Elīna Garanča – Wiener Philharmoniker – Christian Thielemann: Live From Salzburg

Artists and audiences alike felt a deep sense of loss when the pandemic put a sudden end to live performances last year. The ability to enjoy digital concerts online was some consolation, but as nothing can quite match the magic of direct contact between performer and audience, the few live concerts that were able to go ahead during this period were particularly meaningful. Set for release on 3 December, Live from Salzburg documents two such remarkable events, featuring mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča’s appearances at the Salzburg Festival in the summers of 2020 and 2021 with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann.

Dedicated to K.L. ♥️

Reflektor Manfred Eicher

The prestigious concert hall Elbphilharmonie Hamburg has invited Manfred Eicher to curate the “Reflektor” festival programme from February 3 – 6 2020.
“Reflektor Manfred Eicher” will feature outstanding ECM and ECM New Series concerts with Arvo Part , Louis Sclavis Quartet, Heiner Goebbels, Kim Kashkashian, Anouar Brahem أنور ابراهم, Meredith Monk, Egberto Gismonti & Avishai Cohen Music Quartet, and Anja Lechner & Pablo Márquez.

An exclusive listening session with Manfred Eicher will be opening the festival on Sunday February 2.

Detailed information and tickets are available online at:

https://www.elbphilharmonie.de/de/festivals/reflektor-manfred-eicher/548

Yuja Wang photos going viral

Acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang recently performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme included Bartok’s two piano concerts. But it is the racy dress and the high heel shoes that are creating headlines and controversy.

And fast breathing by men all over the world.

Parts of the conservative classical music world are upset about the flashy pianist, but it is nothing new that she has her own fashion style. She is famous for that. Not only is she getting attention from people who normally don’t listen to classical music – granted, some will just stay for the photos! – but she also looks stunning.

Go, Yuja!

Here is the programme for the night.

LSO Conductor lineup announced

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London Symphony Orchestra just announced today that Gianandrea Noseda will join them in 2016/17 as Principal Guest Conductor, alongside Daniel Harding. Michael Tilson Thomas becomes Conductor Laureate; and Andre Previn becomes Conductor Emeritus. The family is completed by Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director from 2017/18 and Elim Chan, the Assistant Conductor.

Toshiyuki Kamioka appointed Chief conductor for Copenhagen Phil

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Toshiyuki Kamioka is appointed Copenhagen Phil’s chief conductor from the season 2016/2017 for a four year period.

Toshiyuki Kamioka was born in 1960 in Tokyo, where he studied conducting, composition and piano and violin at the National University of Fine Arts & Music. In 1982 he was awarded the coveted ‘Ataka Prize’ and two years later he received a Rotary scholarship to study conducting with Klaus Peter Seibel at the conservatory in Hamburg.

In 1987 he became associate professor of chamber music and accompaniment at the Hamburg Conservatory, and in season 2000/2001 he became professor of opera classes at Frankfurt-am-Main Conservatory. Since autumn 2004, he worked as a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in Saarbrücken, where he has been dealing with the development of the next generation conductor – a profession that keeps him sharp and professional completely out of her fingers.

Toshiyuki Kamioka got his first theater experience as chorus master for soloists and conductor at Städtische Bühnen in Kiel. From 1992 to 1996 he was first Kapellmeister at the Aalto Theater in Essen. Between 1996 and 2004 he was General Music Director of the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden. During the eight seasons from 1998 to 2006 was Kamioka Chief Conductor of the Nordwest-Deutsche Philharmonie in Herford and was also regularly invited to tour in Germany and abroad. Concerts with ensembles such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has given Kamioka an international reputation, where both the press and the public have praised him for his sophisticated musical interpretations. Besides his conductor exposures occur Toshiyuki Kamioka regularly as a subtle and virtuoso piano soloist.

Toshiyuki Kamioka was General Music Director of the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra in the season 2004/2005, where he 2009/2010 season was the chief conductor and artistic director. Under his baton the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra evolved significantly both musically and technically in an orchestra class.

Kamioka has also served as General Music Director of Saarländisches State Theatre in Saarbrücken since the 2009/2010 season until the summer of 2014. Since 2014/2015 he has been General Music Director and Artistic Director of Wuppertaler Bühnen und Sinfonieorchester GmbH.

In 2010, Toshiyuki Kamioka ‘Von der Heydt-Kulturpreis’ in Wuppertal. In early 2011 allocated Music Pen Club Japan him a ‘concert Prize’ for his work as a conductor for Japanese orchestras and to have toured in Japan with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra.

Robin Ticciati is the new chief conductor of DSO in Berlin

Robin Ticciati heißt der Nachfolger von Tugan Sokhiev an der Spitze des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters Berlin. Der 32-jährige Engländer übernimmt die Position des Chefdirigenten und Künstlerischen Leiters des Hauptstadt-Klangkörpers ab der Saison 2017|2018 für zunächst fünf Jahre. Erst im September 2014 gab der Chefdirigent des Scottish Chamber Orchestra und Musikdirektor der Glyndebourne Festival Opera seinen Einstand in Berlin beim DSO mit Anton Bruckners ›Romantischer‹ Symphonie. In der aktuellen Spielzeit wird er am 28. Februar 2016 zum Orchester zurückkehren, mit der Violinistin Vilde Frang und Werken von Debussy, Korngold, Ravel und Widmann.