Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.
With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Conductors with whom Nicola has worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiří Bělohlávek, Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Hans Graf, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Jakub Hrůša, Kirill Karabits, Andrew Litton, Kristjan Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Cristian Măcelaru, Zubin Mehta, Andrea Marcon, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Thomas Søndergård, Krzysztof Urbanski, Juraj Valcua, Edo de Waart, Pinchas Zukerman and Jaap van Zweden.
Nicola enjoys working with the highest level of orchestras including collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival.
Violin & Conductors
Violinist Guy Braunstein was born in Tel Aviv and studied under the guidance of Chaim Taub and later in New York with Glenn Dicterow and Pinchas Zuckerman.
He started performing as an international soloist and a chamber musician at a young age and has since performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. His chamber music collaborations have included projects with Issac Stern, András Schiff, Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida and Angelika Kirschlager to name a few.
He was the youngest person ever to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, a position he held for twelve years before leaving to pursue his solo career.
Recent highlights include the position of Artist-in-Residence with the Trondheim Symphoniker for the 17/18 season which showcased Guy’s multi-faceted musicianship with projects as both conductor and soloist. Further highlights include concerto debuts with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & the Tampere Philharmonia. Recent conducting highlights include debuts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as well as returns to the Pierre Boulez saal for recital performances at the Elbphilharmonie with the Hamburger Symphoniker, where he holds the position of Associate Artist. Highlights in 18/19 include return concerts as both soloist and conductor with the Trondheim Symphoniker and Hamburger Symphoniker as well as a concerto debut with the Ulster Orchestra. Guy will also debut with the Israel Chamber Orchestra as both soloist and conductor in the same concert.
Guy plays a rare violin made by Francesco Roggieri in 1679.
Veronika Eberle’s exceptional talent and the poise and maturity of her musicianship have been recognised by many of the world’s finest orchestras, venues and festivals, as well as by some of the most eminent conductors.
In 18/19, Veronika will be artist in residence with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra which will include concerto performances and recitals as well as educational projects and masterclasses. Debuts include with the Atlanta, Ulster, Danish Radio and Swedish Radio (Harding) Symphony orchestras as well as with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Kansai Philharmonic Orchestras. Veronika will also tour Spain with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano.
Sir Simon Rattle’s introduction of Veronika aged just 16 to a packed Salzburg Festpielhaus at the 2006 Salzburg Easter Festival in a performance of the Beethoven concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker, brought her to international attention. Key orchestra collaborations since then include the London Symphony (Rattle), Concertgebouw (Holliger), New York Philharmonic (Gilbert), Montreal Symphony (Nagano), Munich Philharmonic and Gewandhaus Orchestras (Langree), Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Janowski), Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester (P.Järvi), Bamberger Symphoniker (Ticciati, Nott), Tonhalle Orchester Zurich (M.Sanderling), NHK Symphony (Kout, Stenz, Norrington) and Rotterdam Philharmonic (Rattle, Gaffigan, Nézet-Seguin).
Born in Donauwörth Southern Germany, she started violin lessons at the age of six and four years later became a junior student at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Munich with Olga Voitova. After studying privately with Christoph Poppen for a year, she joined the Hochschule in Munich, where she studied with Ana Chumachenco 2001-2012.
Veronika Eberle plays the ‘Dragonetti’ Stradivarius (1700), on generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Vilde Frang’s profound musicianship and exceptional lyricism has elevated her as one of the leading and most individual young artists.
In 2012 she was unanimously awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artists Award which led to her debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival.
In 2016 she made her acclaimed debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle as part of their Europa Konzert and she will return during the 17-18 season for her subscription debut at the Philharmonie, as well as concerts at the Baden Baden Easter Festival with Ivan Fischer.
Regularly appearing with the leading orchestras, her recent highlights have included performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Dallas Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris.
The 2018-19 season will include two extensive European tours with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin with Robin Ticciati and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg with Gustavo Gimeno, plus engagements with San Francisco Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Bamberger Symphoniker, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic.
Vilde Frang is an exclusive Warner Classics artist and her recordings have received numerous awards. She is the recipient of the Edison Klassiek Award, Classic BRIT Award, “Diapason d’Or” by Diapason Magazine, Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and Echo Klassik Award. She also received a Gramophone Award in the Concerto category for her recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Britten’s Violin Concerto.
Born in Tokyo and beginning her musical career in Montréal and New York, violinist Karen Gomyo has recently made Berlin her home. A musician of the highest calibre, the Chicago Tribune praised her as “…a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity”.
Highlights of Karen’s 2018/19 season include debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra with Jakub Hrusa, the Royal Northern Sinfonia with Karina Canellakis, the BBC Symphony with Ben Gernon at the opening concert of the Dubai Proms, as well as returns to the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Minnesota Orchestra and the San Francisco, Houston, Oregon, Minnesota, St. Louis, Vancouver and Dallas symphony orchestras.
In Europe, she has most recently performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France, Residentie Orkest, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra in Katowice and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln. Further ahead Karen will make her debut with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Strongly committed to contemporary works, Karen gave the North American premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Concerto No. 2 Mar’eh with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington under the baton of the composer, as well as Peteris Vasks’ Vox Amoris with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds. In May 2018 Karen performed the world premiere of Samuel Adams’ new Chamber Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen to great critical acclaim.
In recital and chamber music Karen has performed in festivals throughout North America and Europe, including recently at the Seattle Chamber Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, with Jeremy Denk at this Milton Court/Barbican residency and at her annual chamber music project with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Future plans include a new piano trio collaboration with Olli Mustonen and Julian Steckel.
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The outstanding young violinist Ziyu He was one of the youngest soloists to make his debut at the Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic under Adam Fischer in 2017, aged just 18. He has also performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, RAI Orchestra Turin, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists and China Philharmonic. The 18-19 season sees him debut with Orchestra della Toscana, Zagreb Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and the Wiener Kammerochester with whom he will play Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Joji Hattori. He also gives recitals at the Konzerthaus Wien as part of their ‘Great Talents’ series, and is a member of Altenberg Trio Wien.
In 2016, Ziyu won both the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, and was the Eurovision Young Musician of the Year in 2014.
Ziyu He began playing the violin in his native China at the age of five. Aged just 10, he was invited by Paul Roczek to study with him in Salzburg at the University Mozarteum where Ziyu continues his Masters studies with Benjamin Schmid.
“The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener”. The Guardian
Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished and intriguing violinists of the younger generation. This was illustrated in her prominent presence at the 2015 BBC Proms, which included a concerto with a symphony orchestra, a concerto with a baroque ensemble and two Royal Albert Hall late-night recitals featuring the complete Bach partitas and sonatas.
Recent highlights include her debut with the Boston Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Wiener Symphoniker, Hungarian National Philharmonic, return engagements with the London Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and BBC Symphony Orchestra and extensive touring in Australia. As a recitalist Alina has appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna’s Musikverein and Carnegie Hall.
Her long-standing duo partnership with pianist Cédric Tiberghien has featured highly successful complete cycles of both the Beethoven violin sonatas and the Mozart sonatas for violin and keyboard at Wigmore Hall. Future plans for the duo also include extensive touring in Japan and North America.
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Sergey Khachatryan won First Prize at the VIII International Jean Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 2000, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. In 2005 he claimed First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Highlights of this season include Sergey’s residency at the BOZAR, Brussels which includes a pair of recitals and concert with Orchestre National de Belgique and Hugo Wolff. He also performs with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra with Stanislav Kochanovsky, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and Gulbenkian Orchestra with Lorenzo Viotti, Bamberger Symphoniker with Ludovic Morlot and Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, as well as at the Teatro alla Scala Milan under Myung-Whun Chung. Sergey also embarks on a tour of the US and Europe with Alisa Weilierstein and Inon Barnaton with a programme titled ‘Transfigured Nights’ featuring the music of Beethoven, Schoenberg and Shostakovich.
In recent seasons, Sergey has performed with the Bamberger Symphoniker (Herbert Blomstedt and Jonathan Nott), Münchner Philharmoniker (James Gaffigan), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Valcuha), Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev), Orchestre de Paris (Andris Nelsons and Gianandrea Noseda) and Los Angeles Philharmonic (Morlot). He has also collaborated with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony, the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra.