Omer Meir Wellber conducts premiere (November 2019)

Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Dresden

On 3 November, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the premiere of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Dresden. The co-production with the Teatro Real in Madrid will be directed by Spanish opera director Calixto Bieito. Further performances will take place on 7, 13, 26 and 28 November.

Find more information here.

New chair for Midori (October 2019)

Violinist and UN messenger of peace Midori has been appointed to the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

“We are pleased to recognize this outstanding artist and dedicated teacher in this way,” said Curtis president and CEO Roberto Díaz. “The prestigious named chairs at Curtis honor the school’s significant legacy while demonstrating our continued commitment as leaders and innovators in training excellence in violin studies.”

The Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies was previously held by Aaron Rosand until his retirement in May 2019. Midori joined the faculty in 2018. In the 2019–20 school year, the Curtis Institute of Music celebrates its 95 years of existence.

You can read the official announcement here.

Midori presenting works of living female composers (October 2019)

From 2 to 8 November, Midori will present a program consisting only of works by living female composers. Together with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute she will perform at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in Le Poisson Rouge in New York and in London’s Kings Place. The program includes works by Olga Neuwirth, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Vivian Fung, Sofia Gubaidulina and a world premier by Tamar Diesendruck.

Here you can find the announcement of the concert in New York by the magazine The New Yorker .

On her facebook channel, Midori talks about the project in general as well as about the pieces of the program.

About the project in general:

Midori's own words on her upcoming project

Midori talks about how the upcoming project of presenting pieces written by female living composers came along. Five composers' works will be featured in her recitals on November 2nd (Washington, D.C.), 4th (New York) and 8th (London).

Posted by Midori on Wednesday, October 16, 2019


About Vivian Fung’s Birdsong:

Birdsong by Vivian Fung

Midori talks about Vivian Fung's "Birdsong" which will be featured in her upcoming concerts in Washington D.C., New York and London next month.

Posted by Midori on Wednesday, October 23, 2019


About Sofia Gubaidulina’s Dancer on a Tightrope:

Midori: "Dancer on a Tightrope" by Sofia Gubaidulina

Check out this video of Midori introducing Sofia Gubaidulina's "Dancer on a Tightrope," one of the pieces to be fetured in her upcoming recitals in Washington, D.C., New York and London. The recitals present works composed by five living female composers. Guibaidulina's "Dancer on a Tightrope" was comissioned by the Library of Congress in 1993.

Posted by Midori on Saturday, October 26, 2019


About Olga Neuwirth’s Quasare / Pulsare:

Midori: Olga Neuwirth "Quasare/Pulsare"

In this video, Midori talks about Olga Neuwirth's "Quasare/Pulsare," one of the contemporary works featured in her upcoming recitals– how daunting it was to enounter unknown symbols on the score, and how creative and imaginative the composer utlizes the violin and the bow in the piece.

Posted by Midori on Tuesday, October 29, 2019


About Franghiz Ali-Zadeh’s Habil Sayagi:

Midori: Franghiz Ali-Zadeh's "Habil Sayagi"

Check out this video in which Midori introduces Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh's "Habil Sayagi." Midori says, "Music has such incredible possibilities of exploring what ears can catch and stretches the listening capacity. When we hear and listen, it opens our minds, too.""Habil Sayagi" and four other works all by living women composers will be featured in her upcoming concerts in Washington D.C., New York and London.

Posted by Midori on Friday, November 1, 2019


About Tamar Diesendruck‘s Unruly Strands – the work commissioned by the Library of Congress’s:

Midori: Tamar Diesendruck's "Unruly Strands"

Today at the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Midori and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute will present five works by living women composers, including Tamar Diesendruck's "Unruly Strands" commissioned by the Library of Congress.

Posted by Midori on Saturday, November 2, 2019


Overview on the concerts:

2 November – Washington, D.C., Library of Congress
Vivian Fung: Birdsong
Sofia Gubaidulina: Dancer on a Tightrope
Olga Neuwirth: Quasare / Pulsare

Tamar Diesendruck: Unruly Strands – Uraufführung
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Habil-Sayagi
Ieva Jokubaviciute – Piano

4 November – New York, Le Poisson Rouge
see 2 November

8 November – London, Kings Place
see 2 November

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck on tour (October 2019)

On Friday the 25th European Tour of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra starts. With its Music Director Manfred Honeck, the American top orchestra performs eleven concerts in ten cities and five countries and debuts in the Philharmonie de Paris and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg as well as concerts in the Berliner Philharmonie, Münchner Philharmonie in Gasteig and a residence in the Wiener Musikverein. Soloists of the tour are the renowned pianists Lang Lang and Igor Levit as well as the baritone Matthias Goerne.

Find more information and the tour blog here.

Concerto Köln appoints Kent Nagano as Honorary Conductor (Ocotber 2019)

On the occasion of the collaborative concert at the Cologne Philharmonie on 20 October, Concerto Köln appointed Kent Nagano as Honorary Conductor. The early music ensemble and the conductor, renowned for both opera and orchestral repertoire, have enjoyed a close collaboration since 2011. Currently, the focus of their collaboration lies on academic research and, starting in 2021, on the historically informed performance of Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung” – “Wagner Readings”.

The concert on 20 October was broadcasted live on WDR3 and can be listened to here. Further information about the concert can be found here. Please contact us if you have problems accessing or finding the webpage, where you can listen to the concert.

With the title of Honorary Conductor, Concerto Köln acknowledges the long-standing and loyal collaboration with Kent Nagano. “What we have in common: curiosity, the eagerness to explore and the courage to transcend boundaries. Kent is a musician who never ceases to ask questions and whose thinking never stands still. Backed by mutual sympathy and respect, each and every one of our encounters has been a true source of inspiration”, Artistic Director Alexander Scherf explains the decision. Kent Nagano who is currently the General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, was delighted to receive this award: “Concerto Köln and I have enjoyed a remarkable collaboration for a number of years. Be it Mozart’s “Idomeneo”, the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven or, most recently, Richard Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” – we manage to rediscover the music together. The energy and power of the orchestra, the gripping playing style and the musical
curiosity of Concerto Köln are inspiring. I am very pleased to accept the appointment of Honorary Conductor of this ensemble.”

Following initial collaborations for Beethoven’s 6th Symphony and Mozart’s “Idomeneo” at the 2016 Audi Summer Concerts in Ingolstadt, the idea emerged to further explore 19th-century scenic music. “Wagner Readings” with Concerto Köln and Kent Nagano as Co-Artistic Directors, examines Richard Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung”. In addition to various concerts with works from the 19th century – including the concert on October 20, 2019, featuring works by Debussy, Offenbach and Wagner – the performance of the Ring Tetralogy is planned from 2021 onwards. In the lead up to this, the symposium, “Past and present ideals in stage pronunciation” in cooperation with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, will take place on November 15 and 16, 2019. In the upcoming year 2020, the emphasis will be on the practical application of academic findings: this includes the reconstruction of wind instruments according to historical models and workshops focusing on the artistic realization of Wagner’s ideals and intentions regarding performance practice. Researchers from a variety of fields are extensively involved in the project. They are supported by the Kunststiftung NRW, the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Strecker-Stiftung and MBL.

For many years, Concerto Köln, with its unique sound, has ranked among the leading ensembles in the field of historical performance practice. The orchestra is synonymous with outstanding interpretations of early music. Concerto Köln manages to shed new light on baroque masterpieces in an unparalleled way, as the most recent recording with selected Concerti Grossi by Francesco Geminiani illustrates.

Further information can be found at and

Swiss Premier of David Philip Hefti’s work “An durchsichtigen Fäden“ (October 2019)

On 29 October, the Amaryllis Quartett and Maria Riccarda Wesseling will play the Swiss premier of David Philip Hefti’s work An durchsichtigen Fäden – for mezzo soprano and string quartet to a poem by Kurt Aebli at the Oekolampad in Basel. The world premier of the work took place on 19 April 2018 in Lübeck, also performed by the Amaryllis Quartett and Maria Riccarda Wesseling. The work lasts about 30 minutes and is based on the poem “Endloser Anfang von allem” (“Endless beginning of everything”) by Kurt Aebli.
Before the concert, there will be an introduction with David Philip Hefti.

Overview on the concert:

29. Oktober, 19:30 – Basel, Oekolampad
Hefti: An durchsichtigen Fäden – for mezzo soprano and string quartet to a poem by Kurt Aebli
Maria Riccarda Wesseling – mezzo soprano, Amaryllis Quartet
further details on the concert

You can find further information on the work on David Philip Hefti’s website.


Literary debut of Omer Meir Wellber (October 2019)

Poetic, political, wild…Today “Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner” by conductor Omer Meir Wellber is published!

Chaim Birkner is 108 years old and the oldest man in Israel. He came to Israel in 1944 and since then he has been lying his way through life, avoiding everything and everyone. His neglected daughter Sharon of all people forces him to face life at least once.

Find more information here!

New CD Box – Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano playing Beethoven (Oktober 2019)

With Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 0 E-flat Major WoO 4, a nearly unknown youth work of the composer, and his Rondo for Piano and Orchestra WoO 6, Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano expand their joint recordings of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

The 4-CD edition will be released on 11 October 2019 with Berlin Classics.

On this CD, Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano present a very personal adaptation of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 0 which reflects their individual image of Beethoven as a youngster – exuberant freshness, an urgent sense of awakening in the young, almost childlike Beethoven writing shortly before his artistic powers developed to the maximum, the joie de vivre and vital energy in a style that owes something to the playfulness of both Haydn and Mozart. The adaptation is based on the autograph of the compressed score; a complete orchestration by Beethoven does not exist.

The 4-CD edition (Piano Concertos Nos. 0-5, Triple Concerto, Rondo for piano and orchestra, bonus track: “Eroica” Variations for piano solo) offers a profound insight into this year-long engagement of the musicians with the works for piano and orchestra of Beethoven, who has become a true musical companion for them. And not only that: ” “If you play them all, it’s like travelling with Beethoven through his entire life,” says Mari Kodama.

Official Trailer:

Official Music Video – Piano Concerto no. 0: I. Allegro:

Official Music Video – Piano Concerto no. 0: III. Rondo:

Kent Nagano and the OSM – “Tour of the Americas” (October 2019)

From 1 to 15 October 2019, Kent Nagano and the orchestra will go on an extensive tour through Latin America, including Sao Paolo, Rio de Janiero, Buenos Aires, finishing at the Chicago Symphony Center on 15 October with the following program: Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff (soloist Denis Matsuev) and Bartok.

Find more information here.