- Sir John Eliot Gardiner,
- Piotr Anderszewski
The London Symphony Orchestra and Sir John Eliot Gardiner concluded their Mendelssohn cycle during the 2016/17 season and devote themselves to the works of Schumann from the 2017/18 season.
Robert Schumann: Ouvertüre, Scherzo und Finale für Orchester E-Dur op. 52
Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 C-Dur op. 15
Robert Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 4 d-Moll op. 120
Robert Schumann: Ouvertüre zu "Genoveva" (Oper in 4 Akten) op. 81
Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 C-Dur op. 15
Robert Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 2 C-Dur op. 61
London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra is bringing the greatest music to the greatest number of people. This is at the heart of everything that it does. This commitment to serve music and the people who love music is borne of a unique ethos developed over more than 100...
The London Symphony Orchestra is bringing the greatest music to the greatest number of people. This is at the heart of everything that it does. This commitment to serve music and the people who love music is borne of a unique ethos developed over more than 100 years. Established in 1904 by a number of London’s finest musicians, the LSO is a self-governing musical collective built on artistic ownership and partnership. By taking full control of their activities, the founding Members were able to set an agenda that pushed music-making to the fore. The Orchestra is still owned by its Members and has a signature sound emanating from the combined zeal and virtuosity of these 90 brilliant musicians who come from around the world. Music-making remains firmly at the centre of the Orchestra’s activities, and this approach is embraced by a dedicated and enthusiastic administration.
The LSO has been the Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in the City of London since the Centre opened in 1982. It gives 70 symphonic concerts there every year, and performs a further 70 concerts worldwide on tour. The LSO also programmes 24 concerts at LSO St Luke’s and 950 workshops and 147 concerts through its community and education programme, LSO Discovery, each year. It is a champion of new music and regularly commissions some of the foremost British composers to write significant new works for full orchestra and mixed-ability ensembles.
The LSO has developed a close family of artists who continually demonstrate their commitment to this Orchestra, with Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director, Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth as Principal Guest Conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate and André Previn as Conductor Emeritus. We also enjoy long-standing relationships with some of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists who relish the boundless professional ambitions that the LSO offers. Conducting the Orchestra has been likened to driving a high-performance sports car that can, in Sir Simon Rattle’s words, ‘turn on the head of a pin’. It is a responsive and intelligent Orchestra, with an attitude of total commitment in all that it does. This is guided by a desire to always be the best it can possibly be and to give the highest quality performances no matter what the performance setting. Many LSO Members enjoy flourishing solo and chamber music careers and teach at conservatoires in London and abroad, sharing their extensive knowledge with the musicians of the future. These musical experiences are always brought back into the Orchestra itself, where they inspire and influence the players towards even higher standards of performance.
Many millions have enjoyed the LSO through its reputation as a leading orchestra for film, having performed on (and been specifically chosen for) hundreds of classic scores including Star Wars, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. LSO Discovery brings the work of the LSO with all parts of society, and every year the Orchestra gives a free outdoor concert in London’s Trafalgar Square. Combined, these activities reflect the LSO’s co-operative spirit and its ongoing commitment to making music as accessible as possible to the greatest number of people.
LSO Discovery was founded in 1990 and remains a pioneering programme for music education in the UK. Since 2003 this has been based at LSO St Luke’s, following extensive restoration to the once abandoned church, which now acts as a home to a wide range of education and outreach projects, and as a venue for concerts designed for the local community, encouraging many to take their first steps towards enjoying classical music. And because much of LSO Discovery’s work is captured and disseminated digitally, enthusiasts, pupils and teachers from around the world can benefit from these activities in spite of their physical location. Committed to nurturing the next generation of musical talent, LSO Discovery also provides extensive support and training for emerging young instrumentalists, composers and conductors.
The LSO is an entrepreneurial and successful creative enterprise with a history of innovation that helps to keep it relevant and contemporary. With the formation of its own recording label LSO Live in 1999, the Orchestra brought about a revolution in how live orchestral music was recorded. The label strives to embrace new digital technologies, having successfully made pioneering moves into digital film, Blu-Ray Audio, downloads and streaming. It continues to innovate with platforms such as LSO Play, a web-based video player that allows people to observe the Orchestra from many different angles and experience every gesture and emotion on the musicians’ faces. The LSO’s entrepreneurial spirit is what makes it a highly successful creative enterprise and an important cultural part of the United Kingdom’s commercial community, self-generating 75% of its own income.
The LSO is determined to ensure the future of great music in London and throughout the world, and is part of a cultural hub in the City of London alongside the Barbican Centre, the Museum of London and the Guildhall School. Its Barbican Residency is funded by The Corporation of London and the LSO is a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England. It also enjoys major artistic residencies throughout the world – in New York, Paris and Tokyo – plus growing relationships elsewhere in Asia, principally China and India, where its expertise in education work is key. The Orchestra relies on all of these strategic partnerships at home and abroad, plus its generous funders, to enable it to continue delivering a dynamic range of work.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Sir John Eliot Gardiner stands as an international leader in today's musical life, respected as one of the world's most innovative and dynamic musicians, constantly at the forefront of enlightened interpretation. His work as Artistic Director of his Monteverdi...
Sir John Eliot Gardiner stands as an international leader in today's musical life, respected as one of the world's most innovative and dynamic musicians, constantly at the forefront of enlightened interpretation. His work as Artistic Director of his Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique has marked him out as a central figure in the early music revival and a pioneer of historically informed performance. As a regular guest of the world's leading symphony orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Gardiner conducts repertoire from the 17th to the 20th century.
The extent of Gardiner's repertoire is illustrated in the extensive catalogue of awardwinning recordings with his own ensembles and leading orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic on major labels (including Decca, Philips, Erato and 30 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon), as wide-ranging as Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, Elgar and Kurt Weill, in addition to works by Renaissance and Baroque composers. Since 2005 the Monteverdi ensembles have recorded on their independent label, Soli Deo Gloria, established to release the live recordings made during Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000, for which he received Gramophone’s 2011 Special Achievement Award and a Diapason d’or de l’année 2012. His many recording accolades include two GRAMMY awards and he has received more Gramophone Awards than any other living artist.
Gardiner's long relationship with the LSO has led to complete symphony cycles and numerous recordings on LSO Live, most recently of Mendelssohn concluding in 2017, and beginning this season of Schumann, which they take on a ten-concert tour of Europe. Other guest conducting highlights this season include Schumann with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Verdi Requiem with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Monteverdi Choir. He returned in 2016 to the Berliner Philharmoniker for semi-staged performances of Stravinsky Oedipus Rex.
Alongside performances at the Salzburg Mozartwoche, Concertgebouw, Barbican Hall and Bachfest Leipzig, Gardiner and the Monteverdi ensembles this autumn conclude their celebration of the 450th anniversary of the birth of Monteverdi with staged performances of his three surviving operas at the Berlin Festival, Paris Philharmonie, Harris Theater Chicago and Lincoln Center. Gardiner has conducted opera at the Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Opéra national de Paris and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he has appeared regularly since his debut in 1973. From 1983 to 1988 he was artistic director of Opéra de Lyon, where he founded its new orchestra.
Gardiner’s book, Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, was published in October 2013 by Allen Lane, leading to the Prix des Muses award (Singer-Polignac). In 2014 Gardiner became the first ever President of the BachArchiv Leipzig. Among numerous awards in recognition of his work, Sir John Eliot Gardiner holds honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, the universities of Lyon, Cremona, St Andrews and King’s College, Cambridge where he himself studied and is now an Honorary Fellow; he is also an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, London and the British Academy, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, who awarded him their prestigious Bach Prize in 2008; he became the inaugural Christoph Wolff Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in 2014/15 and was awarded the Concertgebouw Prize in January 2016. Gardiner was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2011 and was given the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2005. In the UK, he was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1990 and awarded a knighthood for his services to music in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Piotr Anderszewski, Piano
Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. In recent seasons he has given recitals at London's Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg....
Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation.
In recent seasons he has given recitals at London's Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Staatskapelle orchestras, Chicago and London Symphony orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. 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.
In the 2017-18 season Piotr will appear with the Philharmonia, Munich and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Deutsche Sinfonie-orchester Berlin, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and San Francisco Symphony. In recital he can be heard at Chicago's Symphony Centre, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Barbican Centre in London. In spring 2018 he will resume his play-direct collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for an extensive European tour.
Piotr has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics/Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first recording for the label was Beethoven Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive a number of prizes including a Choc du Monde de la Musique and an ECHO Klassik award. He has also recorded a Grammy-nominated CD of Bach Partitas 1, 3 and 6 and a critically-acclaimed disc of works by Chopin. His affinity with the music of his compatriot Szymanowski is captured in a highly-praised recording of the composer's solo piano works, which received the Classic FM Gramophone Award in 2006 for best instrumental disc. His recording devoted to solo works by Robert Schumann received an ECHO Klassik award in 2011 and two BBC Music Magazine awards in 2012, including Recording of the Year. Anderszewski's disc of Bach 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. His most recent recording, devoted to the music of Mozart and Schumann, was released in February 2017.
Recognised for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski has been singled out for several high profile awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Gilmore award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent.
He has also been the subject of two award-winning documentaries by the film maker Bruno Monsaingeon for ARTE. The first of these, ‘Piotr Anderszewski plays Diabelli Variations’ (2001) explores Anderszewski's particular relationship with Beethoven's opus 120, whilst the second, ‘Piotr Anderszewski, Unquiet Traveller’ (2008) is an unusual artist portrait, capturing Anderszewski's reflections on music, performance and his Polish-Hungarian roots. A third film by Monsaingeon, ‘Anderszewski Plays Schumann’ was made for Polish Television and first broadcast in 2010.