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
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
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
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
In recent years, the Swiss-born pianist Gilles Vonsattel has made his Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, and San Francisco Symphony debuts, while performing recitals and chamber music at Ravinia, in Tokyo, at Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, the Gilmore festival, the Lucerne festival, and in Munich.
He has appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Québec, Boston Pops, Staatskapelle Halle and L’orchestre de chambre de Genève.
Chamber partners include James Ehnes, Nicolas Altstaedt, David Shifrin, David Finckel, Jörg Widmann, Gary Hoffman, Carter Brey, Anthony Marwood, Paul Neubauer, Phil Setzer, Emmanuel Pahud, Karen Gomyo, David Jolley and Ida Kavafian. He has performed with the Pacifica, Orion, Ebène, Danish, Daedalus, Escher, and Borromeo Quartets. Vonsattel has worked with such notable composers as Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger and George Benjamin.
In 2016-17 he performs with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Vancouver Symphony and with Jörg Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He will perform in Seoul and Beijing, and will tour with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Mr. Vonsattel is a laureate of the Naumburg (top prize), Geneva and Honens competitions, and is recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He received degrees from Columbia University and Juilliard, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. He is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and resides in New York. Gilles Vonsattel is a Steinway Artist.
MR VONSATTEL'S WEBSITE