Barrie Steinberg, Executive Director
121 West 27th Street, Suite 703
New York, NY 10001-6262
tel: (212) 581-5197
fax: (212) 581-4029
Forthcoming International Touring Projects
|Bach Collegium Japan Choir
Masaaki Suzuki, Conductor/Artistic Director
Founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki, its inspiring Music Director, Bach Collegium Japan has introduced Japanese audiences to period instrument performances of great works from the baroque period. Bach Collegium Japan is comprised of both baroque orchestra and chorus, and their major activities include an annual concert series of Bach's cantatas and a number of instrumental programs. This tour will mark Masaaki Suzuki's and Bach Collegium Japan Choir's debuts with the New York Philharmonic as they open the orchestra's "The Bach Variations: A Philharmonic Festival," a month-long study of Bach's works. Tour support provided by Japan Foundation. More information.
|Alison Balsom and the Scottish Ensemble
Trumpeter Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music's great ambassadors. She has been honored with numerous awards by Classic FM, Gramophone and Echo Klassik Awards and in 2009 she became the first ever Briton to be crowned "Female Artist of the Year" at the Classical BRITs. She joins the versatile, enterprising and ambitious Scottish Ensemble, a tight-knit band of outstanding string players from around Europe who perform regularly together under Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton, for their debut North American tour. Tour support provided by Creative Scotland. More information.
|Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin (Germany)
"The Best of German Baroque"
|February - March 2011|
It began as a courageous display of musical sovereignty against the East German socialist regime, and now, twenty years later, The
Akademie f¸r Alte Musik Berlin enjoys the recognition as one of
Europe's greatest musical success stories. Brought to the limelight after the re-unification of East and West Germany in 1990, the ensemble has received numerous awards including the Cannes Festival Award, the French Diapason d'or, the Dutch Edison Award, the British Gramophone Award, as well as a Grammy Award nomination in the US.
|Bach Collegium Japan choir and Orchestra
Masaaki Suzuki, Conductor/Artistic Director
Bach: B Minor Mass
The BCJ was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki, who remains its music Director, with the aim of introducing Japanese audience to period instrument performances of great works of the baroque period. As the name of the ensemble indicates, its main focus has been on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and those composers of German Protestant music who proceeded and influenced him, such as Buxtehude, Schütz, Schein and Böhm.
New Works and Commissions
|Avner Dorman: Piano Concerto
written for pianist Alon Goldstein
|premiere Nov. 2009|
Longtime friends and proponents of each other's work, rising composing star Avner
Dorman and dynamic pianist Alon Goldstein are collaborating on a new concerto Avner
is writing for Alon.
It will be premiered in November 2009 with Michael Stern and the Kansas City
Symphony with other performances to be scheduled around the world. The enthusiastic
reception for Dormanís recent works promises a bravura concerto that, in the hands of
Alon Goldstein, is bound to enthrall audiences.
An important and exciting bonus is that Alon and Avner are committed to providing
community outreach residencies for this project that are entertaining and educational.
They have illuminated many of their orchestral visits with such compelling activities
assisting students and audience members to understand the creative process behind a new
work and to discover exciting pathways inside the music.
|Ellen Taaffee Zwilich: Septet for Piano Trio and String Quartet
written for The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and
Miami String Quartet
|premiere April 2009|
Having successfully collaborated on tours during recent seasons, these two renowned and sought-after ensembles will be offering a newly commissioned work by Pulitzer Prize-winning, American composer, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich in 08-09 and in 09-10 to celebrate the composers 70th birthday in 2009. This septet written for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Miami String Quartet is the very first written for this combination of instruments!
|Esa-Pekka Salonen: Homunculus
written for the Johannes String Quartet
|premiered Feb. 2008|
The Johannes Quartet consists of four outstanding musicians who take time away from their busy careers to pursue their love of the string quartet literature. This quartet brings together the Principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years, and a Concert Artist Guild International Competition Winner, and has been praised by listeners and critics alike for its special combination of passion, warmth, elegance and poetry. Each member has spent numerous summers at the celebrated Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, birthplace of many of the world's renowned ensembles. New York appearances include their recent Carnegie Hall debut as well as frequent performances on the Schneider Series at the New School and the Peoples' Symphony Concerts at Town Hall.