The orchestra’s guestbook today represents a real Who’s Who in the history of European and world music: Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Enrico Caruso, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Karl Böhm, Béla Bartók, Bruno Walter, Igor Stravinsky, Edita Gruberová, José Carreras, Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and many others, all have accompanied for more than 550 years the evolution of the orchestra through the collaborations and works that each of his geniuses has signed for the training. The Hamburg Ballet, the Zurich Ballet (Heinz Spoerli), the Vienna State Opera ballet company and La Scala in Milan have also collaborated with the Baden-Baden Orchestra. The story continues. Concerts and tours bring the orchestra an indisputable international notoriety: China, United Arab Emirates, Europe, etc. With record, television and radio productions, chamber music evenings or classical open-air symphonic concerts in the beautiful gardens of Baden-Baden, the Philharmonie presents a diverse range of concerts, thus meeting the various demands of the famous city. German water. The orchestra is also developing a very popular educational program with the Carl Flesch Academy: master classes for the elite of young string instrumentalists.
KAMMER CHOR STUTTGART
The Stuttgart Kammer Chor is considered to be one of the best ensembles of its kind. Founded in January 1968, Frieder Bernius made the choir an exceptional phenomenon celebrated by the public and the press. The choir’s repertoire spans from the 17th to the 21st century. „No superlative is great in praising this choir,“ Die Zeit newspaper wrote. The vocal brilliance, perfect intonation and unmatched plasticity of the text’s declamation are unmatched. The ensemble receives invitations from all major European festivals and performs in renowned concert halls, alone or with the Orchestra of the Hofkapelle Stuttgart. Its worldwide reputation has been documented since 1988 by regular tours in North America, Asia and South America. In August 2018, the chamber choir was invited for an eight concerts tour of China and Taiwan. This fabulous ensemble has been invited to Israel every two years since 1984. Notably in 2015, it performed there on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany. 40 of the 100 recordings made have won awards, both in Germany and abroad. In France, a large number of CDs have obtained a “Diapason d´Or”.
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
In 1994, the world-famous conductor Jiří Bělohlávek together with a group of talented young musicians founded the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, which has been active to this day; since its 20th season under the name PKF — Prague Philharmonia. Over the 27 years of its existence, this orchestra has gained respect throughout the music world. Regular invitations to tours abroad as well as recording projects with the most renowned international labels bear witness to this. The PKF – Prague Philharmonia has performed with many internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists, such as Martha Argerich, Jefim Bronfman, András Schiff, Gil Shaham, Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo to name just a few. The orchestra is also regularly invited to international music festivals (BBC Proms, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, MITO Settembre Musica, Pražské jaro, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden) and gives concerts at top world venues (Berliner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gasteig Mnichov, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre in Kuwait, among others). Since the 2015-2016 season, the orchestra has been led by the French conductor Emmanuel Villaume. Freshness, energy and perfectionism are hallmarks of the orchestra.
LE PALAIS ROYAL
Choir and orchestra on period instruments
Conductor: Jean-Philippe Sarcos
Le Palais royal is a renowned Parisian ensemble, choir and orchestra, performing repertoire from the 17th to the 20th century. It owes its musical signature to its charismatic conductor Jean-Philippe Sarcos. Its credo: to make the concert experience unique by emphasising proximity and sharing with the audience. The ensemble is applauded in the greatest concert halls in Paris and France (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Seine Musicale, Gaveau, Cortot, La Chaise-Dieu, Lyon, Chambord, etc.), and in Europe (Seville Early Music Festival, etc.).
He is renowned both for his lively interpretations and for the effervescence of his projects. The orchestra plays standing up, and the choristers without scores! Le Palais royal gives many concerts for large audience, for decision-makers at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée in Paris, for children, for young people who are far removed from culture, and runs the Académie du Palais royal, which trains 400 students in music every year.
It is one of the French orchestras that receives the most support from both personal and corporate sponsors (Dassault, Spie Batignolles, Covéa, Eramet, Luminess, etc.). It is published by the Aparté label.
Jean-Philippe Sarcos, musical director
A conductor heir to the French tradition of music interpretation (disciple of Georges Prêtre and William Christie, Paris Conservatoire, École Normale de Musique).
He is particularly renowned for his defence of the French repertoire: Le Déluge, La Terre promise, Saint-Saëns symphonies and concertos, etc. An opera enthusiast, he regularly gives concerts with greats soloists as Julie Fuchs, Clémentine Margaine, Jodie Devos, Mathias Vidal and others.
STUTTGART CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Thomas Zehetmair Violin and Conductor
Preserving tradition while setting programmatic standards for the future: It is the tension between these two poles from which the SKO ( Stuttgarter Kammer Orchestra) draws creative energy 75 years after its founding by Karl Münchinger. Under the direction of its general and artistic director Markus Korselt, principal conductor Thomas Zehetmair and artistic partner Jörg Widmann, it presents a great repertoire from early Baroque to Viennese Classic and New Music to Jazz and Electronic Music in new formats which makes it one of the leading ensembles of its kind. Together with leading artists, the SKO performs about 90 concerts including up to three intercontinental tours each year. With its award-winning education program “SKOhr-Labor”, the ensemble is making an indispensable contribution to the music culture of the future. Furthermore, in the course of digitization new projects and visions are constantly being created to reach audiences across borders with virtual and augmented reality, hologram technology or music-games.
DANIELLE LAVAL & BRIGITTE FOSSEY
Piano & actress
Shows – Literary and musical adaptations
If Danielle Laval is an internationally loved and respected pianist, it is obviously thanks to her playing, her legato, her sensitivity which highlight the works she chooses so well, but also for her absolute respect for the public and his partners. His friendly meeting with the famous actress Brigitte Fossey, (Jeux Interdits / R. Clément, Un Mauvais fils / Cl. Sautet, The Man Who Loved Women / F. Truffaut, Les Gens de Mogadors, Le Château des Oliviers, Jeanne au bûcher, Pierre et le Loup, Le Carnaval des Animaux…), leads him to contextualize the dialogue of the arts, by combining the competition of the language of words with that of music in many shows… Festivals, concert halls and museums welcome these two great artists regularly, in France and abroad.
Gourmandises, Literary and musical adaptation after the work of J. A. Brillat-Savarin, Mozart: Letters to his family, The Life of Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn: Letters to his sister, etc.
ROYAL WIND QUINTET STOCKHOLM
The Royal Stockholm Wind Quintet is a prestigious ensemble composed of eminent soloists attached to the Royal Opera. These five high-level artists have refined their individual and collective playing within the demanding framework of large international orchestras. The five musicians are accomplished and highly regarded soloists in Sweden as well as throughout Scandinavia. The Quintet has stood out in recent years in France, Spain, Germany, Central Europe and of course in Scandinavia, applauded for its very specific, warm and precise sound in the service of a lively interpretation, constantly recreated. The musicians recorded, as a world premiere, the Quintet by French composer Thierry Escaich, published by Éditions Billaudot, for Bavarian Radio then on CD. Appeared in France fourteen years ago, Swedish artists have always achieved great success on the Parisian and regional stages. Members of the Royal Stockholm Quintet are regularly invited by senior conservatories across Europe.
Peter Fridholm, flute – Fredrik Söhngen, oboe – Staffan Mårtensson, clarinet – Benedikt Scholtes, horn – Anders Engström, bassoon.
Winner of Bordeaux String Quartet Competition 2010
František Souček, Petr Střížek – violin, Petr Holman – viola, Vladimír Fortin – violoncello
Since its founding in 1994, the ZEMLINSKY QUARTET has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. The quartet has won the First Grand Prize in the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (2010) and also enjoyed a string of top competition prizes that include Banff, Prague Spring and London, where it was also awarded the Audience Prize. They have also been the recipient of the Alexander Zemlinsky Advancement Award. In 2016/17, Zemlinsky Quartet was appointed as the residential ensemble of the Czech Chamber Music Society. So far, the Zemlinsky Quartet has toured extensively in four continents. The repertoire of the ensemble is far ranging containing more than 350 works by many leading composers, including contemporary music. In 2007-2018, the Zemlinsky Quartet has recorded exclusively for the French record label Praga Digitals, having released nineteen titles including „Diapason d´Or“ award winning 4-CD set of early string quartets by A. Dvořák. In 2014, the Zemlinsky Quartet became only the fourth quartet in the history to record the complete string quartets by Antonín Dvořák. The ensemble also recorded complete works for string quartet by A. Zemlinsky. The recordings of the Zemlinsky Quartet have received universal critical acclaim. Having studied with Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Josef Klusoň (Pražák Quartet), the group now gives numerous master classes to students of any age. In 2006-11, the quartet served as Assistant Quartet-in-Residence at Musik-Akademie Basel in Switzerland. F. Souček and P. Holman also serve as professors of the Prague Conservatory.
France, Germany, Swiss and Austria management
GERSHWIN PIANO QUARTET
The Gershwin Piano Quartet illuminates the music of George Gershwin in a truly innovative way. It is made up of four pianists playing on four grand pianos. The artists arrange and improvise with incredible talent on Gershwin’s most popular melodies and orchestral works, such as Rhapsody in Blue, Porgy and Bess, An American in Paris and I Got Rhythm. The unusual combination of the four pianos makes for a most exciting listening and visual experience here!
The Gershwin Piano Quartet was founded in 1996 by Swiss pianist André Desponds and has performed widely in Europe, South America, Canada, China and the Middle East. The public was able to applaud it notably at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany), at the KKL Lucerne (Switzerland), at the Menton Festival (France), at the Athens International Festival (Greece), at the Baalbek International Festival (Lebanon), at the Oriental Art Center Shanghai (China), at the Tonhalle in Zurich (Switzerland), at the Mozarteo Brasileiro in Sao Paulo (Brazil), or even recently at the Toulon Festival, etc.
The quartet is not limited to the music of Gershwin but also offers major works from the symphonic repertoire of contemporaries of Gershwin, such as Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky or La Valse by Maurice Ravel. The cross-references between the old and the new world, between classical music and jazz, between classical ballet and Broadway theatre, then appear in broad daylight and thus offer a unique, lively and highly virtuoso musical evening.
The four pianists
Danielle Laval was noticed by Arthur Rubinstein upon leaving the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, receiving a First Prize unanimously obtained in the class of Vlado Perlemuter. She has since performed worldwide as a soloist with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Orchester du Capitole de Toulouse, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France or the Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, in chamber music with the Kocian Quartet, the Debussy Quartet or with cellists Gary Hoffmann and Lev Sivkov, and in recital at prestigious festivals such as Baalbeck, Nohant or Flâneries musicales de Reims. Great conductors have invited her, such as Pierre Dervaux, Armin Jordan, Alexender Lazarev, Lawrence Foster, Alain Lombard or Pascal Verrot. Danielle Laval has recorded for EMI, Universal, Naïve and Warner Classic, notably Nino Rota with the Ferrara orchestra then Michel Legrand, Bernard Hermann, André Hossein and Jean Wiener with the Monte-Carlo Orchestra, illustrating her passion for movies. His friendly meeting with Brigitte Fossey has led him for several years to present numerous shows with the actress: Gourmandises, Mozart and his correspondence, The Life of Rachmaninov, The Letters of Mendelssohn etc.
Nikita Mndoyants won the First Prize of the Cleveland International Piano Competition 2016 as well as the First Prize of the 2007 Paderewsky Competition. He has collaborated with eminent conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alexander Rudin etc., at the head of prestigious orchestras: Cleveland, Mariinsky, Saint-Petersburg etc. He was acclaimed in the biggest rooms, at Carnegie Hall, at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, at the Auditorium of the Louvre in Paris, at the Bozar Center for Fine Arts (Brussels), or at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Since his first concert with the Borodin Quartet in 2004, he has pursued his passion with the Brentano, Eben, Zemlinsky and Szymanowsky Quartets. His partners are prominent artists, pianists Alexander Ghindin and Vyacheslav Gryaznov, violinists Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Andrej Bielow and Valeriy Sokolov, cellists Lev Sivkov and Evgeny Rumyantsev and clarinetists Patrick Messina and Staffan Mårtensson. A recording “Prokoviev” is expected in 2024 (Label Aparté). Nikita Mndoyants, also a famous composer, leaves now in France.
Lev Sivkov, Principal Cellist of the Zurich Opera since September 2018, is a graduate of the Freiburg and Stuttgart Music Academies in Germany, class of French Professor Jean-Guihen Queyras and Swiss Professor Conradin Brotbek. Born in 1990 in Novokuznetsk in Eastern Siberia, Lev Sivkov began studying the cello at the age of five in Novosibirsk with Professor E. Nilov. Between 2016 and 2017 he was appointed Principal Cellist of the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. Lev Sivkov has won many competitions including the famous „W. Naumburg International Cello Competition“ in New York (2015 – 1st Prize), and the Seoul International Isangyun Competition: the 3rd Prize and the “UNESCO Creative City of Music Special Prize”. Lev Sivkov has given numerous recitals and concerts with orchestras all over the world: in Carnegie Hall, New York, San Francisco War Memorial Hall, Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington and Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand, Tongyeong Concert Hall, South Korea, in Zürich, Paris, Besançon, Avignon, Épinal, Montpellier, to name a few places. Lev Sivkov has been invited by the great symphony orchestras as soloist, including Opernhaus Zürich Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Prague Philharmonia, Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra etc. Lev appreciates chamber music. He plays a cello from Miremont (France 1880), kindly loaned by the “State Collection for Baden-Württemberg String Instruments” in Freiburg (Germany).
Anton Arensky, Cello and Piano Sonata op. 56 Lev Sivkov and Nikita Mndoyants
Anton Dvorak, Cello Concerto and Orchestra Lev Sivkov, Cello
The Clarinetist Staffan Mårtensson has established himself as one of Scandinavia’s most interessant instrumentalists. His repertoire ranges from classical and romantic masterpieces to contemporary works; he is also a jazz improviser. Since 2001 he has been solo clarinet at the Royal Swedish Opera. Staffan Mårtensson performs throughout Europe with orchestras. Staffan Mårtensson’s dedication to chamber music plays an important role in his career as a musician. He performs at Swedish and international festivals and is too the Artistic director of Östergötland Music Days in Sweden. Staffan Mårtensson has recorded numerous CDs: works by Mozart, Copland, Brahms, Schumann and contemporary composers, as well as various jazz titles. In 2006, he won a Swedish Grammy as Classical Soloist of the Year. Staffan Mårtensson, an accomplished conductor with a master’s degree from the Stockholm Royal College of Music, conducts orchestras and symphonic wind ensembles throughout Sweden. For his contribution to Swedish musical life, he received the Royal Medal of Litteris et Artibus in 2014. Staffan Mårtensson „Buffet Crampon artist“, plays exclusively Buffet-Crampon clarinets and Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds.