Line-up for Incontri in Terra di Siena festival at La Foce announced
Celebrated pianist and new Artistic Director of the Incontri in Terra di Siena, Alessio Bax is inviting musical friends and colleagues Joshua Bell, Radovan Vlatkovic, Henning Kraggerud, Lise Berthaud and Paul Watkins to the Festival's 2017 edition. Located in the Val d'Orcia, the Tuscan chamber music festival runs from 29 July to 5 August. A festival highlight is Sarah Connolly, who is making her first and much-anticipated appearance for a recital with Julius Drake. Set in the buildings and gardens of one of Tuscany's most beautiful estates, villas and churches of the Val d'Orcia, the summer festivities begin with Incontri's founding Director and cellist Antonio Lysy together with new artistic Director Alessio Bax and pianist Lucille Chung. Also making their debut at the festival,
the Escher String Quartet joining jazz pianist Dan Tepfer to perform the European premiere of Tepfer's Piano Quintet Solar Spiral.
2017 line-up announced for Ton Koopman's Itinéraire Baroque Festival
At this summer’s Itinéraire Baroque, Ton Koopman is marking the 250th anniversary of German composer Georg Philipp Telemann during his annual festival in the Dordogne. The composer’s works form the backbone of the 4-day programme alongside Koopman’s trademark Bach Cantatas with the Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra. Set in the picturesque medieval villages and towns around Riberac, the festival runs from Thursday 27 July to Sunday 30 July 2017.
Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva announce 2017 line-up of London Piano Festival
Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva announce a Russian-themed programme for the second annual London Piano Festival, which runs from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 October at Kings Place, London. The stunning line-up of pianist’s include Nelson Goerner, Ilya Itin, Lisa Smirnova, Jason Rebello, Danny Driver and Melvyn Tan. Co-Artistic Directors Owen and Apekisheva have commissioned Russian-born British composer Elena Langer to compose a new work and they perform her Kandinsky during the Two-Piano Marathon on 7 October. Melvyn Tan gives the world premiere of a new composition by Kevin Volans.
Diana Ambache marks International Woman’s Day with a CD of Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz
To mark International Women’s Day, Diana Ambache champions the music of the Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz with a new CD of her chamber music on the Ambache label. Bacewicz was the former leader of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and became Poland’s most highly regarded female composer of the last century. This new recording offers a fresh perspective on Bacewicz’s work, noting the influence folk music had on her compositions. It forms the third disc in the Ambache series raising the profile of lesser-known female composers.
BBC Symphony Orchestra to premiere Nicola LeFanu’s The Crimson Bird at the Barbican Centre on 17 February
Marking the distinguished composer’s 70th birthday, the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov premieres Nicola LeFanu's The Crimson Bird at the Barbican Centre on 17 February 2017 - her first full-scale orchestral work for 3 decades. LeFanu was commissioned to write The Crimson Bird after the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded her the Elgar Bursary in 2014. The Crimson Bird, a mother’s lament for a son caught up in conflict, was written with Wagnerian dramatic soprano Rachel Nicholls’ voice in mind. LeFanu’s 70th birthday celebrations continue throughout the year with a number of other events and performances.