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Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, hails from Spokane, Washington. He has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Residence.
In 2010 he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he serves as Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Hampson was made honorary professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Heidelberg and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Whitworth College, and San Francisco Conservatory, as well as being an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France, and was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the Heidelberger Frühling’s Lied Academy In 2020, he was awarded the Heidelberger Frühling music award.
The baritone Andrè Schuen comes from the Ladin La Val (South Tyrol, Italy). He studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under Prof. Horiana Branisteanu, as well as song and oratorio under Prof. Wolfgang Holzmair. He attended master courses by Kurt Widmer, Sir Thomas Allen, Brigitte Fassbaender, Marjana Lipovsek, Romualdo Savastano and Olaf Bär. In 2009 Andrè Schuen won a prize at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum, and won first prize at the song competition of the Walter und Charlotte Hamel Foundation. In 2010 he passed his diploma in opera, song and oratorio at the Mozarteum with distinction, and was awarded Hanna Ludwig Prize and the Lilli Lehmann Medal. During his emerging career he has already had guest performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mozarteum-Orchester, the Camerata Salzburg and other well-known orchestras. Concerts, festivals and TV performances have taken him to Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Tokyo, Puebla (Mexico), Buenos Aires and Ushuaia (Argentina). After gathering experience at the Salzburg Festival in 2006, he took on the role of the lackey in a 2007/08 production by the Salzburg Landestheater in the Haus für Mozart of Ariadne auf Naxos, directed by Ivor Bolton. Futhermore, he could be heard in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro at the Mozarteum and various smaller stages in Germany and Austria. In 2009, Andrè Schuen was again a guest at the Salzburg Festival, performing in Al gran sole carico d´amore by Luigi Nono, directed by Ingo Metzmacher. In 2010 he was accepted by the Young Singers Project in Salzburg. Following this, he took part in several productions in Salzburg in 2011: by invitation of Sir Simon Rattle in Richard Strauss’s Salome at the Easter Festival, as well as, in the summer of that year, in Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, directed by Riccardo Muti, and in Igor Stravinsky’s Rossignol, directed by I. Bolton. He was a guest performer at the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp/Ghent as Don Alvaro in Rossini’s Il viaggio à Reims under the direction of Alberto Zedda. In 2012 he sang the role of Moralès in Bizet’s Carmen at the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Summer Festival, both conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Shortly after, he made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonic with this production, which is now also available on CD with EMI. Since September 2010 he has been a member of the ensemble of the Graz Opera, where he could be heard as Jeletzky (Pique Dame), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Belcore (Elisir d’amore), Ford (Falstaff) and lastly as the title role in Gasparone. Future role debuts include Papageno (Magic Flute) and Roi Alphonse (La favorite). Andrè Schuen will perform the title role in Don Giovanni in Montpellier, and, in the 2013/14 season, as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He will make his debut at the Theater an der Wien with this role, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Andrè Schuen has sung, in addition to numerous masses and cantatas, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, The Passion of St John, and Mass in B minor, J. Haydn’s The Creation, G.F. Handel’s Messiah, W.A. Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’s A German Requiem, and finally Mendelssohn’s Walpurgisnacht, at the Oratorium. In 2013 his repertoire will be extended with the role of Christ in Bach’s St Matthew Passion (for the first time with Philippe Herrweghe) and Fauré’s Requiem, which he will be performing with the Berliner Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid. In 2014 he can be heard at the Orchestre national de Lille with Mahler’s Liedern eines fahrenden Gesellen. He has been working on lieder with the pianist Daniel Heide – his constantly expanding repertoire includes Schubert’s Winterreise, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Song Cycle op.24, Wolf’s Harfner-Gesänge, Ibert’s Don Quichotte-Lieder, Martin’s Jedermann-Monologe as well as selected songs of various epochs. In 2009 he premiered the song cycle …bald ist mir nimmer kalt (12 lieder with texts by Norbert C. Kaser for vocals and percussion) by Herbert Grassl. In the 2014/15 season he has been invited to make his debut at the London Wigmore Hall.
Ian Bostridge’s international recital career has taken him to the Munich, Vienna and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals and to the main stages of Carnegie Hall and La Scala, Milan. He has held artistic residencies including a Carte-Blanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2004/2005), a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall and Hamburg Laeiszhalle. His recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for 13 Grammys. Recent recording include ‘Three Baroque Tenors’ with the English Concert and Bernard Labadie, and Britten songs with Antonio Pappano for EMI. He has worked with et al. the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras.
His operatic appearances have included Lysander (‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’) for Opera Australia at the Edinburgh Festival and Tamino (‘Die Zauberflöte’). Current and future plans include visits to several festivals as well as a recital tour of the United States.
In 2003 Ian Bostridge was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the University of St Andrew’s and in 2010 he was made an honorary fellow of St John’s College Oxford. He will be Humanitas Professor of Classical Music at the University of Oxford 2014/2015.
Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. He regularly performs at London’s Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York, the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg and Munich’s Herkulessaal. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago and London Symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw.
He has also given many performances directing from the keyboard, with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Recognised for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski has been singled out for several high profile awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Gilmore award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent. He has also been the subject of two award-winning documentaries by the film maker Bruno Monsaingeon for ARTE. The first of these, Piotr Anderszewski plays the Diabelli Variations (2001) explores Anderszewski’s particular relationship with Beethoven’s opus 120, whilst the second, Piotr Anderszewski, Unquiet Traveller (2008) is an unusual artist portrait, capturing Anderszewski’s reflections on music, performance and his Polish-Hungarian roots.