22.10. Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
22.10. Gewandhaus Leipzig
22.10. Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris
22.10. Baarsporthalle, Donaueschingen
22.10. Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT, Weimar
25.10. Schloss Waldthausen, Budenheim
26.10. Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
26.10. Stadttheater Olten
26.10. Conservatory C. Monteverdi Bozen
26.10. Alexander Hall Princeton
27.10. St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall
27.10. Komische Oper Berlin
27.10. Gyeonggi Arts Center
27.10. Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven
28.10. Theater a/h Vrijthof, Maastricht
28.10. Seoul Arts Center - Music Hall
29.10. University of California Berkeley
29.10. Corson Auditorium
31.10. Komische Oper Berlin
31.10. St. Petersburg Philharmonic
31.10. Kakhidze Music Center
Just a matter of months after her celebrated opera Infinite Now, which was recently awarded Premiere of the Year by Opernwelt Magazine, a brand new work by Chaya Czernowin is being brought into the world. The cello concerto Guardian will be performed by soloist Séverine Ballon with the SWR Symphony Orchestra under Pablo Rus Broseta in the closing concert of the Donaueschingen Festival on 22 October. But what does the name tell us about the piece? Does it refer to the British newspaper, or rather call to mind protecting angels? The composer laughs at these suggestions, explaining: “Sometimes names are just a source of inspiration. It might be the sound or an association that helps colour what you are doing.”...
In September Mariam Batsashvili was on concert tour in Mexico. News of the devastating earthquake on 19 September reached the pianist shortly before her first concert in Monterrey. The following personal account of her experience in Mexico is taken from a text the pianist wrote for the Keyboard Charitable Trust in London, who organised the tour....
“In Stromab the whole orchestra is sent like a boat down the great river in its dazzling diversity,” says Johannes Maria Staud about his new orchestral piece, premiered this season by three leading international orchestras. The world premiere will be given in Copenhagen by the Royal Danish Orchestra under Alexander Vedernikov, before the Wiener Symphoniker under Francois-Xavier Roth give the Austrian premiere a few weeks later. In January 2018, Stromab will find its American premiere in Cleveland under Franz-Welser Möst, followed by further concerts in in the US. Ahead of the upcoming premiere, Johannes Maria Staud talks about the finished score and its relationship to Algernon Blackwood’s short story The Willows, which the composer describes as “one of the most beautiful horror stories of all time”. The conversation with Dr. Frank Reinisch is published with the kind permission of his publisher, Breitkopf & Härtel....
Mariam Batsashvili has stunned, fascinated and touched audiences at the most renowned concert halls in Europe during her tour as a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). Now, the young Georgian pianist has just received the exciting news that she will be a BBC New Generation Artist, as part of which she will perform at major festivals and concert venues across the UK during the next two seasons. In conversation, she shares her impressions on a whirlwind few months, the magic of the classical concert, and her tips for surviving the rigours of life on tour....
At the end of August and the beginning of September, Friedrich Cerha’s monumental Spiegel cycle will be performed by the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra under Matthias Pintscher. Conceived as a kind of “world-theatre about humankind”, the seven parts of the cycle are concerned in purely musical terms with one of the composer’s life-long interests: the relationship between the individual and society. To mark the 2011 CD release of Spiegel, recorded by the SWR Symphony Orchester under Sylvain Cambreling, composers of various generations contributed their personal encounters with Friedrich Cerha’s cycle. These quotations are published with the kind permission of Kairos....