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Brett Dean

Composer, Viola, Conductor
Composer in Residence, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin
Artist in Residence, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Artist in Residence, Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Brett Dean's Cello Concerto receives world premiere from Alban Gerhardt & the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

08 August 2018

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Brett Dean's Cello Concerto receives its world premiere on 22 August 2018 as David Robertson conducts Alban Gerhardt and Sydney Symphony Orchestra at Sydney Opera House. The new work is cast in a single movement which flows without interruption across a 25-minute span, and is dedicated to Alban Gerhardt, with whom Dean has collaborated for many years. The concerto is performed again on 24 and 25 August.


The premiere forms part of the final year of Dean’s position as Artist in Residence with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, which also sees Dean conduct the orchestra in two concerts in October.


Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto is co-commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Amsterdam Cello Biennale and Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ; the European premiere will take place at the Berliner Philharmonie on 6 October.

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10 Intermusica artists nominated for 2018 Gramophone Awards

The shortlist for the 2018 Gramophone Awards has been released, and there are 10 Intermusica artists included among the nominations. The winners will be announced at the Gramophone Awards Ceremony on 13 September.


See the full details of the nominees below.


Renaud Capuçon features on two nominated recordings in the Chamber category, both released on Erato. The first, of Brahms String Sextets, was recorded live at Capuçon's Festival de Pacques in Aix-en-Provence, while the second nominated record is a collection of chamber works by Debussy.


The Pavel Haas Quartet and Boris Giltburg are nominated for their recording of Dvorák Quintets, which was released by Supraphon. The recording was met with great acclaim upon release and was named Recording of the Month by BBC Music Magazine, Album of the Week in the Sunday Times and Editor's Choice by Gramophone.


In the Choral category, Joélle Harvey features on Arcangelo's nominated recording of three Magnificats from CPE Bach, JS Bach and JC Bach. Harvey was praised by Gramophone for her "uniformly dramatic and engaging singing".


Lise Davidsen features in the Concerto category, singing in the Incidental Music to Peer Gynt in the Bergen Philharmonic and Edward Gardner's album of Grieg, which also features the composer's Piano Concerto.


Håkan Hardenberger's recording of Brett Dean's trumpet concerto, Dramatis personae, is nominated in the Contemporary category. 


Martyn Brabbins is nominated for three awards this year. In the Contemporary category, he is nominated for his BIS recording devoted to the works of John Pickard and his NMC album of Howard Skempton The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. He is also nominated in the Orchestral category for his recording of Tippett's First and Second Symphonies, released on Hyperion.


The Colin Currie Group is also nominated in the Contemporary category. The group performed Steve Reich Mallet Quartet on the composer's nominated album, Pulse.


In the Orchestral category, Colin Currie featured on Ondine's recording of Elliot Carter Late Works. Currie performed Two Controversies and a Conversation, a work for piano, percussion and chamber orchestra.


Mary Bevan's solo album, Voyages, is nominated in the Solo Voice category. Recorded with pianist Joseph Middleton, Voyages features a wide-ranging group of songs by composers including Bréville, Schubert, Debussy and Duparc.

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Brett Dean gives UK premiere of Approach (Prelude to a Canon) at the BBC Proms

23 July 2018

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Brett Dean joins Tabea Zimmermann, Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra to give the UK and German premieres of Approach (Prelude to a Canon) at the BBC Proms and Rheingau Musikfestival on 5 and 8 August 2018 respectively.


Dean's new work is a partner work to Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.6, and part of Swedish Chamber Orchestra's project to commission partner works to all six Brandenburg Concerti. The Orchestra perform all six of Bach’s originals alongside their new partner works in two concerts at Royal Albert Hall on 5 August; Approach (Prelude to a Canon) features in the evening concert, at 19:30.


They then travel to Germany where they will perform Dean’s work at Kurhaus Wiesbaden on 8 August at the Rheingau Musikfestival, where Dean is 2018 Artist in Focus.

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The BBC Proms returns this year on 13 July 2018, and as ever there is a strong Intermusica presence at the festival. This year sees returns for artists including Marin Alsop, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, John Wilson, Colin Currie and Antoine Tamestit, while Intermusica also brings the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Baltimore Symphony to the festival as part of the Proms' celebrations of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth. All concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


Francesco Piemontesi returns to the Proms at 7.30pm on 14 July, joining Alain Altinoglu and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as the soloist for Mozart Piano Concerto No.27.


On 15 July at 7pm, Colin Currie and Martin James Bartlett join an array of previous winners and finalists for a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Young Musician. Currie performs Steve Reich Drumming – Part I with Colin Currie Group members and fellow BBC Young Musician competitors Sam Walton, Aiden Spillet and Owen Gunnell, while Martin James Bartlett performs in Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals.


Mark Simpson returns to the Royal Albert Hall at 7.30pm on 16 July to perform Magnus Lindberg Clarinet Concerto. He is accompanied by Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic.


Susan Bickley renews her relationship with the London Sinfonietta and Sir George Benjamin at 3pm on 21 July in a Prom at the Roundhouse in Camden. Bickley performs in a programme featuring a quartet of war-themed premieres as well as works by Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ives.


Simon Halsey leads the BBC Proms Youth Choir once again this year in concert with Donald Runnicles and the World Orchestra for Peace at 7.30pm on 21 July. They perform Shadow, a new, First World War-themed commission from Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Also on the programme are Britten Sinfonia da Requiem and Beethoven Symphony No.9. Halsey returns in August for concerts with the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and in September with the City of Birmingham Symphony Choruses with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


On 25 July, Ben Gernon returns to the Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Gernon, the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, leads the BBC Philharmonic in the world premiere of Tansy Davies What did We See?, an orchestral suite from the composer’s recent opera Between Worlds. He also conducts Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ with soloist Paul Lewis and Brahms Symphony No.2. The concert starts at 7.30pm.


Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in a programme celebrating English composer Hubert Parry at 7pm on 27 July. Brabbins conducts Parry’s Symphony No.5 and Hear my words, ye people! alongside works by his pupils Vaughan Williams and Holst. Tai Murray is the soloist in Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, while soprano Francesca Chiejina and bass-baritone Ashley Riches also feature.


Andrew Manze returns this year alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducting the orchestra in a London-focussed programme at 7pm on 31 July. The concert opens with Haydn Symphony No.104 ‘London’, and after the interval Manze conducts Vaughan Williams A London Symphony.


On 5 August, Brett Dean joins Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for their Brandenburg Project. Over two concerts, the orchestra presents Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos alongside six newly commissioned companion works. Dean performs as viola soloist in the second concert at 7.30pm, while his Approach – Prelude to a Canon is one of the companion works.


Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra make their annual appearance in a late-night Prom focussing on Shostakovich at 10.15pm on 6 August. Joined once again by BBC broadcaster Tom Service, Collon and the Orchestra unpack the composer’s Symphony No.9 before performing it from memory. The concert also features Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Denis Kozhukhin.


Intermusica renews its relationship with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano at 7.30pm on 10 August, bringing them to the Proms as part of the festival's celebrations for the Bernstein centenary (Bernstein was the orchestra's honorary conductor for a decade). Pappano conducts the composer's Symphony No.1 'Jeremiah' alongside Haydn The Creation - Chaos and Mahler Symphony No.1.


John Wilson follows last year’s performances of Oklahoma! with the John Wilson Orchestra with two concert performances of Bernstein West Side Story on 11 August, at 3.30pm and 8pm.


Renaud Capuçon appears at the Proms at 7pm on 16 August alongside the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in its debut appearance at the festival. Capuçon is the soloist for Ravel Violin Sonata No.2, which has been orchestrated by Yan Maresz.


Patricia Bardon joins Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance of Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges on 18 August at 7.30pm.


John Wilson makes a second appearance at the Proms on 25 August when he conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Bernstein On the Town.


Marin Alsop conducts the Proms Scratch Orchestra in two free concerts at Maida Vale Studios on 26 August. The Scratch Orchestra, made up of amateur musicians and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra, performs movements from Shostakovich Symphony No.5.


Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Proms at 7.30pm on 26 August to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s televised Young People’s Concerts. Utilizing words, projections and music, the concert features works including Stravinsky The Rite of Spring, Ligeti Apparations and Debussy La mer alongside works by Bernstein and Beethoven.


Wallis Giunta makes her Proms debut at 1pm on 27 August, leading a recital of works by Bernstein and his associates at Cadogan Hall. As well as works by Copland, Sondheim and Barber, the concert features the world premiere of a new song by British composer Bushra El-Turk, Crème Brûlée on a Tree, inspired by Bernstein’s recipe settings.


Marin Alsop returns to the Proms at 8pm on 27 August as Intermusica brings the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to the festival for a concert of Bernstein and Shostakovich with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.


Lise Davidsen joins Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Verdi Requiem at 7.30pm on 30 August.


Mary Bevan joins the BBC Concert Orchestra at Alexanda Palace at 3pm on 1 September to star in Sullivan Trial by Jury alongside Neal Davies, Sam Furness and Ross Ramgobin.


Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique return to the Proms at 7.30pm on 5 September for a programme of Berlioz. They are joined by Antoine Tamestit, who performs Harold in Italy, while Joyce DiDonato sings arias from Le mort de Cléopatre and Les Troyens.


Russell Braun joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian at 7pm on 6 September as the baritone soloist in Britten War Requiem. Braun performs alongside Erin Wall and Allan Clayton.

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Brett Dean in focus at Rheingau Festival

23 June 2018

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Brett Dean is artist in focus at the 2018 Rheingau Musik Festival, featuring as composer, conductor and viola player across the festival in July and August.


On 7 and 8 July Dean joins Lucerne Festival Strings at Kloster Eberbach, conducting the orchestra in his Short Stories, before joining Daniel Dodds as soloist in Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. On 10 July Dean is joined by Baiba Skride, Gergana Gergova, Hélène Clément and Alban Gerhardt to perform a quintet programme that features his own Epitaphs alongside Mozart String Quintet No.3 in C major and Brahms String Quintet No.2 in G major at Schloss Johannisberg.


Dean returns to the festival on 8 August to perform the German premiere of Approach (prelude to a canon) with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Tabea Zimmerman at Kurhaus Wiesbaden, and brings his residency to a close with a trio concert with Albrecht Mayer and Boris Giltburg at Schloss Johannisberg on 15 August.

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Brett Dean's Notturno inquieto receives world premiere from the Berlin Philharmonic & Sir Simon Rattle

31 May 2018

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Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Notturno inquieto at the Berliner Philharmonie on 14 June, with two further performances on 15 and 16 June. The concerts are part of Rattle’s farewell to the Berlin Philharmonic, for which the orchestra has commissioned three short orchestral works from Dean, Andrew Norman and Magnus Lindberg.


Dean was a permanent member of the Berlin Philharmonic for fourteen years before focusing on composition. Later this year the orchestra gives the European premiere of his Cello Concerto with Alban Gerhardt, conducted by Sakari Oramo, on 4, 5 and 6 October.

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Brett Dean conducts final concert of Tonhalle Orchester Zürich residency at the Zürich Festspiele

27 May 2018

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Brett Dean returns to Zürich this month for the closing concert of his residency as Creative Chair of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Dean conducts the orchestra as part of the Zürich Festpiele on 10 June at Tonhalle Maag.


The programme includes Dean's Wolf Lieder, alongside Wolf's own Italian Serenade. Dean composed Wolf Lieder, for soprano and chamber ensemble, as an exploration of Wolf's music and madness. He is joined by soprano Claudia Barainsky for the Swiss premiere of the work.


Dean's tenure as Creative Chair opened in September 2017 with another Swiss premiere, this time of his Viola Concerto. Further highlights included performances with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich String Quartet, Australian Chamber Orchestra and a chamber performance with Baiba Skride, Geri Gergana, Amihai Grosz and Alban Gerhardt. Most recently, Dean conducted the Swiss premiere of From Melodious Lay, an exploration of the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia.

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Brett Dean conducts immersive examination of Beethoven with the City of London Sinfonia

24 April 2018

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Brett Dean and historian Sir Christopher Clark explore Beethoven’s retreat to Heiligenstadt, the premiere of his Eroica and his personal and artistic anguish at his increasing deafness in an immersive programme with City of London Sinfonia at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 8 May 2018.


The programme, entitled Hero Worship, includes not only Dean’s own Beethoven-inspired Testament (for Orchestra), but also Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, which was originally dedicated to Napoleon − the hero of the French Revolution. Sir Christopher Clark present the concert and elaborate on the historic significance Beethoven’s deafness.


Dean returns to London on 29 May to perform at the Southbank Centre’s International Chamber music Series with Benjamin Grosvenor, Hyeyoon Park, Kian Soltani and Leon Bosch.

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Brett Dean's Hamlet named World Premiere of the Year at the International Opera Awards

10 April 2018

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Brett Dean's Hamlet has been named as World Premiere of the Year at the International Opera Awards. The announcement was made at the International Opera Awards ceremony at London's Coliseum on 9 April 2018.


Hamlet, Dean's second opera, premiered at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June 2017. It was greeted by widespread critical acclaim upon its premiere and hailed as “one of the unmissable operatic events of the year" by the Sunday Times:


"...masterly and strong..."
Observer


"a richly imaginative composer at the top of his game.”
Five stars, The Times


Hamlet has since toured the UK as part of the Glyndebourne Autumn tour and received its Australian premiere in March at the 2018 Adelaide Festival.

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Brett Dean's Hamlet receives Australian premiere at the Adelaide Festival

16 February 2018

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Brett Dean's Hamlet receives its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Festival, in its first performances outside the UK on 2 March 2018. Allan Clayton reprises his critically acclaimed title role, as Neil Armfield’s production is conducted by Nicholas Carter. Intermusica's Rupert Enticknap also returns in the role of Rosencrantz.


Hamlet was universally praised at its premiere last summer, heralded as “one of the unmissable operatic events of the year" by the Sunday Times.


Hamlet is performed at the Adelaide Festival on 2, 4 and 6 March.

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Brett Dean conducts Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in Swiss premiere of From Melodious Lay

14 February 2018

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Brett Dean continues his Creative Chair residency with Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich this month as he conducts the orchestra for the Swiss premiere of From Melodious Lay on 28 February 2018. He is joined by soloists Topi Lehtipuu and Mojca Erdmann. Dean also play conducts Beethoven Symphony No.3, and the programme is completed by his own Testament.


From Melodious Lay is a co-commissioned by BBC Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zürich and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. It received a critically acclaimed world premiere from the BBC Symphony Orchestra in November of 2016:


"Something extraordinary happens in the first two bars of Brett Dean’s From Melodious Lay...there is an immediate shift from the frosted gleam of bowed percussion to a transparent suspension of muted divisi violas and cellos..."
The Times

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Intermusica artists nominated at the International Opera Awards

31 January 2018

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Mariusz Treliński, Wallis Giunta, Brett Dean's Hamlet and Leigh Melrose have been nominated for awards at the 2018 International Opera Awards. The nominees were chosen by a jury of major figures from across the industry, and the winners are announced at a red carpet ceremony hosted by Petroc Trelawny at London's Coliseum on 9 April.


Mariusz Treliński is nominated in the Director category. Artistic Director of Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera, Treliński's productions this season include a new production of Prokofiev Fiery Angel at Polish National Opera and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Gluck Orfeo et Euridice at Opera Wroclaw.


Wallis Giunta is nominated in the Young Singer category. This has been a breakthrough season for Giunta, featuring a highly successful return to Opera North, following her critically acclaimed portrayal of La Cenerentola last season, for two role debuts: the title role in L’enfant et les sortilèges and Dinah Trouble in Tahiti. Currently a member of the Leipzig Opera Ensemble, she appears in a new production of Lulu by Lotte de Beer and also returns to the roles of Angelina La Cenerentola, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, and Rossweisse Die Walküre.


Brett Dean's Hamlet was praised as "the operatic event of the year" by the Sunday Times when it premiered at Glyndebourne last season, and it is nominated in the World Premiere category. The production, which also toured to great acclaim during the autumn, was a critical and popular success, receiving outstanding reviews across the spectrum.


Nonesuch's recording of Louis Andriessen Theatre of the World, in which Leigh Melrose sung the role of Kircher, is nominated in the Recording (Complete Opera) category. Performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Melrose's "superbly characterful" (The Times) performance was highly praised, with the Guardian highlighting his "tremendous presence".

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Brett Dean: World premiere of Approach (Prelude to a Canon) with Swedish Chamber Orchestra

25 January 2018

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Brett Dean joins Tabea Zimmermann, Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra at Orebro Concert Hall on 8 February 2018 for the world premiere of his Approach (Prelude to a Canon). There are subsequent performances at Kumla Kyrka on 9 February and Stockholm Concert Hall on 10 February.


Dean's new work is a partner work to Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.6, the final installment in the orchestra's ambitious project to commission partner works to all six Brandenburg Concerti. Dean and Zimmerman perform the solo viola parts in both Dean's new work and Brandenburg No.6.


The first half of the programme features Brandenburg Concerto No.4 and the world premiere of its partner work by Olga Neuwirth, Aello: Ballet mécanomorphe for flute and orchestra.


Approach (Prelude to a canon) is co-commissioned by Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

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At the end of each year we look forward to reading critics’ musical highlights from the last 12 months; we’re delighted to see many of our artists featured in a host of such round-ups.


A standout achievement of the year was Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi 450 tour, which was praised globally. The tour commemorated the 450th anniversary of the composer’s death and visited the Berlin Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, the new National Forum of Music in Wrocław, and the Salzburg, Edinburgh International and Lucerne festivals, as well as Bristol’s Colston Hall, Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana and a historic residency at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the composer's adopted home. Hugh Canning in the Sunday Times praised it as “dazzling”, while it was also chosen as one of the highlights of the year by the Guardian and Alex Ross of the New Yorker, who praised the “deft, vivid” productions that confirmed that “the first great opera composer remains the master of the game.” It was also chosen by the Herald Scotland, The Arts Desk, New York Classical Review and Chicago Classical Review.


Another highlight was the world premiere run of Brett Dean’s Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Hugh Canning picked it as his operatic highlight of the year in the Sunday Times, and it also featured in round-ups in the Evening Standard, The Arts Desk and The Stage.


Hugh Canning also praised David Butt Philip’s “searing” performance in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.


Nicholas Collon’s Prom with his Aurora Orchestra, in which he conducted Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony from memory, was chosen as one of the Evening Standard’s highlights of the classical year, as was the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester’s visit to London. The orchestra’s performance at the Barbican featured Intermusica artists Leonidas Kavakos and Kirill Gerstein performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, and was part of the orchestra’s 275th anniversary tour, which Intermusica brought to Europe and Asia.


Several Intermusica artists also featured in The Arts Desk’s round-up of the best concerts and opera performances. In the concert round-up, Mark Wigglesworth’s Prom with the BBC Philharmonic was highlighted thanks to a “miraculous” performance of Haydn Symphony No.99. Kian Soltani was highly praised for his performance of Strauss Don Quixote at the Southbank Centre with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, with The Arts Desk writing that it was “quite the most vivid” critic David Nice had heard live. Nice also cited HK Gruber for his performance as conductor and chansonnier in his Frankenstein!! at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s composer festival.


In The Arts Desk’s opera round-up, Martyn Brabbins’ performance of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Last Supper with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra “kicked off the year in thoughtful, complex style”, while David Nice also gave special mention to Wallis Giunta, writing that she was the “young singer of the year in my books” for her performances in L'enfant et les sortileges and Trouble in Tahiti in Opera North's well-received Little Greats series of one-act operas. Giunta was also named 'Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera' in the WhatsOnStage Opera Poll.


Meanwhile, Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s new recording of Bach St Matthew Passion, made with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, was chosen as one of Gramophone’s Critics’ Choice, as was Boris Giltburg’s account of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.


Composer and music writer Robert Hugill picked John Wilson’s recording of Walton’s Façade as one of his top recordings of the year. Also featured were Sir James MacMillan’s “powerful” Stabat Mater and Martyn Brabbins’ latest entry in the Romantic Piano Concerto series for Hyperion, this time featuring the piano concertos of Roger Sacheverell Coke.


The Pavel Haas Quartet once again found great critical success with their latest CD, which featured Dvorák Piano and String Quintets and was made with Boris Giltburg and founder and former member Pavel Nikl. The album was chosen as one of the records of the year by the Boston Globe and WQXR.

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Brett Dean conducts and performs with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra & Mark Simpson

02 January 2018

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Brett Dean travels to Dublin this January for two performances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on 16 and 19 January 2018. In the first, Dean conducts the orchestra and fellow Intermusica artist Mark Simpson in a performance of his clarinet concerto, Ariel’s Music, which won an award from the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers. The programme is completed by Ed Bennet Freefalling.


Dean rejoins the orchestra on 19 January to perform the Irish premiere of his Viola Concerto under the baton of Olari Elts. Dean’s performances of his Viola Concerto have earned critical appraisal over the decade since its premiere in 2005:


"Dean has written something as personal as one would expect. The haunting and arresting sounds are all his own, and bright colours suggest a strong connection to his country’s landscape. Indeed, the peaceful close, in which the previously hectic solo viola emerges purified, evokes a lullaby in which the earth seems to be singing itself to sleep."
The Times

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Brett Dean tours Europe with Baiba Skride, Gergana Gergova, Amihai Grosz & Alban Gerhardt

19 November 2017

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Brett Dean forms an all-star string quintet this month with Baiba Skride, Gergana Gergova, Amihai Grosz and Alban Gerhardt for a European tour from 3 December 2017. The tour begins at the Tonhalle Zurich, where Dean is Creative Chair for this season, and then continues to the Heinrich-Lades-Halle, Erlangen (4 December), Konzerthaus Dortmund (5 December), Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam (6 December), Philharmonie Luxembourg (7 December), and Societá Filharmonica di Trento (12 December).


The quintet performs a varied programme that features Dean's own Epitaphs alongside Mozart String Quintet No.3 in C major and Brahms String Quintet No.2 in G major.


Dean then begins the new year in Dublin conducting two concerts with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and fellow Intermusica artist Mark Simpson.

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Brett Dean's Hamlet performed by Glyndebourne on Tour starring David Butt Philip & Rupert Enticknap

07 October 2017

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Brett Dean’s acclaimed Hamlet returns to the stage on the Glyndebourne Autumn Tour from 21 October 2017, with David Butt Philip in the title role and Rupert Enticknap as Rosencratz. Hamlet received its world premiere at Glyndebourne this summer to widespread critical acclaim, with the production heralded as "heart-wrenchingly beautiful", "reverent but mischievous" and "an ingenious deconstruction of Shakespeare":


“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.”
Five stars, The Times


Neil Armfield returns as director, and Duncan Ward conducts the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra. Hamlet opens on 21 October at Glyndebourne Opera House before touring to Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes, Woking and Plymouth in November.

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Brett Dean opens second season as Artist in Residence of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

01 October 2017

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Brett Dean returns to Sydney Symphony Orchestra this month to begin his second season as Artist in Residence with a week of concerts at the Carriageworks and the Sydney Opera House from 15 October 2017.


On 15 October, Dean curates and conducts the Carriageworks Series concert, which features works by Erkki Velthaim, James Hullick and Liza Lim. Dean then conducts the orchestra in three concerts at Sydney Opera House on 18,19 and 20 October in a programme of Sibelius Kurkikohtaus, Dean Fire Music and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3, joined by Piers Lane as soloist.


Dean and Lane then travel to New Zealand where they perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 with Auckland Philharmonia on 2 November.

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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)

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Brett Dean performs his Viola Concerto in first performance as Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich's Creative Chair 

13 September 2017

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Brett Dean opens his season as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich's Creative Chair with three concerts on 27, 28 and 29 September 2017. Dean gives the Swiss premiere of his Viola Concerto, conducted by the orchestra's chief conductor Lionel Bringuier.


Dean's tenure as Creative Chair runs for the 2017/18 season and features a comprehensive overview of his orchestral and chamber music, with Dean also joining the orchestra as conductor later in the season, as well as various masterclasses and further education work.


Further highlights of the season include:


3 December 2017
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich String Quartet
Brett Dean Eclipse
Brett Dean String Quartet No.1


12 November 2017
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Brett Dean Between the spaces in the sky
Brett Dean Carlo


13 & 14 November 2017
Workshops and masterclasses, Zürich Hochschule der Künste


3 December 2017
Baiba Skride, Geri Gergana, Brett Dean, Amihai Grosz, Alban Gerhardt
Mozart String Quintet No.3
Brett Dean Epitaphs
Brahms String Quintet No.2


14, 15, 16, 17 December 2017
conducted by Lionel Bringuier
Brett Dean Amphitheatre
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Beethoven Symphony No.4


28 February, 1 & 2 March 2018
Swiss premiere of From Melodious Lay, co-commissioned by Tonhalle-Zürich
With Mojca Erdmann (soprano), Topi Lehtipuu (tenor), conducted by Brett Dean
Brett Dean Testament
Brett Dean From Melodious Lay
Beethoven Symphony No.3


19 & 20 March 2018
Workshops and masterclasses, Zürich Hochschule der Künste


10 June 2018
Zürich Festspiele
With Claudia Barainsky (soprano), conducted by Brett Dean
Wolf Italian Serenade
Brett Dean Wolf-Lieder

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Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger give Brett Dean world premiere Malmö Chamber Music Festival

05 September 2017

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Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger join forces once more to give the world premiere of Brett Dean's The Scene of the Crime on 19 September 2017 at the Malmö Chamber Music Festival. The Scene of the Crime is a duo work for percussion and trumpet, and marks the closing chapter of Dean's Hamlet journey, which has spanned four years and multiple compositions, including his critically acclaimed operatic adaptation.


Currie and Dean also feature across the rest of the festival. Currie performs in various chamber and solo concerts, performing works by Gubaidulina, Pontinen, Staern and Wallin. He also gives a masterclass at the Palladium on 23 September.


Dean performs Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Tomo Keller and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields on 21 September, and joins the Doric String Quartet for a performance of his Epitaphs on 20 September, before giving the European premiere of Rooms of Elsinore with Francisca Skoogh that night.

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Brett Dean performs Rooms of Elsinore at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

12 July 2017

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Brett Dean returns to Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival this July to perform Rooms of Elsinore, his new work for viola and piano, which was co-commissioned by the Library of Congress and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Dean gave the world premiere of the work in Washington in April 2017 with pianist Juho Pohjonen, who rejoins Dean for the Santa Fe performances on 30 and 31 July.


Dean also participates in other concerts across the festival, including performances of Schumann Märchenbilder and Mozart Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat major.


Dean then travels to Marlboro, Vermont, where he is Composer-in-Residence at the 2017 Marlboro Music Festival.

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"The operatic event of the year": Triumphant world premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet at Glyndebourne

15 June 2017

Sunday 11 June 2017 marked the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet at Glyndebourne, with the Festival Opera company joined by the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Jurowski.


Hamlet has been received with widespread critical acclaim with the production heralded as "heart-wrenchingly beautiful", "reverent but mischievous" and "an ingenious deconstruction of Shakespeare".


“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.”
Times, five stars


“Unmissable – this is the operatic event of the year... the unusually youthful audience's concentration during three hours of knotty, complex, yet often beguilingly beautiful music, erupted at the final curtain into the kind of applause one expects for an established classic... Dean's opera feels, oddly, as if it has always existed but was just waiting for someone to write it down."
Sunday Times


“Dean’s music offers great brilliance. Sparely but imaginatively scored, it cleverly exploits the trick of spooky clicking and clattering noises emanating from stray points around the auditorium as well as the wheezing of accordion and ondes martenot.”
Daily Telegraph


“As he starts plumbing Shakespeare’s dark recesses there are no limits to where Dean finds his music – amplified chattering noises, singing groups from the balconies, and a virtuoso array of orchestral effects like the gravedigger’s otherworldly whistling.”
Financial Times


Intermusica artists David Butt Philip, Jacques Imbrailo and Rupert Enticknap shone in their respective roles. Butt Philip will take the title role in the Glyndebourne autumn tour, while Enticknap reprises his role as Rosencrantz.


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Hamlet runs at Glyndebourne until 6 July, and the final performance will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and worldwide online via the Glyndebourne and Daily Telegraph websites.

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Brett Dean's Hamlet receives world premiere at Glyndebourne Festival Opera

28 May 2017

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Jacques Imbrailo

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Brett Dean’s operatic setting of Hamlet receives its world premiere at Glyndebourne Festival Opera on 11 June 2017. Hamlet is an opera in two acts with a libretto by Matthew Jocelyn after William Shakespeare, and the production is directed by Neil Armfield and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.


The cast for Hamlet includes three Intermusica artists, with David Butt Philip as Laertes, Jacques Imbrailo as Horatio and Rupert Enticknap as Rosencrantz. Also performing are Allan Clayton as Hamlet, Barbara Hannigan as Ophelia, Sarah Connolly as Gertrude and John Tomlinson as the Ghost of Old Hamlet.


Hamlet is commissioned by Glyndebourne Festival Opera and is the latest in a series of Dean's works to be inspired by the play, including String Quartet No.2 'And Once I Played Ophelia', From Melodious Lay (A Hamlet Diffraction) and Rooms of Elsinore. Speaking about taking on one of Shakespeare’s most enduring plays, Dean commented:


“I was attracted by the sheer wonder and beauty of the text and the endless theatrical – and to my mind, musical – possibilities of its characters and themes. Now emerging at the other end of the compositional process, I do think that the almost sacred nature and familiarity of the text may well have put composers off over the centuries, especially when contemplating Hamlet's über-famous soliloquy.”


Hamlet runs at Glyndebourne until 6 July before transferring to the Glyndebourne Autumn tour. The final performance on 6 July will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK.

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Brett Dean's Dramatis personae released on BIS

18 May 2017

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Brett Dean’s trumpet concerto, Dramatis personae, is released on 1 June 2017 by Scandinavian label BIS. The concerto is performed by Håkan Hardenberger and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Storgårds.


Dramatis personae was commissioned by Grafenegg festival and written for Hardenberger, and casts the soloist in the role of the Hero. In the first movement, "Fall of a Superhero," we encounter the trumpet as the embodiment of the good, while the orchestra plays the part of the eternal opponent. In the final movement "The Accidental Revolutionary", Dean takes inspiration from Charlie Chaplin’s character in Modern Times and focuses on the accidental, perhaps even unintentionally comical aspect of heroism.


Click here to preorder Dramatis personae now.

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Brett Dean appointed as Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich’s Creative Chair 2017/18

12 April 2017

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Brett Dean has been appointed as Creative Chair of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for the 2017/18 season, the orchestra announced on 12 April 2017. Dean is only the fourth appointment to the Chair since the residency was established in 2014 and follows Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jörg Widmann and Peter Eötvös in the esteemed position.


The orchestra's 2017/18 season sees a comprehensive overview of Dean's orchestral and chamber music, with Dean joining the orchestra for concerts as conductor and soloist as well as various masterclasses and further outreach work. Highlights of the season include:


27, 28, 29 September 2017
With Brett Dean (viola), conducted by Lionel Bringuier

Brett Dean Viola Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No.9


3 December 2017
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich String Quartet

Brett Dean Eclipse, String Quartet No. 1


12 November 2017
Australian Chamber Orchestra

Brett Dean Between the spaces in the sky
Brett Dean Carlo


13 & 14 November 2017
Workshops and masterclasses, Zürich Hochschule der Künste


3 December 2017
Baiba Skride, Geri Gergana, Brett Dean, Amihai Grosz, Alban Gerhardt

Mozart String Quintet No.3
Brett Dean Epitaphs
Brahms String Quintet No.2


14, 15, 16, 17 December 2017
conducted by Lionel Bringuier

Brett Dean Amphitheatre
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Beethoven Symphony No.4 


28 February, 1 & 2 March 2018
Swiss premiere of From Melodious Lay, co-commissioned by Tonhalle-Zürich
With Mojca Erdmann (soprano), Topi Lehtipuu (tenor), conducted by Brett Dean

Brett Dean Testament
Brett Dean From Melodious Lay
Beethoven Symphony No.3


19 & 20 March 2018
Workshops and masterclasses, Zürich Hochschule der Künste


10 June 2018
Zürich Festspiele
With Claudia Barainsky (soprano), conducted by Brett Dean

Wolf Italian Serenade
Brett Dean Wolf-Lieder

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Brett Dean's Rooms of Elsinore receives world premiere at the Library of Congress

25 March 2017

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Brett Dean travels to Washington D.C. this month to give the world premiere performance of his new work for viola and piano, Rooms of Elsinore, at the Library of Congress on 8 April 2017. Dean joins pianist Juho Pohjonen for the premiere, for which he has been loaned a Stradivari Tuscan-Medici viola by the Library of Congress.


The programme is completed by Dean’s String Quartet No.2 “And Once I Played Ophelia”, performed by the Orion Quartet and Tony Arnold, and Schoenberg String Quartet No.2 in F-sharp minor, for soprano and string quartet.


Rooms of Elsinore is co-commissioned by the Library of Congress and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, where Dean and Puhjonen give the second performance in July.

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Brett Dean performs at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

03 March 2017

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Brett Dean returns to Germany this month to appear at the Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern from 17 March 2017. Dean performs across Rügen with Nils Mönkemeyer and other festival musicians in concerts featuring Dean's works as well as those of Bartók and J.S. Bach.


On 20 March Dean is the focus of a Portrait Concert, which features performances of his Hommage à Brahms and Skizzen fur Siegbert.

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Intermusica artists star in the Southbank Centre's 2017/18 Classical Season

Intermusica artists star in the Southbank Centre's 2017/18 classical season, which was announced on 26 January 2017.


Highlights of the new season include Marin Alsop conducting Bernstein Mass with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Kian Soltani performing in memory of Jacqueline du Pré with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The Intermusica co-promoted International Chamber Music Series features James Ehnes leading Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, Danielle de Niese performing with the Navarra String Quartet and Colin Currie marking the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall with a world premiere of a new work by Harrison Birtwistle. Boris Giltburg and George Li give solo recitals as part of the long-running International Piano Series, Nicholas Collon conducts Aurora Orchestra in the finale of Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Ligeti in Wonderland festival, and Kian Soltani makes a second appearance alongside Brett Dean for a performance of Schubert Trout Quintet.


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28 October 2017
Kian Soltani & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, cond. Daniel Barenboim / Strauss Don Quixote


14 November 2017
James Ehnes, Steven Osborne, Alban Gerhardt & Jean Johnson / Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time 


28 February 2018
Boris Giltburg / Brahms, Shostakovich & Rachmaninov


20 March 2018
George Li / Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin & Liszt


6 & 7 April 2018
Marin Alsop & the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain / Bernstein Mass 


19 April 2018
Colin Currie & Nicholas Hodges / Morton Feldman, Stockhausen & Harrison Birtwistle


27 April 2018
Danielle de Niese & Navarra String Quartet / Albert Roussel, Schubert & Ernest Chausson


13 May 2018
Nicholas Collon
& Aurora Orchestra / Ligeti


29 May 2018
Brett Dean & Kian Soltani with Benjamin Grosvenor, Hyeyoon Park and Leon Bosch / Schubert Trout Quintet


For more information and to book tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website.

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Brett Dean performs his Viola Concerto in debut with Seoul Philharmonic

27 January 2017

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Brett Dean makes his debut with Seoul Philharmonic on 10 and 11 February 2017 with two performances of his Viola Concerto at Lotte Concert Hall and Seoul Arts Center under the baton of Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Dean’s performances of his Viola Concerto have earned critical appraisal over the decade since its premiere in 2005:


“…Dean has lost none of his virtuosity as a performer, while confirming his reputation as an up-and-coming craftsman-composer… Curiously beautiful, somewhat enigmatic? No question.”
Financial Times


"Brett Dean is now so famous as a composer that we tend to forget he was and is a fine viola player.. Here was the Australian in both roles: soloist in his own Viola Concerto, which is as riveting a piece today as when he wrote it 12 years ago... A gripping psychological music-drama."
Times


In addition to the two performances of his Viola Concerto, Dean also performs in a chamber concert with members of Seoul Philharmonic on 12 Feb. The programme includes the Asian premiere of his string quintet Epitaphs.

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Brett Dean begins residencies with Taiwan Philharmonic & Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival

Brett Dean embarks on a month’s tour of Asia from 13 January 2017 as Artist in Residence of Taiwan Philharmonic and Composer in Residence of Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.


13 January sees the Taiwanese premiere of From Melodious Lay, conducted by Shao-Chia Lu, in Taipei, and a repeat performance on 14 January in Taichung. Taiwan Philharmonic are co-commissioners of the piece, which received a critically acclaimed world premiere at the Barbican in November 2016:


"Something extraordinary happens in the first two bars of Brett Dean’s From Melodious Lay...there is an immediate shift from the frosted gleam of bowed percussion to a transparent suspension of muted divisi violas and cellos...Clarinets stutter and fall silent. Strings swarm. Chimes chink pitilessly. Sheets of foil flutter softly. Shakespeare’s verse bites and soothes.."
Times


Dean also performs in a chamber concert with members of Taiwan Philharmonic on 8 January in a programme of his Testament, Skizzen für Siegbert and Epitaphs.


Dean then travels to Hong Kong where he is the first ever Composer in Residence at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. Dean’s music has been programmed across the festival, and he also takes part in open rehearsals and performs Skizzen für Siegbert and Epitaphs.

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Brett Dean conducts Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Artist in Residence

02 November 2016

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Brett Dean returns to Australia to conduct three concerts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on 16, 17 and 18 November 2016. Dean was announced as the orchestra's first ever Artist in Residence last year, a tenure which runs from 2016 to 2018. Dean conducts a programme of Lutosławski Symphony No.3 and Dvorák Cello Concerto in B minor with soloist Alisa Weilerstein.


During his time in Sydney Dean also curates, performs and conducts an all-contemporary programme with members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Carriageworks on 20 November. The programme includes the world premieres of Natatsha Anderson Nowhere and Forever and Alexander Garsden We Never Come Here.

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Brett Dean's From Melodious Lay receives world premiere at the Barbican Centre conducted by Joshua Weilerstein

18 October 2016

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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.

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Brett Dean directs world premiere of his Music of Memory with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

11 October 2016

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Brett Dean joins the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra on 25 October 2016 at Liederhalle Stuttgart for the world premiere of his new work, Music of Memory. Dean conducts the orchestra in a programme that also includes his Short Stories, Bartók Divertimento and Thomas Larcher Still, featuring Dean as soloist.


The concert is part of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra's season-long focus on Dean's music. Elsewhere across the season the orchestra performs his Carlo in December 2016, Electric Preludes in February 2017 and Etüdenfest in March 2017.

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Brett Dean: Knocking at the Hellgate receives UK premiere by BBCSO & Russell Braun at Barbican Centre

14 September 2016

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BBC Symphony Orchestra launch their 2016/17 season with the UK premiere of Brett Dean’s Knocking at the Hellgate with Russell Braun at the Barbican Centre on 28 September 2016. The performance is conducted by Sakari Oramo. Knocking at the Hellgate is a four movement suite for baritone and orchestra drawn from Dean’s 2010 opera Bliss.


Dean continues his residency as Artist in Association with BBC Symphony with the world premiere of From Melodious Lay (A Hamlet Diffraction for Soprano, Tenor and Orchestra) in November, conducted by Joshua Weilerstein.

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Intermusica at the Grafenegg Festival 2016

26 August 2016

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Renaud Capuçon
HK Gruber
Martyn Brabbins

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George Li, Valentina Naforniţa and Renaud Capuçon all perform at Grafenegg Festival this summer, while composers Brett Dean and HK Gruber join the jury of the festival’s composer workshop concert, and Martyn Brabbins supports the workshop participants.


On 4 September, George Li joins the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev as soloist in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. Later that day, Renaud Capuçon appears with Orchestre National de France and Christoph Eschenbach to perform Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No.3.


Valentina Naforniţa sings Mozart concert arias with the Cologne Radio Orchestra and Jukka-Pekka Saraste on 8 September.


Brett Dean and HK Gruber return to the Festival to sit on the jury of its Ink Still Wet Composer-Conductor Workshop. With the support of the Tonkunstler Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, contemporary composers will have their work showcased in the workshop’s closing concert on 5 September. Both Dean and Gruber have held the post of Composer-in-Residence at the festival in previous years.

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Glyndebourne 2017: Brett Dean’s Hamlet world premiere & Lise Davidsen’s UK debut

04 May 2016

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Glyndebourne Festival’s 2017 programme was announced on Tuesday 3 May, and features the world premiere of Brett Dean’s new opera Hamlet and Lise Davidsen’s UK debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos.


Brett Dean’s Hamlet, with a libretto by Matthew Jocelyn based on Shakespeare’s play, receives its world premiere on 11 June. Allan Clayton sings the title role with Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, Barbara Hannigan as Ophelia, Rod Gilfry as Claudius, Kim Begley as Polonius, and Sir John Tomlinson as Ghost of Old Hamlet. Neil Armfield directs and Vladimir Jurowksi conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The opera is a commission by Glyndebourne Festival.


Lise Davidsen makes her UK operatic debut as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos in Katharina Thoma’s production, opening on 25 June. After her wins at the Operalia, Queen Sonja and Belvedere competitions, Davidsen has also been announced as an HSBC Aix en Provence Laureate, and the winner of the Gladsaxe Music Prize 2016 and the Statsoil Bursary Award. Other engagements next season include Agathe in a new production of Der Freischütz in Zurich, Four Last Songs at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Edo de Wart, Verdi’a Requiem in London with the Philharmonia and Edward Gardner, and Isabella Das Liebesverbot at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires.


Full cast details of Glyndebourne Festival 2017 will be announced at a later date. Priority booking for the 2017 festival begins on 1 December, while public booking opens on 5 March. 

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Brett Dean: BBC Symphony Orchestra Artist in Association

18 March 2016

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Brett Dean continues his residency as Artist in Association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra this April, returning to London for two concerts on 1 and 13 April 2016 when he performs both as soloist and conductor.


On 1 April Dean conducts a programme of contemporary music from Australia, including the UK premiere of Thomas Meadowcroft Peacemaker Tattoo alongside works by Dean, Pateras, Meale and Lentz at Maida Vale Studios. Dean is joined by violinist Thomas Gould with live electronics provided by Anthony Pateras and Thomas Meadowcroft.


Dean then performs his own Viola Concerto with the orchestra’s chief conductor, Sakari Oramo, at the Barbican on 13 April. The BBC Symphony Orchestra performed the world premiere of Dean’s Viola Concerto in 2005 and Dean returns from a recent performance of the concerto with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in March. Dean’s residency with the BBC runs until the end of the 2016/17 season.

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Brett Dean receives 2016 Don Banks Music Award

01 March 2016

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Brett Dean has been awarded the prestigious Don Banks Music Award for 2016 by Australia Council. The annual award is Australia’s top musical honour, recognising a senior individual’s outstanding contribution to music in Australia. Previous recipients include artists such as Peter Sculthorpe and Carl Vine.


The awards ceremony takes place on 10 March in Sydney. Commenting on receiving the award, Dean said:


“It’s an honour to see my name beside these iconic names of Australian Music, many of whom have been teachers and mentors to me. I am thrilled and honoured to receive this award.”

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Intermusica artists nominated for Olivier & International Opera Awards

Intermusica artists have been nominated for awards at the Olivier Awards and the International Opera Awards, recognising exceptional achievement in opera over the last year. Dame Felicity Palmer has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, while Mark Wigglesworth and his work at English National Opera have been nominated at both the Oliviers and the International Opera Awards. Danielle de Niese, Gregory Kunde, Brett Dean and Simon Halsey have all been recognized at the International Opera Awards.


Mark Wigglesworth has been shortlisted for an International Opera Award in the Conductor category. This nomination comes during Mark Wigglesworth’s first season as Music Director at English National Opera, during which time his conducting has been hailed by the critics as “masterly" (Daily Telegraph) and “sublime” (Times). English National Opera has also been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Opera at the Olivier Awards for its productions of The Force of Destiny and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which were conducted by Wigglesworth.


Palmer has been nominated for her performance as the Countess in Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades at English National Opera, which was greeted with universal critical acclaim:


“The outstanding performance of the evening… comes from Felicity Palmer, whose portrayal of the older Countess is an extraordinary tour de force of compelling stage presence”
Guardian


“Felicity Palmer is peerless as a Countess whose battleaxe demeanour crumbles to reveal the heartbreakingly lonely girl still inside.”
Times


"[Palmer's] spellbinding Gréty aria in the bedroom scene is the best-sung I've heard, little short of miraculous..."
Sunday Times


“The American director starred (only that word will do) Felicity Palmer as the countess… in remarkable vocal shape and proved spellbinding in her delivery of the Grétry aria – another time-stopping moment.”
Opera


Danielle de Niese, who premiered Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago which is on the shortlist for Best New Work, is nominated for the Readers’ Award at the International Opera Awards, the only vote open to the public – cast your vote here. 


Gregory Kunde is nominated for Best Male Singer – after title roles this season in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, he will make his Royal Opera House debut in July this year as Manrico Il trovatore.


ABC’s recording of Brett Dean’s opera Bliss has been nominated for Complete Opera CD. Dean’s work was premiered at Sydney Opera House in 2010, and was well-received by the critics:


“The work holds the attention to the end, sustained by Dean's wonderful score. To his well-known skills as an orchestral composer, Dean has added an under-utilised empathy for the voice. The sung lines drive the musical and dramatic pace, underscored by beautifully detailed instrumental textures, wrought with an innate feeling for the expressive power of instrumental timbre, watched over by counterpoint and fine motivic workmanship.”
Sydney Morning Herald


The Barbican’s production of Jonathan Dove The Monster in the Maze, which featured a chorus directed by Simon Halsey, has also been nominated in the category of Accessibility.

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Brett Dean curates Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations Festival

20 February 2016

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The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has appointed Brett Dean to curate its New Creations Festival which begins on 5 March 2016. Brett Dean conducts and performs his works across three concerts on 5, 9 and 12 March at Roy Thomson Hall. Each concert includes a work by Dean for soloist and orchestra.


Dean performs his own Viola Concerto under the baton of Peter Oundjian on 5 March, alongside works by Anthony Pateras and Gyorgy Kurtág. On 9 March Dean conducts soloist Håkan Hardenberger in the Canadian premiere of Dramatis personae, Dean’s work for trumpet and orchestra which premiered at the 2015 Proms. The final concert of the Festival sees the North American premiere of Dean’s Knocking at the Hellgate, a newly created suite of music for baritone and orchestra taken from Dean’s opera Bliss, featuring soloist and fellow Intermusica artist Russell Braun.

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Brett Dean announced as Sydney Symphony Orchestra's first Artist in Residence

07 January 2016

Brett Dean has been announced as the first ever Artist in Residence at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The residency will commence in 2016 and run for three years; as part of the residency, Brett Dean will conduct one Sydney SO programme per season, will perform in the Carriageworks series and curate programmes in collaboration with David Robertson. The Sydney Symphony will also commission new work from Dean and perform his works throughout their season. Dean conducts his inaugural concert as Artist in Residence with the orchestra on 16 November 2016 at the Sydney Opera House.


Dean has said of the appointment:


“I have grown up with many of these musicians, in many cases having accompanied them on their paths from student days to their current positions as highly qualified leaders in their field, so there is a strong sense of extended musical family for me in working with the SSO. Sydney audiences will have realised by now that David Robertson is not only one of the finest conductors of our time but also one of the great musical communicators with an uncanny knack for finding unexpected points of interconnection; for this reason, working closely with him in curating concerts and creating programmes is immensely stimulating, enlightening and a lot of fun!”

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Brett Dean: Australian premiere of 2nd String Quartet and performances with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

23 October 2015

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Brett Dean returns to Australia to conduct concerts with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on 6 and 7 November 2015. The programme for these concerts includes his orchestral work Testament, which explores Beethoven’s life, music and increasing deafness. Dean also conducts Mozart Piano Concerto No.20 with soloist Benjamin Grosvenor and Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ symphony.


Earlier, the Australian String Quartet give the Australian premiere of Dean’s String Quartet No.2 'And Once I Played Ophelia'  the City Recital Hall in Sydney on 29 October. The ensemble then take the piece on tour around Australia with performances in Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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Brett Dean performs his Viola Concerto with Royal Scottish National Orchestra

25 September 2015

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Brett Dean travels to Scotland on 9 October 2015, where he perform his own Viola Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Peter Oundjian. Dean and the orchestra at Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 9 October and at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall the following day. The programme for the concerts is completed by Borodin Prince Igor Overture and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.


In addition to the two viola concerto performances, Dean performs as second viola in a chamber concert with members of the RSNO. The programme includes Brett Dean’s piece Epitaphs, which he recorded with the Doric String Quartet for a Chandos disc which was released at the beginning of September to critical acclaim:


“Dean’s exploratory soundworld is at the frontierland of chamber music”
Financial Times


“It is impossible to talk about the chamber music of the Australian composer Brett Dean without mentioning that he was principal viola of the Berlin Philharmonic. Inevitably he understands string textures from the inside, with compelling results. The excellent Doric Quartet rise to the challenges of these elegiac works…. Tense, tender and original, it’s a tough but rewarding listen.”
Guardian

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Brett Dean's Dramatis Personae performed by Boston Symphony Orchestra at BBC Proms

08 August 2015

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On 22 August, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons perform Brett Dean’s trumpet concerto, Dramatis Personae, with Håkan Hardenberger as soloist. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


The Proms performance is part of the orchestra’s European tour, with further performances of the concerto at the Lucerne Festival and Cologne Philharmonie later this month.


It is the second performance of Dean's work at the BBC Proms 2015, after the Aurora Orchestra performed his Pastoral Symphony on 2 August. Listen to the whole concert online, available until the end of August, here.

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Brett Dean: Pastoral Symphony performed by Aurora Orchestra at BBC Proms

19 July 2015

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On 2 August, the Aurora Orchestra and principal conductor Nicholas Collon perform Brett Dean’s Pastoral Symphony. The orchestra recorded the piece earlier this year for Warner Classics, and the recording is released on CD on 31 July.


It is the first of two performances of Dean's music at this year's BBC Proms; on 22 August, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons perform his trumpet concerto, Dramatis Personae, with Håkan Hardenberger as soloist. 


Also this August, Dean performs in his native Australia, in recital with his brother Paul Dean (clarinet) and Lisa Moore (piano). The trio perform works by Mozart, Schumann, Berg and Kurtag and Dean also performs his solo viola piece, Skizzen für Siegbert. The trio first perform in Elder Hall, Adelaide (7 August) before travelling to Melbourne to perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre (8 August).

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Brett Dean: Australian World Orchestra world premiere at Sydney Opera House

15 July 2015

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On 29 July 2015, the Australian World Orchestra performs the world premiere of Dean’s orchestration of Claude Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées for soprano and orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. Sir Simon Rattle conducts, with Magdalena Kožená as soloist. The orchestra performs it again at the Sydney Opera House on 31 July, before a performance at Arts Centre Melbourne on 1 August. Dean also performs in trio with Stanley Dodds and Matthew McDonald at the Utzon Room Chamber Series, Sydney Opera House, on 25 July. The trio perform a programme that includes works by Bach, Monteverdi, Martinů and Kurtag.


Earlier in the month, Brett Dean joins the Doric Quartet at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival for a performance on 17 July, when they perform a programme of Haydn String Quartet No.60 in G major, Brett Dean Epitaphs and Brahms String Quintet No.2 in G major.


Dean and the quartet enjoy a close artistic relationship; the quartet regularly performs Dean’s music, and recently recorded his String Quartet No.2 ‘And Once I Played Ophelia’, to be released on Chandos in September 2015.

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Brett Dean tours Germany, Belgium and UK with string quintet

01 June 2015

Brett Dean joins forces with Baiba Skride, Gergana Gergova, Nils Mönkemeyer and Alban Gerhardt to form a string quintet that tours Germany, Belgium and the UK during June 2015. The tour begins on 14 June and they perform a programme of Mozart String Quintet No.6 in E flat major, Brahms String Quintet No.2 in G major and Dean’s own Epitaphs.


The group begin their tour at the Philharmonie Essen (14 June) before travelling to Brussels BOZAR (15 June), Kempen Kulturforum (16 June), Konzert Theater Coesfeld (17 June), Wigmore Hall, London (19 June), Meckenburg-Vorpommren Festival (21 June), Kissinger Sommer Festival (23 June) and Reitstadel Neumarkt (24 June).


Dean then travels to Ireland to perform at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, where he last performed in 2011. He performs in five concerts, the first again showcasing his Epitaphs for string quintet, which he performs this time with the Vanbrugh Quartet (28 June). On 30 June, he performs Dobrinka Tabakova’s Such Different Paths with Alina Ibragimova, Liana Gourdjia, Maxim Rysanov, David Cohen, Natalie Clein and Niek de Groot.


On 2 July, Dean performs Gubaidulina’s Hommage à T.S. Eliot for soprano and octet, with Katharine Dain, Claire Booth, Liana Gourdjia, David Cohen, Romain Guyot, Hervé Joulain, Peter Whelan and Niek de Groot. The following day he performs Brahms Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Marc Coppey and Barry Douglas, before ending his time at the festival by performing Brahms String Sextet No.1 in B-flat major in the Finale concert on 4 July.

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Brett Dean conducts the Scharoun Ensemble & Swedish Chamber Orchestra

01 March 2015

On 13 March, Brett Dean will perform with and conduct the Scharoun Ensemble in Berlin. As well as his own work Recollections, the concert programme includes music by Brahms, Schumann, Kurtag and Martinu – Dean himself will perform the latter on viola.


Later in March, Dean will travel to Sweden to conduct the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in Orebro, in a programme of works by Beethoven, Zivkovic and works by Dean including Etüdenfest, Shadow Music and Testament. The performance takes place at Örebro University's School of Music on 26 March.

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Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates receives its UK premiere

30 January 2015

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus perform the UK premiere of Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates on 13 February at London's Barbican Centre. The piece is for bass-baritone, chorus and orchestra, and John Storgårds conducts with Sir John Tomlinson as soloist.


The Last Days of Socrates was co-commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony orchestras. Its world premiere performance was in April 2013 with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin and Sir Simon Rattle, to great critical acclaim.


“Brett Dean’s latest triumph is a colossal oratorio about the trial and death of the Greek philosopher, and yet it is also a call for freedom of expression. It was atmospheric, onomatopoeic, pregnant with references, and unmistakably comparable to the great central European composers such as Ligeti, Kurtag, Lutoslawski and Henze."
Berliner Morgenpost, April 2013 


The concert is the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s third performance of Brett Dean’s music this season, as part of his Artist in Residency focus.

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Brett Dean: Dramatis Personae

12 November 2014

“Dean's concerto offers fresh perspectives on the soloist's role…”
Guardian, May 2014 


After its world premiere at the Grafenegg Festival in August 2013, Brett Dean’s trumpet concerto, Dramatis Personae, has been performed around the world to critical acclaim over the last year. With a recording by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, John Storgårds and Håkan Hardenberger due to be released on BIS and its US and London premieres taking place in November and December, the concerto has had great success as a major new piece of repertoire for the trumpet.


Written for Hardenberger, Dramatis Personae has now been performed by all its co-commissioners – the Tonkünstler-Orchester, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In October, Dean conducted the Australian premiere with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, and in the same month New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performed it on tour with Hardenberger and Dmitri Slobodeniuk. Hardenberger then joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons for the US premiere, before performing the Swedish premiere with the the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Storgårds, and London premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jukka Pekka Saraste at the Barbican Hall on 5 December. The London concert is the second of three championing Dean’s music this season in his new role as BBCSO Artist in Association.


Hardenberger, Storgårds and Nelsons have been ambassadors for the piece since its premiere: Hardenberger described as a “consummate” soloist (Birmingham Post), and Nelsons having conducted a “glowing UK premiere” (Guardian) before also bringing the concerto to the Boston Symphony Orchestra for its US premiere.


Read some of the reviews for Dramatis Personae below:


"Dean sees the relationship between the soloist Håkan Hardenberger and the orchestra as comparable to that between the hero and the world: the whole piece, written in a classical three movements, was marked by conflict and cooperation between the leading figure and the masses. After the rhythmic emphasis of the first movement, and the quasi monologue of the second, Dean pulled out all the stops in the third movement, ‘The Accidental Revolutionary’, and superimposed stylistic quotes and original material into a clashing collage of sounds and periods, reminiscent of Mahler.”
Der Standard, September 2013


"What an enthusiastic reception it was given by the thrilled audience.
Hakan Hardenberger was the soloist, totally immersed in the music even when not playing, his colourings via an array of mutes vivid and atmospheric, his agility in all Dean's demands consummate, and his relationship with the orchestra as collaborative as chamber-music - indeed so, when he is the centre of a stereophonically-staged trio with two of the orchestral trumpeters, and later when he goes back onto the risers to join them."
Birmingham Post, five stars, May 2014


"a glowing UK premiere…
...Cast ostensibly in conventional form, Dean's concerto offers fresh perspectives on the soloist's role, with three tableaux each exploring a trumpet persona. [Dean] subverts traditional notions of concerto form in which the soloist is pitted against, and overcomes, the might of the orchestra: the soloist's failure to triumph was glorious."
Guardian, May 2014 


Dramatis Personae is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

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Brett Dean is the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s new Artist in Association

29 October 2014

Composer, conductor and violist Brett Dean has been announced as the new Artist in Association at the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The relationship, which runs until the end of the 2016/17 season, will see a significant number of Dean’s works being performed by the BBC Symphony, including three in the first year. He will also perform alongside the orchestra as soloist and conductor. In the 2015/16 season Dean will perform his own viola concerto, which was premiered in the UK by the BBC Symphony in 2005, alongside the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo.


The inaugural piece of Dean’s appointment will be the UK premiere of The Annunciation on 19 November, in a performance by the BBC Symphony and BBC Singers conducted by Josep Pons. The piece was commissioned for the 800th birthday of the Thomanerchor of Leipzig, where it was premiered, and depicts the journey of the Three Kings from darkness into light in a four-part work for chamber orchestra and choir.


On 5 December the BBC Symphony and conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste will give the London premiere of Dean’s trumpet concerto, Dramatis personae, at the Barbican alongside Håkan Hardenberger, the trumpeter for whom the piece was composed. The trumpet concerto's title refers to the different characters the composer associates with the instrument. Cast in three movements, the concerto draws equally upon comic strip scenarios and classical tales of heroism. The London performance is preceded by premieres in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden and performances at the Grafenegg Festival, Copenhagen and in Birmingham and Leipzig.


Dean’s final work to be performed in the 2014/15 season will be his dramatic oratorio The Last Days of Socrates, which dramatises the events of Socrates’s trial for impiety and corrupting the youth of Athens. Bass Sir John Tomlinson, for whom the oratorio was written, will perform the title role, and John Storgårds will conduct the BBC Symphony and BBC Symphony Chorus in the performance on 13 February.


Brett Dean said: “The long association that I've enjoyed already with the BBC Symphony Orchestra is, quite simply, the most significant relationship with a performing organisation in my compositional life and career to date. It's the kind of relationship that all composers wish and long for; no other orchestra anywhere has played more of my music than the BBC SO. Coming from an orchestra with such a venerable and well-documented history of working with living composers, the invitation to formalise our relationship over the coming three seasons in the role of Artist in Association is both a great honour and extremely exciting.”


Dean’s relationship with the BBC Symphony dates back to 2001, when the orchestra gave the UK premiere of his orchestral work Beggars and Angels. The following year, Dean’s Dispersal was performed on the BBC Symphony tour of Australia. Subsequent collaborations have included the 2005 world premiere of Dean’s Viola Concerto, a performance of Vexations and Devotions at the 2007 Proms and the UK premiere of Dean’s opera Bliss in a staging by Australian Opera at Edinburgh Festival in 2010. More recently, the BBC Symphony presented a Brett Dean Total Immersion day at the Barbican in 2012 and also appeared on a recording of Vexations and Devotions and Testament with conductors David Robertson and Martyn Brabbins.


This summer the BBC SO gave the UK premiere of Dean’s Electric Preludes at the BBC Proms.

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Brett Dean conducts Australian premiere of his trumpet concerto at Sydney Opera House

06 October 2014

On 22 October, Brett Dean is joined by Håkan Hardenberger and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the Australian premiere of his trumpet concerto, Dramatis Personae, at the Sydney Opera House. The concerto was written for Hardenberger, who will perform it with Dean conducting the SSO in two further concerts at the Sydney Opera House on 23 and 24 October. The programme is bookended by two Sibelius works, opening with Sibelius Historic Scenes No.1: Overture & Scene and closing with Symphony No.3.


Dramatis Personae was co-commissioned by Grafenegg Festival, Leipzsig Gewandhausorchesterm, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Later this season Hardenberger will give the US premiere alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andris Nelsons, while the London premiere will be given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jukka Pekka Saraste, as part of Dean's new appointment as BBCSO Artist in Association.


Click here to read more about Dramatis Personae on the Boosey & Hawkes website.

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Brett Dean: Visiting Composer residency with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

03 January 2014

In January, Brett Dean travels to Vancouver as Distinguished International Visiting Composer for the Vancouver Symphony’s inaugural New Music Festival. Dean attends three performances of his music and, on 19 January, performs his own Viola Concerto.


The first performance is Dean’s Sextet: Old Kings in Exile, performed by Standing Wave on 17 January. Water Music is then performed by the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on 18 January, and performances of Dean's Songs of Joy and Moments of Bliss take place on 20 January. Dean performs as soloist in his Viola Concerto at the Orpheum Theatre under the baton of Bramwell Tovey on 19 January.


He then travels to St Louis where he performs again as soloist in his Viola Concerto in two performances on 24 and 25 January at Powell Hall with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Robertson. In the same programme he performs his Testament with St Louis Symphony’s violists. Earlier that week he also performs his Skizzen fuer Siegbert for solo viola at the Pulitzer Foundation.

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Brett Dean conducts Brahms and Dean with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

25 October 2013

On 9 November, Brett Dean conducts the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, joined for the occasion by his brother Paul Dean and members from the Australian National Academy of Music.


The concert takes place at Federation Concert Hall in Tasmania. Dean conducts Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture and Tragic Overture and his own Ariel’s Music with Paul Dean as clarinet soloist. The Dean brothers also perform as soloists in Max Bruch’s Double Concerto for viola and clarinet.

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Brett Dean is Composer in Residence at Grafenegg Festival

01 August 2013

Brett Dean is Composer in Residence at the Grafenegg Festival, 14 August – 6 September 2013.


Dean follows in the prestigious footsteps of previous Composers in Residence including Krzysztof Penderecki, HK Gruber, James MacMillan, Heinz Holliger and Tan Dun.


Dean’s music will be featured throughout the festival, and Dean himself will be showcased in his roles as Composer, Conductor and Violist, as well as leading the “Ink Still Wet” workshop series for young composer-conductors.


The residency includes the world premiere of Dean’s trumpet concerto Dramatis Personae, written for Hakan Hardenberger and co-commissioned by the Grafenegg Festival, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.


Click here to read an interview with Sinfini Music, where Brett Dean discusses the five piece that have been most inspirational in his compositional career.


 


Events:
16 August 2013: opening concert with Tonkünstler Orchestra
Dean Amphitheatre, scene for orchestra
Mahler Symphony no. 3 in D Minor
Andres Orozco-Estrada, conductor


17 August 2013: Prélude concert, Dean performs with Doric Quartet
Dean Epitaphs (for two violins, two violas and cello)
Brahms String Quintet in G. Major


17 August 2013: Cellists of Berlin Philharmonic
Programme includes Purcell arr. Dean Suite (for twelve cellos)
Dean Twelve Angry Men (for twelve cellos)


14-18 August 2013: ‘Ink Still Wet’ Composer-Conductor workshops


23 August 2013: concert with Tonkunstler Orchestra
Berlioz Roméo et Juliette: Orchestral Pieces
Dean Viola Concerto (Brett Dean, viola soloist)
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet: Excerpts
Kazushi Ono, conductor


30 August 2013: concert with Pittsburgh Symphony
Dean Komarov’s Fall
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 1st mov.
Shostakovich Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47
Manfred Honeck, conductor


31 August 2013: Dean conducts Prélude concert with Tonkunstler Orchestra
Wolf Italian Serenade in D Minor
Wolf Aus dem spanischen Liederbuch
i Nun bin ich Dein
ii Die ihr schwebet
iii Wunden trägst du, mein Geliebter
iv Ach, des Knaben Augen sind mir so schön
v Die du Gott gebarst, du Reine
Dean Wolf-Lieder
Brett Dean, conductor
Claudia Barainsky, soprano
Alexander Schmalcz, piano


31 August 2013: world premiere of trumpet concerto with the Tonkunstler Orchestra
Beethoven Leonore: Overture
Dean Dramatis Personae (World Premiere)
Brahms Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68
John Storgards, conductor
Dramatis Personae was co-commissioned by Grafenegg Festival, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhausorchester.


6 September 2013: Philharmonia Orchestra concert
Dean Testament
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor
Beethoven Symphony No.3 in E-flat major 'Eroica'
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor


Click here to find out more on the Grafenegg Festival website.

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