BBC Proms 2011 announces festival programme
14 April 2011, London
Details of this year's BBC Proms season - running from 15 July to 10 September - have been announced, with full details available on the festival's website.
All of Brahms's symphonies and piano concertos will be performed, including two all-Brahms programmes from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe: they and French pianist Emanuel Ax perform the composer's third symphony and first piano concerto (19 August) and the fourth symphony and second piano concerto (20 August).
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will only recently have turned 19 when he performs Liszt's second piano concerto on the opening night, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiří Bělohlávek (15 July). Grosvenor will also appear with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (another youthful nominee on the recent RPS Awards shortlist) to perform Britten's piano concerto (6 August).
American composer Steve Reich's 75th birthday will be celebrated with a late night programme of some of his best known works: Clapping music, Electric counterpoint and Music for 18 musicians, performed by Synergy Vocals and contemporary music specialists Ensemble Modern and conducted by Reich himself (10 August).
In total the work of 116 composers will be performed, only six of whom are women. One, the medieval composer, writer and nun Hildegaard of Bingen, has 'inspired' a programme at which the world premiere of the latest work by another, Stevie Wishart, will take place: Wishart's Out of this world is part of a programme which also includes a selection from Hildegard of Bingen's Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum, Britten's Sacred and profane, and Harrison Birtwistle's Narration: A description of the passing of a year (27 August).
There are two innovations in this year's season: a Comedy Prom hosted by Australian pianist-comic Tim Minchin (13 August); and the Audience Choice Prom on 2 September, at which the evening's audience will be invited to 'Create your own Prom' from the music library of the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer.
Other highlights include a rare full performance of Rossini's opera William Tell with the orchestra and chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, conducted by Antonio Pappano – and welcome returns for two international youth orchestras: the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, with a programme of Stravinsky, Ravel and Tchaikovsky conducted by Sir Colin Davis; and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, which joins with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, soprano Miah Persson and mezzo Anna Larsson, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, to tackle Mahler's epic Resurrection symphony on 5 August.
Borletti-Buitoni Trust announces 2011 award winners
17 February 2011
The Borletti-Buitoni Trust has announced the winners of this year's awards and fellowships. They are:
- Hyeyoon Park (violin, Korea)
- Bram van Sambeek (bassoon, Holland)
- Elizabeth Watts (soprano, UK)
- Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano, Australia/Greece)
Special Ensemble Award
- The Heath Quartet (UK)
- Augustin Hadelich (violin, USA/Germany)
- Hannes Minnaar (piano, Holland)
Given to young musicians across the world, BBT awards are worth £20,000 and fellowships £10,000.
The BBT's special ensemble scholarship of £20,000 is awarded at the discretion of the judges year-to-year, this year going to the UK-based Heath Quartet.
All awards are granted in the hope of developing the careers of young performers. The trust does not accept unsolicited approaches for performers to be considered for grants; instead a selection panel is invited to provide confidential nominations.
Pianomania Q&A with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Curzon Mayfair
29 July 2010
Pianomania is a new documentary film that
follows Stefan Knüpfer, Steinway & Sons’ Master Tuner in Vienna, as
he works with some of the world’s best-known concert pianists,
including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and demonstrates how this unsung hero
is pivotal to realising the vision of each virtuoso.
A special screening of the film will be shown at the Curzon Mayfair, London, this coming Sunday 1 August at 5.45pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Robert Cibis and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.