Andermatt Music Winter Festival 2020
About This Event
A four day winter festival to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.
The programme includes a selection of Beethoven’s greatest works performed over four days.
Starring: Daniel Barenboim (Piano), Nikita Boriso-Glebsky (Violin), Yoon-Jee Kim (Piano), Georgy Tchaidze (Piano), Anush Hovhannisyan (Soprano) and the English Classical Players, conducted by Jonathan Brett.
TIME AND VENUE
7pm, Andermatt Concert Hall
Bärengasse 1, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland
All Winter Festival 2020 tickets include drinks and light refreshments served during the interval.
For those who wish to dine at the Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, Andermatt, either before or after the concert, please contact the hotel directly using the following details:
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +41 (0)41 888 11 55
Special accommodation rates may be available to Winter Festival 2020 ticketholders at both The Chedi Andermatt and the Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, Andermatt, subject to availability. Please contact the hotels for details:
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15th January 2020
Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonatas
Daniel Barenboim – Piano
16th January 2020
Ludwig van Beethoven – Music for a Courtly Ballet, WoO 1
Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, op. 60
English Classical Players
Nikita Boriso-Glebsky – Violin
Jonathan Brett – Conductor
17th January 2020
An exploration of one of Beethoven’s greatest masterpieces
Maximilian Fane – Artistic Director
Ludwig van Beethoven – Coriolan Overture, op. 62
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55, the Eroica
English Classical Players
Yoon-Jee Kim – Piano
Jonathan Brett – Conductor
18th January 2020
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68, the Pastoral Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven – Concert Aria Ah! perfido, op. 65
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67
English Classical Players
Anush Hovhannisyan – Soprano
Jonathan Brett – Conductor
Programme featuring Georgy Tchaidze and Nikita Boriso-Glebsky to be confirmed
Daniel Barenboim is one of today’s most outstanding artists. As a pianist and conductor, he has been active for decades in major cities across Europe and all around the world; as the initiator of several highly acclaimed projects, he has contributed decisively to international music life.
Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942. He first received piano instruction from his mother, later from his father, and held his first public recital at age seven in Buenos Aires. In 1952, he moved to Israel with his parents. At age 11, Daniel Barenboim participated in conducting classes in Salzburg with Igor Markevitch. In the summer of 1954, he met Wilhelm Furtwängler and performed for him. Furtwängler subsequently wrote, “The eleven year old Daniel Barenboim is a true phenomenon.” Until 1956, he studied harmony and composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
At age 10, Daniel Barenboim had his debuts as a solo pianist in Vienna and Rome; this was followed by debuts in Paris (1955), London (1956), and in New York (1957) where he played with Leopold Stokowski. Since then, he has undertaken regular tours in Europe, the U.S., South America, Australia, and the Far East.
Numerous recordings attest to Daniel Barenboim’s great artistic stature as a pianist and a conductor. In 1954, he began with solo recordings, including Beethoven’s piano sonatas.
In the 1960s, he recorded Beethoven’s piano concertos with Otto Klemperer conducting, Brahms piano concertos with Sir John Barbirolli, and all of Mozart’s piano concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, where he conducted from the piano. As an accompanist, he has worked regularly with important singers such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Since his 1967 conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Daniel Barenboim has been in demand as a conductor at leading orchestras around the world, including the Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonics, ensembles with whom he has worked for decades now. Between 1975 and 1989, he was chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris, where he premiered numerous contemporary works.
His debut at the opera podium was held at Edinburgh Festival in 1973, where he conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In 1981, he conducted for the first time in Bayreuth, and continued to conduct there ever summer until 1999, with performances of “Tristan und Isolde”, the “Ring” cycle, “Parsifal”, and “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”.
From 1991 to June 2006, Daniel Barenboim served as chief conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2006, the musicians of the orchestra voted him honorary conductor for life. With this top-notch ensemble he completed a series of important recordings, including works by Brahms, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, and Schönberg.
Since 1992, Daniel Barenboim has been general music director at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, from 1992 to August 2002 also serving as artistic director. In the fall of 2000, Staatskapelle Berlin named him chief conductor for life.
In both the opera and the concert repertoire, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle have jointly worked on large-scale cycles and presented them in Berlin and on worldwide guest performance tours. The cyclical production of Richard Wagner’s 10 major works at Berlin’s Staatsoper met with worldwide acclaim, as did the performance of all symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, and Bruckner. Other cyclical projects included the symphonies and orchestral songs of Mahler (together with Pierre Boulez) and the opera and orchestral works of Berg, Schönberg, and Debussy.
In addition to the great works of the classical-romantic repertoire and classical modernism, Daniel Barenboim and the orchestra have increasingly focused on contemporary music. They realized world premiere performances of Elliott Carter’s only opera “What Next?” and Harrison Birtwistle’s “The Last Supper”. The symphony concerts regularly feature compositions by Boulez, Rihm, Carter, and Widmann.
Among the constantly growing number of works that Daniel Barenboim has recorded with Staatskapelle Berlin include Wagner’s three romantic operas (“Der fliegende Holländer”, “Tannhäuser”, and “Lohengrin”), Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, Strauss’ “Elektra”, and Berg’s “Wozzeck”, the symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Bruckner, Brahms and Elgar as well the piano concertos of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Brahms, with Daniel Barenboim as soloist. In 2003, he and the Staatskapelle were awarded the Wilhelm-Furtwängler-Preis.
From 2007 to 2014, Daniel Barenboim was active at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, from 2011 he served as music director. Here, he presented new productions of “Tristan und Isolde” and the “Ring des Nibelungen”, in addition he performed at symphony and chamber concerts.
In 1999, Daniel Barenboim founded the Western-Eastern Divan Orchestra together with the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. Each summer, this project brings together young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and the Arab world. The orchestra seeks to foster a dialogue between the various cultures of the Middle East by way of the experience of making music together. Musicians from Staatskapelle Berlin have contributed to this project from the very beginning as mentors.
Since 2015, talented young musicians from the Middle East have studied at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, another initiative of Daniel Barenboim. In the fall of 2016, this academy for music and humanities began a four-year bachelor’s program for up to 90 students in the renovated and remodeled former Magazine of the Staatsoper. This building also houses the Pierre Boulez Saal, designed by Frank Gehry, which has enriched Berlin’s musical life since its opening in 2017, with Daniel Barenboim as conductor, piano soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist. In 2016 Daniel Barenboim founded a piano trio with violinist Michael Barenboim and cellist Kian Soltani, with first concerts in Teatro Colón in Summer 2016. During the 2017/18 season the musicians performed the complete Beethoven Piano Trios in Pierre Boulez Hall, combined with contemporary works.
Daniel Barenboim has been awarded many important prizes and honors: he has received the Große Verdientskreuz mit Stern und Schulterband, Federal Republic of Germany, an honorary doctorate from Oxford University, and has been named commander of the French Légion d’honneur. The Japanese Imperial House honored him with the Premium Imperiale, in addition he was named a United Nations Ambassador for Peace. Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon him the title of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Daniel Barenboim has published several books: the autobiography “A Life in Music” and “Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society” (together with Edward Said), as well as “Everything is Connected: The Power of Music”, “Dialoghi su musica e teatro. Tristano e Isotta“ (with Patrice Chéreau) and „Musik ist alles und alles ist Musik. Erinnerungen und Einsichten“.
Ádám Bősze is a music presenter known for his exuberant enthusiasm, wide knowledge and ability to find musical angles to fascinate and entertain both novice and expert alike. He is a leading music journalist in Budapest with a career as a writer, presenter and consultant for companies whose work spans all forms of media. After graduating in musicology from the Liszt Academy he became a critic for the Magyar Nemzet – the leading daily paper in Hungary – and soon after became a presenter for Hungarian National Television. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for the vast array of concerts and musical productions he has hosted for both TV and radio as well as for live events. Currently he presents the morning shows for Radio Bartok as well as live broadcasts from important musical centres, such as the Metropolitan Opera, the BBC Proms and the Bayreuth Festival. If that were not enough, he also presents a stand-up musical comedy show to sell-out audiences and is a respected dealer in antiquarian books and manuscripts.
Winner of First and Public Prizes, as well as special prizes from Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera, at the 2016 Stella Maris Competition, and of the 2014 Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger Competition, Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan was a finalist at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competition and a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden between 2013 and 2015.
A Finalist in the 2018 International Opera Awards, Anush Hovhannisyan enjoyed a “star is born moment” (The Sunday Times) on her acclaimed debut with Scottish Opera as Violetta La Traviata in 2017, also singing Amaltea Mosè in Egitto for Chelsea Opera Group, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Berg Seven Early Songs with the Southbank Sinfonia, BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Day at Saffron Hall and Passion and Poetry concert series with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
During 2018 / 2019, Anush Hovhannisyan makes her debut with Welsh National Opera as Violetta La traviata. Her current engagements further include Mirrah in the Italian première of Liszt’s Sardanapolo at the Suoni dal Golfo, Lerici, Donna Anna Don Giovanni at the 2018 New Generation Festival, Florence, Tamara The Demon for Chelsea Opera Group, Verdi Requiem at Saffron Hall and an Opera Gala at the Moscow International House of Music. She will return to Welsh National Opera in 2020 as Hélène Les vêpres siciliennes and make her debut with Opera North as Musetta in the revival of Phillida Lloyd’s acclaimed staging of La bohème.
Anush Hovhannisyan began studying violin aged six at the A. Spendiaryan Music School and went on to study singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in 2013. She is a Samling Artist and her many awards and scholarships further include the Clonter Opera Prize, the Bayreuth Prize from the Wagner Society of Scotland and the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition.
Her wider engagements have included Adina L’elisir d’amore at the New Generation Festival, Florence, the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Sitâ Le Roi de Lahore, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni at the Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Emma Khovanschina with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the 2017 BBC Proms, Anitra Peer Gynt with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 with the Southbank Sinfonia, Woolf Works with the Royal Ballet.
Conductors with whom she has worked include Giedre Slekyté, Michael Altstaedt, Renato Balsadonna, David Parry, Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Dane Lam, Jonathan Santagada, Nicola Luisotti, Gianluca Marcianò, Daniel Oren, Mark Wigglesworth, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Antonio Pappano.
Her recordings include A Century of Song, Vol. 2 for Vivat, Rimsky-Korsakov Romances for Stone Records (a Sunday Times ‘Album of the Week’), Songs by Scriabin for Decca’s complete piano anthology of his music and Woolf Works, now available on Opus Arte DVD.
The English Classical Players is a group of London's finest musicians which was formed to give performances of the highest possible standard, primarily of the works of the classical masters. The orchestra gave its inaugural concert in the Banqueting House, Whitehall, in June 1990 and shortly afterwards made its first recording of symphonies by Mozart and Schubert with Linn Records.
Musical performance involves re-imagining an abstract: bringing to life dreams about sound combinations which arose in the imagination of a composer.
The teamwork involved in such re-creation with a large number of performers is extraordinary; a great orchestra is truly a miracle of human invention, an exemplification of the value of ambition and skill which shows that imagination and dedication can conquer the most extraordinary mental and physical challenges.
The English Classical Players is a group formed from the objective of taking group performance of music to its limits; a vision shared by conductor Jonathan Brett and violinist Alison Kelly to create an orchestra which, taking for granted the exceptional technical virtuosity and musical commitment of every member, would seek to truly explore and unleash the full expressive power of the music it plays.
After ten years of silence, the orchestra will be reborn in January 2020 when it will be the resident orchestra for the Andermatt Music Winter Festival, a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday year featuring some of his most significant works.
The activities of the orchestra include appearances at festivals, London's premier venues and regional concert halls.
Georgy Tchaidze is the young Russian pianist whose excellent technique adopted to emotionally deep investigation of music material has made him vividly discussed all over the world – from London to Shanghai.
Georgy was born In St. Petersburg and graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. Now he lives and studies in Berlin.
Since becoming 1st Prize Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition in 2009, Tchaidze has performed throughout Europe, North America and Asia to great acclaim, including debuts at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, and at festivals including Canada’s Toronto Summer Music, Ottawa International Chamber Music, Germany's Kissinger Sommer, Young Euro Classic, Switzerland's Verbier, Septembre Musicale, Lucerne, Norway's Lofoten International Piano, Festspiellene i Nord-Norge and France’s Piano aux Jacobins.
He was also invited to perform for the Governor General of Canada at the special invitation of The Glenn Gould Foundation. In the summer 2015 Georgy Tchaidze was awarded 1st Prize at the 4th Top of the World International Piano Competition in Tromso, Norway and then asked to replace Sir Andras Schiff with his performances at the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival.
The 2018/2019 season is highlighted by the performances at La Folle Journée festival in Nantes and Tokyo, La Roque d'Anthéron festival as well as recitals at Konzerthaus Berlin and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
The arrangements for the 2019/2020 season include collaborations with the same festivals, concerts with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Pavel Kogan and the Russian National Orchestra under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev as well as duet performances with violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky.
Tchaidze’s reputation as a sensitive collaborative pianist is blossoming. He toured extensively with Canada’s Cecilia String Quartet and performed with the esteemed Borodin Quartet. According to reviews, he confidently shared with his experienced stage partners accuracy and expressiveness of performing.
Tchaidze has three recordings on the Honens label: a live recording with Cecilia String Quartet, an all-Schubert album and a disc of works by Medtner, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev.
“Tchaidze was magnificent, matching the experienced string players note for note to produce a performance of rare beauty and musical conviction.”
The Calgary Herald
“Fine sensibility and perfectly honed technique.”
Jonathan Brett is noted for his exceptional interpretative insight and flair combined with brilliance and clarity of technique. Added to a rare sense of daring, these attributes mean that his performances are imbued with a real sense of adventure.
After early conducting studies in England, he went on to study with legendary Russian maestro, Yuri Simonov, later working as his assistant. For more than twenty years he was the Artistic Director of the English Classical Players, over the course of which he developed the orchestra into one of the country’s finest, noted for its opulently beautiful sound, and for the brilliant virtuosity and exuberant nature of its performances. A group of London’s finest musicians, from its roots as a classical chamber orchestra it developed into an ensemble playing in configurations from chamber ensemble to symphony orchestra in repertoire from baroque to contemporary. From 1996-2010 it was the resident orchestra at Watford Town Hall, a noted recording venue and probably the finest hall in England for orchestral performance.
As a guest conductor he has appeared with orchestras all over the world, most particularly the Moscow Philharmonic. The first British conductor ever to be invited to work with them, he made his début in 2002 with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and subsequently appeared many times as a guest conductor in Moscow and on tour.
Russian violin virtuoso Nikita Boriso-Glebsky has firmly established himself as one of the new generation’s eminent young European concert artists – praised for his “deep musical thinking, impeccable technique, elegance and instinctiveness”. The winner of the Jean Sibelius Competition, the Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition, the David Oistrakh Violin Competition, the Monte Carlo Violin Masters and other prestigious international contests, today Boriso-Glebsky is expanding the geography of his performances and the space of his creative searches.
"Boriso-Glebsky is an astounding instrumentalist, with a prodigious technical armoury and an uncompromising artistic vision."
Deon Irish, Weekend special, Cape Town
His recent engagements include solo performances with the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Munchner Symphoniker, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and the NHK Symphony Orchestra as well as participation at the music festival December Nights of Sviatoslav Richter in Moscow, Bodensee Festival in Friedrichshafen and Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.
Nikita’s upcoming performances include solo and chamber music concerts in Italy, Lithuania, Germany, France, Holland, South Korea, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Russia and extended one-month tour in China with the pianist Georgy Tchaidze in March-April 2019. The Finnish Radio Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Munchner Symphoniker, Hannu Lintu, Dima Slobodeniouk, Ben Gernon, Boris Berezovsky, Vadim Repin and Nikolai Lugansky – Nikita’s stage partners for the season 2018/19.
"…the most notable thing about Boriso-Glebsky’s performance was his remarkable and varied tone. He cleverly manipulated his instrument to show its versatility; at times his violin was raw and growly, at others ethereal and angelic."
Hannah Boylin, Leftlion.co.uk
In April 2018 the German label Profil has released the anthology of Nikolai Medtner’s chamber works for violin and piano recorded by Nikita Boriso-Glebsky and Ekaterina Derzhavina. This release has already received lots of positive critics including the Supersonic Award from the Pizzicato Magazine.
The earlier Fuga Libera’s monographic album of Edouard Lalo works with Sinfonia Varsovia, Augustin Dumay and Jean-Philippe Collard was also highly commended by a 5-star review in the French magazine Diapason.
“…Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole finds another dynamic soloist here in the young Russian-born violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky. His timbre has both sparkle and depth, and he is fully equal to the technical high jumps with which Lalo capitalised on Sarasate’s gifts."
Geoffrey Norris, gramophone.co.uk
Nikita Boriso-Glebsky was born in Volgodonsk, Southern Russia. His mentors in different years were Eduard Grach and Tatiana Berkul in Moscow, Augustin Dumay in Brussels, Ana Chumachenco in Kronberg.
He has become a recipient of the several international awards and titles - Violinist of the Year from the International Maya Plisetskaya and Rodion Shchedrin foundation (USA); Person of the Year from the major Russian magazine Musical review; Virtuoso award from the Italian string society and the Antonio Stradivari foundation; Jean Sibelius birthplace medal from J.Sibelius foundation in Hameenlinna, Finland. On the 21st of August 2018 Nikita Boriso-Glebsky was awarded by the rank “Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation”.
The violinist plays on Matteo Goffriller’s violin made in the 1720s.
"...with compelling emotion that led to ecstasy, she took the audience’s breath away.”
Peter Ullrich, Nordkurier (Germany)
"A true artist of high integrity, a many-sided, sophisticated and erudite musician."
Matti Raekallio, Professor of Juilliard School
"A staggeringly good performance”
Alexandra Coghlan, The Critics (about a performance of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire)
Yoon-Jee Kim is a conductor and pianist akin to a Renaissance artist—her supreme intelligence combined with her wide-ranging abilities enable her to be an equally consummate performer in the fields of orchestral and opera conducting, solo piano and chamber music.
Originally from Seoul, Yoon-Jee grew up in Tokyo, Moscow and New York and trained at the Pre- College division of the Juilliard School as a full-scholarship recipient. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, where she oversaw and conducted a full production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Opera Theatre of Yale College. She thereafter received postgraduate degrees in both piano and conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hannover in Germany and the Master of Music degree in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK. Her conducting teachers include Jonathan Brett, Clark Rundell, Mark Heron and Paul Weigold; she has also attended masterclasses by Paavo & Neeme Järvi, Juanjo Mena, Vasily Petrenko, Mark Stringer and Paul McCreesh.
While studying in Manchester, she conducted a performance with the Manchester Camerata, assisted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for its production of Puccini’s Tosca and a performance of Haydn's Creation and performed Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at London’s Southbank Centre in 2013 as part of Rest is Noise Festival (review: “a staggeringly good performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire,” Alexandra Coghlan, The Critics). She has subsequently been invited as a guest conductor to such orchestras as Gwangju Symphony Orchestra and Daejoun Philharmonic Orchestra and currently serves as the music director of Solius Orchestra, a group she founded in Korea in 2017.
Also a pianist recognized for her “vibrant sound palette” and “sense of architecture,” Yoon-Jee is a prizewinner of international piano competitions in Germany, Italy, Spain and the USA. Having been part of the Perlman Music Program, Yoon-Jee is also a phenomenal collaborator who has performed chamber music with violinist Itzhak Perlman in venues such as the Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center. She is currently a member of an award-winning piano duo Yoo + Kim.
Yoon-Jee is based in Hannover, Germany. She is both a piano faculty member and a staff pianist for the Voice Department at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover and teaches score reading (Partiturspiel) at Musikhochschule Lübeck. She is also a polyglot and a certified translator.