Sergej Babayan

He is one of the leading pianists of our time: Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergej Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to an exceptionally diverse repertoire. Le Figaro has praised his “unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity.” Le Devoir from Montreal put it simply: “Sergej Babayan is a genius. Period.”

Sergej Babayan has collaborated with such conductors as David Robertson, Neeme Järvi, Yuri Temirkanov, Thomas Dausgaard, Tugan Sokhiev, and Dima Slobodeniouk, among others. Over the years, Babayan has performed with Valery Gergiev numerous times to great critical acclaim, including appearances at the International Festival “Stars of the White Nights”, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Barbican Centre with Mo. Gergiev conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, in St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Théâtre des Champs-Elyseés in Paris, at the Salzburg Festival, and at the Rotterdam Philharmonic-Gergiev Festival where Babayan was artist-in-residence.

Mr. Babayan performs with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the London Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Warsaw Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony.

His engagements and tours have brought him to preeminent international concert venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Warsaw Philharmony, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Herkulessaal in Munich, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Rudolfinum-Dvorak Hall in Prague, Victora Hall in Geneva and many others.

Sergej Babayan is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist; his latest release of his own transcriptions for two pianos of works by Sergej Prokofiev, with Martha Argerich as his partner (‘Prokofiev for Two’; DG 2018), was praised by reviewers as ‘the CD one has waited for’ (Le Devoir), an ‘electrifying duo that leaves the listener in consternation’ (Pianiste), taking ‘the piano duo to a new level: If all music was like this, there would be no sorrow in the world.’ (Norman Lebrecht, MyScena). Mr. Babayan’s performances have been broadcast by Radio France, Polish Radio and Television, BBC-TV and BBC Radio 3, NHK Satellite Television and Medici TV.

Born in Armenia into a musical family, Babayan began his studies there with Georgy Saradjev and continued at the Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Pletnev, Vera Gornostayeva and Lev Naumov. Following his first trip outside of the USSR in 1989, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions including the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Hamamatsu Piano Competition, and the Scottish International Piano Competition. An American citizen, he lives in New York City.

Leif Ove Andsnes

Der norwegische Pianist Leif Ove Andnes hat sich mit seiner herausragenden Technik und seinen hervorragenden Interpretationen weltweit einen Namen gemacht. Er tritt weltweit in den großen Konzertsälen auf, konzertiert mit den führenden Orchestern der Welt und weist gleichzeitig eine umfangreiche Diskografie vor. Er ist Gründungsdirektor des Rosendal Chamber Music Festivals, war fast zwei Jahrzehnte lang einer der künstlerischen Leiter des Risør Festival of Chamber Music sowie Musikdirektor des kalifornischen Ojai Music Festivals. Er ist Ehrendoktor der norwegischen University of Bergen und der New York Juilliard School.

Nach dem Erfolg ihrer Zusammenarbeit im Rahmen des Projekts „Beethoven Journey“ haben sich Andsnes und das Mahler Chamber Orchestra nun zu einem weiteren großen Projekt zusammengefunden: „Mozart Momentum 1785/86“, das sich in dieser Saison vor allem auf die Klavierkonzerte Nr. 20-22 des Komponisten konzentriert. Diese stehen ebenso im Zentrum seiner bevorstehenden Zusammenarbeit mit den Berliner Philharmonikern, dem San

The New York Times calls Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight,” and the Wall Street Journal names him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide, playing concertos and recitals in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras, while building an esteemed, extensive discography. He is the founding director of the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, was co-artistic director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music for nearly two decades, and has served as music director of California’s Ojai Music Festival. A Gramophone Hall of Fame inductee, he holds honorary doctorates from Norway’s University of Bergen and New York’s Juilliard School.

Following the success of their “Beethoven Journey” collaboration, Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra have now reunited for another major multi-season project: “Mozart Momentum 1785/86.” This season they focus primarily on the composer’s Piano Concertos Nos. 20-22, which are also the vehicle for Andsnes’s upcoming collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony, where he serves as 2019-20 Artist-in- Residence. Another highlight of the Swedish residency is Grieg’s Piano Concerto, which he reprises with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Bergen Philharmonic. In recital, besides joining Matthias Goerne for Schumann lieder at Milan’s La Scala, he tours Europe with a solo program of Dvořák, Bartók and Schumann.

An epic four-season focus on the composer’s music for piano and orchestra, “The Beethoven Journey” saw Andsnes give more than 230 live performances in 108 cities across 27 countries, as chronicled in the documentary Concerto – A Beethoven Journey and captured on the award-winning Sony Classical series The Beethoven Journey. Now recording exclusively for that label, Andsnes recently received his ninth Grammy nomination and has been recognized with no fewer than six Gramophone Awards. His other accolades include the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award, the Gilmore Artist Award, and Norway’s Peer Gynt Prize and Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. He has been honored as a New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence, as the first Scandinavian to curate Carnegie Hall’s “Perspectives” series, and as the subject of a London Symphony Orchestra Artist Portrait Series.

Leif Ove Andsnes was born in Karmøy, Norway in 1970, and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory. He is currently an Artistic Adviser for the Prof. Jirí Hlinka Piano Academy in Bergen, where he lives with his partner and their three children.

Francisco Symphony Orchestra, dem St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, dem Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra und den Göteborger Symphonikern – bei letzterem ist er Artist-in-Residence 2019/20 ist. Ein weiterer Höhepunkt dieser Residenz ist die Aufführung von Edward Griegs Klavierkonzert, das er außerdem mit den Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic und Bergen Philharmonic spielt. Im Rahmen einer Europatournee ist er zudem mit einem einem Soloprogramm mit Werken von Dvořák, Bartók zu erleben.

Leif Ove Andsnes, ist Exklusivkünstler bei Sony Classical. Kürzlich wurde er zum neunten Mal für einen Grammpy nominiert und wurde mit sechs Gramophone Awards ausgezeichnet. Zu seinen weiteren Auszeichnungen gehören der Instrumentalistenpreis der Royal Philharmonic Society, der Gilmore Artist Award und der Peer Gynt Prize.

Leif Ove Andsnes wurde 1970 in Karmøy, Norwegen, geboren und studierte am Bergen Music Conservatory. Derzeit ist er künstlerischer Berater der Prof. Jirí Hlinka Piano Academy in Bergen.

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Boris Giltburg

Born in 1984 in Moscow, Giltburg moved to Tel Aviv at an early age, studying with his mother and then with Arie Vardi. In 2013 he won First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, catapulting his career to a new level. In 2015 he began a long-term recording plan with Naxos Records, and has since released solo discs of Beethoven, Schumann and Rachmaninnov, Shostakovich concerti with Petrenko and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Diapason d’Or), and Rachmaninov with Prieto and Royal Scottish National (Opus Klassik instrumental award).

Boris Giltburg has appeared with many leading conductors, and with orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2010 and has toured frequently to South America and China.

He plays recitals in top venues such as Southbank Centre and Wigmore, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Bozar and Flagey in Brussels, Radio France, Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Toppan Hall and Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall.

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Khatia Buniatishvili

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Khatia Buniatishvili

Born in 1987 in Batumi, Georgia, French-Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili discovered the piano at the very early age of just three years old. She gave her first performance with the Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was six years old, and by ten years old was performing internationally. Khatia studied in Tbilisi with Tengiz Amiredjibi, and in Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg.

Khatia made her U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall in 2008, and has since appeared at Hollywood Bowl, iTunes Festival, BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, La Roque-d’Anthéron Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Progetto Martha Argerich. She has performed in eminent concert halls throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall in NYC, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Royal Festival Hall in London, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, La Scala in Milan, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Barcelona Palau de la Música Catalana, Geneva Victoria Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Prague Rudolfinum, Shanghai Grand Theater, Beijing NCPA, Mumbai NCPA, Tokyo Suntory Hall and Singapore Esplanade Theatre.

Khatia enjoys musical partnerships with some of the world’s leading conductors, having performed under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Placido Domingo, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Mikhail Pletnev, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung and Philippe Jordan. She has collaborated with such orchestras as Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonîca do Estado de São Paulo, China Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Filarmonica della Scala, Wiener Symphoniker, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Münchner Philharmoniker.

Khatia has participated in numerous charity events, such as the United Nation’s 70th Anniversary charity concert in aid of Syrian refugees; Global Citizen Festival Hamburg 2017; Charity Concert in Kiev for wounded persons in Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone; “To Russia with Love” concert, against violation of human rights in Russia; United Nations Climate Change Conference – Marrakech Climate Show; and the DLDWomen conference. She is an ambassador for the development and humanitarian organisation “Plan International”, and the non-profit Organization “Fondation Coeur et Recherche”.

Khatia has recorded extensively with SONY Classical, and her discography includes Franz Liszt (2011), Chopin (2012), Motherland (2014), Kaleidoscope (2016) and Rachmaninoff (2017). She is a two-time ECHO Klassik Award winner (in 2012 for Franz Liszt and 2016 for Kaleidoscope), which is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the classical music world. In 2015, Khatia collaborated with the rock group Coldplay for their album “A Head Full Of Dreams”.

Khatia speaks five languages fluently: Georgian, French, English, German and Russian.

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Seong-Jin Cho

Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in October 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Four years before he had won 3rd Prize at the Tchaikovsky competition, aged only 17. In January 2016, Seong-Jin Cho signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon.

Highlights of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons include concerts with the Hessicher Rundfunk Orchester and Andrès Orozco-Estrada, London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester with Krzysztof Urbanski and tours with the Santa Cecilia orchestra and Antonio Pappano, the LSO and Michael Tilson-Thomas, the WDR Sinfonie Orchester and Marek Janowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Seguin. He will also play recitals in key venues like Verbier Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron Festival, Baden Baden Festspielhaus and many others.

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin started studying the piano at 6 and gave his first public recital five years later. In September, 2008 at the age of 14, he won the 1st prize at the 6th Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition. In November, 2009 he won the 1st prize at the 7th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan (youngest winner in its history).

Seong-Jin has performed with some of the world’s major orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Radio France Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, under renowned conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Marek Janowski, Mikhail Pletnev, Valery Gergiev, and Vladimir Ashkenazy.