The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome appoints Yuri Temirkanov as Lifetime Honorary Conductor
The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia appoints esteemed Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov as Lifetime Honorary Conductor. The only other lifetime appointment awarded by the Roman symphonic institution was to Leonard Bernstein as Honorary President from 1983 to 1990.
Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena returns to perform with the New York Philharmonic following a successful debut last season
Following a successful debut last year with the New York Philharmonic resulting in a standing ovation, BBC Philharmonic Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena makes an immediate return for a series of four concerts in the New Year, 27 to 30 January. Of his debut, the New York Times commented that Mena led the orchestra “with brisk efficiency and lightness of texture” and that “the orchestra obliged with bright playing and energy”. Following many notable appearances with all the leading American orchestras in recent years, the Spanish conductor received an instant re-invitation for the current season after just one rehearsal with the New York Philharmonic.
Soho’s PizzaExpress Jazz Club hosts the third annual Theatralia Jazz Festival curated by Filomena Campus
Filomena Campus’ annual Theatralia Jazz Festival (formerly My Jazz Islands) returns for the third year running, based at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho from 9 to 11 November with extra events at the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Bookshop in London from 4 November. Jazz vocalist and theatre director Filomena Campus, who has curated the festival since 2013, aims to bring Italy’s best jazz musicians together with the cream of the British jazz crop. The festival will star jazz musician Paolo Fresu, saxophonist Jean Toussaint, vocalist Cleveland Watkiss and a renewed collaboration with Italian author Stefano Benni.
Cordelia Williams continues her year-long project Messiaen 2015 with an event in Kings Place
Young British pianist Cordelia Williams continues her acclaimed series Messiaen 2015: Between Heaven and the Clouds, taking her new multimedia exploration of Olivier Messiaen’s wartime masterpiece Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus to London’s Milton Court and Kings Place, as well as Winchester Cathedral and Wiltshire. Williams commissioned Costa award-winning British poet Michael Symmons Roberts to respond to Messiaen’s musical interpretation of the nativity story with 20 poems alongside paintings by British artist Sophie Hacker.
Multi-award-winning pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes his recital début at Carnegie Hall on 15 October
Multi-award-winning pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Carnegie Hall recital début at Zankel Hall, New York, with a programme of Mendelssohn, Bach, Franck, Ravel and Liszt on 15 October. This follows on from Grosvenor’s critically-acclaimed American tour in February which established him as one of the most talented young pianists of his generation. Grosvenor’s recital at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum resulted in The Boston Globe and The Boston Musical Intelligencer both calling him the “real deal”. Prior to his Carnegie Hall recital début, 23-year-old Grosvenor appears at the Last Night of the BBC Proms alongside opera stars Danielle de Niese and Jonas Kaufmann at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 12 September.