September sees several Askonas Holt artists head to India for performances in Mumbai and Pune.
Duncan Ward is a frequent visitor to the country, as a founder and trustee of the WAM Foundation which promotes cultural exchange between Western classical musicians and schools and teachers in India. However, his next visit sees Duncan make his conducting debut with the Symphony Orchestra of India at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai. Duncan will conduct the orchestra in two programmes, the first includes Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.3 joined by pianist Cédric Tiberghien; and the second features Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto joined by Alina Ibragimova. Prior to their concerto performances, Alina and Cédric will give a series of duo recitals in Mumbai and Pune, presenting a complete cycle of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas in each city.
On their return to Europe, Alina and Cédric embark on the start of their next major recording and concert project as a duo; the complete sonatas for Violin and Piano by W A Mozart. Over the course of the coming two seasons, Alina and Cédric will record the complete sonatas for Hyperion and give performances throughout Europe, including a series of 5 concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, beginning 27th September as part of ‘The Mozart Odyssey’.