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Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster and film maker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others.
Inspired by her father Leonard Bernstein's lifelong impulse to share and teach, Jamie has devised multiple ways of communicating her own excitement about orchestral music. Beginning 15 years ago with "The Bernstein Beat," a family concert about her father's music modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People's Concerts, Jamie has gone on to design, write and narrate concerts for worldwide audiences of all ages about the music of Mozart, Copland, Stravinsky and many others. Jamie creates and narrates two educational concerts a year with the New World Symphony in Miami; these engaging, informal "Discovery Concerts" are specially designed to attract audiences of all ages who are less familiar with concertgoing.
Jamie travels the world as a concert narrator, appearing everywhere from Beijing to London to Vancouver. A frequent speaker on musical topics, Jamie has presented talks around the world, from conferences in Japan to seminars at Harvard University. In Spanish-speaking locations such as Madrid and Caracas, Jamie narrates en español - thanks to her Chilean-born mother, Felicia Montealegre, who raised her children to be bilingual.
In her role as a broadcaster, Jamie has produced and hosted shows for radio stations in the United States and Great Britain. She has presented the New York Philharmonic's live national radio broadcasts, as well as live broadcasts from Tanglewood.
Jamie is the co-director of a film documentary, Crescendo: the Power of Music -- which focuses on children in struggling urban communities who participate in youth orchestra programs for social transformation inspired by Venezuela's groundbreaking El Sistema movement. The film has won numerous prizes on the festival circuit, and is now viewable on Netflix. More about Crescendo: the Power of Music can be found at crescendofilmdoc.com
Jamie has also directed her father's chamber opera, Trouble in Tahiti, in various locations around the country, including the Moab Music Festival and Festival del Sole in Napa, CA.
Jamie is currently at work on a memoir, title to be announced, which will be published by HarperCollins in the spring of 2018, when her father's centennial celebrations will be well under way around the world. Jamie and her siblings, Alexander and Nina, will be racking up unprecedented mileage points!
Jamie also writes articles and poetry, which have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, Gourmet, Opera News, and Musical America. She also edits "Prelude, Fugue & Riffs," a newsletter about issues and events pertaining to her father's legacy.
Jamie Bernstein, host
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Andris Nelsons is the newly appointed Music Director of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra, starting from the 2014/2015 season. He
will act as Music Director Designate for the BSO's 2013/2014
season. Andris Nelsons made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in
March 2011, leading Mahler's Symphony no. 9 at Carnegie Hall. Last
summer, Nelsons made his debut at Tanglewood, and in January 2013,
he made his Symphony Hall debut. This new appointment cements
Andris Nelsons as one of the most sought-after conductors on the
international scene today, a distinguished name both on the opera
and concert podiums.
Nelsons has been Music Director of the City of Birmingham
Symphony Orchestra since 2008 and remains at the helm of orchestra
until Summer 2015, enjoying critically acclaimed seasons and an
outstanding tenure. With the CBSO, he undertakes major tours
worldwide, including regular appearances at such summer festivals
as Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms and Berliner Festspiele. Together
they have toured the major European concert halls, including the
Musikverein, Vienna, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, Gasteig,
Munich and the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid. Nelsons made
his debut in Japan, on tour with Wiener Philharmoniker, and
returned to tour Japan and the Far East with the CBSO in November
Over the next few seasons he will continue collaborations with
Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Het Koninklijk
Concertgebouworkest, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Philharmonia
Andris Nelsons is a regular guest at Royal Opera House Covent
Garden, Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera New York. In
summer 2014 he returns to Bayreuther Festspiele as Musical Director
for Lohengrin, in a production directed by Hans
Neuenfels, which Nelsons premiered in Bayreuth in 2010.
With the CBSO, Nelsons has an exciting recording collaboration
with Orfeo International: they are working towards releasing all
orchestral works by Tchaikovsky and all those by R. Strauss, the
first disc of which was praised by The Times: "one of the
most sumptuous and refined accounts of 'Ein Heldenleben' ever put
on to disc". The majority of Nelsons' recordings are
recognised with a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and, in
October 2011, Andris Nelsons received the prestigious ECHO Klassik
of the German Phono Academy in the category "Conductor of the Year"
for his recording with CBSO of Stravinsky's 'Firebird' and
'Symphony of Psalms'. For audiovisual recordings, he has an
exclusive agreement with Unitel GmbH, the most recent release is a
disc including Dvorak, entitled From The New
World with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks,
released on DVD and Blu-ray in June 2013.
Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons
began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera
Orchestra before studying conducting. He
was Principal Conductor of Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in
Herford, Germany 2006-2009 and Music Director of Latvian
National Opera 2003-2007.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
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For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed world-wide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. He plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire – from Beethoven through Liszt, Grieg, and Saint-Saëns; to Khachaturian and Gershwin, and to contemporary composers Qigang Chen and James MacMillan. From the very start of his career, he delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, from jazz to opera, which he transcribed himself to play on the piano. His profound professional friendships crisscross the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art.
Thibaudet begins the Seattle Symphony's season with Khachaturian's Piano Concerto. In the summer of 2018, he toured Taiwan, China, and South Korea with Michael Tilson Thomas and Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra. He also expresses his passion for education and fostering young musical talent as the first-ever Artist-in-Residence at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. The school has extended the residency for an additional three years and has announced the Jean-Yves Thibaudet Scholarships to provide aid for Music Academy students, whom Thibaudet will select for the merit-based awards, regardless of their instrument choice.
As one of the premiere interpreters of the solo part in Bernstein's Age of Anxiety, Thibaudet continues to perform the piece around the world as the composer's centennial year comes to a close. In addition to playing it with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop at the orchestra's first-ever appearance at the BBC Proms, he plays it with the Los Angeles and Brussels philharmonics and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
In 2018-19 he renews many longstanding musical partnerships, including touring a program of Schumann, Fauré, Debussy, and Enescu with Midori, touring the great concert halls of Europe with Lisa Batiashvili and Gautier Capuçon, and performing chamber music with brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon. With Gautier he also premieres Richard Dubugnon's Eros Athanatos, a fantaisie concertante for cello and piano, with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. They go on to perform it with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra across Belgium, at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. With the Cleveland Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Thibaudet plays another piece that he introduced to the world: James MacMillan's Piano Concerto No. 3.
Other highlights include beginning 2019 with Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, then with Susanna Mälkki and the LA Phil. With Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, he takes Saint-Saëns' fifth piano concerto on tour to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Philharmonie Essen, and the Berliner Philharmonie.
Thibaudet’s recording catalogue has received two Grammy nominations, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d’Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Edison Prize, and Gramophone awards. In 2017 he released to great acclaim Bernstein's Age of Anxiety with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, with whom he previously recorded Gershwin, featuring big jazz band orchestrations of Rhapsody in Blue, variations on “I Got Rhythm,” and the Concerto in F. In 2016, on the 150th anniversary of Erik Satie's birth, Decca released a box set of Satie's complete solo piano music performed by Thibaudet – one of the foremost champions of the composer's works. On his Grammy-nominated recording Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerti Nos. 2&5, released in 2007, he is joined by Charles Dutoit and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Thibaudet's Aria–Opera Without Words, which was released the same year, features aria transcriptions, some of which are Thibaudet's own. His other recordings include the jazz albums Reflections on Duke: Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Conversations With Bill Evans.
Thibaudet has also had an impact on the world of fashion, film and philanthropy. He played Aaron Zigman’s soundtrack for Wakefield, a drama by Robin Swicord, which was the first time that the composer had allowed a pianist other than himself to perform his film work. Thibaudet was soloist in Dario Marianelli’s award-winning scores for the films Atonement (which won an Oscar for Best Original Score) and Pride and Prejudice, and recorded Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack for the 2012 film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. He had a cameo in Bruce Beresford's film on Alma Mahler, Bride of the Wind, and his playing is showcased throughout. In 2004 he served as president of the prestigious charity auction Hospices de Beaune. His concert wardrobe is designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, where he began his piano studies at age five and made his first public appearance at age seven. At twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatory to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. At age fifteen, he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire and, three years later, the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. Among his numerous commendations is the Victoire d’Honneur, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honor given by France’s Victoires de la Musique. In 2010 the Hollywood Bowl honored Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
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Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon studied at the
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Gérard
Poulet and Veda Reynolds, and later with Thomas Brandis in Berlin
and Isaac Stern. Invited by Claudio Abbado in 1998 as
konzertmeister of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, he continued
his musical education with Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel
Barenboim and Franz Welser-Moest. In 2000 he was nominated "Rising
Star" and "New talent of the Year" (French Victoires de la
Musique), in 2005 "Soliste instrumental de l'année", also by the
French Victoires de la Musique, and in 2006 "Prix Georges Enesco"
He is collaborating with the most important orchestras and
conductors : Berlin Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink or David
Robertson, Dresden Staatskapelle and Daniel Harding, Leipzig
Gewandhaus Orchestra and Kurt Masur, Orchestre de Paris and
Wolfgang Sawallisch or Christoph Eschenbach, Orchestre
Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung, Chamber
Orchestra of Europe and Semyon Bychkov, Los Angeles Philharmonic
and Gustavo Dudamel or Andris Nelsons, Philadelphia Orchestra and
Charles Dutoit, Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic, State Academic
Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Vladimir Yurowsky, Scottish
Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati…
He recently performed with : Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Bernard
Haitink, Los Angeles Philharmonic/Daniel Harding, Boston
Symphony/Christoph von Dohnanyi, Philharmonia Orchestra/Juraj
Valculha, Seoul Philharmonic/Myung-Whun Chung, Chamber Orchestra of
Europe/Yannick Nezet-Seguin, WDR Cologne/Jukka Pekka Saraste,
Orchestre National de France/Daniele Gatti…
He gave the World premiere of the Volin concert by Pascla
Dusapin with the WDR Köln as well as the Brahms/Faure chamber music
cycle in 5 concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Renaud Capuçon plays chamber music with Martha Argerich, Hélène
Grimaud, Nicholas Angelich, Frank Braley, Yefim Bronfman,
Myung-Whun Chung, Yuri Bashmet, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Mischa
Maisky, Truls Mork, Maria Joao Pires, Mikhail Pletnev, Gérard
Caussé, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He is invited by the most prestigious
festivals : Gstaad, Hollywood Bowl, La Roque d'Anthéron, Luzern,
Lugano, Menton, Salzburg, Saint-Denis, Rheinghau, Verbier…
He is the musical director of the Easter Festival in
Aix-en-Provence that he founded in 2013.
Discography for EMI/Virgin Classics : Mendelssohn and Haydn
trios and the Triple Concerto by Beethoven with Martha Argerich,
Schubert recital, Berlioz/Saint-Saëns/Milhaud/Ravel with Daniel
Harding and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Ravel chamber music
with Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley, duos with his brother;
Dutilleux Concerto with the Radio France Philharmonic under
Myung-Whun Chung, Saint-Saëns chamber music, Brahms Trios with
Gautier Capuçon and Nicholas Angelich Schubert Trout,
Mendelssohn/Schumann concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
and Daniel Harding, Brahms Sonatas with Nicholas Angelich, Brahms
Double Concerto with Gautier Capuçon and the Gustav Mahler
Jugendorchester and Brahms Quartets with Gautier, Gérard Caussé and
Nicholas Angelich, Mozart Concertos and Sinfonia Concertante with
the Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Louis Langrée and Antoine
Tamestit, Beethoven/Korngold concertos with the Rotterdam
Philharmonic and Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Beethoven Sonatas for
violin/piano with Frank Braley. His recent Fauré chamber music CD
with N. Angelich, G. Capuçon, M. Dalberto, G. Caussé and Ebène
Quartet won the Echo Klassik Prize. Recently released : Brahms/Berg
Concertos with the Wiener Philharmoniker under D.Harding, "Histoire
de Babar" - Poulenc/Debussy/Ridout with Laurence Ferrari and Jérôme
Ducros and the 3 CD Best of box of his music. To be released:
Bach/Vasks CD as conductor and soloist with the Chamber Orchestra
Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri del Gesù "Panette" (1737) that
belonged to Isaac Stern, bought for him by the Banca Svizzera
In June 2011 he is appointed "Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du
Mérite" by the French Government.
Renaud Capuçon, violin
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Performing each season with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, cellist Gautier Capuçon is also founder and leader of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Acclaimed internationally for his expressive musicianship, his exuberant virtuosity, and the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, Mr. Capuçon is this season’s artist-in-residence at Lugano Musica. Committed to exploring and expanding the cello repertoire, he performs an extensive array of works each season and regularly premieres new commissions. Current projects include the world premiere of Michael Tabachnik’s cello concerto, Summer, and collaborations with Danny Elfman and Thierry Escaich. In the 2019-20 season he appears as soloist with such ensembles as the philharmonic orchestras of Los Angeles, the Czech Republic, and Rotterdam; the St. Louis Symphony, Singapore Symphony, and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; and the hr-Sinfonieorchester. He tours Europe and the U.S. with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig led by Andris Nelsons and the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. As a chamber musician, Mr. Capuçon performs on tour this season with Yuja Wang in such venues as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, London’s Barbican Centre, and the Philharmonie in Paris, as well as with Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley, Jérôme Ducros, and Leonidas Kavakos. Other regular recital partners include Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Artemis and Ébène quartets. Mr. Capuçon records exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), the most recent addition to his extensive discography being an album of Schumann works recorded live with Martha Argerich. His next album, recorded with Yuja Wang and due in December, features sonatas by Chopin and Franck. Earlier recordings include concertos by Shostakovich and Saint-Saëns, the complete Beethoven sonatas, and Schubert’s String Quintet. Mr. Capuçon also appears on screen and online in programs such as The Artist Academy, Prodiges, and Now Hear This; as of this fall he is a guest presenter on Radio Classique. In 2013, Deutsche Grammophon released a DVD featuring him with the Berlin Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel in a live performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1. Born in Chambéry, Gautier Capuçon began playing the cello at age five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.
Gautier Capuçon, cello