Pianist – dedicated to contemporary music with, among other things, thoughtful concept albums, most recently “Marche Fatale”; was a member of the Ensemble Intercontemporain founded by Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Recherche Freiburg, now in demand as a soloist, lecturer and researcher.
Julia Fischer Quartett
String quartet – consists of four top musicians: Julia Fischer, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Nils Mönkemeyer and cellist Benjamin Nyffenegger. Julia Fischer has been enthusiastically performing chamber music with all three of them for years in various constellations. In this ensemble four personalities met who saw eye to eye and whose contributions were on an equal footing as much as they were of utmost responsiveness to the other musicians’ ideas. The quartet’s next major European tour is in November 2023.
Fiskars Summer Festival
Festival – with high musical ambitions that teaches young artists leadership, communication and self-management skills. Jukka-Pekka Saraste is not only founder and artistic director of the Fiskars Summer Festival but also director and co-founder of the LEAD! Project; this foundation offers Masterclasses for young conductors with Saraste and other renowned conductors from all generations. The unique and internationally renowned festival and the LEAD! Foundation have grown into the Fiskars Village community and are supported by Fiskars Group since 2022.
Conductor – distinguished in particular by his extraordinary musical depth and integrity, with a particular affinity for the works of Beethoven, Bruckner, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Sibelius. He is internationally acclaimed for his interpretations of Mahler. In summer 2023, he took up his new post as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He was principal conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne from 2010 to 2019.
Conductor – takes up the position of Music Director of the Tonkunstler Orchestra for the 25-26 concert season and is thereby returning to the European continent after almost 10 years at the direction of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. The Frenchman leads numerous top orchestras in Europe, but continues guest conducting in North America, including the Chicago or Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. He is particularly praised for his dynamic style as well as his careful handling of the score and is known for his eclectic choice of repertoire.
Conductor – since Spring 2023 Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Alongside his commitments in Birmingham, Yamada is also Artistic and Music Director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (OPMC). Yamada has forged a link between Monaco and Birmingham having conducted collaborative performances with CBSO Chorus of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in both cities in 2019 and Orff’s Carmina Burana in 2023.
Baritone – at the world’s most renowned concert venues, from the Vienna Musikverein to the MET in New York, multi-faceted in lied, concert and opera, and winner of many international awards; for over 30 years now, he has formed a lied duo with Gerold Huber, honored in the New York Times on the occasion of the anniversary, with whom he was recently awarded for the mammoth recording project “Schumann – Alle Lieder” (Sony Classical).
Baritone – sang Ladin folk songs as a child in South Tyrol and now records the three famous Schubert cycles with his piano partner Daniel Heide for Deutsche Grammophon; regular guest at the world’s biggest festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, Aix-en-Provence or Lucerne. He is almost at home at the Vienna State Opera, recently made a Wagner debut at the Bavarian State Opera and can be heard at the world’s top opera houses, concert halls and lied centres.
Belcanto-Tenor – has made an international reputation as a Rossini tenor, alongside Cecilia Bartoli among others, at opera houses and festivals worldwide, including the Bavarian State Opera, the Los Angeles Opera and the Salzburg Festival. The native South African makes his major comeback in his hometown of Cape Town this spring and will also appear in numerous Cenerentola productions throughout Europe.
Violist – was a member of the BR Symphony Orchestra from 2018 – 2022 and is now focusing on his solo career. After working as an assistant to Tabea Zimmermann at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, he has been in charge of his own viola class at the Munich Academy of Music and Theater since 2021 and was appointed to a professorship at the Karlsruhe Academy of Music in 2022.
Standing Up for the Arts
Initiative for the Freedom of Arts – founded by Christian Gerhaher, Hansjörg Albrecht, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke and Kevin Conners as a reaction to the culture-lockdown in the context of the coronavirus pandemic; as a group of internationally renowned stage artists, they stand up for the freedom of art as a fundamental right, among others at the Federal Constitutional Court.
Loriot 100 Jahre
Festival – homage to Loriot (1923-2011) on the occasion of his 100th birthday and to his musical work, among others in Munich; the most famous German humorist will be commemorated in concerts and readings. More info will follow shortly.