Francesco Piemontesi performs Unsuk Chin's Piano Concerto with Antony Hermus & the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 8 February 2018, his first visit to the orchestra this season. The concert is conducted by Intermusica's Antony Hermus, who makes his debut with the orchestra. Piemontesi is the soloist in Unsuk Chin Piano Concerto; the composer's second major work for piano (following her three etudes), it bears the influence of every epoch of the piano tradition from Scarlatti to the present. Piemontesi next performs the concerto in April with the Helsinki Philharmonic.
Before Chin's concerto, Hermus opens the concert with Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture. He brings it to a close in the second half with Brahms Symphony No.2.
Critical acclaim for Antony Hermus at Nederlands Reisopera
Antony Hermus has been nominated for the 2018 Schaunard Award in Opera Magazine for his conducting of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt at Nederlands Reisopera, after a slew of terrific reviews (below). He joins fellow nominees Marc Albrecht, Teodor Currentzis, Pablo Heras-Casado, Christian Curnyn and Karel Deseure.
The production is directed by Jakob Peters-Messer, with the Nord Nederlands Orkest in the pit, and continues into February. Click here for more information.
“The North Netherlands Orchestra plays at an unbelievably high level. Under the guidance of that driving-force Antony Hermus, the gilded, glistening silver notes drip from Korngold's staves. Hermus and his orchestra give us a fantastic impression of how the young composer transformed his creative genius into music full of delights and even frivolity”
Trouw, December 2018
“Antony Hermus is a wizard with Korngold’s rich score, presenting the work in meticulous detail and running the gamut from Wagnerian passion to ethereally quiet passages reminiscent of Richard Strauss.”
Der OpernFreund, December 2018
“Hermus elicits a colourful, transparent sound, bringing a sensitive interpretation and a musical instinct for detail to the North Netherlands Orchestra which glows and shimmers. Magnificent! As though the North Netherlands Orchestra never played anything other than Korngold…bravissimo Antony Hermus!”
Opera Gazet, December 2018
“Anthony Hermus plunges the North Netherlands Orchestra with bravura into the cinematic and yet highly symphonic score. Lyrical and at times overwhelming, the orchestra – like Paul - wallows in this sound-world, and yet one can also hear all the subtlety and transparency of the music”
Theatre Krant, December 2018
“The North Netherlands Orchestra was led by the inspirational Antony Hermus. This conductor is a magician! Unbelievable what he can get out of his orchestra, fantastic sounds from the pit.”
Basia Con Fuoco, December 2018
Antony Hermus jumps in to conduct the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw
Antony Hermus jumps in with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra for two concerts this week on 23 and 25 November 2018. Hermus leads the orchestra in concert at the TivoliVredenburg and then at the Royal Concertgebouw, conducting a programme of Wagenaar, Berlioz and de Falla with mezzo soprano Julie Boulianne.
Both concerts are broadcast live on AVROTROS Radio. Click here for more details.
Antony Hermus opens Opera North's new season with Tosca
Antony Hermus opens the Opera North season on 16 September 2018 with a new Edward Dick production of Tosca, his debut with the company. Giselle Allen sings the title role, with Rafael Rojas as Cavaradossi and Robert Hayward as Scarpia.
Tosca opens at Leeds Grand Theatre, where it runs until 13 October. It then plays in Newcastle, Hull, Nottingham and Salford Quays throughout October and November.
Antony Hermus conducts the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in Symphonic Cinema's production of The Firebird
Symphonic Cinema's production of Stravinsky The Firebird receives two performances this month from the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra on 1 and 3 June 2018. Symphonic Cinema director Lukas van Woerkum takes the stage as image soloist, matching his film to the performance, and the performance is conducted by Intermusica's Antony Hermus.
Symphonic Cinema debuted in 2010, and in 2015 the first feature-length production (Stravinsky The Firebird) received five sell-out performances at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Symphonic Cinema made its Asian debut in October 2016 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the world-premiere of the Symphonic Cinema production of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé took place at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in April 2018.
Antony Hermus conducts the Rotterdam Philharmonic in annual Liberation Day concert
Antony Hermus and the Rotterdam Philharmonic appear in Amsterdam this month to conduct the annual Liberation Day concert on 5 May 2018. The concert celebrates the Netherlands' liberation from Nazi occupation in the Second World War and is televised live to audiences across the country.
The following week, Hermus makes his debut with the Ulster Orchestra on 11 May. Joined by pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Hermus conduts a programme of Ravel Piano Concerto in G, Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks and Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances.
Antony Hermus conducts Bruckner with the Residentie Orkest
Antony Hermus returns to the Residentie Orkest this month to conduct three performances of Bruckner Symphony No.6 on 15, 16 and 18 March 2018. Also on the programme is Dutch composer Wagenaar's Frühlingsgewalt and Mahler Rückert Lieder with mezzo soprano Barbara Kozelj.
Hermus conducted the same Bruckner symphony last month when he returned to the Seoul Philharmonic. During his time in Seoul he conducted another Wagenaar work, his Overture to The Taming of the Shrew.
Elsewhere this month he conducts a 20th century programme with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, featuring works by Copland, Bernstein, Ravel and Ives.
Antony Hermus makes his Australian debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Antony Hermus makes his Australian debut this month conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on 7 and 10 February 2018 at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The first concert features a programme of Wagenaar Cyrano de Bergerac, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Sophie Rowell and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4, while the second includes works by Ravel, de Falla, Marquez and Berio with mezzo-soprano Luciana Mancini.
The following week Hermus conducts the Australian Youth Orchestra on 15 and 16 February, performing Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Mahler Symphony No. 4 and Ravel Piano Concerto with pianist Andrea Lam as soloist. Hermus is a keen supporter of young musicians, and holds the position of Artistic Advisor of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, with whom his concerts consistently receive great acclaim:
"Conductor Anthony Hermus … pushes the young musicians to attain a level far above what one expects from a youth orchestra"
"In Hermus the young musicians had a conductor who put them first… an impressive motivator … he fires up the orchestra….In the Rosenkavalier Suite we could hear the very impressive quality and attention to detail he achieved"
Antony Hermus debuts at the Vienna Musikverein with the Tonkünstler Orchestra
Antony Hermus debuts at the Vienna Musikverein this month, conducting the Tonkünstler Orchestra in concert on 4 January 2018. Hermus conducts a programme of works by composers including Johann Strauss, Weber, Saint-Saëns, Offenbach and Lehar. He then leads the orchestra on a tour of Austria and Switzerland.
Hermus then travels to South Korea, returning to conduct the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra after their collaboration last season. The concert takes place at Seoul’s Arts Centre on 1 February and features Wagenaar Overture to the Taming of the Shrew, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin and Bruckner’s 6th Symphony.
Hermus recorded an album of Wagenaar works with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, released by CPO in 2010.
Antony Hermus extends contract as Principal Guest Conductor of the North Netherlands Orchestra until 2021
Antony Hermus has renewed his contract as Principal Guest Conductor of the North Netherlands Orchestra for another three seasons from August 2018 to August 2021, conducting two to three weeks per season.
Hermus regularly appears with the NNO at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and in concerts broadcast live from the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, as well as from their home in Groningen (Oosterport). Click here and here to listen to excerpts from their latest broadcast, of Shostakovich’s 8th symphony from Tivoli Vredenburg on 19 November 2017.
Hermus' next concerts with the orchestra come on 15 and 16 December, when he conducts the orchestra in Mahler’s 6th Symphony in Groningen and Leuuwarden.
Antony Hermus conducts Schumann & Shostakovich with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
This week, Antony Hermus will conduct a series of three concerts with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra performing Schumann Piano Concerto with soloist Hannes Minnaar, and Shostakovich Symphony No.8. The final performance will take place on 19 November in Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg, and will also be broadcast on Netherlands Radio 4 on 21 November. The previous two concerts will be held on 16 November in Assen’s Theater DNK, and 18 November in Groningen’s De Oosterpoort en Stadsschouwburg.
Hermus will return to the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in December to conduct Mahler’s ‘Tragic’ Symphony No.6 on 15 and 16 December, at De Harmonie in Leeuwarden and the De Oosterpoort in Groningen respectively. Hermus shares a strong relationship with the orchestra, and of a previous Mahler performance Thiemo Wind Telegraaf stated:
“Extraordinary chemistry … Hermus isn’t there for his own personal gratification. He’s there for the music … The risks he was willing to take in terms of timing and dynamics (softly!) revealed their mutual trust...”
Elsewhere in December, Hermus conducts the Bochum Symphoniker in 3 concerts over 7 to 9 December. He leads the orchestra in a programme of Wagenaar, Gruber andDvořák, with trumpet soloist Jeroen Berwaerts.
Antony Hermus returns to Gothenburg Opera for new production of Gianni Schicci paired with Seven Deadly Sins
This month Antony Hermus will conduct Gothenburg Opera’s new production of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins paired with Puccini’s Gianni Schicci, opening on 21 October. The production will feature Edda Magnason as Weill’s Anna, and Åke Zetterström as Gianni Schicchi, and will run for a further ten performances from 25 October until 5 December.
This production will be a return to Gothenburg Opera for Hermus, who led the company’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth last year to great success:
"The orchestra, under Dutch conductor Antony Hermus, had fantastic precision, both in rhythm and sound … [the opera] was outstandingly well portrayed."
"Music of the highest class was heard from the orchestral pit … [the opera] demonstrated art of the highest calibre of today"
Kultur & Nöje
Hermus has a growing profile in Scandinavia. He made his debut with the Danish National Symphony back in June, and will conduct the Stavanger Symphony for the first time next season. He recently received excellent reviews for his latest CPO CD with the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, of works by the Wagnerian composer Siegmund von Hausegger:
“a remarkably intensive and well-structured interpretation”
Antony Hermus conducts Mahler Symphony No.5 with the Duisburg Philharmonic
Antony Hermus follows up his acclaimed performance of Mahler Symphony No.1 'Titan' at the Concertgebouw earlier this year with two performances of the composer's Symphony No.5 with the Duisburg Philharmonic on 20 and 21 September 2017. Hermus also leads the orchestra in Willem Jeth Recorder Concerto, with Erik Bosgraaf as soloist.
“Hermus proved that there lurks a fearsome Mahler Conductor in him”
Hermus revisits Mahler in December, when he conducts his 6th symphony with the Nord Nederlands Orkest.
Antony Hermus conducts Hänsel und Gretel with the Dutch National Opera Academy
Antony Hermus joins the Dutch National Opera Academy this month for their open-air production of Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel, which opens on 4 August 2017. In total Hermus conducts five performances of the opera between 4 and 9 August; these take place at the De Pinkenberg open-air theatre in Velp, with singers from the Dutch National Opera Academy accompanied by the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (NJO). Hermus, who is Artistic Advisor of NJO, has been highly praised for his past collaborations with the youth orchestra:
"In Hermus the young musicians had a conductor who put them first… an impressive motivator, as he was at the Komische Oper a few months ago… he fires up the orchestra….In the Rosenkavalier Suite we could hear the very impressive quality and attention to detail he achieved"
Kulturradio, August 2016
Following the run of Hänsel und Gretel, Hermus conducts NJO in two further performances. On 12 August they are joined at the Grachten Festival by soloists including saxophonist Ties Mellema, cellist Ella van Poucke and mezzo-soprano Karin Strobos. 13 August sees a return to the music of Hänsel und Gretel, with the Youth Orchestra playing the opera’s Prelude alongside works by Schumann and Mendelssohn in a concert at the former Radio Kootwijk building.
On 20 August, Anthony Hermus also appears at Lowlands Festival with North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, conducting a programme of Copland, Dvorak, Mussorgsky, Ligeti, Berlioz and Khachaturian.
Antony Hermus conducts Rotterdam Philharmonic in Jakarta
Following four sold-out concerts with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Antony Hermus flies to Jakarta to conduct the Rotterdam Philharmonic in the final leg of the orchestra’s tour of Asia. Hermus conducts the closing concert at The Jakarta Art Center Taman Ismail Marzuki at on 13 June, leading a programme of Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Brahms Violin Concerto with Rosanne Philippens and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.
Hermus also travels to Germany this month for two concerts with the Staatsorchester Mainz on 9 and 10 June 2017. Hermus leads the orchestra in an all-Russian program of Liadov Kikimora, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Tzimon Barto and Prokofiev Symphony No.5.
Hermus has received critical acclaim for his interpretations of Prokofiev, including for his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra:
“Antony Hermus showed himself to be a "professional" with a nose for drama…, he knows very well how to communicate his passion for the music in a very accessible way.”
Antony Hermus conducts the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra at the Concertgebouw
Antony Hermus returns to the Concertgebouw on 28 May 2017 when he leads the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler Symphony No.1 'Titan'. Hermus, Principal Guest Conductor of the North Netherlands Symphony, is fast becoming known for his insightful Mahler interpretations, and received critical acclaim for his performances of ‘The Titan’ with Residentie Orkest:
“Hermus proved that there lurks a fearsome Mahler Conductor in him . The First Symphony unfolded from a soothing calmness which was based on natural authority . Rarely do we hear the trio of the second movement so tender and blissful . In the finale, I loved the outbreaks of terrifying blind panic…”
Elsewhere in May, Hermus conducts the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in four concerts between 9 and 11 May. He leads the orchestra in a programme of Wiesenberg, Rimsky-Korsakov and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.5 with soloist Cédric Tiberghien.
Antony Hermus returns to the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
Antony Hermus returns to the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra this month for a concert at the Geerhallen on 4 March 2017.
Hermus conducts the orchestra in a programme of Kodály Dances of Galánta, Dvořák Symphony No.8 and Röntgen-Maier Violin Concerto, performed by Claudia Bonfiglioli. Hermus has had great success previously in Sweden, where his debut at the Gothenburg Opera last season conducting Verdi Macbeth led to an immediate reinvitation for Gianni Schicchi in the Autumn.
Later in the month, Hermus returns to the Opera de Rouen for a concert of arias by Mozart and Rossini with mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato. Hermus is a regular guest in Rouen, last season conducting Beethoven Symphonies No.1 and No.2.
Antony Hermus conducts the Philharmonia at Cheltenham Town Hall
Antony Hermus returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra this month to conduct them at Cheltenham Town Hall on 24 January 2017, in a programme which includes Dvorák Symphony No.8. He has conducted the orchestra several times before in their Music of Today series, but this concert marks his first visit in standard repertoire.
Hermus recently made his debut at the Opera du Rhin, conducting Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen to excellent reviews :
"Happiness shone from the pit also, thanks to the young Dutch conductor Antony Hermus leading the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg on Olympian form this evening…"
"Antony Hermus conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg with absolute dedication, lending every gesture and every breath a kind of crazy energy. He communicated every nuance of Janacek’s luxuriant, expressionistic score with both enthusiasm and equilibrium"
Antony Hermus makes debut at Opera National du Rhin with The Cunning Little Vixen
Antony Hermus makes his debut with Opéra National du Rhin this month, conducting Janáček Cunning Little Vixen in six performances from 11 December 2016. Hermus conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg in Robert Carsen's production at Strasbourg Opera House, with two performances on 6 and and 8 January 2017 at La Filature, Mulhouse.
Antony Hermus conducts the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw
Antony Hermus returns to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra on 6 November 2016, conducting the orchestra at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, with two more concerts taking place on 3 and 4 November at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.
At the Concertgebouw, Hermus conducts performances of Debussy Iberia, Ravel La valse and Ravel Piano Concerto in G major with pianist Joseph Moog. The programme on 4 November also includes the lesser known Diepenbrock Suite Elektra, a recording of which was released in Spring 2016:
“It is conducted masterfully by the excellent Antony Hermus who, from disk to disk, is consolidating his position as one of the best hopes of his generation.”
Clic Musique, August 2016
"Apart from his outstanding musicality and all-round good taste, Hermus is also an excellent communicator with both his musicians and the public. He gave an unusually muscular performance of the Elektra Suite....As a result, both the melancholy and the passion of Diepenbrock's musical poetry are changed to solid gold.”
Opus Klassiek, July 2016
Antony Hermus makes his debut with the BBC Philharmonic
Antony Hermus makes his debut with the BBC Philharmonic this month, conducting the orchestra in two concerts in Manchester and Leeds on 27 and 29 October 2016. In Manchester Hermus leads the orchestra in an all-Tansy Davies programme in Peel Hall as part of the Royal Northern College of Music’s ‘ In Focus’ series, celebrating the work of living composers. Hermus and the orchestra then travel to Leeds for a concert including extracts from Smetana The Bartered Bride, Dvorák Symphony No.7 and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, with soloist Pavel Kolesnikov.
Hermus most recently debuted with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw in July 2016, and with the Essen Philharmonic in June 2016 to critical acclaim:
“…performed with verve by the Essen Philharmonic under the electrifying conducting of Antony Hermus”
Westerne Allgemeine Zeitung, June 2016
Antony Hermus conducts Beethoven's Eroica with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Antony Hermus begins the 2016/17 season with a return to the Orchestre Suisse Romande for a concert celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Kofi Annan’s Cartooning for Peace foundation on 16 September 2016. Hermus leads the orchestra in Beethoven Symphony No.3 'Eroica' at Geneva’s Victoria Hall. Cartooning for Peace aims to protect artists' freedom of expression and to fight against political intolerance.
This performance follows on from a successful series of concerts Hermus conducted with the National Youth Orchestra of Netherlands, where he is Artistic Advisor:
"Hermus had his musicians completely in hand; [Strauss's Rosenkavalier Suite was] fresh, effervescent, swash-buckling, and always played with a secret smile. The orchestra allowed Strauss’ multi-facetted Vienna waltzes to unfold beautifully"
Der Tagesspiegel, August 2016
Antony Hermus makes debut with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic at Het Concertgebouw
Antony Hermus makes his debut with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic on 14 July 2016 at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, part of the Robeco SummerNight concert series. The program includes Diepenbrock Entr’acte, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 with violinist Liza Ferschtman and Dvorák Symphony No. 7.
Hermus is in the midst of an exciting season which has also included a debut with the Essen Philharmonic. He began the spring season with a celebration of Shakespeare in April, when he led the Gothenburg Opera’s acclaimed production of Verdi Macbeth to excellent reviews:
"The orchestra, under Dutch conductor Antony Hermus, had fantastic precision, both in rhythm and sound."
Göteborgs-Posten, May 2016
"The Dutch conductor conducted the orchestra with great sensitivity and never allowed the orchestra to drown out the singers. His control of the dynamics allowed us to hear every nuance of the score, even a single flute effortlessly floating over the rest of the orchestra. "
Bachtrack, May 2016
Hermus followed Macbeth with his debut with the Essen Philharmonic in June, conducting another Shakespearean programme which included music by composers ranging from Purcell to Shostakovich.
During the same month, Hermus also conducted the Residentie Orkest at the Festival Classique opera gala in the Kurhaus Scheveningen. The seaside location was the perfect setting for a programme of operatic highlights on the theme of rivers and the sea sung by soprano Annemarie Kremer, tenor Eric Laporte and bass Bastiaan Everink.
Hermus then travelled to France for three concerts with the Orchestra of Opéra de Rouen between 8 and 10 July. Hermus conducted a programme of Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 and Saint-Säens Unpublished Melodies.
Further highlights for Hermus this season include the release of his new CD of Diepenbrock's symphonic poems with the Bamberger Symphoniker. He then finishes the season in August on a two-week summer tour with the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, where he is Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor. The orchestra performs works by Strauss, Brahms, Ravel and Joey Roukens with pianist Hannes Minnaar in venues across Europe, including a performance at the Berlin Konzerthaus on 25 August.
Antony Hermus conducts Der Vampyr at Komische Oper Berlin
Hermus returns to Komische Oper Berlin on 20 March 2016 to conduct Heinrich Marschner’s gothic opera, Der Vampyr. Marschner's opera combines supernatural elements set to early 19th century melodies with German baritone Heiko Trinsinger in the role of The Vampire. Further performances of Der Vampyr take place on 20 and 26 March, 3, 17 and 23 April and 5 July.
Hermus has an exciting operatic season ahead, with highlights including a debut at Gothenburg Opera with a new production of Verdi Macbeth in May 2016, and a further debut with Strasbourg Opera conducting Janáček Cunning Little Vixen.
Conductor Antony Hermus joins Intermusica for worldwide management
Dutch conductor Antony Hermus has joined the Intermusica roster for worldwide management. Hermus has become known for his infectiously positive approach to music and life, and his natural talent for encouraging musicians to give their very best.
This shows in the quality and intensity of his performances, and in his excellent track-record of reinvitations. In November 2015 he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in Julian Anderson’s Book of Hours, and was immediately invited back for a third visit to the orchestra. Likewise his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic this summer in an opera gala has already led to two reinvitations.
He was Music Director in Dessau from 2009, where he was nominated “Conductor of the Year” by Opernwelt in 2010, 2011 and 2012, ending his tenure in Summer 2015 with his first Ring cycle and promotion to Honorary Conductor. This season he returns to the Komische Oper Berlin, and debuts at the Gothenburg Opera with Verdi’s Macbeth.
His dramatic flair, sense of line and clear-sighted approach are equally successful in the concert hall, where he has conducted orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw and Paris Opera Orchestra, and returns regularly to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest and Netherlands Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Norrkoping Symphony to name a few. In the coming months he debuts with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Seoul Philharmonic.
"Antony Hermus showed himself to be a "professional" with a nose for drama…, he knows very well how to communicate his passion for the music in a very accessible way."
NRC Handelsblad, October 2014
"Outgoing Music Director Antony Hermus conducted this “Ring” decisively, with care and vigilance – as one would expect from this very gifted musician."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 2015
"Hermus proved that there lurks a fearsome Mahler Conductor in him"
Telegraaf, September 2015