Intermusica's summer in reviews
2017 marked another highly successful summer for Intermusica's artists, who gave critically acclaimed performances at festivals all over Europe. Read a small selection of reviews below.
Brett Dean's Hamlet received its world premiere at Glyndebourne in June and was greeted with universal acclaim. The Sunday Times called it "the operatic event of the year", while in a five star review the Times wrote that “Dean’s skill at creating a supercharged orchestral subtext to each scene is matched by his immense theatricality. Quite apart from his unerring pacing of the story, he also creates at least a dozen moments where sheer sonority alone sends shivers up the spine… The overall impression is of a richly imaginative composer at the top of his game.”
Lise Davidsen made a critically acclaimed UK operatic debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June. Described as possessing "one of the greatest voices I have ever head" by the Observer, Davidsen's debut was described as "one of those 'I was there' moments" by the Times.
Joshua Weilerstein made an "auspicious" debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and his sister Alisa Weilerstein in a programme of Rebel, Berlioz and Pascal Dusapin. Classical Source praised his "admirably prepared and presented" Symphonie fantastique.
Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra returned to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory on 22 July. This time, they performed Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by Strauss Metamorphosen. The Times called it “gripping stuff… an astonishing feat of concentration. With Nicholas Collon favouring speeds ranging from zippy to hair-raising, there was virtuosity all around the band too…an impassioned account of Strauss’s desolate but gorgeous Metamorphosen.”
The Pavel Haas Quartet made a stellar return to the Verbier Festival on 22 July, with Bachtrack praising the quartet for their "old-fashioned virtues of watchfulness, aural alertness and intense concentration... From the micro-perfection of its opening chord to an ethereally feathered final note, this was an Allegro con brio of unfolding joys."
Michel van der Aa was the Composer in Residence at this year's Lucerne Festival, with his works performed throughout the festival. The Luzerner Zeitung praised his "easy handling of current technological possiblities", while the Neue Zurcher Zeitung wrote that his "music theatre of beguiling opulence... might offer a view of the future of opera".
Mark Wigglesworth was joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99. The Sunday Times claimed that Wigglesworth demonstrated "the most authoritative conducting, instantly masterly, I’ve witnessed so far at these Proms, Bernard Haitink’s appearance apart. And Wigglesworth seems close to Haitink’s level... One knew all would be right about this account because Wigglesworth’s intensity was unanswerable.”
Sir John Eliot Gardiner had a busy summer, performing twice at the Proms as well as continuing the Monteverdi Trilogy tour at the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Berlin festivals. His Proms performance of Berlioz La damnation de Faust with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique was described as "thrilling" by the Observer in a five star review, while the Salzburger Nachrichten praised the Monteverdi Trilogy performances at the Salzburg Festival: "The harmony and the symbiotic relationship of the performers and their conductor has reached a degree of perfection, which shows style, form awareness and playful freedom."
John Wilson gave two performances at the BBC Proms this year, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and his John Wilson Orchestra. This year, Wilson led the JWO in two critically acclaimed performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma! on 11 August: "no conductor appreciates the importance of an orchestration’s inner voices like Wilson, or is more adept at caressing a countermelody without letting it get in the way." (Spectator)
Andreas Haefliger returned to the Edinburgh International Festival this year, giving an "inspiringly commanding" solo recital in August: "Haefliger the thinker is also the pianist who held this audience enthralled until they leapt to their feet at the end, cheering." (Herald Scotland)
Also in Edinburgh, Richard Egarr led Iestyn Davies and the Academy of Ancient Music in two performances of Bach and Telemann. The Scotsman praised the performances, which were "delivered with a style and panache that lifted the notes clean off the page with their precisely pointed rhythms."
Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® was presented at the Proms on 23 August in “an excellent evening of innovation” (Bachtrack), with a a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney presented alongside a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ from the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.
Leonidas Kavakos reunited with Riccardo Chailly on 25 August, as Intermusica brought the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos performed the Brahms Violin Concerto, a performance which was praised for the "the way he made the music breathe and sing in lyrical, expansive paragraphs while remaining continuously alert both to subtleties of meaning and absolute directness of expression." (Guardian)
Kirill Gerstein continued his partnership with Semyon Bychkov on 31 August, joining the conductor and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1:
"[Gerstein] delivered the slow movement with improvisatory freedom and dazzled with crystalline virtuosity in the finale." (Daily Telegraph)
Joshua Weilerstein performs at the Enescu Festival with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Joshua Weilerstein and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne travel to Bucharest this month for two concerts at the Enescue Festival on 9 and 10 September 2017. The first programme features Tine Thing Helseth and Mihai Ritivoiu performing Shostakovich Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra, while the second programme includes Enescu Chamber Symphony, Mozart Symphony No.40 and Prokofie Violin Concerto No.2 performed by Boris Brovtsyn.
The performances in Romania are preceded by the orchestra's season opening concerts on 4 and 5 September. The programme features Biber Battalia, Anna Clyne Rest These Hands, Beethoven Symphony No.3 and Vivaldi The Four Seasons performed by Jennifer Koh.
Following these performances, Weilerstein makes his debut with the BBC Philharmonic in two studio concerts, recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Joshua Weilerstein makes debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein returns to London this month to make his debut at the BBC Proms on 19 July 2017. Weilerstein conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Rebel "Le Chaos" from Les éléments, Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and Pascal Dusapin Cello Concerto with soloist (and sister) Alisa Weilerstein.
Weilerstein made a critically acclaimed debut with the BBC Symphony in April 2016 and returned to the orchestra earlier this season in November:
"Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances... felt like exactly what it was: a blaze of orchestral light. It also gave the impressive Weilerstein the opportunity to showcase the crispness and rhythmic control of his conducting."
Guardian, November 2016
"The present account [of Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances] was finger-clickingly terrific (almost as good as the composer’s final recording of it, on DG, and that’s saying something) – intense, eloquently moving and spectacularly knife-edge in the energetic/strident sections."
Classical Source, April 2016
Following the BBC Proms, Weilerstein returns to Verbier Festival to conduct the Verbier Junior Orchestra. At last year’s Festival, Weilerstein stepped in to conduct the Verbier Chamber Orchestra, pianist George Li and violinist Joshua Bell. This year’s performances feature works by Bruch, Fauré, Liszt and Dvorák, and take place on 27 and 29 July at the Salle des Combins, Verbier.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration with National Symphony Orchestra & Yo-Yo Ma
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra on 24 May 2017 when he conducts Kennedy Center's John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration. The Centennial Celebration marks the 100th anniversary of President Kennedy's birth and presents a series of special events to commemorate him and his legacy.
Weilerstein and the NSO open the concert with a world premiere by Mason Bates, Kennedy Center's Composer-in-Residence. Passage examines the theme of American exploration by setting Walt Whitman's poem Passage to India alongside fragments of Kennedy's iconic moonshot speech.
Weilerstein and the orchestra are then joined by Yo-Yo Ma to perform John Williams Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, which was composed especially for the cellist.
The programme is completed by Copland Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On The Town and William Grant Still Poem.
Intermusica at the 2017 BBC Proms
The BBC announced the line-up for the 2017 Proms on 20 April 2017, and as ever Intermusica artists and orchestras play a leading role in the festival. Every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC website, with select concerts broadcast on BBC television live or at a later date.
Simon Halsey’s Proms Youth Choir give the opening concert of the Proms on 14 July, performing John Adams Harmonium alongside the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at 7.30pm the Royal Albert Hall. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Rebel Les élémens – le chaos, Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and Pascal Dusapin’s cello concerto Outscape, for which he is joined by his sister, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory at 7.30pm on 22 July. This time, they perform Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by an introduction from Tom Service accompanied by excerpts from Collon and the orchestra. The programme for the concert also includes Strauss Metamorphosen.
John Wilson makes the first of two appearances at this year’s Proms at 6.30pm on 25 July when he performs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Wilson, the orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor, leads the orchestra in a programme of Vaughan Williams Symphony No.9 and Holst The Planets.
Christopher Purves also makes two appearances at the Proms this year, with his first coming on 27 July. Purves joins Juanjo Mena, the BBC Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival Chorus to perform the London premiere of Mark Simpson The Immortal, an oratorio inspired by Victorian séances.
Mark Wigglesworth is joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at 7.30pm on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99.
Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem receives its European premiere at the Proms at 7pm on 30 July from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Xian Zhang, with Jacques Imbrailo performing as the baritone soloist.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the Proms on 2 August with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, this time for a late night Prom at the Royal Albert Hall at 10.15pm. Gardiner conducts his ensembles in a performance of cantatas by Bach and Schütz.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner makes his second Proms appearance of the year at 7.30pm on 8 August, this time conducting the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in a performance of Berlioz La damnation du Faust.
Lise Davidsen makes her debut at the Proms at 7.30pm on 10 August with the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds. Davidsen joins the orchestra to perform Sibelius Luonnotar and extracts from Grieg Peer Gynt.
John Wilson’s second Proms appearance this year comes on 11 August when his John Wilson Orchestra returns for its annual concert. This year, Wilson leads the orchestra in two performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma!, at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Christopher Purves joins the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle for a performance of Schoenberg Gurrelieder at 7.30pm on 19 August. Also performing are three of Simon Halsey’s choruses – City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Chorus and Orfeó Català. Halsey also leads a Gurrelieder Proms Extra Sing Day at London Imperial College earlier that day.
Tim Mead returns to the Proms alongside John Butt and the Dunedin Consort for the third concert of the Proms’ Reformation Day at 7.45pm on 20 August. Mead follows last year’s Bach Mass in B minor with Bach St John Passion, singing alongside a cast that also includes Sophie Bevan, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook and Andrew Tortise.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® appears at the Proms at 7.30pm on 23 August, with a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ given by the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder alongside a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney.
Leonidas Kavakos reunites with Riccardo Chailly at 6.30pm on 25 August, as Intermusica bring the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos joins the orchestra for Brahms Violin Concerto, which is followed by Respighi Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.
Joélle Harvey returns to the Proms as Glyndebourne’s production of Mozart La clemenza di Tito comes to the Royal Albert Hall at 7pm on 28 August. Harvey takes the role of Servilia, with accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Robin Ticciati.
Intermusica is delighted to bring the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko to the Proms at 7.30pm on 29 August. Petrenko conducts the orchestra in an all-Russian programme of Stravinsky The Firebird (1919 version), Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4 and Shostakovich Symphony No.12.
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra bring an all-Mendelssohn programme to the Proms this year from 1pm on 3 September. Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, the orchestra perform Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust and Symphony No.5
Ben Johnson joins Sakari Oramo, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and an international cast of soloists for the Last Night of the Proms on 9 September. The Last Night begins from 7.15pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Two, and Johnson sings Kodály Te Deum.
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Oslo Philharmonic
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Oslo Philharmonic on 4 May 2017 for a concert at the Oslo Konserthus. Weilerstein conducts the orchestra in a diverse programme of Bach Ricercar from The Musical Offering (arranged by Webern), Kurt Weill The Seven Deadly Sins with mezzo Tora Augestad and Schönberg's orchestration of Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor. Weilerstein recently explored the quartet in an episode of Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast - click here to listen.
Following the concert in Oslo, Weilerstein conducts two concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme includes John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 performed by Alisa Weilerstein and Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27.
Joshua Weilerstein makes debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 29 April 2017 when he conducts the orchestra at the Brighton Dome. Weilerstein leads the orchestra in a programme of Sibelius Kuolema: Valse triste, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Mark Bebbington and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 'Pathétique'.
Weilerstein takes an in-depth look at Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 in a recent episode of his new podcast, Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast. The symphony is deservedly one of the most well-known works in all of classical music. Click here to subscribe and listen to the podcast.
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for three concerts on 24, 25 and 27 March 2017. He conducts Nielsen Pan and Syrinx, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Jon Kimura Parker and Schumann Symphony No.3. When Weilerstein conducted the orchestra in October 2014, Van Classical Music wrote:
“For a maestro so young, what impressed me was his patience and sensitivity in bringing out the beauty and power of this work. He never resorted to display or brilliance to be convincing; everything was intelligently and methodically drawn, building considerable power and electricity at climaxes.”
This month Weilerstein also conducts the Indianapolis Symphony in a programme of Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Bernstein Serenade, after Plato's Symposium, and Shostakovich Symphony No.5. The soloist is Renaud Capuçon, with whom Weilerstein and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne toured Europe in November 2016.
Intermusica artists at the 2017 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2017 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. See all the performance times, dates and venues below:
Also performing at the Église on 22 July is the Pavel Haas Quartet. At 8pm they are joined by pianist Barry Douglas for a performance of Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor and Beethoven String Quartet No.
Richard Goode, Renaud Capuçon and Edgar Moreau appear at the Église at 8pm on 24 July to perform Brahms Piano Trio No.2. In the second half of the recital, Capuçon and Moreau are joined by Lahav Shani, Maxim Rysanov and Leigh Mesh for a performance of Schubert Piano Quintet in A major 'The Trout'.
The Pavel Haas Quartet makes its second appearance at the festival on 25 July, performing in recital at the Église at 11am. The quartet presents a programme of quartets by Martinů and Smetana as well as Dvořák String Quintet No.3, for which they are joined by the quartet's friend and former colleague Pavel Nikl.
Lahav Shani then conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 25 July, leading a programme of Mozart Il nozze di Figaro Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Daniel Lozakovich and Schubert Symphony No.9.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, makes its festival debut this year, performing at the Église at 8pm on 26 July. They give a concert of works by Duruflé, Tomkins, Byrd and Poulence among others.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Junior Orchestra at 4pm at the Salle des Combins on 27 July. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Fauré Elegie for Cello and Orchestra with Edgar Moreau followed by Bruch Kol Nidrei and Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Richard Goode makes his second appearance at the festival, performing a programme of Mozart, Janáček, Debussy and Beethoven at the Église at 11am on 29 July.
Joshua Weilerstein is joined by George Li at the Salle des Combins at 4pm on 29 July for a concert with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Li performs Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, with Weilerstein then conducting Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Kirill Gerstein and Sergei Babayan join Yuja Wang and the Verber Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 29 July for a performance of Bach concertos under the direction of Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas.
At 11am on 30 July, Kirill Gerstein is joined by Truls Mørk to perform sonatas by Brahms, Janáček and Prokofiev at the Église.
In the evening of 30 July, Antoine Tamestit and Mischa Maisky appear at the Salle des Combins alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Roman Simović and Evgeny Kissin. They perform a programme of Mozart String Quartet No.1, Fauré String Quartet No.1 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2.
On 31 July, George Li performs a solo recital of Beethoven and Liszt at 11am at the Église.
Joshua Weilerstein joins Martin Frost and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins on 31 July at 7pm. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Copland, Lutoslawski, Shaw and Prokofiev.
On 1 August at 11am, Tamestit joins Roberto González-Monjas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas & Yuja Wang to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven & Brahms.
Tamestit and Maisky reunite at the Église at 8pm on 3 August, this time performing Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 with Nikolai Lugansky. Tamestit also performs Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano with Lugansky, while Maisky and Lugansky play the composer's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in an arrangement for cello and piano by Paul Klengel.
On 5 August at the Salle des Combins at 7pm, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Mischa Maisky, Pamela Frank, Roman Simović, Pablo Ferrández, Martin Fröst, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Pappano will join forces for an evening celebrating friendship and musical excellence.
HK Gruber performs Frankenstein!! with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne & Joshua Weilerstein
HK Gruber travel to Switzerland this month to join the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne as chansonnier in Frankenstein!! under the baton of Joshua Weilerstein on 6 and 7 March 2017. Frankenstein!!, a “pan-demonium" for chansonnier and orchestra, is one of Gruber’s most popular and enduring works and has been performed over 600 times since its premiere in 1978.
Gruber then joins his regular collaborators Ensemble Modern to conduct a programme of Weill and Gershwin at Marienkirche Dessau on 12 March. Gruber conducts Weill Suite Marie Galante and Symphony No.2 and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, joined by Ueli Wiget as soloist.
Weilerstein, the Artistic Director of the OCL, then travels to North America for concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras.
Joshua Weilerstein makes his NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover debut
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover on 12 and 13 of January 2016, conducting Reger Piano Concerto with Markus Becker on piano, Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, and Stravinsky The Firebird: Suite. This programme offers different representatives of 20th century musical modernity, presenting the various aesthetic approaches of key composers of the era.
Weilerstein then returns to the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne on 22 January, once again performing Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, this time also including Michael Jarrell Des nuages et des brouillards with Ilya Gringolts on violin, and Tchaikovsky Symphonie No.5 in B minor 'Pathétique'.
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Orchestre National de Lyon for concerts across France
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Orchestre National de Lyon this month to conduct three concerts across France from 9 December 2016. Weilerstein first leads the orchestra at Le Nouveau Siecle in Lille, with further concerts at the Philharmonie de Paris on 10 December and the Auditorium de Lyon on 11 December.
Weilerstein and the orchestra are joined by Timothy McAllister, who perfoms John Adams Saxophone Concerto. The programme in Lille is completed by Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements, Milhaud La creation du monde, and Gershwin An American in Paris. In Paris and Lyon he also conducts Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances, which he conducted with at the Barbican Centre with the BBC Symphony Orchestra last season:
"The present account [of Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances] was finger-clickingly terrific (almost as good as the composer’s final recording of it, on DG, and that’s saying something) – intense, eloquently moving and spectacularly knife-edge in the energetic/strident sections. 'Mambo' was well-shouted, fuelled by drum-kit and scorching trumpets, ‘Somewhere’ was poignant, and the whole… was brought off here as very exciting and touching."
Classical Source, April 2016
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Orchestre de Chambre du Lausanne on tour of Europe with Renaud Capuçon
Joshua Weilerstein takes the Orchestre de Chambere de Lausanne on tour across Europe this month, starting at the Tonnhalle Zurich on 9 November 2016. They are joined for the tour by Intermusica's Renaud Capuçon.
Following the concert in Zurich, the tour continues to Rome, Aix-en-Provence, Grenoble and Oviedo. The programmes for the tour include Haydn Symphony No.60, Ligeti Ramification and Schumann Symphony No.3, with Capuçon performing Mozart Violin Concerto No.4 in Zürich and Rome, and Bernstein’s Serenade (After Plato’s ‘Symposium’) in Aix, Grenoble and Oviedo. The tour concludes with two performances in Lausanne on 21 and 22 November.
Brett Dean's From Melodious Lay receives world premiere at the Barbican Centre conducted by Joshua Weilerstein
Brett Dean’s From Melodious Lay receives its world premiere on 1 November 2016 at the Barbican Centre, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Joshua Weilerstein. From Melodious Lay (A Hamlet Diffraction for Soprano, Tenor and Orchestra) is an exploration of the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia, diffracted through a liberal redistribution of texts both spoken by these characters, or spoken about them by other characters. The BBC Symphony Orchestra are joined by Allison Bell and Allan Clayton, who sings the title role in Dean’s Hamlet in its world premiere at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June 2017.
From Melodious Lay is a co-commissioned by BBC Symphony Orchestra, of whom Dean is Artist in Residence, Taiwan Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zürich and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
Joshua Weilerstein makes debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein makes his concert debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on 2 October 2016, conducting two family concerts. The programme features extracts from Mahler Symphony No. 7 and in the week prior to the family concerts, Weilerstein works with the orchestra in rehearsals for three subscription concerts, assisting the orchestra’s former Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons.
In 2015, Weilerstein participated in a masterclass with the RCO and Valery Gergiev which was filmed for NPO - click here to watch.
Joshua Weilerstein launches Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne's new season at Salle Métropole
Joshua Weilerstein begins his second season as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne on 12 September 2016 with a concert at the Salle Métropole. The programme for the concert includes Haydn The Creation: Prelude, Gesualdo Madrigals for Chamber Orchestra (arr. Joseph Hallman), J.S. Bach Cantata No.54: "Widerstehe doch der Sünde" and Schubert Der Tod und das Mädchen (arr. Mahler).
Throughout the season Weilerstein also feature the work of contemporary composers, including Friedrich Gulda Cello Concerto, Michael Jarrell Violin Concerto and HK Gruber Frankenstein!!.
Weilerstein and the orchestra also tour five European cities in November 2016, performing in Zürich, Rome, Aix-en-Provence, Oviedo and Grenoble. On the tour they perform Haydn Symphony No.60, Ligeti Ramifications and Schumann Symphony No.3, and with soloist Renaud Capucon they perform Mozart Violin Concert No. 4 and Bernstein Serenade (After Plato’s ‘Symposium’).
George Li is soloist in Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2 & Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut at Verbier Festival
George Li joins Joshua Weilerstein, making his Verbier Festival debut, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 6 August 2016.
The concerto is part of a French programme that also includes Bizet Symphony in C major and Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No.3 with soloist Joshua Bell.
The concert will be streamed live on Medici.tv.
Weilerstein also conducts Mozart Don Giovanni on 7 August with a cast of upcoming young singers from the Verbier Festival Academy.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Verbier Festival Academy in Mozart Don Giovanni
Joshua Weilerstein leads the Verbier Festival Academy in a performance of Mozart Don Giovanni at the Salle des Combins at 2.30pm on 7 August 2016.
Weilerstein conducts a cast that includes Daniil Chesnakov, Lauren Fagan, Milan Silianov and Morgan Pearse in the title role.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne at Festival de Saint Denis
Joshua Weilerstein completes his first season as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne at the Festival de Saint Denis on 18 June 2016.
Weilerstein conducts a programme featuring Haydn Symphony No.98, Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 played by Adam Laloum, Valentyn Sylvestrov The Messenger and Mozart Symphony No.38 'Prague'.
Earlier in the month, Weilerstein and the orchestra perform the same programme in Lausanne on 12 and 13 June, replacing Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 with Penderecki Viola Concerto performed by Tabea Zimmermann.
Intermusica artists star at the 2016 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2016 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. Set in the scenic mountain resort of Verbier, Switzerland, the festival draws the most respected names in classical music each year. See performance times, dates and venues below:
Baráti then performs two back to back solo recitals at the Église de Verbier Village on 26 July. At 11am, he performs Bach Sonatas for Solo Violin Nos 1, 2 and 3, and at 2.30pm he performs Bach Violin Partitas Nos 1, 2 and 3.
Daniil Trifonov joins forces with Leonidas Kavakos at the Église de Verbier at 11am on 29 July to perform Smetana Piano Trio, Op.15 alongside Gautier Capucon. Trifonov and Capucon also perform R. Schumann Fantasiestücke and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor.
Leonidas Kavakos then performs with Yuja Wang, Martin Fröst, Gautier Capucon, Roman Simovic and Blythe Teh Engstroem at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 30 July, playing a programme of Bartók, Brahms and Robert Schumann.
Daniil Trifonov gives his third and final performance at the festival on 31 July, joining the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy at 7pm at the Salle des Combins to perform his own Piano Concerto.
Leonidas Kavakos performs the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Alexander Buzlov and the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 1 August.
George Li joins Emmanuel Krivine and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 6 August. Li performs as soloist in Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2, in addition to Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3 with Joshua Bell and Bizet Symphony in C major.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Verbier Festival Academy Orchestra in a performance of Mozart Don Giovanni at 2.30pm on 7 August at the Salle des Combins.
Visit Medici.tv for broadcast links to each concert.
Joshua Weilerstein returns to Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein travels to Canada this month for a return to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra from 14 May 2016.
Weilerstein conducts the orchestra in three concerts at the Orpheum Theatre (14 and 16 May) and Bell Performing Arts Centre (15 May). The programme features Schnittke Moz-Art à la Haydn, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor performed by Joyce Yang, Valentyn Silvestrov The Messenger and Beethoven Symphony No. 4.
Weilerstein has previously conducted the orchestra to great acclaim, with Van Classical Music praising his "patience and sensitivity in bringing out the beauty and power of this work. He never resorted to display or brilliance to be convincing; everything was intelligently and methodically drawn, building considerable power and electricity at climaxes."
Joshua Weilerstein announces Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne 2016/17 season
Joshua Weilerstein’s second season as Artistic Director of the Orchestra de Chambre de Lausanne was announced at a press conference on 18 April 2016.
The season begins on 12 September 2016, when Weilerstein conducts works by Haydn, Joseph Hallman, Bach and Schubert.
In November Weilerstein and the orchestra tour Europe with concerts in Zurich, Rome, Aix-en-Provence, Grenbole and Oviedo. They are joined for the tour by Renaud Capuçon, who performs Mozart Violin Concerto No.4 and Bernstein Serenade.
Elsewhere in the season, Weilerstein will be joined by artists including Ilya Gringolts and fellow Intermusica artist HK Gruber, who joins Weilerstein and the OCL to perform Frankenstein!! in March 2017. Full details can be found on the OCL’s website.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts 20th century programme in return to Oslo Philharmonic
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Oslo Philharmonic for two concerts on 27 and 28 April 2016, when he conducts the orchestra in a 20th century programme with soloist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad.
The programme for the concerts opens with Ligeti Concerto Romanesc, Walton Viola Concerto and Shostakovich Symphony No.10.
Joshua Weilerstein makes Barbican debut alongside Francesco Piemontesi & BBC Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein makes his Barbican debut on 21 April 2016 when he conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He is also joined by fellow Intermusica artist Francesco Piemontesi for Ravel Piano Concerto in G major.
The rest of the programme includes Christopher Rouse Rapture, the UK premiere of Bryce Dessner Quilting and Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances.
The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a later date.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts German premiere of André Previn Double Concerto in Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie debut
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen on 12 March 2016, when he conducts the German premiere of André Previn's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. The programme for the concert is completed by Ligeti Concerto romanesc and Mendelssohn Symphony No.4, 'Italien'.
Weilerstein then travels to Finland for two performances with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra on 16 and 17 March. The programme in Lahti also includes Ligeti Concerto romanesc alongside Ravel Piano Concerto in G major with Marianna Shirinyan and Shostakovich Symphony No.10.
He sees out the month in Stuttgart, where he makes his debut with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR on 23 March. Weilerstein conducts a programme that includes Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte, Copland Clarinet Concerto with Dirk Altmann and Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances.
Joshua Weilerstein makes debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on 17 February 2016 when he conducts two Sidney Myer Free Concerts.
The programme on 17 February includes John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Gershwin Piano Concerto with soloist Stefan Cassomenos and Dvořák Symphony No.7. On 20 February Weilerstein conducts Dvořák Carnival, Barber Violin Concerto performed by Dale Barltrop and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts Bent Sørensen world premiere with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein returns to three European orchestras in January 2016 for concerts with a strong contemporary theme. On 21 January he conducts the world premiere of Bent Sørensen Triple Concerto, performed by Trio Con Brio and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The programme also features Nielsen Pan and Syrinx, Ligeti Atmospheres, and Debussy La mer.
Earlier in the month, Weilerstein conducts Ligeti, Herbert Willi and Berlioz with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie on 8 January. Herbert Willi’s violin concerto Sacrosanto, performed by Jennifer Koh, was premiered in 2012 and is a representation of the path of life. The previous day, Weilerstein conducts Berlioz Symphonie fantastique in an education concert which will be broadcast live on the orchestra’s website.
On 14 and 15 January, he returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, who also perform Berlioz Symphonie fantastique alongside Christopher Rouse's Bump. Weilerstein also conducts fellow Intermusica artist Ning Feng in Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1.
Ning Feng & Joshua Weilerstein return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Ning Feng returns to perform with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Joshua Weilerstein, in his first appearance at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 14 January 2016. Ning performs Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1, alongside an orchestral programme of Christopher Rouse Bump and Berlioz Symphonie fantastique.
Ning has previously performed with the RLPO with Vassily Petrenko at the podium on a major tour of China in October 2014, preceded by his debut with the orchestra in Dublin, which was highly commended by critics:
“There are a handful of violinists, both past and present who make their violins sing in an ineffably beautiful, almost celestial manner. On tonight's performance Feng would seem to be part of this exclusive club. Forgoing the bravura inherent in the more technical sections of this concerto, he tossed off the complex double-stopping of the cadenza as if it was child's play. He communicated effortlessly both with the orchestra and the audience, playing with the easy intimacy as one performing for a few friends at home.”
Joshua Weilerstein makes Philharmonia Orchestra debut alongside Denis Kozhukhin
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in three concerts in Canterbury, Bedford and Leicester on 21, 22 November and 2 December 2015. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Sibelius Vårsång and Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini, and is joined by fellow Intermusica artist Denis Kozhukhin for Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor.
The concerts in Canterbury on 21 November and Leicester on 2 December also features Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront, and the concert in Bedford on 22 November includes Nielsen’s Pan and Syrinx.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts first concerts as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Joshua Weilerstein begins his tenure as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne on 16 and 17 November 2015, conducting two concerts at the Salle Métropole. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Martinů Sinfonietta 'La Jolla', Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor performed by Cédric Pescia, Osvaldo Golijov Night of the Flying Horses and Beethoven Symphony No.4.
The following week, Weilerstein conducts the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne on tour in Germany, visiting Bremen, Hamburg, Hannover and Düsseldorf. On this tour they perform Prokofiev Symphony No.1 'Classical', Hoffmeister Oboe Concerto and Mozart Andante in C major (arr. for Oboe) which will be played by Albrecht Mayer, Jörg Widmann Con brio and Beethoven Symphony No.4.
Joshua Weilerstein returns to Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to conduct three concerts on 23, 24 and 25 October 2015. The programme for the concerts features the premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Prospero’s Rooms alongside Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’ and Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20, performed by Valentina Lisitsa.
Following these concerts he returns to the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra for two concerts on 31 October and 2 November, when he conducts Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, performed by Jörg Widmann, Mozart’s Symphony No.41 ‘Jupiter’ and the concert opens with Thomas Adès’ Three Studies from Couperin.
Joshua Weilerstein begins inaugural year as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Joshua Weilerstein begins his first season as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne on 16 September 2015 when he conducts the orchestra in Rolle. The programme for the concert includes works by Stravinsky, which will then be recorded by Weilerstein and the orchestra. Later this season Weilerstein and the orchestra will embark on a tour of Germany.
Later in the month, Weilerstein makes his debut with the Orchestre National de Lyon in three concerts on 24, 25 and 26 September. Weilerstein conducts Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with Menahem Pressler, as well as Shostakovich Hamlet: Suite and Dvorák Symphony No.7 on 24 and 26 September, and a special Expresso Concert on 25 September featuring Shostakovich Hamlet: Suite and Bernstein On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts New York Philharmonic & Alisa Weilerstein
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail festival in Colorado on 25 July, joined by his sister Alisa Weilerstein who will perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.
The programme also includes Verdi’s La Forza del Destino Overture, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6.
Weilerstein was the Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic for three years, conducting the orchestra in subscription concerts and on tour:
“He was rhythmically superb. He communicated the rhythm I his body… Weilerstein conducted the first part of [Golijov] Last Round with tremendous flair. Everything, every measure was musical” New Criterion (NY Phil debut)
Joshua Weilerstein makes debut with NHK Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut with the NHK Symphony this month, conducting two concerts at Orchard Hall, Tokyo, on 4 and 5 July 2015. The programme includes Tchaikovsky's Overture-Fantasy 'Romeo and Juliet', Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Kodály Dances of Galánta, and Sibelius' Violin Concerto which will be played by Augustine Hadelich.
Joshua Weilerstein returns to Residentie Orkest for two concerts at Festival Classique
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Residentie Orkest in two open-air concerts at Festival Classique on 19 and 20 June 2015. This unique performance will also feature performers from the dance company Club Guy & Roni, and will be broadcast live on television on 20 June.
The programme is built around the theme of sparks and features John Adams Lollapalooza, Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite, Fauré Pavane in F-sharp minor, Kodály Dances of Galánta and Danse infernale and the Berceuse and Finale from Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
Joshua Weilerstein makes Paris debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Joshua Weilerstein makes his Paris debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France at Maison de la Radio on 29 May. Following a schools concert on 28 May, Weilerstein conducts a programme of Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances and the world premiere of Édith Canat de Chizy Voilé, Dévoilé with soprano Mireille Delunsch. This work is the third part of a series inspired by the poetry of Philippe Jaccottet.
On 30 May, Weilerstein will conduct Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances with the orchestra for Jean-Francois Zygel’s popular Les Clefs de l’orchestre series, where Zygel explains symphonic works accompanied by examples played by the orchestra. The series is broadcast on television and distributed on DVD, and has a popular presence on YouTube.
Joshua Weilerstein: masterclass with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Valery Gergiev
Joshua Weilerstein’s busy European schedule this spring continues on 3 April when he participates in a conducting masterclass with Valery Gergiev and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The masterclass will cover Richard Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan, and Debussy’s La mer.
The masterclass, which is open to the public, follows engagements with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in March, and the announcement of the 2015/16 season with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Weilerstein’s first season as Artistic Director.
Joshua Weilerstein named Artistic Director of Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Joshua Weilerstein is the new Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. Weilerstein’s initial four-year tenure will begin in the 2015/16 season. He will conduct the orchestra both in Switzerland and abroad, in recordings and also in education and outreach projects.
Weilerstein commented on the appointment: "I am so thrilled and honoured to become the new Artistic Director of this wonderful orchestra. Ever since I first worked with the OCL in June of 2014, I was struck by the incredibly high quality of their playing and by their generosity and kindness of spirit."
"I am looking forward to working with the orchestra on a large variety of repertoire, from the Baroque to the classic German repertoire all the way up to and including 21st century music. I also look forward to taking the orchestra on tour and recording with the orchestra, but I’m perhaps most excited to broaden the OCL’s impact in the city of Lausanne. An orchestra should always be a thriving part of the cultural pulse of any city, and I will work hard to deepen the connection between the OCL and Lausanne by investing in outreach and education programs which are essential to ensuring future audiences for great music."
Benoît Braescu, Executive Director of the OCL, said: "I am delighted with Joshua’s appointment as Artistic Director of the OCL. It was a natural choice for us; he struck an immediate rapport with the orchestra and is not only a great musician, but also a generous and warm human being."
Joshua Weilerstein is recognised as being one of the brightest and most engaging of the younger conductors and he has established himself firmly on the international concert platform. Forthcoming guest conducting highlights include the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, NDR Hannover, Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the 2013/14 season Joshua Weilerstein completed his three-year appointment as the Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic. He was awarded both first prize and the audience prize at the Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen in 2009.
Joshua Weilerstein: tour of Germany with Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg
Joshua Weilerstein embarks upon a major tour of Germany this month with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.
After the opening subscription concert in Luxembourg on 11 November, Weilerstein and the orchestra will perform concerts in Eindhoven (12 November), Hannover (13 November), Cologne (14 November), Regensburg (16 November), Nürnburg (17 November), Friedrichschafen (18 November) and Munich (19 November).
The varied repertoire of the tour includes Mendelssohn Symphony No.3, Ravel Ma mère l'Oye, Bruch Scottish Fantasy, Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major and Rouse Iscariot. He will conduct soloists Christian Tetzlaff (11 November), Hyeyoon Park (12 November) and Baiba Skride (13 and 14 November), who step in for Hilary Hahn for the first four concerts of the tour.
Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut with Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Following two concerts last month with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, in which he was praised for "creating a special chemistry between orchestra and audience", Joshua Weilerstein returns to Europe on 26 October to make his debut with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at Teatro Comunale di Ferrara.
The programme includes works by Ligeti, Pärt and Brahms, and Vilde Frang will perform Bartók’s Violin Concerto No.1.
The concert precedes a major tour of Germany with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg this November.
Joshua Weilerstein: debut at the Concertgebouw with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
On 15 August, Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut at the Concertgebouw as part of the Robeco SummerNights festival. The performance also marks his debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, which he conducts in Dvořák Symphony No.9 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
Following this debut, in September Joshua returns to the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with soloist Jonathan Biss for concerts in Helsinki on 17 September and in Bucharest at the RadioRo Festival on 20 September. Repertoire includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 and works by Grieg, Sibelius and R. Strauss. This year, RadioRo – a festival for radio orchestras – also features performances by the Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Romanian Radio National Orchestra.
Joshua Weilerstein debuts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
On February 6, Joshua Weilerstein debuts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a live studio concert at the BBC Maida Vale Studios. The concert will feature Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, Barber’s Cello Concerto with David Cohen as soloist, and Dvorak’s Symphony No.8.
This concert follows his debut with the Teatro San Carlo, Naples where he conducted his sister, Alisa Weilerstein in a performance of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. The concert also featured Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances.
At the end of the month, Weilerstein returns to the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra for a single concert on 28 February followed by a trip to Copenhagen for a concert with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 7 March, an orchestra he has recently developed particularly close ties with.