Conductors & Piano

Thomas Adès

Born in London, Thomas Adès studied at the GSMD and at King’s College, Cambridge. As a conductor, he has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmomic, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mariinsky and Ensemble Modern.

He performs worldwide as a pianist and made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2007. For The Royal Opera he has conducted The Tempest and The Rake’s Progress. Recent conducting engagements include The Tempest (Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera), The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival), his three orchestral works Asyla, Polaris and Tevot with the London Symphony Orchestra, recently released on LSO Live and the UK premiere of Lieux Retrouves for cello and orchestra with Britten Sinfonia (BBC Proms).

This season, his engagements include The Exterminating Angel at The Metropolitan Opera, New York; concerts with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and his debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

In recent seasons, he has given recitals at London’s Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Chicago and London Symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. He has also given many performances directing from the keyboard, with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sinfonia Varsovia and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Piotr has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics/Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first recording for the label was Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive a number of prizes including an ECHO Klassik award. He has also recorded a Grammy-nominated CD of Bach’s Partitas 1, 3 and 6 and a critically-acclaimed disc of works by Chopin. Piotr’s most recent disc of Bach’s English Suites nos. 1, 3 and 5 was released in November 2014, going on to win both a Gramophone award and an ECHO Klassik award in 2015.

Download Piotr’s full 2017/18 season biography here.

Saleem Ashkar made his New York Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 22 and has since worked with many of the World’s leading orchestras. He performs regularly with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Ricardo Chailly, Fabio Luisi, Lawrence Foster, Philip Jordan, Nikolaj Znaider, Pietari Inkinen and Jaakub Hrusa.

A dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, Saleem’s current focus is a complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle presented by the Konzerthaus Berlin which spans the 2016/17 season. Saleem will perform the cycle in parallel in Prague and Osnabrück and his home country of Israel.

Highlights of the current and future seasons include performances with the Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and a tour to Australia. He will also travel to Canada and the US for a re-invitation to the National Arts Centre Ottawa, an appearance at Cal Performances, Berkeley, and a residency at Brown University.

Saleem is Ambassador to the Music Fund, a humanitarian project that supports musicians and music schools in conflict areas and developing countries.

Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. His studies at the Juilliard School where supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award.  Additionally, he attended Columbia University, where he majored in French. Emanuel Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv and in 1979 he won the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in New York.

Emanuel has been an exclusive Sony Classical artist since 1987 and his notable recordings include the Grammy Award winning albums of Haydn piano sonatas and Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano with Yo-Yo Ma.

Alison Balsom has performed with some of the greatest conductors and orchestras of our time including Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Sir Roger Norrington, l’Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York and London Philharmonic orchestras, and appeared as soloist at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in 2009. In addition, she regularly collaborates with many of the world’s leading chamber ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, Il Pomo d’Oro and The English Concert.
Alison was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, subsequently leading to regular performances the BBC Orchestras. She studied at both the Paris Conservatoire, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and, in addition to her honorary doctorates from Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Leicester, is now an honorary Fellow and visiting Professor at the Guildhall. Alison teaches masterclasses worldwide, including at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute.
Alison was an exclusive EMI Classics artist (now Warner Classics) from 2001 – 2017.

Piano & Conductors

Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942, and studied piano under his parents. At age 11, he took part in conducting classes in Salzburg, under Igor Markevich

In 1954, Daniel began his recording career as a pianist. In the 1960s, he recorded Beethoven’s Piano Concertos with Otto Klemperer, Brahm’s Piano Concertos with Sir John Barbirolli, and the Mozart piano concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, this time serving both as pianist and conductor.

Ever since his conducting debut in 1967 in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniel has been in great demand with leading orchestras around the world. Between 1975 and 1989, he was principal conductor of the Orchestre de Paris, and he held the position of Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra between 1991 and 2006. Since 1992, Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where he was also artistic director from 1992 to August 2002. In 2000, the Staatskapelle Berlin appointed him Principal Conductor for Life, and in March 2003, he and the Staatskapelle were honoured with the Wilhelm-Furtwängler-Preis.

Beside his great classic-romantic repertoire, Daniel continues to focus on contemporary music.

The 2016-17 season saw American-Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan complete his third and final year as the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Artist-in-Association, and give debut performances with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester (under Alan Gilbert), Chicago Symphony (Jesús López-Cobos), Baltimore Symphony (Vasily Petrenko), Seattle Symphony (Ludovic Morlot), and BBC Symphony Orchestra (with Kazushi Ono) at the BBC Proms.

Highlights of the 2017-18 season include debuts with the London Philharmonic and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras, and returns to the Cincinnati Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Inon will also return to the London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall for recitals, embark on a major tour of South East Asia, and continue his longstanding duo collaboration with cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon went on to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He is a recipient of both the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, and currently resides in New York.

 

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.

With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Conductors with whom Nicola has worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiří Bělohlávek, Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Hans Graf, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Jakub Hrůša, Kirill Karabits, Andrew Litton, Kristjan Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Cristian Măcelaru, Zubin Mehta, Andrea Marcon, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Thomas Søndergård, Krzysztof Urbanski, Juraj Valcua, Edo de Waart, Pinchas Zukerman and Jaap van Zweden.

Nicola enjoys working with the highest level of orchestras including collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival.