New Signing We are really delighted to announce that we have taken on the representation of Dutch violinist, Liza Ferschtman, for the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. To find out more please take a look at this page.
Recent outstanding successes! Llyr Williams made a huge impact at the Gilmore Festival in the USA 2 weeks ago. He performed 3 solo Beethoven recitals and a masterclass, and received spontaneous standing ovations after every performance, and a very appreciative review, which can be read here. On 11 May, he made his recital debut in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, to a full and enthusiastic audience. The recital was broadcast live in the Netherlands and you can listen to it online here.
New live video footage is available These videos were captured during a recital in Liverpool (UK) in September 2013, and feature Beethoven’s Sonatas Op.14 No.2 and Op.53 Waldstein, and Wagner and Verdi opera transcriptions. Click here to watch them.
Concerts in Central Europe As part of the Prague Spring Festival 2014, Roman Rabinovich is giving a piano recital on 15 May featuring music by Bach, Schumann and Smetana. The Prague audience will also have the chance to hear him again on 18 May in an appearance with the Prague Symphony and Czech conductor Pavel Trojan, playing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No2. Rabinovich will then travel to Hungary, to perform Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto in Budapest, with the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok under the baton of Gábor Hollerung, on 24 and 25 May.
World première at the Teatro Colón Christian Baldini is currently in Buenos Aires, working on an opera world première at the Teatro Colón. He is conducting Oscar Strasnoy’s Requiem, directed by Matthew Jocelyn, and based on William Faulkner’s novel Requiem for a Nun Orchestra. Performances take place in June. For more information, please click here.
In search of the new generation of conductors “¿Quiénes prometen hoy convertirse en los sucesores de esas renombradas batutas?” asks the Argentinian music critic and journalist for La Nación, Cecilia Scalisi. In a recent article, Scalisi counts Christian Baldini (“un argentino que sueña”) amongst the most promising young conductors of today ( in the national Argentinian newspaper, La Nación). Click to read the full article online or as a pdf.
We are delighted to announce that violinist, Itamar Zorman, has won a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Please click here for more information. The Borletti-Buitoni Trust helps outstanding young musicians to develop and sustain international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects.
Philippe Bach conducting Der Rosenkavalier Amongst much else, Philippe Bach is currently conducting Der Rosenkavalier at Das Meininger Theater, in a new production directed by Rudolf Frey. The MDR network has made a short film about this production for their programme, “music” – Kultur-Angebote aus Mitteldeutschland. You can watch the film here.
Fantastic review of concert with London Philharmonic Orchestra Joseph Swensen recently worked with the London Philharmonic and violinist Liza Ferschtman. They performed a big Romantic programme (Wagner-Bruch-Tchaikovsky) to a full house at Brighton Dome, which was received with standing ovations from the audience. The Brighton Argus newspaper wrote a very complimentary review, which can be read here.
New appointment It has just been announced that Joseph Swensen will be Professor of Music (violin) at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, from autumn 2014 onwards. Mr Swensen has been a Visiting Professor since autumn 2013. For more information please click here.
Next CD release Mitsuko Uchida’s next CD will be released in the summer on the Decca Classics label. Disc four in the series, it features Uchida directing The Cleveland Orchestra from the keyboard, in Mozart’s concerti K.456 (Paradis) and K.459, recorded live in concert. To read a review from one of the concerts, please click here.
Tour with Mariss Jansons and Bayerischer Rundfunk Mitsuko Uchida has just completed a tour with the Bayerischer Rundfunk orchestra and conductor Mariss Jansons. Their journey included concerts in Munich, Frankfurt, Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colón, Sao Paolo at the Sala Sao Paolo, and a final date in New York at Carnegie Hall. A huge success, the artists have received glowing reviews. To read more, please take a look at the New York Times and the Buenos Aires Herald.
Success in the Philharmonie Antonello Manacorda’s Berlin concert on 10 January, with Kammerakademie Potsdam, received a wonderful review from Frederik Hanssen in Der Tagesspiegel. The concert featured Beethoven’s 4th and 5th Symphonies, and took place in Berlin Philharmonie’s Kammermusiksaal.
A very strong Beethoven interpreter, this programme prefigured Manacorda’s Beethoven project entitled Alles Beethoven!, which took place in February with Kammerakademie Potsdam. They explored all 9 symphonies in Potsdam’s Nikolaisaal.
One of top 10 CDs of 2013 Antonello Manacorda’s latest CD – Schubert Symphonies 5 and 6, with Kammerakademie Potsdam – has been selected by Manuel Brug as one of major German newspaper, Die Welt’s, top 10 CDs of 2013. And deservedly so!