Nine HarrisonParrott artists have been shortlisted for the 2015 Gramophone Awards across the Chamber, Contemporary, Orchestral and Opera categories. Paavo Järvi is one of the ten artists nominated for the Artist of the Year award.

 

Martin Fröst's recording of Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet on BIS (which features Janine Jansen) has been nominated in the Chamber category, and Hannu Lintu’s recording of Berio’s Sinfonia, Calmo and Ritirata Notturna di Madrid with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on Ondine has been shortlisted for the Orchestral award.

 

Three HP artists feature on this year’s Contemporary shortlist. This includes Deutsche Grammophon’s disc of Unsuk Chin’s Three Concertos with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, which features Alban Gerhardt’s recording of Chin’s Cello Concerto – a work that was written for the cellist. Also shortlisted is Lisa Batiashvili’s recording of Harrison Birtwistle’s Chamber Music on ECM and Sakari Oramo’s world premiere recording of Per Nørgård’s Symphonies Nos.1 and 8 with Wiener Philharmoniker on Dacapo.

 

Shortlisted for the Opera award is not only La Monnaie’s DVD of Berg’s Lulu on Bel Air Classiques, which features 2014 Gramophone Award winning soprano Barbara Hannigan in the title role but also Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s recording of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer with Russell Thomas and Christopher Ventris.

 

The winners of the recording categories will be announced on 27 August and the special award winners (including Artist of the Year) will be announced at the Gramophone Awards ceremony on 17 September.

 

The full list of artists shortlisted for the Awards can be found in Gramophone’s digital magazine.

Lisa Batiashvili and I,CULTURE Orchestra, to play on Madain Square in Kiev

 

Lisa Batiashvili and the I,Culture Orchestra created by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2011 and conducted by Kirill KArabits will perform a concert in Kiev on Maidan square in the Ukrainian Independence day on August 24th. Lisa Batiashvili and the ICO’s contribution comes in two parts. The programme will open with a concert at the National Opera House of Ukraine, where the musicians will perform the Ukrainian national anthem, Ukraine has not yet died; Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19; by internationally acclaimed violinist Lisa Batiashvili and Leoš Janáček’s Taras Bulba; in the second part of the performance at the Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti).

 

Lisa Batiashvili said prior to the concert: “I think music IS the language that brings peoples and nations together more than any other language. Working, traveling and performing together will certainly bring the participants of the I, CULTURE Orchestra closer, as they will get to know each other’s personalities better and better each day… This is the best basis for friendship between all these countries on the highest cultural level.”

 

The I, CULTURE Orchestra is a team of very talented young musicians from Poland and Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, created by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2011. The mission of the I, CULTURE Orchestra is to support positive changes in cultural and social development of Central European and South Caucasus countries by implementing initiatives of highest artistic value. The Orchestra is based on universal values of solidarity, integration, and freedom. As an educational project, the ICO enables young talents to change the perspective on the artistic reality and improve their skills under the guidance of distinguished instrumentalists from the world’s leading orchestras. The ICO was established in 2011 as a flagship project of the International Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU.

 

The ICO has completed 4 residencies as well as 29 concerts in 22 cities in 15 countries

Lisa Batiashvili will be the featured soloist at the annual Staatsoper für alle event in Berlin, held on June 21. This free concert takes place on the historic Bebelplatz, and also features the Staatskapelle Berlin and State Opera Choir, led by Daniel Barenboim. She will play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, reuniting with the Staatskapelle and Barenboim following their recent “electrifying” performance of the work at London’s Royal Festival Hall: “Lisa Batiashvili was the ferocious soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, intense in the first movement, luminous and heartfelt in the second, scintillating in the quickfire finale. It was a faultless performance, enthralling and electrifying . . . Batiashivili played as if singing an aria.” (The Guardian)

 

In addition to Tchaikovsky, the evening programme includes Wagner’s “Einzug der Gäste” from Tannhäuser and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor. The concert will be streamed live online via the Staatsoper’s site, with an archive of the stream available via ARTE Concert for 90 days following the event.

Lisa Batiashvili joins The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on a European tour starting on 21 May.

Lisa performs Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No.1, first at Philharmonie Luxembourg, then continuing to Cologne, Berlin, Dortmund, Vienna, Amsterdam, and finishing at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 5 June. The other soloist on the tour is Emanuel Ax.

 

The tour follows Lisa's "searing" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) performance of the same concerto in Philadelphia on 13, 15 and 16 May. She and Nézet-Séguin are frequent collaborators, and will work together again this summer at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1

Lisa Batiashvili has been named Musical America’s 2015 Instrumentalist of the Year. The annual Musical America Awards was established in 1960, recognising artistic excellence and achievements in the arts.

 

This year’s ceremony will take place in December at the Century Club, New York. Batiashvili will join four fellow honourees: Peter Sellars, Artist of the Year; John Luther Adams, Composer of the Year; Gianandrea Noseda, Conductor of the Year; and Christine Goerke, Vocalist of the Year.

 

As 2014/15 Artist-in-Residence of New York Philharmonic, Batiashvili appears with the orchestra in three different programmes this season, including for the US premiere of Escaich’s Concerto for violin and oboe with Francois Leleux under Alan Gilbert. Other US highlights include concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, both in Philadelphia and on tour in Europe, and a recital tour (Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Princeton) with pianist Paul Lewis.

 

Lisa Batiashvili joins the New York Philharmonic as Artist-in-Residence for the 2014–15 season. She performs concertos by Brahms, Barber, and Bach and the U.S. Premiere of a new Concerto for Violin and Oboe by Thierry Escaich. The oboist will be her husband, François Leleux, in his Philharmonic debut. By the time she begins her residency, Ms. Batiashvili will have performed with the Philharmonic 41 times since her 2005 debut.

Lisa Batiashvili's new CD "Bach" will be released by Deutsche Grammophon this August. For the first time she has been recording pieces for her album together with her husband, the French oboist, Francois Leleux. Musical pieces of the recording are from the Bachs - father Johann Sebastian and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel.

 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750):

 

Concerto For Violin, Oboe, And Strings In D Minor, BWV 1060

Cantata "Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe" BWV 156

Violin Concerto No.2 In E, BWV 1042

Sonata For Violin Solo No.2 In A Minor, BWV 1003

 

CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH (1714 - 1788):

 

Trio Sonata In B Minor For Flute, Violin And Continuo, Wq.143

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750)

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

 

Lisa Bataishvili, violin

Francois Leleux, oboe und oboe d'amore

Emmanuel Pahud, flute

Sebastian Klinger, cello

Peter Kofler, hapsichord

 

Deutsche Grammophon

 

On 23 August Lisa Batiashvili is the featured artist at the 33rd Prinsengrachtconcert in Amsterdam. The concert, which takes place outdoors on the canals, is broadcast live on Dutch TV (NPO 2) and streamed online for 30 days. Centred around the music by Bach, the evening also features pieces by Shostakovich, Tsintsadze and Piazzolla.

 

Joining Lisa for the concert are her husband, oboist François Leleux, and an ensemble of friends from the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Müncher Philharmoniker.

 

The group also performs two other concerts this week: at Schloss Elmau on 19 August and at the Salzburger Festspiele on 21 August – both with a programme of Bach and Shostakovich.

 

Lisa will be performing at Berlin's »Staatsoper für alle« on June 1st at 1pm. The free Open-Air concert on Bebelplatz promises to be a highlight of the Berlin cultural summer with the Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.

 

Lisa will be playing Ludwig van Beethovens's Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major op. 61. For all none-Berliners, the concert will be streamed live on the website www.staatsoper-berlin.de

The residency will feature Batiashvili in three programmes in autumn 2014.

 

On 18 September Batiashvili opens the orchestra’s season with Brahms’ Violin Concerto under Chief Conductor Thomas Hengelbrock. In November she presents a chamber orchestra programme without conductor, including Bach’s E-Major Concerto, BWV.1042, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. In December she concludes her residency with the world premiere of Thierry Escaich’s new Concerto for violin and oboe, alongside her husband, oboist François Leleux, and the orchestra’s former Principal Guest Conductor, Alan Gilbert.

 

Batiashvili, who lived in Hamburg between the ages of 12 and 20, first appeared with the NDR Sinfonieorchester in 2003 and has returned regularly since. She last played with the orchestra in October 2012, performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto under Thomas Hengelbrock.

 

In demand on both sides of the Atlantic, Batiashvili is also Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic in the 2014/15 season.