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Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Beethoven Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C Major
Interval
Brahms Symphony No4

Peter Oundjian Conductor
Martin Stadtfeld Piano
Nicola Benedetti Violin
Jan Vogler Cello

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Peter Oundjian

Peter Oundjian Conductor

British-Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian embarks on his final Season as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Music Director, a post he has held since 2012. During that time, Oundjian and the RSNO undertook a two-Season celebration to mark the Orchestra’s 125th anniversary; an artistically and critically successful first tour of China; a return to the United States, the first in thirty-five years; and a five-concert visit to Spain. He has conducted the RSNO at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival, including recording the soundtrack for The Harmonium Project which opened the EIF in 2015.

Oundjian has been recognised for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit and engaging personality. Peter continues to champion a broad range of music, including the Romantic repertoire as well as large-scale choral masterpieces and the works of 20th-century American composers. “Oundjian and the RSNO… gave the most searchingly-emotional performance I have ever heard from this team. I was overwhelmed.” The Herald

Martin  Stadtfeld

Martin Stadtfeld Piano

Martin Stadtfeld’s career began with a piano from a clearance sale, and by the age of seven, his professional aspirations were already formed: to be a concert pianist. Early on, he studies the rules and secrets of counterpoint and harmony, and enters the class of Lev Natochenny as a young student in Frankfurt. During this time, he began to make a stir in competitions, winning prizes in Paris, Bolzano and Leipzig, and in 2002, won First Prize at the Bach Competition.

This is an award with special meaning, for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach is for the pianist the Cape Canaveral of music – from here all paths lead to the cosmos of musical history. It’s no wonder then that Stadtfeld’s first CD recording is like a rocket. The 22-year-old pianist began his recording career with one of the most delicate works of the entire piano repertoire, Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, just as Glen Gould had with the same label. Lauded in the press worldwide, Martin Stadtfeld has become at home on the world’s leading concert stages and as guest with major orchestras and festivals.

Success has not gone to his head, bound by the laws of the market. On the contrary, he has remained easy and down to earth – whether he is practicing at the local piano studio in the middle of the Ruhr area, composing concert programs or communicating with audiences. “Music works very directly on us. Simple harmonies can spark something in all of us. This is why music stands for humanity, for universal feelings such as comfort and hope – it stands for a constant discussion with ourselves.”

Nicola  Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti Violin

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.

With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Conductors with whom Nicola has worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jir?i´ Be?lohla´vek, Ste´phane Dene´ve, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Hans Graf, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Jakub Hruša, Kirill Karabits, Andrew Litton, Kristjan Ja¨rvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Cristian Ma?celaru, Zubin Mehta, Andrea Marcon, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Thomas Søndergård, Krzysztof Urbanski, Juraj Valcua, Edo de Waart, Pinchas Zukerman and Jaap van Zweden.

Nicola enjoys working with the highest level of orchestras including collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival.

The Summer of 2017 saw Nicola make her debut at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She returned to the BBC Proms with Thomas Søndergård and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and to the Edinburgh International Festival with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. This 17/18 season Nicola makes her debut with the Orchestre de Paris and collaborates with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Philadelphia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, New World Symphony and Baltimore Symphony with Marin Alsop. She will also undertake a U.K. and North American tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

With her regular duo partner pianist Alexei Grynyuk, Nicola frequently performs recitals in the world’s leading concert halls and festivals with most recent highlights including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rome, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Ludwigshafen, Bielefeld and Kiel. Nicola is also a devoted chamber musician and collaborates with cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk, who have been performing as a trio since 2008. Recent performances include London’s Cadogan Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Edinburgh Festival, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Ravinia Festival, New York’s 92nd Street Y and Hong Kong City Hall. In Summer 2017, the trio returned for the third time to extensively tour South America. Spring 2018 will see the trio’s welcome return to North America with performances in Boston and Vancouver.

Fiercely committed to music education and to developing young talent, Nicola has formed associations with schools, music colleges and local authorities. In 2010, she became Sistema Scotland’s official musical “Big Sister” for the Big Noise project; a music initiative partnered with Venezuela’s El Sistema (Fundacio´n Musical Simo´n Boli´var). As a board member and teacher, Nicola embraces her position of role model to encourage young people to take up music and work hard at it, and she continues to spread this message in school visits and masterclasses, not only in Scotland, but all around the world.

In addition, Nicola developed her own education and outreach initiative entitled The Benedetti Sessions that give hundreds of aspiring young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe masterclasses culminating in a performance alongside Nicola. She has presented The Benedetti Sessions at the Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham Festival and Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, and has plans to develop this on an international scale.

Winner of Best Female Artist at both 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). Her most recent recording of Shostakovich & Glazunov Violin Concertos has been met with critical acclaim.

Jan  Vogler

Jan Vogler Cello

“Mr. Vogler’s soulful, richly hued playing highlighted the piece’s melancholy traits, with the plaintive solo cello line embodying the voice of the biblical King Solomon.” (New York Times) “In the expansive, marvelously pensive slow movement, he entranced the ear with long-held notes that began with a lack of vibrato that implied emotional nakedness, but sweetened in the final nanosecond with a bit of pulsing - just as your ears insisted on it.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has seen him perform with renowned conductors and internationally acclaimed orchestras around the world. His strong classical foundation has allowed him to push the boundaries of his sound, creating an ongoing dialogue with contemporary composers and performers. He regularly premieres new works, most recently compositions by celebrated composers Tigran Mansurian (with WDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Semyon Bychkov), John Harbison (with Mira Wang, the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Udo Zimmermann (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) and Wolfgang Rihm (Double Concerto with Mira Wang). A prolific and multi-award-winning recording artist, Jan records exclusively for SONY Classical. His newest release with Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Serenade melancholique and Meditation with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada will be released in March 2016. Other recent CD’s include Concerti a Venezia with La Folia Baroque Orchestra, the Schumann album “Dichterliebe” with Hélène Grimaud, and his critically acclaimed and award-winning recording of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello (2012). Jan Vogler has been Artistic Director of the Moritzburg Festival near Dresden since 2001, and Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival since October 2008. In 2006, he received the European Award for Culture and in 2011 the ErichKästner Award for tolerance, humanity and international understanding. For his recording of Bach’s six Suites for cello solo he was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2014 award in the category “Instrumentalist of the Year (cello)”. Jan Vogler plays the Stradivari 'Ex Castelbarco/Fau' 1707 cello and shares his time between New York City, where he lives with his wife and two daughters, and Dresden, Germany.