Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
Mozarteumorchester Salzburg © Nancy HorowitzOn Tour 01.04.19-09.04.19

  • Riccardo Minasi,
  • Rafał Blechacz,
  • Jan Lisiecki

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Riccardo Minasi, recently appointed new Music Director of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, will lead the orchestra and Rafał Blechacz through Chopin's Piano Concertos as well as orchestral works on a first tour together.

Programme

Programme 1

Franz Schubert: Ouvertüre "im italienischen Stil" C-Dur D 591
Frédéric Chopin: Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 e-Moll op. 11 (1830)
Interval
Frédéric Chopin: Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 f-Moll op. 21 (1830)

Programme 2

Franz Schubert: Ouvertüre "im italienischen Stil" C-Dur D 591
Frédéric Chopin: Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 e-Moll op. 11 (1830)
OR
Frédéric Chopin: Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 f-Moll op. 21 (1830)
Interval
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 5 c-Moll op. 67

Orchestra

Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Over its 175-year history, the Mozarteum Orchestra has developed into one of Austria's leading ensembles, specialising in independent contemporary interpretation of the works of Mozart and the Viennese Classical school.  As an internationally recognised...

Over its 175-year history, the Mozarteum Orchestra has developed into one of Austria's leading ensembles, specialising in independent contemporary interpretation of the works of Mozart and the Viennese Classical school.  As an internationally recognised cultural ambassador for Salzburg and recipient of the Gold Mozart Medal, the Orchestra has celebrated outstanding successes worldwide with this repertoire. The flexible line-up allows performances as large symphony orchestra, extended chamber orchestra and a variety of chamber-music ensembles, always doing justice to the style of each period of music. This wide range is documented in many CD recordings.

 


 

In October, the recording of Hans Rott's Symphony no. 1, conducted by Constantin Trinks (under the Profil Edition Günter Hänssler label), will receive the sought-after Echo Classic award in the Symphonic Recording (19th century) category.

 

The symphony orchestra of the Town and the Province of Salzburg – dating back to the Cathedral Music Society and Mozarteum, founded in 1841 with the support of Mozart's widow Constanze and their two sons – is a permanent feature in Salzburg's eventful cultural life, running two concert series of its own. The Thursday Concerts in the festive ambience of the Mozarteum Foundation focus on the Vienna Classical school as well as less familiar works from adjacent periods. The Sunday Matinees held in the famous Large Festival Hall pull out all the available stops, to offer exciting performances of major symphonic works from the  Romantic and Modern repertoire.

 

The Orchestra plays a major role in the world-famous Salzburg Festival, with the Mozart Matinees (once called "the secret heart of the Festival"), also frequently performing together with celebrated opera stars in major opera productions. Annual engagements at the internationally acclaimed Mozart Week and in the concert programme of the Salzburg Kulturvereinigung enhance the ensemble's fine reputation. Throughout the season, the Orchestra is part of the musical productions in the Salzburg Landestheater, with a repertoire ranging from grand opera through operetta and ballet to musical. 

 

Principal conductors who have contributed to shaping the Orchestra include Leopold Hager, Ralf Weikert, Hans Graf, Hubert Soudant, and particularly Ivor Bolton, who had a decisive formative influence from 2004 until 2016. New principal conductor Riccardo Minasi aims to continue this positive development.

 

Audi und Leica Camera AG are official sponsors of the Mozarteum Orchestra.

 

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Conductor

© Riccardo Minasi

Riccardo Minasi

Conductor and Violinist Riccardo Minasi has quickly established a reputation as one of the most exciting talents on the European scene in recent years. As cofounder and director of the ensemble il Pomo d’oro from 2012 to 2015, he maintains an intense schedule...

Conductor and Violinist Riccardo Minasi has quickly established a reputation as one of the most exciting talents on the European scene in recent years. As cofounder and director of the ensemble il Pomo d’oro from 2012 to 2015, he maintains an intense schedule on some of the most important operatic and concert venues of the world. Most recent engagements include the new ballet by Christian Spuck “Der Sandmann” with music by Schnittke and Schumann, as well as Don Giovanni and Il Matrimonio Segreto for Opernhaus Zürich, Iphigénie en Tauride for the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Carmen for l’Opéra national de Lyon, Rinaldo at Theater an der Wien, and orchestral conducting/directing engagements with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, London Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Zürcher Philarmonia, Zürcher Kammerorchester, La Scintilla, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.


 

As conductor he has directed the Orchestra and the Choir of the Opéra National de Lyon, Kammerakademie of Potsdam, Zürich Kammerorchester, Philarmonia Zürich, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, L’Arpa Festante of Munich , Recreation-Grosses Orchester of Graz, Attersee-Akademie Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Casa da Música Porto, Il Complesso Barocco, Holland Baroque Society and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra with whom he was the associate music director from 2008 to 2011.

As soloist and concertmaster he performed with Le Concert des Nations of Jordi Savall, Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Italiano, Il Giardino Armonico, Al Ayre Español, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid and invited by Kent Nagano at the Knowlton Belcanto Festival (Canada). He also collaborated with Concerto Vocale, Ensemble 415 and with such artists as Joyce Di Donato, Albrecht Mayer, Reinhard Goebel, Nils Mönkemeyer, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Cecilia Bartoli, Viktoria Mullova, Edgar Moreau, Gautier Capuçon, Christophe Coin.

In 2010 he worked as assistant conductor, concertmaster and curator of the critical edition of the opera Norma by Vincenzo Bellini with Cecilia Bartoli and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble of Thomas Hengelbrock at the Konzerthaus of Dortmund. In collaboration with Maurizio Biondi he published the critical edition of Norma for Bärenreiter in 2016. From 2004 to 2010 he was professor at the conservatory Vincenzo Bellini of Palermo. He has held seminars, master classes and historical performance practice lessons at the Juilliard School of Music of New York, Longy School of Music of Cambridge (USA), Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, Hochschule für Musik of Hannover, Antwerp conservatory, Chinese culture university of Taipei (Taiwan), Zürich Opernhaus, Kùks residence (Czech Republic), Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Sydney conservatory (Australia), at the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) and as historical advisor for the Montréal Symphony Orchestra (Canada).

Among the numerous prizes received, notably was the album “Stella di Napoli” with Joyce Di Donato (Diapason d’Or of the year 2015, BBC Music magazine Award, Grammophone Choice, Grammy Award nominee 2015), “Agrippina” with Ann Hallenberg (International Opera Award 2016), “Partenope” with Philippe Jaroussky and Karina Gauvin (Grammophone Magazine – recording of the month), “Catone in Utica”, “Giovincello” and “Haydn concertos” (Echo-Klassik Award 2016), “Rosenkranz Sonaten” by Biber (finalist at the Midem Classical Award in Cannes as album of the year 2009).

Future projects are including a frequent collaboration with the Ensemble Resonanz of Hamburg and the orchestra La Scintilla of Zürich and recordings for ES-DUR, Harmonia Mundi France and Deutsche Grammophon.

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Soloist

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Rafał Blechacz, Piano

Rafał Blechacz is the winner of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in 2014 – an award given every four years to a distinguished, extraordinary concert pianist regardless of age or nationality. He is recognized as his generation’s greatest performer of...

Rafał Blechacz is the winner of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in 2014 – an award given every four years to a distinguished, extraordinary concert pianist regardless of age or nationality. He is recognized as his generation’s greatest performer of Chopin’s works. In October 2005, uncontested, Blechacz won all prizes of the prestigious 15th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition. The young Polish pianist has since then established himself firmly on the international concert scene, and is celebrated by both the audience and the press worldwide for his profound and virtuosic interpretations.

Blechacz has performed with renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell 'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He gives recitals in the world’s major concert halls including Philharmonie Berlin, Salle Pleyel in Paris, London's Wigmore Hall, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, La Scala Milan, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tonhalle in Zurich, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Suntory Hall Tokyo and New York's Avery Fisher Hall.


 

Since returning on stage following his sabbatical period in 2016, when he completed his Ph.D. thesis in philosophy of music, Blechacz has performed with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Minnesota Orchestra, been on tour with Camerata Salzburg and Kammerorchester Basel under the baton of Trevor Pinnock, and gave recitals in Berlin’s Philharmonie, Prinzregententheater Munich, Cité de la musique Paris, Tisch Center Ney York, amongst others. Highlights of his 17/18 season include a tour in Germany and the UK with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as well as recitals in Japan, Korea and Taiwan in autumn, then in New York, Boston, Atlanta and Vancouver in spring.

Rafał Blechacz is an exclusive recording artist of Deutsche Grammophon. His debut CD of Chopin Preludes won the Platinum Record status in his native Poland, as well as a German Echo Klassik and French Diapason D’or award. His CD of both Chopin concerti with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Jerzy Semkow was awarded the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. In 2012, his recording of works by Debussy and Szymanowski was released and awarded "Recording of the Month" by Gramophone magazine and "Solo Recording of the Year” by Echo Klassik. These are followed by the acclaimed release of his fifth album of Chopin Polonaises in 2013, and the most recent solo CD of works by J.S Bach in 2017.

Born in 1985, Blechacz began his studies aged five continuing his piano education in the Artur Rubinstein State School of Music in Bydgoszcz. In 2007, he graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, the piano class of Professor Katarzyna Popowa- Zydroń. In 2010, he received the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Italy), awarded annually by an international jury of music critics to young musicians for their outstanding artistic achievements.

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Soloist

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Jan Lisiecki, Piano

Just 22, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count”. Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations,...

Just 22, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count”. Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age.

 


 

Jan Lisiecki was born to Polish parents in Canada in 1995. He began piano lessons at the age of five and made his concerto debut four years later, while always rebuffing the label of "child prodigy”. His approach to music is a refreshing combination of dedication, skill, enthusiasm and a realistic perspective on the career of a musician. "I might be lucky to have talent, but it is also about dedication and hard work,” says Jan.

 

Lisiecki was brought to international attention in 2010, after the Fryderyk Chopin Institute issued a recording of Chopin’s piano concertos, performed live by Jan at age 13 and 14. BBC Music Magazine wrote of the “mature musicality” of his playing and commended the “sensitively distilled” insights of his Chopin interpretations; the release was awarded the prestigious Diapason Découverte. Confirming his status among the most imaginative and poetic pianists of his generation, Deutsche Grammophon signed an exclusive contract with Jan in 2011, when he was just 15 years old.

Lisiecki’s first recording for DG, released in 2012, features Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 466 and 467. It was followed in 2013 by Chopin’s Etudes Op. 10 and 25, praised by Gramophone magazine for being “played as pure music, given as naturally as breathing”. His third album was released in January 2016 and features Schumann’s works for piano and orchestra, and as ClassicFM wrote, “he may be young but Jan Lisiecki plays Schumann like a legend”. In early 2017, Jan Lisiecki’s rendition of Chopin’s seldom performed works for piano and orchestra with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański was published by Deutsche Grammophon.

 

Jan says his aim is to always perform in a way that carries forward the beauty and brilliance of the original work. He has demonstrated that he is capable of rendering compositions remarkably close to the way they were intended. “Going into a concert hall should be like going into a sanctuary. You’re there to have a moment of reflection, hopefully leaving feeling different, refreshed and inspired.”

 

In March 2013, Lisiecki substituted at short notice for Martha Argerich, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in Bologna with the Orchestra Mozart under Claudio Abbado. He crowned that season with a sensational account of Schumann’s Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms. The following year he performed three Mozart concertos in one week with the Philadelphia Orchestra, making his debuts as concerto soloist with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, and with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. The same season, Jan gave debut recitals at Wigmore Hall, Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and in San Francisco.

The pianist’s development has taken place in company with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris, New York Philharmonic, and BBC Symphony, at venues such as Suntory Hall, the Kennedy, Lincoln, and Barbican Centres, and Royal Albert Hall. Jan has cultivated relationships with prominent conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Pinchas Zukerman.

 

The remarkable 22-year-old musician made his debut in the main auditorium at New York’s Carnegie Hall in January 2016 with Philadelphia Orchestra. In its rave review, the New York Times noted that it was an “uncommonly sensitive performance”. Other significant dates in his 2015/16 schedule were performances with the Bamberger Symphoniker in Lucerne, subscription series debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and multiple tours, including one of Europe with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, which Jan lead from the piano.

In the 2016-17 season, Jan will perform extensively across the world. Highlights include a tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and performing in the opening festival of the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

 

Foremost radio and television networks in Europe and North America have extensively broadcast Lisiecki’s performances, he was also the subject of the CBC National News documentary The Reluctant Prodigy. In 2013 he received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and was also named as Gramophone magazine’s Young Artist of the Year.

 

Jan is involved in charity work, donating his time and performance to such organizations as the David Foster Foundation, the Polish Humanitarian Organization and the Wish Upon a Star Foundation. In 2012 he was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada having been a National Youth Representative since 2008.

 

“Jan Lisiecki. Remember the name.” - The Financial Times.

 

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