June 25, 2021
Ana de la Vega featured in second ARTE documentary
German-French TV station ARTE will air the second hourlong documentary featuring Australian flutist Ana de la Vega on Sunday, June 27, 2021. In " Bach - Music for Eternity" Ana explores the history and legacy of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos on the occasion of their 300th anniversary. Watch the documentary here from Monday, June 28:
Ana's most recent album " Bach Unbuttoned" features three of the concertos and has been released on Pentatone:
ARTE previously featured Ana in a full-length documentary about her life and career. "Ana de al Vega und die Flöte" can be watched here:
June 1, 2021
Jean-Claude Picard Renews with Scottish Ballet
Image: John Cooper
Wittenberg Artists is pleased to announce that Canadian conductor Jean-Claude Picard has renewed his contract as Chief Conductor of Scottish Ballet, continuing his critically acclaimed work with the company as the arts world emerges from the pandemic.
As Chief Conductor since the 2019/20 season, Jean-Claude has been widely praised for his outstanding work with the Scottish Ballet orchestra:
"Led by Jean-Claude Picard’s baton, the company orchestra gives a scintillating account of all that glorious music." - The Times
"Jean-Claude Picard shaped a compelling Rite of Spring and a delicately coloured Fairy's Kiss. The orchestra bring both scores to life brilliantly, and the slightly dry acoustic of the Festival Theatre helped The Rite to throb with pulsing, animalistic energy."
- Seen and Heard International
“Jean-Claude Picard conducts a terrific performance: the orchestra sound is luscious, without loosing the score’s needle-sharp edges.”
May 6, 2021
Stella Chen debuts with Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Chicago Symphony
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This summer, American violinist Stella Chen makes important debuts at major international festivals:
On June 13th, Stella joins her colleagues from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to open CMS' annual residency at Saratoga Performing Arts Center's summer festival with works by Dvořák and Mozart.
July 31st sees her debut at the Rheingau Musik Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she joins the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante together with violist Matthew Lipman.
Stella and Matthew will perform the same work at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Yue Bao on August 7th.
First Prize winner of the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition, Stella Chen is also the recipient of the 2020 Avery Fisher Grant and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards.
April 28, 2021
Chloé van Soeterstède Joins Wittenberg Artists
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Wittenberg Artists is thrilled that French conductor Chloé van Soeterstède joins the roster for North American representation.
A laureate of the German Conducting prize and currently a Taki Alsop conducting fellow, Chloé has recent and upcoming debuts with many of the major British orchestras: Royal Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony (both resulting in immediate re-invitations), City of Birmingham Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In addition, she regularly conducts many French orchestras, including the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and Orchestre National du Montpellier. Debuts with orchestras in Germany, Spain, and North America are forthcoming in 2021/22.
Chloé's recent collaboration with Steven Isserlis and the BBC SSO was highly praised by Bachtrack: "What a tremendous combination of musicians working together to produce great music: the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow, conducted by the brilliant Chloé van Soeterstède, and “starring” ... Steven Isserlis as soloist. ...The conductor’s gifts of balance, attention, and acute musical sensibility were essential to the success of the Schumann."
April 21, 2021
Eric Whitacre Joins Wittenberg Artists
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Wittenberg Artists is delighted to announce international representation with symphony orchestras for GRAMMY-winning American Composer and Conductor Eric Whitacre. Reviving a previous collaboration between Eric and Martin under the auspices of Columbia Artists, Wittenberg Artists will work closely with Eric's general management at Music Productions UK.
One of today's most popular musicians, Eric's works are programmed worldwide and his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from more than 145 countries over the last decade - years before virtual and online concerts became a pandemic necessity.
As a guest conductor with orchestras and choirs, Eric has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony, New World Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, and many others. His choral-symphonic programs often combine his own works - including the monumental "Deep Field" - with works by other American and contemporary composers.
April 16, 2021
Steven Isserlis Wins 2021 BBC Music Magazine Award
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Cellist Steven Isserlis was honored at the 2021 BBC Music Magazine Awards with the Premiere Award for his Hyperion recording, Tavener: No longer mourn for me & other works for cello, with bass Mathew Rose, vocalist Abi Sampa, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Trinity Boys Choir and conductor Omer Meir Wellber.
In his 5 star/recording of the month review of the album for the magazine, Christopher Dingle writes:
“These are among Tavener’s most powerful works. They are magnificently performed. Those simple points could easily be lost in the necessity of charting not just the diverse range of music and influences, but also the profoundly personal nature for Steven Isserlis of this remarkable disc. The works are all from Tavener’s final years and, as is clear from his touching, sometimes eloquently confessional booklet notes, Isserlis has a particular association with each piece.… Wellber ensures the extraordinary, uplifting coming together of these diverse elements is seamless without losing their individuality. The result is a magical. …Culminating in a hard-won ‘glimpse of light’, The death of Ivan Ilyich was written in memory of Isserlis’s wife Pauline and is the compelling centrepiece to a deeply moving disc.”
March 11, 2021
Eric Lu Awarded Avery Fisher Career Grant
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American pianist Eric Lu was revealed as one of five recipients of the 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grants in a special hour-long program on WQXR. Eric joins a prestigious list of Grant recipients from the past 45 years including Hilary Hahn, Yuja Wang, and Jeremy Denk.
The Avery Fisher Career Grants are a long-standing philanthropic tradition started by the late Avery Fisher in 1976. Since then, 161 Career Grants have been awarded to young musicians who are either US citizens or permanent US residents. Last year's recipients included violinist and First Prize winner of the 2019 Queen Elisabeth competition Stella Chen.
Among the highlights of Eric's 20-21 season - despite the pandemic - are debuts with the Detroit and Seattle Symphonies and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and recitals at Wigmore Hall, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and the La Jolla Music Society San Diego.
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.
February 1 ,2021
Conductor Lionel Meunier Joins Wittenberg Artists
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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.
January 10, 2021
Eric Lu debuts with Detroit and London Symphony Orchestras
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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
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.
December 14, 2020
Conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky joins Wittenberg Artists
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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)
December 11, 2020
Recording Roundup: New Recordings by our Artists
Labels: Hyperion (Isserlis); Bedroom Community (MC); accentus (Kremer); Alpha Classica (Kremerata)
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
December 10, 2020
Review: Jean-Claude Picard "combines all the essential qualities of a conductor"
Image: A. Saito / Montreal Bach Festival
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
[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.
November 19, 2020
Manchester Collective joins Wittenberg Artists
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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:
Welcome, Manchester Collective & Rakhi, Adam and team!