Louis Schwizgebel makes debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra & Valentina Peleggi
Louis Schwizgebel travels to Brazil this month to make his debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra on 17 August 2017. Schwizgebel joins the orchestra and fellow Intermusica artist Valentina Peleggi at the Sala São Paulo to perform Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Egyptian’. Peleggi also conducts Haydn Overture in D major and Rimsky-Korsakov Cappriccio espagnol, with two further concerts following on 18 and 19 August.
Schwizgebel recorded the concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Aparté, a performance which was highly praised by BBC Music Magazine:
"Schwizgebel's touch is gorgeously singing and wonderfully delicate, but can sharpen to serious bling when occasion demands - and he applies it judiciously. Throughout he shows exemplary musical taste and good sense, whilst making Saint-Saens's most fiendish passagework sound utterly effortless."
Before reaching São Paulo, Schwizgebel first travels to Mexico City to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 in C major on 12 and 13 August with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, in the Sala Nezahualcóyotl.
Throughout the month, Schwizgebel will also gives a series of solo recitals at summer festivals in Europe. He performs a programme of Beethoven Piano Sonatas 13 and 14, Chopin Ballades 2 and 3, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Les Musicales du Golfe du Morbihan and Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga in France on 3 and 6 August respectively, and the North Norfolk Music Festival in the United Kingdom on 23 August.
Valentina Peleggi assists Sir Richard Armstrong in Tristan und Isolde with São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Valentina Peleggi assists Sir Richard Armstrong and a cast of acclaimed soloists this month for a series of semi-staged performances of Wagner Tristan und Isolde with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra later this summer. Tristan und Isolde runs from 31 August to 3 September at Sala São Paulo.
Hailed for her "abundant vitality and lyrical intensity" (Baltimore Sun), Ms Peleggi has previously assisted Bruno Campanella and Gianluigi Gelmetti at Teatro Regio di Torino, Opera Bastille Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro San Carlo. Her recent performances of Beethoven and Mendelssohn at Teatro Verdi received glowing praise:
"The orchestra responded extremely well…a very interesting performance (of the Beethoven), already revealing a secure relationship between conductor and orchestra… But the real surprise came with the Mendelssohn, full of brilliance and sunshine, and yet technically complex. Right from the marvellous opening attack of the Allegro vivace, it was clear that this was the focus of the rehearsal time. Even on recordings I have never heard such brisk tempi in the outer movements…The orchestra responded with stupendous precision and a cohesion rarely heard in Trieste. This applied to all four movements; the interpretation has yet to mature, of course, but Peleggi conducted with authority and with love through her very eloquent gestures….giving us a new figure on the Italian music scene…"
Operaclick, September 2016
Valentina Peleggi participates in masterclasses with Daniele Gatti & the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Valentina Peleggi travels to Amsterdam this month to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in public masterclasses with Chief Conductor Daniele Gatti from 28 to 30 June 2017. Peleggi is one of four conductors selected to participate in public masterclasses with the RCO, for which the repertoire is Mozart Symphony No.40, Mahler Symphony No.4, and Stravinsky Petrushka. The masterclasses will be streamed live on the orchestra's website, where you can also see interviews with the candidates.
There is always a very high quality of candidate chosen for the prestigious masterclasses - past years have included Intermusica artists Ben Gernon and Joshua Weilerstein, who returns to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in family concerts this season. As a result, the classes are viewed by many as a reliable indicator of the best up and coming conducting talent, and this year once again many orchestra managers are attending from leading orchestras in Holland and abroad.
Elsewhere this summer, Peleggi spends much of the coming months with the São Paulo Symphony where she is Resident Conductor.
Italian conductor Valentina Peleggi joins the Intermusica roster for worldwide management
Intermusica is delighted to welcome the young Italian conductor Valentina Peleggi for worldwide representation. Peleggi is Conductor in Residence of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, where she conducts several subscription concerts per season. She is also Principal Conductor of the chorus, and in 2017 she was awarded Conductor of the Year by the São Paulo critics’ society. Click here to watch her conducting the Intermezzo to Puccini’s Suor Angelica in November with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
This spring she participates in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s prestigious masterclasses under Daniele Gatti and earlier this season she debuted with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra:
"Peleggi shaped the score with abundant vitality and lyrical intensity, drawing a crackling response from the BSO"
Peleggi studied in London (Royal Academy of Music), Rome, Siena and with Zinman in Zurich, and has assisted Gardiner, Bychkov and Thielemann, as well as her mentor Marin Alsop. She is passionately dedicated to Italian opera, from bel canto to Verdi, and has worked with Bruno Campanella and Gianluigi Gelmetti at Teatro Regio di Torino, Opera Bastille Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro San Carlo, and with the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI for a live worldwide broadcast and DVD production of Cenerentola. She has also conducted the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Trieste, Orchestra della Toscana and Omaha symphonies, and has worked with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich and the BBC Concert Orchestra, collaborating with soloists such as Boris Belkin, Yuri Bashmet and Baiba Skride.