In our latest Be Your Own Manager Career Podcast for Classical Musicians, our founder, Bernhard Kerres, spoke about the importance of differentiating yourself. There are many great musicians out there, but only a few who are special. We thought it worthwhile to share a few musicians with you, whom we consider as very special. Explore their work and get inspired! And we hope to add you to the list soon!
The duo of Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo doesn’t need an introduction. The violinist and the pianist met at the Menuhin School in the UK when they were only twelve. A friendship developed and soon they were – almost – inseparable on stage. Their shows are celebrated around the world. Leading orchestras and conductors work with them. And on YouTube, they are a big hit. Excellent classical music does not need to be boring and humorless. Igudesman & Joo bring humor, fun, and excellence to stages everywhere.
Cellist Marie Spaemann is not only outstanding on her instrument. She won the Johannes Brahms Competition, played as a soloist with several orchestras, and enjoys chamber music. But she also developed her passion to express herself through her own songs. The Moony Sessions was her first singer-songwriter album combining cello, singing, electronics, and text. She is not either a singer-songwriter or a cellist, she is a fascinating musician at home on the classical concert podium as much as on a band stage.
Emi Ferguson is an outstanding flutist, with a broad repertoire from Early Music to Contemporary Music. She plays solo as well as in various ensembles, often Early Music Ensembles. She also teaches at Juilliard. She was fascinated by the Renaissance love songs and wondered what it would take, to bring them to the 21st Century. The result is a fascinating album, Amour Cruel, where she not only plays but also sings. Her latest J.S. Bach album explores her love of making lively and passionate music.
Sol Daniel Kim, another outstanding cellist, born in Vienna with Korean roots, wanted to explore his musical heritage. He studied with the cello grandmasters including Heinrich Schiff, Valentin Erben, and Gautier Capuçon. The list of the prizes and scholarships he won is long. Towards the end of 2016, he dared the big step to create a duo with Gayageum player Dayoung Joon. They founded CelloGayageum exploring and developing further Korean musical heritage. Did this put them into a box of Korean folk music? No, it actually enhanced Sol Daniel Kim’s classical career just as much.