December 4, 2023
Violinist Rakhi Singh joins Wittenberg Artists
Under Rakhi's artistic leadership, Manchester Collective has emerged as one of the UK's biggest recent success stories in UK's Classical Music and she has led the group in two consecutive BBC Proms in 2022 and 2023, among many other milestones.
In addition to her work with the Collective, Rakhi is a sought-after guest concertmaster of groups such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and many others.
Since 2021 she has toured as a solo artist, performing headline sets at venues such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, National Concert Hall (Dublin), Funkhaus (Berlin), and Kings Place (London). Her first solo album Purnima was released on Canteloupe in October.
November 21, 2023
Stellar Reviews for Schaghajegh Nosrati in New York & Montreal
German-Iranian pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati returned to North America for her debut recital at Carnegie Hall as well as the opening concert of the Montreal Bach Festival, where she performed with the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Early Music luminary Reinhard Goebel.
In Montreal, Le Devoir praised Nosrati's "clear and luminous" playing, and LudwigVanMontreal writes: "[Nosrati] demonstrated a natural musicality…with a delicate touch.”
Concertonet writes about her Carnegie Hall recital: “The great German-Iranian pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati…has more than lucidity, clarity and faultless technique…she is so technically adapt the left and right hand each had their own orchestral feeling…[In the Alkan] there were no questions about Ms. Nosrati’s breathless expertise…Ms. Nosrati attacked the music like Roman gladiator.” - Concertonet
November 13, 2023
Seth Parker Woods Gets Grammy Nomination
Congratulations to Seth Parker Woods, whose solo recording Difficult Grace on the Cedille label was nominated for a 2024 Grammy Award in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category.
Difficult Grace is the world premiere recording of Seth's semi-autobiographical exploration of identity. The collection features new works by Fredrick Gifford, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Monty Adkins, Nathalie Joachim, Alvin Singleton, and Ted Hearne
“Stylistic range and extraordinary musicianship... proving himself to be an effective actor as well as a virtuoso cellist… This programme is dazzlingly inventive and reveals Woods to be a musician of uncommon communicative power.” – Gramophone
“In its curated cacophony, Difficult Grace elicits the same kind of awe you feel perusing your smartest friend’s bookshelf” – Chicago Reader
October 8, 2023
Stella Chen is the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year 2023
Congratulations to violinist Stella Chen who has won the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award 2023!
Gramophone critic Charlotte Gardner praises Stella x Schubert, her 2023 debut recording with pianist Henry Kramer on the Platoon label, as "an all-Schubert recital of fine architecture, tonal beauty and inner soul...This is the work of a thinking violinist who has been exploring this music for years. The Fantasie itself receives a poetic reading couched in a sweetly gleaming tone whose weight and attack flit easily between silken vulnerability and broad, powerful punch."
Stream Stella x Schubert here.
Stella Chen first gained international attention as the winner of the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition and has since embarked on a busy career with solo appearances with the likes of the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe; recitals at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall; and chamber music collaborations at the world's top festivals.
August 16, 2023
Eric Lu Returns to Hollywood Bowl, Debuts at Aspen & with San Diego Symphony
Pianist Eric Lu returned to the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on August 8th with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, replacing Helene Grimaud.
Eric also made his debut with the San Diego Symphony earlier this month and will debut at the Aspen Music Festival on August 19th.
Later in August, Eric returns to the Festival "Chopin and his Europe" in Warsaw and starts the 23/24 season with recitals in Poland and Taiwan and concerto appearances in Portugal, Serbia, Luxembourg, and Iceland.
Eric's 22/23 season included critically acclaimed debuts with the Chicago, Boston, and London Symphony Orchestras; recital and concerto appearances across the globe, including at Wigmore Hall, Montreal's Salle Bourgie, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg; and the release of his second studio album for Warner Classics.
July 19, 2023
Naomi Woo Appointed Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin says: “We are excited to welcome Naomi Woo to the Philadelphia Orchestra family. After working with her closely at the Orchestre Metropolitain , I know she will bring great insight and talent to our 2024–25 season.”
Canadian conductor Naomi Woo is the 2022 winner of the Canada Council’s prestigious Virginia Parker Prize. After a successful four-year tenure as assistant conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony , she joins the Orchestre Métropolitain Montréal as artistic partner in the 2023–24 season.
Highlights of her 2023–24 season include engagements with the Montreal Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, and the National Arts Center Orchestra; two appearances with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, where she is a music director finalist; and leading English Touring Opera’s production of Rossini’s Cinderella.
July 10, 2023
Welcome to Pianist Martin James Bartlett
Wittenberg Artists is delighted to welcome British pianist Martin James Bartlett to the roster for North American management.
Since winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award in 2014 at age 17, Martin has established himself firmly as a young virtuoso with fearless technique, a joyful stage presence, and playing of intelligence and elegance in repertoire from Bach to Glass.
An exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, his two albums on the label have been critically acclaimed and received accolades including a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and 5-star reviews in BBC Music Magazine and The Times. Watch Martin play Gershwin here.
Upcoming highlights include concerto debuts with European Union Youth Orchestra (Honeck), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (Saraste), and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra (Bloxham), and returns to the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.
July 3, 2023
Stanislav Kochanovsky Appointed Chief Conductor of NDR Radio Philharmonie
Congratulations to Stanislav Kochanovsky, who has been appointed Chief Conductor of the NDR Radio Philharmonie in Hannover, Germany, from 24/25.
A regular guest conductor with top-tier ensembles in Europe such as the Philharmonia, the Oslo, Dresden, Rotterdam, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and the Orchestre de Paris, Stanislav made his highly acclaimed US debut with the National Symphony in March 2023.
As an opera conductor, he has appeared at Opernhaus Zurich, the Mariinsky, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and the Verbier Festival.
He returns to North America for his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra on July 15 at Blossom Music Center.
Click here to watch a short video portrait of Stanislav (in German). Includes rehearsal excerpts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg.
April 19, 2023
Jaume Santonja Joins Wittenberg Artists
Wittenberg Artists is delighted to welcome Spanish conductor Jaume Santonja for North American representation.
Recently appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Jaume is a regular guest of the top orchestras in his native Spain and increasingly in demand throughout Europe as a guest of orchestras such as the the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, and many others.
Jaume started his career as principal percussionist of the Antwerp Symphony before devoting himself to conducting, starting as assistant conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony.
April 12, 2023
Seth Parker Woods Releases Album "Difficult Grace"
Difficult Grace contains works by Fredrick Gifford, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Natalie Joachim, Monty Adkins, Alvin Singleton, and Ted Hearne.
In a first review, Gramophone writes:
“Seth Parker Woods puts his stylistic range and extraordinary musicianship on display in this intensely personal programme…proving himself to be an effective actor as well as a virtuoso cellist.
Taken as a whole, this programme is dazzlingly inventive and reveals Woods to be a musician of uncommon communicative power. “
Seth and dancer/choerographer Roderick George perform Difficult Grace at The Harris Theatre in Chicago on April 20th.
April 10 2023
Naomi Woo Appointed Artistic Partner at Orchestre Métropolitain
Congratulations to Naomi Woo who has been appointed artistic partner of Montreal's Orchestre Metropolitain !
In this capacity she will conduct a variety of concerts, serve on the artistic committee, and assist and lead rehearsals for Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in his Montreal concerts and on tour. Naomi first met the OM as a current member of its inaugural conducting academy.
Naomi is the current winner of the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize. She finishes a three-year tenure as assistant conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony at the end of this season and is increasingly in demand across North America and the UK as a guest conductor in both symphonic repertoire and opera.
She next conducts the OM in July for several open-air concerts in and around Montreal.
April 10 2023
Earl Lee & Eric Lu In Successful Double Debut at Boston Symphony
"Earl Lee and Eric Lu prove names to watch...made standard repertoire sound fresh and exciting...Through the piece, Lu’s tack was delicate and graceful but not overly dainty. His accents were buoyant with his phrases well-defined and sculpted...[In the Schumann,] Lee let the music breathe. The energy of the first movement seemed to channel the frenzied two weeks in which the composer wrote most of the music. The second movement was exceptionally well shaped; the strings never sounded pushed or dry in the busy Scherzo, and the Trio sounded just as fresh."
Earl's tenure as the BSO assistant conductor was extended through 23/24 and he returns to the BSO in subscription in November 2023 with works by Franck, Tomasi, and Tchaikovsky.
March 27, 2023
Stanislav Kochanovsky Celebrates US Debut With National Symphony
Stanislav Kochanovsky made his North American debut with three sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra March 23-25 at the Kennedy Center.
Washington Classical Review writes:
"From the mournful slow introduction to the Sixth Symphony’s first movement, Kochanovsky’s confident gestures and careful balancing of sound put the orchestra at ease. The NSO musicians sounded exceptionally unified and accomplished some surprisingly fresh results in this familiar work."
Stanislav's next US appearance will be in July 2023 for a concert with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival. Before that he makes returns to the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino.
March 14, 2023
Stella Chen Releases Debut Album, STELLA x SCHUBERT
On March 10, 2023, rising-star violinist Stella Chen released her debut album Stella x Schubert with pianist Henry Kramer, on the Apple-owned platform, Platoon.
Stella garnered worldwide attention with her first-prize win at the 2019 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition, followed by the 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. Her 'deep and uwaivering love' for Schubert began years ago in a performance analysis class, and she continues to share her strong sentiments in the album's liner notes and beyond, "...Schubert’s music is my safe space, my own little haven... I turn to his [Schubert's] music and it transports me to another world. I hope that listeners will find a quiet moment to simply enjoy this music, which is some of the most sublime that exists."
Performing on her 1700 ex-Petri Stradivarius, Stella returns home to the Bay Area on March 14, 2023 to make her recital debut in a special program of Schubert, presented at the Herbst Theatre by Chamber Music San Francisco.
February 21, 2023
Wittenberg Artists Welcomes David Greilsammer
Wittenberg Artists is thrilled to announce North American representation for internationally acclaimed Israeli conductor and pianist David Greilsammer.
Since 2013, David Greilsammer has been Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata (GECA), whose adventurous and eclectic programming has attracted worldwide attention and has made GECA a regular presence on the world’s great stages. In addition, Greilsammer is in his second season as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Medellín Philharmonic in Colombia, one of the leading orchestras in Latin America, as well as a Grammy winner and a recipient of the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award.
As a guest conductor, Greilsammer has appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonique de Radio France, and many others, often as both conductor and soloist. His unique piano recital programs include the highly acclaimed Scarlatti-Cage project and his latest program Labyrinth and have been presented at Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and the Verbier Festival.
November 30, 2022
Naomi Woo Awarded 2022 Virginia Parker Prize
Congratulations to Canadian conductor Naomi Woo, who has been awarded the 2022 Virginia Parker Prize!
The $25,000 Virginia Parker Prize is awarded annually to a musician, instrumentalist or classical music conductor under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence and who makes a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally.
Previous recipients of the prize include Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Naomi's mentor at the Orchestre Metroipolitain), James Ehnes, and Marc-André Hamelin. Naomi is only the fourth conductor - and the first female conductor - to receive the prize since its inception in 1984.
September 28, 2022
Eric Lu debuts with Chicago Symphony and Riccardo Muti
Eric Lu will make his debut with the Chicago Symphony in three performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 K. 595 under the direction of Music Director Riccardo Muti on October 6 - 8, 2022. He replaces Maurizio Pollini who had to withdraw for health reasons.
Since winning the Leeds Competition in 2018 at the age of 20 - the first American winner since Murray Perahia - Eric Lu has performed around the globe with orchestras such as the Los Angeles, Oslo, Helsinki, and BBC Philharmonic, and the Detroit, Seattle, Singapore, and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras. In addition to his Chicago Symphony debut, this season also sees his subscription debuts with the Boston Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra.
A regular guest at Wigmore Hall, Eric has appeared in recital at the 92nd St Y, New York, Cal Performances, La Jolla Music Society and Leipzig Gewandhaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Seoul Arts Centre and Sala São Paulo.
July 28, 2022
Welcome to Cellist Seth Parker Woods
Wittenberg Artists extends a warm welcome to cellist Seth Parker Woods, who joins the roster for general management.
Seth's reputation as one of the most adventurous and creative instrumentalists performing today has earned him the 2022 Chamber Music America Michael Jaffee Visionary Award. His genre-bending multimedia project Difficult Grace features Seth in the triple role of cellist, narrator/guide, and movement artist. First performed at the Seattle Symphony, where Seth was an artist-in-residence 2018-2020, the new fully-realized version includes an onstage collaboration with choreographer and dancer Roderick George and will receive its world premiere at the 92nd Street Y, New York in November 2022.
Among the many works written for dedicated to him by contemporary composers is Tyshawn Sorey's "For Roscoe Mitchell," which Seth has performed earlier this summer at the Spoleto and Britt festivals and which he plays at Aspen Music Festival on August 6th.
July 25, 2022
Conductor Naomi Woo Joins Wittenberg Artists
Wittenberg Artists is delighted to announce the addition of Canadian conductor Naomi Woo to our conductor roster.
Currently assistant conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Naomi is increasingly in demand as a symphonic and operatic conductor in Canada and beyond. Recent engagements include the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain Montreal, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
After a busy summer season, which included her participation in the Aix-en-Provence Festival's Women Opera Maker's Workshop, Naomi starts her 22-23 season in London, conducting Tangram ensemble at LSO St Luke's and assisting at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre. Later this season she conducts the Canadian premiere of Du Yun's Pulitzer-Prize-winning opera Angel's Bone in Vancouver; appears in New York with the International Contemporary Ensemble; and leads the Orchestre Symphonique de l'Estuaire, where she is a music director candidate.
June 9 2022
Earl Lee appointed Music Director of the Ann Arbor Symphony
Michigan's Ann Arbor Symphony has announced its 14th Music Director: 2022 Sir Georg Solti Award Winner Earl Lee.
Earl appeared with the Ann Arbor Symphony in April 2022 in a highly successful program with works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Carlos Simon and "captivated the orchestra, board and audience from his very first baton stroke," according to A2SO board president Carol Sewell.
Appointed for an initial five-year term, Earl will open the orchestra's season on September 9th.
Earl is currently assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony. Recent and upcoming highlights include his debuts with the Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. At the end of June he conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as part of this year's Ammodo masterclasses led by Fabio Luisi.
June 1 2022
Steven Isserlis returns to New York City with concerts at Carnegie Hall & 92NY
After a two-year absence, cellist Steven Isserlis returns to New York City this week with two performances:
On Thursday, June 2nd at Carnegie Hall with Orchestra of St. Luke's and Bernard Labadie: concertos by Haydn and CPE Bach: carnegiehall.org/osl-bach-festival
On Saturday, June 4th, Steven explores the Bach-Mendelssohn connection at 92NY's festival: Readings from his latest book on the Bach Cello Suites as well as works by Mendelssohn with pianist Jeremy Denk: 92ny.org/steven-isserlis-and-jeremy-denk
Steven's book on the cello suites has been called "a highly engaging book ... an illuminating, accessible and detailed analysis of one of Bach’s seminal works" (Observer). His 2007 recording of the suites won a Gramophone Award for instrumental recording of the year.
Watch Steven play the Fifth Suite here.
April 19, 2022
Earl Lee Wins 2022 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award
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 Philharmonic, San 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
January 18, 2022
Harpist Parker Ramsay to Premiere New Work by Nico Muhly
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.
January 10, 2022
Earl Lee to Debut with New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony
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.
January 3, 2022
Review: Stella Chen Plays Sibelius with the Minnesota Orchestra
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.
October 11, 2021
Conductor Earl Lee Joins Wittenberg Artists
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.
August 30, 2021
Chloé van Soeterstède Appointed LAPhil Dudamel Fellow
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.
May 6, 2021
Stella Chen debuts with Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Chicago Symphony
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
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 16, 2021
Steven Isserlis Wins 2021 BBC Music Magazine Award
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
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
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
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
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)
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:
Welcome, Manchester Collective & Rakhi, Adam and team!