NOSPR concert hall
Claude Debussy

L'enfant prodigue

Tigran Mansurian

Requiem

Alexander Liebreich
Conductor
NOSPR
RIAS Kammerchor
Justin Doyle
artistic director
Johanna Winkel
soprano
Christian Elsner
tenor
Stephan Genz
baritone
Anja Petersen
soprano
Alexander Liebreich

Alexander Liebreich2018 Grammy nominee and International Classical Music Award winner Alexander Liebreich is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR). He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and the Mozarteum University Salzburg. His artistic personality and conducting technique were influenced by such maestros as Michael Gielen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and especially his mentor, Claudio Abbado. Liebreich has worked with many prestigious orchestras and performed with distinguished soloists from all over the world. From 2006 to 2016, he was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, with which he recorded numerous acclaimed albums. In October 2016, the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture, Science and the Arts presented Liebreich with the Bavarian Culture Prize Special Award. Another recording under Liebreich’s baton – a disc of Szymanowski and Lutosławski with the NOSPR and Gautier Capuçon as soloist, won the International Classical Music Award in January 2017. Liebreich is Artistic Director of the Katowice Kultura Natura Festival and newly appointed Artistic Director of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He is also head of the Richard Strauss Society, succeeding Wolfgang Sawallisch and Brigitte Fassbaender in the role.
In September 2018, he will take up the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.


NOSPR

NOSPRfulfils the role of an ambassador of Polish culture on the international artistic scene. The ensemble has performed in Brussels (Europalia), Vienna (the opening of the Polish Year in Austria), Madrid (the gala concert of the Polish year in Spain), Rome (the celebration of the 70th anniversary of H.M. Górecki’s birthday), Kiev (the inauguration of the Polish Year in Ukraine), Paris (the gala concert of the New Poland Polish Year in France), and in London (the inauguration of the Polish year in Great Britain). The Orchestra has collaborated with some of the greatest composers of the second half of the 20th century: Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki, delivering the first performances of their works.

The NOSPR was founded in 1935 in Warsaw by Grzegorz Fitelberg who led it until the outbreak of World War II. In 1945, the orchestra was revived in Katowice by Witold Rowicki. In 1947, the post of the artistic director was taken again by Fitelberg. After his death in 1953, the orchestra was headed in succession by Jan Krenz, Bohdan Wodiczko, Kazimierz Kord, Tadeusz Strugała, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Stanisław Wisłocki, Jacek Kaspszyk, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura and, once again, by Jacek Kaspszyk. In September 2000, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa became the institution’s General and Programme Director. Since 2009, the post of the Associate Conductor has been entrusted to Michał Klauza. Stanisław Skrowaczewski is the first Guest Conductor of the NOSPR, Jan Krenz is a Honorary Conductor. On the 31st of August 2012, Alexander Liebreich became the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the NOSPR.

Apart from making archival recordings for the Polish Radio, the Orchestra has recorded more than 200 CD albums for many renowned record companies (including Decca, EMI, Philips, Chandos, and Naxos). The PNRSO was honoured with numerous awards for its phonographic achievements, including Diapason d’Orand Grand Prix du Disque de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque, the Cannes Classical Award, and the Midem Classical Award.

Many renowned conductors and soloists have performed with the NOSPR, including Martha Argerich, Boris Belkin, Leonard Bernstein, Rudolf Buchbinder, James Conlon, Placido Domingo, Pierre Fournier, Nicolai Gedda, Barbara Hendricks, Julius Katchen, Leonidas Kavakos, Wilhelm Kempff, Paweł Klecki, Kirill Kondrashin, Marguerite Long, Witold Lutosławski, Charles Mackerras, Mischa Maisky, Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Shlomo Mintz, Ivan Monighetti, Garrick Ohlsson, Kun Woo Paik, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maurizio Pollini, Hermann Prey, Ruggiero Ricci, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubinstein, Jerzy Semkow, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Leonard Slatkin, Isaac Stern, Henryk Szeryng, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Pieter Wispelwey, Krystian Zimerman, and Nicolai Znaider.

The Orchestra has performed in nearly all the European countries, in the Americas, as well as in Japan, Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan and in the Persian Gulf countries. In the recent years, the PNRSO has implemented some spectacular projects which have been very well received by audiences and reviewers alike (The Marathon of Górecki’s Works, The Liking to Kilar’s Music, Musical Voyage(two editions), The Górecki•Penderecki Festival – in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the artist’s birth). Since 2005, the NOSPR has been the organiser of the biennial event called The Festival of World PremieresPolish Modern Music.

On the 1st of October 2014, the NOSPR inaugurated the artistic season in its new seat. The author of the architectonic project is Konior Studio from Katowice and the concert hall acoustics have been designed by Nagata Acoustics.

 


RIAS Kammerchor

RIAS KammerchorThe RIAS Kammerchor (RIAS Chamber Choir) has an artistic profile which is unmistakeable in its rich diversity and is received with enthusiasm all over the world. Among professional choirs, the RIAS Kammerchor is a pioneer in the area of historical performance practice. Since its foundation in 1948 by RIAS (Radio in the American Sector), it has also been exemplary in promoting music of the modern era and the present day. Within the context of the tension between these areas, the choir’s interpretations of works from the classical and romantic repertoires have acquired intensive musical speech with clarity of depth. Since 2007, Hans-Christoph Rademann has been creating new emphases in the development of the choir’s sound and repertoire.

In 2013, RIAS Kammerchor was awarded the Nachtigall (Nightingale), the honorary prize of the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award). Three years earlier, it was named one of the world’s ten best choruses by Gramophone in the UK.
The RIAS Kammerchor is an ensemble of Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH (roc berlin.) The shareholders are Deutschlandradio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the City State of Berlin, and the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg broadcasting station.


© Matthias Heyde
© Matthias Heyde

Justin DoyleHis work as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the RIAS Kammerchor began with a critically acclaimed debut at the new Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, and other highlights of this season have included MacMillan, Victoria, Bach and Henze at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and at the Philharmonie Berlin. Born in Lancaster, England, Doyle began his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral and a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. He won second prize in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition and was awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers, with whom he continues to work. A regular guest conductor with Opera North, other recent engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, King’s Camerata, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia of Leeds and Jersey Chamber Orchestra. Doyle has been Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival and Swaledale Festival, and Principal Conductor / Musical Director of ensembles such as the University of Manchester Chorus, Haffner Orchestra, Essex Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Chamber Choir. He has recently been appointed Gastprofessor in Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler (Berlin), and his previous involvement in musical education includes directorships of the Young Sinfonia and Opera North Children’s Chorus.

Doyle is also in demand as a conductor of opera, in particular the works of Mozart, Haydn and Britten. His broad musical tastes have also led him to work with period instrument ensembles and musicians from other cultures, arrange folk music from all over the world and conduct live orchestral film scores.

 

 


Johanna Winkel

Johanna Winkelinitially gained an excellent reputation on the early music scene and has been consistently expanding her stylistic range to include Romantic and modern repertoire as well. In the 2016/17 season, she was invited to perform with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis (Purcell’s The Indian Queen), the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Gottfried van der Goltz (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), the Bavarian Radio Choir and Howard Arman (Mendelssohn), the International Bach Academy and Hans-Christoph Rademann (Bruckner’s Te Deum) and the Bonn Beethoven Orchestra under Christof Prick (Britten’s War Requiem). She is also often heard on the opera stage. In April 2017, she made her debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Christian Thielemann as Gerhilde in Wagner’s Die Walküre, a role she reprised in the autumn in China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden. She first sang the role of Leonore (Beethoven’s Fidelio) at the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, where she also covered the role of Agathe (Weber’s Der Freischütz) for the first time in the 2016/17 season. Her recordings include the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s production of Louis Spohr’s oratorio Die letzten Dinge: that CD was featured in the German Record Critics’ quarterly selection of outstanding recordings in 2014. A release of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron (at the Teatro Real Madrid and the Berlin Philharmonie with the SWR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sylvain Cambreling) was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Awards. A forthcoming CD features works by Bach and Kuhnau with the Arion Baroque Orchestra. Winkel is also one of the soloists regularly featured on Christoph Spering’s complete recording of Bach’s Lutheran Chorale Cantatas with Das Neue Orchester.

 


Christian Elsner

Christian ElsnerOne of the most versatile German tenors, Christian Elsner studied with Martin Gründler and also took lessons from Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Neil Semer. A winner of many international competitions, since 2006 he has taught singing at the Hochschule für Musik in Wurzburg. As an internationally sought-after concert singer, he is a popular guest at major classical music centres such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York’s Carnegie Hall, La Scala in Milan and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and he has worked with many renowned conductors, including Herbert Blomstedt, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Simon Rattle. On the opera stage, Elsner has established himself as a heroic tenor in the roles of Siegmund and Parsifal at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar, Staatstheater in Kassel, Dresden Semperoper, Wiener Staatsoper and at Teatro Real in Madrid. He has given recitals in song cycles accompanied by Gerold Huber and Burkhard Kehring. His discography includes recordings of Schubert’s Winterreise and Schumann’s Dichterliebe, along with studio productions of Mahler’s Lied von der Erde and complete recordings of Wagner’s Das Rheingold (Loge) and Parsifal (title role) and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (Witch). Highlights of the 2017/18 season include concerts at the Grafenegg Festival and in Mulhouse with Lied von der Erde, Hans Zender’s version of Winterreise in Frankfurt, Dvorak’s Requiem in Brussels under the baton of Hartmut Haenchen, Beethoven’s C major Mass with Mariss Jansons in Lucerne and concert performances of Parsifal in Basel and Dornach, as well as Weber’s Euryanthe in Dresden. He brings the season to an end with a concert in Florence, performing Mendelssohn’s Paulus with Fabio Luisi conducting. Elsner is also the author of a children’s book: Lennie und der Ring des Nibelungen.

 

 


Anja Petersen

Anja PetersenShe initially completed studies in violin and music education in Stuttgart before devoting herself entirely to singing. While still a student, she was a member of the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. Now as a soloist, she can be heard both nationally and internationally in a repertory which ranges from the Baroque to the modern.

From 2002 to 2007, she honed her skills as a member of the Oldenburg State Theatre ensemble, where she performed many lyric coloratura soprano roles. In 2005, she was awarded the Erna Schlüter Prize for ‘Extraordinary Vocal Achievement as a Young Performer’.

She has taken part in productions of the West German Radio Orchestra, Wiesbaden State Theatre, Bremen Theatre and Semperoper Dresden. She has performed as Queen of the Night at the New European Festival and Polyneikes in the Stuttgart State Opera premiere of Younghi Paagh-Paan’s chamber opera Mondschatten. In the 2007/08 season, she was a member of the Augsburg Theatre.

In 2010, she became a member of the RIAS Chamber Choir. In 2014 and 2015, she held a lectureship at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2014, she appeared in Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach’s Die Israeliten in der Wüste as part of the Leipzig Bach Festival; that performance, conducted by Christoph Spering, was released on CD by Sony in 2015.

In 2014, she substituted at extremely short notice in the world premiere of Arnulf Herrmann’s Drei Gesänge am offenen Fenster with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Herkulessaal Munich, a feat for which she received wide international acclaim.

In 2016, she was Lady Macbeth in the world premiere of Frank Schwemmer’s opera Macbeth, in Berlin. Last year, she performed the female lead in Herrmann’s opera Der Mieter at the Oper Frankfurt.