The 14/15 season might be over but HELLO STAGErs are
As so many embarked on prestigious summer
festivals we decided to try and
keep track of who is where.
We of course also hope that all you HELLO STAGERs
will send us photos together so we can post them.
Two festivals on different ends of
the world have a few things in common -
the Verbier Festival
& the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Both places are skiing resorts
in the winter and turn into musical hot spots in the summer
and both festivals not only offer
amazing concerts but also the most wonderful programme
for young artists!
The Aspen Music Festival and School is
in full swing!
Students come not only from all over the
USA but also from Argentinia, Australia, Austria,
Bulgaria, Chile, China, Columbia, France, Germany, Hungary,
Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia,
Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia,
Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand,
The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, the U.K., Uzbekistan,
Amongst them is
who is one of the young conductors taking part in the
the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra
The season just past saw her debut with
the Wiener Kammerorchester at the Wiener Konzerthaus
as well as concerts in Shanghai.
We wish her a great rest of the summer not
only in Aspen but are hoping that
she will get some rest too -
autumn will be busy no doubt,
as she is starting her role as
to Kirill Petrenko's assistant' at the
Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich
Congratulations on this wonderful new position!
Soloist of one of the Conducting Academy’s
concerts is none other than HELLO STAGEr
performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D.
Nathan was part of Gautier Capuçon’s
Classe d’Excellence du Violoncelle at the
Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris
After having wrapped up the season
with his Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liége
conducted Also sprach Zarathustra
with the Aspen Festival Orchestra
(a combination of the best teachers and
players from the world’s top orchestras,
opera companies and conservatories side-by-side with
the top young musicians studying in Aspen the summer) on July 12th.
A piece long neglected by the festival -
simply because they did not have an organ for a long time,
but now they have a wonderful
instrument which they love showing off each year.
In the orchestra you would have found
She is a
member of the faculty this
summer and otherwise an
outstanding harp soloist and member
of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
She has just released her new CD of
Harp Concertos on Warner Classics
we guess she might not be getting
much rest as she will reunite with her orchestra in Salzburg …
Meanwhile at the Verbier Festival…
Christian Thompson and his team gather an
elite group of extraordinary young artists to
participate in masterclasses
and workshops as well as
performing chamber music together with
leading professors and artists.
(by the way the Academy Administrator this year is
a HELLO STAGER too: the wonderful viola and
former Verbier academist
This year over 400 musicians
applied and we find the following HELLO STAGErs
amongst the selected few:
Young Austrian pianist
is looking back on a busy time with performances in Germany,
Norway, Luxemburg, Japan, China as well as
to the debuts
in both the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus
in her hometown Vienna.
We met Niklas Walentin
at the European Chamber Music Academy in Grafenegg
where he participated as part of the
In Verbier the Danish/Swiss born violinist who lives
in London is taking part in
his own right without his colleagues -
and rightly so,
as he is very active as a soloist with lots
of scandinavian Orchestras.
16 year old Canadian pianist
is currently on the international competition circuit,
winning many awards in the process.
Right after the festival she is heading back home to give
Russian born and Berlin based viola
is returning to Verbier this year
again after also having participated in the
Heidelberger Frühling, the Kronberg Academy, the Prades Pablo Casals Festival and the Seiji Ozawa Academy.
As an Verbier alumni
is taking part in the festival’s Reaching out
She is flying in directly from the
Pärnu Music Festival / Järvi Academy
where she performed the
with the festival orchestra only the other night.
Last but not least:
as I am writing this the
is rehearsing Mozart Requiem
with the wonderful Ton Koopman and a beautiful cast of singers.
if you find yourself reading
this as one of the participants of
the above summer academies and you are not a HELLO STAGEr
join now and secure yourself a complimentary
Pro membership for the next 12 months
(just drop me an email to get your voucher code -
email@example.com - or ask
Christian Thompson in the Verbier Academy office -
I have sent him the details...)
Bettina Mehne manages
the relationships with Artists, Ensembles,
their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE.
She toured Orchestras around the world,
worked for London and Germany based Managements,
took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
as their Artistic Manager and headed
the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons.
Follow Bettina on Twitter
- you can also
always reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org