Andrei Ioniță won First Prize at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and prizes at the ARD, Feuermann and Khachaturian competitions. He was a BBC New Generation Artist between 2016-18.
The 2019-20 season will see Andrei debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Dresden Philharmonie, Bournemouth Symphony and Turku Philharmonic; and return to the Orchestre National de Belgique, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic and Hamburger Symphoniker – the latter for multiple projects as their Artist-in-Residence.
The last two seasons have included concertos with the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, San Diego Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestra; working with conductors such as John Storgårds, Cristian Măcelaru, Sylvain Cambreling, Kent Nagano, Valeriy Gergiev, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Omer Meir Wellber and Mikhail Pletnev.
Recent and future chamber and recital highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Carneigie Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Tonhalle Zurich, LAC Lugano and the Verbier, Evian and Enescu Festivals; collaborating with artists such as Martha Argerich, Stephen Hough, Stephen Kovacevich and Seong-Jin Cho.
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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.
This year, Mr. Ma begins a new journey, setting out to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello in one sitting in 36 locations around the world, iconic venues that encompass our cultural heritage, our current creativity, and the challenges of peace and understanding that will shape our future. Each concert will be an example of culture’s power to create moments of shared understanding, as well as an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.
Mr. Ma and his wife have two children. He plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.
German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and works regularly with conductors of the highest level.
Johannes has a multi award-winning discography with his exclusive label PENTATONE, and November 2018 will see the release of his next disc featuring the Lutoslawski and Dutilleux concertos.
In the 2018/19 season Johannes will be Artist-in-Residence with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Oregon Symphony, undertaking a diverse range of projects including concerto and solo performances, education and outreach activities and a chamber orchestra tour directed from the cello.
Other highlights of the season include Johannes’ debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras, the World and European Premières of Andrew Norman’s cello concerto, and performances in Australia and New Zealand.
Johannes is renowned for his efforts to expand the reach of the classical genre to all audiences, and his passionate involvement in commissioning new works for his instrument.
Johannes Moser plays on an Andrea Guarneri Cello from 1694 from a private collection.
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While a student at the Shanghai Conservatoire Jian Wang was featured in the celebrated documentary film From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. Mr Stern’s encouragement and support paved the way for him to go to the United States and in 1985 he entered the Yale School of Music.
Recent and future highlights include concerts with the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Scottish, Toronto, Melbourne and Singapore Symphony Orchestras, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. He has a regular relationship with the Hallé Orchestra with whom he has performed in the UK and China. This season Jian will also take part in a series of concerts performing chamber music by Brahms at the Philharmonie in Paris.
Jian has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, NDR Hamburg, Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and NHK Symphony. Amongst his many high-profile concerts in China, he has played for the President and opened the season for the China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony and Macau Symphony Orchestras. He has also played with the China National Orchestra, Hangzhou Symphony and performed the complete Bach Cello Suites in Beijing.
He has an extensive discography with DGG, including the Bach Cello Suites and the Brahms Double Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham and chamber music with Maria João Pires and Augustin Dumay. His instrument is graciously loaned to him by the family of the late Mr. Sau-Wing Lam.
The American-born cellist Alisa Weilerstein has attracted attention worldwide for her natural virtuosity, intensity of her playing and the spontaneity and sensitivity of her interpretations. In 2010, she was invited by Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic to play the Elgar concerto in the orchestra’s annual Europakonzert which that year took place in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. She has appeared with all of the major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe with conductors including Pablo Heras-Casado, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Matthias Pintscher, Yuri Temirkanov, Juraj Valcuha, Osmo Vänskä, Semyon Bychkov, Simone Young and Jaap van Zweden. She has also appeared at major music festivals throughout the world as a soloist, recitalist and as a chamber musician.
In the 2018-19 season, Weilerstein releases Transfigured Night on the Pentatone label, joined by Norway’s Trondheim Soloists for three masterworks of the First and Second Viennese Schools: Haydn’s First and Second Cello Concertos and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, from which the album takes its title. Two Scandinavian performances of the album repertoire with the same ensemble open the season. In the spring, she returns to Verklärte Nacht, this time in a trio version, when she tours Europe and the U.S. with pianist and frequent collaborator Inon Barnatan, violinist Sergey Khachatryan, and percussionist Colin Currie. Between these bookends, she gives performances of Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto with five different orchestras (the Gothenburg Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Valencia Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony), and tours the U.S. playing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic led by Semyon Bychkov. She also performs the Schumann Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in Belgium and the Netherlands, and gives accounts of Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto, Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, and Bloch’s Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque in cities from San Diego to Vienna. Finally, she gives two performances, with the composer leading both Copenhagen’s Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony, of Matthias Pintscher’s new cello concerto Un despertar (An Awakening), written for her and premiered last season. In the midst of her orchestral engagements are five solo performances of Bach’s complete cello suites, in Beverly Hills, Boston’s Celebrity Series, the Saint-Denis Festival in Paris, the Elbiphilharmonie as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and for Cal Performances in Berkeley. After years of playing the pieces individually, this season marks only the third in which she has ventured to perform them all.