Olivier Messiaen

Turangalîla

Alexander Liebreich
Conductor
NOSPR
Matan Porat
piano
Valérie Hartmann-Claverie
ondes Martenot
ondes Martenot
Alexander Liebreich

Alexander Liebreichhas proven himself to be one of the most avid conductors of his generation. Having only assumed the position of Principal Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice in 2012, he has already received widespread recognition in Poland for reinventing the sound and programming of this tradition-steeped orchestra. Liebreich has also been Chief Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra from 2006 until 2016: under his leadership, the orchestra has made tremendous strides through the development of new concert formats. In the same way, South Korea’s Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) – which Liebreich led from 2011 to 2014 – has also benefited greatly from this spirit of renewal. In May 2016 the new concert hall in Katowice hosted the festival Katowice Kultura Natura under the artistic guidance of Alexander Liebreich for the second time.

Liebreich continually unearths new perspectives through his sleek, distinct and deft approach. He is equally aware of the historical, political and social dimensions of music: it is one’s responsibility towards the future to portray the present. Vocal music has always played a prominent role in Alexander Liebreich’s career. Born in Regensburg, Liebreich was steeped in the choir tradition of his hometown at an early age. In addition to conducting, he studied voice with the goal of being able to focus on both Romance philology and music history. Liebreich has conducted many renowned orchestras: he recently made his debut at such venues as the Musikverein in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Cité de la Musique in Paris.


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.

 


Valérie Hartmann-Claverie studied piano, harp, ondes Martenot and chamber music before entering the Paris Conservatoire for advanced ondes Martenot studies with Jeanne Loriod.

In 1973 she gave her début in Vienna, and now performs throughout Europe with prestigious orchestras such as the London Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, BBC Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hamburg Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Munich Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin among many others, with conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Kurt Masur, Marek Janowski, Hans Vonk, Lothar Zagrosek, Leif Segerstam, Reinbert de Leeuw, Hubert Soudant, Eliahu Inbal, Myung-Whun Chung, Zubin Mehta, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Edo de Waart, Daniel Harding, Sylvain Cambreling, Pascal Rophé, Bertrand de Billy, Hans Zender, Pierre Boulez, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Alan Gilbert, Ingo Metzmacher and Charles Dutoit.

She took part in the creation of Olivier Messiaen’s opera Saint François d’Assiseand is regularly invited to play this work worldwide.

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie was a member of the Loriod Sextet from its foundation in 1974 until 1995, and in 1996 she founded the quartet Ondes de Choc.

In addition to her successful solo career, she teaches the ondes Martenot at the Paris Conservatoire.