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Captivating audiences throughout the world, Charles Dutoit is
one of today's most sought-after conductors, having performed
with all the major orchestras on most stages of the five
Presently Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the
London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he recently celebrated his
30-year artistic collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra, who
in turn, bestowed upon him the title of Conductor Laureate. He
collaborates every season with the orchestras of Chicago, Boston,
San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles and is also a regular
guest on the stages in London, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Moscow,
Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, amongst others.
His more than 200 recordings for Decca, Deutsche Grammophone,
EMI, Philips and Erato have garnered multiple awards and
distinctions including two Grammys.
For 25 years , Charles Dutoit was Artistic Director of the
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, a dynamic musical team recognised the
From 1991 to 2001, he was Music Director of the Orchestre National
de France and in 1996, was appointed Principal Conductor and soon
thereafter, Music Director of the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo).
He is today Music Director Emeritus of this Orchestra.
He was for 10 years Music Director of the Philadelphia
Orchestra's season at the Mann Music Center and for 21 years, at
the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Charles Dutoit's interest in the younger generation has always
held an important place in his career and he has successively been
Music Director of the Sapporo Pacific Music Festival and Miyazaki
International Music Festival in Japan as well as the Canton
International Summer Music Academy in Guangzhou. In 2009, he became
Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
When still in his early 20's, Charles Dutoit was invited by Von
Karajan to conduct the Vienna State Opera. He has since
conducted at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York,
Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Rome Opera and Teatro Colón in Buenos
In 1991, he was made Honorary Citizen of the City of
Philadelphia, in 1995, Grand Officier de l'Ordre
national du Québec, in 1996, Commandeur de l'Ordre des
Arts et des Lettres by the government of France and in 1998,
he was invested as Honorary Officer of the Order of
In 2007, he received the Gold Medal of the city of Lausanne,
his birthplace and in 2014, he was given the Lifetime Achievement
Award from the International Classical Music Awards.
He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of McGill,
Montreal, Laval and the Curtis School of Music.
A globetrotter motivated by his passion for history and
archaeology, political science, art and architecture, he has
traveled in all 196
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After three years as Kapellmeister and assistant to Music
Director Donald Runnicles at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Moritz Gnann
became the new assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
in fall 2015. He made his successful Tanglewood debut with the BSO
conducting Mahler's First Symphony. His November 2016 concerts mark
his subscription series debut. In addition to his activities in
Boston, Mr. Gnann continues to appear as a guest conductor with
Deutsche Oper Berlin. He opened the 2015-16 season there with
Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette and in the current season
conducts revivals of L'elisir d'amore and Billy
Budd. Following his successful debut in the 2015-16 season
with the Staatskapelle Dresden, he has been reinvited to the
Semperoper to lead The Magic Flute and Hansel and
Gretel in 2016-17. Moritz Gnann's professional conducting
career started in 2007, when he joined the Theater Aachen as a
répétiteur and conductor. From 2009 to 2011 he was musical
assistant to Julia Jones at the Teatro Nacional de Saõ Carlos in
Lisbon, where he conducted such operas as Le nozze di
Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, and Trouble in
Tahiti, as well as concert programs. At Deutsche Oper Berlin,
he conducted The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Hansel
and Gretel, Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia,
Rigoletto, Billy Budd, and a critically acclaimed new
production of Xenakis' Oresteia, for which he was
nominated as "conductor of the year" by Opernwelt
magazine. Mahlermania, a production that combines the
biography of Gustav Mahler with his music, was recorded for the
European TV channel Arte and was toured under the musical direction
of Moritz Gnann to the Opéra de Rouen and to South Korea's
Uijeongbu Music Theatre Festival. Born in Tübingen, Germany, Moritz
Gnann studied conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts and
Dresden School of Music, graduating with distinction. He gained
further experience through active participation in master classes
with Gianluigi Gelmetti, Sylvain Cambreling, Hartmut Haenchen,
Bernard Haitink, and Diego Masson. He assisted Sir Simon Rattle on
Wagner's Ring cycle at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Christian
Thielemann on Der Rosenkavalier at the Festspielhaus
Baden-Baden. He has regularly assisted Andris Nelsons on
Lohengrin and Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival
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On May 10, 1995, Keith Lockhart, the 20th Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, opened his very first Boston Pops season, leading a concert featuring guests Sylvia McNair, Mandy Patinkin, and Doc Severinsen, and repertoire ranging from Wagner to “Charlie on the MTA.” He was only 35 years old—the same age as Arthur Fiedler was when he became Boston Pops Conductor in 1930—and was dubbed “The Kid” by longtime Pops Associate Conductor Harry Ellis Dickson. The press coverage from the time of Keith’s appointment to the position in February 1995 was extensive, commenting on not only his musical talent but also his good looks and enviable head of hair, as well as the challenge of following in the illustrious footsteps of John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. But this baby boomer, born in 1959, came to the position with musical chops, a remarkable work ethic, and a deep appreciation for both the institution of the Pops and its audience. His varied conducting experience encompassed both the symphonic and pops repertoire, as well as performances in concert halls and on recordings; he had most recently served as Associate Conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops, and made his Boston Pops debut as a guest conductor in 1993, just two years before he was appointed Conductor.
Over the next 25 years, with seemingly endless energy, Keith Lockhart, who holds the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor chair, would lead the Boston Pops in more than 2,000 concerts, in every imaginable setting—from hospitals to the Super Bowl—and collaborate with nearly 300 guest artists, drawn from the worlds of classical and popular music, rock, jazz, sports, politics, Broadway, and Hollywood.
Although acclaimed around the world, the Boston Pops—sometimes called “America’s Orchestra”—remains a treasured local fixture, as beloved as the region’s sports teams and historic landmarks. Its reputation has been acknowledged in popular culture, recently in a memorable episode of the animated television series “The Simpsons.” The family decided to take a “hate-cation” to Boston—because of Homer’s resentment of the “Boston Americans” football team and its fans—and ultimately fell in love with the city that has “a Symphony AND a Pops.” Through the years, Keith Lockhart has embraced Boston and in return, Boston has embraced him.
Most of the concerts led by Keith Lockhart take place in Symphony Hall, itself a registered historic landmark, during the orchestra’s spring and holiday seasons. He has also led annual Boston Pops appearances at Tanglewood, Pops concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, 45 national tours to more than 150 cities in 38 states, and four international tours to Japan and Korea. He and the Pops have made 80 television shows, including 38 new programs for the PBS series Evening at Pops, and participated in such high-profile sporting events as Super Bowl XXXVI, the 2008 NBA finals, the 2013 Boston Red Sox Ring Ceremony, and the Red Sox Opening Day game at Fenway Park in 2009. The annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular draws a live audience of over half a million to the Charles River Esplanade, and millions more view it on television or live webcast. During Keith’s tenure, the July 4 event was televised by a major national network for the first time. In 2017, with Eaton Vance as presenting sponsor and Bloomberg as the exclusive media partner, the Pops organization presented its first self-produced Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which was broadcast on Bloomberg Television and all its media outlets. Both companies are continuing their commitments to the event.
Lockhart-led albums on the RCA Victor/BMG Classics label include Runnin’ Wild: The Boston Pops Play Glenn Miller, American Visions, The Celtic Album (Grammy-nominated, the first Boston Pops recording to be so honored), Holiday Pops, A Splash of Pops, The Latin Album (Latin Grammy-nominated), Encore!, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration. Recent releases on the in-house label, Boston Pops Recordings, include The Red Sox Album, A Boston Pops Christmas—Live from Symphony Hall, and The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, which was a Boston Pops commission premiered in 2010 during the orchestra’s 125th season. Released at the beginning of the 2017 Pops season, Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams features Keith Lockhart leading the Boston Pops in a collection of Williams compositions from the 1960s onward, including some rarities.
Keith’s personal affinity for American music has led him to program full-length Broadway musicals and invite stars of the musical theater world to perform with the Pops. He has worked closely with hundreds of talented young musicians, including Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, college students from the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, and area high school students. He introduced the PopSearch talent competition and the innovative JazzFest and EdgeFest series, featuring prominent jazz and indie artists performing with the Pops. Well aware of the influence of technology on our lives and the concert experience, he was the driving force behind “Pops on Demand,” allowing audience members to vote on their cell phones in such categories as “Favorite Disney Song” and “Favorite John Williams Theme” and see the results in real time. The Lockhart/Pops album Oscar & Tony was the basis of a Pops internet TV broadcast, the first such program offered by a symphony orchestra. In recent seasons, he and the Pops have presented a number of films in concert, both classic (The Wizard of Oz) and contemporary (Home Alone). He is dedicated to building and updating the Boston Pops library of music, which contains over 5,000 arrangements.
With a renewed commitment to bringing the Boston Pops into the Boston community and to important civic events, Keith Lockhart and the Pops have appeared at gubernatorial and mayoral inauguration ceremonies; the holiday tree lighting in Boston’s Public Garden; sporting events including Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics games, and the memorial service for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He has led free concerts in such major public spaces as the Boston Common and Franklin Park, and each holiday season he brings musicians of the Pops to play for patients at Children’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He is a recipient of the 2017 Commonwealth Awards for Achievement, the state’s highest honor in the arts, humanities, and sciences presented by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
More recently Keith and the Pops initiated a conducting competition for students aged 18 to 30 during the 2018 season-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. As part of a 2019 Pops tour concert in Fort Lauderdale, Keith invited student survivors from the shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland to perform a song, composed by two of them, honoring the resilience of their community. Back at Symphony Hall, both the spring and holiday Pops seasons in 2019 included a sensory-friendly concert designed for families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities.
Keith recently completed a decade-long relationship with the BBC Concert Orchestra, first as principal conductor and then as the orchestra's chief guest conductor. During his tenure as principal conductor, he led the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II. He continues to serve as artistic director of the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival in North Carolina. Prior to his BBC appointment, he spent eleven years as music director of the Utah Symphony, which he led at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He has appeared as a guest conductor with virtually every major symphonic ensemble in North America, as well as many prestigious orchestras in Asia and Europe. Before coming to Boston, he was the associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, as well as music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and honorary doctorates from several American universities.
Having the gift of being able to communicate with people of all ages, Keith Lockhart readily conveys his passion for the music he loves, which covers a wide spectrum. His programming reflects this breadth of interest and he is completely at ease articulating his professional and personal perspectives. Above all, he believes in and appreciates the experience that only the Boston Pops can provide—an atmosphere of music-making that is both fun and entertaining. He has called the Pops “the great outreach arm of the classical music industry. There’s no orchestra like it in this country or in the world that plays such a wide variety of music at such a high level.”
For more on Keith Lockhart, visit keithlockhart.com or bostonpops.org.
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GRAMMY and Juno award-winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey
was appointed Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in
2000. Under his leadership the VSO have toured to China, Korea,
across Canada and the United States. Mr. Tovey is also the Artistic
Adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and
recital hall which opened in downtown Vancouver in 2011, next to
the Orpheum, the VSO's historic home. His tenure has included
complete symphony cycles of Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms as well as
the establishment of an annual festival dedicated to contemporary
music. In 2018, the VSO's centenary year, he will become the
orchestra's Music Director Emeritus.
During the 15-16 season Mr. Tovey's guest appearances
include the symphonies of Montreal, Melbourne, New Zealand, and
Pacific Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York
Philharmonic, reprising his programs with both at Bravo! Vail in
summer 2016. The summer also includes returns to the Blossom Music
Center, Ravinia Festival, and Hollywood Bowl. In the winter of 2016
he will conduct Korngold's Die Tote Stadt with the
In the 14-15 season Mr. Tovey made guest appearances with several
US orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York
Philharmonic and Kansas City Symphony. In Europe he performed with
the BBC Philharmonic and the Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester and he
traveled to Australia on two separate occasions for engagements
with the symphonies of Melbourne and Sydney.
In 2003 Bramwell Tovey won the Juno Award for Best Classical
Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a
Charred Skull. Commissions include the New York and Los Angeles
Philharmonics, the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Opera who premiered
his first full length opera The Inventor in 2011. A
recording of the work by the VSO with UBC Opera and the original
cast was made for the Naxos label and will be released this season.
In 2014 his trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise
Saloon, was performed by the LA Philharmonic with Alison
Balsom as soloist, and was subsequently repeated by the same
soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, in December
A talented pianist as well as conductor and composer, he has
appeared as soloist with many major orchestras including the New
York, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St Louis,
Toronto, and Royal Scottish orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he
played and conducted Gershwin's Rhapsody in
Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Phil and in
Saratoga with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed his
own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and
Helsingborg Symphonies and the Royal
Maestro Tovey was Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony
Orchestra from 1989 to 2001 where he founded the WSO's now
celebrated New Music Festival. From 2002-2006 he was Music Director
of Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, leading tours of Europe,
the USA, China and Korea. He opened Luxembourg's Salle Philharmonie
with the world première of Penderecki's
Mr. Tovey is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, the
Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and holds honorary degrees
from the universities of British Columbia, Manitoba, Kwantlen and
Winnipeg. In 2013 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order
of Canada for services to music.
In August 2011 he was described by Musical America as "one of the
most versatile and charismatic musicians in the world."
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In a career spanning five decades, John Williams has become one of America's most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has served as music director and laureate conductor of one of the country's treasured musical institutions, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he maintains thriving artistic relationships with many of the world's great orchestras. He remains one of our nation's most distinguished and contributive musical voices.
Mr. Williams has composed the music and served as music director for more than 100 films. His nearly 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood's most acclaimed and successful films, including Schindler's List, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, Lincoln, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin, Amistad, Munich, Hook, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and Empire of the Sun. Mr. Williams also composed the scores for all six Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Memoirs of a Geisha, Far and Away, The Accidental Tourist, Home Alone, Nixon, The Patriot, Angela's Ashes, Seven Years in Tibet, The Witches of Eastwick, Rosewood, Sleepers, Sabrina, Presumed Innocent, The Cowboys, The Reivers, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, among many others. His most recent film project was The Book Thief. He has worked with such legendary directors as Alfred Hitchcock, William Wyler, and Robert Altman. He adapted the score for the film version of Fiddler on the Roof, for which he composed original violin cadenzas for renowned virtuoso Isaac Stern. He has appeared on recordings as pianist and conductor with Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman, and others. Mr. Williams has received five Academy Awards and a total of forty-nine Oscar nominations, making him the Academy's most-nominated living person. He also has received seven British Academy Awards (BAFTA), twenty-one Grammys, four Golden Globes, five Emmys, and numerous gold and platinum records.
A composition student of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mr. Williams also studied piano at the Juilliard School with Madame Rosina Lhevinne. He began his career in the film industry working with such accomplished composers as Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman, and Franz Waxman. He went on to write music for more than 200 television films for the groundbreaking, early anthology series Alcoa Theatre, Kraft Television Theatre, Chrysler Theatre, and Playhouse 90. His more recent contributions to television music include themes for NBC Nightly News ("The Mission"), the theme for what has become network television's longest-running series, NBC's Meet the Press, and the prestigious PBS arts showcase Great Performances.
Mr. Williams has composed numerous works for the concert stage, among them two symphonies, and concertos for flute, oboe, violin, clarinet, viola, and tuba. His cello concerto was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and premiered by Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood in 1994. Mr. Williams also has filled commissions by several of the world's leading orchestras, including a bassoon concerto for the New York Philharmonic, a trumpet concerto for the Cleveland Orchestra, and a horn concerto for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. "Seven for Luck," a seven-piece song cycle for soprano and orchestra based on texts by former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, was premiered by the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood in 1998. And at the opening concert of their 2009-10 season, James Levine led the Boston Symphony in the premiere of Mr. Williams's "On Willows and Birches," a new concerto for harp and orchestra.
In January 1980, Mr. Williams was named nineteenth conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding the legendary Arthur Fiedler. He currently holds the title of Laureate Conductor, which he assumed following his retirement in December 1993, after fourteen highly successful seasons. He also holds the title of Artist-in-Residence at Tanglewood.
One of America's best-known and most distinctive artistic voices, Mr. Williams has composed music for many important cultural and commemorative events, including "Liberty Fanfare" for the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, "American Journey" for the America's Millennium concert in Washington, D.C., on New Year's Eve 1999, and "Soundings" for the gala opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In the world of sport, he has contributed musical themes for the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Mr. Williams holds honorary degrees from twenty-one American universities, including The Juilliard School, Boston College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Boston University, the New England Conservatory of Music, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, The Eastman School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Southern California. He is a recipient of the 2009 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States Government. In 2003 he received the Olympic Order, the IOC's highest honor, for his contributions to the Olympic movement. He served as the Grand Marshal of the 2004 Rose Parade in Pasadena, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor in December 2004. In January 2009, Mr. Williams composed and arranged "Air and Simple Gifts" especially for the inaugural ceremony of President Barack Obama.
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Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International
Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself
worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical
prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world's leading
exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an
enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature.
A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be
noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart,
Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date
he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn
and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for
An exponent of Busoni's rarely programmed piano concerto, Mr.
Ohlsson will bring it to the National Symphony (Washington) and
London's Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the fall of
2014. 2015 marks the centenary of the death of Alexander Scriabin
whose piano music Mr. Ohlsson will present in a series of recitals
in London, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. He will also return
to the orchestras of San Francisco, Detroit, Dallas, Houston,
Baltimore, Minnesota, BBC Scotland and Prague where he is a
The 2013-14 season included recitals in Montreal, Philadelphia,
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Kansas City, culminating in
February in Carnegie Hall with a program including Beethoven,
Schubert, Chopin and excerpts from his recording of works of
Charles Tomlinson Griffes. In January, he returned to the Boston
Symphony to play Lutoslawski's piano concerto, and to the
orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Cleveland.
Performances outside North America included Stockholm (Sweden), São
Paolo (Brazil), and Hong Kong (China), in addition to a Dvořák
project with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer at
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the
Cleveland, Emerson, Takács and Tokyo string quartets, among other
ensembles. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist
Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San
Francisco-based FOG Trio. Passionate about singing and singers, Mr.
Ohlsson has appeared in recital with such legendary artists as
Magda Olivero, Jessye Norman, and Ewa Podleś.
Mr. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal,
Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, and Virgin Classics
labels. His ten-disc set of the complete Beethoven sonatas, for
Bridge Records, has garnered critical acclaim, including a GRAMMY®
for Vol. 3. His recording of Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3, with
the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano, was released in 2011. In the
fall of 2008 the English label Hyperion re-released his 16-disc set
of the complete works of Chopin. Hyperion released a disc in 2010
of all the Brahms piano variations and "Goyescas, by
Enrique Granados, and music of Charles Tomlinson Griffes. The
latest CDs in his ongoing association with Bridge Records are
"Close Connections," a recital of 20th-Century pieces, and two CDs
of works by Liszt. In recognition of the Chopin bicentenary
in 2010, Mr. Ohlsson was featured in a documentary "The Art of
Chopin" co-produced by Polish, French, British and Chinese
television stations. Most recently, both Brahms concerti and
Tchaikovsky's second piano concerto were released on "live"
performance recordings with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies on
their own recording labels, and Mr. Ohlsson was featured on
Dvorak's piano concerto in the Czech Philharmonic's live recordings
of the composer's complete symphonies & concertos, released
July of 2014 on the Decca label.
A native of White Plains, N.Y., Garrick Ohlsson began his piano
studies at the age of 8, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music;
at 13 he entered The Juilliard School, in New York City. His
musical development has been influenced in completely different
ways by a succession of distinguished teachers, most notably
Claudio Arrau, Olga Barabini, Tom Lishman, Sascha Gorodnitzki,
Rosina Lhévinne and Irma Wolpe. Although he won First Prizes at the
1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montréal Piano
Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin
Competition in Warsaw, where he won the Gold Medal (and remains the
single American to have done so), that brought him worldwide
recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Since
then he has made nearly a dozen tours of Poland, where he retains
immense personal popularity. Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery
Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical
Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, MI. He is also the
2014 recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance
from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He makes
his home in San Francisco.
Garrick Ohlsson, piano, 2017 Koussevitzky Artist
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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
Dawn Upshaw, soprano