Jayce Ogren, conductor
Jayce Ogren, conductor. Photo by Rebecca Fay.

Jayce Ogren – In and Out of the Box

Conductor Jayce Ogren leads subscription weeks this season with the Columbus, Edmonton, Louisville and Asheville Symphonies in straight-ahead classical repertoire ranging from Mendelssohn and Beethoven to Sibelius, Stravinsky, and Copland – all dear familiars and…

Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano. Photo by Sim Cannety-Clarke.

Marc-André Hamelin at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Marc-André Hamelin recently completed his week at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where he participated in the Jury.  Hamelin evaluated competitors on his own composition, commissioned specially for the competition, in addition to several other…

Adam Golka, piano
Adam Golka, piano. Photo by Jürgen Frank.

Catching up with Adam Golka

Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Chopin’s Piano Cto. No. 1 figured into Adam Golka’s winter season, with performances with the Riverside County Phil. in CA and the Knoxville Symphony, respectively: “Golka’s playing was light and full of the…

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord. Photo by Kaja Smith.

In recitals and with orchestras with Mahan Esfahani

Highlights of Mahan Esfahani’s busy winter and spring included the world premiere of Francisco Coll’s harpsichord Concerto with the Britten Sinfonia in February. His US recital tour in March included dates at the McCarter Theater…

Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano. Photo by Sim Cannety-Clarke.

Marc-André Hamelin with orchestra and in solo and duo concerts

Marc-André Hamelin‘s winter/spring highlights included Ravel and Shostakovich concerti with the Montreal Symphony and Kent Nagano, Medtner’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerische Staatsorcheter as well as with the Atlanta Symphony and Michael…

Paul Jacobs, organ
Paul Jacobs, organ. Photo by Ficarri.

Rouse Concerto heard across the states with Paul Jacobs

Paul Jacobs‘ season has been shaped by the Christopher Rouse Organ Concerto, which he premiered with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin on November 17 last year, and has continued performing this spring with dates…

Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
Soyeon Kate Lee, piano

Soyeon Kate Lee with orchestras and in recital

Soyeon Kate Lee had a year full of orchestral performances, playing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the Erie Philharmonic led by Daniel Meyer in January and later with the Eugene Symphony in March.  She also performed Chopin’s…

Marino Formenti, piano
Marino Formenti, piano. Photo by Alessandro Cavana.

Performance art by Marino Formenti

Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colón invited pianist and conductor Marino Formenti for a month-long residency which took place this past March. Unable to decide which of the suggested projects to present, the artistic direction invited Marino…

Michael Stern, conductor. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

Michael Stern in Atlanta, Kansas City, and Guangzhou

May 5-7, with his home orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern leads the Britten War Requiem with fellow Colbert Artists soprano Christine Brewer and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey in commemoration of the United State’s…

Jayce Ogren, conductor
Jayce Ogren, conductor. Photo by Rebecca Fay.

Catching up with Jayce Ogren

Jayce Ogren wrapped 2016 leading his home organization, Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001, and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky in November. He kicked off the New Year at Casa de Musica in Portugal, leading…

Ken-David Masur, conductor
Ken-David Masur, conductor. Photo by Beth Ross Buckley.

In Russia, Boston and elsewhere with Ken-David Masur

This May, Maestro Ken-David Masur leads the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (his debut with that organization) in works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn at Symphony Center on May 8. In June he oversees the Chelsea…

Jacques Lacombe, conductor
Jacques Lacombe, conductor. Photo by Daniel Cossette.

Jacques Lacombe leading operas in Berlin, Bonn, Marseille

Principal Conductor of the Bonn Opera in Germany, Jacques Lacombe led the company in La Bohème and Tristan & Isolde throughout September, October, and November of 2016. This season has also seen Lacombe leading productions…

Bernhard Gueller, conductor
Bernhard Gueller, conductor

Out of Canada and Africa with Bernhard Gueller

April 27-May 12, Maestro Bernhard Gueller leads his orchestra Symphony Nova Scotia in its annual Festival, focusing on European Masterworks, including the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Brahms Symphony No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 1…

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin. Photo by Nico Nordström.

Anne Akiko Meyers premieres Rautavaara’s Fantasia

March 24, 25, & 26, Anne Akiko Meyers gives the world premiere of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Fantasia (2015) for violin and orchestra in her debut with the Kansas City Symphony led by Maestro Michael…

JACK Quartet
JACK Quartet - photo by Shervin Lainez. L to R: Jay Campbell, cello; John Pickford Richards, violin; Christopher Otto, violin; Austin Wulliman, viola.

JACK Quartet completes a tour of the States, then takes American music to Europe!

JACK Quartet launched into the new year with a bi-coastal tour: University of Washington, Santa Cruz with the Lightbulb Ensemble, and Wallis Center in LA on the west coast, and on the East Coast: Boston University, Treetops Chamber…

Daniel Meyer, conductor. Photo by Kristi Hedberg.

Daniel Meyer leads orchestras in Germany and North America!

Conductor Daniel Meyer appears in Germany three times during January and February. He returns to the Württembergische Philharmonie in Reutlingen for concerts of Gerswhin, Mintzer and Rachmaninoff; debuts with the Staatsorchester Darmstadt in concerts of…

Paul Jacobs, organ
Paul Jacobs, organ. Photo by Ficarri.

Paul Jacobs performs with major orchestras across North America!

Paul Jacobs gives the world premiere of the Organ Concerto by Christopher Rouse on November 17 with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by their Music Director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, in an organ extravaganza program that also includes Barber’s Toccata Festiva for Organ…

Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano. Photo by Sim Cannety-Clarke.

Marc-André Hamelin in concerts throughout the month

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin earned accolades for a recent Festival performance at La Jolla Music Society: “One moment Hamelin demonically crashed out chords in the lowest register, the next teased out pianissimo plaintive utterances in the treble. He…