April 19, 2022

Earl Lee Wins 2022 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

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Congratulations to Earl Lee, who has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award!

 

Given annually to a single promising American conductor 38 years of age or younger, The Sir Georg Solti Fellow, as it is also called, provides essential career guidance, industry connections and a cash purse of $30,000 to allow grant recipients to further hone their skills.

 

Among the highlights of Earl's 21-22 season are performances with the New York PhilharmonicSan Francisco Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam as a participant in the Ammodo masterclasses led by Fabio Luisi. Earl is the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony, who he will lead this summer at Tanglewood and in subscription in 22-23.

 

This week, Earl leads the Ann Arbor Symphony in works by Carlos Simon, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky:  a2so.com/tchaikovsky-4

 Image:  Yunji Ko

March 8, 2022

Violinist Philippe Quint Joins Wittenberg Artists

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Wittenberg Artists is thrilled to announce worldwide general management for GRAMMY-nominated violinist Philippe Quint.

 

A regular presence on the world’s most respected stages with major orchestras worldwide, Philippe Quint is equally known for burnished interpretations of the standard repertoire as well as for his continued interest in rediscovering neglected works and focus on emerging composers of today. 

 

His highly acclaimed multimedia projects include musical explorations of the lives and works of Astor Piazzolla and Charlie Chaplin

 

This season alone, Philippe appears with orchestras and at festivals in North and South America, Europe, and Israel, and on March 19 performs with the New World Symphony at New World Center in Miami: 

 

https://www.nws.edu/events-tickets/concerts/music-of-the-silver-screen/

Welcome Philippe!

 Image:  John Gress

January 18, 2022

Harpist Parker Ramsay to Premiere New Work by Nico Muhly

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KIng's College Cambridge has announced its Spring 2022 concert season, which will include a new work by Nico Muhly written for harpist Parker Ramsay. "The Street - 14 Meditations on the Stations of the Cross" is a concert-length work with a libretto by legendary librettist Alice Goodman. The score asks for solo harp, narrator, and plainchant.

The World Premiere performance on April 16, 2022 will take place at King's College Chapel as part of the its "Easter at King's" Festival and feature singers from King's College Choir. A recording for the college's recording label will follow.

Parker's collaboration with Nico Muhly is only the latest in a string of collaborations with renowned composers. Previously this season, Parker premiered Marcos Balter "Omulu" at The Phillips Collection; in January 2022 he was in residence at IRCAM in Paris to work with composer Jared Miller. 

You can watch a recent collaboration between Parker and composer Tom Morrison here.

 Image:  Jiyang Chen

January 10, 2022

Earl Lee to Debut with New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony

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The New York Philharmonic has announced the details for its annual Lunar New Year Gala concert on February 8, 2022, which will be conducted by Earl Lee in his debut with the orchestra.

Earl is joined by violinist Stella Chen (in her debut) and soprano Hera Hyesang Park.

Complete concert details are here.

Also in February, Earl will make his debut with the San Francisco Symphony in three special subscription concerts commemorating the late conductor Michael Morgan, February 17 -19, 2022.

 

Complete concert details are here.

 

Earl Lee is currently assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony, which he will conduct at Tanglewood in summer 2022 and in subscription in the 22/23 season. 

 Image:  Lim Hak Hyun

January 3, 2022

Review: Stella Chen Plays Sibelius with the Minnesota Orchestra

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Violinist Stella Chen joined the Minnesota Orchestra and Music Director Osmo Vänskä to ring in the New Year 2022 with two concerts that also marked the beginning of a complete Sibelius cycle.

 

About Stella's performance of the Sibelius Humoresques Nos. 2 - 6 Rob Hubbard writes in the Star-Ledger:

Chen attacked them with dramatic expressiveness, but never a hint of gravitas. Each was a light and lively crowd pleaser that Chen kept aloft with a buoyant spirit and technical precision. This was Sibelius indulging his most romantic inclinations, and Chen proved a simpatico interpreter, here engaging in wistful reflectiveness, there whistling a happy tune in the stratosphere of her violin's range. At this New Year's party, Chen was the bringer of jollity.

The December 31, 2021 performance can be viewed here.

 Image: Fay Fox

November 9, 2021

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica Soloists Tour Canada

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Gidon Kremer and soloists from Kremerata Baltica recently toured Canada, performing to enthusiastic receptions in Toronto (Koerner Hall, pictured), Ottawa, and Montreal.  They were joined by piano soloist Andrius Zlabys.

 

Kremerata was one of the only larger European ensembles to tour North America since the Coronavirus lockdowns began in March 2020. The tour also included a charity concert at a Canadian prison near Kingston, ON, which was organized by the Looking at the Stars Foundation.

 

Reviewing their performance in Ottawa, La Scena Musicale writes:

Kremerata Baltica’s sound is full-blooded and crisply defined; the musicians’ nonchalant virtuosity, stylistic versatility and emotional commitment mirror those of the ensemble’s founder and namesake. 

Red the full review here.

This season, Gidon Kremer celebrates his 75th birthday and the 25th anniversary of Kremerata Baltica. 

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October 11, 2021

Conductor Earl Lee Joins Wittenberg Artists

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Wittenberg Artists is thrilled to announce worldwide general management for Korean-Canadian conductor Earl Lee.

 

Recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony, Earl makes his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic this week in two concerts featuring works by Copland, Prokofiev, and Dvorak.

 

A 2021 Solti Foundation U.S Career Assistance Award recipient, Earl recently concluded his position as the Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra where he led numerous concerts. He also served as the Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 2015 to 2018. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Louisiana Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and the orchestras of the San Francisco and Royal (Toronto) Conservatories. 

 

A trained cellist, Earl has toured with Musicians of Marlboro and is a member of the ECCO Chamber Orchestra.

Welcome Earl!

 Image: Lim Hak Hyun

August 30, 2021

Chloé van Soeterstède Appointed LAPhil Dudamel Fellow

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The Los Angeles Philharmonic has today announced the 21/22 group of Dudamel fellows, including French conductor Chloé van Soeterstède.

In this capacity, she will assist Gustavo Dudamel and select guest conductors throughout the season and make her debut with the orchestra with education concerts in February 2022. 

The appointment follows Chloé's successful 20/21 season, in which she returned to and made debuts with most of the major UK orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. 

In 21/22, van Soeterstède’s European debuts include the RTVE Symphony Orchestra (Madrid),  Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and Bournemouth Symphony.  She also returns to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert in their Cadogan Hall series, to the Orchestre National de Lorraine, and the the Orchestre d’Auvergne.  In North America she debuts with the Orlando Phiharmonic and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony orchestras. 

 Image: Valerie Bernadini

June 25, 2021

Ana de la Vega featured in second ARTE documentary

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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:

https://www.arte.tv/de/musik-fuer-die-ewigkeit/

Ana's most recent album " Bach Unbuttoned" features three of the concertos and has been released on Pentatone: 

https://www.pentatonemusic.com/bach-unbuttoned

 

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:

https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/programm/Ana-de-la-Vega-und-die-Floete

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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. 

 Image: Fay Fox

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."

Welcome, Chloé!

 Image: Valerie Bernadini

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. 

Welcome, Eric!

 Image: Marc Royce

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.”

 Image: Kevin  Davis

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.

CONGRATULATIONS, ERIC!

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February 17, 2021

Harpist Parker Ramsay Joins Wittenberg Artists

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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!

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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. 

Welcome, Lionel!

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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 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

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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)

Welcome, Stanislav!

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December 11, 2020

Recording Roundup: New Recordings by our Artists

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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

 

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

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:

www.manchestercollective.co.uk

Welcome, Manchester Collective & Rakhi, Adam and team!

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