Karol Szymanowski

Violin Concerto No. 1

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

Symphony No. 3 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Brad Lubman
Conductor
London Sinfonietta
Marita Solberg
soprano
Barnabas Kelemen
violin
Brad Lubman

Brad LubmanConducting a broad range of repertoire from classical to contemporary works, Brad Lubman has led major orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, New World Symphony and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has worked with some of the most important European and American ensembles for contemporary music, including Klangforum Wien and ASKO Ensemble Amsterdam, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and Steve Reich and Musicians.
Brad Lubman is Associate Professor of Conducting and Ensembles at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he has directed the Musica Nova ensemble since joining the faculty in 1997. He is also on the faculty of the Bang-on-a-Can Summer Institute.
In the season 2014/15, Brad Lubman is returning as guest conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, and will lead exciting and varied programs of classical and contemporary music with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (CD production), Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto and NDR Symphony Orchestra, among others. He will also conduct Steve Reich’s video opera Three Tales and shelter, a joint composition by David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, in a multimedia project with the Ensemble Signal, invited by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. To round off the season, Brad Lubman has been re-invited to conduct Luca Francesconi’s chamber opera Quartett at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.


London SinfoniettaThe London Sinfonietta’s mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today’s culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent. Founded in 1968, the ensemble’s commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more.

Resident at Southbank Centre with a busy touring schedule across the UK and abroad, its core is 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. The group also works with talented emerging players, to ensure the unique expertise of its Principals is passed on to the next generation of performers.

Having held a world-leading position in education and participation work for many years, the London Sinfonietta continues this with a belief that arts participation is transformational to individuals and communities, and new music is relevant to people’s lives.

The ensemble has an extensive back catalogue of recordings made over 46 years, which have been released on numerous prestigious labels as well as its own London Sinfonietta Label. Most recently, a CD of music by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was released on Dacapo, and a series of Sinfonietta Shorts downloads on NMC Recordings.

The London Sinfonietta won the prestigious RPS Music Award for Ensemble in 2010.


Marita SolbergRecently made her role debut as Mimi La bohème at the Norwegian National Opera to critical acclaim, a role that won her the Music Critics Prize in Norway.

Highlights in the 2014/15 season include Antonia The Tales of Hoffmann and Unge Solveig in the world premiere of Jüri Reinvere’s Peer Gynt at Norwegian National Opera, Mimi in Karlsruhe and Micaela at Minnesota Opera. In concert Sølberg sings Mozart C minor Mass with Orchestre de Paris, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Strauss Four Last Songs with Oslo Philharmonic.

Renowned for her performance of Solveig in Peer Gynt, she has sung this role in Norway, Sweden, Germany (Berliner Philharmoniker), Spain and the US. In 2010, She performed Solveig’s song at the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo.

Her versatile concert repertoire span across Baroque and contemporary works. Most recently she sang Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with Orchestre de Paris in Paris and Vienna and Poulenc Gloria with BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Other recent concert highlights include performances with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie in Bremen and Brussels, Górecki Symphony No.3 with Sinfonia Varsovia, Haydn Die Schöpfung with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Gounod Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile with Orchestre de Paris, and a European tour of Bach St Matthew Passion with Les Musiciens de Louvre under Marc Minkowski.

Marita Sølberg won the Queen Sonja International Music Competition and was a prize winner at the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. In 2011, she was awarded the Tom Wilhelmsens Foundation prize at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, in recognition of her artistry and musical achievements as a young artist, both nationally and internationally. Sølberg was a company member of Staatsteater Stuttgart in 2006-2008, and joined the Norwegian Opera as a Principal Artist in 2008.


Barnabas KelemenAn artist of ”innate musicality” with a technical execution that belongs ”only to the greatest” (The Guardian), Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen has captured the attention of the music world.
Born in 1978, Barnabás Kelemen entered the Franz Liszt Music Academy at the age of eleven and later went on to become Third Prize Winner of the 2001 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and took First Prize at the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis in 2002. In recognition of his achievements the Hungarian government awarded him the Sándor Végh Prize in 2001, the Franz Liszt Prize in 2003, Rózsavölgyi Prize in 2003 and most recently the Kossuth Prize in 2012. Since 2005 he has been a professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest and since 2014 a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, he is also a guest professor at Indiana University Bloomington.
He regularly collaborated with the world´s most renowned orchestras. Highlights in the 2014/15 season include appearances as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony, Norwegian Chamber, Estonian National Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Münchner Symphoniker, and in recital with Olli Mustonen at the Wigmore Hall as well as chamber music performances with Alexander Lonquich and Nicolas Altstaedt.
In 2010 he founded the Kelemen Quartet which received the first prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani 2014 in Reggio Emilia.
Barnabás Kelemen’s varied discography has been received to critical acclaim. A recital CD released by the Label Hungaroton with both Bartók Violin Sonatas with Zoltán Kocsis and Bartók’s Solo Sonata, received a Gramophone Award in the Chamber Music category 2013.
He performs on a Guarneri del Gesú violin of 1742 (ex-Dénes Kovács), generously loaned by the State of Hungary.