In a series of spring concerts, pianist Marc-André Hamelin played recitals in Amsterdam, Berlin, Lucerne, Chicago, and the Klavier-Festival Ruhr. The Canadian master played and recorded Rachmaninoff 3 and Medtner 2 with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and returned to Los Angeles (LACO) and Ottawa (NACO) for performances of Mozart K. 453.
The May 2016 Edition of the International Festival of Vocal Music, "A CAPPELLA", established in Leipzig in 1997 by the Ensemble amarcord, opened with amarcord's popular "European Romantic" program May 20 at St. Michael's Church followed by a May 27 concert of Monteverdi's Marienvespers with the Lautten Compagney Berlin at the St. Thomas Church, and ended at the final gala concert at the Gewandhaus May 29.
Among their 2017/18 season offerings will be a program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Protestant Reformation, which occurs October 31, 2017, immediately followed by a tour of North America from November 3 - 19, 2017.
Austrian pianist Till Fellner returned to the States last month for "crisp and stylish" performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, K. 482, in a Chicago Symphony subscription week with Bernard Haitink.
Conductor Michael Stern starts the summer with a 7 concert tour of Israel, leading the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Joshua Bell in a program of Copland, Lalo, and Sibelius and ends the summer at Tanglewood leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma in works of Bernstein, Haydn, John Williams, and Respighi.
This month, cellist Zuill Bailey released a Prokofiev CD of theSinfonia Concertante, Op. 125 with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Grant Llewellyn and the Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 199 with pianist Natasha Paremski.
The brilliant, questing JACK Quartet is in the midst of a busy stretch, with a recent performance of the "in-the-dark" Haas Quartet No. 3, launching the San Francisco Performances new music series "Pivot."
In a season that has included performances with the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Cartagena International Festival of Music with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is starting her spring with a return to the Casals Festival to perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, with the Puerto Rico Symphony led by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and to Warsaw to perform Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 at theBeethoven Festival conducted by Maximiliano Valdes.
Cellist Mark Kosower kicked off 2016 with a series of orchestral dates, performing the Brahms Double Concerto with Franz Welser-Moest and the Cleveland Orchestra as part of their winter residency at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, and the Victor Herbert Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Dayton Philharmonic.
Well established in Europe and Australia as leader/soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Norwegian and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, Camerata Bern, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Marwood is quickly developing a singular North American presence, both as a soloist and as a leader who directs from the violin.
Oppens was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for the Cedille Recordsrelease featuring her recording of Frederic Rzewski's "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" (which Oppens premiered, and also recorded in an earlier version for Vanguard Records, which also received a GRAMMY nomination).
Violinist Alina Ibragimova smiles backstage at the Boston Symphony before her debut performances. The program – led by Vladimir Jurowski – included the Hartmann Concerto funebre and the Haydn Violin Concerto in C Major: "Ibragimova’s faultlessly elegant playing captured it adroitly." - The Boston Globe, Feb. 19, 2016
The Juilliard Quartetoffered its second Lincoln Center concert of the season on Feb. 22, performing the Mozart "Dissonance" Quartet K. 465, Richard Wernick's String Quartet No. 9 (NY premiere), and Schubert's String Quintet D. 956, with special guest, cellist Astrid Schween.