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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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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
Event on 2019-01-10 20:00:00
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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
Event on 2018-10-19 13:30:00
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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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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
Event on 2017-11-17 13:30:00
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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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The 8th Plowman Chamber Music Competition & Festival: Solo Recital by pianist ALESSIO BAX

The 8th Plowman Chamber Music Competition & Festival: Solo Recital by pianist ALESSIO BAX
Event on 2017-04-07 19:30:00
April 7, 2017 SOLO PIANO RECITAL BY ALESSIO BAX
Friday 7:30pm – Whitmore Recital Hall at MU School of Music
Plowman Chamber Music Competition & Festival Presentation

FREE ADMISSION; donation is HIGHLY recommended.

Pianist Alessio Bax’s quintessential lyricism, insightful interpretations, and dazzling facility create “a ravishing listening experience,” with playing that “quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity” (Gramophone), leading to what Dallas Morning News calls “an out-of-body experience.” First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.

Program TBA.

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Andris Nelsons conducts an All-Mozart Program featuring pianist Radu Lupu, vocal soloists, and chorus

Andris Nelsons conducts an All-Mozart Program featuring pianist Radu Lupu, vocal soloists, and chorus
Event on 2017-04-20 20:00:00
Andris Nelsons leads this all-Mozart program featuring four acclaimed vocalists in Mozart's transformative Requiem, which he began in response to a mysterious commission. The work remained incomplete at his death in 1791, but at Constanze Mozart's request, Mozart's pupil Franz Xaver Süssmayer finished it with remarkable fidelity to the master's style. Opening the program, the great Romanian pianist Radu Lupu plays one of Mozart's most unusual piano concertos, No. 24 in C minor. Composed in the spring of 1786 and premiered by the composer in Vienna, the proto-Romantic C minor is unique in its strangeness and restlessness, and features a fascinating theme-and-variations finale. View biography in full page >

In 2016-17, his third season as the BSO's Ray and Maria Stata Music Director, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in fourteen wide-ranging subscription programs at Symphony Hall, repeating three of them at New York's Carnegie Hall in late February/early March, followed by two concerts in Montreal and Toronto. In the summer of 2015, following his first season as music director, his contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was extended through the 2021-22 season. In addition, in 2017 he becomes Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in which capacity he will also bring the BSO and GWO together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance. Following the 2015 Tanglewood season, Maestro Nelsons 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 (including the BSO's first performance in Leipzig's famed Gewandhaus), 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 with Mahler's Symphony No. 9. He made his Tanglewood debut in July 2012, leading both the BSO and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as part of Tanglewood's 75th Anniversary Gala. 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. In 2014-15, in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, he and the BSO initiated a multi-year recording project entitled "Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow," to include live performances of Shostakovich's symphonies 5 through 10 and other works composed under the life-threatening shadow of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Released in July 2015, their first Shostakovich disc-the Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk-won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. May 2016 brought not only the second release in this series-a two-disc set including symphonies 5, 8, and 9 and excerpts from Shostakovich's 1932 incidental music for Hamlet-but also the extension of the collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon to encompass the composer's complete symphonies and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. More recently, this past August, their disc of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 won Gramophone Magazine's Orchestral Award.

From 2008 to 2015, Andris Nelsons was critically acclaimed as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In the next few seasons, he continues his collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. A regular guest at the Royal Opera House, Vienna State Opera, and Metropolitan Opera, he returned to the Bayreuth Festival in summer 2014 to conduct Wagner's Lohengrin, in a production directed by Hans Neuenfels, which he premiered at Bayreuth in 2010. Under a new, exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Mr. Nelsons will record the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic and Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

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 the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to 2009 and music director of the 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."

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Radu Lupu is firmly established as one of the most important musicians of his generation and is widely acknowledged as a leading interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. Since winning the prestigious Van Cliburn (1966) and Leeds Piano Competitions (1969), Mr. Lupu  has regularly performed as soloist and recitalist in the musical capitals and major festivals of Europe and the United States. He has appeared many times with the Berlin Philharmonic since his debut with that orchestra at the 1978 Salzburg Festival under Herbert von Karajan, and with the Vienna Philharmonic, including the opening concert of the 1986 Salzburg Festival under Riccardo Muti. He is also a frequent visitor to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and all of the major London orchestras. He has played at most notable music festivals and has been a regular guest at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals.

In the 2015/16 season Mr. Lupu's engagements will include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Gasteig in Munich. His first major American appearances were in 1972 with the Cleveland Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim in New York and with the Chicago Symphony led by Carlo Maria Giulini. Concerts with the New York Philharmonic soon followed and Mr. Lupu has since appeared with all of the foremost American orchestras.

Mr. Lupu has made more than 20 recordings for London/Decca, including the complete Beethoven concertos with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, the complete Mozart violin and piano sonatas with Szymon Goldberg, Grieg and Schumann Concertos, Debussy and Franck Violin and Piano Sonatas with Kyung Wha Chung, and numerous solo recordings of Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert. His most recent London/Decca releases are of Schubert's Sonatas, D. 960 and 664, which won a Grammy® Award in 1995, and of Schumann's "Kinderszenen," "Kreisleriana" and "Humoresque," which won an Edison Award in 1995. He has also made two records with pianist Murray Perahia (Sony Classical) and two albums of Schubert Lieder with soprano Barbara Hendricks (EMI). In 1998, for Teldec, he joined Daniel Barenboim for a disc of Schubert works for piano, four hands. In 2001 Decca re-released a 2-CD set of Schubert's music for violin and piano, featuring Mr. Lupu together with Szymon Goldberg.   

Born in Romania in l945, Mr. Lupu began studying the piano at the age of 6 with Lia Busuioseanu. He made his public debut with a complete program of his own music at l2, continuing his studies for several years with Florica Muzicescu and Cella Delavrance. In l96l he won a scholarship to the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Galina Eghyazarova, Heinrich Neuhaus and his son, Stanislav Neuhaus. During his seven years at the Moscow Conservatory he won first prize in the l967 Enescu International Competition in addition to the Van Cliburn and Leeds International competitions. In 1989 and again in 2006, he was awarded the prestigious "Abbiati" prize given by the Italian Critics' Association. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Premio Internazionale Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli award. View biography in full page >

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Morris Robinson is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting and sought after basses performing today.

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Mr. Robinson made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in their production of Fidelio.  He has since appeared there as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte(both in the original production and in the children's English version), Ferrando in Il Trovatore,    the King in Aida, and in roles in NabuccoTannhäuser, and the new productions of Les Troyens  and Salome.  He has also appeared at the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera,  Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Vancouver Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Australia, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. His many roles include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Ramfis in Aida,  Zaccaria in Nabucco,  Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Commendatore in Don Giovanni,  Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos,  Timur inTurandot, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly,  Padre Guardiano in La Forza del Destino,  Ferrando in Il Trovatore,  and Fasolt in Das Rheingold. 

Also a prolific concert singer, Mr. Robinson has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Met Chamber Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, and at the Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Cincinnati May, Verbier, and Aspen Music Festivals. He also appeared in Carnegie Hall as part of Jessye Norman's HONOR!  Festival. In recital he has been presented by Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the Savannah Music Festival, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

Mr. Robinson's first album, Going Home,  was released on the Decca label. He also appears as Joe in the newly released DVD of the San Francisco Opera production of Show Boat.

This season, Mr. Robinson returns to the Los Angeles Opera as Oroveso in Norma  and the Dallas Opera as Joe inShow Boat.  He also appears in concert with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Milwaukee Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony, and as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 2015-2016 Artist in Residence, he appears in several concerts and recitals throughout the season. And in the fall of 2016, he makes his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in the title role of Porgy and Bess  conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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This season at Symphony Hall, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra for performances under Andris Nelsons of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky cantata, Strauss's Elektra, Bach's motet Komm, Jesu, komm! and chorale Es ist genug, Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream music, and the American premiere of Gia Kancheli's Dixi (also performing the Prokofiev cantata and Elektra at Carnegie Hall in New York), as well as Berlioz's Resurrexit and Te Deum under Charles Dutoit. Originally formed under the joint sponsorship of Boston University and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus was established in 1970 by its founding conductor John Oliver, who stepped down from his leadership position with the TFC this past August. Awarded the Tanglewood Medal by the BSO to honor his forty-five years of service to the ensemble, Mr. Oliver now holds the newly created lifetime title of Founder and Conductor Laureate and will occupy a Master Teacher Chair at the Tanglewood Music Center beginning next summer.

Though first established for performances at the BSO's summer home, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus was soon playing a major role in the BSO's subscription season as well as BSO concerts at Carnegie Hall. Now numbering more than 300 members, the ensemble performs year-round with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. It has performed with Seiji Ozawa and the BSO in Hong Kong and Japan, and with the BSO in Europe under James Levine and Bernard Haitink, also giving a cappella concerts of its own on the two latter occasions. The TFC made its debut in April 1970, in a BSO performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein conducting. Its first recording with the orchestra, Berlioz's La Damnation of Faust with Seiji Ozawa, received a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance of 1975. The TFC has since made dozens of recordings with the BSO and Boston Pops, with James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams. In August 2011, with John Oliver conducting and soloist Stephanie Blythe, the TFC gave the world premiere of Alan Smith's An Unknown Sphere for mezzo-soprano and chorus, commissioned by the BSO for the ensemble's 40th anniversary. Its most recent recordings on BSO Classics, all drawn from live performances, include a disc of a cappella music led by John Oliver and released to mark the TFC's 40th anniversary; and, with James Levine conducting, Ravel's complete Daphnis and Chloé (a Grammy-winner for Best Orchestral Performance of 2009), Brahms's German Requiem, and William Bolcom's Eighth Symphony for chorus and orchestra (a BSO 125th Anniversary Commission).

Besides their work with the Boston Symphony, members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus have performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic; participated in a Saito Kinen Festival production of Britten's  Peter Grimes under Seiji Ozawa in Japan, and sang Verdi's Requiem with Charles Dutoit to help close a month-long International Choral Festival given in and around Toronto. The ensemble had the honor of singing at Sen. Edward Kennedy's funeral; has performed with the Boston Pops for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics; and can also be heard on the soundtracks of Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, John Sayles's Silver City, and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. TFC members regularly commute from the greater Boston area, western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, and TFC alumni frequently return each summer from as far away as Florida and California to sing with the chorus at Tanglewood. Throughout its history, the TFC has established itself as a favorite of conductors, soloists, critics, and audiences alike.

Tanglewood Festival Chorus
John Oliver,  Founder and Conductor Laureate
2014-15 Winter Season Roster as of June 16, 2015

§ = membership of 40 years or more
* = membership of 35-39 years
# = membership of 25-34 years

Sopranos:

Deborah Abel
Natalie Aldrich
Carol Amaya
Alison Anderson
Emily Anderson
Deborah C. Barry
Kettly Benoit
Debra Benschneider
Michele Bergonzi #
Aimée Birnbaum
Joy Emerson Brewer
Alison M. Burns
Norma Caiazza
Valeska Cambron
Jeni Lynn Cameron
Susan Cavalieri #
Catherine C. Cave
Stephanie Chambers
Anna S. Choi
Lorenzee Cole #
Lisa Conant
Sarah Dorfman Daniello #
Bridget Dennis
Emilia DiCola
Christine Pacheco Duquette *
Sarah Eastman
Amal El-Shrafi
Sarah Evans
Mary A. V. Feldman #
Margaret Felice
Adrianne Fleming
Katherine Barrett Foley
Sandra Brayton Foley
Kaila J. Frymire
Hailey Fuqua
Diana Galeano
Diana Gamet
Chrystina Gastelum
Karen Ginsburg
Bonnie Gleason
Jean Grace
Christina Grandy de Oliveira
Julia Grizzell
Hannah Grube
Ashley Gryta
Beth Grzegorzewski
Carrie Louise Hammond
Cynde Hartman
Alexandra Harvey
Lisa Herrmann
Kathy Ho
Eileen Huang
Maureen Renee Hughes
Stephanie Janes
Polina Dimitrova Kehayova
Carrie Kenney
Ann K. Kilmartin
Donna Kim
Greta Koning
Sarah Kornfeld
Nancy Kurtz
Jane Labriola
Alison E. LaGarry
Barbara Abramoff Levy §
Farah Darliette Lewis
Suzanne Lis
Naomi Lopin Osborne
Sarah Mayo
Hannah McMeans
Christiana Donal Meeks
Deirdre Michael
Kieran Murray
Erin Nafziger
Kathleen O'Boyle
Heather O'Connor
Ebele Okpokwasili-Johnson
Jaylyn Olivo
Laurie Stewart Otten
Kimberly Pearson
Avery Peterman
Laura Stanfield Prichard
Livia M. Racz
Emily Rosenberg
Jessica Rucinski
Adi Rule
Melanie Salisbury #
Casandra Scarlett
Johanna Schlegel
Pamela Schweppe #
Sandra J. Shepard
Joan P. Sherman §
Erin M. Smith
Judy Stafford
Stephanie Steele
Patricia J. Stewart #
Dana R. Sullivan
Emily Suuberg
Jessica Taylor
Sarah Telford #
Nora Anne Watson
Alison L. Weaver
Sarah Wesley
Kirstie Wheeler
Kira Winter
Lauren Woo
Bethany Worrell
Susan Glazer Yospin
Wanzhe Zhang
Meghan Renee ZuverAltos:

Anete Adams
Kristen Ascenzi
Virginia Bailey
Kristen S. Bell
Martha A. R. Bewick
Betty Blanchard Blume #
Betsy Bobo
Lauren A. Boice
Donna J. Brezinski
Sharon Brown
Janet L. Buecker
Janet Casey
Elizabeth Clifford
Cypriana Slosky Coelho
Sarah Cohan
Ethel Crawford #
Abbe Dalton Clark
Kathryn DerMarderosian
Diane Droste #
Barbara Durham
Barbara Naidich Ehrmann #
Paula Folkman *
Debra Swartz Foote
Dorrie Freedman §
Irene Gilbride *
Denise Glennon
Mara Goldberg
Lianne Goodwin
Ana Guigui
Rachel K. Hallenbeck #
Julie Hausmann
Sarah Jacobson
Betty Jenkins
Irina Kareva
Susan L. Kendall
Evelyn Eshleman Kern #
Yoo-Kyung Kim
Eve Kornhauser
Nora Kory

Annie Lee
Katherine Mallin Lilly
Gale Tolman Livingston #
Anne Forsyth Martín
Kristen McEntee
Louise-Marie Mennier
Ana Morel
Louise Morrish
Tracy Elissa Nadolny
Kendra Nutting
Fumiko Ohara #
Andrea Okerholm Huttlin
Maya Pardo
Roslyn Pedlar #
Laurie R. Pessah
Linda Doreen Rapciak
Daniel Roihl
Lori Salzman
Kathleen Hunkele Schardin
Jeanne Ann Sevigny
Elodie Simonis
Anne K. Smith
Ada Park Snider *
Amy Spound
Julie Steinhilber #
Nancy Stevenson *
Celia Tafuri
Lelia Tenreyro-Viana
Michele C. Truhe
Martha F. Vedrine
Cindy M. Vredeveld
Christina Wallace Cooper #
Sara Weaver
Laura Webb
Marguerite Weidknecht #
Karen Thomas Wilcox
Lidiya Yankovskaya
Tibisay Zea Tenors:

Brad W. Amidon #
Armen Babikyan
Brent Barbieri
James Barnswell
John C. Barr #
Victor Calcaterra
Felix M. Caraballo
Ryan Casperson
Chad D. Chaffee
Jiahao Chen
Stephen Chrzan
Andrew Crain #
John Cunningham
Sean Dillon
Tom Dinger
C Paul Dredge
Ron Efromson
Carey D. Erdman
Keith Erskine
Aidan Christopher Gent
Len Giambrone
James E. Gleason
Gregory A. Gonser
Leon Grande
J. Stephen Groff #
David Halloran #
John W. Hickman #
William Hobbib
Stanley G. Hudson #
Pui Chuen Hui
Matthew Jaquith
Timothy O. Jarrett
James R. Kauffman #
Christopher G Keene
Jordan King
Elijah Langille
Michael Lapomardo
Kwan H. Lee
Michael Lemire

Lance Levine
Dane Lighthart
Zachary Lounsbury
Henry Lussier §
Daniel Mahoney
Ronald J. Martin
Mark Mulligan
David Norris *
Jonathan Oakes
Lukas Papenfusscline
John R. Papirio
Kevin Parker
Dwight E. Porter *
Guy F. Pugh
Peter Pulsifer
Nate Ramsayer
Lee Ransom
David L. Raish #
Tom Regan
Brian R. Robinson
Francis Rogers
David Roth
Joshuah Rotz
Carl Schlaikjer
Blake Siskavich
Arend Sluis
Peter L. Smith
Stephen E. Smith
Don P. Sturdy #
Jared A. Suresky
Leslie Tay
Daniel Thompson
Martin S. Thomson
Stephen J. Twiraga
Adam Van der Sluis
Stratton Vitikos
Andrew Wang
Joseph Y. Wang
Matthew Wang
Hyun Yong Woo Basses:

Nicholas Altenbernd
Thomas Anderson
Vartan T. Babikyan
Scott Barton
Nathan Black
Daniel E. Brooks #
Nicholas A. Brown
Stephen J. Buck
Eric Chan
Matthew Collins
George F. Coughlin
Matthew E. Crawford
Michael Cross
Christopher Davey
Arthur M. Dunlap
Michel Epsztein
Jeff Foley
Mark Gianino
Alexander Goldberg
Jim Gordon
Jay S. Gregory #
Andrew Gribbin
Mark L. Haberman #
Jeramie D. Hammond
Geoffrey Herrmann
Robert Hicks
William Hurwitz
Marc J. Kaufman
Nathan Kessel
David M. Kilroy
Will Koffel
Yangming Kou
G.P. Paul Kowal #
Bruce Kozuma #
Carl Kraenzel
Timothy Lanagan #
Ryan M. Landry
Joseph E. Landry
Maxwell Levy
Daniel Lichtenfeld
Nathan Lofton
David K. Lones #
Christopher T. Loschen
Martin F. Mahoney II
Greg Mancusi-Ungaro
James Mangan
Lynd Matt
Patrick McGill
Devon Morin
Eryk P. Nielsen
Richard Oedel
Stephen H. Owades §
William Brian Parker
Sam Filson Parkinson
Donald R. Peck #
Michael Prichard #
Bradley Putnam
Sebastian Rémi
Steven Rogers
Peter Rothstein §
Jonathan Saxton
Charles F. Schmidt
Karl Josef Schoellkopf #
Andrew Scoglio
Stefan Sigurjonsson
Kenneth D. Silber
Matthew Stansfield
Mark Stepner
Scott Street
Charles Sullivan
Joseph J. Tang
Craig A. Tata
Alexander Teplansky
Stephen Tinkham
Samuel Truesdell
Bradley Turner #
Arthur Turton
Jonathan VanderWoude
Thomas C. Wang #
Terry Ward #
Matt Weaver
Peter J. Wender §
Lawson L.S. Wong
Carl T. Wrubel
Channing YuWilliam Cutter, Rehearsal Conductor
Martin Amlin, Rehearsal Pianist
Eileen Huang, Rehearsal Pianist
Matthew A. Larson, Rehearsal Pianist
Erik Johnson, Chorus Manager
Emily W. Siders, Assistant Chorus Manager

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Andris Nelsons conducts Schuller, Mozart and Beethoven featuring pianist Emanuel Ax

Andris Nelsons conducts Schuller, Mozart and Beethoven featuring pianist Emanuel Ax
Event on 2017-02-21 20:00:00
Andris Nelsons and Emanuel Ax team up for one of the pianist's favorites, Mozart's gregarious, large-scale Piano Concerto in E-flat, K.482, composed in late 1785 when Mozart was also working on his comic opera The Marriage of Figaro. The American composer Gunther Schuller wrote his kaleidoscopic Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee in 1959. Each of its movements is based on a different Klee work, inspiring from the composer a wealth of styles ranging from the blues to mysterious modernism. Closing the program is Beethoven's revolutionary Symphony No. 3, Eroica, which radically expanded the boundaries of the symphonic genre. View biography in full page >

In 2016-17, his third season as the BSO's Ray and Maria Stata Music Director, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in fourteen wide-ranging subscription programs at Symphony Hall, repeating three of them at New York's Carnegie Hall in late February/early March, followed by two concerts in Montreal and Toronto. In the summer of 2015, following his first season as music director, his contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was extended through the 2021-22 season. In addition, in 2017 he becomes Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in which capacity he will also bring the BSO and GWO together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance. Following the 2015 Tanglewood season, Maestro Nelsons 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 (including the BSO's first performance in Leipzig's famed Gewandhaus), 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 with Mahler's Symphony No. 9. He made his Tanglewood debut in July 2012, leading both the BSO and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as part of Tanglewood's 75th Anniversary Gala. 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. In 2014-15, in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, he and the BSO initiated a multi-year recording project entitled "Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow," to include live performances of Shostakovich's symphonies 5 through 10 and other works composed under the life-threatening shadow of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Released in July 2015, their first Shostakovich disc-the Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk-won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. May 2016 brought not only the second release in this series-a two-disc set including symphonies 5, 8, and 9 and excerpts from Shostakovich's 1932 incidental music for Hamlet-but also the extension of the collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon to encompass the composer's complete symphonies and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. More recently, this past August, their disc of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 won Gramophone Magazine's Orchestral Award.

From 2008 to 2015, Andris Nelsons was critically acclaimed as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In the next few seasons, he continues his collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. A regular guest at the Royal Opera House, Vienna State Opera, and Metropolitan Opera, he returned to the Bayreuth Festival in summer 2014 to conduct Wagner's Lohengrin, in a production directed by Hans Neuenfels, which he premiered at Bayreuth in 2010. Under a new, exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Mr. Nelsons will record the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic and Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

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 the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to 2009 and music director of the 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."

(September 2016)

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Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. His studies at the Juilliard School were supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. Additionally, he attended Columbia University where he majored in French. Mr. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

Two major projects are planned for the second half of the upcoming 2014-15 season, the first being a two week "Celebrate the Piano" festival with the Toronto Symphony curated by Mr. Ax that will present performances by multiple pianists, including Mr. Ax, exploring the many facets of the piano. The second will be a European  tour with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin beginning with a joint appearance in Carnegie Hall. Throughout the season he will return to the orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Washington, Nashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Montreal and Ottawa. Recitals will take him to Vancouver, San Francisco and the mid-west ending in Lincoln Center's Tully Hall where he will also appear in duo with baritone Simon Keenlyside. In Europe he will return to the Berlin Philharmonic followed by a tour to Vienna, Salzburg, Graz and London performing Winterreise with Simon Keenlyside as well as presenting both Brahms Concerti in Amsterdam and Paris with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Bernard Haitink. Other European orchestras this season feature the London Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich and the National Orchestras of Toulouse and Lyon.

The 2013/14 season began with appearances at the Barbican Centre followed by Lincoln Center with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink as well as collaborations with the Concertgebouworkester and Mariss Jansons in Amsterdam, Bucharest, China and Japan during their world-wide centenary celebrations. The second half of the season saw the realization of a project inspired by Brahms which included new pieces from composers Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and Brett Dean all producing works linked to Brahms commissioned jointly between the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cal Performances Berkeley, Chicago Symphony and Carnegie Hall with the participation of collaborators Anne-Sophie von Otter and Yo-Yo Ma. To conclude the season, he traveled  to Hong Kong and Australia for a complete cycle of Beethoven concerti with Chief Conductor David Robertson in Sydney and with Sir Andrew Davis in Melbourne.

A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, recent releases include Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo- Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Strauss's Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. Mr. Ax has received GRAMMY® Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn's piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. His other recordings include the concertos of Liszt and Schoenberg, three solo Brahms albums, an album of tangos by Astor Piazzolla, and the premiere recording of John Adams's Century Rolls with the Cleveland Orchestra for Nonesuch. In the 2004/05 season Mr. Ax also contributed to an International EMMY® Award-Winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In 2013, Mr. Ax's recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th century music)/Piano.

In recent years, Mr. Ax has turned his attention toward the music of 20th-century composers, premiering works by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner. Mr. Ax is also devoted to chamber music, and has worked regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Mr. Ma, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.
Mr. Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. They have two children together, Joseph and Sarah. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia Universities.

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Sakari Oramo conducts Sibelius and Busoni featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein

Sakari Oramo conducts Sibelius and Busoni featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein
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Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo and Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein return to Symphony Hall, joining the BSO and the men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for the visionary Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni's monumental Piano Concerto, a fascinating but rarely heard work of Mahlerian scope dating from the first years of the 20th century. These are the first BSO performances. (Future BSO conductor Karl Muck led the premiere in Berlin in 1904.) Opening the program is a very different sort of piece from the same era, Jean Sibelius's Symphony No. 3, a sunny, open work with numerous touches of folk-music simplicity. View biography in full page >

Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of Kokkola Opera, and Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Between 1999 and 2008 he was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Oramo appears regularly as guest conductor with the most prestigious orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester and the New York and Oslo Philharmonics. Future highlights include engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris and a European tour with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in April 2010.

Originally a concertmaster of the orchestra and an accomplished violinist, Sakari Oramo rose to prominence after stepping in to conduct the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra at a very short notice. The success of this concert led to his appointment as Associate Principal Conductor with the orchestra in 1993, becoming their Chief Conductor in 2003.

During his ten seasons as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo toured extensively with the orchestra, including a visit to Romania in 2001 where he was awarded the prize for an "outstanding performance of Enescu's work" at the George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest.

Oramo's programmes reflect his Finnish origins, and explore the English tradition through composers such as Bax, Bridge, Britten, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Walton and Constant Lambert. He is also a strong advocate of contemporary music. In 2003 he was Artistic Director of 'Floof' – the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's critically-acclaimed new music festival.

Sakari Oramo has many recordings to his credit. With the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra he has recorded for Ondine a number of discs, including twentieth and twenty-first century works by Finish composer such as Klami, Pingoud, Kaipainen and Lindberg. Oramo has also featured on record as a violinist, performing Kurtag's Kafka-Fragments with the soprano Anu Komsi, as well as works by Magnus Lindberg with the Avanti! String Quartet and with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra for Ondine.

Oramo's highly-acclaimed discs with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on Warner Classics include a live recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 5, a complete Sibelius Symphony Cycle, and Grieg and Sibelius songs with soprano Karita Mattila. He has also recorded Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No.1 with Leila Josefowicz, and the Rachmaninov Piano Concertos with Nikolai Lugansky. His complete set of Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos with Stephen Hough for Hyperion has earned several awards, including the Gramophone 'Gold Disc' Award in 2008.

In June 2004, Sakari Oramo received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Central England, Birmingham, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the musical life of the city. In 2008 he was awarded  the Elgar Medal for furthering the reputation of Elgar and his music, and in 2009 he received an Honorary OBE from HM the Queen in recognition of his services to music. 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. View biography in full page >

This season at Symphony Hall, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra for performances under Andris Nelsons of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky cantata, Strauss's Elektra, Bach's motet Komm, Jesu, komm! and chorale Es ist genug, Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream music, and the American premiere of Gia Kancheli's Dixi (also performing the Prokofiev cantata and Elektra at Carnegie Hall in New York), as well as Berlioz's Resurrexit and Te Deum under Charles Dutoit. Originally formed under the joint sponsorship of Boston University and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus was established in 1970 by its founding conductor John Oliver, who stepped down from his leadership position with the TFC this past August. Awarded the Tanglewood Medal by the BSO to honor his forty-five years of service to the ensemble, Mr. Oliver now holds the newly created lifetime title of Founder and Conductor Laureate and will occupy a Master Teacher Chair at the Tanglewood Music Center beginning next summer.

Though first established for performances at the BSO's summer home, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus was soon playing a major role in the BSO's subscription season as well as BSO concerts at Carnegie Hall. Now numbering more than 300 members, the ensemble performs year-round with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. It has performed with Seiji Ozawa and the BSO in Hong Kong and Japan, and with the BSO in Europe under James Levine and Bernard Haitink, also giving a cappella concerts of its own on the two latter occasions. The TFC made its debut in April 1970, in a BSO performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein conducting. Its first recording with the orchestra, Berlioz's La Damnation of Faust with Seiji Ozawa, received a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance of 1975. The TFC has since made dozens of recordings with the BSO and Boston Pops, with James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams. In August 2011, with John Oliver conducting and soloist Stephanie Blythe, the TFC gave the world premiere of Alan Smith's An Unknown Sphere for mezzo-soprano and chorus, commissioned by the BSO for the ensemble's 40th anniversary. Its most recent recordings on BSO Classics, all drawn from live performances, include a disc of a cappella music led by John Oliver and released to mark the TFC's 40th anniversary; and, with James Levine conducting, Ravel's complete Daphnis and Chloé (a Grammy-winner for Best Orchestral Performance of 2009), Brahms's German Requiem, and William Bolcom's Eighth Symphony for chorus and orchestra (a BSO 125th Anniversary Commission).

Besides their work with the Boston Symphony, members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus have performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic; participated in a Saito Kinen Festival production of Britten's  Peter Grimes under Seiji Ozawa in Japan, and sang Verdi's Requiem with Charles Dutoit to help close a month-long International Choral Festival given in and around Toronto. The ensemble had the honor of singing at Sen. Edward Kennedy's funeral; has performed with the Boston Pops for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics; and can also be heard on the soundtracks of Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, John Sayles's Silver City, and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. TFC members regularly commute from the greater Boston area, western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, and TFC alumni frequently return each summer from as far away as Florida and California to sing with the chorus at Tanglewood. Throughout its history, the TFC has established itself as a favorite of conductors, soloists, critics, and audiences alike.

Tanglewood Festival Chorus
John Oliver,  Founder and Conductor Laureate
2014-15 Winter Season Roster as of June 16, 2015

§ = membership of 40 years or more
* = membership of 35-39 years
# = membership of 25-34 years

Sopranos:

Deborah Abel
Natalie Aldrich
Carol Amaya
Alison Anderson
Emily Anderson
Deborah C. Barry
Kettly Benoit
Debra Benschneider
Michele Bergonzi #
Aimée Birnbaum
Joy Emerson Brewer
Alison M. Burns
Norma Caiazza
Valeska Cambron
Jeni Lynn Cameron
Susan Cavalieri #
Catherine C. Cave
Stephanie Chambers
Anna S. Choi
Lorenzee Cole #
Lisa Conant
Sarah Dorfman Daniello #
Bridget Dennis
Emilia DiCola
Christine Pacheco Duquette *
Sarah Eastman
Amal El-Shrafi
Sarah Evans
Mary A. V. Feldman #
Margaret Felice
Adrianne Fleming
Katherine Barrett Foley
Sandra Brayton Foley
Kaila J. Frymire
Hailey Fuqua
Diana Galeano
Diana Gamet
Chrystina Gastelum
Karen Ginsburg
Bonnie Gleason
Jean Grace
Christina Grandy de Oliveira
Julia Grizzell
Hannah Grube
Ashley Gryta
Beth Grzegorzewski
Carrie Louise Hammond
Cynde Hartman
Alexandra Harvey
Lisa Herrmann
Kathy Ho
Eileen Huang
Maureen Renee Hughes
Stephanie Janes
Polina Dimitrova Kehayova
Carrie Kenney
Ann K. Kilmartin
Donna Kim
Greta Koning
Sarah Kornfeld
Nancy Kurtz
Jane Labriola
Alison E. LaGarry
Barbara Abramoff Levy §
Farah Darliette Lewis
Suzanne Lis
Naomi Lopin Osborne
Sarah Mayo
Hannah McMeans
Christiana Donal Meeks
Deirdre Michael
Kieran Murray
Erin Nafziger
Kathleen O'Boyle
Heather O'Connor
Ebele Okpokwasili-Johnson
Jaylyn Olivo
Laurie Stewart Otten
Kimberly Pearson
Avery Peterman
Laura Stanfield Prichard
Livia M. Racz
Emily Rosenberg
Jessica Rucinski
Adi Rule
Melanie Salisbury #
Casandra Scarlett
Johanna Schlegel
Pamela Schweppe #
Sandra J. Shepard
Joan P. Sherman §
Erin M. Smith
Judy Stafford
Stephanie Steele
Patricia J. Stewart #
Dana R. Sullivan
Emily Suuberg
Jessica Taylor
Sarah Telford #
Nora Anne Watson
Alison L. Weaver
Sarah Wesley
Kirstie Wheeler
Kira Winter
Lauren Woo
Bethany Worrell
Susan Glazer Yospin
Wanzhe Zhang
Meghan Renee ZuverAltos:

Anete Adams
Kristen Ascenzi
Virginia Bailey
Kristen S. Bell
Martha A. R. Bewick
Betty Blanchard Blume #
Betsy Bobo
Lauren A. Boice
Donna J. Brezinski
Sharon Brown
Janet L. Buecker
Janet Casey
Elizabeth Clifford
Cypriana Slosky Coelho
Sarah Cohan
Ethel Crawford #
Abbe Dalton Clark
Kathryn DerMarderosian
Diane Droste #
Barbara Durham
Barbara Naidich Ehrmann #
Paula Folkman *
Debra Swartz Foote
Dorrie Freedman §
Irene Gilbride *
Denise Glennon
Mara Goldberg
Lianne Goodwin
Ana Guigui
Rachel K. Hallenbeck #
Julie Hausmann
Sarah Jacobson
Betty Jenkins
Irina Kareva
Susan L. Kendall
Evelyn Eshleman Kern #
Yoo-Kyung Kim
Eve Kornhauser
Nora Kory

Annie Lee
Katherine Mallin Lilly
Gale Tolman Livingston #
Anne Forsyth Martín
Kristen McEntee
Louise-Marie Mennier
Ana Morel
Louise Morrish
Tracy Elissa Nadolny
Kendra Nutting
Fumiko Ohara #
Andrea Okerholm Huttlin
Maya Pardo
Roslyn Pedlar #
Laurie R. Pessah
Linda Doreen Rapciak
Daniel Roihl
Lori Salzman
Kathleen Hunkele Schardin
Jeanne Ann Sevigny
Elodie Simonis
Anne K. Smith
Ada Park Snider *
Amy Spound
Julie Steinhilber #
Nancy Stevenson *
Celia Tafuri
Lelia Tenreyro-Viana
Michele C. Truhe
Martha F. Vedrine
Cindy M. Vredeveld
Christina Wallace Cooper #
Sara Weaver
Laura Webb
Marguerite Weidknecht #
Karen Thomas Wilcox
Lidiya Yankovskaya
Tibisay Zea Tenors:

Brad W. Amidon #
Armen Babikyan
Brent Barbieri
James Barnswell
John C. Barr #
Victor Calcaterra
Felix M. Caraballo
Ryan Casperson
Chad D. Chaffee
Jiahao Chen
Stephen Chrzan
Andrew Crain #
John Cunningham
Sean Dillon
Tom Dinger
C Paul Dredge
Ron Efromson
Carey D. Erdman
Keith Erskine
Aidan Christopher Gent
Len Giambrone
James E. Gleason
Gregory A. Gonser
Leon Grande
J. Stephen Groff #
David Halloran #
John W. Hickman #
William Hobbib
Stanley G. Hudson #
Pui Chuen Hui
Matthew Jaquith
Timothy O. Jarrett
James R. Kauffman #
Christopher G Keene
Jordan King
Elijah Langille
Michael Lapomardo
Kwan H. Lee
Michael Lemire

Lance Levine
Dane Lighthart
Zachary Lounsbury
Henry Lussier §
Daniel Mahoney
Ronald J. Martin
Mark Mulligan
David Norris *
Jonathan Oakes
Lukas Papenfusscline
John R. Papirio
Kevin Parker
Dwight E. Porter *
Guy F. Pugh
Peter Pulsifer
Nate Ramsayer
Lee Ransom
David L. Raish #
Tom Regan
Brian R. Robinson
Francis Rogers
David Roth
Joshuah Rotz
Carl Schlaikjer
Blake Siskavich
Arend Sluis
Peter L. Smith
Stephen E. Smith
Don P. Sturdy #
Jared A. Suresky
Leslie Tay
Daniel Thompson
Martin S. Thomson
Stephen J. Twiraga
Adam Van der Sluis
Stratton Vitikos
Andrew Wang
Joseph Y. Wang
Matthew Wang
Hyun Yong Woo Basses:

Nicholas Altenbernd
Thomas Anderson
Vartan T. Babikyan
Scott Barton
Nathan Black
Daniel E. Brooks #
Nicholas A. Brown
Stephen J. Buck
Eric Chan
Matthew Collins
George F. Coughlin
Matthew E. Crawford
Michael Cross
Christopher Davey
Arthur M. Dunlap
Michel Epsztein
Jeff Foley
Mark Gianino
Alexander Goldberg
Jim Gordon
Jay S. Gregory #
Andrew Gribbin
Mark L. Haberman #
Jeramie D. Hammond
Geoffrey Herrmann
Robert Hicks
William Hurwitz
Marc J. Kaufman
Nathan Kessel
David M. Kilroy
Will Koffel
Yangming Kou
G.P. Paul Kowal #
Bruce Kozuma #
Carl Kraenzel
Timothy Lanagan #
Ryan M. Landry
Joseph E. Landry
Maxwell Levy
Daniel Lichtenfeld
Nathan Lofton
David K. Lones #
Christopher T. Loschen
Martin F. Mahoney II
Greg Mancusi-Ungaro
James Mangan
Lynd Matt
Patrick McGill
Devon Morin
Eryk P. Nielsen
Richard Oedel
Stephen H. Owades §
William Brian Parker
Sam Filson Parkinson
Donald R. Peck #
Michael Prichard #
Bradley Putnam
Sebastian Rémi
Steven Rogers
Peter Rothstein §
Jonathan Saxton
Charles F. Schmidt
Karl Josef Schoellkopf #
Andrew Scoglio
Stefan Sigurjonsson
Kenneth D. Silber
Matthew Stansfield
Mark Stepner
Scott Street
Charles Sullivan
Joseph J. Tang
Craig A. Tata
Alexander Teplansky
Stephen Tinkham
Samuel Truesdell
Bradley Turner #
Arthur Turton
Jonathan VanderWoude
Thomas C. Wang #
Terry Ward #
Matt Weaver
Peter J. Wender §
Lawson L.S. Wong
Carl T. Wrubel
Channing YuWilliam Cutter, Rehearsal Conductor
Martin Amlin, Rehearsal Pianist
Eileen Huang, Rehearsal Pianist
Matthew A. Larson, Rehearsal Pianist
Erik Johnson, Chorus Manager
Emily W. Siders, Assistant Chorus Manager

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