Summer Festivals Part I

Take a deep dive into Festivals with Bettina Mehne this summer - on our cover pic, Anneleen Lenaerts, Christian Arming & Marie Jacquot!

The 14/15 season might be over but HELLO STAGErs are extremely busy. 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, and Venezuela! Amongst them is Marie Jacquot 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 Nathan Chan 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 this season.

After having wrapped up the season with his Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liége Christian Arming 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 Anneleen Lenaerts. 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…

Each summer 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 Barbara Buntrock. This year over 400 musicians applied and we find the following HELLO STAGErs amongst the selected few:

Young Austrian pianist Dorothy Khadem-Missagh 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 (Austria) where he participated as part of the Trio Vitruvi. 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 Anastasia Rizikov is currently on the international competition circuit, winning many awards in the process. Right after the festival she is heading back home to give several recitals.

Russian born and Berlin based viola Karolina Errera 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 Marina Chiche is taking part in the festival’s Reaching out programme. She is flying in directly from the Pärnu Music Festival / Järvi Academy where she performed the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the festival orchestra only the other night.

Last but not least: as I am writing this the RIAS Kammerchor is rehearsing Mozart Requiem with the wonderful Ton Koopman and a beautiful cast of singers.

PS. - if you find yourself reading this as one of the participants of the above summer academies and you are not a HELLO STAGEr yet, join now and secure yourself a complimentary Pro membership for the next 12 months (just drop me an email to get your voucher code - bettina@hellostage.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 bettina@hellostage.com
Author: Bettina Mehne HELLO STAGE
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