Min Kim

A leading violinist representing Korea, Min Kim is highly respected for his versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, educator and music director. He graduated from Seoul National University and the Staatlische Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, where he studied under the guidance of Prof. Brandis and Prof. Rostal in Köln. Upon his return to Korea, Min Kim was appointed the concertmaster of the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and then the KBS Symphony Orchestra, two of the preeminent orchestras of the country. Kim also served as the Dean of the College of Music of Seoul National University, while nurturing the Korean Chamber Orchestra both as a soloist and the music director. In 1980, the Korean Chamber Orchestra was rebuilt and became a synonym for the Korean Chamber Orchestra, which received over 140 invitations from the world stage.

Antonello Manacorda

Antonello Manacorda, born in Turin, was founding member and longtime concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra founded by Claudio Abbado. He later studied conducting with Jorma Panula in Helsinki and has established himself as a highly sought-after conductor, both on the symphonic and on the operatic stage. Since 2010 Antonello Manacorda is Artistic Director of the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

In the 2019/20 season Antonello Manacorda will make his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera New York (“Le nozze di Figaro”) and at the Opéra national de Paris (“Così fan tutte”). He has been re-invited to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (“Alceste”) and to the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels with a new production of the Mozart/Da-Ponte cycle.

Highlights of his symphonic calendar in the 2019/20 season include guest appearances with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. With the Kammerakademie Potsdam Antonello Manacorda will continue a Mendelssohn cycle and presents the late Mozart symphonies at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. Last season he performed with the ensemble a cycle of the four symphonies by Johannes Brahms in Potsdam. Already in February 2014, Antonello Manacorda conducted a press acclaimed cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies in Potsdam on four consecutive days. He will perform with the Kammerakademie Potsdam amongst others at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Philharmonie Berlin and the Elbphilharmonie in the 2019/20 season.

Last season Antonello Manacorda conducted new productions at Amsterdam’s De Nationale Opera (“Die Zauberflöte”), at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (“Die Zauberflöte”) and at the Bavarian State Opera (“Alceste”) and debuted with “La Traviata” at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. Guest appearances have taken him to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Antonello Manacorda retired from his position as chief conductor of the Dutch Het Gelders Orchestra in the 2018/19 season.

With the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Antonello Manacorda has recorded a Schubert cycle for Sony that has received highest praise by the international press. The recording was awarded the 2015 ECHO Klassik in the category “Best Orchestra of the Year”. With the Het Gelders Orkest and the Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson, Antonello Manacorda has recorded Mahler’s 4th Symphony for Challenge Records. He is currently recording all of Mendelssohn’s symphonies for Sony with the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

Václav Luks

Václav Luks began his studies at the Pilsen Conservatory and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (French horn, harpsichord). He then continued his studies with specialized research on early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basil, Switzerland in the studios of J.–A. Bötticher and J. B. Christensen in the field of period keyboard instruments and historical performance practice.

During his studies in Basel and in the years that followed, he gave concerts all over Europe and overseas (USA, Mexico, Japan) as the horn soloist of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. After returning from abroad in 2005, he transformed Collegium 1704 from a chamber music ensemble that had already existed when he was a conservatory student (since 1991) into a Baroque orchestra, and he founded Collegium Vocale 1704. The immediate impetus for their founding was a project initiated by Václav Luks titled Bach – Prague – 2005 presenting the major vocal

works by J. S. Bach. This project marks the beginning of residential collaboration with the Prague Spring International Music Festival.

With Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 has quickly established itself among the world’s elite ensembles devoted to performing the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, and with his international artistic activities, Luks has played a significant part in the renaissance of the music of the Bohemian composers Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.

In 2008, he founded the successful concert series Music Bridge Prague – Dresden. Since the autumn of 2012, we have been able to encounter Václav Luks regularly at Prague’s Rudolfinum, where he is realizing a concert series with Collegium 1704 that focuses on the art of singing in the 17th and 18th centuries. Since autumn 2015, the two concert series were merged into one Season held in Prague and Dresden.

Recent and upcoming guest performances include appearances at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, the Festival Wratislavia Cantans, the Berliner Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Theater and der Wien, the Konzerthaus Wien, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He will also serve as artist-in-residence at the renowned Utrecht Early Music Festival and the Leipzig Bach Festival.

Besides working intensively with Collegium 1704, he also collaborates with other renowned ensembles, such as La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Dresdner Kammerchor or the Nederlandse Bachvereniging. Václav Luks has made both orchestral and solo recordings for the ACCENT, Supraphon, and Zig-Zag Territoires labels, and he has been invited to sit on juries of international competitions (Johann Heinrich Schmelzer Wettbewerb Melk, Prague Spring International Music Competition, Bach-Wettbewerb Leipzig).

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Pablo Heras-Casado

Pablo Heras-Casado has been appointed as the Director of the Granada Festival in 2017, and is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Real in Madrid. He also enjoys a long-term collaboration with Freiburger Barockorchester that includes extensive touring and recording projects. Marking another important milestone in his career, last season Heras-Casado became the first ever Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York, having previously been its Principal Conductor from 2011 to 2017.

Recent seasons have seen him conduct the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Staatskap elle Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Royal Concertgebouw and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mariinsky Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared several times with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble intercontemporain, at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Salzburger Festspiele, as well as at the Lucerne Festival, where he co-directed the Academy under Pierre Boulez.

With an extensive discography, Heras-Casado is the recipient of numerous prizes, including three ECHO Klassik awards, a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, two Diapason d’Or and a Latin Grammy.

Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Pablo Heras-Casado holds the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation and the Ambassador Award of the Regional Government of Andalusia. He is an Honorary Ambassador and recipient of the Golden Medal of Merit by the Council of Granada, as well as an Honorary Citizen of the Province of Granada, his hometown.

Highly committed to the Spanish charity Ayuda en Acción as a Global Ambassador, Heras-Casado supports and promotes the charity’s work internationally to eradicate poverty and injustice in the world.

Edward Gardner

Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic since October 2015, Edward Gardner has already led the orchestra on multiple international tours, including acclaimed performances in London, Berlin, Munich and Amsterdam.

In demand as a guest-conductor, he worked with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (where he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2010-16) and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Music Director of English National Opera for ten years (2006-15), Edward continues to work with the world’s major opera companies such as La Scala, Opéra National de Paris, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Dutch National Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Edward founded the Hallé Youth Orchestra in 2002 and regularly conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Barbican Youth Orchestras. He has a close relationship with the Juilliard School of Music, and with the Royal Academy of Music.

An exclusive Chandos recording artist, Edward’s award-winning discography includes music by Janáček, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Walton, Lutosławski, Britten, Berio and Schoenberg.

Born in Gloucester in 1974, Edward was educated at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. On graduating he assisted Sir Mark Elder at The Hallé, going on to spend three years as Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

His many accolades include being named Royal Philharmonic Society Award Conductor of the Year (2008), an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera (2009), and receiving an OBE for Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2012).

Daniel Libeskind

An international figure in architecture and urban design, the architect Daniel Libeskind is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory and is informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature. Mr. Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable. Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1946, Mr. Libeskind immigrated to the United States as a teenager and, with his family, settled in the Bronx. After studying music in New York and Israel on an American-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, he developed into a musical virtuoso, before eventually leaving music to study architecture. He received his professional degree in architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1970 and a postgraduate degree in the history and theory of architecture from the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University in England in 1972.

Daniel Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Daniel Libeskind’s practice is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects internationally. The Studio has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential towers.

As Principal Design Architect for Studio Libeskind, Mr. Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture in universities and professional summits. His architecture and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture. Mr. Libeskind lives in New York with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.

In addition to the New York headquarters, Studio Libeskind has European partner offices based in Zürich, Switzerland.

David Zinman

New York-born David Zinman’s career has been distinguished by a wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to contemporary music and the introduction of historically informed performance practice. He is Conductor Laureate of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, having completed his 19-year tenure as Music Director in summer 2014. He has held positions as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony orchestras and more recently at the Orchestre Français des Jeunes, Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival, School and American Academy of Conducting.

A regular guest with the world’s leading orchestras, this season includes appearances with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, conducting Sciarrino’s La Nuova Euridice with Barbara Hannigan, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for their 100th anniversary season, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra following their critically-acclaimed performances of Strauss’ Intermezzo last season, as well as engagements with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris and performances at the Lugano Festival. Zinman also returns to the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for concerts and his now world-renowned masterclasses.

He has long-standing collaborations with soloists such as Janine Jansen, Mitsuko Uchida, Alfred Brendel, Yefim Bronfman, Radu Lupu, Truls Mørk, Lisa Batiashvili, Gil Shaham, Julia Fischer, Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax and András Schiff.

David Zinman’s extensive discography of more than 100 recordings has earned him numerous international honours, particularly for his interpretation of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, including five Grammy awards, two Grand Prix du Disque, two Edison Prizes, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and a Gramophone Award. Recent releases include a 50 CD box set David Zinman: Great Symphonies – The Zurich Years, which commemorates his recording legacy with the Tonhalle-Orchester.

In 2000 the French Ministry of Culture awarded David Zinman the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in October 2002 the City of Zürich Art Prize was awarded to him for his outstanding artistic efforts – making him the first conductor and first non-Swiss recipient of this award. More recently, Zinman received the prestigious Theodore Thomas Award in recognition of outstanding achievement and extraordinary service to one’s colleagues in advancing the art and science of conducting. In 2008 he won the Midem Classical Artist of the Year award for his work with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He was also the 1997 recipient of the prestigious Ditson Award from Columbia University in recognition of his exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers.

Walter Nußbaum

After studying church music in Heidelberg, including organ at Martha Schuster and conducting at Manfred Schreier, Walter Nußbaum worked as a cantor. During this period he collaborated with Péter Eötvös and Michael Gielen.

In 1992, Nußbaum founded the ensembles SCHOLA HEIDELBERG and the ensemble aisthesis and taught choir and ensemble conducting at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. He has been invited to work with vocal and instrumental ensembles in Germany and abroad where he worked together with the Ensemble Aventure Freiburg, the Neue Ensemble in Hanover, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and the RIAS-Kammerchor, to name a few. In 2006, he made his debut at the Mannheim Nationaltheater, in 2010 he conducted Bernhard Langs Opera Montezuma in Mannheim.

Alongside his ongoing interest in traditional music, Nußbaum has devoted particular attention to contemporary compositions and has included numerous works in his first performances. He is especially interested in the history of twentieth-century interpretation.

Daniele Gatti

Daniele Gatti, Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (RCO), comes from Milan. In 2016, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur was awarded the Premio Franco Abbiati and has been elected Artistic Advisor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

From 2008 to 2016 he was music director of the Orchestre National de France. He was the music director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, chief conductor of the Zurich Opera House, music director of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, as well as a regular guest conductor at the London Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Gatti also played an important role in new productions, at the operas of Vienna and Munich, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the Scala in Milan.

Daniele Gatti is one of the few Italian conductors who regularly performs at the Bayreuth Festival. Further engagements led the conductor to Salzburg Festival, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, the orchestra of the Bavarian Rundfunk, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Gewandhaus Orchestra.


Final concert: Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Subsequent Party at Ballsaal

Igor Levit & Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

We thank
Dr. Renate Keysser-Götze, Dr. Dietrich Götze und

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

We thank
Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH

Jörg Widmann & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Innocence in Danger e.V. is global movement against sexual abuse of children. The Heidelberger Frühling supports the association on its matters and organizes this concert in cooperation with Innocence in Danger.

Anna Prohaska & Il Giardino Armonico: Serpent & Fire

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Anna Prohaska (Stadthalle Ballsaal)

We thank
Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling