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Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, United
Kingdom, Juanjo Mena is one of Spain's most distinguished
Following his recent appearances with the New York and Los
Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Montreal and Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestras and the Cleveland Orchestra, Maestro Mena's
North America 2015-6 season includes return visits to New York,
Baltimore, Boston, Toronto and Cincinnati.
His worldwide highlights this season include his debut with the
Berlin Philharmonic and a tour of China and South Korea with the
BBC Philharmonic, as well return visits to the Danish National
Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras,
the Spanish National Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic
A guest of international festivals, Maestro Mena has appeared at
the Stars of White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the
Hollywood Bowl, Grant Park (Chicago), Tanglewood and La Folle
Journée (Nantes). He recently led the BBC Philharmonic on two tours
of Europe and Spain, including performances in Cologne, Frankfurt,
Munich, Vienna and Madrid, and performs with them every year at the
BBC Proms in London.
Throughout Europe, Juanjo Mena has worked with many prestigious
orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre
National du Capitole de Toulouse, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra
Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale
della RAI in Turin, Munich Radio Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic,
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish
National Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Orchestra, as well as with all the major orchestras in Spain.
His operatic work includes The Flying Dutchman,
Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos,
Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung and
productions including Eugene Onegin in Genoa, The
Marriage of Figaro in Lausanne and Billy Budd in
He has made several recordings with the BBC Philharmonic,
including a disc of works by Manuel de Falla, which was a BBC
Music Magazine Recording of the Month, Gabriel Pierné, which
was a Gramophone Editor's Choice, and recent releases of
music by Montsalvatge, Weber and Turina which have gained excellent
reviews from the specialist music press. He has also recorded a
collection of Basque symphonic music with the Bilbao Symphony
Orchestra for Naxos, and a critically acclaimed rendering of
Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony for Hyperion with the
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Juanjo Mena's Messiaen
interpretation is said to "utterly redefine the terms under which
past/current/future Turangalîlas need to be judged". (Gramophone,
Juanjo Mena, conductor
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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 him. In 2018/19 season he launched an ambitious project spread over two seasons exploring the complete solo piano works of Brahms in four different programs. The cycle will be heard in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Los Angeles, London and a number of cities across North America, culminating in Tanglewood, summer 2020. In concerto repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Brahms and Barber, he will return to the Nashville, Oregon, Dallas, Detroit and Colorado Symphonies, concluding the 2019/20 season in Bellingham Festival of Music with all Beethoven concerti programmed over the course of three performances. Internationally he can be heard with orchestras in Seoul, Helsinki, Zagreb, Tallinn, Manchester and London.
A frequent guest with the orchestras in Australia, Mr. Ohlsson has recently visited Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart as well as the New Zealand Symphony in Wellington and Auckland. In February 2020 he will embark on a seven city recital tour across Australia. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Tokyo and Takacs string quartets, including most recently Boston Chamber Players on tour in Europe. 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, Hyperion 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 followed in 2010 by all the Brahms piano variations, “Goyescas” by Enrique Granados, and music of Charles Tomlinson Griffes. Most recently on that label are Scriabin's Complete Poèmes, Smetana Czech Dances, and ètudes by Debussy, Bartok and Prokofiev. The latest CDs in his ongoing association with Bridge Records are the Complete Scriabin Sonatas, “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 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 the 2014 recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, and in August 2018 the Polish Deputy Culture Minister awarded him with the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for cultural merit. He is a Steinway Artist and makes his home in San Francisco.
Garrick Ohlsson, piano