Mahler Chamber Orchestra

01.06.23 - 12.06.23

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Andris Nelsons and star pianist Lang Lang take Beethoven on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Programm 1:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan op. 62 - Ouvertüre c-Moll zu dem Trauerspiel von H.J. von Collin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 37


Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 5 c-Moll op. 67

Programm 2:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Bella mia fiamma ... Resta, o cara" - Szene für Sopran KV 528

Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht op. 4 für Streichorchester (1917 rev. 1943)


Ludwig van Beethoven: "Ah, perfido" - Konzertarie für Sopran und Orchester op. 65

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 5 c-Moll op. 67




Alte Oper Frankfurt


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An Orchestra full of experience.

Biography – about the orchestra.

In 2022/2023 the Mahler Chamber Orchestra [MCO] celebrates its 25th anniversary season. Since its creation in 1997 the MCO continuously keeps shaping its distinct sound, independent artistic identity, and agile and democratic structure. The MCO is still governed by its musicians to this day in collaboration with its managing office.

Claudio Abbado, the founding mentor of the orchestra, inspired the ensemble to develop a philosophy that is based on the power of listening and communication - both as a structure and musically. The orchestra is enriched by engaging with Artistic Partners, creating multiyear projects that focus on a specific artistic topic.

These Artistic Partners - pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Leif Ove Andsnes, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding, Artistic Advisor Daniele Gatti and Artistic Partner for lmmersive Experiences Henrik Oppermann/Schallgeber - inspire and give shape to the orchestra. These relationships have also been the catalyst for close collaborations with George Benjamin, Gustavo Dudamel, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Yuja Wang.

The orchestra brings together 27 different nationalities, with every musician living in a different part of the world, to reach live audiences across 40 countries on five continents. It connects with a global community through annual residencies at New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Southbank Centre, Berlin's Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival, Heidelberger Fruhling, Salzburg's Mozartwoche, Festival de Saint-Denis and the Beijing Music Festival.

In the field of Education and Outreach, the MCO's three flagship projects include the MCO Academy, where MCO members share their passion and expertise with the next generation of orchestral musicians in collaboration with OrchesterzentrumlNRW; Unboxing Mozart, inviting audiences into the heart of the orchestra through the use of unique sound boxes; and Feel the Music, which opens the world of music to deaf and hard of hearing children, encouraging a whole-body sensory experience.

When in 2020 the orchestra was not able to carry out its usual activities, it gained substantial public support to focus more intensely and proactively on key themes related to community, sustainability, and digital technology. Together with its Artistic Partner for lmmersive Experiences, Henrik Oppermann/Schallgeber, the MCO invites new digital technologies into the concert hall and beyond. Henrik Oppermann and the MCO will launch three projects within their virtual reality series Future Presence, designed to bring the listener deeper inside the performance and even closer to the music itself.

The 25th season kicked off with the finale of the Mozart Momentum 1785/1786 project with Leif Ove Andsnes, taking the stage at the BBC Proms. Travelling extensively through Europe and the USA, the MCO will reunite with Mitsuko Uchida for a programme that combines compositions from the two Viennese schools. Innovation through exploring new concert formats and rethinking tradition will be a focal point in the orchestra's meeting with Pekka Kuusisto. New collaborations, such as with rising star conductor Joana Mallwitz and violist Antoine Tamestit, will be alternated with longstanding connections like with Daniel Harding, Isabelle Faust and George Benjamin. Of the latter, the MCO previously took part in creating works that have become standard repertoire. They will reunite for a new composition in thesummer of 2023. Before that, the orchestra embarks on a tour across some of the most prestigious venues in Europe with Andris Nelsons and Lang Lang. A new horizon appears in the season of 2024, when the MCO becomes Artistic Director of the Musikwoche Hitzacker for a period of five years.

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra's anniversary season is generously supported by the MCO Foundation.

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Andris Nelsons

© Marco Borggreve

Music Director Boston Symphony Orchestra,
Gewandhauskapellmeister Leipzig

Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. These two positions, in addition to his leadership of a pioneering alliance between both institutions, have firmly established Grammy Award-winning Nelsons as one of the most renowned and innovative conductors on the international scene today.

Nelsons’ positions in Boston and Leipzig commenced in the 2014/15 season and in February 2018, respectively. Autumn 2019 marked a ground-breaking highlight for Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig: three performances featuring musicians from both institutions within one joint orchestra were given at Boston’s Symphony Hall as part of the alliance between the two orchestras. Earlier this year, this unique partnership between both orchestras culminated in another highlight, a joint release of the major symphonic works by Richard Strauss for Deutsche Grammophon, including Strauss’s Festliches Präludium jointly performed by musicians from both orchestras. To mark the release, Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig completed a major residency tour to London, Hamburg, Vienna and Paris to perform two all-Strauss programmes. 

This season, Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra embark on an extensive tour to Japan, including three prestigious concert dates at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Furthermore, the BSO and Nelsons will continue their guest appearances at Carnegie Hall in April 2023 together with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Gautier Capuçon. Following their season opening tour together in September, a major highlight for Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig include their residency at the Salzburg Easter Festival in April 2023, where three symphonic programmes will be presented in addition to performances of Wagner’s Tannhäuser featuring Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. In May 2023, the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig present the Mahler Festival in Leipzig where Nelsons will conduct symphonies No. 2 and 8. Elsewhere, Nelsons will continue collaborating with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Mitsuko Uchida this season, before returning to work with the Wiener Philharmoniker – with whom he conducted the prestigious New Year’s Day concert in 2020, broadcast to millions across the world – and will also embark on a European tour featuring Lang Lang and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Andris Nelsons has an exclusive recording relationship with Deutsche Grammophon, which has paved the way for three landmark projects with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Wiener Philharmoniker. Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra partner on recordings of the complete Shostakovich symphonies and the opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District - this cycle is already the recipient of four GRAMMY awards in the categories Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album. Furthermore, Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig continue their critically acclaimed Bruckner symphonic cycle. Both cycles released their fifth instalments in 2021. Nelsons’ recordings of Beethoven’s complete symphonies with the Wiener Philharmoniker, in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday, were released in October 2019.

Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra whilst studying conducting. He was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2015, Principal Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany 2006-2009 and Music Director of the Latvian National Opera 2003-2007.

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Lang Lang, Piano

Lang Lang © Yann Orhan / Sony Music Entertainment

Lang Lang is a leading figure in classical music today – as a pianist, educator and philanthropist he has become one of the world’s most influential and committed ambassadors for the arts in the 21st century. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing or just for a few hundred children in the public schools, he is a master of communicating through music.

Heralded by the New York Times as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet”, Lang Lang plays sold-out concerts all over the world. He has formed ongoing collaborations with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim and Christoph Eschenbach and performs with all the world’s top orchestras. Lang Lang is known for thinking outside the box and frequently steps into different musical worlds. His performances at the GRAMMY Awards with Metallica, Pharrell Williams or jazz legend Herbie Hancock were watched by millions of viewers.

For about a decade Lang Lang has contributed to musical education worldwide. In 2008 he founded the Lang Lang International Music Foundation aimed at cultivating tomorrow’s top pianists, championing music education at the forefront of technology, and building a young audience through live music experiences. In 2013 Lang Lang was designated by the Secretary General of the United Nations as a Messenger of Peace focusing on global education.

Lang Lang started playing the piano aged three, and gave his first public recital before the age of five. He entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory aged nine, and won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians at 13. He subsequently went to Philadelphia to study with legendary pianist Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music. He was seventeen when his big break came, substituting for André Watts at the Gala of the Century, playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach: he became an overnight sensation and the invitations started to pour in.

Lang Lang’s boundless drive to attract new audiences to classical music has brought him tremendous recognition: he was presented with the 2010 Crystal Award in Davos and was picked as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. He is also the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and New York University. In December 2011 he was honoured with the highest prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and received the highest civilian honours in Germany (Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) and France (Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters). In 2016 Lang Lang was invited to the Vatican to perform for Pope Francis. He has also performed for numerous other international dignitaries, including four US presidents and monarchs from many nations.


Christiane Karg, Soprano

Christiane Karg © Gisela Schenker

Born in Feuchtwangen (Bavaria), soprano Christiane Karg studied at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Heiner Hopfner and in Wolfgang Holzmair’s Lied class, being awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal for her master's degree in opera/musical theatre. While still a student she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival and has been a welcome guest ever since.

She can be heard all over the world in the great roles of her profession: in London at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at Opéra national de Paris as Pamina, at the Lyric Opera Chicago and at the Met in New York as Susanna, at La Scala in Milan as Sophie and Euridice, at the Vienna State Opera as Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), at the Hamburg State Opera as Pamina, Mélisande, Daphne and Contessa, at the Staatsoper unter den Linden as Micaëla and at the Bavarian State Opera as Pamina, Calisto (La Calisto) Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites) and Fiordiligi.

In the coming season, she has been invited to Paris to sing Pamina at the Opéra de Bastille and, for the first time, also Rosalinde in a concert performance of Die Fledermaus in Graz. The soprano is also in demand internationally for concert roles, her musical partners to date including conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Iván Fischer, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Fabio Luisi, Marek Janowski, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kirill Petrenko und Christian Thielemann. She works with important orchestras all over the world.

Projects in the current season include Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Haydn's Creation with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Giovanni Antonini, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Gewandhaus Leipzig under Andris Nelsons and Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniel Harding. Mahler's 4th Symphony will see her appearing with three different orchestras: with the Munich Philharmonic both under Krzysztof Urbański and Tugan Sokhiev, with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra under Teodor Currentzis and with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra under David Afkham. In addition, Christiane will take over the soprano part in Mahler's 2nd symphony performed by the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta and appear as soloist with selected concert arias by Mozart with the Belgian B'Rock Orchestra led by René Jacobs.

Christiane Karg is a distinguished recitalist and regularly appears at the Schubertiade in Hohenems / Schwarzenberg, at London’s Wigmore Hall (where she was Artist in Residence in 2019/2020) and many other prestigious venues such as the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and the Salzburg Festival. In the current season, she is also giving recitals with the principal harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Anneleen Lenaerts. In addition to her numerous engagements and as Artistic Director of the festival KunstKlang, Christiane Karg conceives her own concert series in her hometown Feuchtwangen and is very committed to her project "be part of it! - Musik für Alle" to promote music education for children and young people. The artist has been awarded the Bavarian Culture Prize and the Brahms Prize of the Brahms Society Schleswig-Holstein for her merits.

Christiane Karg's unmistakable voice has been recorded on numerous CDs. Among others, the CD "Erinnerung" with songs by Gustav Mahler was released by the Harmonia mundi label in late 2020. Her recording of Le nozze di Figaro under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, her CD Scene! with the ensemble Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen and her Lied CD “Verwandlung - Lieder eines Jahres” received several awards. Her latest solo album, the CD 'Licht der Welt - A Christmas promenade', which was highly praised by the press, was finally released in 2021.


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