ACM Concerts is proud to announce that the conductor from Hong Kong, Perry So, joins our roster in exclusive representation for Spain and Portugal. First and Special Prizes in the Prokofiev International Conducting Competition in St. Petersburg and first Dudamel Conducting Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, So comes from an amazing Opening Concert with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and trumpet player Pacho Flores.
In the 2017-18 Season, conductor Perry So returns to the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias as the orchestra’s Artistic Partner. He makes his European operatic debut at the Royal Danish Opera in Die Zauberflöte, opens the season at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, and debuts with the Szczecin Philharmonic and the Nürnberger Symphoniker, which he will lead on tour to Milan. Other highlights include a return to the Vancouver Symphony, and a four-program festival with the Cape Town Philharmonic.
Recent debuts include the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, Houston, Detroit, New Jersey, Israel and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, the China Philharmonic, and the Residentie Orkest in the Hague. He has been a frequent guest both at Walt Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl following his stint as an inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He led the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Lang Lang in an internationally televised celebration of the 15th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China at the close of his four years as Assistant, then Associate Conductor. He toured the Balkan Peninsula with the Zagreb Philharmonic in the first series of cultural exchanges established after the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Perry So received the First and Special Prizes at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St Petersburg. His recording of Barber and Korngold’s Violin Concertos with violinist Alexander Gilman and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra was awarded the Diapason d’Or in January 2012. He has recorded extensively with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
He is known for his wide-ranging programming, including numerous world premieres on four continents and works from the Renaissance and the Baroque. He has conducted productions of Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Turn of the Screw, Giulio Cesare, Gianni Schicchi, and Die Fledermaus. His commitment to working with young musicians has taken him to the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Round Top Festival, the Manhattan School of Music, the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, and the Yale School of Music. He has assisted Edo de Waart, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel and John Adams. Born in Hong Kong, Perry So holds a degree in Comparative Literature from Yale University.
Hernández-Silva will conduct the Spanish National Orchestra next Saturday, October, the 14th, in the opening concert of Auditorio de Alicante’s Symphonic Season, that will host other conductors such Valery Gergiev or Fabio Luisi, and orchestras like Philharmonia Zürich and Mariinski Theatre Orchestra. Program: Gershwin’s Cuban overture, Philip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for two timpanists, with soloists Xavier Eguillor and Julien Bourgeois; and Shostakovich’s 12th Symphony.
Manuel Hernández-Silva conducted in several great international festivals, and he is a frequent guest of Spanish and foreign orchestras. He has been principal conductor of the Córdoba Orchestra; principal guest conductor of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Caracas, with which he worked intensively for over five years; and musical director of the Youth Orchestra of Andalucía. He is currently chief conductor and artist director of the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio, Mulhouse Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Nord Czech Philharmonic, Olomouc Philharmonic, National of Mexico,Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Chile National Orchestra, Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Caracas Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Rheinische Philharmonie, and the major orchestras in Spain.
Maestro Hernández Silva has undertaken an intense teaching activity, teaching internationally on conducting and performing, as well as numerous conferences. All this has earned him the recognition of the musicians with whom he has worked, as well as that of the audience and specialized critics. Manuel Hernández-Silva earned his degree from Vienna’s Superior Conservatory (Konservatorium der Stadt Wien) with honors, under Professors Reinhard Schwarz and Georg Mark. In his senior year he won the Forum Jünger Künstler Conducting Competition, convened by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, which he conducted in the Austrian capital’s Konzerthaus.
El bajo Roman ialcic regresa al Gran Teatre del Liceu para afrontar el papel de Sam en Un ballo in maschera de Verdi, que bajo la dirección de Renato Palumbo y Vincent Boussard, tendrá lugar, a lo largo de catorce funciones, entre el 7 y el 29 de Octubre. En el reparto destacan nombres como los de Piotr Beczala, Carlos Álvarez o Dolora Zajic.
Entre sus compromisos recientes se pueden destacar Caspar, de Freischütz, de Weber, en los teatros de Toulon y Saint Ettienne, que cantó también en la London Lyric Opera, y recientemente grabó con Vasily Petrenko y la Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Tomski, de La Dama de Picas de Chaikovski en Londres, en la Ópera Nacional de Moldavia y en La Opèra National du Rhin; Fafner, de El Oro del Rhin y Hunding, de Sigfrido, de Wagner, en Seattle; Abimeleh, de Samson et Dalila, de Saint-Saëns, en Colonia; Basilio en Wuppertal; Gremin, de Eugene Onieguin, de Chaikovski, Raimondo, de Lucia di Lammermoor, de Donizetti, Ramphis, de Aida y Zaccaria de Nabuco, de Verdi, en la Ópera Nacional de Moldavia, el Gran Inquisidor en Atenas o Ludovico de Otello de Verdi en el Teatro de la Maestranza y Gran Teatre del Liceu, Bartolo, del Barbiere di Siviglia en la temporada de Ópera de Bilbao o el homónimo Bartolo pero de Le Nozze di Figaro de Mozart en el Teatro de Öpera de Malmö, en Suecia; Ferrando de Trovatore de Verdi, en Valladolid; o Sparafucile, de Rigoletto, en Las Palmas. Esta temporada hace doblete en el Liceo, pues tras este Ballo in Maschera será el Sirviente del Sínodo en The Demon de Rubinstein; y un próximo debut será Rocco de Fidelio de Beethoven.
Nacido en Chisinau (Moldavia, 1978) Estudió con Kurt Moll, Charles Riecker, Vladimir Dragos, Nikolaus Hillebrand y Gisela Aulmann. En el teatro de San Gall, Suiza, donde formó parte de la compañía estable, cantó Escamillo, Caspar (Freischütz), Marqués (Traviata), Cascada (Viuda alegre), Tomski (La Dama de PIcas), Abimeleh (Sansón y Dalila), o Sarastro (La Flauta Mágica), entre otros. En España participó como Don Profondo en el Viaggio a Reims de Rossini en el Teatro Real, en el Réquiem de Verdi en el Villamarta de Jerez, dirigido por Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez y en un Requiem de Dvorak con la ORTVE, y como en Basilio (El barbero de Sevilla) en la ópera de Oviedo. De él ha dicho Emilio Sagi que le recuerda a Nicolai Ghiaurov, y Ángel Carrascosa ha escrito: El joven bajo Román Ialcic tiene por delante, probablemente, una carrera muy promisoria; nombres de campanillas no han resultado tan eficaces como él.
The American conductor Ira Levin has been named as the principal guest conductor of the Sofia Opera, beginning in the 2017-18 season. Levin has already conducted on the Sofia stage Verdi’s Requiem in April 2017, and on 1 October, at 16 h, he will open the new season with the newest production of Bulgarian first opera theatre. With the Sofia ensemble and orchestra, he will conduct Wagner’s complete “Ring of the Nibelung” tetralogy in May, 2018 at the legendary Bolschoi Theater in Moscow – the first performances of the “Ring” there for over a century, followed by the entire cycle in Sofia in July. He will conduct also “Don Carlos”, “Werther”, “Un ballo in Maschera” and concerts.
Ira Levin has conducted over 1000 operatic performances and his repertoire encompasses 70 different titles. His symphonic repertoire includes most of the standard repertoire as well as many lesser-known works. He has worked with innumerable internationally renowned conductors, instrumentalists, singers and stage directors and is also an active concert pianist and composer/arranger. He conducted a double-bill of Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” and Busoni’s “Arlecchino” in the 100th anniversary season of the Theatro Sao Pedro in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in August 2017.
His hugely successful US operatic debut took place in April 2017 at Lincoln Center, conducting Respighi’s brilliant and rarely heard La campana sommersa in the first season of the newly re-organized New York City Opera. He received unanimously positive reviews from all of the leading papers and musical journals. He debut at the illustrious Théâtre de Geneve in November 2016 with Marschner’s Der Vampyr, was likewise received with great popular and critical acclaim. He also conducted several performances of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande.
Ira Levin was the Principal Guest Conductor of the legendary Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires from 2011-15, where he conducted 12 major opera productions, among which new productions of Aleko, Francesca da Rimini, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Un Ballo in Maschera, Idomeneo, Madama Butterfly, Werther, Don Carlos, including the American premieres of Enescu’s Oedipe and Glanert’s Caligula, and several symphonic programs. He previously served as Music Director and Artistic Director of the Teatro Municipal in Sao Paulo (2002-2005) and of the National Theater of Brazil, in Brasilia (2007-2010), bringing both international acclaim. He introduced several important works by Mahler, Janacek, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Busoni, Enescu, Schoenberg, Schnittke, Corigliano and many others to Brazil. He held posts as assistant conductor at the Frankfurt Opera (1985-88), principal conductor of the Bremen Opera (1988-1996) and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf-Duisburg (1996-2002) and as the principal guest conductor of the Kassel Opera (1994-1998). He has performed with many orchestras and at opera houses throughout the world including the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphony, the Duisburg Philharmonic, the Hannover State Orchestra of Lower Saxony, the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz, the Badische Staatskapelle of Karlsruhe, the Bremen Philharmonic, the Dublin Opera, the Montpellier Opera, the Norske Opera in Oslo, the Norrlands Opera in Umea, Sweden, the Cape Town Opera, the National Portuguese Symphony Orchestra in Lisbon, the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and all of the major orchestras in Brazil.
Ira Levin gave his highly successful debut in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall in November 2013 with the Berlin Symphony, conducting his orchestration of Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntistica and Schumann’s Fourth Symphony as well as playing a Mozart piano concerto. His two CDs with the London Symphony of works by American composer Michael Colina on the Fleur deSon/Naxos label were received with glowing reviews and his 2014 recording of Colina’s Requiem, “Requinauts”, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus was released on the same label at the end of 2014, also to critical acclaim. His recording of Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony with the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera, the first since 1952, will be followed by the release in 2017 of the world premiere recording of the 1892 edition of the Second Symphony with the same forces.
His 2010 orchestration of Busoni’s monumental Fantasia Contrappuntistica was included on the program of his extremely successful debut as conductor, pianist and arranger in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall in November of 2013 with the Berlin Symphony. An orchestration of Liszt’s Fantasia and Fugue on the theme BACH followed in 2011. These works have been performed in Germany, Finland, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. His 2012 orchestration of Franck’s Piano Quintet had it’s successful world premiere with the Helsinki Philharmonic under the direction of Leif Segerstam in October, 2014. His 2014 orchestrations of five Rachmaninoff works were successfully performed by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Porto Alegre Symphony and the orchestra of the SODRE, Montevideo and his 2015 orchestration of Reger’s piano masterpiece, the Variations and Fugue on a theme by J.S. Bach, received it’s successful world premiere in Turku, Finland in February 2016, also under the direction of Leif Segerstam. Ira Levin conducted it and other works by Reger with the Brandenburg State Orchestra for a new multi-DVD documentary by “Fugue State Films” in honor of the 2016 centenary of Reger’s death, which was released in March 2017 and also performed it with the Malaga Philharmonic in October of 2016. All of these works have been published by “Edition Tilli” of Finland. His new orchestration of Respighi’s violin and piano sonata in b-minor was published in February 2017 by Tilli as “Concerto in b-minor”.
“Edition Tilli” completed publishing in 2016 the large series of his transcriptions for piano solo of works by Bach, Gluck, Schubert, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Villa-Lobos and cadenzas to several Mozart concertos. Levin’s recordings of many his piano works can now be heard on You Tube, along with the scores. An accomplished pianist, Ira Levin was the first-prize winner of the American National Chopin Competition in 1980. He studied for eight years with the legendary Jorge Bolet at the Curtis Institute, later becoming his assistant, while also studying conducting with Max Rudolf. He has performed throughout the United States, South America, and Europe and continues to appear in recital and concert, often leading concertos from the keyboard as well, including works by Mozart, Weber, Bach and even Brahms’s second concerto, which he conducted and played after a major soloist cancelled on short notice.
Pacho Flores is the guest soloist of the opening concert of Tenerife Symphony Orchestra‘s new 17/18 season on next October the 6th. Under the baton of Maestro Perry So, Pacho Flores will play the Concert for corno da caccia and strings by Johann Baptist Georg Neruda (c.1708-c1780), and Concierto Mestizo, by Efrain Oscher (1974). Mestizo is a commission from ‘El Sistema‘ and was premiered in 2010 in Caracas by Pacho Flores with the Venezuelan Youth Symphony Orchestra Simon Bolívar and conductor Domingo García. Since then, it was played more than twenty times in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Austria, England, Spain and Japan, always by Pacho Flores.
Francisco ‘Pacho’ Flores is a first-prize winner of the Maurice André International Competition, the world’s most important trumpet contest, as well as the first prize at the International Competition Philip Jones and First Prize at the International Competition Citta di Porcia. Recently he was awarded with the Gold Medal by the Global Music Awards for ENTROPÍA, his last recording for Deutsche Grammophon with guitar player Jesús ‘Pingüino’ González. A product of the ground-breaking ‘El Sistema’, he is becoming increasingly recognized for his outstanding performing and recording activity that spans the solo, chamber, and orchestral media. Equally at home in the classical and folk styles, Pacho captivates audiences with his energetic delivery and colourful tone.
His solo performances include appearances with orchestras such as Turku Philharmonic, Arctic Philharmonic, Norrköping Symphony, Norddeutschen Philharmonie Rostock, Kiev Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Camerata, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Hyogo PAC Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, Sinfónica Nacional de México, Sinfónica Nacional de Puerto Rico, Filarmónica de Málaga, Sinfónica de Baleares, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Sinfónica de Bilbao, Sinfónica de Tenerife or Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela. In recital, he has performed in venues such as the New York Carnegie Hall, the Paris Salle Pleyel and the Tokyo Opera City.
A founding member of the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar Brass Quintet, he has toured with the quintet extensively in Europe, South America, the United States, and Japan. An experienced orchestral musician, Mr. Flores has played first trumpet in the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, the Saito Kinen Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony, under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Giusseppe Sinopoli, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Gustavo Dudamel, among others. A founding director of the Latin American Trumpet Academy in Caracas, he mentors a promising generation of budding musicians and is a frequent guest at conservatories in Finland, Spain, France, Japan, and Latin America, as permanent jury member in prestigious international competitions.
Pacho Flores is an avid champion of new music and is bringing about important innovations to trumpet performance and fabrication. His repertoire includes commissions and premieres of works by composers such as Roger Boutry, Efraín Oscher, Giancarlo Castro, Santiago Báez, Juan Carlos Nuñez, Sergio Bernal, Arturo Márquez, Roberto Sierra or Paquito D’Rivera. His first album La trompeta Venezolana has been released by the label GUATACA Producciones. A Stomvi artist, he performs with instruments tailored specially for him by this prestigious firm and actively participates in the development and innovation of their instruments. Francisco Pacho Flores is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist with already two recordings, Cantar, with Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and Christian Vásquez; and Entropía, Gold Medal of the Global Music Awards. Next will be with Arctic Philharmonic and Christian Lindberg.
Hoy jueves, James Judd inaugura la 53ª edición del Festival de Música de Bratislava con un programa que incluye Franz Schmidt: Obertura, Intermezzo y Music de Carnaval de la ópera Notre Dame, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Variaciones sobre un tema Rococó en La Mayor, Op. 33, con Alban Gerhardt como solista, y Robert Schumann: Sinfonía nº 2 en Do Mayor, Op. 61.
James Judd, director
Director Musical de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Israel
Director Musical de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Daejeon
Director Musical de la Orquesta Filarmónica Eslovaca
Director Emérito de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Nueva Zelanda
Director Musical de la Little Orchestra Society de Nueva York
Director Principal de la Orquesta Joven Asiática
James Judd llamó la atención internacional como Director Asistente de Lorin Maazel en la Orquesta de Cleveland y poco después como Director Asociado de la Orquesta Joven de la Comunidad Europea designado por Claudio Abbado. Desde entonces ha dirigido orquestas como las Filarmónicas de Berlín e Israel, Sinfónica de Viena, Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Praga, Nacional de Francia, Suisse Romande, Tonhalle de Zúrich, Sinfónica de Montecarlo, Filarmónicas de Bruselas, Rotterdam y Seúl, NHK de Japón o Mozarteum de Salzburgo, así como las principales orquestas inglesas, desde Birmingham, Hallé Orchestra, Royal y London Philharmonic, Nacional de la BBC de Gales o English Chamber. Es cofundador de la Orquesta de Cámara Europea, a la que dirigió en giras por EEUU, Europa y Extremo Oriente. Es habitual invitado en orquestas americanas como St. Louis, Montreal, Cincinnatti, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Seattle, Indianápolis, Utah, Vancouver y Ottawa. Como director de opera se presenta en la English National Opera con títulos como Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, y Le Nozze di Figaro, y en el Glyndebourne Opera Festival con La Cenerentola. También ha sido Director Artístico de la Florida Grand Opera entre 1993 y 1996.
Durante sus ocho años como Director Musical de la New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd llevó a la formación a un nuevo nivel de visibilidad y renombre internacional con aclamadas grabaciones para NAXOS de obras de Copland, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Gershwin y muchos otros. Otros puestos de responsabilidad incluyen el de Principal Director Invitado de la Orchestre National de Lille y catorce años como Director Musical de la Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Destacado exponente de la música de Mahler, sus interpretaciones de este compositor han sido alabadas mundialmente. Su grabación de la Sinfonía nº 1 obtuvo la Medalla de Oro de Diapason y el Toblacher Komponierhäuschen a la mejor grabación de Mahler de año. Ha grabado también las sinfonías de Brahms con la Royal Philharmonic y obras de Copland, Steve Reich, Takemitsu, Gershwin, Bernstein, Bernard Herrmann Elgar, Lilburn, Vaughan Williams, Tippett y muchos otros en sellos como Decca, EMI y Philips, así como las operas completes de Meyerbeer y Donizetti en el sello Opera Rara.
Éxitos recientes incluyen un War Requiem de Britten en Bucarest, la Misa de Bernstein en el Festival de Radio France, representaciones de Carmina Burana en las ruinas de Masada, conciertos con la Filarmónica de Montecarlo, Orquesta de Cámara de Filadelfia, Nacional de Eslovenia o Noord Nederlands y Vadim Repim, conciertos en la Konzerthaus de Berlín dentro de los actos del centenario de Yehudi Menuhin, y dos largas giras con la New Zealand Symphony Orchestra y la Asian Youth Orchestra con motivo de su 25º aniversario.