The Czech Philharmonic orchestra will perform three concerts with the American conductor Kent Nagano at the prestigious Audi Sommerkonzerte festival in Ingolstadt. Appearing with the orchestra as solo guests will be pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, cellist Raphaela Gromes or soprano Genia Kühmeier.
Kent Nagano is renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance and intelligence. He is equally at home in music of the classical, romantic and contemporary eras, introducing concert and opera audiences throughout the world to new and rediscovered music and offering fresh insights into established repertoire. In September 2006 he became Music Director of both the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He is Artistic Advisor of Gothenburg Symphony as well as their Principal Guest Conductor from September 2013. In September 2015 he will take up the position of General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra.
At the Bayerische Staatsoper Kent Nagano conducted the World premiere of Jörg Widmann’s opera Babylon in the 2012/13 season. Other new operas Nagano has commissioned for Bayerische Staatsoper are Das Gehege by Wolfgang Rihm and Alice in Wonderland by Unsuk Chin. New productions include Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Idomeneo, Eugene Onegin, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Schweigsame Frau, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, St François d’Assise, Wozzeck and Der Ring des Nibelungen. With the Bayerisches Staatsorchester Nagano has toured throughout Europe and in Japan and together they have recorded Bruckner Symphonies No. 4 and 7 released on Sony.
In September 2011, Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal inaugurated their new concert hall La Maison Symphonique. Highlights with the orchestra include the complete cycles of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies, Schoenbergʼs Gurrelieder, concert versions of Wagnerʼs Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, Das Rheingold and Messiaenʼs Saint François dʼAssise, and concert series featuring the works of Dutilleux (2010/2011) and Boulez (2011/2012). Nagano has taken the orchestra on a coast-to-coast tour of Canada and also to Japan, South Korea and Europe. Their recordings together include the Juno award winning album Ideals of the French Revolution with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Beethoven’s Piano Concertos No.4 & 5. As part of a recording of all the Symphonies by Beethoven the Symphonies No. 3, 6, 8 and 9 have also been released by Sony Classical/Analekta.
As a much sought after guest conductor Nagano has worked with most of the world’s finest orchestras including the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonics, Chicago Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Gewandhaus. He has an ongoing relationship with Sony Classical and has also recorded for Erato, Teldec, Pentatone and Deutsche Grammophon as well as Harmonia Mundi, winning Grammy awards for his recordings of Busoni’s Doktor Faust with Opéra National de Lyon, Peter and the Wolf with the Russian National Orchestra and Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin with the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin.
A very important period in Nagano’s career was his time as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, from 2000 to 2006. In June 2006, at the end of his tenure with the orchestra, Kent Nagano was given the title Honorary Conductor by members of the orchestra, only the second recipient of this honour in their 60-year history. Kent Nagano became the first Music Director of Los Angeles Opera in 2003 having already held the position of Principal Conductor for two years.
Born in California, Nagano maintains close connections with his home state and was Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1978–2009. His early professional years were spent in Boston, working in the opera house and as assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He played a key role in the world premiere of Messiaen’s opera Saint François d’Assise at the request of the composer, who became a mentor and bequeathed his piano to the conductor. Nagano’s success in America led to European appointments: Music Director of Opéra National de Lyon (1988–1998) and Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra (1991–2000).
Rudolf Buchbinder is firmly established as one of the world’s foremost pianists and is frequently invited by major orchestras and festivals around the world. His comprehensive repertoire encompasses numerous 20th-century compositions. Rudolf Buchbinder’s emphasis lies in his meticulous study of musical sources. He owns 35 complete editions of Beethoven’s sonatas and has an extensive collection of autograph scores, first editions and original documents. In addition, he possesses copies of the autograph scores and piano parts of both Brahms concertos.
More than 100 recordings document the scope and diversity of Rudolf Buchbinder’s repertoire. Notable recordings to his credit include Haydn’s complete works for piano, which caused a stir and earned him the Grand Prix du Disque, as well as Waltzing Strauss, a CD featuring piano transcriptions. Today Rudolf Buchbinder favours live recordings, a preference which has resulted in a CD with the Brahms piano concertos (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt) and in two DVDs featuring six Mozart concertos with Buchbinder as pianist and conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2006 Vienna Festwochen. Another live recording of the two Brahms piano concertos, released in 2010, was made together with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta.
In May 2011, Rudolf Buchbinder’s performances as pianist and conductor in Beethoven’s five piano concertos at Vienna’s Musikverein together with the Vienna Philharmonic were released on DVD and Blu-ray. In November 2012, Rudolf Buchbinder presented a live recording of Mozart concertos with Concentus Musicus Wien and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
The interpretation of the “new testament” of the piano repertoire has developed into a core interest for Rudolf Buchbinder. He continues to set standards with his performances of the complete 32 sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven in more than 40 cities, among them Vienna, Munich, Zurich, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Beijing and Milan. In the 2012/2013 concert season Rudolf Buchbinder performs his entire Beethoven cycle in Berlin.
Throughout the 2010/2011 season he maintained a particularly close cooperation with the Staatskapelle Dresden as the orchestra’s first Artist in Residence. His cycle of all Beethoven piano sonatas at the Semperoper in Dresden was recorded live and released in May 2011 as a CD box by Sony/RCA Red Seal. In 2012 it won the prestigious Echo Klassik Award in the category “Instrumentalist of the Year” and the Choc de l’année 2012.
Rudolf Buchbinder is the founding artistic director of the Grafenegg Music Festival near Vienna, which has quickly gained its rank among the major orchestra festivals in Europe since its foundation in 2007. In his biography Da Capo (which includes an introduction by German music critic Joachim Kaiser), Rudolf Buchbinder offers insights into his life as one of today’s most distinguished pianists.
Gerhild Romberger was born in Germany. After finishing her studies of music teaching at the University of Music in Detmold she completed her vocal training with Heiner Eckels. This mezzo-soprano has always focused on concert singing. Her astonishing extensive repertoire covers all major alto and mezzo-soprano parts of oratorios and concerts from the Baroque era, Classical and Romantic periods as well as 20th century music literature.
Highlights of Gerhild Rombergerʼs concert career in recent years include concerts with Manfred Honeck, who invited her to sing, for example, in Mahlerʼs symphonies, Beethovenʼs Missa Solemnis or the Große Messe by Walter Braunfels. She will appear at concerts of the NDR Hamburg with Wolfgang Rihmʼs in Drei späte Gedichte von Heiner Müller and give numerous performances with Enoch zu Guttenberg.
Gerhild Romberger’s artistic work has led her to the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Riccardo Chailly and repeatedly to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt, the Symphony Orchestras of WDR and MDR and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In the near future she will perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Orchestre des Champs Elysées Paris, the Bavarian Radio Chorus and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
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