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Chief Conductor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest and Artist in Association at the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Stefan Asbury is in demand with many of the leading orchestras worldwide. The 2011/12 season includes performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (with Lang Lang as soloist), Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig amongst others.
Recent seasons have also included guest engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, RAI Turin, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St Luke's. He enjoys frequent collaborations with the Basel Sinfonietta, WDR Sinfonieorchester, hr-Sinfonieorchester, NDR Sinfonieorchester and ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. Asbury is also regular guest conductor at festivals such as Automne en Normandie, Wien Modern, Wiener Festwochen, Munich Biennale, the Salzburger Festspiele and La Biennale di Venezia.
Since 1995 Stefan Asbury has served on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center and currently holds the Sana H. Sabbagh master teacher chair on the Conducting Faculty which he has held since 2005. From 1999 to 2005 he was Associate Director of New Music Activities. In addition to his regular summer teaching he has given conducting master classes at institutions such as the Hochschule der Kunste (Zurich), Venice Conservatory, Tokyo Wonder Site, and his master classes are featured in the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Inside the TMC.
Stefan conducted John Adams' A Flowering Tree for the 2009 Perth International Arts Festival, a performance which won 'Best Symphony Orchestra Concert' for the 2009 Helpmann Awards. Other recent opera productions have included Wolfgang Rihm's Jakob Lenz for the 2008 Wiener Festwochen, a concert version of Benjamin Britten's Owen Wingrave with Tapiola Sinfonietta, the world premiere of Van Vlijmen's Thyeste with Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie and the Nationale Reisopera, Johannes Maria Staud's Berenice at Munich Biennale and Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Karlsruhe. Stefan has collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Group in their production and tour of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Performances took place at Lincoln Center and at the Barbican amongst other venues. This season sees him collaborate with them again on Four Saints in Three Acts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Stefan Asbury has particularly strong relationships with many living composers including Oliver Knussen, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin and Mark Anthony Turnage, and collaborates regularly with Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik and the London Sinfonietta. He was Music Director of the Remix Ensemble Casa da Musica Porto from 2001-2005, working with them to commission new works and programming an innovative mix of jazz, film and music theatre. Notable amongst his recordings are a recording of works by Unsuk Chin with Ensemble intercontemporain on Deutsche Grammophon. His CD of music by Jonathan Harvey was awarded a 'Monde de la Musique CHOC' award, and his complete cycle 'Espace Accoustique' by Gerard Grisey with WDR Sinfonieorchester won the German music critics award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.)
Stefan Asbury, conductor
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Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her ability to reach to the heart of music and text has earned her the devotion of an exceptionally diverse audience, and the awards and distinctions accorded only to the most distinguished of artists.
Her performances on the opera stage comprise the great Mozart roles (Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Despina) as well as modern works by Messiaen, Poulenc, and Stravinsky. From Salzburg and Paris to the Metropolitan Opera, where she began her career in 1984 and has since made nearly 300 appearances, Ms. Upshaw has also championed numerous new works created for her including the Grawemeyer Award-winning opera "L'Amour de Loin" by Kaija Saariaho; John Adams's nativity oratorio "El Nino"; and Osvaldo Golijov's "Three Songs For Orchestra".
It says much about Dawn Upshaw's sensibilities as an artist and colleague that she is a favored partner of many leading musicians of our day,including Richard Goode, the Kronos Quartet, James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. This season she joins Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for the world premiere of a new work by Henri Dutilleux, which they will also perform in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and at Carnegie Hall, where Upshaw inaugurates a "Perspectives" series featuring her in a range of appearances, including a Berio/Golijov folk song evening; performances of Bach and Bartok with the Australian Chamber Orchestra; a recital with Gilbert Kalish; and a workshop for singers and composers in which she will be joined by John Harbison. Ms. Upshaw also collaborates this season with the Kronos Quartet in a tour of the western US, and with Richard Goode in a tour of the European capitals. She debuts with the San Francisco Opera as Janacek's "Cunning Little Vixen", a role she performed to great acclaim this winter at Covent Garden.
A two-time Grammy Award winner, Ms. Upshaw is featured on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Gorecki, and several beloved Nonesuch discs of music theater repertoire, which she has performed with theChicago Symphony and the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, as well as at London's Proms Festival and on radio and television. She was the subject of a one-hour Bravo profile, and has been a featured performer in numerous PBS productions, including a hosting role on Evening at Pops' "Copland Centennial Celebration".
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
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Michael Gandolfi was born on July 5, 1956 in Melrose,
Massachusetts. A self-taught guitarist, he started experimenting
with rock and jazz improvisation at the age of eight. As his
improvisational skills developed he became increasingly interested
in music composition and, in his teens, began formal study. He
received his bachelor and master degrees in music composition from
the New England Conservatory of Music, as well as fellowships for
study at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, the Composers
Conference, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Mr. Gandolfi is the recipient of numerous awards including grants
from the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts
and Letters. His music has been performed by many leading groups
including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony
Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood
Music Center Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the St. Paul
Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Nieuw
Last season, Mr. Gandolfi's Pinocchio's Adventures in
Funland, written for young audiences, was premiered by the New
Millennium Ensemble--and featuring David Margulies as narrator--at
New York's Merkin Concert Hall. It was commissioned by the Elaine
Kaufman Cultural Center on a text by Dana Bonstrom. It will receive
several performances this season, including performances by the
Boston Musica Viva and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Mr.
Gandolfi is presently completing commissions from the Michael Vyner
Trust (a piano concerto), and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. His
music has been recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon and CRI
He was a visiting lecturer on music at Harvard University from
1996-1999 and is a faculty member of the New England Conservatory
of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Michael Gandolfi, composer