Enrique Mazzola: AIDA – Opera at its grandest!

Tomorrow, Enrique Mazzola conducts the opening night of Francesca Zambello’s striking production of Verdi’s Aida at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Aida, one of Verdi’s most glorious scores brings us the grandest of triumphal marches, contrasted with scenes of riveting intimacy for the principal characters. Michelle Bradley and Russell Thomas are the two main protagonistsRead more ›

Benjamin Grosvenor returns to Chicago Symphony Center

This Sunday, British virtuoso Benjamin Grosvenor returns to Chicago Symphony Center to make his solo recital debut as part of the prestigious SCP Piano Series. Following appearances in Santa Fe and at Duke University, Benjamin takes to Chicago’s stage with a programme including the US premiere of Faustian Pact by celebrated composer Brett Dean, writtenRead more ›

Hyeyoon Park takes Tchaikovsky to South Africa

Over the coming two weeks, violin virtuoso Hyeyoon Park takes Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on tour to South Africa for performances with the Johannesburg Philharmonic and conductor Bernhard Gueller, and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic and conductor Leon Bosch. Last appearing with the orchestras in 2022 for Bruch’s Violin Concerto, Hyeyoon makes a much-anticipated return to both ensemblesRead more ›

Francesca Dego’s Chandos release of Brahms and Busoni

Today sees the release of Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego’s latest concerto album alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra and their Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska. Having performed the Brahms since she was a teenager, and no stranger to taking the Busoni to the concert platform, the release of Francesca Dego’s latest album on the Chandos labelRead more ›

Alpesh Chauhan: ’Big Bruckner’ with the BBC SSO

Performing the last notes ever written by the composer, this week Alpesh Chauhan conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner’s 9th Symphony at Glasgow City Halls and The Glasshouse in Gateshead. With the two hundredth anniversary of his birth just around the corner in September, the concert at The Glasshouse brings to a closeRead more ›

Vinay Parameswaran conducts Vixens this Spring

Over the next three months, Vinay Parameswaran will conduct two productions of Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen. Vinay has been in rehearsal with Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) since January and their production will open on the 29th of February at the Corbett Auditorium. Vinay will then return to the Curtis Institute of Music,Read more ›

Henning Kraggerud takes his Goldbergs to Ireland

This week, Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud takes his acclaimed arrangement for strings of J S Bach’s Goldberg Variations to Ireland for performances with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, to whom he is no stranger. Play/direct performances across Ireland on 7th, 8th, and 9th March also include talks by Henning as he unlocks this intricate and endlesslyRead more ›

Tito Muñoz makes Carnegie Hall debut

On Tuesday 27th February, Tito Muñoz will make his Carnegie Hall debut in a sold-out performance of Carl Orff’s iconic work, Carmina Burana as part of Carnegie Hall’s city-wide festival, ‘Fall of the Weimar Republic: Dancing on the Precipice’. Tito will lead over 200 musicians in the Stern Auditorium, consisting of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Westminster Symphonic Choir,Read more ›

Julian Bliss on tour with Royal Northern Sinfonia

Julian Bliss is performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and principal conductor Dinis Sousa this week across the UK. He is performing at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham tonight (Tuesday 20th February), in Birmingham Town Hall on Wednesday 21st, Beacon Hall in Bristol on Thursday 22nd. Julian will conclude theRead more ›

Benjamin’s Busoni in Berlin

This weekend, Benjamin Grosvenor makes his much-anticipated debut at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and their Music Director Robin Ticciati. Benjamin performs Busoni’s Piano Concerto in the city the composer himself called home in the years until his death in 1924. Himself an incomparable virtuoso, Busoni’s extravagant, five-movement concerto is rarely performed, not leastRead more ›

Olli Mustonen joins the Mozart-Mustonen Festival in Bratislava.

Olli Mustonen is in Slovakia this week as the main guest of the Konvergencie festival in Bratislava. For their ninth winter edition the festival looks at the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in dialogue with the compositions of Olli Mustonen. “Olli Mustonen is an exceptional personality in the world of classical music. Like Mozart, heRead more ›

Viviane Hagner is awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

The president of the German Federal Republic, Frank Walter Steinmeier, awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) to Viviane Hagner for her work on the cultural exchange between Germany and Poland at Krzyżowa festival. The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany is the only federal decoration ofRead more ›

Tess Jackson’s blossoming relationship with NYO

Tess Jackson, Associate Conductor of the NYO, has spent the last week working on a special project with the organisation. Although only in its second year and following its huge success in 2023, the ‘NYO Inspire’ programme provides unbiased opportunities to hundreds of teenage musicians to join in musical fellowship and work on key elementsRead more ›

Juho’s month across the pond

Juho Pohjonen is currently in North America, where he will be performing across the US and Canada. As well as a sold-out solo recital at the Mairs Concert Hall, Minneapolis, he is joined by violinist Stephen Waarts and cellist Jonathan Swensen for chamber concerts at the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, and Vancouver Playhouse. To completeRead more ›

NEW ALBUM: Path to the Moon

Path to the Moon Laura van der Heijden (cello) & Jâms Coleman (piano): Chandos In a programme inspired by William T. Horton’s captivating image ‘Path to the Moon’, which features as the cover artwork, Laura van der Heijden’s latest album release from Chandos Records presents a programme of starkly contrasting works, exploring new and unusual qualities in eachRead more ›

Francesca Dego with London Philharmonic Orchestra

This weekend, Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego appears with the LPO, conducted by Kahchun Wong, in both Brighton and Eastbourne. Alongside Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Francesca performs a pinnacle of the solo violin repertory: Brahms’ Violin Concerto, with cadenza by Ferruccio Busoni, whose centenary is celebrated this year. Francesca’s recording of the Brahms (alongside Busoni’sRead more ›

Out Now: Julian Bliss’ Divine Mischief

In Spring 2023, Julian Bliss joined the Baylor University Wind Ensemble and conductor Eric Wilson in Texas, USA to record the album Divine Mischief. SIGNUM releases the album today on all streaming platforms. The album consists of three fantastic works: John Mackey’s Clarinet Concerto (Divine Mischief), Morton Gould’s Derivations, and Zhou Tian’s Sinfonia.

New signing: conductor José Salazar

JBM is delighted to welcome conductor José Salazar to the roster for worldwide general management. Born in Venezuela and mentored by Felipe Izcaray (the highly regarded conducting teacher whose son Carlos is also a JBM client) he was educated within El Sistema, attending conducting studies at the Special Program for Academic Development in Caracas withRead more ›

Maria Włoszczowska directs COE in Salzburg and Kronberg

Following her celebrated return to the US for sold-out recitals with Jeremy Denk in New York City and Philadelphia at the beginning of the year, Maria Włoszczowska joins the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for performances at Mozartwoche, Salzburg and Casals Forum, Kronberg on the 1st and 2nd February. Directing the ensemble for part of theRead more ›

Mustonen’s Symphonies Album is Recording of the Month for Limelight magazine.

Olli Mustonen’s most recent album of his Symphonies No. 2 & 3, featuring Ian Bostridge and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Olli himself, has been selected as Recording of the Month for Australian arts magazine Limelight. Describing his composition style, Limelight writes “A masterly musical chameleon, Mustonen uses his depth of stylistic knowledgeRead more ›

Alpesh Chauhan: RPS Award nomination

Alpesh Chauhan has been nominated for an RPS Award in the Conductor category, supported by Schott Music. Alongside his colleagues François-Xavier Roth and Alice Farnham, the RPS will announce the winner at their annual ceremony at the Royal Northern College of Music on 5 March 2024. Fresh from his successful debut with the Toronto Symphony with violinistRead more ›

Enrique Mazzola conducts “Champion” in Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s music director Enrique Mazzola conducts the Chicago premiere of “Champion”.  Six-time Grammy Award winning composer Terence Blanchard’s first opera (libretto by Michael Cristofer), premiered in St Louis in 2013 and tells the true story of welterweight boxer Emile Griffith.  This “opera in jazz” features a superb cast including Reginald Smith, Jr.Read more ›

Benjamin performs World Premiere in Lucerne

This Friday, Benjamin Grosvenor makes his recital debut at the Lucerne Symphony Piano Festival ‘Le Piano Symphonique’ with his programme including a World Premiere by Brett Dean. Now in its second year – and with a newly appointed Associate Pianist Martha Argerich – this year’s Festival focusses on the composer Franz Liszt.  Benjamin performs LisztRead more ›

Laura performs Elgar with LPO

This Sunday, Laura performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto to a sell-out audience with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by Gabriella Teychenné, this performance in Eastbourne marks the 50th anniversary celebrations of the orchestra’s long-established special partnership with the Sussex audience. Earlier this month, Laura’s label CHANDOS Records announced her latest forthcoming album release – Path toRead more ›

Hyeyoon Park’s Prokofiev in Stuttgart

Hyeyoon Park kick-starts the new year performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Stuttgart Philharmonic and conductor Andrey Boreyko, who jumps in to replace an indisposed Dan Ettinger. In her much-anticipated return to the orchestra, Hyeyoon looks forward to performing this remarkable score, which combines skeptical lyricism and defiant virtuosity. After three consecutive performances,Read more ›

JBM Artist Highlights 2023

Celebrating some of the many highlights and achievements our artists have experienced in 2023. Congratulations to all our artists and colleagues around the world on a fantastic year, and we look forward to working with you all in 2024!   NEW ALBUMS AND RECORDING PROJECTS Alpesh Chauhan: Released his debut recording: Orchestral works by TchaikovskyRead more ›

Hyeyoon Park in Astana

Tonight Hyeyoon Park makes her debut in Astana performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto no.5 with the Steppe Orchestra conducted by Maestro Evgeny Bushkov in Central Asia’s largest opera house in an all-Mozart programme. This special performance in collaboration with the Degdar Foundation concludes a fantastic year for the rising-star violinist which has included projects in Poznan, MainzRead more ›

Enrique Mazzola’s Donizetti in Berlin

Tonight Italian Maestro Enrique Mazzola conducts the opening night of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he is Principal Guest Conductor. With a star cast featuring the likes of Federica Lombardi, this much-anticipated David Alden production runs until 26 December. This concludes a wonderful year for Enrique who has conducted critically-acclaimed new productions in Amsterdam,Read more ›

Andrew Litton makes his Royal Ballet Debut

Andrew Litton will make his debut with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden this Wednesday, 6th of December. Andrew’s work as Music Director for the New York City Ballet has earned praise from critics, dancers, and audiences, bringing new prominence to the Ballet’s orchestra. He began his ballet work while still a Juilliard student, performing asRead more ›

Alpesh Chauhan on UK tour with the Symphony Orchestra of India

Following his return to Mumbai earlier this autumn, Alpesh Chauhan tours London’s Cadogan Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall with the Symphony Orchestra of India this week. The programme features a new Triple Concerto by composer and tabla player Zakir Hussain, who performs the solo part together with Niladri Kumar, sitar, and RakeshRead more ›

Litton’s triumphant return to Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia

Between the 14-18th November Andrew Litton returned to A Coruña, Spain to work with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia. Andrew has well-established relationship with the orchestra, working with them regularly over the last 10 years. This most recent visit along with soloist Katharina Kang Litton, Principal Viola of the New York City Ballet, culminated inRead more ›

A double win for Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor’s Schumann & Brahms album has been recognised with two of the most prestigious awards for classical recordings: Diapason d’or de l’année and CHOC Classica. His seventh album for Decca has been described as ‘one of the great Kreisleriana’s on disc’ (EuropaDisc) and ‘a masterpiece’ (Le Devoir) and was also nominated for a GramophoneRead more ›

Dego debuts with Swedish Radio

Tonight, violinist Francesca Dego makes her debut with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Italian-American will perform Busoni’s Violin Concerto, conducted by Daniele Rustioni, with a repeat performance on Friday. This kicks off a very busy month for Francesca which includes her first projects as Artist in Focus at Ulster Orchestra (16, 17) with the Sibelius Violin Concerto,Read more ›

Mustonen returns to Lapland

Olli Mustonen is back in Lapland as principal guest conductor of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra. He is conducting some of his own works, as well as being the soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.19 in F major. He finishes the week with a piano recital, continuing his cycle series of Beethoven. This is the firstRead more ›

Mustonen’s symphonies released on Ondine

The new album, released today, comprises two of Olli Mustonen’s Symphonies: Symphony No. 2, “Johannes Angelos” and Symphony No. 3, “Taivaanvalot” (Heavenly Lights) performed by Turku Philharmonic Orchestra with Olli Mustonen himself conducting. Composing has always formed an integral part of the artistic life of pianist-conductor Olli Mustonen, and he first emerged as a symphonistRead more ›

Andrew Litton returns to Singapore

Throughout the last two weeks of October, Andrew Litton visited Singapore to conduct a recording and performance project with the Singapore Symphony and soloist Chloë Hanslip. The two concerts in the Esplanade Concert Hall featured Tchikovsky’s 4 & 6th Symphonies as well as lesser-known violin concertos by 20th-century American composers, Robert Russell Bennett and VernonRead more ›

Happy Birthday to The Tallis Scholars

50 years ago on the 3 November 1973 a choral ensemble was born. A twenty-year-old Peter Phillips, a student at Oxford, had an idea of a sound in his head that he thought would suit the Renaissance sacred polyphony that he heard regularly sung in chapel. He has spent the last 50 years honing thatRead more ›

Trondheim to Adelaide! Marwood sets off on Australian Tour

It’s been a busy start to the 2023/24 season for Anthony Marwood. At the end of September Anthony chaired the jury of the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in which the Canadian, Rilian Trio secured the top prize.  This was followed by a visit to Quebec City and Montreal to direct Les Violons Du RoyRead more ›

Julian Bliss’ mini-residency in Liverpool

Julian Bliss is currently in Liverpool for three days of performances and workshops. In the first performance, on Thursday 26th October, he performs perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Chief Conductor Domingo Hindoyan. The following evening he is joined by British pianist James Baillieu for a clarinet and pianoRead more ›

50th Birthday album release

The Tallis Scholars release an album of music by John Sheppard to mark their 50th Birthday. Peter Phillips comments: The Tallis Scholars’ first Sheppard disc, released in 1989, created a new icon of English renaissance polyphony – Media vita. This is our second Sheppard album, featuring such masterpieces as the Missa Cantate, and his only votiveRead more ›

Christian Kluxen conducts the Pacific Symphony

Following a triumphant return to the Victoria Symphony, of which he is Music Director, to open their 2023/24 season, Christian Kluxen has travelled down the Pacific coast to Costa Mesa for his debut concerts with the Pacific Symphony. Taking place at the famed Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, part of one of California’s premiereRead more ›

Viviane Hagner’s first concerts as Artist in residence

Viviane Hagner is in Rennes for her first concert as Artist in Residence with the Orchestre National de Bretagne. She is currently preparing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D minor, under the French conductor Benjamin Levy for performances on the 19th and 20th of October at the Opéra de Rennes. This is the first of fourRead more ›

Alpesh Chauhan’s debut with the LA Phil

Returning to the US after recent successes with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington and the Houston Symphony, Alpesh Chauhan makes his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall this week. He reunites with violinist Hilary Hahn, with whom he recently performed Brahms at Wolf Trap and in Seattle, this time forRead more ›

A busy start to the 2023/24 season for Vinay Parameswaran

Over the next four weeks, Vinay Parameswaran launches his 2023/24 season travelling from San Antonio to Toledo then on to Phoenix. This week Vinay has been conducting the San Antonio Philharmonic with soloist Tine Thing Helseth in a programme featuring Gabriella Smith, Alexander Arutiunian, Reena Esmail and Jean Sibelius. With concerts tonight, Friday 13th andRead more ›

Tito Muñoz launches the Phoenix Symphony 23/24 Season

Returning for his 10th season as Virginia G. Piper Music Director, Tito Muñoz will open the Phoenix Symphony’s 2023-2024 season tonight in Phoenix Symphony Hall. Tito opened his very first Phoenix season with Orff’s Carmina Burana, so it is fitting that he will now launch his 10th anniversary season with the ever popular work, precededRead more ›

Grosvenor in Hong Kong

This Friday, acclaimed British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performs a solo recital to a sold-out City Hall in Hong Kong as part of the Premiere Performances series in a programme featuring Chopin and Liszt. This comes hot off the heels of a successful chamber tour across Japan with violinist Sayaka Shoji and the Modigliani Quartet whichRead more ›

Julian Bliss is first Artist in Residence at Yehudi Menuhin School

We are delighted to announce that Julian Bliss will be the first Artist in Residence at the Yehudi Menuhin School for the 23/24 season. He joins them several times over the year for a range of projects, including his first concert on 28th September when he appears alongside Maxim Rysanov and Dasol Kim for anRead more ›

Mazzola conducts Wagner at the Lyric

This weekend Enrique conducts the opening night of The Flying Dutchman at Chicago Lyric Opera House. The electrifying production by Christopher Alden features a star cast including Tamara Wilson and Tomasz Konieczny. This kicks off a busy season for Enrique which includes other major productions in Berlin (Anna Bolena), Amsterdam (Roberto Devereux) as well asRead more ›

Christopher Moulds returns to Munich

The start of the new season sees Chris Moulds return to Munich with the Bayerische Staatsoper to conduct Mozart’s Idomeneo and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas with Krzysztof Warlikowski as the director/producer for the production. The first performance of Dido & Aeneas is on the 23rd September. This follows on from 3 successful productions last seasonRead more ›

Hyeyoon plays Beethoven in Bern

This Sunday, Hyeyoon Park performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Paul Klee Centre, Bern. The internationally-acclaimed violinist plays alongside a wonderful ensemble of chamber musicians, including cellist Laura van der Heijden in a specially-curated programme by Hyeyoon which also includes works by Rossini and Dvorak. The Beethoven Concerto itself will performed in the special chamber arrangement byRead more ›

Dego announced as Artist in Focus in Ulster

Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego has recently been announced as Artist in Focus with the Ulster Orchestra for the 23/24 season. Her projects include Brahms’ Double Concerto alongside acclaimed cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and the Sibelius Violin Concerto this coming Autumn (16, 17 November). She will also lead chamber projects later in the year – precise detailsRead more ›

Maria Włoszczowska to become Artistic Partner of the Royal Northern Sinfonia

The Royal Northern Sinfonia has announced that Maria Włoszczowska is to become Artistic Partner from autumn 2024, a role created especially for her. The orchestra’s leader for the past two years, Maria has also directed a number of programmes with repertoire including Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra in that time. WithRead more ›

Olli Mustonen starts 23/24 in Turku

As Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Olli Mustonen starts the new season with the Turku Philharmonic and long-term friend and collaborator Steven Isserlis performing Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 on the 7th and 8th of September. Olli then goes on Riga to conduct and play piano with Kremerata BalicaRead more ›

Karen Ní Bhroin joins JBM

We are delighted to announce that Irish conductor Karen Ní Bhroin is joining JBM for worldwide general management. Based in Ireland but with experience across the UK and USA we are very much looking forward to working with her and building her career together. This season she makes her debut with LSO and returns toRead more ›

Viviane Hagner’s Krzyźowa Music Festival returns for its 9th Season

Founder and Artistic Director of the Krzyźowa Music Festival, Viviane Hagner is enjoying her ninth season. The festival promotes and encourages the exchange of ideas and allows young and aspiring musicians the opportunity to share the workshop stage with internationally acclaimed artists. The festivals first performance is on 24th August and it runs until 3rdRead more ›

Julian Bliss makes his debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Julian Bliss is in Singapore for two performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra at Victoria Concert Hall. Julian will also be visiting the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore to lead a clarinet masterclass to work with the conservatoire’s clarinet students. More info here. Julian gave a shortRead more ›

Hyeyoon Park debuts at Night Serenades International Music Festival

Celebrated violinist Hyeyoon Park performs at the Night Serenades International Music Festival in Georgia this week. As featured guest artist on opening night, Hyeyoon performs Franck’s Violin Sonata with pianist Tata Licheli which will be broadcast live on national television on Thursday 24th before the Beethoven Violin Concerto the following evening with a small ensembleRead more ›

Grosvenor on tour with EUYO

Tonight Benjamin Grosvenor performs with the European Union Youth Orchestra in Prokofiev’s fiery Piano Concerto no. 3, conducted by Manfred Honeck. The tour begins in the glorious surroundings of Bolzano before next week heading to Konzerthaus, Berlin with a final few tickets remaining (16 August) and a sold-out Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg (17 August). Toi toi toiRead more ›

Laura performs Rachmaninoff at the BBC Proms

Cellist Laura van der Heijden performed an enchanting recital yesterday afternoon at Dewsbury Town Hall alongside pianist Jâms Coleman. Repertoire included Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise as well as his magnificent Cello Sonata. The recital also included BBC Proms premieres of Lara Weaver’s ‘A thing that holds’ and Pejacevic’s Cello Sonata. You can listen to this recital onRead more ›

Dego debuts in Bergen

Violinist Francesca Dego makes her debut with Bergen Philharmonic this coming Friday. In a programme entitled Enchanted Love Francesca plays Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at this popular outdoor concert in the City, conducted by Daniele Rustioni in a programme that also includes Stravinsky’s Firebird. Francesca looks forward to a busy 23/24 season ahead including further debutsRead more ›

Benjamin Grosvenor’s recital at the BBC Proms

Benjamin Grosvenor took to the Royal Albert Hall stage for a stunning solo recital in the opening weekend of the BBC Proms. His programme included Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune, Liszt’s Reminiscences de Norma and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and La Valse. The critics were unanimous in their praise of his sensational performance: “Grosvenor is the real deal” *****Read more ›

Alpesh Chauhan debuts with NSO at Wolf Trap

Alpesh Chauhan returns to the US this week, making his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington at Wolf Trap. Reuniting with celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn for Brahms’ Violin Concerto, he also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 at the iconic venue. For further details, click here. Following his return to Europe, Alpesh’s next engagements takeRead more ›

Enrique Mazzola at Bregenzer Festspiel

Toi toi toi! This evening Italian Maestro Enrique Mazzola conducts the first of three performances of Verdi’s Ernani at Bregenzer Festspielhaus, and tomorrow evening sees him conduct the opening night of Puccini’s heartbreaking opera, Madama Butterfly, at the beautiful lakeside Seebühne. The colourful and atmospheric production from Andreas Homoki runs until 20th August.

Julian Bream (1933 – 2020)

We remember with fondness and gratitude, the great Julian Bream on what would have been his 90th Birthday. Julian Bream, guitarist and lutenist, delighted audiences with early recitals as a child prodigy. Following an official debut at Cheltenham in 1947, at the age of thirteen, he was soon acknowledged as one of the most remarkableRead more ›

Daniel Hyde conducts The Dream of Gerontius

You can now catch this superb performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius on BBC Sounds performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, The Bach Choir, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Andrew Staples, Catherine Wyn-Rogers and James Platt under the conductorship of Daniel Hyde. The concert was recorded in King’s Chapel in June and continuesRead more ›

Tess Jackson jumps in at Garsington

Young British conductor Tess Jackson makes her debut at Garsington Opera with Smetana’s ‘The Bartered Bride’ today. Following a last minute cancellation, Tess is delighted to be jumping in with the sensational cast and Philharmonia Orchestra in the pit for this exciting production and OperaFirst performance. Recently appointed Associate Conductor of the National Youth OrchestraRead more ›

Debuts in Houston

Vinay Parameswaran and Alpesh Chauhan make their debuts with the Houston Symphony this weekend; both appear in the orchestra’s annual summer concerts at the Miller Outdoor Theatre; Vinay conducts Beethoven’s 7th Symphony on June 30th, whereas Alpesh Prokofiev Symphony No. 7 on July 1st. Alpesh returns to the US in August where he conducts theRead more ›

Summer 2023: Maria Włoszczowska

Following a busy season which began with her solo debut at the BBC Proms and included her Hong Kong debut and the launch of the Valo Quartet, Maria Włoszczowska begins her summer in Tenerife with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. For the inaugural concert of the Festival de Música de Cámara Villa de la Orotava,Read more ›

Viviane Hagner: 23/24 artist in residence

The Orchestre National de Bretagne have just announced their 2023/24 season and have named Viviane Hagner as their artist in residence. She will be joining them in Rennes several times over the season and her first concert, in October 2023, sees her perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Following that will be a seriesRead more ›

Laura with Aurora at King’s Place

This Saturday Laura van der Heijden performs alongside the Aurora Orchestra in the second of her three projects as ‘Artist in Focus’ at King’s Place across 2023. Laura performs CPE Bach’s fiery cello concerto, conducted by Nick Collon in a programme that also features Schubert and Ligeti, in the composers anniversary year. Laura’s summer isRead more ›

Hyeyoon Park at Bold Tendencies

Tonight acclaimed violinist Hyeyoon Park performs at Bold Tendencies in ‘Verified’ – a World Premiere by Kate Whitely and the Multi-Story Orchestra. The piece was inspired by how social media affects us and was commissioned by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, of which Hyeyoon is an alumna. This community project involves local school children from across theRead more ›

Out now: Olli Mustonen’s Rautavaara and Martinů: Piano Concertos No. 3

Today sees the release of the third Piano Concertos of Rautavaara and Martinů on BIS records, featuring Olli Mustonen with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dalia Stasevska. Having recorded both concertos in January 2022, they performed the Rautavaara concerto in February 2023 in Lahti. Now available to buy and stream. https://bis.se/performers/mustonen-olli/rautavaara-martin-piano-concertos-no-3

Grosvenor’s 22/23 season finishes in style

Tonight, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor closes the Philharmonia Orchestra’s season with fellow musicians Nicola Benedetti and Sheku Kanneh-Mason in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, conducted by Santtu Mathias-Rouvali to a sold out Royal Festival Hall. This marks the close of a fantastic 22/23 season for the British pianist which has included major debuts, critically-acclaimed performances in recital, chamberRead more ›

Out now: Alpesh Chauhan’s debut recording

Today sees the release of Alpesh Chauhan’s debut album, Tchaikovsky: Orchestral works for Chandos Records, which was recorded at Glasgow City Halls with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra of which Alpesh is Associate Conductor. The recording features a collection of the composer’s symphonic fantasias: La Tempête, Francesca da Rimini, and The Voyevoda, alongside the OvertureRead more ›

Laura performs World Premiere with BBC Scottish Symphony

Tonight celebrated cellist Laura van der Heijden performs the World Premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new cello concerto with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow, conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth. Cheryl’s exciting new work takes its inspiration from nature and will be available to stream on BBC Sounds following to its first broadcast next week (25 May).Read more ›

Out now: Zlata Chochieva’s Im Freien

Today, Zlata Chochieva releases Im Freien, her second album on naïve. With this selection of Schumann, Ravel, Liszt, Schulz-Evler and Bartók as well as the lesser known Draeseke, Chochieva presents an exploration of her connection with the natural world. “Zlata Chochieva beautifully inhabits these composer’s very different sound worlds – including superb interpretations of Schumann’s Waldszenen and Ravel’s Miroirs –Read more ›

JBM Artists head for Australia and New Zealand

Anthony Marwood is in Australia and New Zealand for a month, working with Sydney Conservatorium, the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne Recital Centre (a recital with pianist Stefan Cassomenos) and on the jury of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in Queenstown and Auckland, New Zealand. Andrew Litton heads to Adelaide this week for a RachmaninoffRead more ›

Grant Llewellyn returns with Beethoven Celtique in Brittany and Paris

Following the success of the Beethoven Celtique programme with the Orchestre National de Bretagne in 2021, Grant Llewellyn is reunited with Bryn Terfel and Carlos Núñez for an encore of this unique celebration of Beethoven and Celtic culture. This time, Llewellyn is also joined by traditional singers and instrumentalists for this special programme, which Llewellyn conducts inRead more ›

Henning Kraggerud brings Romantarctica to Tasmania

At Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall this week, Henning Kraggerud’s composition Romantarctica for solo violin, clarinet and orchestra will receive its Australian premiere with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, one of the co-commissioners of the work, together with the orchestra’s Principal Clarinet Andrew Seymour, and the composer as violin soloist and director. Romantarctica brings together two portsRead more ›

Christopher Moulds in Munich

Last weekend saw the successful premiere of Christopher Rüping’s production of Il ritorno / The Year of Magical Thinking at the Bayerische Staatsoper under the baton of Christopher Moulds, as part of the Staatsoper’s Ja, Mai Festival celebrating the synergies between the various disciplines of the arts.   “[T]he Bavarian State Orchestra and the Monteverdi Continuo Ensemble conjured upRead more ›

Maria Włoszczowska plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

This week, Maria Włoszczowska tours Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, play/directing the orchestra in three concerts throughout England’s north. The programme also includes the Cavatina from Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 130 and Bartók’s Divertimento. Next month in Gateshead, Maria joins Dinis Sousa in recital for a programme celebrating the Mendelssohns and theRead more ›

Mazzola at Dutch National Opera

Italian Maestro Enrique Mazzola conducts the opening night of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at Dutch National Opera this weekend. This new production, by Jetske Mijnssen, promises to be a hugely successful project with a stellar cast including Aigul Akhmetshina in the role of Elizabeth. Performances run until 28 May, after which time Enrique travels to BerlinRead more ›

Out now: Viviane Hagner releases Takemitsu’s Spectral Canticle

In Spring 2022, Viviane Hagner joined the BBC Philharmonic, conductor Christian Karlsen and guitarist Jacob Kellermann to record Tōru Takemitsu’s Spectral Canticle. Today, BIS releases the album which includes three other works by Takemitsu, namely To the Edge of Dream, Vers, l’arc-en-ciel, Palma and Twill by Twilight. Stay tuned for its UK release next month! Find out more here.

Benjamin Grosvenor: European Recital tour

Tonight Benjamin makes his recital debut at Salle de Chambre, Luxembourg Philharmonie playing a wonderfully varied programme of Bach-Busoni, Schumann, Ravel and Prokofiev. He returns to the Wigmore Hall on Sunday for the same programme before three further recitals next week – where he exchanges Schumann’s Fantasie for Kreisleriana – as featured on his latest Decca albumRead more ›

Valo Quartet makes UK debut

This week, the Valo Quartet makes its UK debut at Forde Abbey in Somerset and Upper Cranbourne Farm in Winchester, with a programme of Haydn’s Op. 64 No.2, Britten’s Quartet No.1 and Beethoven’s The Harp. Valo – ‘light’ in Finnish – brings together four musicians (originally from Poland, the UK and Finland) who have oftenRead more ›

The Tallis Scholars begin Birthday Celebrations

Having returned from a 3 week tour of the USA performing their 50th Birthday programme, The Tallis Scholars are now readying themselves for the UK and Europe leg of their Birthday celebrations. Find out more here.

Laura van der Heijden in Scotland

Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday (27 – 29 April), Laura van der Heijden is in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Under the baton of Mark Wigglesworth, she performs Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto. Laura returns to Scotland in May to join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth. First, Laura gives the world premiere ofRead more ›

Grant Llewellyn returns to North Carolina

This week, Music Director Laureate Grant Llewellyn brings a flavour of France to North Carolina. Llewellyn conducts an all-French programme including Debussy/Pépin: Hommage à Rameau from Images, Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring Sterling Elliott, and Bizet’s Roma. Find out more here.

Zlata Chochieva at the Elbphilharmonie

Following her return to Aarhus Symphony Orchestra last week, Zlata Chochieva joins the Hamburg Camerata this Wednesday 26 April at the Elbphilharmonie. Under the baton of Gábor Hontvári, Chochieva performs Dvořák’s Piano Concerto in G minor as part of a programme which explores and celebrates the roots of Brahms and Dvořák and the friendship betweenRead more ›

Viviane Hagner in Girona

This Sunday 23 April, Viviane Hagner joins the Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia in Girona, where they make their first stop of their Spanish tour. Under the baton of Aleksandar Marković, who is stepping in for an indisposed Tatsuya Shimono, Hagner performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major at the Auditori de Girona. The evening also includesRead more ›

Olli Mustonen returns to Japan

This week, Olli Mustonen is seen in recital at the Musashino Civic Cultural Hall in Tokyo with a programme of Beethoven and Bach; the second of a pair of recitals this season combining those composers. Following that, he appears with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. Under the baton of Kentaro Kawase, Mustonen performs Prokofiev’s third PianoRead more ›

JBM Artists at the 2023 BBC Proms

Today the BBC announces its annual summer celebration of music at the Royal Albert Hall and other major venues across the UK. JBM are proud to have artists perform in three exciting concerts, with Rachmaninoff featuring heavily in the programmes for the composer’s 150th anniversary year: Sunday 16 July, 11am Benjamin Grosvenor performs a soloRead more ›

Beethoven Triple at The Sage

Congratulations to Benjamin Grosvenor and Hyeyoon Park for their superb performances of Beethoven Triple’s Concerto alongside Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Dinis Sousa and the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead this weekend. Which received a wonderfully warm review in The Telegraph. Special mention to Hyeyoon for jumping in at short notice for an indisposed Nicola Benedetti. TheRead more ›

Christian Kluxen appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Christian Kluxen has been announced as Turku Philharmonic’s new Principal Guest Conductor, starting from the 2023/24 season. As part of his new position, Christian will lead three subscription weeks per season with the orchestra, which is one of the oldest in the world and has seen a number of illustrious conductors including Jean Sibelius. SinceRead more ›

Easter from King’s – Daniel Hyde conducts

A full festival of events took place at King’s College, Cambridge over Easter with two highlights still available to listen to on BBC Sounds and iPlayer. Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus. And on BBC 2 you can still catch the traditional celebration of Easter with music and readings fromRead more ›

Andrew Litton returns to the Bergen Philharmonic

Andrew Litton returns once again to Bergen this month after a highly successful twelve years as Music Director there, which began twenty years ago. Under his leadership the Bergen Philharmonic gained international recognition through extensive recording and touring, making debuts at the BBC Proms, at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and appearances at Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Philharmonie, andRead more ›

Tito Muñoz returns to the Utah Symphony

After very successful performances in Salt Lake City in March 2022, Tito returns this week for a programme which includes Gabriela Lena Frank’s Elegía Andina, Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement and Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 10. Tito’s 2022-23 season is his penultimate as Music Director with the Phoenix Symphony, after which he becomesRead more ›

Lapland Chamber Orchestra Welcomes Olli Mustonen

This week marks Olli Mustonen’s first week as Lapland Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor. This inaugural week sees Mustonen in his triple role as conductor, pianist and composer. In Rovaniemi (30 March) and Kuusamo (1 April), Mustonen joins the Orchestra for a programme including Schubert’s String Quartet in C minor, Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1,Read more ›

Laura at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Cellist Laura van der Heijden performs this evening at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam with pianist Jâms Colman. The duo offer a wonderfully varied programme as part of ‘Klapstuck’ including works by Janacek and Debussy. They are joined for the evening by dynamic presenter Eva Cleven. Find out more here. This Spring brings further exciting projects forRead more ›

Karl-Heinz Steffens returns to Israeli Opera

Karl-Heinz Steffens conducts a run of ten performances of Don Giovanni at the Israeli Opera, opening this Sunday 19 March. The Kasper Holten production stars German E. Alcantara and Oded Reich as the eponymous nobleman. In July, Steffens returns to Israeli Opera for more Mozart, conducting a unique staged version of the Mozart Requiem createdRead more ›

Schumann and Brahms from Benjamin Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor’s seventh album on Decca Classics is released today. This carefully-curated selection of solo piano works by the Schumanns and Brahms weaves a fascinating history through the lives and music of three of the most important figures in nineteenth-century music. The album opens with Robert’s Kreisleriana –  a tempestuous masterpiece of intricate dialogues – and alsoRead more ›

Olli Mustonen concludes two-season residency at the Camerata Zurich

This week, Olli Mustonen marks the end to his two seasons as the first Artist-in-Residence of the Camerata Zurich. This Sunday 19th March, Mustonen appears in triple role as conductor, pianist and composer, performing Rautavaara’s Pelimannit, Mustonen’s own Piano Quintet, Nielsen’s Little Suite and, joined by trumpeter Immanuel Richter, Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet andRead more ›

Christopher Moulds returns to Munich

This Spring sees Christopher Moulds return to the Bayerische Staatsoper to conduct Cavalli’s La Calisto and Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. Opening this Sunday 19 March and followed by three further performances, David Alden’s production of La Calisto stars Mary Bevan (Calisto), Milan Siljanov (Giove), Teresa Iervolino (Diana) and Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen (Endimione). IlRead more ›

Marwood in Madrid

Anthony Marwood returns to Madrid tonight to perform Thomas Adès’ Märchentänze for violin and orchestra with the Orquesta Nacional de España. Conducted by the composer, the final performance of the week on Sunday March 12 will be broadcast live from the Auditiorio Nacional de Música on Radio Clásica. The four Märchentänze (‘Dances from Fairytale’) were originally writtenRead more ›

Grant Llewellyn gives World Premiere of L’île des Jamais Trop Tard

A ten-year-old North Atlantic islander, Lise, polar animals stranded by melting sea ice, and the looming climate threat: under the baton of Grant Llewellyn, L’Orchestre National de Bretagne gives the world premiere of L’île des Jamais Trop Tard (The Island of Never Too Late), a symphonic tale by composer Sarah Lianne Lewis and playwright StéphaneRead more ›

Maria Włoszczowska returns to Leipzig

In celebration of the 1st prize she won at the the 2018 Leipzig International Bach Competition, Maria Włoszczowska returns to Leipzig this week. On 11 March at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Maria joins conductor Reinhard Goebel, fellow prize-winners Hed Yaron Meyerson and Maia Cabeza, and the Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, in a programme of concerti forRead more ›

Julian Bliss Septet at Ronnie Scott’s

The Julian Bliss Septet played to a packed club at Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London recently.  One of the oldest jazz clubs in the world, Ronnie Scott’s opened in 1959 and since that time have featured most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion.  Catch the group later in spring atRead more ›

Hyeyoon Park opens the Classix Festival

Internationally-acclaimed violinist Hyeyoon Park was the star performer for the opening night of the Classix Festival in Iasí, Romania last night with a sensational performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’. In the stunning surroundings of Iasi Cathedral with members of the Chamber Orchestra of the Philharmonic State of Moldova, conducted by Vlad Vizireanu, she drew myriadRead more ›

Viviane Hagner in Spain and Italy

February sees Viviane Hagner tour Spain and Italy. This week, Hagner is in San Sebastián (8 February) and Oviedo (13 February) with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Under the baton of Trevor Pinnock, Hagner performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Later this month, Hagner is joined by Stephen Waarts, Karolina Errera, Anna Maria Wünsch, Mika Hakhnazaryan and EckartRead more ›

Julian Bliss back on the road with Mackey’s ‘Divine Mischief’

This month, Julian Bliss is back on tour with John Mackey’s new Clarinet Concerto ‘Divine Mischief’. Following tonight’s (6th Feb) performance with the Texas Tech University Wind Ensemble and Sarah McKoin, Julian takes the Mackey to Washington, D.C. with the US Airforce Band and Colonel Don Schofield (16th Feb), and to Bloomington, Indiana with theRead more ›

Grosvenor in London, Bern and Prague

Bravo to Benjamin on a sensational performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 2 yesterday with the Philharmonia Orchestra, hot off the heels from three performances of Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto in both Prague and Bern last week. ‘the young British pianist gave an excellent performance, self-contained, non-flashy, his touch ranging from delicate to muscular. HeRead more ›

Mazzola at Zurich Opera

Internationally-renowned conductor Enrique Mazzola conducts the opening night of ‘Roberto Devereux’ at Zurich Opera this evening. The dramatic new production by David Alden brings Donizetti’s rarely-performed masterpiece to life with a stellar cast featuring Stephen Costello, Inga Kalna and the Philharmonia Zurich in the pit. This production completes the Donizetti ‘Queens’ trilogy at Opernhaus Zürich,Read more ›

Nigel Brown O.B.E.

We are very sorry to learn of the recent passing of Nigel Brown, co-founder of Hazard Chase Limited. Nigel was the Chairman of N. W. Brown and Company, a diversified financial services business, with whom James Brown partnered in 1990 in the creation of the agency. Nigel was passionate about classical music and supported musiciansRead more ›

Hyeyoon Park in Mainz

This week, acclaimed violinist Hyeyoon Park takes to the stage in Mainz for two concerts featuring Korngold’s Violin Concerto with Staatsorchester Mainz, conducted by Patrick Lange on 3 and 4 February. Later this month she performs Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ in Iasí, the second performance of which will be live-streamed from the Classix Festival with theRead more ›

FRANCE TOUR: Francesca Dego

Francesca Dego embarks upon a tour of France this week with Orchestre des Champs Elysées conducted by legendary conductor Philippe Herreweghe, featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Recently returned from her sensational debut with Indianapolis Symphony, next week she travels back to the States for Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto with National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, conducted by Mo.Read more ›

Tallis Scholars remember Sir John Tavener

In 2014 John Tavener would have celebrated his 70th Birthday but sadly he died in 2013. The Tallis Scholars had a long association with John. To mark the tenth anniversary of his death, they present a special programme of his music, ‘Taverner to Tavener’, containing two pieces written for the Tallis Scholars, alongside music byRead more ›

Christian Kluxen conducts Grieg’s Peer Gynt

North of the Arctic Circle, Christian Kluxen conducts a newly staged production of Grieg’s Peer Gynt with the Arctic Philharmonic this week. Directed by Antony Ernst and in cooperation with Hålogaland Teater, the production features the Arctic Philharmonic, of whom Christian is Chief Conductor, and three actors, and provides a rare opportunity to experience theRead more ›

Alpesh Chauhan at the Hallé

This week sees Alpesh Chauhan’s debut performances with the Hallé at Manchester’s iconic Bridgewater Hall (25, 26 and 29 January) and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall (27 January). The programme features the deeply personal Tenth Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich, a composer for whom Alpesh feels a particular affinity. In the first half, conductor and orchestra areRead more ›

Piano Quartet dazzles in Cologne

Bravo to Hyeyoon Park, Benjamin Grosvenor and their fellow musicians Kian Soltani and Timothy Ridout on a sensational chamber performance last night at Kölner Philharmonie. These four world-class musicians delivered an exciting programme which included repertoire by Bridge, Schumann and Fauré. Next, Hyeyoon performs Korngold’s Violin Concerto in Mainz, and Benjamin performs Britten’s Piano ConcertoRead more ›

‘The Genius of Gershwin’: Julian Bliss Septet at Ronnie Scott’s

On Sunday 5th March, the Julian Bliss Septet will be performing at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the home of jazz in the UK. Their programme, The Genius of Gershwin, celebrates the composer’s genius and his amazing talent for combining classical music with jazz. The septet will be performing some of his most beloved tunes, includingRead more ›

Juho Pohjonen makes Taiwan debut

Juho Pohjonen starts 2023 making his debut in Taiwan. He begins with performances of chamber music by Brahms, Chausson and Turina in Taipei and Yunlin, before performing Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 on 12 January with the Taiwan Philharmonic under the baton of Stefan Asbury. More on the programmes here: Chamber: https://npac-nso.org/en/concerts/doc-gc6pc9cgij Concerto: https://npac-nso.org/en/concerts/doc-gc6pcsdjvp

Henning Kraggerud directs the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

In Canada, Henning Kraggerud returns to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this week, play/directing the orchestra in three concerts featuring Amy Beach’s Romance for harp, violin and strings and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29. He also takes the lead in Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in c minor, arranged for violin and chamber orchestra by Henning himselfRead more ›

Francesca Dego debuts with LSO on Apple Music

LSO and Apple Music have released “A New Dawn” a powerful collection of familiar and lesser-known works, featuring the star violinist Francesco Dego in Bologne’s Concerto Op.5 no.2 in A major, which was featured as Gramophone’s video of the day earlier this week. For Francesca, Bologne’s music is a fairly recent discovery. “When first introducedRead more ›

Benjamin Grosvenor’s forthcoming album

Decca Classics has announced Benjamin Grosvenor’s latest album ‘Schumann & Brahms’ from which Schumann’s Romance op.28 no.2 has been released today, ahead of the full album in mid-March. Grosvenor takes Robert Schumann’s haunting Kreisleriana as his starting point in his new album, Schumann & Brahms. This eight-movement work portrays the mercurial personality of the fictional Johannes Kreisler, createdRead more ›

Enrique Mazzola joins JBM

JBM is delighted to welcome conductor Enrique Mazzola to the roster for worldwide general management. He is Music Director at Lyric Opera, Chicago and also holds titles at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Bregenzer Festspiele. Enrique is currently on tour with the Orchestre National de France and returns to the Royal Festival Hall on 18 JanuaryRead more ›

Julian Bliss on tour with John Mackey’s Clarinet Concerto

This week, Julian Bliss begins his tour of John Mackey’s Clarinet Concerto Divine Mischief with the Baylor University School of Music Wind Ensemble and Director of Bands Eric Wilson. Starting at Baylor University in Waco (16 Dec), with further performances in Broken Arrow, OK (18 Dec), St. Louis, MO (19 Dec) and West Aurora, ILRead more ›

Steffens performs Copland and Mahler in a double-role performance

This Friday and Saturday (9 & 10 December) with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Karl-Heinz Steffens picks up his clarinet for Copland’s Clarinet Concerto before he draws breath to conduct Mahler 5. Prior to his conducting career, Steffens was a highly respected solo clarinettist who also held several orchestral positions culminating in the successive posts ofRead more ›

Maria Włoszczowska makes Hong Kong debut

This Saturday 26 November, Maria Włoszczowska makes her Hong Kong debut at the Musicus Fest 10th Anniversary Concert directing the newly founded ensemble Musicus Soloists Hong Kong. She performs Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor, RV 104, La Notte and directs works by Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Rameau in a programme which also features Mozart’s Piano ConcertoRead more ›

Grosvenor at Carnegie Hall

Benjamin Grosvenor returned to Carnegie Hall last week – this time with Orchestra of St Luke’s to kick off their 22/23 season at the prestigious venue. Benjamin performed a dazzling interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 conducted by Harry Bicket, followed by Liszt’s Gnomenreigen as an encore to a very enthusiastic audience. Next, Benjamin takesRead more ›

Alpesh Chauhan OBE

Yesterday at Windsor Castle, conductor Alpesh Chauhan was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for Services to the Arts by His Majesty King Charles III. Alpesh was awarded the honour in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for 2022 when he commented: ‘It is a very happyRead more ›

Andrew Litton jumps in with the Seattle Symphony

Due to visa-processing issues which made it impossible for Alexander Shelley to appear, Andrew Litton stepped in at short notice this month for three performances with the Seattle Symphony, which as luck would have it, fell in the one available period in his autumn diary. The programme included the world premiere of  Antiphaser, a concertoRead more ›

Henning Kraggerud back in Liverpool

Henning Kraggerud returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Finnish conductor Emilia Hoving. Continuing his close relationship with the Royal Northern College of Music, he travels on to Manchester to work with its students in a violin masterclass. For further information about hisRead more ›

Hyeyoon Park in Koblenz

This Sunday 6th November, Hyeyoon Park returns to the International Music Festival Koblenz for the Festival’s Closing Concert. With the Georgian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Raiskin, Hyeyoon performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at the Electoral Palace. Find out more here.

Podcast: Vinay Parameswaran ‘On Record’

This week Vinay Parameswaran appears on Julia Figueras’ podcast ‘On Record’ with violinist Tai Murray. Vinay and Tai will be joining the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra this week for two performances of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. In this episode, they discuss the extraordinary language of Marsalis and the exquisite sonoritiesRead more ›

Tito Muñoz steps in to conduct the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Bravo to Tito Muñoz for stepping in at the eleventh hour to conduct the BBC last week. The programme included Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour, Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Eric Lu, and Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra. “Muñoz’s pacing was masterfully gauged […] He certainly had the SSO playing their best so far thisRead more ›

Grant Llewellyn salutes America

Music Director Laureate Grant Llewellyn celebrates his return to the North Carolina Symphony this season with an all-American programme. Featuring titans of the American tradition, the programme includes Copland: Quiet City, Barber: Violin Concerto, starring Geneva Lewis, Ives: The Unanswered Question, and Bernstein: Fancy Free. More details here.

Glowing reviews for the Tallis Scholars’ recent tour in Australia

After a hugely successful Australian tour, The Tallis Scholars have been receiving some wonderful reviews of their concerts in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Suzannah Conway for Limelight  “[A]stonishing technical skills and quality of these elite voices […] Phillips directed with complete command of the complexity of the piece”. “[A] splendid and powerful performance by singersRead more ›

Out now: Christian Kluxen conducts The Sound of the Arctic

Christian Kluxen’s latest album, The Sound of the Arctic (Lyden av Arktis): La Terra Meravigliosa, released today on the 2L label, is a musical expedition into Norway’s Arctic regions. The new work by composer Lasse Thoresen was commissioned and is performed here by the Arctic Philharmonic, the world’s northernmost professional orchestra, and it is scoredRead more ›

Olli Mustonen returns to Tokyo

This week sees Olli Mustonen’s return to Tokyo, both in recital with his all-Beethoven programme and to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Herbert Blomstedt. The concert on Wednesday 26th October will be broadcast live on NHK-FM radio and later on NHK TV.

Alpesh Chauhan debuts with Seattle Symphony

Alpesh Chauhan makes his highly anticipated debut with the Seattle Symphony this week, performing two concerts at Benaroya Hall, the orchestra’s home. The all-Brahms first half of the programme is opened with the composer’s Tragic Overture before celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn takes the stage for his epic Violin Concerto. Witold Lutosławski’s orchestral showpiece, the ConcertoRead more ›

Julian Bliss gives world premiere of new Clarinet Concerto by John Mackey

On Tuesday 18 October with the Dallas Winds and conductor Jerry Junkin, Julian Bliss gives the world premiere of Divine Mischief, a new Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble written for him by the eminent composer John Mackey. Following the premiere and a further performance with Baylor University’s Wind Ensemble and their Director of Bands,Read more ›

New recording of Lark Ascending featuring Hyeyoon Park and Benjamin Grosvenor

Hyeyoon Park and Benjamin Grosvenor have released a new recording of The Lark Ascending in its original version for violin and piano to celebrate the anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birthday on Decca Classics. You can listen to the recording here which is currently No. 1 on Spotify’s Classical New Releases. Whilst preparing to recordRead more ›

Valo Quartet joins JBM

We are delighted to welcome the Valo Quartet to JBM for general management. Founded by Maria Włoszczowska with colleagues and friends Tim Crawford, Lilli Maijala and Amy Norrington who have all worked together in various formations, the ensemble launched in Brussels at the beginning of this season and will allow the members to explore theRead more ›

Karl-Heinz Steffens steps in at Stuttgarter Philharmoniker

Bravo to Karl-Heinz Steffens who stepped in for Howard Griffiths last week to conduct the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker. Joined by Burcu Karadağ (ney), Hakan Güngör (kanun) and Aykut Köselerli (percussion), Steffens conducted Fazil Say’s Istanbul Symphony; the programme also included Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with soloist Claire Huangci and opened with Weber Overture toRead more ›

Grosvenor’s opening concert as Artist in Focus at The Sage Gateshead

On Sunday 9 October, Benjamin Grosvenor gives his first concert as Artist in Focus at the Sage Gateshead with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, following their performance at Bridgewater Hall on Saturday evening. Under the baton of Chief Conductor Ed Gardner, Benjamin performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as the LPO celebrates their ninetieth birthday thisRead more ›

Out Now: Olli Mustonen’s String Quartet No. 1 / Piano Quintet with Engegård Quartet

Today LAWO Classics releases an album of two of Olli Mustonen’s chamber works: String Quartet No.1 and Piano Quintet, with the Engegård Quartet featuring Olli himself in the piano. The recording of his String Quartet No. 1 (2016), commissioned and in 2017 premiered by the Engegård Quartet, is a significant milestone in the collaboration betweenRead more ›

Laura announced as ‘Artist in Focus’ at Kings Place

Kings Place has today announced an exciting new partnership with Laura van der Heijden as their ‘Artist in Focus’ across 2023. She will perform in recital with Jåms Colman (20 April), CPE Bach Concerto with the Aurora Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon (17 June) and a ‘Dulcimer’ project on 4 October 2023 where she joinsRead more ›

Viviane Hagner gives world premiere of Christian Jost’s Concerto Noir

Today, at the season opening concert of the Orchestre Symphonique Bienne Soleure, Viviane Hagner gives the world premiere of Christian Jost’s Violin Concerto No.2 “Concerto Noir”. Under the baton of Yannis Pouspourikas, Hagner’s premiere of Jost’s Concerto Noir is part of a programme celebrating ‘a festival of modernity’ which also features Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midiRead more ›

World Premiere of Olli Mustonen’s new commission

Olli Mustonen’s new work, a tribute to Pablo Casals commissioned by the Kronberg Academy, premieres today 23rd September at the opening gala of the Casals Forum, the new home of Kronberg Academy. In memory of Pablo Casals, the commission celebrates Casals’s Catalan and Spanish roots as well as his connection to Bach. The opening galaRead more ›

Hyeyoon Park’s debut in Singapore

Celebrated violinist Hyeyoon Park makes her much-anticipated debut in Singapore this Sunday. Alongside duo partner Benjamin Grosvenor, they perform at the Victoria Concert Hall in a ravishing programme including works by Debussy, Webern and Schubert. You can watch this sensational pair of musicians perform Rachmaninoff’s Hungarian Dance Op. 6 no. 2 from their ‘breathtaking’ recital inRead more ›

Out now: Francesca Dego’s Mozart: Violin Concertos, Vol. 2 with Sir Roger Norrington

Francesca Dego and Sir Roger Norrington continue their critically acclaimed Mozart Violin concerti cycle, together with the outstanding musicians of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The cycle marks Sir Roger Norrington’s final recording project, and his first and only recording of the complete Mozart concerti. This second volume features Mozart’s First, Second and Fifth ViolinRead more ›

Olli Mustonen on tour in Australia

Olli Mustonen embarks upon his tenth tour of Australia this weekend. With the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Mustonen performs Milhaud’s Suite de concert de la création du monde, Mustonen’s own Piano Quintet, and Schubert’s famous ‘The Trout’. Kicking off his first concert of the tour at Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday 17th September, followed by furtherRead more ›

Maria Włoszczowska launches the Valo Quartet at Festival Resonances

Leader Maria Włoszczowska is joined by Tim Crawford, Lilli Maijala and Amy Norrington to form the Valo Quartet. On 1st September at the Festival Resonances in Brussels, the Quartet performs Mozart’s String Quartet in D major “Hoffmeister” and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor.

Viviane Hagner’s 8th Krzyżowa Music Festival

Founder and Artistic Director of the Krzyżowa Music Festival, Viviane Hagner welcomes the eighth season of the festival that promotes the exchange of ideas and allows young and aspiring musicians the opportunity to share the workshop stage with internationally acclaimed artists. Following the opening concert on Thursday 25th August with further performances running until 4thRead more ›

Benjamin Grosvenor’s Prokofiev at the BBC Proms

Benjamin returned to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on 13 August for Prokofiev’s virtuosic Third Piano Concerto with the Vienna Radio Symphony conducted by their Chief Conductor Marin Alsop. He treated the audience to a stunning encore of Ravel’s Jeux d’eau – rather welcome on such a hot day in London! YouRead more ›

Maria Włoszczowska makes BBC Proms Debut

Congratulations to Maria Włoszczowska who made her BBC Proms soloist debut last Sunday morning with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Dinis Sousa. Performing the London premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Vers toi qui es si loin, Maria ‘ventured through Saariaho’s soul-consuming extended lines with penetrating focus.’ (Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard International seenandheard-international.com)

Zlata Chochieva makes US Orchestral debut

Following her five-recital tour in May, and her return to the International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival this month, Zlata Chochieva concludes her appearance in the States this season with her US orchestral debut at the Bard Music Festival this Saturday 13th August. Under the baton of Leon Botstein and with The Orchestra Now, she performsRead more ›

Alpesh Chauhan at the Commonwealth Games and BBC Proms

Congratulations to Alpesh Chauhan who last week conducted both the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games with the CBSO and made his BBC Proms main evening debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony on consecutive evenings. Watched by over a billion people worldwide, Birmingham-born Chauhan and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performed throughout the dramaticRead more ›

Tito Muñoz jumps in with the Detroit Symphony

Tito Muñoz, returning from a week at Brevard Music Center, had just landed at Newark Airport near New York City on Sunday afternoon when he received a call from us re-routing him to Detroit to jump in with the DSO this week. He will appear in two performances at Interlochen Center for the Arts, oneRead more ›

Vinay Parameswaran joins JBM for general management

We are delighted to announce that American conductor Vinay Parameswaran has joined the JBM roster. Parameswaran has just completed five years with The Cleveland Orchestra, first as Assistant Conductor, followed by a promotion to Associate Conductor, benefitting from generous podium time with one of the world’s finest orchestras. Previously he was Associate Conductor with TheRead more ›

Olli Mustonen’s Summer 2022

With a programme featuring Sibelius, Mustonen, and Scriabin, Olli Mustonen began his summer with a recital at the Ruhr Piano Festival. ‘Olli Mustonen shows enormous courage in presenting the first part of his programme […]. The result is simply magnificent and is all too rarely heard on stage.’ – Astrid Kordak for WAZ Mülheim. ReadRead more ›

Benjamin’s Summer of Festivals

An exciting summer awaits Benjamin Grosvenor who this week performs at the Blossom Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra in Liszt’s Piano Concerto no.1, conducted by Elim Chan on Saturday 9 July. After Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4 as a special performance on the Isle of Man with the Hallé Orchestra on 23 July conducted byRead more ›

The Tallis Scholars: Josquin Project

Originally scheduled to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Josquin’s death in August 2021, an extraordinary project brings the ensemble to the Pierre Boulez Saal to close the season. Over the course of four days (13th – 16th July 2022), they will perform Josquin’s complete masses in the first ever cyclical presentation of these worksRead more ›

Christopher Moulds returns to Stuttgart

Shortly after a successful run of Alcina at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Christopher Moulds returns to step in for a revival of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, which opens on Wednesday 22nd June and is followed by three further performances. Christiane Pohle’s production of Figaro stars Björn Bürger as Graf Almaviva and Serena Farnocchia as GräfinRead more ›

Zlata Chochieva Makes Taiwan Debut

This week Zlata Chochieva makes her Taiwan debut with National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) of Taiwan. Under the baton of conductor Mei-Ann Chen, Chochieva performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Taipei’s National Concert Hall and Kaohsiung’s Weiwuying, the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. In the lead-up to the performances, Chochieva sits down with ChenRead more ›

Grant Llewellyn doubly honoured with prizes from the Syndicat Français de la Critique

Many congratulations to Grant Llewellyn and all the team at the Opéra de Rennes on receiving the Claude Rostand prize from the Syndicat Français de la Critique for best opera outside of Paris (meilleur spectacle lyrique en régions); this was awarded for Mathieu Bauer’s production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in March this year. Furthermore,Read more ›

Maria Włoszczowska makes New York recital debut with Jeremy Denk

Maria Włoszczowska is in New York this week to make her recital debut there, a concert which forms part of The 92nd Street Y’s ten-day festival The Bach-Mendelssohn Connection. Together with the distinguished pianist Jeremy Denk, Włoszczowska performs the Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard by Bach, an immersive experience for performers and audience alike.Read more ›

Mustonen appointed Principal Guest Conductor designate – Lapland Chamber Orchestra

Congratulations to Olli Mustonen on being appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra in Rovaniemi. The position will begin in January 2023, and he will join the orchestra to conduct and perform as soloist twice each year as well as give a piano recital on each visit. Coinciding with this exciting announcement, MustonenRead more ›

Juho Pohjonen steps in with BBC Philharmonic

This week, Juho Pohjonen steps in at the last minute to join conductor Leslie Suganandarajah and the BBC Philharmonic, performing Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Tune in at 14:25 on Thursday 26th May to listen live.   Or listen afterwards for 30 days here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0017dv3

Zlata Chochieva: CD release and concert at the Konzerthaus, Berlin

Today Zlata Chochieva releases Chiaroscuro, a daring combination of works by Mozart and Scriabin. ‘[Her] grasp of Scriabin is full of poetry, lean in tone and – like her Mozart – of great clarity.’ – PIANIST magazine, May 2022. Chiaroscuro is Chochieva’s first disc on the naïve label. Listen and order here: Chochieva returns toRead more ›

‘Breathtaking’ music-making in Munich

Congratulations to Hyeyoon Park and Benjamin Grosvenor for a wonderful week in Munich! The duo gave a recital on Tuesday evening at the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche which received the highest praise from Suddeutsche Zeitung – describing their partnership as at the ‘highest quality in every respect’. Tomorrow (Saturday 14th), Benjamin opens the Berliner Klavier Festival at theRead more ›

Grant Llewellyn with Renée Fleming in North Carolina

Music Director Laureate of the North Carolina Symphony, Grant Llewellyn returns after a 3-year break due to the pandemic for a special one-night-only event with Renée Fleming on the 90th anniversary of the Symphony’s very first concert, before conducting two performances of Beethoven’s epic Symphony No.9 in June.

Alpesh Chauhan: Associazione Nazionale Critici Musicali award

Warm congratulations to British conductor Alpesh Chauhan on receiving the prestigious Conductor Award from the Italian National Association of Music Critics for ‘Miglior Direttore’ for concerts across 2021. The award singled out his work with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestra della Toscana and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano. On receiving theRead more ›

Juho Pohjonen joins JBM for general management

We are delighted to announce that Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen is joining our artist roster. Pohjonen is regarded as one of today’s most exciting and unique instrumentalists, performing widely in Europe, Asia, and North America. An ardent exponent of Scandinavian music, Pohjonen’s growing discography offers a showcase of music by Finnish compatriots such as Esa-PekkaRead more ›

5 singles from ‘Chiaroscuro’ album out now!

Today Zlata Chochieva releases Scriabin’s 5 Preludes Op.15, the first singles from her upcoming album Chiaroscuro. Listen and pre-order here. To be released on 20th May 2022 and coinciding with Scriabin’s 150th anniversary year, Chiaroscuro is a delightful combination of Mozart and Scriabin. Watch the album trailer for more.

Zlata Chochieva embarks upon US tour

In the lead-up to the release of her first album on the naïve label, Chochieva returns to the US for the first time since the pandemic. She performs at the Miami International Piano Festival on 1 May and the Frederic Chopin Society in Minneapolis on 8 May, culminating in further recitals in Duluth on 9Read more ›

Olli Mustonen in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Olli Mustonen takes up his triple-role as conductor, composer, and pianist, returning to Brazil after two and a half years to conduct the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in an exhilarating programme featuring Mustonen’s The Old Church at Petajavesi, and his playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major.  

JBM Artists at the BBC Proms 2022

This summer the BBC Proms return to the Royal Albert Hall for another season of exhilarating live performances – with three notable highlights from the JBM family:   29 July PROM 18 British conductor Alpesh Chauhan makes his much-anticipated Proms debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – where he is Associate Conductor. He brings a powerfulRead more ›

Viviane Hagner in València

Returning to Spain, Viviane Hagner joins the València Orchestra performing Berg’s famous Violin Concerto ‘To the memory of an angel’, under the baton of Alexander Liebreich. She and Alexander last performed the work together with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia in February 2021.

Maria Włoszczowska directs the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Maria Włoszczowska directs the Royal Northern Sinfonia in an imaginative programme featuring Strauss’s late masterpiece Metamorphosen, which contrasts with the youthful vitality of Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10 as well as exuberant dance suites by Bartok, Brahms and Skalkottas. More here.

Grosvenor celebrates World Piano Day & Prix Caecilia award

To mark World Piano Day, today sees the release of a gem from Benjamin Grosvenor’s archive on Decca Classics – Bach’s Siciliano BWV1031 arr. Kempf. You can download/listen here. This comes hot on the heels of his recent honour as recipient of the Prix Caecilia 2021 award for his Liszt Album which he accepted (inRead more ›

Zlata Chochieva returns to Aarhus

On this year’s World Piano Day, Zlata Chochieva continues her strong relationship with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and returns to play at their Tchaikovsky Festival, which was originally due to take place in 2020 but was cancelled due to the pandemic. The concert on 30th March features Chochieva playing the composer’s famous Piano Concerto No.1Read more ›

Karl-Heinz Steffens: Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang in Prague

Karl-Heinz Steffens is at the Prague State Opera on Sunday 20th March conducting the premiere of Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, the mysterious and passionate work that propelled Schreker to fame, in a new production by Timofey Kulyabin. This continues Steffens’ exploration of Musica non Grata, the series he initiated which is dedicated to “unwelcomeRead more ›

Olli Mustonen in London and Milan with Steven Isserlis

Olli Mustonen embarks upon a duo tour with long-time recital partner Steven Isserlis to Barnes Music Festival and St. Luke’s Music Society in London, followed by further recitals at Serate Musicali in Milan and Unione Musicale in Torino, performing Mendelssohn’s Variations Concertantes, Mustonen’s own Cello Sonata, Martinu’s Sonata No. 3, and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No.Read more ›

Moulds steps in to conduct Le Nozze di Figaro in Munich

Last night Christopher Moulds stepped in at short notice to conduct the opening night of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and is now due to conduct the full run with performances on 11th, 15th and 20th March. Shortly after he returns from Munich, Moulds embarks upon the preparation for Handel’sRead more ›

Grosvenor dazzles in his Chicago Symphony debut

Benjamin Grosvenor has performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 2 no fewer than four times over the past week with Mo. Paavo Järvi and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to make his triumphant debut with the orchestra: “[In Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Grosvenor] captured the brooding agitation of the opening Maestoso, where he was in sync with theRead more ›

Grant Llewellyn Stravinsky in Rennes

Grant Llewellyn has been busy in preparation for a month-long celebration of Stravinsky conducting his neo-classical masterpiece The Rake’s Progress at the Opéra de Rennes, which premieres today and is followed by a run of performances in Rennes and Nantes. In addition, together with dancers and narrator Jean-Philippe Lafont, he conducts musicians from L’Orchestre NationalRead more ›

Alpesh makes his RFH debut

Congratulations to British conductor Alpesh Chauhan for jumping in for an indisposed Klaus Makela to make his Royal Festival Hall debut on Saturday night with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Given the current atrocities in Ukraine, the evening was made all the more poignant by opening the concert with a rousing performance of the Ukranian NationalRead more ›

Jonathan Berman steps in to conduct the LPO

Bravo to Jonathan Berman for stepping in at the eleventh hour to conduct a thrilling programme at the Royal Festival Hall with the LPO last night. The evening included the World Premiere of Nimmy Lopez’s new Piano Concerto written for Javier Perianes and R.Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra. “Berman’s greatest achievement was to have looked atRead more ›

Out now!

  Today Francesca Dego releases her latest disc on CHANDOS with long time friend and collaborator, pianist Francesca Leonardi. This is the second in Francesca’s recent Mozart series, following the success of the disc featuring Sir Roger Norrington and Royal Scottish National Orchestra of Wales earlier this season. In this new album, Francesca takes usRead more ›

Karl-Heinz Steffens in Stockholm with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra

Karl-Heinz Steffens takes the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra to Stockholm’s Konserthuset this Saturday. Featuring soprano Siobhan Stagg, the French programme includes Rapsodie Espagnole, one of Ravel’s first major orchestral works, and Impressionist masterpieces, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Debussy’s La Mer, as well as Brett Dean’s orchestration of Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées. More about the programme

New Release: Pohádka

Laura van der Heijden has released her debut album on Chandos Records, exploring the rich musical heritage of Bohemia, with pianist Jâms Coleman. Laura writes: “Jâms and I first met in 2017, when I was mesmerised by the sensitivity of his musicianship and the colours he managed to create on the piano. Our first concertRead more ›

Zlata Chochieva signs with Naïve

We are delighted that Zlata Chochieva is joining Naïve exclusively and will be releasing the first album of their collaboration, Chiaroscuro, this summer, featuring Mozart and Scriabin, to coincide with Scriabin’s 150th birthday.   Here is the press release from Naïve: Naïve, a label of Believe, is happy and thrilled to announce a new collaborationRead more ›

Grosvenor Plays Liszt

Benjamin Grosvenor makes his long-awaited debut with Scottish Chamber Orchestra later this week. The British pianist will perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Maxim Emelyanychev, taking the programme to Usher Hall Edinburgh (3rd), City Halls Glasgow (4th), with a final performance in Aberdeen Music Hall on 5th February. These concerts kick-off aRead more ›

Olli Mustonen in Russia

Olli Mustonen performs Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, as part of Yuri Bashmet’s birthday celebration. He is joined by soloists including oboist Albrecht Mayer, operatic bass René Pape and soprano Aida Garifullina, as well as vocal ensemble Intrada. Next month, Mustonen returns to Russia for the Winter International Arts FestivalRead more ›

Karl-Heinz Steffens conducts Der fliegende Holländer in Prague

The Czech State Opera’s new production of Wagner’s stormy and romantic Der fliegende Holländer premieres today under the baton of Music Director Karl-Heinz Steffens and is followed by a run of nine performances. This production by Norwegian theatre director and designer Ole Anders Tandberg features a fine cast including Joachim Goltz as The Dutchman and ElisabethRead more ›

JBM signs conductor Jonathan Berman.

We are pleased to announce that British conductor Jonathan Berman joins the roster as our first new signing of 2022. A champion of the music of Franz Schmidt and Oliver Knussen, he has a strong reputation for contemporary music and is a creative and passionate communicator. Later this season he conducts the Cleveland Orchestra atRead more ›

Christopher Moulds in Berlin

Christopher Moulds begins 2022 with a return to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin for three performances of Sasha Waltz’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He last conducted this production in Berlin in November 2019, and elsewhere has lead performances in Buenos Aires, Madrid, and Sydney. It features Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, VocalconsortRead more ›

New Year’s Honour for Alpesh Chauhan

We are delighted to announce that British conductor Alpesh Chauhan has been awarded an OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for 2022. Alpesh receives the honour for services to the arts. The Music Director of Birmingham Opera Company was delighted to accept the prestigious award: “It was a happy surprise toRead more ›

Christopher Moulds: Magic Flute in Moscow

Following his successful 6-performance run of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at Opernhaus Zürich, Christopher Moulds prepares for Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in concert with Moscow State Philharmoic Society this week. Moulds is joined by the Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra, vocal ensemble Intrada, and a cast of distinguished soloists. More here.

Olli Mustonen in Prague

This week, Olli Mustonen performs with the Prague Philharmonia under the baton of Marcelo Lehninger. The programme celebrates the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, and features Martinu, whose style is believed to be reminiscent of Brahms, who himself characteristically follows that of Beethoven. This will be Mustonen’s final performance in 2021, following the annual EcumenicalRead more ›

Karl-Heinz Steffens in Berlin

This weekend Karl-Heinz Steffens takes up both his clarinet and basset horn to participate in the Mendelssohn Festival at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal, a two-day celebration of the composer curated by Elena Bashkirova which also features an arrangement of his songs by Aribert Reimann as well as works by his sister Fanny Hensel and Mozart.Read more ›

Maria Włoszczowska joins for worldwide general management

JBM is delighted to welcome Maria Włoszczowska to our artist roster. The Polish violinist is recognised for her versatile musicianship, performing as soloist, director/ concertmaster, and chamber musician. ‘She cuts a charismatically unpretentious presence on stage, authoritative yet compliant, incisive in gesture but eliciting a natural expressive warmth.’ – Ken Walton, VoxCarnyx

Grant Llewellyn performs festive favourites with BBC NOW

Grant Llewellyn and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales bring festive cheer to Cardiff and Swansea with a seasonal programme appealing to families and the young at heart. Christmas Celebrations 15th December in Cardiff 16th December in Swansea Family Concert: The Night Before Christmas 19th December in Cardiff (English) (Welsh)

Julian Bliss joins JBM for worldwide general management

We are delighted to welcome clarinettist Julian Bliss to the JBM roster alongside his septet. Performing recitals, concertos and chamber music, as well as concerts with his jazz septet, he is a true all-round musician. Frequently performing classics such as Mozart’s clarinet concerto and Brahms clarinet quintet, Bliss also enjoys working in the more contemporaryRead more ›

Grosvenor shines in Spain

Benjamin Grosvenor has enjoyed three wonderful recitals in Gran Canaria, Oviedo and at the prestigious Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona over the past few days. Critics were unanimous in their praise of the British pianist, with particular admiration for his interpretation of Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, as featured on his most recent DeccaRead more ›

Turku debut for Alpesh Chauhan

Newly-appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker Alpesh Chauhan makes his debut with Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland this month,  performing at the Turku Concert Hall on 25th November in a varied programme including Dvorak 8th Symphony, Ibert Divertissement and Henriette Renié’s Harp Concerto

Francesca Dego’s debut with NHK Symphony Orchestra

Francesca makes her long awaited debut with NHK Symphony Orchestra this month, led by their incoming principal conductor Fabio Luisi.  Written in three movements, Paganini’s 1st Violin Concerto shows the Italian bel canto influence, particularly that of the younger contemporary Rossini,  and the later audition of military band instruments gives the piece a distinct militaryRead more ›

Christopher Moulds conducts Mozart in Zurich

Christopher Moulds has been busy preparing a revival of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Opernhaus Zurich. This dense and radically modern production by Kirill Serebrennikov is from 2018, and was developed under unique conditions. The Russian director was under house arrest in Moscow and unable to attend rehearsals. But that didn’t diminish his artistic powers,Read more ›

Viviane Hagner performs Britten in Berlin

This week Viviane Hagner joins the orchestra of Komische Oper Berlin and conductor Ainārs Rubiķis. As part of the programme which features three giants of the 20th century, she will be performing Benjamin Britten’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor op. 15. The rest of the programme is comprised of Prokofiev’s Symphonic PoemRead more ›

Zlata Chochieva makes debut in Singapore

This week Zlata makes her much anticipated debut in Singapore with recitals on Friday and Saturday evenings at Victoria Hall. The programmes will feature works from her latest CD (re)creations, as well Mozart, Scriabin and Ravel. “I heard that the Singapore audience is very special, very cultured and very warm as well, so I’m really,Read more ›

Tallis Scholars – Divine Office

As the UK moved to GMT on Sunday 31 October The Tallis Scholars marked the hours of the day on BBC Radio 3 with the monastic services of the Divine Office. Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce and Mass, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline. Details here.

Grant Llewellyn with harp and kora in Liverpool

Grant Llewellyn celebrates the soundworlds of the harp and the kora with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and two great soloists, his compatriot the harpist Catrin Finch and the Senegalese master of the kora Seckou Keita.  The concert features newly scored arrangements of pieces from Catrin and Seckou’s two albums Clychau Dibon (2013) and SOARRead more ›

Alpesh in Dusseldorf

This week sees British conductor Alpesh Chauhan conducts his opening concerts as Principal Guest Conductor of Dusseldorfer Symphoniker at the Tonhalle Dusseldorf. Beethoven 6 | Tonhalle Düsseldorf Alpesh’s first project in his new position includes Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 and John Psathas’ ‘Leviathian’ Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, which was commissioned by Tonhalle Dusseldorf and dedicatedRead more ›

Viviane Hagner in Prague

Viviane Hagner joins Karl-Heinz Steffens and the Orchestra of the Prague State Opera for a Gala concert for the survivors of Nazi persecution.  Entitled As If It All Happened Yesterday, the concert forms part of Steffens’ continuing Musica Non Grata series and features works by Pavel Haas and Viktor Ullmann as well as the Mendelssohn’sRead more ›

Benjamin debuts in Toulouse

Benjamin Grosvenor made his long-anticipated debut with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse last weekend to the delight of audiences there. He performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Cornelius Meister followed by a thrilling encore of Liszt’s Gnomenreigen. You can watch the performance in full for the next 45 days here.Read more ›

Sensational Schumann at the Wigmore Hall

Benjamin Grosvenor and Hyeyoon Park concluded their European Tour with fellow Quartet members Timothy Ridout and Kian Soltani to a packed Wigmore Hall on Saturday evening. Fresh from two back-to-back performances at the Concertgebouw, the Quartet also performed the same programme in Madrid, Hohenmens, Trento, Turin and Gent before giving a finale performance in London’sRead more ›

Laura van der Heijden signs exclusive contract with Chandos Records

The BBC Young Musician winner’s first release for the label explores the rich folk melodies of Kodály, Dvořák and Janáček, together with pianist Jâms Coleman (due for release February 2022). Laura van der Heijden comments: “I am so excited to be joining such a wonderful roster of artists at Chandos. It is an honour toRead more ›

Steffens’ Zemlinsky 150 Festival in Prague

Karl-Heinz Steffens embarks upon a weekend of performances in Prague to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Alexander Zemlinsky’s birth; these concerts form part of the Musica Non Grata series that he has initiated in his post of Music Director at the Prague State Opera.   In addition to well-known works such as the Lyric Symphony,Read more ›

The Tallis Scholars win Gramophone Award

Marking the end of a 34 -year journey, The Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips receive this year’s Early Music Award for their ninth and final volume of Josquin Masses. Beginning in 1987 when their album of the Pange lingua and La sol fa re mi Masses was voted Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Year’, they areRead more ›

Chochieva joins Board of Rachmaninoff’s ‘Ivanovka’

Zlata Chochieva has recently joined the Board of Patrons of the Museum-estate of Sergei Rachmaninoff ‘Ivanovka’. His summer residence between 1890 – 1917, Rachmaninoff composed many of his works at the property. Zlata commented: Just a few weeks ago I received an invitation to become a member of the Board of Patrons of Ivanovka whichRead more ›

New release: Francesca Dego

Francesca Dego’s new release on CHANDOS of the first volume of Mozart Violin Concerti has been widely praised for its fresh approach and first-class musicianship. Recorded with Sir Roger Norrington and the RSNO, Francesca’s latest disc recently received a glowing four star review in The Times: “For singing beauties of an instrumental kind, look noRead more ›

Llewellyn: Beethoven Celtique in Brittany

Grant Llewellyn, together with his compatriot Bryn Terfel and the Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Nunez, opens the season with the Orchestre National de Bretagne this week with a typically enterprising programme entitled Beethoven Celtique. The movements of Beethoven Symphony no.7 will be interspersed by a number of Beethoven’s Irish, Scottish and Welsh songs which have beenRead more ›

Karl-Heinz Steffens season opening in Norrkӧping

This week Karl-Heinz Steffens embarks upon his 2nd season as Music Director of the Norrkӧping Symphony Orchestra. The concerts include Sibelius’ atmospheric Oceanides and Symphony no.2; to complete the programme, the American violinist Esther Yoo joins them to perform Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto. Details HERE.  

A thrilling start to the new season for Benjamin Grosvenor

It’s a busy start to the new season for Benjamin Grosvenor who performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 at the BBC Proms on Tuesday evening with the Hallé conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Catch up HERE. Benjamin returns to the Hallé later this month for performances of Ravel in G at the Bridgewater Hall before embarkingRead more ›

Julian Bliss Septet joins JBM for worldwide management

JBM is delighted to welcome the Julian Bliss Septet to the roster. Formed in 2010, the group quickly became widely known for their inspiring jazz-fuelled shows, which have captivated audiences across the globe. Their dazzling virtuosity, extraordinary musicianship and charming humour shine through in their programmes of swing, Latin, American and jazz music. James BrownRead more ›

Moulds is back in Moscow

Christopher Moulds has returned to Moscow where he conducts the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and fine casts in a series of three Handel Operas: Rodelinda, Tamerlano and Guilo Cesare. The concert performances will all take place at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall on 3rd, 9th and 15th September respectively. 3/9/21 – https://meloman.ru/concert/gendel-rodelinda-koroleva-langobardov/ 9/9/21 – https://meloman.ru/concert/gendel-tamerlan/ 15/9/21 –Read more ›

Mustonen starts 2021 season in Turku

As Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Olli Mustonen is back with the Turku Philharmonic after the summer break. Their first concerts are 9 and 10 September when violist Laurance Power joins them for Shchedrin’s brilliant Concerto dolce. The programme begins in a contemporary mood with Durch einen Spiegel and concludes with the familiar music ofRead more ›

Krzyzowa Music Festival 2021

Krzyzowa Music, of which Viviane Hagner is Artistic Director is back in full swing for its seventh season. The musicians are all there busy preparing for concerts which take place from 26th August to 5th September at a range of stunning venues. JBM artist Olli Mustonen joins the festival as pianist and composer, taking partRead more ›

Zlata Chochieva performs piano rarities

Zlata is at the Husum Piano Festival “Rarities of Piano Music” in Germany this week. The performances take place at Husum Castle and her programme includes pieces by Henry Cowell, Pierre Sancan, Edvard Grieg and Nikolaj Medtner amongst others. It will be broadcast live on Deutschlandfunk Kultur on 20th August and available to stream afterwardsRead more ›

Benjamin Grosvenor in Hamburg

Celebrated British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been enjoying a busy summer – with recent recitals at the presitigious Radio France Festival in Montpellier and at La Roque in the South of France. Next he travels to Hamburg for two performances of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2 this Saturday with Mo. Kent Nagano and the Philharmonisches StaatsorchesterRead more ›

First Night of the Proms: Daniel Hyde performs Poulenc’s Organ Concerto

Daniel Hyde will be performing Poulenc’s Organ Concerto as part of the First Night of the Proms 2021 tonight at 19:30. Lead by conductor Dalia Stasevska, Daniel will be joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 2, and will be available online for 30Read more ›

Hyeyoon Park opens the Young Euro Klassik Concert series

Celebrated violinist Hyeyoon Park performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on Friday this week at the opening concert of the Young Euro Klassik Concert series at Konzerthaus, Berlin conducted by Marzena Diakun. Hyeyoon is renowed for her outstanding style and virtuosity and this performance will be later broadcast on Deutshlandfunk Kulture on 3 August at 20:00. FreshRead more ›

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 ›