Jesko Sirvend takes the position of ‘Chef Assistant’ with the Orchestre National de France

Jesko Sirvend will take on the position of ‘Chef Assistant’ with the Orchestre National de France, starting from September 2017. This position has been specifically created following Jesko’s debut with the orchestra last September, which immediately resulted in several reinvitations during the current season. Highlights include concerts at the Theatre Antique d’Orange (The Planets), and the opening concert of the Palazzetto Bru Zane Festival with soloists such as Elsa Dreisig, Kate Aldrich, Benjamin Bernheim and Patrick Bolleire.

Alban Berg Ensemble Wien

We’re delighted to announce our new collaboration with the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien:

Exciting modern and topical programs, to initiate the audience into our journeys of artistic discovery, to communicate music in an open-minded, uncompromising, yet in a poetic manner: this is the mission and the guiding principles that unite the seven musicians who constitute the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien.

This ensemble, formed in 2016, comprises the renowned Hugo Wolf Quartet, pianist Ariane Haering as well as, flautist Silvia Careddu and clarinetist Alexander Neubauer from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. The Alban Berg Foundation bestows its imprimatur as a public acknowledgement of the esteem in which these musicians are held for their artistic vision, and in recognition of their innovative path in the spirit of Alban Berg: connected to the past while committed to the future. A century ago, Schönberg, Berg and Webern founded their Society for Private Musical Performances to realize their highly personal visions of unorthodox concert situations and programming. Their artistic and interpretative vision, an openness towards all that is new and innovative as well as a unique instrumental combination provide the blueprint for the Ensemble: string quartet, flute, clarinet and piano are the core of the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien. Our goal is to rekindle the fiery passion of the Second Viennese School’s most romantic composer.

Sebastian Gürtler, violin
Régis Bringolf, violin
Subin Lee, viola
Florian Berner, cello
Silvia Careddu, flute
Alexander Neubauer, clarinet
Ariane Haering, piano
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Silvia Careddu

We are delighted to announce our new collaboration with Silvia Careddu, newly appointed solo flute of the Vienna Philharmonic / Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsoper and member of the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien:

Soyoung Yoon

Puskas International artist management & consultancy is delighted to have taken on violinist Soyoung Yoon in general management.

Soyoung is currently leader of the Basel Symphony Orchestra, appearing internationally as soloist and chamber musician, and together with other international awards (Menuhin, Tchaikovsky, Indianapolis, Queen Elizabeth) also first prize winner of the 2011 Wieniawski competition.

Watch Soyoung opening the 2016 Wieniawski competition with Beethoven’s violin concerto,
Krysztof Penderecki conducts the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.


Soyoung Yoon is leader of the Basel Symphony Orchestra and performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician.

In the season 2016/2017 Soyoung Yoon opens the 15th International Wieniawski Violin Competition with a performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, the concert is her debut with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. She will also be performing with Antoni Wit and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra for the second time.

At the age of seventeen Soyoung Yoon won the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, and was subsequently a prize winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 2010, and the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2011, where she was awarded the 1st prize.

As a soloist, Soyoung Yoon has performed among others with the NDR North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Soloists and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors such as Gilbert Varga, Mario Venzago, Krzysztof Urbanski, Muhai Tang and Jesko Sirvend.

Soyoung Yoon has been a member of the Stradivari Quartet Zurich from 2009 to 2012. In 2012 she founded the ORIO string trio with Veit Hertenstein and Benjamin Gregor-Smith. In 2016 the trio was awarded the 1st prize and the audience prize in the 15th Chamber Music Competition “Migros Kulturprozent”, Zurich.

In 2015, after recording the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos in 2012, Soyoung released her second CD with Piazzolla’s Four Seasons and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Concerto for Violin and Piano in collaboration with Ksenia Kogan and the Korean Chamber Orchestra. The release led to concerts in Seoul, London and Berlin.

Soyoung Yoon studied at the National University of the Arts in South Korea and with Zakhar Bron at the Cologne University of Music and Dance and the Zurich University of the Arts. She plays a J. B. Guadagnini violin (ex-Bückeburg) made in 1773.

Sanderling, Blumina: Ustvolskaya, Silvestrov, Kancheli CD review

“Excellent performances throughout from Blumina and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under Thomas Sanderling. This music isn’t about virtuosity or high level technical skills, but the sheer amount of rhythmic unison and the radical simplicity of the textures make perfect ensemble and tuning a key requirement, and that is exactly what we hear.” Read Gavin Dixon’s full review here.

Jesko Sirvend debut @ ONF

After conducting his debut with the Orchestre National de France this Sunday, Jesko Sirvend has been immediately invited back to the ONF for the coming season (June 2018).

Manfred Huss records Three Salzburg Symphonies

This June, BIS Records has released Manfred Huss’s recording of Mozart’s Three Salzburg Symphonies with the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien as latest addition to their long term collaboration. According to critics, “The outstanding quality of these performances and recording may well set a new bar for future conductors and orchestras

NBO performs at EBRD’s 25th anniversary gala

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development have invited the No Borders Orchestra to provide the cultural event at their gala evening on 11th May at the Guildhall in London.
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Pianist Nick van Bloss offers probing rendition of epic Beethoven

“One can hardly imagine van Bloss playing the power-pounding bravura concertos of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. To be sure he has the technical arsenal to play those scores or pretty much anything else in the standard repertoire of a traveling virtuoso. Van Bloss’s artistic personality and musicianship, however, places a premium on refinement, subtlety and intellectually probing interpretations and the Beethoven and Bach scores he assayed Monday night were a perfect fit.” Lawrence Budmen reviews Nick van Bloss’s performance of the Diabelli Variations at the Miami International Piano Festival, you can read the full review here.
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Supreme artistry: Nick van Bloss & Emperor concerto review

“A fresh interpretation of oft-played music is a rare treat. Yet that is precisely what patrons of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra experienced when English pianist Nick van Bloss performed Beethoven’s monumental ‘Emperor’ concerto. Each movement had its surprises — stark deviations from tradition that drew forth new musical characters from the timeless score, all executed with confidence and supreme artistry.” You can read Andrew Schartmann’s full review of Nick van Bloss’s performance with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra here.

Nick van Bloss: Schumann

“Brilliant technique and sublime musicianship is applied to these scores combined with an almost defiant will to avoid hamming things up and turning the music into a chocolate-box relic of a bygone age. “

Dominy Clements reviews Nick’s latest Schumann CD for Music Web International.


Christoph von Dohnányi discusses his career in the theatre

As part of the Christoph von Dohnányi @85 celebrations in the 2014/15 season, Christoph von Dohnányi joins Tom Service, Nicholas Payne (Director Opera Europa) and Peter Katona (Director of casting, Royal Opera House Covent Garden) at the Royal Academy of Music to reflect on his memorable career in the theatre.
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No Borders Orchestra

We are delighted to announce that PUSKAS INTERNATIONAL artist management & consultancy has taken on the general management of the No Borders Orchestra.

The No Borders Orchestra (NBO) is a symphony orchestra comprised of excellent professional musicians from every country of the former Yugoslavia. Originally inspired by the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, the NBO grew out of the desire to create a regional cross-border symphony orchestra of the Western Balkans, one that delivers the highest artistic quality and calls for a new kind of communication in order to overcome nationalism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia and the bloody legacy of the past.

Since its formation in 2012 NBO has developed a successful track record. The NBO performed well-received concerts at the leading festivals in the Balkan region (Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia, Kotor Art in Montenegro, BEMUS in Belgrade, Pristina festival in Kosovo etc). The NBO made its first international appearance at Radialsystem in Berlin in October 2013 as well as touring throughout 2014/15 with a new production of the Verdi/Cassol opera “Macbeth” directed by renowned South African theatre director Brett Bailey. For this opera production NBO received favourable reviews at Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Festival d`Automne in Paris, Operadagen in Rotterdam, Theaterformen in Braunschweig, at theBarbican in London, Lisbon, Strasbourg etc.

NBO’s debut album “The Opening” was released in May 2015 on UniversalMusic/Deutsche Grammophon.
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Christoph Wellner interviews Nick van Bloss for Vienna’s classical station after his recital earlier this year at the piano festival in Deutsschlandsberg about his new Beethoven CD for Nimbus Records, Bach, Chopin and the new release of Nick’s Biography.
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