to new music has led to his presentation of world or regional premieres of numerous contemporary works. Critics hailed his performance of the leading role of Leontes in John Harbison's Winter's Tale with Boston Modern Orchestra Project as "brilliantly sung" and "a personal triumph." New music engagements in 2010-2011 include Dominick Argento's song cycle The Andrée Expedition, newly-commissioned songs by Andy Vores and James Yannatos, and the world premiere of an oratorio by Kareem Roustom. In recent seasons, Mr. Kravitz presented the world premieres of Thomas Whitman's A Scandal in Bohemia with Orchestra 2001; James Yannatos's Lear Symphony with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra; Julian Wachner's My dark eyed one with Back Bay Chorale; and short operas by Andy Vores and Theo Loevendie with Boston Musica Viva. His other recordings include Bach's Cantata BWV 20 and St. John Passion with Emmanuel Music (Koch International Classics), and Harbison's Four Psalms and Peter Child's Estrella with Cantata Singers (New World).

Before devoting himself full-time to a career in music, Mr. Kravitz had a distinguished career in the law that included clerkships with U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer. He later served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts.

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Tugan Sokhiev conducts Brahms and Prokofiev featuring violinist Vadim Gluzman

Tugan Sokhiev conducts Brahms and Prokofiev featuring violinist Vadim Gluzman
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For his second week of concerts this season, Tugan Sokhiev leads the BSO in Brahms's towering Violin Concerto, with the outstanding, Ukrainian-born, Israeli violin soloist Vadim Gluzman in his BSO winter season debut. Brahms wrote his concerto in 1878 for his lifelong friend Joseph Joachim. Closing the program is Prokofiev's wartime Symphony No. 5, a powerful, searching, and expansive work premiered in January 1945 with the composer conducting. View biography in full page >

Internationally-acclaimed Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev is Music Director of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) and has now led them for over a decade. He is also Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and until the end of the 2015/16 season served as Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

Plans for the 2016/17 season include performances of La damnation de Faust, Carmen, Katerina Izmailova, Il Viaggio a Reims and The Maid of Orleans at the Bolshoi Theatre, return visits to Berliner Philharmoniker, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic (including the Lucerne Festival) and a return to Japan for the NHK Music Festival. He conducts many and varied projects with ONCT within France and on tour in Europe and the Far East.

Recent seasons have included Chicago Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics – where critics hailed him 'Dirigentenwunderwaffe' (miracle conductor) – and European touring with the Philharmonia and Mahler Chamber orchestras.  He has toured extensively with ONCT in Europe, Asia, United Kingdom and South America and with DSO Berlin in Europe. He has conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra every season in London since 2003 and toured with them in Europe and has appeared as a guest conductor with Vienna Philharmonic at the Mozartwoche Festival, Finnish Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Russia, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Turin, the orchestras of La Scala and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Bournemouth Symphony, Swedish Radio, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Munich Philharmonic and Orchestre National de France. Recent opera has included new productions of Katerina Ismailova and La damnation de Faust at the Bolshoi Theatre.

He built up extensive opera experience early on, including many productions for the Mariinsky and Welsh National Opera and appeared as guest conductor at the Metropolitain Opera New York (with the Mariinsky); Houston Grand Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival and in Madrid. He was named 'Révélation musicale de l'année' by the French Critics' Union in 2005 for his performance in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Orchestre National du Capitole and in the course of his many collaborations in Toulouse, Berlin, Paris, London and Vienna, swiftly established himself with orchestras, public and critics as an outstanding musician. His discography includes highly-acclaimed recordings for Naïve Classique with Toulouse – including Tchaikovsky's Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf andmost recently Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Firebird.  DSO Berlin releases include Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible, Fifth Symphony and Scythian Suite for SONY Classical. View biography in full page >

Vadim Gluzman's extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman's wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.

The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Gluzman has enjoyed collaborations with many of today's leading conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Tugan Sokhiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Paavo Järvi, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. His festival appearances include performances at Verbier, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Lockenhaus, as well as the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and recital partner.

Highlights of his 2016-17 season include appearances in London at The Proms with the BBC Symphony and Edward Gardner, with the Chicago Symphony under Neeme Järvi, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg under Christoph von Dohnányi, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev, and with the Orchestre de Paris under Juraj Val?uha. He will tour the United States with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including an engagement in New York at Carnegie Hall, and perform with Baltimore Symphony, NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, among other engagements. Gluzman will lead performances with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he continues in his third year as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.

This season Mr. Gluzman will give the world premiere performances of new concertos written for him by two of today's most important composers: Sofia Gubaidulina's Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Bayan with Elsbeth Moser, Nicolas Altstaedt and the NDR Radio Philhamonic in Hannover under Andrew Manze; and Elena Firsova's Concerto for Violin and Cello with Johannes Moser and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev. Gluzman has given live and recorded premieres of other works by Gubaidulina, as well as Giya Kancheli, Peteris Vasks, Michael Daugherty, and most recently, Lera Auerbach.

Vadim Gluzman's latest CD for the BIS label features Sergey Prokofiev's Violin Concertos No. 1 and 2, as well as the composer's Sonata for Violin Solo, with Estonian National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi. Accolades for his extensive discography on BIS include the Diapason d'Or of the Year, Gramophone's Editor's Choice, Classica Magazine's esteemed Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, ClassicFM, and others.

Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age 7. He studied with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia before moving to Israel in 1990, where he became a student of Yair Kless. In the United States, he studied with Arkady Fomin in Dallas and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and mentorship of Isaac Stern which continued until the Stern's passing in 2001. In 1994 he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.

Vadim Gluzman plays the legendary 1690 'ex-Leopold Auer' Stradivari on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

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Christoph von Dohnányi conducts J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Bartók and Janá?ek featuring pianist Martin Helmchen

Christoph von Dohnányi conducts J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Bartók and Janá?ek featuring pianist Martin Helmchen
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Christoph von Dohnányi is recognized as one of the world's most distinguished conductors. He started his career as assistant to Sir George Solti in Frankfurt and after four years became the youngest General Music Director in Germany, in Lübeck in 1957. He was opera director and GMD at the Frankfurt Opera and Intendant and Chief Conductor at Hamburg State Opera. He was chief conductor at the WDR Sinfonie Orchestra in Cologne and the NDR Sinfonie Orchestra in Hamburg, as well as Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, and Principal Guest Conductor and Musical Adviser of L'Orchestre de Paris.

Maestro von Dohnanyi served as sixth Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1984 to 2002 having been appointed Music Director Designate in 1982. He conducted the orchestra in subscription concerts, in semi-staged concert version opera performances at Severance Hall, and on domestic and international tours to Asia and Europe. He initiated a project conducting world premieres of composers from the Cleveland area. The renovation and the extension of Severance Hall, the founding of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus were significant achievements during his era as Music Director.

He recorded numerous works with the Cleveland Orchestra: CD releases by Decca feature wide ranging repertoire with works by Mozart, Mahler, Bruckner, Dvorak, Strauss, Ives, Varese, Bartok, Adams, Ruggles, Webern, Ran, Shostakovich and all Schumann symphonies. A compilation of all Beethoven symphonies was recorded by Telarc, and a collection of all Brahms symphonies by Teldec. Live radio broadcast recordings were released by the Cleveland Orchestra, one set in celebration of the orchestra's 75th anniversary and one commemorative box upon finishing his tenure in Cleveland representing his 20 years as Music Director. In 2002 he was named the first Music Director Laureate of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Since ending his tenure in Cleveland Christoph von Dohnányi has been a regular guest conductor with the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the Cleveland Orchestra.

Maestro von Dohnányi is Honorary Conductor for Life of the Philharmonia Orchestra. This longstanding partnership began in 1994 when he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor and subsequently became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser. In addition to concerts at the South Bank Centre and in venues around England, Dohnányi and the Philharmonia have performed in Europe's musical centers like the Musikverein in Vienna, the Salzburg Festival, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Lucerne Festival and in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Elyseés. For several seasons they were in residence at the Théâtre du Châtelet presenting new productions of Strauss's Arabella, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Die schweigsame Frau, Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. His final tour as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia led them to the U.S., with concerts in Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

In summer seasons, Maestro von Dohnányi is a frequently seen guest at the Tanglewood Music Festival leading concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra including, among many others, the opening concert of the 75th anniversary season of Tanglewood. He conducted the Tanglewood Music Center's 2010 production of Ariadne auf Naxos and in 2013 a performance with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra of Mahler's Symphony no.1. At the Ravinia Festival he led the Chicago Symphony in two all Brahms programs in 2011 and a pair of all Beethoven concerts in 2013.

Last season, Mo. von Dohnányi toured with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Europe and conducted the gala concert in London celebrating the orchestra's 70th anniversary. Dohnányi conducts the Orchestre de Paris this season, and leads subscription weeks with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the Boston, Chicago, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. On May 8, 2016, he led a special concert marking the end of World War II in Europe, leading the Vienna Smphony Orchetra in works by Schoenberg and Beethoven.

His conducting schedule permitting, Maestro von Dohnányi also works with student orchestras of institutions like the New England Conservatory in Boston, Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Juilliard School in New York, the Cleveland Institute of Music and, during the summer, at the Tanglewood Music Center.

In November 2013 exceptional events marked his collaboration with the Philharmonia. By invitation of HRH Prince Charles they performed a birthday concert in Buckingham Palace with an all Wagner program, honoring the composer's 200th birthday. The University of London held a ceremony bestowing on Dohnanyi the degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa, by the Royal Academy of Music.

He has been a frequent guest conductor in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic and at the Vienna State Opera. Herbert von Karajan and his successor Gerard Mortier invited him to the Salzburg Festival. There he led the Vienna Philharmonic in productions of Der Rosenkavalier, Salome, Cosi fan Tutte, Erwartung, Bluebeard's Castle, Die Zauberflöte, and in the world premieres of Henze's Die Bassariden and Cerha's Baal. He also led the Cleveland Orchestra in concerts at the Große Festspielhaus and Felsenreitschule in Salzburg.

For London/Decca he recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic a variety of symphonic works by Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, all Mendelssohn symphonies and a number of operas, including Beethoven's Fidelio, Berg's Wozzeck and Lulu, Schoenberg's Erwartung, Strauss' Salome, and Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. During opera director Alexander Pereira's tenure Dohnanyi regularly appeared at the Opernhaus Zurich conducting new productions of Strauss's Die Schweigsame Frau, Ariadne auf Naxos, Salome, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, Mozart's Idomeneo, Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, Berg's Wozzeck, Schoenberg's Moses und Aron and Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.

Maestro von Dohnányi has conducted at the world's great opera houses, including Covent Garden, La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, Berlin, Paris and in the US at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera in Chicago. At the Vienna State Opera he conducted the new production of the Ring des Nibelungen in 1992/93. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin he led the first performance of Henzes Der junge Lord. Herbert von Karajan invited him regularly to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

He was invited by Wieland Wagner to conduct Tannhäuser und Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Bayreuth Festival, however, after Wieland Wagner's death these contracts were not realized.

Christoph von Dohnányi was born in Berlin in 1929 and studied music in Munich, finishing his studies at the Hochschule für Musik with the award of the Richard Strauss prize of the City of Munich; and at Florida State University with his grandfather, pianist and composer Ernst von Dohnányi. He completed his studies in the US by attending a conducting class at Tanglewood in 1952.

Among his many honors Christoph von Dohnányi has received honorary doctorates of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, Oberlin College of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Kent State University and Case Western Reserve University, London's Royal Academy of Music, and an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Freedom Award. He is the recipient of the Goethe plaque of the city of Frankfurt, the prize of Wissenschaft and Forschung of the city of Hamburg and the Bartok medal in Hungary. He is a member of the Order of Arts and Letters of France, and received the Verdienstkreuz of the Republic of Austria and the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland. View biography in full page >

With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, Martin Helmchen has become one of the great pianists of his generation. Born in 1982, he has made a series of sensational U.S. orchestral debuts, beginning in 2011 at Tanglewood, playing the Schumann Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi. In 2014, with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, he gave a revelatory performance of the Dvorák Piano Concerto; in 2015, he made his Symphony Hall debut, performing Beethoven's Concerto No. 5 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and in 2016, he performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2. This past season, he debuted with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center under Thierry Fischer, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25. During the 2017/2018 season, he will make debuts with both the San Diego and Kansas City symphonies.

Mr. Helmchen has also appeared with the symphonies of Dallas, Grand Rapids, Houston, Portland (Oregon), Saint Louis, and San Francisco, as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom. In May 2014, he made a highly acclaimed recital debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Among Martin Helmchen's worldwide highlights are performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Philharmonic, and the NHK Symphony in Japan. Other international engagements include the City of Birmingham Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gürzenich-Orchester/Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Philharmonia Orchestra/London, Prague Symphony, and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Artist-in-Residence with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra during the 2011/2012 season, he has also appeared with the BBC/London, Bournemouth Symphony, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie/Bremen, Dresden Philharmonic, DSO/Berlin, Hallé Orchestra/Manchester, Giuseppe Verdi Symphony/Milan, NDR/Hamburg, Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de France, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, RSO/Berlin, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, among others. In France, he tours with La Chambre Philharmonique under Emmanuel Krivine.

Mr. Helmchen has collaborated with such renowned conductors as David Afkham, Marc Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Sir Mark Elder, Lawrence Foster, Edward Gardner, Valery Gergiev, Hans Graf, Manfred Honeck, Philippe Herreweghe, Pablo Heras-Casado, Marek Janowski, Michail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Bernhard Klee, Jiri Kout, Sir Neville Marriner, the late Kurt Masur, Andris Nelsons, Sir Roger Norrington, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Christoph Poppen, Markus Poschner, Michael Sanderling, Heinrich Schiff, Marcus Stenz, Krzysztof Urbanski, Gilbert Varga, and David Zinman, to name a few.

Also an enthusiastic recitalist, Martin Helmchen has performed at prestigious venues around the world, such as The Frick Collection/New York, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall (with cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker), the Coast Recital Society, San Francisco Performances, ArtSpring, the Wigmore Hall/London, and the Alte Oper in Frankfort. He also appears regularly at major German festivals, we well as the Schubertiade, Lockenhaus, and Marlboro. In 2017, he will be artist in residence at Germany's Schwetzingen SWR Festival.

With a passion for chamber music, largely ignited by his early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow, Mr. Helmchen now performs regularly with Heinrich Schiff and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker. Other partners include Juliane Banse, Veronika Eberle, Julia Fischer (with whom he is on tour in Asia during the current season), Sharon Kam, Gidon Kremer, Sabine Meyer, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, and Tabea Zimmermann. Since 2010, he has been an Associate Professor of chamber music at the Kronberg Academy. Last summer he was invited to return to Elena Bashkirova's International Chamber Music Festival in Jerusalem.

An active recording artist, Martin Helmchen's debut disc of Mozart concertos with the Netherlands Chamber Philharmonic was released in September 2007 through his exclusive contract with PentaTone. A second Mozart concerto disc with the same orchestra was released in 2013. His first solo CD, a recording of works by Schubert, won an ECHO Award in 2009. Other discs for PentaTone include the Mendelssohn concertos, the Schumann and Dvorák concertos, and the highly acclaimed complete works of Schubert for violin and piano with Julia Fischer.

Mr. Helmchen studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Galina Iwanzowa, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover with Arie Vardie, and with William Grant Naboré. His career took off when he won the 2001 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at the age of nineteen. Other distinctions include a fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2005; the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2006 (culminating in his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at the Lucerne Festival); and soloist in the "BBC New Generation Artists" program from 2005 to 2007.

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