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

Described by the Guardian as “an outstanding musician”, conductor and violinist Riccardo Minasi has quickly established a reputation as one of the most exciting talents to emerge on the European scene in recent years.   Alongside his position as Chief...

Described by the Guardian as “an outstanding musician”, conductor and violinist Riccardo Minasi has quickly established a reputation as one of the most exciting talents to emerge on the European scene in recent years.

 

Alongside his position as Chief Conductor of Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, this season’s conducting and directing engagements include debuts with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Orquesta de Valencia. He also returns to work with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Zürcher Kammerorchester, and has continuing relationships with Orchestre National de Lyon, Ensemble Resonanz and La Scintilla.

 


 

Equally at home in the opera house, recent highlights include Il matrimonio segreto, Don Giovanni and Orlando Paladino for Opernhaus Zürich, Iphigénie en Tauride for Hamburgische Staatsoper, Carmen for Opéra National de Lyon and Rinaldo at Theater an der Wien (with Il Pomo d’Oro of which he was founding Artistic Director from 2012 to 2015).

Minasi has a wealth of recording experience alongside the world’s top artists, having recorded with the likes of Joyce DiDonato, Ann Hallenberg and Philippe Jaroussky. Minasi featured on four ECHO Klassik 2016 award-winning albums, Minasi’s own recordings gain critical acclaim, with his Biber Rosenkranz Sonatas featuring as a finalist in the Midem Classical Awards. 

 

His performances are steeped in musicological integrity, and he has acted as historical advisor for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, as well as curator and editor (alongside Maurizio Biondi) of the 2016 Bärenreiter critical edition of Norma. Minasi was a professor at Vincenzo Bellini of Palermo for six years, and has given historically informed performance lectures and master classes at world renowned establishments such as the Julliard School and the Sibelius Academy.

 

As soloist and concertmaster, Minasi has performed with the likes of Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, Le Concert des Nations, Al Ayre Español, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla and Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid; and collaborated with, amongst others, Veronika Eberle, Bryn Terfel, Franco Fagioli, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Victoria Mullova, Reinhard Goebel, Luca Pianca, Christophe Coin and Albrecht Mayer.

 

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Soloist

© Felix Broede

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

© Mathias Bothor / DG

Jan Lisiecki, Piano

Just 22, pianist Jan Lisiecki is recognized as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility, he is “a pianist who makes every note count.” (The New York Times)....

Just 22, pianist Jan Lisiecki is recognized as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility, he is “a pianist who makes every note count.” (The New York Times). Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age.


 

Lisiecki performs with the world’s most prestigious orchestras on major stages, and has cultivated relationships with prominent conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Pinchas Zukerman. His fourth album for Deutsche Grammophon presents Chopin’s seldom performed works for piano and orchestra with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański. For this recording, Jan received the ECHO Klassik in August 2017, Germany’s most significant classical music award.

 

An example of recent highlights include his BBC Proms debut with Sir Antonio Pappano at Royal Albert Hall, his debut in the main auditorium at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra, performances with the New York Philharmonic and Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, subscription debuts with Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony and a performance in the opening festival of the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. He just recently made his debut with Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017/18, Jan will open the season with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, return to DSO Berlin and Santa Cecilia and perform with Boston Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.

In 2013 he became the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist award, and also received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Jan Lisiecki is an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon.

 

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

 

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