- Andrew Manze,
- Francesco Piemontesi
The Orchestra and Andrew Manze awe the audience far beyond the borders of Hannover, since Andrew Manze took over the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover as Chief Conductor in 2014. Hannover Proms, Open-Air Opera performances in the Park and international tours are as much part of their profile as sold out concerts in their home, the NDR Broadcasting House.
Francesco Piemontesi who trained at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover regularly performs with the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Andrew Manze.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonie Nr. 31 D-Dur KV 297 "Pariser Symphonie"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzert Nr. 9 Es-Dur KV 271 "Jeunehomme-Konzert"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzert Nr. 23 A-Dur KV 488
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphonie Nr. 4 A-Dur op. 90 ("Italienische")
NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover
Diversity and quality are the trademarks of the NDR Radiophilharmonie orchestra from Hanover. 86 highly skilled musicians represent an impressive variety in their programme: in addition to the great classical and romantic repertory, they also cultivate early...
Diversity and quality are the trademarks of the NDR Radiophilharmonie orchestra from Hanover. 86 highly skilled musicians represent an impressive variety in their programme: in addition to the great classical and romantic repertory, they also cultivate early music. Crossover projects, movie soundtracks and a wide range of different concerts for children and youth reach a large audience.
Over the last 20 years, NDR Radiophilharmonie, with its principal conductors Eiji Oue, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, and currently Andrew Manze, has closed the gap to the leading symphony orches-tras. International top artists complement the musical work of the orchestra, among them, be-sides such classical music greats as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hilary Hahn, Rudolf Buchbinder, Sir András Schiff, Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel and Andrés Orozco-Estrada, also ex-perts for early music like Reinhard Goebel, Giuliano Carmignola and Philippe Jaroussky.
As musical ambassador for the city of Hanover and the German state of Lower Saxony, NDR Radiophilharmonie has an outstanding reputation internationally. In the recent past, the en-semble has gone on tour, among others, in Asia and South America, and has repeatedly given guest performances at the Pisa Festival, the Clubhouse Concerts in Switzerland or the Norwegian Bergen International Festival. In 2011, the orchestra gave its acclaimed debut in the sold-out Royal Albert Hall in London. Additional highlights were concerts in the Vienna Music Association and the Großes Festspielhaus concert hall in Salzburg. Guest performances are planned in London and Paris for the end of 2017.
Particularly the close cooperation with principal conductor Andrew Manze, who has held this posi-tion since the 2014/15 season, represents a decisive step on the artistically ambitious path of NDR Radiophilharmonie. The orchestra's first CD was published under its principal conductor in early March 2017: Felix Mendelssohn's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3. This is the first in a series to publish all of Mendelssohn's symphonies with the Dutch label Pentatone. Also in March of 2017, the continued cooperation between Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie orchestra was extended until 2021 with a second renewal of his contract.
Other signs that NDR Radiophilharmonie is innovating itself can be seen from its social commit-ment, for example the foundation of the “Joseph Joachim Akademie e.V.” orchestra academy, whose goal it is to make it easier for university graduates to start their lives as professional musi-cians. March 2017 moreover marked the foundation of the “Freunde und Förderer” (friends’ and supporters’) association for the orchestra, offering interested persons additional opportunities to get into contact with the musicians.
Almost all concert projects of NDR Radiophilharmonie are broadcast by the NDR public radio and television broadcaster and are available online all over the world.
Andrew Manze is widely celebrated as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation. His extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire, together with his rare skill as a communicator and his boundless energy, mark him out....
Andrew Manze is widely celebrated as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation. His extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire, together with his rare skill as a communicator and his boundless energy, mark him out.
From the 2014-15 season Manze became the Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover. His contract has recently been renewed, for the second time, until summer 2021. In addition to a busy touring schedule within Germany and Austria, they had a highly successful tour to China and South Korea in autumn 2016 with Sir András Schiff as soloist. In 2017-18 they will tour the UK and they will return to the Far East in autumn 19. They have embarked on a major series of recordings for Pentatone initially focussing on the orchestral works of Mendelssohn.
In great demand as a guest conductor worldwide Manze has long standing relationships with a number of leading international orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, the Hallé, Camerata Salzburg and the Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras. He is also a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City. He has a close relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he is the process of recording the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies for Onyx Classics.
In 2017-18 Manze will make his debut with the Concertgebouw Orkest, Bamberg Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie and the Melbourne Symphony. He will also make return visits to the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
From 2006-14, Manze was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. With the orchestra, he made a number of recordings, including Beethoven Eroica (Harmonia Mundi) and a cycle of Brahms symphonies (CPO). From September 2010 to August 2014, Manze held the title of Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2011.
After reading Classics at Cambridge University, Manze studied the violin and rapidly became a leading specialist in the world of historical performance practice. He became Associate Director of the Academy of Ancient Music in 1996 and then Artistic Director of the English Concert from 2003 to 2007. As a violinist, Manze has released an astonishing variety of CDs, many of them award-winning.
Manze is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Visiting Professor at the Oslo Academy and has contributed to new editions of sonatas and concertos by Mozart and Bach published by Bärenreiter, Breitkopf and Härtel. He also teaches, edits and writes about music, as well as broadcasting regularly on radio and television.
In November 2011 Andrew Manze received the prestigious ‘Rolf Schock Prize’ in Stockholm.
Francesco Piemontesi, Piano
Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression, which is allied to a consummate technical skill. Widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart and the early Romantic repertoire, Piemontesi’s pianism and sensibility has a close...
Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression, which is allied to a consummate technical skill. Widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart and the early Romantic repertoire, Piemontesi’s pianism and sensibility has a close affinity too with the later 19th century and 20th century repertoire of Brahms, Liszt, Dvořák, Ravel, Debussy, Bartók and beyond. Of one of his great teachers and mentors, Alfred Brendel, Piemontesi says that Brendel taught him “to love the detail of things”.
Francesco Piemontesi appears with major ensembles worldwide: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, DSO and Berlin Radio Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, London Symphony Orcherstra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, The Hallé, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Israel Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Seoul
Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, Charles Dutoit, Sir Mark Elder, Iven Fischer, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo and Yuri Temirkanov.
Piemontesi is also a natural and keen chamber musician and plays with a variety of partners – Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Emmanuel Pahud, Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Tabea Zimmermann and the Emerson Quartet.
In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam De Doelen, Berlin Philharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and Suntory Hall Tokyo. In January 2016, Piemontesi launched his complete Mozart Odyssey at the Wigmore Hall, performing the sonatas in a series of recitals over the course of three seasons: “[The D-major Fantasia] was a good introduction to Piemontesi’s balance between musical intelligence, judgement and intuition, which poured into his reading of the K284 Sonata… The detail of decoration and dynamics Piemontesi released in the penultimate section – a full-scale Adagio vocalise of great intensity – made Mozart’s supernatural eloquence soar” Classical Source.
Piemontesi has performed at the Verbier Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, La Roque d'Anthéron, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade, Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein festivals and New York Mostly Mozart Festival.
Francesco Piemontesi has released a number of fine recordings, including three recordings for Naïve Classique: the Debussy Préludes, released in autumn 2015, Mozart Piano Works, and Schumann and Dvořák‘s Piano Concerti with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek. His recording of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 25 & 26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Manze were released on Linn Records in August 2017.
Born in Locarno, Francesco Piemontesi studied with Arie Vardi before working with Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Cécile Ousset and Alexis Weissenberg. He rose to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition, and between 2009-11 he was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist.
Since 2012, Piemontesi has been the Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.