Wigmore Hall Director John Gilhooly has invited Holocaust survivor and cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch to speak at a specially-programmed concert at Wigmore Hall following her recent address to the Bundestag in Berlin, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
For this extraordinary event, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch – a survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen – will describe her life story and the importance of learning from one of history’s darkest chapters. She is joined on stage by her son, the acclaimed cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the pianist John York for music by Bloch, Ravel and Korngold.
The event will be filmed and live-streamed via Wigmore Hall’s website.
The Senior First Prize Winner of the 2018 Menuhin Competition is 18-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia. Adamyan competed against three other violinists in the Final to win the title at the ‘Olympics of the Violin’, this year in Geneva, broadcast live on ARTE concert. Nathan Mierdl (20, France/Germany) won second prize, with Hyunjae Lim (20, South Korea) third and Tianyou Ma (17, China) fourth. The audience watching live on ARTE concert were encouraged to vote for their favourite Senior participant to be awarded the ARTE concert online prize which went to Nathan Mierdl, and the Audience prize went to Diana Adamyan. Diana performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor tonight in the Final which took place in Victoria Hall, Geneva.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is to make its debut at both BBC Proms (27 August) and Edinburgh International Festival (24 and 25 August) conducted by their Music Director Marin Alsop as part of their first overseas tour in 13 years. The Orchestra is marking the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with their tour alongside Marin Alsop, a student of Bernstein, bringing Bernstein-inspired concerts to London and Edinburgh over his birthday weekend. The BBC Proms performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 in addition to being recorded for future broadcast on BBC 4 on Friday 31 August, enabling wider audiences to experience the excellence of the Orchestra under Marin’s dynamic directorship.
Wigmore Hall has been responsible for the triennial International String Quartet Competition (formerly The London International String Quartet Competition) since July 2010. Wigmore Hall’s management has significantly strengthened the position of the Competition as one of the best and most prestigious quartet competitions in the world.
The fact that the Competition is held under the auspices of Wigmore Hall, the leading venue for chamber music, strengthens the attraction of the Competition to the best young quartets and enhances its ability to offer excellent career development opportunities to the winning quartets. The Competition recognises the string quartet tradition as a whole, and requires contestants to perform repertoire from classical, romantic and contemporary composers.
The Competition attracts string quartets of the highest calibre, whose members are all aged under 35, keen to pursue performing careers at the highest level; provides valuable opportunities for feedback from Jury members drawn from chamber music artists of global stature; provides opportunities for participants to meet their peers from other countries and to exchange ideas on performance, technique and repertoire, and provides a vital public platform from which young musicians can break into the world of professional performance at the highest level.
Dance music legends Robin S, Utah Saints and Alison Limerick have been confirmed as the headline special guests for the return of The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics featuring the Orchestra of Opera North on Millennium Square, Leeds on Friday 27 July.
This year’s collaboration between Dave Beer’s trailblazing Leeds club and Yorkshire’s resident symphony orchestra is set to turn the clocks back to the heady days of the early 90s, when electrifying new waves of US dance music hit the UK and home-grown musicians and producers responded with incredible, hard-hitting sounds of their own.
The Orchestra of Opera North
The acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North is Yorkshire’s own symphony orchestra, based in Leeds and touring across the country. It stands alone in its ability to perform as both an opera and a concert orchestra and its fresh and enthusiastic approach allows great versatility in its performance capabilities.
Summer 2016 saw the Orchestra of Opera North performing six complete cycles of Wagner’s monumental Der Ring des Nibelungen across the country, as well as Mahler’s huge Symphony no 8 at Leeds Town Hall.
In 2017 a staging of Puccini’s Turandot won critical acclaim, and in April 2018 the Company’s latest concert staging, Strauss’s intense Salome, opens in Leeds, followed by a national tour.
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