Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

6-15 April 2022

Conductor: Jan Latham-Koenig

Soloists:  Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin), Marija Vidović (Soprano)

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra is not represented by IMG Artists

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

Although it has borne its current name only since 1920, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra already existed as a professional orchestral body some 50 years prior.

In that century and a half, the Orchestra has been the leading promoter of music not only in the city whose name it bears, but throughout Croatia, and has been an ambassador for Croatia throughout the world.

In the last couple of seasons alone, the orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, in Argentina, Oman, Kuwait and China as well as Vienna, Salzburg, Lisbon, Budapest, Warsaw, Krakow, Moscow, Leningrad, Rome, Dresden, Zurich and Milan.Of course, it regularly performs in its homeland, from Vukovar and Đakovo to Dubrovnik, Split and all the way to Istria.

Amongst others, the orchestra owes its success to art directors and chief conductors from Ivan Plemeniti Zajc and Krešimir Baranović, Milan Sachs and Friedrich Zaun, through Lovro von  Matačić, Milan Horvat, Pavle Dešpalj and Pavel Kogan, to Kazushi Ono, Alexander Rahbari, Vjekoslav Šutej, David Danzmayr and the newly elected David Runtz.

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Jan Latham-Koenig, conductor

Jan Latham-Koenig is the founding Artistic Director of the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra. He has been Chief Conductor of the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow since April 2011, the first Briton to hold such a post in Russia. In 2013 he became Head of its Artistic Board.

He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and started his career as a pianist, moving full-time to conducting in 1982. 

In 1988 he made a sensational debut as an opera conductor with Macbeth at the Vienna State Opera and became its permanent guest conductor from 1991, giving about one hundred performances. He now regularly conducts in the world’s leading opera houses.

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Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin

Born in London, Tamsin Waley-Cohen enjoys an adventurous and varied career. In addition to concerts with the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia and BBC orchestras, amongst others, she has twice been associate artist with the Orchestra of the Swan and works with conductors including Andrew Litton, Vasily Petrenko, Ben Gernon, Ryan Bancroft and Tamás Vásáry.

Her duo partners include James Baillieu and Huw Watkins. She gave the premiere of Watkins’ Concertino, and in Summer 2020 will premiere a new work for violin and piano with him at Wigmore Hall. She is thrilled to be a Signum Classics Artist. With her sister, composer Freya Waley-Cohen, and architects Finbarr O’Dempsey and Andrew Skulina, she held an Open Space residency at Aldeburgh, culminating in the 2017 premiere of Permutations at the Aldeburgh Festival, an interactive performance artwork synthesising music and architecture. Her love of chamber music led her to start the Honeymead Festival, now in its twelth year, from which all proceeds go to support local charities.

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Marija Vidović, soprano

Soprano Marija Vidović commenced her music education in Varaždin (Croatia), studied and obtained her master’s degree in Vienna and Stuttgart at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts. As she is also passionate about foreign languages, she speaks German, Spanish, English and Italian, and can communicate in French and Russian. So far, she has performed in some of the most renowned concert halls worldwide, such as the famous Musikverein in Vienna, Gasteig in Munich, the Opere Bellas Artes in Mexico City, as well as at the largest international festivals of classical music in North and South America. Her unique and wonderful vocal timber combined with her personality and elegance, ideal for singing and interpreting the audience’s favorite opera roles such as that of Constance in Mozart’s The Abduction from Serail, Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust or Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, never escapes notice. She is a great devotee and masterful performer of the classic Lied (song).

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