Midori receives the “Ambassador of the Arts Award” from Washington Performing Arts (July 2021)

Midori receives the Ambassador of the Arts Award from Washington Performing Arts, one of the most established and respected performing arts institutions in America.

Washington Performing Arts’ Ambassador of the Arts Award was established in 2013 to recognize exceptional achievement, service and advocacy for the performing arts by an individual. Midori received the award in 2020.READ MORE

Jan Vogler at the 74th Festival de Cannes (July 2021)

Bill Murray, Cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez present NEW WORLDS: THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATIONat the 74th Festival de Cannes.

As part of the Special Screenings, the music film will be shown at 8:45 p.m. CET on 16 July at the Théâtre Claude Debussy. In the film, the artists are accompanied on their shared musical journey, taking viewers on a special time travel through musical and literary history, including works by Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovich, as well as texts by Hemingway and Whitman. The film was directed by Andrew Muscato.


Francisco Fullana at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (July 2021)

Francisco Fullana will perform a concert at Schloss Bothmer with Tomomi Sato at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival with Schumann’s Sonata No. 2 in D minor for violin and piano, op. 121, and his Romance No. 2 in A major for violin and piano, op. 94. The Ensemble der Bothmer Musik will also perform Bach’s Concerto No. 4 in A major and Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor.

15 July 2021, 8:00 p.m., Klütz, Bothmer Castle.
Schumann: Sonata No. 2 in D minor for violin and piano op. 121
Schumann: Romance No. 2 in A major for violin and piano op. 94
Francisco Fullana – violin
Tomomi Sato – piano
and with the Bothmer Music Ensemble:
Bach: Concerto No. 4 in A major for accordion and string quartet BWV 1055
Mozart: Piano quartet in G minor KV 478

For more information click here.


Kent Nagano on the podcast “Embrace Everything – The World of Gustav Mahler” (July 2021)

Season 2 of the Embrace Everything – The World of Gustav Mahler podcast series, an exploration of the composer’s complete symphonies, is available here and on all audio streaming services starting today.

Season 2 focuses on Mahler’s Second Symphony in C minor (1888-1894), delving into Mahler’s musical exploration of life, death, and what lies beyond. Each episode is devoted to a movement of the symphony. Kent Nagano is featured in the episodes 1, 3 and 5.

The Embrace Everything podcast series was created and is hosted by award-winning radio producer Aaron Cohen. It explores and celebrates the music of Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) by taking a journey through his symphonies. Using interviews with leading Mahler interpreters and scholars, readings from the letters of Mahler and his contemporaries, commentary from Mr. Cohen, and the sounds of the symphonies themselves, each season of the series guides listeners through one of these landmark works in the orchestral repertoire.

Omer Meir Wellber at the Teatro di Verdura (July 2021)

On Sunday, 9 July Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the Orchestra di Teatro Massimo at Teatro di Verdura in Palermo. With pianist Daniel Ciobanu, mezzosoprano Natalia Gavrilan and the choir of the Teatro Massimo, the program will include works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

Sunday, 4 July 2021 at 09:15 pm CET at Teatro di Verdura
Teatro Massimo Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor Omer Meir Wellber
Piano Daniel Ciobanu
Mezzosoprano Natalia Gavrilan
Chorus Master Ciro Visco

Rachmaninov: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 in C minor op. 18
Prokofiev: Aleksandr Nevskij, Cantata for mezzosoprano, chorus and orchestra with videoprojection of Ejzenštejn’s movie

Please find more information here, tickets can be bought here.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announces 2021-2022 season (June 2021)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced the 2021-2022 season and will welcome back audiences to Heinz Hall with full orchestra for the first time in 18 months in September 2021 when its new season begins. The 2021-2022 season is also the 50th anniversary of Heinz Hall, the home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-2022 season will be the 14th under the direction of its Music Director Manfred Honeck and the 126th in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s celebrated history.


Mari Kodama at the 3. Chopin Festival Hamburg (June 2021)

Mari Kodama will give a sonata recital at the 3rd Chopin Festival Hamburg on Saturday, 12 June 2021 at 8:15 pm. After the festival had to be cancelled last summer, it will finally take place and will also be broadcast live on the YouTube channel by the Chopin Gesellschaft Hamburg & Sachsenwald e.V.

Saturday 12 June 2021, 8:15 p.m., 3rd Chopin Festival Hamburg.
Mari Kodama: “Sonata Evening: Chopin, Ravel and H. Dutilleux.”
Erard (1880) / Shigeru Kawai SK7 (2019).
Works by F. Chopin, M. Ravel, H. Dutilleux

Kent Nagano and the OSM win JUNO Award for “Classical Album of the Year” (large ensemble) (June 2021)

Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal have won the JUNO Award in the category CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR—LARGE ENSEMBLE for the recording GINASTERA—BERNSTEIN—MOUSSA. The recording was published in November 2020 on the Analekta label

Recorded live in concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal in 2019 by the OSM under its now Conductor Emeritus Kent Nagano, the album brings together works performed by the Orchestra’s Concertmaster Andrew Wan such as Alberto Ginastera’s Violin concerto, Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion and the Violin Concerto “Adrano” by Samy Moussa, a world premiere recording and OSM-commissioned work.