Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and spirited 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.
Winner of the 2020 GRAMMY Award for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo,” as well as “Best Female Artist” at both the 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola’s live performance at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards marked the first classical solo violin appearance at the Premiere Ceremony in over ten years. Nicola was appointed a CBE in 2019, awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music (2017), and an MBE in 2013. Aside from extensive touring with the world’s most exceptional orchestras and ensembles, Nicola is one of the leading advocates for quality music education and has worked with over 4,000 students and 700 teachers. She has formalised her vision and expanded her commitment to the education of young people and supporting of music teachers by establishing a charitable organisation: The Benedetti Foundation.
In the 2019/2020 season, Nicola makes her debut with the Wiener Symphoniker and undergoes a tour of Asia with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Robin Ticciati. She will also reunite with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and embark on a tour with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra led by Thomas Søndergård. She performs the Marsalis Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony and James Gaffigan and with Cristian Măcelaru firstly with the Gothenburg Symphony and then again with the Orchestre de Paris. Nicola has also been appointed as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Artist in Residence for 2020 which will include a concerto performance with Sir Andrew Davis, a European tour and education sessions and masterclasses.
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.
In 19/20, Guy will be Artist in Residence with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and will return to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Symphoniker Hamburg as both soloist, conductor and in play-direct capacities. Other highlights include debuts with the Vancouver Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s as well as concerts with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona, Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s and extensive touring with the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra
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.
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.
Forthcoming highlights for Tobias include concerto dates with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Berner Sinfonieorchester and Moscow State Symphony; alongside recital and chamber performances at Alte Oper Frankfurt, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Beethovenhaus Bonn and Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival.
Since winning major prizes at the Queen Elisabeth and Joseph Joachim Competitions, Tobias has worked with the Residentie Orkest, NDR Radiophilharmonie Orchester, Staatsorchester Hannover, Tampere Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Utah Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and Brussels Philharmonic, collaborating with John Storgårds, Nicholas Collon, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Fabien Gabel, Marin Alsop, Ainārs Rubiķis, Stephan Zillias and Reinhard Goebel amongst others.
An avid chamber musician, Tobias has performed at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wiener Konzerthaus, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Vinterfest, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau and Lockenhaus festivals, partnering with Kian Soltani, Denis Kozhukhin, Maximilian Hornung, Boris Kusnezow and Tabea Zimmermann.
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.
Regularly appearing with the world’s leading orchestras, 2016 saw Vilde make her acclaimed debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle as part of their Europa Konzert; she returned during the 17-18 season for subscription concerts at the Philharmonie and the Baden Baden Easter Festival with Ivan Fischer. Other recent highlights have included performances with the San Francisco and Pittsburgh Symphonies, Munich and LA Philharmonics, Bamberger Symphoniker, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Orchestre de Paris and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as extensive European tours with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.
The 2019-20 season sees Vilde give several highly anticipated debuts with the Bayerische Staatsorchester, Les Siècles and London Symphony Orchestra with Antonio Pappano. She will also embark on a tour with Rotterdam Philharmonic and Lahav Shani which will include her return to the Lucerne Festival. Other highlights of the season include engagements with Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Cleveland Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Mark Elder. Performing with the Oslo Philharmonic twice this season, Vilde will give concerts with Vasily Petrenko as well as Herbert Blomstedt performing the Elgar Violin Concerto and Beethoven Violin Concerto respectively. Vilde will also return to China as part of a tour with the Bamberger Symphoniker with Jakub Hrůša.
A keen chamber musician, Vilde regularly appears at festivals in Rheingau, Lockenhaus, George Enescu Festival, Salzburg Festival and the Prague Spring Music Festival. She appears regularly in recital at the Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Philharmonie Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich and the Bozar in Brussels, as well as part of the Vancouver Recital Series, Boston Celebrity Series and San Francisco Performances. This season will include an evening recital at Wigmore Hall as well as performances of Beethoven String Trios with Lawrence Power and Nicolas Altstaedt. Performing at the International Chamber Music Series at London Southbank, the Trio will also perform at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Vilde Frang is an exclusive Warner Classics artist and her recordings have received numerous awards. She is the recipient of the Classic BRIT Award, “Diapason d’Or” by Diapason Magazine, Académie Charles Cros’ «Grand Prix du Disque», Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and the 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”.
Karen’s 2019/20 season features European debuts with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with Cristian Macelaru, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with Jonathan Nott, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern with Pietari Inkenen, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Gergely Madaras and Dresdner Philharmoniker with Roderick Cox, as well as returns to Bamberg Symphoniker and Polish National Radio Symphony, among others. Other recent European appearances include Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Danish National Symphony, and in March 2019 Karen opened the Dubai Proms with the BBC Symphony and Ben Gernon. Further ahead Karen makes her debut at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov.
Already well established in North America Karen performs regularly with the orchestras of Detroit, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toronto, Montréal, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia among others. Further afield her popularity in Australasia continued over the last few seasons as she toured with New Zealand Symphony and also appeared with West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth, Tasmanian Symphony and in recital at the Sydney Opera House. This season sees Karen return to the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony orchestras. In Asia she makes her debuts with the Singapore Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Malaysia Philharmonic.
A passionate chamber musician, Karen has enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with guitarist Ismo Eskelinen which culminates in the release of a recording of works by Paganini and his contemporaries scheduled for the end of 2019 on BIS Records.
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. 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.
The 18/19 season saw Ziyu perform with Singapore Symphony Orchestra, National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra, Wiener Kammerorchester, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra Teatro Petruzzelli, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. He also gave recitals at the Konzerthaus Wien as part of their ‘Great Talents’ series.
This season, Ziyu will be performing at BBC Proms in the Park, Belfast, and will be making his debut with Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, among others. He is also a member of Altenberg Trio Wien, performing regularly around Europe.
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 and Paul Roczek.
“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 is illustrated by her prominent presence at the BBC Proms since 2015: aside from concerto performances from the standard repertoire, her Proms appearances have included a concert with a baroque ensemble and two late-night Royal Albert Hall recitals featuring the complete Bach partitas and sonatas, for which The Guardian commented “The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener”. In the 2018 Proms, Alina gave the World Premiere of the Rolf Wallin Violin Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner. 18/19 saw a strong focus on Shostakovich Concerto’s No. 1 and No. 2, which she performed and recorded with Vladimir Jurowski and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia.
Recent highlights include her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Swedish Radio, Wiener Symphoniker Boston Symphony and return engagements with the London Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and BBC Symphony Orchestra. 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.