Andermatt Music Summer Festival 2020
About This Event
A four day summer programme that showcases the finest artists of The New Generation Festival and includes performances co-produced with the Catskill Jazz Factory, featuring a programme of Mendelssohn, Mozart and a symphonic synthesis of Brahms and Radiohead.
Starring: New Generation Festival soloists, Catskill Jazz Factory artists, Orchestra Senzaspine, Gennaro Cardaropoli, Steve Hackman and Stereo Hideout soloists.
TIME AND VENUE
Andermatt Concert Hall
Bärengasse 1, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland
All Summer Festival 2020 tickets include drinks and light refreshments served during the interval.
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Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Felix Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64
Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68
Gennaro Cardaropoli – Violin
Maximilian Fane – Conductor
Wednesday 24th June 2020
The New Generation Festival, in co-production with the Catskill Jazz Factory, presents several of the world’s best young jazz performers to celebrate the legacy of Harlem’s contribution to popular music.
Dominick Farinacci – Trumpet
Shenel Johns – Vocalist
Mathis Picard – Piano
presented by the Catskill Jazz Factory and The New Generation Festival
Thursday 25th June 2020
A concert performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most exquisite opera performed by stars of The New Generation Festival.
New Generation Festival soloists
Jonathan Santagada – Conductor
Friday 26th June 2020
A symphonic synthesis of tracks from Radiohead’s album OK Computer and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68.
Brahms V. Radiohead is an epic symphonic synthesis of Radiohead’s album OK Computer and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1, utilising a full 70-piece orchestra and three pop vocalists. The piece stays in the romantic sound world of Brahms, using only the instruments he would have used to debut his symphony, but woven in, superimposed, and inserted are the melodies and music of Radiohead. At times we hear the melodies and words of Radiohead suspended over Brahms’s original music; at times we hear the orchestra playing the music of Radiohead but with the dense counterpoint of Brahms. Every combination is explored, and we constantly move from one to the other – but the piece is seamless and for much of the time the audience is left wondering which is which, and how the combination is even possible.
Stereo Hideout Soloists
Steve Hackman – Conductor
presented by the 23Arts Initiative and The New Generation Festival
Orchestra Senzaspine is an association numbering nearly 450 musicians under 35. All of them work together to bring an ambitious mission forward: on the one hand, to return classical music to the love of the general public and, on the other, to offer young orchestral musicians the chance to confront themselves with the most challenging and fascinating symphonic repertoire.
All of this with a pop and social approach, which projects the elegance of tradition into the future, pivoting on the formula of the “concert-spectacle”, and conceived to dispel the false myths accompanying classical music in common perception. The orchestra was born in 2013 from an idea of two friends: the young directors Tommaso Ussardi and Matteo Parmeggiani, currently president and vice president of the association, respectively. Orchestra Senzaspine, in changing formations, has already held over 400 musical events and collaborated with internationally renowned soloists such as Enrico Dindo and Dejan Bogdanovich, Sofya Gulyak and Laura Marzadori, first violinist of the Teatro alla Scala. Many of the latter performers have sold out in the most prestigious theatres of Bologna. Today, the orchestra is able to offer highly professional job opportunities for musicians and, at the same time, promote innovative activities to get us listening, like the flash mob “Conduct us”.
In addition to symphonic and chamber concerts, the activity of Orchestra Senzaspine, which also includes a choir and a children’s choir ("voci bianche"), ranges from auditions to performances, training experience, meeting and spillover between the arts, to the competitions for young talents, down to projects for the schools.
Six years since its conception, Orchestra Senzaspine is a cultural wave that has already engulfed Bologna, and more, with its idea of classical music that is not just to listen to, but to live.
The Catskill Jazz Factory, a program of the 23Arts Initiative, is an arts organization based in the USA that nurtures emerging jazz artists. Providing residencies and support to young top quality performers developing première musical projects, the Catskill Jazz Factory also introduces these artists into villages, educational institutions and venues to promote community building through jazz.
Recent collaborations include the Fisher Center at Bard College, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY, and New Generation Festival in Florence, Italy, among many others.
Shenel Johns is, according to The Boston Globe, “history in the making”. She is a dynamic jazz performer that commands the stage with an intrepid and lively spirit which heralds incredible range and talent. Her performance is the amalgamation of her immersion in reggae and gospel from a young age.
Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, Shenel honed her intrinsic aptitude and passion for music at the Hartt Sclhool (University of Hartford) with an intense focus and specialisation in music management as an undergraduate. Here she received invaluable mentorship from jazz legends Rene McLean, Jimmy Greene, Nat Reeves and Steve Davis.
This powerhouse performer has dedicated her time and energy to immersing herself in advocating for the arts and humanities. Recognising the positive influence music has gifted her, this songstress has endeavoured to help aspiring artists in classrooms all over the world, from the Greater New York area through Jazz at Lincoln Center to the Seiko Jazz camp in Tokyo, Japan. Shenel's lingua franca is her enamouring voice which flawlessly translates the incredible intricacies and complexity of her art into something that is easily understood regardless of language barriers or contrasting cultures as Johns demonstrated in a recent residency at Jazz Lincoln Center in both Shanghai and Doha.
She continuously strives to push her limits and range in formidable and renowned venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Minton's Playhouse and Blue Note Jazz Club in her home away from home, New York City.
Shenel’s dream is to reintroduce jazz to a mainstream audience across the world. She returned to Latvia after winning the Riga Jazz Stage Vocal Competition to produce a concert in honour of George Gershwin accompanied by a 17-piece orchestra. Relying on the experiences and influences of her upbringing, Shenel has accepted an opportunity with the Catskill Jazz Factory to depict a ''Jamaican-American Immigrant Story in Song”, perform a lead role in Lady and the Blues and collaborate with Damien Sneed to fuse traditional idioms of gospel and jazz.
“Mathis Picard’s fingers danced like Fred Astaire on the keys of the piano and it’s worth taking seats to the side of the instrument for this sight alone.”
Niki Shakallis, Entertainment-Focus Online, April 2017
Since graduating Juilliard, multicultural artist Mathis Picard has used his French-Malagasy roots to bring his brand of dance music to the jazz scene. Growing up, Mathis lived in four different countries – the US, Scotland, France and England – before putting down roots in New York City, where he can be found playing with his band, Mathis & Sound Orchestre.
At the age of 3, Mathis began improvising his own melodies on the piano and hasn’t looked back since, sharing the international stage with artists such as Patti Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jason Moran, Sonny Emory, Bria Skonberg, DJ Kindness, Yaron Herman. Mathis has even tried his hand as an actor, playing the music of Fats Waller in the new “This Joint is Jumpin’”.
Mathis & Sound Orchestre is an embodiment of the Frenchman’s craft. A large ensemble devoted to playing dance music from all stages and ages, the group gets every audience to its feet. Recently seen at NuBlu and the West End Lounge in New York City, Mathis & Sound Orchestre have also performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Birdland.
Italian conductor and pianist Jonathan Santagada has an established presence with several of the leading opera houses of Europe including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Regio Torino, Opera North and Theater Basel.
He made his debut at Theater Basel in 2013 conducting Haydn’s Lo speziale. He was then chosen as a Young Artist on the Jette Parker at the Royal Opera House. In his time on the programme, he conducted Rossini’s La scala di seta and Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse with the Southbank Sinfonia, extracts from Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor with the Orchestra of the Welsh National, as well as Eugene Onegin with The Royal Opera House Orchestra.
This season, Jonathan Santagada returns to Opera North to conduct Tosca and then to The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to assistant conduct Così fan tutte, alongside Stefano Montanari. He will then make his house debuts assistant conducting Evelino Pidò at La Monnaie in Brussels (Robert le Diable), Nicola Luisotti at L’Opéra National de Paris (La forza del destino) and Maurizio Benini at Teatro Real in Madrid (Il trovatore). He will conclude his operatic season conducting Le nozze di Figaro at The New Generation Festival in Florence.
Last season, Santagada worked on three productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: Les Vepres Siciliennes, Semiramide and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. He made his house debut assistant conducting Un Ballo in Maschera at Opera North and returned to the Mediterranean Opera Festival to conduct Madama Butterfly and L’elisir d’amore. He concluded his operatic season conducting Shakespeare’s Henry V set to the live orchestral score by Sir William Walton at The New Generation Festival in Florence to great acclaim.
Santagada has a close relationship with the Royal Opera House and its musical director, Sir Antonio Pappano, with whom he regularly collaborates. He has worked on more than twenty-five Covent Garden productions, working alongside some of the best singers and conductors in the world.
He has also worked for Teatro Lirico Sperimentale “A. Belli” in Spoleto, Musicariva Festival in Riva del Garda, CNIPAL (Centre National d’Artistes Liriques) in Marseille, Fabbrica young artists program Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Royal Northern College of Music and he took part in the Shakespeare day on the 400th anniversary of the passing of the renowned poet in 2016, where he played live for the BBC.
Jonathan Santagada was awarded an honours degree cum laude from the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Torino with Professor Mariaclara Monetti and continued his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon with Professor Géry Moutier. He studied conducting with Marco Boemi in Rome.
Dominick Farinacci is an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and big band leader. He is currently signed to the Mack Avenue label. Dominick was one of eighteen artists worldwide invited to be a part of the inaugural class of the Jazz Studies Program at the Juilliard School. He has won the International New Star Award, Disney’s New Star Award, and topped the charts as one of Japan’s No. 1 jazz musicians.
At 17, Dominick performed at the Tri-C Jazzfest in Cleveland, opening for Wynton Marsalis and his big band. A few months later, Marsalis invited him to New York City to perform on a live PBS broadcast, Live From Lincoln Center: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong. Around this time, Dominick received a scholarship to the Juilliard School for its first Jazz Program.
In 2001, Marsalis invited Dominick to be featured in a concert at Lincoln Center; a tribute to two of his favourite trumpet players, Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan: Night of the Cookers. The producer of the event, Todd Barkan, contacted Dominick in March 2002 to offer to record him as a leader for the Japanese label M&I Records. In April 2002, Dominick recorded his debut album, Manhattan Dreams, which featured pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Chip Jackson, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. He went on to record a total of six records for M&I. By the time he graduated from Juilliard, he had received two Gold Disc Awards, the International New Star Award, had won first place in the ITG Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition, and had travelled to Japan to promote his records.
In 2006, Dominick was featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Dee Dee Bridgewater's JazzSet for NPR, as well as at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival. He was a member of Miles to Miles, a band led by Jason Miles, and was featured on recordings Miles produced: What’s Going On: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye, and 2 Grover With Love: A Tribute to Grover Washington, Jr. He also performed and recorded with saxophonist Joe Lovano in 2007. In 2008, Dominick debuted his own band at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, and the Tri-C JazzFest. He toured South Korea and Japan with a Juilliard faculty and alumni quintet and signed his first major US recording contract with Koch Records (Entertainment One Music).
Recently, Dominick has opened for British musicians Jamie Cullum and Jeff Beck at the O2 in London, and has performed at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Gennaro Cardaropoli is considered to be one of the best young Italian talents of today. His discographic debut with Warner Classics was in 2019, together with pianist Alberto Ferro. The duo is invited to play during the main Italian Chamber Seasons on a regular basis.
He has performed as a soloist in the Symphony Orchestra of Milan “Giuseppe Verdi” – conducted by Zhang Xian (Tchaikovsky’s concerto) –, in the Swiss Radio Symphony Orchestra – conducted by Arturo Tamayo (Ligeti’s concerto) – and at the Festivals of Brescia and Bergamo under the baton of Maestro Alessandro Bonato. He is regularly invited by the “I Pomeriggi Musicali” Orchestra of Milan –with whom he already performed Vivaldi’s, Mendelssohn’s, Paganini’s and Brahms’ concertos – and by the Symphony Orchestra of Salerno “Giuseppe Verdi”. Other world-class venues where Gennaro has starred include the Opéra of Monte Carlo, the Auditorium de la Fundación Eutherpe of León, the Auditorio Nacional de Música of Madrid, the Swedish History Museum (Barock Hall) of Stockholm, the Musikverein of Vienna, the Queen's University Hall of Belfast, the Philharmonie of Paris and Toulouse, the Kaunas Symphony Hall and the Lithuanian National Symphony Hall of Vilnius, the Ekaterinburg Opera House, the Italian Embassy of Berlin, and the Italian and French Embassy of Tunis. Furthermore, he performed at the Huberman Festival in Israel and at the Eurasia Festival. In the United States, he performed at the Carnegie Hall of New York, at the Philadelphia Concert Hall and at the Washington Lincoln Center; he performed in Tampa, Orlando and Miami with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and also in Nevada with the Reno Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Alvise Casellati. He also took part to a tour in Israel (Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) and in China (Hainan, Shanghai and Beijing).
When Gennaro was only 17, he was awarded with the 1st Grand Prize at the Arthur Grumiaux International Violin Competition, becoming the only Italian winner in the history of the competition. Other important prizes he won are the 1st Prize at the Vittorio Veneto Festival, the 1st Soloist Prize at the Violin Competition of the “Filarmonica della Scala” of Milan, the 1st Prize at the “Premio Nazionale delle Arti” (promoted by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) as best Italian violinist, the 1st Place in the RAI 1 live streaming of “Uno Mattino in famiglia - Conservatori a Confronto”, the 1st Place at the prestigious Claudio Abbado competition, the 1st Grand Prize at the Stockholm Violin Competition and the title of best soloist of Salerno awarded by the Claudio Abbado Symphony Orchestra.
Gennaro was born in Salerno in 1997. When he was only 9 years old, he performed before His Holiness the Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican’s Nervi Hall on RAI live streaming. He graduated from the Domenico Cimarosa conservatory of Avellino with top marks and honours. Later, he studied with Maestros Vadim Brodsky, Salvatore Accardo, Boris Belkin, Zakhar Bron and Shlomo Mintz. He graduated from the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland with Maestro Pavel Berman.
Since 2019, Gennaro has been supported by the association Musica con le Ali. He is currently teaching at the Donizetti Conservatory of Bergamo and plays the G.B. Guadagnini, Turin 1783 ex Kleynenberg violin thanks to the kind concession of the Pro Canale Foundation of Milan.
Cultural Association Musica con le Ali was established in Milan in December 2016 on the initiative of Carlo Hruby, the current President, together with his wife and their children. The idea of creating this Association was born from the awareness that music, and in particular classical music, constitutes one of the most important cultural heritages of Italy, as well as an instrument of personal and collective growth of extraordinary value.
The purpose of the Association, which is not-for-profit and pursues objectives of social value, is first and foremost to support and enhance musical initiatives, with special attention to young people and classical music.
To achieve its goals, Musica con le Ali (“Music with Wings”) promotes young talents, supporting them in their training and helping them to establish themselves in their profession - and therefore to “take flight” - through different wide-ranging initiatives organised in collaboration with the major conservatoires and the main cultural and musical institutions.
The activities of Musica con le Ali include concerts, masterclasses and exhibitions that feature the best and most talented musicians, as well as the creation of interesting professional opportunities and the enhancement of their abilities on different media. An integral part of the Association’s activities is also represented by prestigious editorial projects that aim to deal with specific topics that allow us to reconstruct part of our musical history and to better understand the contemporary one. At the same time, the Association’s activities also include initiatives aimed at the dissemination, understanding and knowledge of classical music by the new generation.
Steve Hackman has emerged as the leading innovator in the new landscape of orchestral music. A virtuoso in both classical and popular idioms, he crafts and conducts blended musical works that appeal to fans of both worlds. He has conducted his Brahms V. Radiohead, Beethoven V. Coldplay, Copland V. Bon Iver, Tchaikovsky V. Drake, Bartók V. Björk, and Mashupalooza with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Nashville, Indianapolis, Oregon, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Charlotte, Columbus, the Colorado Music Festival and the Boston Pops.
In May 2018 Steve Hackman created and debuted his Stereo Hideout Orchestra at Kings Theater in Brooklyn. This ensemble will make regular appearances at Kings Theater and other theaters of Ambassador Theater Group in future seasons.
From 2015-2017, Hackman served as creative director and conductor of [email protected], a genre-defying series at the Pittsburgh Symphony.
On the pop side, Hackman creates music as a producer, DJ and songwriter under the moniker :STEREO HIDEOUT:. His latest album The Gates Unknown was released in February 2018.
Instagram and Twitter: @stereohideout
Stereo Hideout is the creation of composer/conductor/producer Steve Hackman, a visionary leader who is creating a new landscape in classical music through brilliant and daring content. Stereo Hideout is a solution that challenges the existing classical infrastructures, leading an evolution of classical art music that shatters barriers and redefines the genre.
Keren Tayar began her musical theater career at age seven, performing on some of New York City’s prominent stages. She graduated from the Berklee College of Music, and now enjoys collaborations with a variety of artists and producers and also tours and performs around the world. She has been working with Steve Hackman since 2015, performing in Brahms V. Radiohead and Copland V. Bon Iver with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, and many others.
Bill Prokopow is a composer, pianist, vocalist, producer, mixing engineer, and visual artist. In addition to composing, conducting, and singing with orchestras across the country, he also and tours the nation with chiptune-rock band “I Fight Dragons.” His orchestral-electronic solo project “Panthenon,” was awarded Best Concept Album of 2015 by the Independent Music Awards, and his latest album SpaceTime is available now.
Philadelphia based, South African born Lipke, moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in composition at The University of The Arts and has since gone on to become a critically acclaimed and sought after composer, performer, arranger, producer, and educator. He has performed with and composed/arranged for The Aizuri Quartet, Indianapolis Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, among others. He has produced dozens of records for local and regional artists and released five solo albums.
26-year-old conductor Maximilian Fane is a Co-Founder and the Musical Director of The New Generation Festival, Chief Executive of the Mascarade Opera Studio, and former Artistic Director of the touring opera company Raucous Rossini. In 2017, Max conducted a tour of L’occasione fa il ladro, which was performed across the UK and Italy, in addition to co-founding a new international opera festival in Florence: The New Generation Festival. This festival saw performances of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto in the Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini al Prato.
Engagements in 2018 included Gluck’s Orfeo e Euridice in Florence, Piedmont and Milan, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in London, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Requiem at the Maggio Musicale Theatre, Florence, Rossini’s La Scala di Seta with Raucous Rossini on tour, and both Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 5 with The New Generation Festival. Engagements in 2019 include Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and the world première of a specially composed jazz symphony: The Spirit of Harlem.
Max is also Artistic Director of Westbourne Music in Glasgow, a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied voice and piano, and he achieved a Distinction in his MSc in Business and Management at the University of Strathclyde where he was the European Visionary Scholar and achieved a prize for his dissertation on strategy in the classical music industry.