Hommage à Hieronymus Bosh
Symphony No. 2 H295
Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”)
Born in Soest in the Netherlands, she went on to study with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirshhorn and Boris Belkin. Her Concertgebouw debut in 1997 made her a great star in her native Holland, but she was destined for a wider stage. She was named a BBC New Generation Artist in 2002, made her London debut in the same year, with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, and three years later opened the 2005 BBC Proms with a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto that really put her on the international map. Along the way she received invitations from some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has worked with such eminent conductors as Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Chailly, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Daniel Harding, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Mark Elder, Edo de Waart and Sir Roger Norrington.
Janine Jansen was the Featured Artist at the 2014 BBC Proms, culminating in an appearance at the globally-renowned Last Night of the Proms. Her 2015 diary took her widely across Europe, with performances of the Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Mendelssohn violin concertos featuring prominently in the schedule. In February 2016 she tours Japan before playing a London concert then taking off again around Europe.
In addition to her concerto performances and projects, Jansen is a devoted recitalist. She established and curates the annual International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, and since 1998 she has been a member of Spectrum Concerts Berlin, a major chamber music series in the Berlin Philharmonie. Her chamber partners include Leif Ove Andsnes, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Itamar Golan, Kathryn Stott, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Torleif Thedéen and Mischa Maisky.
Janine Jansen has an exclusive recording contract with Decca. She received warmly appreciative reviews of her coupling of the Beethoven and Britten violin concertos with Paavo Järvi, and each of her five preceding releases was awarded a Platinum Disc for sales in the Netherlands. With a winning collection of Decca releases, she is a firm favorite among record buyers, her repertoire ranging from Beau Soir, a French recital with pianist Itamar Golan, through a recording with Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Schubert’s String Quintet to Mendelssohn, Bruch, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky concertos. In October 2013 she released a disc of Bach concertos and sonatas, part of her Bach Project, in which she was joined by 12 of her closest musician friends for two extensive European tours. In October 2015 came a recording of Brahms and Bartók concertos with Sir Antonio Pappano conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
In September 2003 Janine Jansen received the Dutch Music Prize from the Ministry of Culture – the highest distinction an artist can receive in The Netherlands. She has won many awards, including the Edison Classic Public Award four times, three Echo awards, the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the NDR Musikpreis for outstanding artistic achievement, the VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs for individual achievement and the Concertgebouw Prize.
She currently plays the 1727 “Baron Deurbroucq” Stradivarius, on loan from the Beare’s International Violin Society.
“The Czech Philharmonic is very close to my heart artistically and personally. With the leading orchestra of our country, I have repeatedly experienced moments of beauty and deep feeling on the podium. I regard it as an honor that I may continue to be a part of the innermost musical family of the Czech Philharmonic, now alongside the new Chief Conductor, Semyon Bychkov, and together with my wonderful colleague Tomáš Netopil. I am looking forward to our joint projects, whether they will involve performing the classics from this country and around the world or excursions into the realm of lesser-known repertoire and contemporary music. It is my wish that together, our whole institution might continue successfully and harmoniously along the artistic path begun by Jiří Bělohlávek.“
Jakub Hrůša made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic in 2004 when he stepped in at short notice to conduct a programme of Janáček, Martinů and Dvořák. He had just graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where Jiří Bělohlávek was amongst his teachers. Hrůša has subsequently conducted the Orchestra in forty concerts at home and on tour and, at the start of the 2015/16 season was appointed Permanent Guest Conductor. This season he conducts the opening concerts of the Czech Philharmonic season and has been named Principal Guest Conductor with effect from the 2018/19 season.
A regular guest with leading orchestras in both Europe and the USA, Jakub Hrůša is also Chief Conductor of Bamberg Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of PKF – Prague Philharmonia from 2009 to 2015. Recent orchestral highlights include debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, as well as return engagements with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. This season he will make his debuts with the San Francisco Symphony and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras.
Equally at home in operatic repertoire, Hrůša is a regular guest of the National Theatre in Prague and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and between 2010 and 2012 he was Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour. For Glyndebourne Festival, he has conducted Janáček‘s The Cunning Little Vixen, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Turn of the Screw, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Puccini’s La bohème. Elsewhere he has conducted Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair (Wiener Staatsoper), Jenůfa (Finnish National Opera), and Dvořák’s Rusalka (Opéra national de Paris), alongside works by Puccini (Il trittico for Oper Frankfurt) and Mussorgsky (Boris Godunov for Royal Danish Opera). During the 2017/18 season, he returns to Opéra national de Paris for Lehár’s The Merry Widow, makes his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Bizet’s Carmen, and conducts a new production of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa for Glyndebourne Festival.
In the studio, Jakub Hrůša has recorded the Tchaikovsky and Bruch Violin Concertos with the Czech Philharmonic and Nicola Benedetti for Universal; live recordings for Octavia Records of works by Berlioz, Strauss and Suk with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; three discs for Pentatone with PKF-Prague Philharmonia; and six discs of Czech music for Supraphon. Marking the start of his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, Hrůša and the Orchestra recorded Smetana’s Má vlast, the first disc in a new partnership with Tudor.
In recognition of his championing of Janáček’s music abroad, Jakub Hrůša was awarded the inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Prize. He is also President of the International Martinů Circle.
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