Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano at the SWR Symphonieorchester (July 2019)

On 18, 19 and 20 July, Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano will be guests at the SWR Symphonieorchester in Stuttgart and Freiburg. They will perform Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto and Bruckner’s Symphony Nr. 6.
The concert on 19 July will be video streamed live on SWRClassic and SWRClassic’s facebook page.

Overview on the concerts:

18, 19 July, 20.00 – Stuttgart, Liederhalle
SWR Symphonieorchester
Schoenberg: Piano Concerto op. 42
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 A Major

19 July, 20.00: Live Video Stream on

20 July, 20.00 – Freiburg, Konzerthaus
s. 18 July

Further information on the concerts (in German) can be found here.

Midori receives Great Immigrant honour from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (July 2019)

Midori has been named as one of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Great Immigrants for 2019. Every Fourth of July, the Corporation salutes 38 naturalised citizens who strengthen the United States’ economy, culture and communities.

The Corporation’s founder, Andrew Carnegie, was himself a naturalised citizen. He was born in Scotland and rose out of poverty to become one of the greatest contributors to American industry and philanthropy. He was a staunch advocate for immigration and the Great Immigrant initiative was founded in 2006 to honour his legacy. To date it has honoured nearly 600 individuals.

Jan Vogler’s Songbook with de Falla, Paganini and Piazzolla (June 2019)

On 14 June 2019 cellist Jan Vogler and guitarist Ismo Eskelinen released their new CD Songbook on Sony Classical. With pieces by de Falla, Paganini and Piazzolla, among others, the two musicians expand the repertoire of the unusual combination violoncello and guitar. The selection of pieces includes arrangements originally composed for violin and guitar, such as Cantabile by Niccolo Paganini, as well as original works such as the Sonata for guitar and cello by Radamés Gnattali and Moon River by Henri Mancini, a classic of popular music.

Find more information here.

Omer Meir Wellber at the Bach Festival in Leipzig (June 2019)

On 18 June 2019, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct a special project on The Art of the Fugue by J. S. Bach at the Bach Festival in Leipzig’s Thomaskirche with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

The composers of the project are:

Maximilian Otto – Fugue 1
Peter Tornyai – Fugue 5
Carlo Boccadoro – Fugue 7
Sven-David Sandström – Joint 8
Ferran Cruixent – Fugue 9
Bernd Franke – Fugue 11
Aziza Sadikova – Fugue 12
Ella Milk Sheriff – Fugue 14

Omer Meir Wellber himself says about the project: “The Art of the Fugue« has been a fountain of inspiration and continues to be. Composers from all over the globe chose and orchestrated Fuges, dialoging with Bach through new orchestral perspectives. This project is about cultural immigration: we bring the world into the core of the European musical tradition, a dialog through sound and color.”

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– J. S. Bach: The Art of the Fugue, in new arrangements
– F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Christus (Fragment)
– F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser

Kent Nagano and Concerto Köln on Deutschlandfunk Kultur (June 2019)

“Great symphony with an orchestra from the so-called early music scene: It is an exciting musical adventure that the Concerto Köln tackles with the conductor Kent Nagano in the project “Wagner-Lesarten” – with the Wesendonck-Lieder and Bruckner’s 3rd Symphony.”

Listen to the concert of 16 May in the Philharmonoie Köln here on Deutschlandfunk Kultur for another 30 days.

Richard Wagner: Five songs after poems by Mathilde Wesendonck (arrangement for voice and orchestra by Felix Mottl)

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (3rd version 1889)


World premiere with Jan Vogler on WDR 3 (June 2019)

The world premiere of the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra can be heard here on WDR 3. The Concerto composed for the German cellist Jan Vogler by Nico Muhly from the USA, Sven Helbig from Germany and Zhou Long from China was premiered at the Dresden Music Festival on 18 May 2019 with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by its designated principal conductor Cristian Măcelaru .

Recorded on 18 May at the Kulturpalast, Dresden
Nico Muhly/Sven Helbig/Zhou Long – Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3

Omer Meir Wellber conducts premiere of Nabucco (May 2018)

On 25 May 2019, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the premiere of Verdi’s Nabucco at the Semperoper Dresden as the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor.

Further dates and information can be found here.

As part of the production, the Semperoper shot a three-part Making-of Nabucco with director David Bösch, set designer Patrick Bannwart and conductor Omer Meir Wellber. Here you can watch the third part.

PSO and Manfred Honeck on European Tour (May 2019)

From 25 October to 8 November 2019, the PSO will go on a major European tour with Manfred Honeck, including the Berlin and Paris Philharmonie, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Vienna Musikverein. The pianists Lang Lang and Igor Levit as well as the baritone Matthias Goerne will be soloists on the tour.

25 October, Frankfurt, Alte Oper

26 October, Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie

28 October, Hanover, Kuppelsaal in the Congress Centrum

29 October, Berlin, Philharmonie

31 October, Vienna, Musikverein

1 November, Vienna, Musikverein

3 November, Munich, Philharmonie am Gasteig

4 November, Amsterdam, Concertgebouw

5 November, Paris, Philharmonie

7 November, Brussels, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts

8 November, Düsseldorf, Tonhalle


Further information can be found here.