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Llyr Williams

Llŷr Williams

“Beethoven adventure has reached the don’t-miss stage” according to Colin Anderson (Classical Source), following the third programme of Llŷr Williams’ ongoing complete Beethoven series at the Wigmore Hall on 30th May. The series runs concurrently at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where the critics have been equally positive.

Christian Baldini

Christian Baldini

New CD is Classic FM’s Album of the Week Just a month after winning the Critics Award in Argentina for the Opera Premiere of Strasnoy’s “Requiem” at Teatro Colon, Christian Baldini’s first recording, of Mozart Overtures and Arias with Soprano Elizabeth Watts and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, was “Album of the week” on Classic FM. The CD was released on 15th June on Linn Records and received favourable reviews among others in Gramophone and The Observer
 

Itamar Zorman

Itamar Zorman

Mozart violin concerto with Zubin Mehta and The Israel Philharmonic in Tel Aviv in March
Itamar Zorman candidate for Warner Music Prize which will be awarded in October 2015. More about the Warner Music Prize.
‘Portrait’ Album  –
 with pianist Kwan Yi. Itamar Zorman’s first solo album, entitled ‘Portrait’ (Profil label) Review on Musicweb International.
 

Antonello Manacorda

Antonello Manacorda

Successful debut at Mozartwoche Antonello Manacorda made a very successful debut at Salzburg’s Mozartwoche on 23 January, conducting a staged version of Schubert’s “Alfonso und Estrella”.
New Recording – Antonello Manacorda’s new recording of Mahler’s 4th Symphony, with Het Gelders Orkest and soprano Lisa Larsson was released in November.

Mitsuko Uchida©DeccaJustin Pumfrey

Mitsuko Uchida

Uchida-Jurowski-Schoenberg  Mitsuko Uchida  performed Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia conducted by Vladimir Jurowski on June 10th. Uchida and Jurowski will be performing the work again in the Proms on September 4th with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Roman Rabinovich

Roman Rabinovich

Sir András Schiff Selects. Roman Rabinovich concluded his concerts of the eponymous series with a very successful recital on 13 June at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr.  The series also included recitals in Berlin, Zurich and New York

Liza Ferschtman by Marco Borggreve

Liza Ferschtman

Bernstein Serenade Liza Ferschtman was praised for her performance of the Bernstein Serenade with the Dallas Symphony conducted by Jaap van Zweden on 16 May.

Philippe Bach by Anja Tanner

Philippe Bach

Totentanz by Thomas Ades In a programme dedicated to  dances of death, Philippe Bach  conducted the German premiere Thomas Ades’ work alongside Liszt’s Totentanz and Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre at The Meiningen Theatre. In 2016, Philippe Bach will be conducting a new production of Ades’ notorious opera ‘Powder her Face’.

Joseph Swensen 1cr 2014 CREDIT Ugo Ponte

Joseph Swensen

Scottish Triumph – Joseph Swensen received rave reviews for his latest project with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, where he conducted and directed from the violin a programme of twentieth century works, including Barber’s violin concerto