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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – 80th Anniversary Gala Concert with Zubin Mehta

Zubin Mehta Israel Philharmonic Orchestra IPO

On December 26th 2016 the Israel Philharmonic celebrated its 80th anniversary with an all-Beethoven program.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman and its inaugural concert, on 26 December 1936, was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. 80 years later on the same day, Zubin Mehta, the orchestra’s musical director for life, conducted the IPO in a veritable Jubilee Concert. more

The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival

Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival JCMF Oktett Baiba Skride, Itamar Zorman, David Strongin,
Benny Peled,  Adrien La Marca, Madeleine
Carruzzo, Julian Steckel, Tim Park  Photo Credit: Dan Porges

Every year in late summer some of the best musicians worldwide meet in Israel for The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival (JCMF), established by pianist Elena Bashkirova and advocate Yeheskell Beinisch. In 2016, the 19th Festival was dedicated to interrelated composers like Brahms/Schumann or Schubert/Beethoven – played by outstanding artists like Sir András Schiff, Baiba Skride, Menahem Pressler or Emmanuel Pahud in the halls of the Jerusalem YMCA. more

Dresden Music Festival | Vogler, Bolton, Festival Orchestra

Abschlusskonzert Musikfestspiele Dresden

Five years since its creation, the Dresden Festival Orchestra and its top-class musicians have developed into one of the highlights of the festival circuit and music scene. In 2016, the ensemble placed emphasis on the 19th century in yet another example of its dedication to historically informed practice. more

Beethoven 6 & Reger Piano Concerto – Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester, Serkin

Herbert Blomstedt Peter Serkin Gewandhausorchester

Max Reger’s Piano Concerto Op. 114 was created in the summer of 1910 in Leipzig and was there brought into the world by pianist Frieda Kwast‐Hodapp and the Gewandhausorchester under Arthur Nikisch. Reger was thrilled by the pianist’s performance and jokingly dubbed her “Mrs. Kwast‐Hat’s Off.” To date, few other artists have dared to undertake this pianistic challenge: The American Peter Serkin, however, is one of those few whose repertoire includes this rare piece.

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Zubin Mehta at 80 – The birthday concerts from Mumbai

Zubin Mehta

“I’m a pucca Indian. Mumbai is my home,” says Zubin Mehta about his birthplace. The Musical Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra traveled to India with “his” inspiring 110-member orchestra and on April 17th and 18th, 2016 they celebrated Maestro Mehta’s 80th birthday with two fantastic concerts at the National Center of Performing Arts in Mumbai. more

Herbert Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester – Nielsen 3 & Beethoven 7

Herbert Blomstedt Gewandhausorchester GWO Nielsen Beethoven

Since his time as chief conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester between 1998 and 2005, Herbert Blomstedt – now its honorary conductor – has returned to Leipzig every year to conduct one or more always celebrated concerts. In May 2015, he conducted Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 in three sold-out concerts at the Gewandhaus. more

Beethoven: Violin Concerto – Nikolaj Znaider, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

Chailly Znaider Gewandhausorchester Beethoven Violinkonzert 01_Accentus Music Copyright 2015

Muscular yet elegant, eloquent and charismatic – terms that flow from journalists’ pens when referring to Nikolaj Znaider. The Danish artist once again affirmed his reputation as one of the most distinguished violinists of our time with his performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s violin concerto with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of its musical director Riccardo Chailly. more

Brahms, Schönberg, Beethoven – Claudio Abbado, Mihoko Fujimura & Lucerne Festival Orchestra

LUCERNE FESTIVAL IM SOMMER 2011

In 2013, Lucerne was celebrating: the renowned Lucerne Festival turned 75 after it was launched in 1938 under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. In addition, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra celebrated its tenth anniversary with its founder Claudio Abbado – who turned 80 in 2013. Every year in Lucerne he gathers world-famous soloists who are willing to “do the craziest things I ask of them in the interest of the compositions: to fly or to go through the fire”. more

Mozart: Requiem / Beethoven: Egmont – Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra

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Lucerne Festival 2012 was dedicated to the relationship of music and hope. In the opening concert, Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchera presented Mozart’s Requiem as well as the Beethoven’s Incidental Music to Goethe’s tragedy Egmont. With Juliane Banse, Anna Prohaska, Sara Mingardo, Maximilian Schmitt and René Pape as soloists and Bruno Ganz as narrator, this concert was once again a special musical experience of highest artistic quality. more

The Nobel Prize Concert 2010

Joshua Bell Nobel Prize Concert 2010 credit_Chris_Lee

As part of the official Nobel Week, the world’s most renowned artists are gathering each year to pay tribute to the Nobel Laureates. The 2010 concert became a special highlight in the series with the young and brilliant world famous American violinist Joshua Bell performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major under Sakari Oramo, the Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.  more