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22th October: New CD Release with Schaghajegh Nosrati

After two CD’s with compositions by J.S. Bach, both highly acclaimed by the critics, for her new CD in a collaboration with Deutschlandradio Kultur and the German label CAvI Music the pianist has recorded works for solo piano by the French composer Charles Valentin Alkan.
For this release two release concerts will take place: on 25th October at Anneliese Brost Musikforum (Bochum, Germany) and on 12th November at PianoSalon Christophori (Berlin, Germany)
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2nd September, 2019 New Reger-CD with Ira Levin to be released on 11th October by Naxos

 

Orchestral Works by Max Reger and Max Reger/Ira Levin with the Brandenburg State Orchestra under the baton of Ira Levin! On the label’s website you can read: “In 1904 Max Reger wrote what was to be the first in a major sequence of variations on themes by his great predecessors. The Variations and Fugue on a Theme by J.S. Bach was written for piano but its richness and virtuosity exceed the scope of the instrument. Ira Levin’s orchestration clarifies the structure, intensifies climaxes and reduces its length. The Four Tone Poems explore the paintings of the symbolist Arnold Boecklin and form symphonic mood pictures that veer from delicacy to Bacchanalian frenzy. On YouTube you already can have a listen https://youtu.be/Bm13JuwC_ns.

 

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7th June, 2019 General Management for Maya Levy (violin)
The young French/Belgian violinist Maya Levy is a multiple prize winner at Internat. Competitions. Her most recent awards include the silver medal at Manhattan International Music Competition in 2019, laureate at the K. Szymanowski Competition in 2018 and the “Supernova” prize at the Klara Festival in 2017.
As a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician as well, she regularly is performing at renowned venues throughout Europe and outside. 
Her highly acclaimed debut CD with all violin sonatas by E. Grieg has been released in 2016. “The Strad” praises Maya Levy’s “captivating fantasy and freshness” and continues: “An Intoxicating exhilarating recording of lesser-known Grieg”. To receive more information about this highly talented violinist please follow this link: click.

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18th April 2019:  Schaghajegh Nosrati debuts at Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin (Germany) on 26th April 2019

After highly praised performances at prestigious venues and festivals like Vienna Musikverein, Mozarteum Salzburg, BOZAR Brussels, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Lucerne Festival the pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati now is invited by Daniel Barenboim to give her debut at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin (Germany). The young pianist takes the Pierre Boulez Saal stage in place of Radu Lupu, who had to withdraw from his recital due to illness. Schaghajegh Nosrati, who currently completes her studies with Sir András Schiff at the Barenboim-Said Akademie, presents an evening dedicated to the key of C minor: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 2 (see video) is juxtaposed with a pair of iconic sonatas, Beethoven’s “Grande Sonate Pathétique” and Schubert’s late work D 958.

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6th May 2019: General Management for Omar Massa (bandoneon)

“…one of the great authorities on his instrument, equally at home in baroque music as in Argentine tango”
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)

Omar Massa is a bandoneon player, composer and arranger from Buenos Aires – Argentina, based in Europe since 2016.
Regarded by the critics as an expert on Astor Piazzolla’s music – whose work he has interpreted from the age of six – Omar has often been the connecting bridge between classical music and Argentine tango music.
He has performed and participated in projects with internationally renowned artists such as Placido Domingo, Eugene Kohn (Conductor of Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti), Bruno Delepelaire (1st Cello soloist, Berlin Philharmonic), Tomasz Tomaszewski (Concertmaster, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Máté Szücs (1st Viola soloist, Berlin Philharmonic), Markus Däunert (Concertmaster & co-founder of Claudio Abbado’s Mahler Chamber Orchestra), and Janne Saksala (1st Double Bass soloist, Berlin Philharmonic).
Omar has been a pioneer in taking his instrument to concert halls to play works from the academic repertoire, especially those from the European and Latin American Baroque. He already has performed at prestigious halls like Lincoln Center New York, Reithalle Offenburg, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexiko-Stadt.
As a soloist he has performed with symphony orchestras and chamber groups like the Asturias Symphony Orchestra, the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra, the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Stat Sibiu, the Brasov Philharmonic, the Kamerata Kronstadt among others.

On 19th May 2019 Omar Massa will debut at Berlin Philharmonie. At the gala concert of the PHIL HARMONIKA festival 2019, which will be held under the auspices of the Embassy of Argentina, together with the Berlin Senator for culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lederer, Omar Massa, Pavlin Nechev (piano) and the string section of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the premiere of Massa’s “Concerto for Bandoneon, Piano, and String Orchestra”.

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11th March 2020 – General Management for Diyang Mei (viola)

The young violist Diyang Mei is the First Prize winner of the prestigious ARD Music Competition in 2018 and of many other international competitions.

Furthermore, in March 2018 Diyang Mei won the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in London. Among the artists, who already won this highly renowned award, are Nicolas Altstaedt, Gautier Capuçon, Veronica Eberle, Sol Gabetta, Vilde Frank, Antoine Tamestit and Kathia Buniatishvili.

Since his great successes in 2018 Diyang Mei performs internationally as a soloist with famous orchestras and as a chamber musician as well. Some highlights of his still young solo career are concerts with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BR Symphony Orchester, SWR Symphony Orchester Stuttgart and Munich Chamber Orchestra.

As a chamber musician the violist already has performed with prestigious artists like Günter Pichler, Gerald Schultz, Ana Chumachenco, Sabine Meyer, Christoph Prégardien and Nobuko Imai.

Since 2019 Diyang Mei also is the principal violist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra since 2019.

For further information about the artist please visit either the artist’s profile on this website: click 

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06th January 2020 – General Management for Elias David Moncado (19, violin)

The German-Spanish-Malaysian violinist Elias David Moncado (born 2000) is the youngest ever winner of the 1st grand prize as well as 10 special prizes at the International Karol Lipinski Violin Competition in Poland.


Additionally, he is a major prizewinner of international competitions such as Paul-Hindemith-Wettbewerb Berlin, Concours Flame Paris, „Young Paganini“ Legnica, Poland, Telemann-Wettbewerb Poznań, Poland, Louis-Spohr-Wettbewerb Weimar, Concorso Postacchini Fermo, Lions-Musikpreis Deutschland, Concours International de l’Orchestre du Maroc and International Sendai Violin Competition Japan.

As a soloist Elias David Moncado has performed with numerous orchestras like Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonic Orchestras of Freiburg and Heidelberg, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Zagreber Solisten, Penang Symphony Orchestra Malaysia, Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Polnische Kammerphilharmonie Sopot, Torun Symphony Orchestra Poland, Yamagata Symphony Orchestra Japan and Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra Japan.

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13th November 2019 – The Noga Quartet’s debut CD to be released on 15th November – Special Guest: soprano Siobhan Stagg

For its debut CD (official release on 15th November), the Berlin based Noga Quartet, a multiple prize winner at International competitions, has recorded works by Reynaldo Hahn and Claude Debussy.

For this CD the Noga Quartet has collaborated with the Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg. to record Debussy’s “Ariettes Oubliées”, arranged for soprano and string quartet by the quartet’s cellist Joan Bachs (video).

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22th October Maya Levy wins the “Prix Jeune Soliste 2020 des Médias Francophones Publics (MFP)” and became a Laureate at the International Karol Lipinski Violin Competition 2019

After being awarded the title Laureate at the  International Karol Lipinski Violin Competition 2019 and the Beethoven Prize for the best interpretation of a violin sonata by this composer, the Belgian violinist Maya Levy won the “Prix Jeune Soliste 2020 des Médias Francophones Publics (MFP)”.

This Grand Prix for highly talented young musicians is granted by the Association “Les Médias Francophones Publics (MFP)”. Members of MFP are arte, France tv, Tele Quebéc, France Musique (Radio France), Espace 2 (Radio Télévision Suisse), Musiq3 – RTBF (RTBF), ICI Musique (Radio-Canada) and other francophone public stations: click

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8th October 2019: General Management for Sérgio Pires (clarinet)

After listening to Sérgio Pires’ performance of Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto Heinz Holliger stated: It was the best performance I ever heard!

Sérgio Pires, born in 1995 in Switzerland, is a multiple First Prize winner at International competitions. 

Among the competitions, in which he has successfully participated, are the “Gheorghe Dima International Clarinet Competition” (First Prize, 2017), Czech ClarinetArt (3rd Prize, 2013), “Concorso Internazionale Marco Fiorindo” (First Prize, 2012), “IV Terras de La-Salette” (First Prize, 2011), “Paços Premium” (First Prize, 2008) and the “I Terras de la-Sallete” (First Prize, 2008).

As soloist, Sérgio Pires has performed with renowned orchestras as Bremen Philharmonic (Germany), Chamber Orchestra Basle (Switzerland), Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orchestra Filarmonicii de Stat Transilvania, Basle Symphonic Orchestra, Silesian Chamber Orchestra (Poland) and Argovia Philarmonic, playing pieces by W. Mozart, J. Stamitz, C. Weber, G. Rossini, K. Penderecki, F. Danzi, and C. Nielsen.

Alongside his activities as a soloist, he is the solo clarinet player with the Winterthur MusikKollegium (Switzerland), since 2016.

As a highly requested chamber musician Sérgio Pires regularly performs with famous artists like Heinz Holliger, Michael Collins, Valentin Erben, Felix Renggli, Daniel Haefliger, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Emmanuel Abbuehl and many others.

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11th September 2019: Ira Levin, the new Maestro Titular (chief conductor) of the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro

Ira Levin has been named as the Maestro Titular (music director) of the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, effective immediately. This happens after a very successful production of Gounod’s Faust and highly praised concerts with the tenors Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano as well. The TMRJ is the largest opera house in Brazil and the second largest in South America after the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, where Levin was the principal guest conductor from 2011 to 2015.

He was also the artistic director and principal conductor of the Theatro Municipal in Sao Paulo from 2002 to 2005 and the National Theater of Brazil from 2007 to 2009, making him the only foreigner to have had leading positions in most of the leading opera houses in South America. He will conduct at least three opera productions and several concerts each year in Rio.

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