- Alan Gilbert,
- Yo-Yo Ma,
- Frank Peter Zimmermann,
- Christina Landshamer
For his final European tour as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic Alan Gilbert has enlisted two world-class soloists: Frank Peter Zimmermann and Yo-Yo Ma.
The highlights of the tour will be the German premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto and a programme featuring John Adams’s "Absolute Jest" and "Harmonielehre".
Béla Bartók: Musik für Saiteninstrumente, Schlagzeug und Celesta Sz 106
Gustav Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 4 G-Dur in vier Sätzen für großes Orchester und Sopran-Solo (1899/1901)
John Adams: The Chairman Dances - Foxtrot for orchestra (1985)
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester (für Yo-Yo Ma)
Sergej Prokofieff: Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 1 D-Dur op. 19
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique op. 14 (Episoden aus dem Leben eines Künstlers)
John Adams: ´Absolute Jest´ für Streichquartett und Orchester (2011)
John Adams: Harmonielehre (1984/85) für Orchester
New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic plays a leading cultural role in New York City, the United States, and the world. This season’s projects will connect the Philharmonic with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York City and on its worldwide...
The New York Philharmonic plays a leading cultural role in New York City, the United States, and the world. This season’s projects will connect the Philharmonic with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York City and on its worldwide tours and residencies; digital recording series; international broadcasts on television, radio, and online; and as a resource through its wide range of education programs and the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives. In the 2016–17 season the New York Philharmonic celebrates its 175th anniversary and Alan Gilbert’s farewell season as Music Director.
The Orchestra has commissioned and/or premiered works by leading composers from every era since its founding in 1842 — including Dvořák’s New World Symphony, John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning On the Transmigration of Souls, dedicated to the victims of 9/11, and Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Renowned around the globe, the Philharmonic has appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries — including the groundbreaking 1930 tour of Europe; the unprecedented 1959 tour to the USSR; the historic 2008 visit to Pyongyang, D.P.R.K., the first there by an American orchestra; and the Orchestra’s debut in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2009. The New York Philharmonic serves as a resource for its community and the world. It complements its annual free concerts across the city — including the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer — with Philharmonic Free Fridays and a wide range of education programs, among them the famed, long-running Young People’s Concerts and Philharmonic Schools, an immersive classroom program that reaches thousands of New York City students.
The Orchestra established the New York Philharmonic Global Academy — collaborations with partners worldwide offering training of pre-professional orchestral musicians, often alongside performance residencies — following the launch of the flagship collaboration with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Conservatory of Music, including the formation of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy. Additional Global Academy partners include Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
The oldest American symphony orchestra and one of the oldest in the world, the New York Philharmonic has made more than 2,000 recordings since 1917, including several Grammy Award winners, and its self-produced digital recording series continues in the 2016–17 season. Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure in September 2009, succeeding a distinguished line of 20th-century musical giants that includes Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, and Gustav Mahler.
The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour is sponsored by J.C. Flowers & Co.
Generous support is provided by Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis
As Music Director of the New York Philharmonic since 2009, Alan Gilbert has introduced the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, and Artist-in-Association; CONTACT!, the new-music series;...
As Music Director of the New York Philharmonic since 2009, Alan Gilbert has introduced the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, and Artist-in-Association; CONTACT!, the new-music series; the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today’s music; and the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, partnerships with cultural institutions to offer training of pre-professional musicians, often alongside performance residencies. The Financial Times called him “the imaginative maestro-impresario in residence.”
Alan Gilbert concludes his final season as Music Director with four programs that reflect themes, works, and musicians that hold particular meaning for him, including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony alongside Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, Wagner’s complete Das Rheingold in concert, and an exploration of how music can effect positive change in the world. Other highlights include three World Premieres, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, and Manhattan, performed live to film. He also leads the Orchestra on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour and in performance residencies in Shanghai and Santa Barbara. Past highlights include acclaimed stagings of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson (2015 Emmy nomination), and Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake starring Marion Cotillard; 28 World Premieres; a tribute to Boulez and Stucky during the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL; The Nielsen Project; the Verdi Requiem and Bach’s B-minor Mass; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey, performed live to film; Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony on the tenth anniversary of 9/11; performing violin in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time; and ten tours around the world.
Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and former principal guest conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra, Alan Gilbert regularly conducts leading orchestras around the world. This season he returns to the foremost European orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He will record Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Inon Barnatan, and conduct Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, his first time leading a staged opera there. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut conducting John Adams’s Doctor Atomic in 2008, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award, and he conducted Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux étoiles on a recent album recorded live at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Gilbert is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where he holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. His honors include Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music (2010) and Westminster Choir College (2016), Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award (2011), election to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2014), a Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy (2015), Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2015), and New York University’s Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City (2016).
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together...
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.
Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, creating programs with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Kayhan Kalhor, Ton Koopman, Yu Long, Edgar Meyer, Mark Morris, Cristina Pato, Kathryn Stott, Chris Thile, Michael Tilson Thomas, Wu Man, Wu Tong, and Damian Woetzel. Each of these collaborations is fueled by the artists’ interactions, often extending the boundaries of a particular genre. One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. To that end, he has taken time to immerse himself in subjects as diverse as native Chinese music with its distinctive instruments and the music of the Kalahari bush people in Africa.
Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Mr. Ma established Silkroad, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create meaningful change at the intersections of the arts, education and business. Under his artistic direction, Silkroad presents performances by the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble and develops new music, cultural partnerships, education programs, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Silkroad’s ongoing affiliation with Harvard University has made it possible to develop programs such as the Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute for educators and teaching artists, held in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a new Cultural Entrepreneurship initiative in partnership with Harvard Business School. More than 80 new musical and multimedia works have been commissioned for the Silk Road Ensemble from composers and arrangers around the world.
Through his work with Silkroad, as throughout his career, Yo-Yo Ma seeks to expand the cello repertoire, frequently performing lesser known music of the 20th century and commissions of new concertos and recital pieces. He has premiered works by a diverse group of composers, among them Elliott Carter, Richard Danielpour, Osvaldo Golijov, Leon Kirchner, Zhao Lin, Christopher Rouse, Giovanni Sollima, Bright Sheng, Tan Dun, John Williams and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky.
As the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, Mr. Ma is partnering with Maestro Riccardo Muti to provide collaborative musical leadership and guidance on innovative program development for The Negaunee Music Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and for Chicago Symphony artistic initiatives. Ma’s work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities. In March 2016, he was appointed Artistic Advisor at Large to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of their expansive initiatives honoring the centenary of JFK’s birth and to encourage the idea of creative citizenship.
Yo-Yo Ma is strongly committed to educational programs that not only bring young audiences into contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students – musicians and non-musicians alike. At the same time, he continues to develop new concert programs for family audiences, for instance helping to inaugurate the family series at Carnegie Hall. In each of these undertakings, he works to connect music to students’ daily surroundings and activities with the goal of making music and creativity a vital part of children’s lives from an early age. He has also reached young audiences through appearances on “Arthur,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street.”
Mr. Ma’s discography of over 100 albums (including 18 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. He has made several successful recordings that defy categorization, among them “Appalachia Waltz” and “Appalachian Journey” with Mark O’Connor and Edgar Meyer, and two Grammy-winning tributes to the music of Brazil, “Obrigado Brazil” and “Obrigado Brazil – Live in Concert.” Mr. Ma’s recent recordings include: “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” with Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan, which received the 2013 Grammy for Best Folk Album, and “Songs from the Arc of Life,”with pianist Kathryn Stott. His most recent release, “Sing Me Home,” recorded with the Silk Road Ensemble, was released in April 2016 as the companion album to documentary film The Music of Strangers. Created by Oscar-winning producer Morgan Neville, the film follows the Ensemble’s more than 50 musicians, composers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Mr. Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field. All of his recent albums have quickly entered the Billboard chart of classical best sellers, remaining in the Top 15 for extended periods, often with as many as four titles simultaneously on the list.
Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006), the Leonie Sonning Music Prize (2006), the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (2008), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010), the Polar Music Prize (2012) and the Vilcek Prize in Contemporary Music (2013). In 2011, Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Mr. Ma has met with, trained and mentored thousands of students worldwide in countries including Lithuania, Korea, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and China. Mr. Ma serves as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.
Mr. Ma and his wife have two children. He plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.
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Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Praised for his selfless musicality, his brilliance and keen intelligence he has been performing with all major orchestras in the world for well over three decades,...
Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Praised for his selfless musicality, his brilliance and keen intelligence he has been performing with all major orchestras in the world for well over three decades, collaborating on these occasions with the world's most renowned conductors. His many concert engagements take him to all important concert venues and international music festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan, South America and Australia.
One of his last engagements during the 2015/16 season were concerts with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Kirill Petrenko, with whom he will start his 2016/17 season with further concerts in Dortmund, Bonn and Berlin (Musikfest). Other highlights during 2016/17 include engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra and David Afkham, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Juraj Valcuha and Rafael Payare, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Alan Gilbert, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Alan Gilbert (4 concerts in Europe), the Orchestre National de France and Juraj Valcuha, the Berliner Barock-Solisten, the Bamberger Symphoniker and Manfred Honeck and the Wiener Symphoniker and Jakub Hrůša.
With his string trio, the Trio Zimmermann, he will undertake a European tour in December 2016 with concerts in among others Zürich, Luxembourg, Warsaw, Amsterdam and Milan.
In December 2015 Frank Peter Zimmermann gave the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s violin concerto no. 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden. Further performances of this new concerto took place with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, both under Daniel Harding and with the New York Philharmonic and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, both under Alan Gilbert. Further highlights in 2015/16 included engagements with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša, the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden. He joined the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and David Afkham for their Easter tour in March/April 2016. With his Trio Zimmermann he appeared at the festivals of Salzburg and Edinburgh, as well as in Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona and Hamburg.
Mr. Zimmermann is an equally respected chamber musician and recitalist. His interpretations of the classical, romantic and 20th Century repertoire are received with great critical acclaim from press and public alike.
Together with viola player Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra he forms the Trio Zimmermann; the string trio performs in all major music centres and festivals in Europe. BIS Records released three award-winning CD recordings of works for string trio by Beethoven (Op. 3, Op. 8 and Op. 9), Mozart (Divertimento KV 563) and Schubert (Trio, D 471).
Mr. Zimmermann has given world premieres of three violin concertos: the violin concerto en sourdine by Matthias Pintscher with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Peter Eötvös (2003), the violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing by Brett Dean, who received the 2009 Grawemeyer Award for this composition, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by the composer (2007) and the violin concerto no. 3 Juggler in Paradise by Augusta Read Thomas with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Andrey Boreyko (2009).
He received a number of special prizes and honours, among which the “Premio del Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena” (1990), the “Rheinischer Kulturpreis” (1994), the “Musikpreis” of the city of Duisburg (2002), the “Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (2008) and the “Paul-Hindemith-Preis der Stadt Hanau” (2010).
Over the years Frank Peter Zimmermann has built up an impressive discography for EMI Classics, Sony Classical, BIS, Ondine, Teldec Classics and ECM Records. He has recorded virtually all major concerto repertoire, ranging from Bach to Ligeti, as well as recital repertoire. Many of these recordings have received prestigious awards and prizes worldwide.
In 2015 and 2016 hänssler Classic released 2 CDs with his new recording of the 5 violin concertos and Sinfonia Concertante of Mozart with the Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Antoine Tamestit. In 2014 his second recording of the Dvořák violin concerto was released by Decca as part of the complete symphonies and concertos with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek. And in 2013 BIS released his highly praised recording of the Hindemith violin concerto (1939), which he performs with the hr-Sinfonieorchester under Paavo Järvi, and of four sonatas by the same composer (three of which together with pianist Enrico Pace), as well as a recording of the violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing by Brett Dean, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Nott.
Born in 1965 in Duisburg, Germany, Mr. Zimmermann started playing the violin when he was 5 years old, giving his first concert with orchestra at the age of 10. He studied with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebbers.
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Christina Landshamer, Soprano
Born in Munich, Christina Landshamer studied at the city’s Academy of Music and Drama under Angelica Vogel, and subsequently in Konrad Richter’s recital class and Dunja Vejzović’s soloist class at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart....
Born in Munich, Christina Landshamer studied at the city’s Academy of Music and Drama under Angelica Vogel, and subsequently in Konrad Richter’s recital class and Dunja Vejzović’s soloist class at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. She is now a versatile and internationally highly sought-after concert, opera and recital singer. Her work with conductors such as Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Stéphane Denève, Christian Thielemann and Ricardo Chailly has taken her to Europe’s most distinguished orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Freiburg’s Baroque Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris, and even to North America with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Last season Christina Landshamer made her American debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, followed by concerts in New York with the Ensemble Midtvest at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. This season she will also be giving frequent guest performances in the US, for example, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck she is performing Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony (Symphony No. 2) which will also be recorded for issue on CD. Following this, she will then appear twice with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, in Handel’s Messiah and in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, for the latter of which she will accompany the orchestra on a European tour to Essen, Budapest, Vienna, London, Hamburg and Copenhagen. Christina Landshamer can also be heard with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock in Haydn’s Creation as part of the Elbphilharmonie’s opening festival, with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin in Mozart’s Requiem under Vladimir Jurowski, on tour with the Orchestre des Champs Elysées under Philippe Herreweghe in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang under Pablo Heras-Casado for her first appearance at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and once again with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Herbert Blomstedt in Bach’s Mass in B minor and in Haydn’s The Seasons, this time with Trevor Pinnock on the rostrum.
Christina Landshamer first sang in opera in Stuttgart, Strasbourg and Berlin (Komische Oper). At Vienna’s Theater an der Wien she sang the part of Clarice in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and the role of Frasquita in Carmen at the Salzburg Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle. Towards the end of 2012 she made her highly-acclaimed debut as Pamina in Simon McBurney‘s celebrated new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Amsterdam Opera under Marc Albrecht. In 2015 she starred under Christian Thielemann as Ännchen in the anniversary production of Weber’s Der Freischütz and alongside Anna Netrebko at Dresden’s New Year’s Concert. Christina Landshamer made her debut in Glyndebourne as Almirena in Rinaldo and in 2015 as Pamina at the Bavarian State Opera. After appearing in Der Rosenkavalier in Chicago, she can be heard as Susanna in a new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Theater St Gallen in Switzerland.
With her warm, lyrical voice, the soprano is an ideal recital singer. Her first CD, on which she is accompanied by Gerold Huber, appeared in summer 2016 on the Oehms Classic label where the duo combined unique songs from Robert Schumann and Viktor Ullmann. They can also be experienced live together in recitals in Freiburg, Regensburg, at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, and at London’s Wigmore Hall.
Christina Landshamer can already look back on an extensive discography; for example, Haydn’s oratorios The Seasons and The Creation under Philippe Herreweghe (PHI), Bizet’s Carmen under Simon Rattle (CD and DVD on EMI Classics), and Bach’s St Matthew Passion under Riccardo Chailly (Decca). Moreover, her musical versatility can also be enjoyed on various DVDs: in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna (Concentus musicus/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Unitel Classica), in Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (both Leipzig Gewandhausorchester /Riccardo Chailly, Accentus), and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Nederlandse Opera – Opus Arte).