On tour: I, CULTURE Orchestra, Kirill Karabits & Carolin Widmann

This week sees Kirill Karabits and I, CULTURE Orchestra head on tour for performances in Brussels (25 October) and Hamburg (29 October). Conducting the Belgian and German premieres of Penderecki’s Polonaise and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Kirill will also be joined on stage by Carolin Widmann who performs Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Find more information on these concerts here.

This is Askonas Holt’s second collaboration with I, CULTURE Orchestra, the first being earlier this year when the orchestra embarked on a European tour visiting Festival Radio France Montpellier, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Tivoli, Copenhagen.

Having already given several highly successful performances this season, including her Berliner Philharmoniker debut (“Widmann poured flawless technique and huge commitment into a revealing traversal, backed to the hilt by orchestra and conductor”), and a stunning performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic. Carolin also gave the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto No. 2 at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, giving further performances with the Orchestre de Paris and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding. Future highlights for the 2018/19 season include invitations to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, RSB Orchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig.

Marking his 10th anniversary as Bournemouth Symphony’s Chief Conductor, Kirill opened the orchestra’s 2018/19 season this month to Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection. Further highlights of the current season include a North American tour with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra, during which he’ll make his New York debut at Lincoln Center. Kirill will also make debuts with Toronto, Cincinnati and Seattle Symphony orchestras in the US and the Wiener Symphoniker in Europe, return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and complete a UK tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.


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