Violinist Carolin Widmann’s activities span the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, solo recitals and a wide variety of chamber music and period instrument performances, including play/direction from the violin.
She regularly premieres new works, including a violin concerto written recently for her by Julian Anderson that was jointly commissioned by Seattle Symphony, London Philharmonic and Deutsche Symphonie-orchester Berlin. She was also recently Artist in Residence at the Alte Oper Frankfurt with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
Ms Widmann has played with Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, with such distinguished conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowski.
Voted “Artist of the Year” at the 2013 International Classical Music Awards, Ms Widmann is a highly regarded chamber musician and is Artistic Director of Germany’s oldest chamber music festival, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker. She regularly appears at such widely known festivals as Berliner Festspieler, Salzburg, Lucerne, Festival d' Automne and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Her discs of Schubert and Schumann sonatas received critical acclaim including the “Diapason d'Or” and the German Record Critics' Award. In 2006, Carolin Widmann's debut CD, “Reflections I”, was named “Critics' Choice” by the German Record Critics’ Award Association.
MS WIDMANN'S WEBSITE
After winning several international competitions and awards (including a Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2009), German/French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt performed with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival. A BBC New Generation Artist from 2010 to 2012, he has performed with all of the BBC Orchestras, at the Proms, and at Wigmore Hall.
He has appeared with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and Simon Bolivar Orchestra; the Radio Symphony Orchestras Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Helsinki; the Vienna, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras; the Bamberger Symphoniker; Czech Philharmonic, Cologne Philharmonie and the Munich, Zurich and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, with such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Andrew Davis, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Neeme Järvi and Dennis Russell Davies.
His regular chamber music partners include Alexander Lonquich, Vilde Frang, Barnabás Kelemen, Pekka Kuusisto, Antoine Tamestit and Quatuor Ébène. He is a guest artist of the Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center New York and plays at the top international festivals.
Mr. Altstaedt is currently artist in residence at the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonie at Musikverein Graz. In addition, in 2012 he was chosen by Gidon Kremer to become his successor as artistic director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria. Since then the festival players have toured to other venues, including Mozarteum Salzburg, Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein Graz, and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
MR ALTSTAEDT'S WEBSITE
The celebrated pianist Alexander Lonquich performs worldwide with such orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Düsseldorf Symphonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He regularly appears with the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Stuttgart Chamber, the Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt and others. He has played under the batons of Claudio Abbado, Yuri Bashmet, Philippe Herreweghe, Heinz Holliger, Ton Koopman, Kurt Sanderling, Sándor Végh, etc.
Recent projects include concerts at the Salzburg Summer Festival (as soloist/conductor), Beethoven cycles with violinist Christian Tetzlaff and tours throughout Europe with the Camerata Salzburg, the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
He is a regular guest of such prestigious festivals as Salzburg, Piano-Festival Ruhr, Schleswig-Holstein, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Lockenhaus and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn.
Mr. Lonquich’s chamber music partners include Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Joshua Bell, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Veronika Hagen, Heinz Holliger, Steven Isserlis, Leonidas Kavakos, Isabelle van Keulen, Sabine Meyer, Heinrich Schiff and Carolin and Jörg Widmann.
His recordings of Mozart and Schubert for EMI have received such prizes as the “Diapason d’Or” in France, “Premio Abbiati” in Italy and “Premio Edison” in Holland. In 2015/16, Alexander Lonquich was Artist in Residence at the NDR Symphony Orchestra.