February 17, 2021

Harpist Parker Ramsay Joins Wittenberg Artists

Wittenberg Artists is delighted that Parker Ramsay, one of today's leading harpists, joins the roster for General Management. 

Equally at home on the modern harp and period instruments, Parker is a musician of stunning versatility. His determined pursuit of expanding the contemporary harp repertoire has led him to numerous collaborations with living composers, including upcoming projects with Nico Muhly, David Fulmer, Marcos Balter, inti figgis-vizueta, Tom Morrison, Michael Seltenreich,  Saad Haddad, and Josh Levine. In the realm of historical performance he has appeared with the Shanghai Camerata, Ruckus, Apollo’s Fire and his own ensemble A Golden Wire.

Parker came to international attention in 2020 with his recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Praised as “remarkably special” (Gramophone), “nuanced and insightful” (BBC Music Magazine), and “relentlessly beautiful” (WQXR), the recording was released on the label of KIng's College, Cambridge, where Parker was an organ scholar. Read his essay on the Goldberg Variations transcription process in The New York Times here and watch the Aria here.

 

Welcome, Parker!

 Image: Tatiana Daubek

February 1 ,2021

Conductor Lionel Meunier Joins Wittenberg Artists

Wittenberg Artists is thrilled to announce general management for French conductor Lionel Meunier, founder and artistic director of Vox Luminis, which he has led to the very top of Early Music and vocal ensembles performing today.

Lionel is widely regarded as one of today's most dynamic and highly acclaimed artistic leaders in the fields of historical performance and choral music. Praised for his detailed yet spirited interpretative approach, he is now increasingly in demand as a guest conductor and artistic director with choirs, ensembles, and orchestras worldwide.  

As a guest conductor, Lionel has worked with Netherlands Bach Society, Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir, and the Boston Early Music Festival Collegium and has led projects with Vox Luminis in collaboration with Juilliard 415, Orchestra B’Rock, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and L’Achéron, among many others. Lionel maintains a close relationship with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Consort, returning regularly to lead collaborative projects with Vox Luminis that cover a wide repertoire. 

Welcome, Lionel!

 Image: Tom Blaton

January 10, 2021

Eric Lu debuts with Detroit and London Symphony Orchestras

American pianist Eric Lu makes two auspicious debuts this month with major international orchestras:

On Thursday, January 14, 2021 Eric joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and conductor Eduardo Strausser for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 K. 466.

The concert will be broadcast live from Detroit's Orchestra Hall at www.dso.org 

On Thursday, January 28, Eric will be in London, making his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. On the program will be Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, the same work that won Eric the Leeds Competition in 2018

Further highlights this season include his debuts with the Seattle Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, recitals at Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and the La Jolla Music Society.

 Image: Ben Ealovega

December 14, 2020

Conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky joins Wittenberg Artists

Wittenberg Artists is delighted that Russian conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky is joining the roster for North American representation. 

Stanislav is a regular guest at the Orchestre de Paris, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, as well as all the top Russian orchestras.  Among his recent successful debuts are the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony.

With more than thirty operas in his repertoire, he has led productions at Opernhaus Zürich, the Mariinsky Theatre, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Dutch National Opera and has conducted an opera in concert annually at the Verbier Festival Academy since 2017. 

In the words of Diapason Magazine: "[Kochanovsky] has confirmed his place among the great conductors of our day." (Orchestre de Paris, October 2020)

Welcome, Stanislav!

 Image: Marco Boggreve

December 11, 2020

Recording Roundup: New Recordings by our Artists

Steven Isserlis & friends: "Tavener: No longer mourn for me"
Gramophone Editor's Choice

"The result is magical...magnificently performed."
RECORDING OF THE MONTH ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
---
Manchester Collective EP "Recreation" 
Works by Vivaldi, Bach, Ligeti and Paul Clark.

“This wonderful EP bottles just a little of this ensemble’s light and fire with immersive performances and wild juxtapositions. Its musicality is unabashed.”
★★★★ BBC Music Magazine 
---
Kremerata Baltica "Searching for Ludwig: Beethoven, Sollima & Ferré" 

Gramophone Editor's Choice
"Performances of scorching insight and stature" 
★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
---
Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Georgijs Osokins: Beethoven & Chopin Piano Trios on Accentus Music

"full of momentum, sprit and passion...joyful music making paired with detailed interpretation" concerti

 

Labels: Hyperion (Isserlis); Bedroom Community (MC); accentus (Kremer); Alpha Classica (Kremerata)

December 10, 2020

Review: Jean-Claude Picard "combines all the essential qualities of a conductor"

For his return to the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Jean-Claude Picard chose to close the program with Nielsen's Second Symphony "The Four Temperaments"  - the first time the orchestra has played one of Nielsen's symphonies.   

 

In his review, Emmanuel Bernier in Le Soleil was enthusiastic: 

"Jean-Claude Picard...combines all the essential qualities of a conductor: precision of gesture, analytical intelligence and eloquence of expression.

In the first movement, Picard takes the music head-on with undeniable commitment from start to finish... In slow movements he shows remarkable relaxation and a real sense of

listening.
[In the Strauss Oboe Concerto, Picard] proves to be a high-class accompanist managing the many subtle tempo nuances in Strauss' score sensitively. "

Watch the concert here

 Image: A. Saito / Montreal Bach Festival

November 19, 2020

Manchester Collective joins Wittenberg Artists

Wittenberg Artists is thrilled to announce that the intrepid Manchester Collective is joining the roster for North American representation.

Founded by Music Director Rakhi Singh and Chief Executive Adam Szabo in 2016, the Collective creates interdisciplinary artistic performances, performing a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces, and staged theatrical work.

Find out more:

www.manchestercollective.co.uk

Welcome, Manchester Collective & Rakhi, Adam and team!

Image: Manchester Collective

© 2021 by Wittenberg Artists