Paul McCreesh

Paul McCreesh has guest conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including most recently the Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival orchestras, and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. As the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players, they have toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. He was previously the Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, conducting music from the classical period through to the 19th and 20th century.

In 2019/20, he conducted Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 and excerpts from Schubert’s Rosamunde with the New Japan Philharmonic, Haydn’s Creation with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Handel’s Messiah with the Casa da Música Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Haydn’s London Symphony & Beethoven’s C Major Mass with Filharmonia Poznanska.

In the previous season, he conducted works by Elgar, Haydn and Brahms with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, a programme of Elgar, Britten and Mendelssohn with the Bamberger Symphoniker, he returned to the Filharmonia Poznanska for some Rossini and Britten, and conducted performances with the MDR Sinfonieorchester at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Basel Chamber Orchestra.

McCreesh has guest conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including most recently the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia, Arctic Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival orchestras, and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations with Saint Paul and Basel Chamber Orchestras.

Holger Speck

Holger Speck is founder and artistic director of the VOCALENSEMBLE RASTATT & LES FAVORIT. He has developed a distinguished international reputation as a charismatic musician who is capable of bringing to life the aesthetic details of the sound particular to different periods, while communicating emotive content to the listener. His keen sense of sound assures the unmistaka ble tonal quality of his ensembles. His compelling, lively, and profound interpretations are regularly praised in specialist publications. He has conducted at famous festivals and concert halls such as the Festspielhaus Baden‐Baden, the Philharmonie Mulhouse, the Händelfestspiele Karlsruhe, the Europäische Musikfest Stuttgart, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik Schwäbisch Gmünd, the SWR RheinVokal Festival, the Festival Merseburger Dom or the Silbermann-Tagen in Saxonia. Holger Speck has won prizes at both national and international competitions with the VOCALENSEMBLE RASTATT. His CD recordings have met with international acclaim (Gramophone Magazine, American Record Guide, Fanfare, Fono Forum, L’Orfeo, Pizzicato, Diapa son, Classicstoday etc.). He frequently collaborates with artists such as Anne Le Bozec (Piano), Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet), Wolfgang Meyer (Clarinet), and Veronika Skuplik (Violin). Holger Speck is also in demand as a singer, as a guest conductor, and as a lecturer at seminars for conducting and interpretation. He teaches as professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe.

Christophe Rousset

The founder of the ensemble Les Talens Lyriques and internationally recognised harpsichordist Christophe Rousset is a musician and conductor inspired by a passion for opera and the rediscovery of the European musical heritage.

 

His studies (harpsichord) with Huguette Dreyfus at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, then with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (winning the coveted First Prize in the Seventh Bruges International Harpsichord Competition at the age of twenty-two), followed by the creation of his own ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, in 1991, have enabled Christophe Rousset to obtain a perfect grasp of the richness and diversity of the Baroque, Classical and pre-Romantic repertoires.

 

Christophe Rousset is now invited to appear with Les Talens Lyriques all over Europe (Opéra National de Paris, Opéra Comique, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Philharmonie de Paris, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lausanne Opéra, Teatro Real Madrid, Vienna Staatsoper and Theater an der Wien, Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie and Bozar in Brussels, London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre, and so on), as well as on tour in other parts of the world (Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, United States, etc.).

 

At the same time he continues to pursue an active career as a harpsichordist and chamber musician, playing and recording on some of the world’s finest period instruments. His recordings of the harpsichord works of Louis and François Couperin, Rameau, D’Anglebert, Royer, Duphly, Forqueray, Balbastre and Scarlatti, and those devoted to J. S. Bach (Partitas, Goldberg Variations, Harpsichord Concertos, English Suites, French Suites, Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann, Well-Tempered Clavier) are regarded as references.

Teaching is of paramount importance to Christophe Rousset, who organises and gives many master-classes and academies (Paris Conservatoire CNSM, Ambronay, Fondation Royaumont, Operastudio Vlaanderen-Ghent, OFJ Baroque, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie-Berlin, Accademia Chigiana-Siena, Amici della Musica in Florence, Britten-Pears Orchestra at Snape Maltings) and, together with members of Les Talens Lyriques, plays an active part in introducing young secondary school students in Paris and the Île-de-France to music.

Christophe Rousset also appears regularly as a guest conductor: Liceu Barcelona, San Carlo Naples, La Scala Milan, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, London’s Royal Opera House, Orquesta Nacional de España, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre du Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, etc.

He is active too in the field of research and writing, through critical editions, the publication of monographs devoted to Jean-Philippe Rameau and François Couperin (Actes Sud, 2007 and 2016, respectively).

2017 saw the publication of a series of interviews by Camille de Rijck in which Christophe Rousset shares his thoughts on music: L’impression que l’instrument chante, Éditions de la Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris (La rue musicale – Entretiens).

In September 2020 will be released by Aparté a recording of Armand-Louis Couperin’s Harpsichord pieces.

Christophe Rousset is a Knight of the French Legion of Honour, a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, and a Knight of the National Order of Merit.

Sébastien Daucé

The organist and harpsichordist Sébastien Daucé is lit up with the urge to revive an abundant yet little-known repertory, the sacred and secular music of seventeenth-century France. It was during his training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon that he met the future members of Correspondances. Key influences among his teachers there were Françoise Lengellé and Yves Rechsteiner. Initially in demand as a continuo player and vocal répétiteur (with the Pygmalion ensemble, the Festival d’Aix en Provence, and the Maîtrise and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France among others), he formed the Correspondances ensemble in Lyon in 2009, assembling around him singers and instrumentalists with a passion for the French sacred repertory of the Grand Siècle.

With this ensemble, which he directs from the harpsichord or the organ, he now travels throughout France and around the world, and frequently broadcasts on radio. Sébastien Daucé and Correspondances are in residence at the Théâtre de Caen, where they developed their first staged projects (Trois Femmes directed by Vincent Huguet in 2016, Le Ballet Royal de la Nuit directed by Francesca Lattuada in November 2017), and are associate artists at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre d’Ambronay, at the Opéra and Chapelle of the Château de Versailles, and at La Chapelle de la Trinité with the support of the Ville de Lyon.

Significant stages in the ensemble’s career have been tours to Japan, Colombia, the United States and China, alongside regular appearance in Europe (the United Kingdom, Germany, Benelux, Italy, Poland).

Its exploration of a little-performed and often unpublished repertory has led, with the support of the harmonia mundi label, a pioneer of the Baroque repertory in many respects, to a discography of twelve recordings that have attracted considerable press attention and have received such distinctions as the Diapason d’Or of the Year, ffff de Télérama, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, ‘Choc’ of the Year in Classica, German Record Critics’ Award and IRR Outstanding.

Correspondances now enjoys international recognition: at the ECHO Preis ceremony in the Berlin Konzerthaus in 2016, it won the award categories of Best World Premiere Recording (for Le Concert Royal de la Nuit) and Best Young Conductor of the Year, while the Australian Limelight magazine named it Operatic Recording of 2016 for Le Concert Royal de la Nuit.

Alongside his activities as a performing musician, Sébastien Daucé works with the leading scholars of seventeenth-century music, publishing regular articles and taking part in important performance practice projects. Passionately interested in questions of musical style, he edits the music that makes up the ensemble’s repertory, going so far as to recompose complete pieces when necessary, as was the case in Le Ballet Royal de la Nuit. He has taught at the Pôle Supérieur de Paris since 2012. In 2018 he was guest artistic director of the London Festival of Baroque Music. Sébastien Daucé is also an associate artist of the Fondation Royaumont.

Nicholas Collon

British conductor Nicholas Collon is Founder and Principal Conductor of Aurora Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, and Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague until 2021, when he starts as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is recognized as a born communicator, innovative programmer, and high-calibre interpreter of a wide repertoire. Under his direction Aurora Orchestra has become known for its eclectic programming and for performing complete symphonies from memory. Collon’s elegant conducting style, searching musical intellect and inspirational music-making have ensured that he is already a regular guest with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Hallé Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony and Danish National Symphony. He recently debuted with the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester Berlin and Orchestre National de France, among others. Collon has released ground-breaking recordings with Aurora for Warner Classics, and critically acclaimed discs with the Hallé Orchestra and Danish Radio Symphony. He has conducted over 200 new works, and has conducted opera at English National, Welsh National, Oper Koeln and Glyndebourne on Tour.

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.

Raphaël Merlin

Raphaël Merlin was born in 1982, and from his earliest childhood his musical taste was resolutely eclectic.  He studied at the Clermont-Ferrand, Boulogne-Billancourt and Paris Conservatoires and the Haute École in Geneva, specialising in cello, piano, jazz, composition, and finally conducting, deeply engaged in every one of these fields, each new discipline enriching the others.  His true speciality is versatility.

Raphaël Merlin initially honed his conducting skills directing chamber orchestras, then founded Les Forces Majeures in 2014, gathering together a number of already existing quartets and quintets.  This versatile and dynamic ensemble, combining repertoire work with premières and jazz, achieved immediate international renown for its Rossini recording with mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes for the Aparte label in 2016.  Concerts with Nicholas Angelich, Sayaka Shoji, Sarah Nemtanu, Inva Mula, Florian Sempey, Amel Brahim-Jelloul, Marc Mauillon, Edgar Moreau, Jan Lisiecki and others attracted the attention of the radio stations, with Radio Classique broadcasting a French programme of the Fauré Requiem and other French music live from the Cathedral of St Louis des Invalides.  Invitations started to arrive for Raphaël from established orchestras, and in 2018 he directed the Barber of Sevilleat the Vichy Opera.

Within the Quatuor Ebène, which won 1stPrize at the ARD International Competition Munich in 2004, Raphaël works withEberhard Feltz, the Ysaÿe Quartet, Gabor Takacs and Gyorgy Kurtag, performing in the world’s most prestigious concert halls alongside artists such as Mitsuko Ushida, Nicholas Angelich, Matthias Goerne, Natalie Dessay, Martin Fröst, Antoine Tamestit, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, and Nicolas Altstaedt.

Renowned for its interest in all styles of music – pop, jazz, world music – thanks in large measure to original arrangements, and performing for all styles of audience, the Quartet has been invited to perform the complete Beethoven String Quartets at the New York Carnegie Hall in 2020. This invitation is the foundation stone for a world tour starting in 2019, which will be recorded and filmed, to bear witness to the supreme intellectual and emotional experience which this monumental corpus represents.  The Quatuor Ebène has an exclusive recording contract with Erato/Warner Classics.

Compositions include: Eléa, a concerto for string quartet and orchestra, premiered in Cracow in 2011 by the Quatuor Ebène and the Klangforum Mitte Europa;  Pas de Deux for violin and cello, premiered at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2014;  See:  Sea and Seeds.  Si!, a concerto for cello and strings, premiered at the 2016 Lockenhaus Festival; and Passage-Eclair, for mixed octet, premiered in Paris in 2018.

 

Antonello Manacorda

An Italian with a strong affinity for the German repertoire. A “natural melodist” (Der Tagesspiegel), who excels at transferring the intricacy of his stylistically informed interpretations to the big orchestral apparatus. More, a true artist merging sheer creative force with a highly collaborative performance style. Antonello Manacorda’s versatility as a conductor is rooted in the richness of his musical and cultural background: born into an French-Italian family in Turin, educated in Amsterdam and a longtime Berlin resident, Manacorda was a founding member and longstanding concert master of the Claudio Abbado – initiated Mahler Chamber Ochestra before studying under legendary Finnish conductor Jorma Panula. Today Antonello Manacorda is performing at both the world’s most renowned opera houses as well as at the helm of globally renowned symphony orchestras. At the heart of his work is the Kammerakademie Potsdam – an ensemble he has shaped as its Artistic Director since 2010 and produced a series of award-winning recordings with since.

In the 2020/21 season, Antonello Manacorda follows re-invitations to the Vienna State Opera (“The Abduction from the Seraglio”) and with a new production of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s “Der Freischütz” to the Bavarian State Opera, where he will also conduct productions of “Così fan tutte” and “The Magic Flute” in the 2020/21 season.

Highlights of his symphonic calendar in the 2020/21 season include guest appearances with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the SWR Symphony Orchestra and the Boulez Ensemble. On tour with the Kammerakademie Potsdam and the soloist Christian Tetzlaff Antonello Manacorda will perform amongst others at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Berlin, the NDR Sendesaal and the Elbphilharmonie.

Last season Antonello Manacorda debuted with “Le nozze di Figaro” at the Metropolitan Opera New York. Guest appearances have taken him amongst others to the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra.

With the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Antonello Manacorda has recorded both a Mendelssohn cycle and a Schubert cycle for Sony, that have received highest praise by the press. The recording was awarded the 2015 ECHO Klassik in the category “Best Orchestra of the Year”. With the Het Gelders Orkest Antonello Manacorda has recorded for Challenge Records pieces by Ravel and Debussy as well as pieces by Berlioz and Mahler with the Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson.

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.

Jakob Lehmann

Jakob Lehmann is a young musician to whom stylistics, faithfulness to the original and historical information are very important for emotional interpretations. He always concerned about the composer’s intentions and to communicate them directly to the audience. As a violinist and conductor, he feels a special need to bring traditional and historically informed music-making practice closer together. In addition to his role as artistic director of Eroica Berlin, Jakob Lehmann works closely with Anima Eterna Brugge, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra and numerous other orchestras and projects, and has recorded CDs with Alpha Classics, Ars Vobiscum and Genuin.