Ensemble Ultra on BBC Radio 3

Listen again to Ensemble Plus Ultra’s appearance on BBC Radio 3’s show InTune prior to their Christmas concert at Wigmore Hall on the 20th December

Aik Karapetian’s Faust on ARTE.TV

Aik Karapetian’s award winning production of Faust at Latvian National Opera with Marina Rebeka and Benjamin Bernheim will be on ARTE.TV for the next 6 months, starting from today:

‘A striking production by a young Latvian director’

Aik Karapetian’s production of Faust opened the Riga opera festival with Marina Rebeka, Benjamin Bernheim and Andreas Bauer in leading roles.

Robert Hugill writes:

‘This was a visually arresting production which had the great advantage of taking the opera seriously, at the same time as minimising the vein of sentimental religiosity in the opera.’
You can read the full review here. ‘
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Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu

We are delighted to announce our collaboration with Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu and Franck-Emmanuel Comte:

The Concert de l’Hostel Dieu consists of a solo vocal ensemble and an orchestra playing on period instruments, who give about sixty concerts annually, which are mainly devoted to the baroque vocal repertoire. They are frequently invited to perform at international festivals and venues. The performances of the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu are always marked by a modern and dynamic approach to the baroque repertoire. Many of them involve different artistic disciplines. Innovative forms are developed and interfaces are created between oral traditions and ‘classical’ repertoire. In short, their artistic choices are bold and original. As well as creating and performing, the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu also supports young artists at the beginning of their careers and endeavors both to appeal to younger audiences, and to perform in outlying areas, where access to cultural events are often limited.

“For us, baroque art is above all the art of movement. Whether it be choreographic, architectural or pictorial, it is from this movement that intention and emotion are born. In music, this interdependence of dance, musical gesture and vocal art nourish an unlimited sound universe, colourful and infinitely varied, of which the limits are being constantly stretched by musical explorers.

Claiming this legacy, we have been tirelessly exploring European libraries for the past 25 seasons, discovering unpublished manuscripts and alternative versions of musical works. With a modern and dynamic approach to this cosmopolitan repertoire that bears witness to a time when Europe was not skeptical of its common cultural destiny, we invite a wide audience to share the moments of grace that concerts represent.

Our exploration of the baroque centuries goes hand in hand with our eagerness to reassess the concert format and to combine different cultures and musical styles. It takes us further to follow Marco Polo’s steps to Persia, experience the intercultural richness of the court of Emperor Kangxi, and even to explore other art disciplines such as theatre, digital arts or slam poetry.”

Franck-Emmanuel Comte
Artistic Director

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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.