Alpesh Chauhan conducts the opening night of ‘RhineGold’

This weekend, Alpesh Chauhan conducts the opening night of ‘RhineGold’ with Birmingham Opera Company and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall. This will be the Birmingham-born conductor’s first production as their newly-appointed Music Director. For more information, click here. After the tragic news of Sir Graham Vick’s passing earlier this month, the wholeRead more ›

Anthony Marwood performs Ligeti at Tanglewood

Anthony Marwood will perform the Ligeti Violin Concerto at Tanglewood on 26th July 2021. The performance, with the Tanglewood Music Centre Orchestra, will be conducted by Thomas Adès. One of the premier summer music festivals in the world and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, Tanglewood is located in the beautiful BerkshireRead more ›

Francesca Dego plays Bologne

Fresh from her studio recording at Maida Vale with BBC Symphony Orchestra last month, this week Francesca takes the rarely-performed but much-admired Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges Violin Concerto in A major to the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington as part of the Wolf Trap Festival. Italian violinist Francesca said ‘It’s like fireworks! It’s actually extraordinaryRead more ›

Carlos Izcaray returns to Porto

Carlos Izcaray continues his association with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música this month, with two concerts in Portugal. The first programme is dedicated entirely to music from, or associated with, the Americas, including works by Silvestre Revueltas, Igor Stravinski  and Alberto Ginastera. The second programme includes much-loved works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,Read more ›

Opus Klassik Awards nominations

It has been announced that both Benjamin Grosvenor and Zlata Chochieva have been nominated for Opus Klassik awards in the same two categories. Benjamin’s nominations are for his highly acclaimed ‘Liszt’ album, and Zlata has been nominated for her superb performance on her album ‘(re)creations’. The categories are “Instrumentalist of the Year”, and “Solo RecordingRead more ›

The Tallis Scholars perform the 2020 NCEM Young Composers winning entries

The Tallis Scholars recently performed the winning entries from the 2020 NCEM Young Composers Award at Cadogan Hall. Eilidh Owen won the 18 years and under category for her beautifully moving ‘As if there were no such cold thing’, and Fintan O’Hare, winner of the 19-25 category, brought us the exceptional ‘Come Passing Rain’. BothRead more ›

Hagner releases Mendelssohn Concerto

Viviane Hagner joined the Dogma Chamber Orchestra during autumn 2020 to record Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchesta in D minor. They are now very pleased to be able to announce the release of the CD which is the 2nd volume of their Mendelssohn project and also features his symphonies 4-6. Find out more HERE.

Llewellyn returns to the podium

We’re delighted that Grant Llewellyn recently returned to the concert platform with his orchestra L’Orchestre National de Bretagne on 21st May.  The performance, which included Beethoven Symphony no.5 together with concerto works by Rossini and Saint-Saëns with soloists Pierre Génisson and Hugues Borsarello, can be seen in its entirety here. Aptly entitled Hope, this wasRead more ›

Andrew Litton conducts at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Andrew Litton, Music Director at New York City Ballet and Principal Guest Conductor at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, is in the UK this month to conduct for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. This year, the competition will be staged without an audience, in compliance with the latest government guidelines related to COVID-19,Read more ›

Viviane Hagner in Portugal

Viviane is in Portugal performing in Lisbon and Porto. She takes part in the new Festival dos Capuchos in Lisbon for a celebration of Alfred Brendel’s musical work. She’ll perform Bach duos with Cellist Adrian Brendel as well as Schubert Sonatas and Trios with pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro. Alfred Brendel will be there himself giving talksRead more ›

Christian Kluxen conducts in Copenhagen

This week, Christian Kluxen returns to his home-town orchestra, the Copenhagen Phil, and Tivoli Concert Hall for a performance of Danish, Russian and British masterpieces, all composed within 30 years between 1878 and 1908. Opening the concert with Nielsen’s tone poem Saga Dream, orchestra and conductor are joined by Canadian violinist James Ehnes for Tchaikovsky’sRead more ›

BBC Proms 2021

We are thrilled to announce that two JBM artists will feature in the 2021 BBC Proms.   Daniel Hyde returns to the Proms to join the line-up of the First Night of the 2021 season on Friday July 30th, performing Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra lead by Dalia Stasevska.  The programme includesRead more ›

Moulds conducts Alcina in Strasbourg

Christopher Moulds re-opens Opera du Rhin’s 20/21 season with live performances of Handel’s Alcina starting on Friday 21st May 2021 for an audience at the theatre. Due to Coronavirus restrictions they aren’t able to perform the full production but they are very happy to be back on stage. There will be performances in Strasbourg, ColmarRead more ›

Tito Muñoz makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

In a triumph of determination over Covid-related hurdles, New York-based conductor Tito Muñoz makes his debut with the RPO at Cadogan Hall in London on 19th May 2021. This will be the orchestra’s first concert at the hall after the latest relaxation of restrictions, and promises to be a memorable event for everyone involved. TheRead more ›

International Opera Awards Newcomer of the Year

Alpesh Chauhan has been announced winner of Newcomer of the Year at the International Opera Awards 2020 at the virtual ceremony which took place on Monday, 10 May 2021. The award was bestowed to Alpesh in recognition of his work with Birmingham Opera Company, who themselves won the Education & Outreach Award, on the acclaimedRead more ›

Moulds wins Golden Mask

Congratulations to Christopher Moulds who has won the Golden Mask Award for Best Conductor for his performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. He conducted several runs of performances, most recently in January earlier this year. The Golden Mask is a prestigious Russian National Theatre Award established in 1993 for productionsRead more ›

The Tallis Scholars win the BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year Award

The Tallis Scholars have received the prestigious Recording of the Year award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards for the ninth and final album in their complete series of Josquin’s Masses. 34 years ago in 1987, The Tallis Scholars won Recording of the Year at the Gramophone Awards for the very first instalment in thisRead more ›

Daniel Hyde celebrates Easter

Conductor Daniel Hyde joined forces with Britten Sinfonia and a cast of hand picked young soloists at Saffron Hall to create a filmed performance of Bach’s St John Passion. The orchestra warmly welcomed Daniel’s return after a period of living and working in New York. This is a free concert available from Palm Sunday 28Read more ›

Alpesh Chauhan named Principal Guest Conductor in Düsseldorf

Alpesh Chauhan has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker at Tonhalle Düsseldorf from the 2021-22 season. Over the course of the coming three years he will lead a number of projects with the musicians, including returns to their main “Sternzeichen” series. Alpesh comments, “I am delighted to take up this post andRead more ›

Steffens steps in at Antwerp Symphony

This week Karl-Heinz Steffens steps in for Edo de Waart with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in a programme comprising Richard Strauss’ Wind Serenade and Metamorphosen and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.  The concert is being recorded on Friday 12th March for streaming on Antwerp Symphony Orchestra platforms as well as for television broadcasting on the TV channelRead more ›

Francesca Dego releases “Il Cannone” on Chandos

Francesca Dego pays homage to Niccolò Paganini with a new recording of works inspired by the great violinist and composer, out on Chandos Records on 26 February. Recorded on Paganini’s violin, the legendary ‘il Cannone’ crafted by Guarneri del Gesù in 1743, the CD features the virtuoso’s own Campanella in an arrangement by Fritz Kreisler,Read more ›

Early praise for ‘Liszt’, Benjamin Grosvenor’s new recording

Coinciding with its release on 19 February, Benjamin Grosvenor’s new recording for Decca Classics, Liszt, has been selected for Editor’s Choice by Gramophone. The reviewer comments “An ideal Liszt Sonata performance requires transcendental virtuosity, prodigious colouristic resources, a sense of drama and narrative flow and a gift for fusing both architecture and passion. Benjamin Grosvenor’sRead more ›

Tito Muñoz makes his New York Philharmonic debut.

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra has launched a new streaming series called NYPhil+ This week, Tito Muñoz conducts the following programme, in his first performance with the orchestra: Copland              Quiet City ML Williams        Selections from Zodiac Suite Still                      Out of the Silence Ives                     The Unanswered Question Copland               Appalachian Spring (for 13 instruments) For moreRead more ›

Andrew Litton joins JBM for worldwide management

JBM is delighted to welcome Andrew Litton to the roster. Music Director of New York City Ballet Orchestra, Andrew Litton holds positions across the world including the title of Principal Guest Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Laureate at the Bergen Philharmonic and Conductor Laureate at the Bournemouth Symphony. He guest conducts someRead more ›

Mustonen begins role in Turku

Olli Mustonen takes up his position as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic in January 2021. His first concerts in the role are this week – 28th and 29th January when he will by joined by pianist Eero Heinonen for a programme of Rautavaara, Dvořák and Mendelssohn. It will be available toRead more ›

Moulds conducts Dido & Aeneas at the Bolshoi

Following his recent performances of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (italics) in December Christopher Moulds is back at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow for the final series of this production of Dido and Aeneas which was premiered at the Bolshoi in December 2019. The production is nominated for Golden Mask award for best production, andRead more ›

Zlata Chochieva releases new CD

We are very pleased to announce that Zlata Chochieva’s new disc ‘(re)creations’ will be released worldwide on 12 February 2021 by Accentus. She presents piano transcriptions by three great pianists and composers, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Friedman, that lend new life to works by J. S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mahler and many more. Here is aRead more ›

Mustonen live from Helsinki

Olli Mustonen joins the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu for a performance of Hindemith’s Theme and Variations “The Four Temperaments”. The concert will be streamed live online at 8pm (Finnish time) on Wednesday 13th January, and also available on radio. Following the Hindemith, the orchestra will perform Schubert’s Symphony No. 1. ForRead more ›

Tito Muñoz: Orchestre national d’Île-de-France

Tito Muñoz begins the year in Europe, conducting concerts with the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France over the coming week. The ‘Passions Russes’ programme includes Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto performed by soloist Alena Baeva, along with his 6th Symphony ‘Pathétique’. Muñoz made his debut with the orchestra in the 2019/20 season with a programme which included Beethoven’s ViolinRead more ›

Viviane Hagner performs Mendelssohn

Viviane Hagner is delighted to be joining the Hamburg Symphoniker and conductor Sylvain Cambreling to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto op.64 on Sunday. Due to current restrictions which unfortunately means no audience in the Laeiszhalle, the concert is being streamed online. The programme starts with Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, and concludes with Beethoven’sRead more ›

Benjamin Grosvenor renews with Decca and announces new album

Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has renewed his exclusive partnership with Decca Classics, which so far has seen acclaimed releases such as his 2016 recital album Homages and, most recently, his recording of the Chopin concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Elim Chan, which won a Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Concerto Award in 2020. Benjamin’sRead more ›

Moulds Conducts Figaro in Moscow

Christopher Moulds is back in Moscow over Christmas, this time to conduct Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. There will be four performances starting tonight. For more information about the production, click here. He will also be returning in January for further performances of Dido and Aeneas which has been nominated for a Golden Mask award.

‘Josquin has defined our career’: Peter Phillips on the end of a major recording project

Article first appeared on Arts Desk. Read HERE. “I have never been a fan of recording “Complete Works”. These projects almost inevitably include music that one would not normally spend time and money on, just to claim that one has done it all. For this reason the Gimell catalogue, from the earliest days, will beRead more ›

Moulds nominated for Golden Mask

Congratulations to Christopher Moulds who has been nominated in the Best Conductor category of the 2021 Golden Mask awards for his performances of Dido and Aeneas at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow this season. As part of the National Theatre Awards, the production has also been nominated for a Golden Mask in the Best Production category,Read more ›

Artist in Residence – Benjamin’s first concert of the season with BSO

9th December 2020 sees Benjamin’s opening concert as Artist in Residence this season with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He will perform Chopin’s E minor Concerto “abounding in melodies of indescribably expressive sweetness”. His recording of the Chopin concertos on Decca Classics won the Gramophone Concerto Award earlier this autumn. The BSO will be conducted by MartaRead more ›

Francesca Dego signs exclusive contract with Chandos Records

Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego has signed an exclusive recording deal with Chandos Records. For her first release, due in late February 2021, she celebrates the legacy of Niccolò Paganini with a recording of works inspired by the great violinist and performed on the his violin, the fabled “Il Cannone”. Future releases include the Mozart violinRead more ›

Marwood revisits Adès

Anthony Marwood returns to Adès’ violin concerto “Concentric Paths” in November with performances in Finland and Spain. In Finland he will appear with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Ryan Bancroft in the Tapiola Hall at the Espoo Cultural Centre. In Spain, he will appear with the Orquesta Nacional de España, conducted by the composer, for threeRead more ›

Josquin Mass Cycle

On 30th October 2020 The Tallis Scholars release a new recording of Josquin’s Missa Hercules Dux Ferrarie, Missa D’ung aultre amer and Missa Faysant regretz. This album is the final release in the group’s project to record all of Josquin’s masses before the composer’s 500th anniversary in 2021. Founder and Director Peter Phillips comments: “WhenRead more ›

Mustonen live from Warsaw

Olli Mustonen is giving a recital tonight which is being broadcast live on Polish television and online from the ballroom of the Teatr Wielki, Polish National Opera. Part of the Master Recitals series, his programme includes worls by Chopin, Shchedrin, Prokofiev and his own piano sonata ‘Jehkin Iivana’. Click HERE for full details and toRead more ›

Moulds returns to Moscow

Conductor Christopher Moulds was last in Moscow in March 2020 – his final concerts before the pandemic struck. He is delighted to back at the Bolshoi Theatre this week for five performances of Purcel’s Dido and Aeneas. The production premiered in Aix-en-Provence in July 2018 in co-production with the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence andRead more ›

Live From London

The Tallis Scholars are performing a concert on 12 December as part of ‘Live From London – Christmas’, the new festive online vocal festival. The festival will broadcast 15 concerts across the festive period in December and January, filmed live from the heart of London and from venues across the world. Audiences will be ableRead more ›

Christopher Moulds in Berlin

No stranger in Berlin, this week Christopher Moulds makes his debut with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, stepping in for Bernard Labadie; the concert takes place at the Konzerthaus on 24th September at 8pm. The effervescent programme includes Bach Orchestral Suite no. 3 and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and he is joined by the cellist Julian Steckel inRead more ›

Tito Muñoz with the Detroit Symphony

Conductor Tito Muñoz joins the Detroit Symphony this week, for two live-streamed programmes, including Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major (with cello soloist Wei Yu) Stravinsky’s Concerto for Chamber Orchestra “Dumbarton Oaks”, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Takemitsu’s Archipelago S. For more information, click HERE.

Gramophone Award for Benjamin Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor’s most recent recording on Decca Classics has been announced as winner of the Concerto category at the 2020 Gramophone Awards. The disc, which was released in February, features Frédéric Chopin’s two piano concertos, and was recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the baton of Elim Chan. Named Gramophone’s Recording of theRead more ›

Steffens’ takes up Principal Conductor post in Norrköping

Karl-Heinz Steffens is thrilled to be in Norrköping for his first concerts as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. They celebrate the opening of the season with two seminal Beethoven symphonies, nos. 3 & 5, and are joined by internationally renowned Swedish baritone Peter Mattei singing Mahler Kindertotenlieder on 5th September,Read more ›

Gala concert to open Prague State Opera season

Back in Prague, Karl-Heinz Steffens is delighted to be on stage with the orchestra of Prague State Opera conducting a gala concert to open the 20/21 season, his second as Music Director.  The concert marks the beginning of the four-year Musica non Grata project dedicated to “unwelcome music” written by composers who fell victim toRead more ›

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra appoints Associate Conductor

Alpesh Chauhan has been announced Associate Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. This follows regular appearances with the orchestra since May 2015, when he stepped in at short notice to conduct two concerts featuring works by Janacek and Shostakovich. At the time, The Herald commented: “There cannot be the slightest doubt that in theRead more ›

Honour for Christian Kluxen

Christian Kluxen, Music Director of the Victoria Symphony and Chief Conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, has been announced as a recipient of a special grant of honour, awarded by the Danish Wilhelm Hansen Foundation. The conductor is one of 20 figures from the arts world who have been selected by the foundation for theirRead more ›

Julian Bream CBE. RIP.

We are very sad to report that Julian Bream CBE (b. 1933), English classical guitarist and lutenist, died peacefully at home today, 14 August 2020. Julian had a distinguished and internationally renowned performing career, working with some of the 20th century’s most important musicians and composers. His catalogues of recordings for RCA and EMI ClassicsRead more ›

Krzyżowa-Music 2020

Kryżowa-Music is hosting the sixth edition of the internationally acclaimed music workshop with festival concerts from 18th until 30th August 2020. Viviane Hagner, Artistic Director, is delighted that they are able to go ahead and everyone involved is looking forward to making music together.

Return to the Proms

Benjamin Grosvenor joins this year’s live Proms in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 September. Appearing with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Benjamin will be the soloist in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available to watch onRead more ›

Artist “In Focus 2020/21” at Tonhalle Zürich

In the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich’s series «In Focus» , Olli Mustonen will be presented as an “extraordinary artist who inspires the audience with his individual approach and new concepts.” He will be appearing with Music Director Paavo Järvi in the season’s opening concerts as soloist in the piano version of Beethoven’s violin concerto, and featureRead more ›

Francesca Dego opens MITO Festival 2020

It has been announced that Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego will open the prestigious MITO Settembre Musica festival in early September 2020. Together with the la Verdi Orchestra and conductor Daniele Rustioni she will take the stage for the inaugural concerts both in Milan and Turin, performing Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher in an arrangement for solo violinRead more ›

The Tallis Scholars in India

The Tallis Scholars have been invited to give a performance in the Royal Opera House of Mumbai in 2021. This will be the ensemble’s first visit to this country. The programme will include some of the finest pieces of Renaissance polyphony including Allegri’s ‘Miserere’ and Palestrina’s ‘Missa Papae Marcelli’.

Artist in Residence at Radio France

Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been announced as Artist-in-Residence with Radio France for the 2020/21 season. He marks the beginning of his residence with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestre National de France under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru, the orchestra’s Music Director Designate, in September 2020. Later in the season, Benjamin joinsRead more ›

New post for Alpesh Chauhan

Birmingham Opera Company has appointed Alpesh Chauhan as their Music Director from July 2020. Standing alongside Artistic Director Graham Vick, Alpesh will lead the Company in its ground-breaking work involving the local community and attracting new audiences for innovative and world-class opera performances.

Release of box set ‘Modern Times’

Recorded during Steffens’ time as Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the series of 20th Century works was released to critical acclaim. Rob Cowan, for Gramophone Magazine, says ‘…Rarely have I enjoyed a creative compilation as much as I’ve relished Capriccio’s enterprising l0-disc Modern Times Edition, where the conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens inspires the Deutsche StaatsphilharmonieRead more ›

Viviane Hagner performs live at Berlin Konzerthaus

Viviane was delighted to be invited to perform J.S. Bach’s Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 at the Berlin Konzerthaus. After so long without performing she returned to record solo in the empty Konzerthaus in their solo Bach series alongside esteemed colleageus including Suyoen Kim, Midori Seiler and Veronika Eberle. It’s available to watchRead more ›