Russian Philharmonic (of Novosibirsk)
Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra was founded in 1956. Its founder, Arnold Kats had been the head of the collective for more than half a century. Under the leadership of maestro Kats the orchestra lived through a great career, and according to the feedback of the national and foreign musicians, managed to take the leading place in the hierarchy of the Russian symphony orchestras.
There is no sense to enumerate the prestigious venues and a great number of festivals in which the orchestra has been performing and participating for 60 years. The same can be said about the repertoire, covering an endless field of the symphony music – from Bach scores to the modern compositions of the XXI century.Read more
The touring routes of Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra cover practically the whole territory of the former USSR. The orchestra performed in Moscow dozens of times and has special warm relations with Saint-Petersburg, where the collective many times opened the symphony seasons, took part in subscription concerts.
The international stage was opened to Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra in 1970. It performed in such countries as: Bulgaria, Italy, Finland, Scotland, England, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, France, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, Luxemburg, China, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Great Britain and all the performances were a success. In the majority of these countries the orchestra performed more than once (from three to ten times).
The orchestra received enthusiastic estimations of the conductors it performed with. We will name just a few of them: V. Gergiev, C. Dutoit, D. Kakhidze, K. Kondrashin, A.Lazarev, D.Liss, K.Nagano, V. Nelson, K. Penderecki, G. Rozhdestvenskiy, V.Spivakov, V. Sinaysky, Y. Sitkovetskiy, M.Jansons. The following outstanding soloists, including the legendary figures of the past, played with the orchestra: E. Gilels, D. Oystrakh, S. Rikhter, M. Rostropovich, the patriarchs of the modern performing art: Y. Bashmet, N. Gutman, N. Luganskiy, M. Mayskiy, M. Pletnev, D. Kvorostovskiy; the stars of the modern generation: B. Andrianov, V. Dzhioeva, D. Matsuev, M. Rysanov.
In the former years, the orchestra had been actively collaborating with the All-Union company of gramophone recording “Melody”. From 1995 it recorded 14 CDs for Sony Classical, Russian Season, Diamond Сlassic, Audite, Naxos. The recordings for Audite and Naxos were prepared by the Peter Kondrachin Studio.
The Trans-Siberian Art festival became a significant artistic event of the recent times, which declared itself as an international event. Its artistic director is Vadim Repin. Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra is the base collective of the festival.
Since 2007 to 2017 Gintaras Rinkevicius (Lithuania) was the principal conductor and artistic director of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Thomas Sanderling (Germany – Russia) became its successor in 2017. The principal guest conductor is Fabio Mastrangelo (Italy-Russia).
Jennifer Pike, violin
Jennifer Pike first gained international recognition in 2002, when aged 12, she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prizewinner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition. Aged 15 she made acclaimed debuts at the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall, and her many subsequent Proms appearances include being a ‘featured artist’ in 2009. She was invited to become a BBC New Generation Artist (2008-10), won the inaugural International London Music Masters Award and became the only classical artist ever to win the South Bank Show/Times Breakthrough Award.Read more
Performing extensively as soloist with major orchestras worldwide, Jennifer’s highlights include concertos with all BBC orchestras, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé, Brussels Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Singapore Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestras. She has appeared as a guest director with the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. She made her Carnegie Hall debut playing Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, recorded for Naxos.
Eminent conductors with whom she has worked include Jirí Belohlávek, Martyn Brabbins, Sir Mark Elder, James Gaffigan, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, Andris Nelsons, Sir
Roger Norrington, Michael Sanderling, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Tugan Sokhiev, John Storgårds and Mark Wigglesworth.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, Jennifer Pike has collaborated with artists including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Nikolaj Znaider, Adrian Brendel, Nicolas Altstaedt, Maxim Rysanov, Ben Johnson, Igor Levit, Martin Roscoe, Tom Poster, Ayaan and Amaan Ali Bangash, and Mahan Esfahani. In 2016 her series of recitals at LSO St Luke’s were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall and in 2017 curated and performed three recitals in one-day celebrating Polish music, including specially commissioned work. A disc of Polish violin works followed in January 2019 on Chandos, which was richly rewarded by the critics.
An enthusiastic promoter of new music, she has had many works written for her, including Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s Violin Concerto, which she premièred with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Bray’s Scenes from Wonderland with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and Andrew Schultz’s Violin Concerto and Sonatina for solo violin.
Her prolific and widely-acclaimed discographyon Chandos, Sony and ABC Classics includes Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis, Miklós Rózsa Violin Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic and Rumon Gamba, Bach with Sinfonietta Cracovia and Schultz with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and a choral arrangement of The Lark Ascending for Chandos with the Swedish Chamber Choir.
Recent invitations include her debut with the St Louis Symphony and returns to the BBC Philharmonic, St Petersburg Symphony, and Rheinische Philharmonie. Her latest disc for Chandos, of Elgar and Vaughan Williams violin sonatas, was described as “an irresistible release” and received five-star reviews from major publications.
In the 20-21 season, she performs concertos by Mozart, Elgar, Bruch and Tchaikovsky with major orchestras, and gives recitals across the UK. She returns to Wigmore Hall as part of their new Autumn Series with Martin Roscoe and reunites with sarod players Ayaan and Amaan Ali Bangash.
She was invited to become an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and Foundation for Children and the Arts, and is patron of the Lord Mayor’s City Music Foundation. In October 2020, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to classical music.
Jennifer Pike plays a 1708 violin by Matteo Goffriller.
Photo credit: Arno
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano
Pavel Kolesnikov became Prize Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition in 2012, and recital and festival appearances resulting from the Honens Prize include Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Louvre (Paris), Vancouver Recital Society, La Jolla Music Society, Spoleto Festival USA, Canada’s Ottawa ChamberFest and Banff Summer Festival.Read more
Pavel has performed with the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé, the BBC Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He has undertaken UK and European tours with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony and Flanders Symphony Orchestras. Pavel made his BBC Proms debut performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 2 with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland conducted by Ilan Volkov. He also joined the BBC Proms at the inaugural event in Australia.
He has given recitals at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, as part of the international Piano Series, and at Kings Place, London. He enjoys collaborating with other musicians, such as the Brahms Violin and Viola Sonatas with Lawrence Power, again at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Pavel has also given recitals in South Korea, Japan, Spain, and Germany, and at the La Roque d’Antheron festival, the Musiq3 Festival in Brussels, and the Aldeburgh Festival. He returns regularly to the Wigmore Hall in London. A major project for Pavel is currently ongoing with the Rosas Dance Company, performing the Bach Goldberg Variations with the company’s founder Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The project has so far been performed in Vienna, Brussels, Montpellier,
Brugges, and Seville.
London-based Pavel Kolesnikov was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. He studied both the piano and violin for ten years, before concentrating solely on the piano. He has studied at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Dorensky, at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher and at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria João Pires thanks to the generous support of Mr Christopher D Budden, the RCM Scholarship Foundation and Hattori Foundation. Pavel is the recipient of the Milstein Medal and is the RCM Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow and was a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists from 2014 to 2016. He received the Young Talent (piano) Award for 2019 from the UK Critics’ Circle.
Chloe Hanslip, violin
Chloë Hanslip (b. 1987) has already established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage. Prodigiously talented, she made her BBC Proms debut at fourteen and her US concerto debut at fifteen and has performed at major venues in the UK (Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall), Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Paris Louvre and Salle Gaveau, St Petersburg Hermitage) as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo and the Seoul Arts Centre.
Her performances have included the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Lahti Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Norwegian Radio, Real Filharmonia Galicia, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchester, Hamburg Symfoniker, Czech National Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestra Regionale Toscana,
Helsingborg Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Further afield her engagements include the Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Malaysia Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony, Auckland Philharmonina and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Giordano Bellincampi, Jakub Hrusa, Pietari Inkinen, Susanna Mälkki, Gianandrea Noseda, Tadaaki Otaka, Vasily Petrenko, Vassily Sinaisky, Dmitri Slobodeniouk, Alexander Vedernikov, Juraj Valcuha and Xian Zhang.
Chloë has an extensive discography and her latest releases include the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in three volumes on Rubicon Classics with regular duo partner, Danny Driver: “instantly engaging, thanks to the warmth and clarity of Hanslip’s playing and the obvious rapport between the musicians.” (Strad). Her other recordings include concertos by John Adams with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Slatkin and Bruch Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra on Warner Classics for which she won a Classical BRIT ‘Young British Classical Performer’ (2003). Recital discs followed on Hyperion (York Bowen, Medtner) and concertos by Vieuxtemps, Schoeck and Glazunov.
Hanslip’s wide-ranging repertoire spans concertos by Britten, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Brahms, Korngold, Shostakovich, Barber, Bernstein, Delius, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Walton and Sibelius. With a particular passion for contemporary repertoire, she has championed works by Adams, Glass, Corigliano, Nyman, Huw Watkins, Michael Berkeley, Peter Maxwell Davies and Brett Dean. A committed chamber musician, she is a regular participant at festivals across Europe including Båstad, West Cork, Prussia Cove and Kutna Hora with recital partners including Angela Hewitt, Danny Driver, Igor Tchetuev and Charles Owen. Alongside her performing career, Chloë is a Visiting Professor at The Royal Academy of Music, in London and an Ambassador for the charity Future Talent.
Highlights of the 2020-21 season include concerto performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and The Hallé. She will be Artist in Residence at the Hertfordshire Music Festival and alongside regular duo partner Danny Driver will pay homage to Beethoven at both the Lammermuir and Lichfield Festivals.
Chloë studied for ten years with the Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron and has also worked with Christian Tetzlaff, Robert Masters, Ida Haendel, Salvatore Accardo, and Gerhard Schulz.