January 10, 2020

Eric Lu debuts with Detroit and London Symphony Orchestras

 Image: Ben Ealovega

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.

December 14, 2020

Conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky joins Wittenberg Artists

 Image: Marco Boggreve

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!

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
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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 
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Kremerata Baltica "Searching for Ludwig: Beethoven, Sollima & Ferré" 

Gramophone Editor's Choice
"Performances of scorching insight and stature" 
★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
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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

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

November 19, 2020

Manchester Collective joins Wittenberg Artists

Image: Manchester Collective

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!

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