KD SCHMID Academy of St Martin in the Fields


Academy of St Martin in the Fields

04.05.23 - 19.05.23

about the tour.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields on tour in May 2023 with pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

Joseph Haydn: Symphonie Nr. 26 d-Moll Hob. I:26 "Lamentatione"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzert Nr. 12 A-Dur KV 414


Witold Lutoslawski: Ouverture für Streicher (1947)

Frédéric Chopin: Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 e-Moll op. 11 (1830)



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An Orchestra full of experience.

Biography – about the orchestra.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest orchestral music. 

Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Through unrivalled live performances and a vast recording output – highlights of which include the 1969 best-seller Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Amadeus – the Academy quickly gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. With over 500 releases in a much-vaunted discography and a comprehensive international touring programme, the name and sound of the Academy is known and loved by classical audiences throughout the world.

Today the Academy is led by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. Under Bell's direction, and with the support of Leader/Director Tomo Keller and Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia, the Academy continues to push the boundaries of play-directed performance to new heights, presenting symphonic repertoire and chamber music on a grand scale at prestigious venues around the world. 

When COVID-19 sparked lockdowns across the globe, the Academy responded by establishing a digital campaign to fund the production of new performance videos. New films of Elgar and Shostakovich will be out soon, and future filming plans include recording with Music Director Joshua Bell. In addition, the orchestra launched a new concert series at its spiritual home of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square. The series – the first of its kind in the orchestra’s home city for many years – has seen the Academy collaborate with internationally artists on concert programmes devised by members of the orchestra. A second series ran from March-August 2021. Following an appearance at the 2021 BBC Proms with Joshua Bell, plans for the 2021/22 season include European and US tours with Music Director, Joshua Bell, the release of a new series of performance films by leading contemporary composers and concert tours in Europe with acclaimed soloists Julia Fischer, Lucas and Arthur Jussen with conductor Ben Glassberg, Pablo Ferrandez and Jan Lisiecki. 

To find out more about the Academy of St Martin in the Fields please visit www.asmf.org, or connect with the orchestra on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you are interested in getting involved and supporting the work of the Academy, please contact development@asmf.org. 

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Seong-Jin Cho, Piano

Seong-Jin Cho © Christoph Koestlin, DG

With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho has made his mark as one of the consummate talents of his generation and most distinctive artists on the current music scene. His thoughtful and poetic, assertive and tender, virtuosic and colourful playing can combine panache with purity and is driven by an impressive natural sense of balance.

Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in 2015 when he won the First Prize at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. In January 2016, he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. An artist high in demand, Cho works with the world's most prestigious orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductors he regularly works with include Myung-Whun Chung, Iván Fischer, Jakub Hrůša, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Antonio Pappano and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Highlights of Seong-Jin Cho’s 2021/22 season include debuts with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Alain Altinoglu, Bamberger Symphoniker with Andrew Manze and Mozarteumorchester with Jörg Widmann. He returns to the LA Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic, each under their respective Music Directors as well as Orchestre National de France with Cristian Măcelaru and Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Christoph Eschenbach. A highly sought-after touring soloist, Cho embarks on several international tours, including those with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov as well as Philharmonia and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

An active recitalist very much in demand, Seong-Jin Cho performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the main stage of Carnegie Hall as part of the Keyboard Virtuoso series, Concertgebouw Amsterdam in the Master Pianists series, Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, Festival International de piano de la Roque d'Anthéron, Verbier Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Rheingau Musik Festival. During the coming season he gives debut solo recitals at Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Prinzregententheater Munich, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Auditorium Rainier Monte-Carlo and Konserthuset Stockholm.

The first recording with Deutsche Grammophon was released in November 2016 featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as the Four Ballades with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda. A solo Debussy recital was released in November 2017, followed in 2018 by a Mozart album with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Cho’s latest album on the Yellow Label, titled The Wanderer and released in May 2020, features Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy, Berg’s Piano Sonata op. 1 and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor. All albums won impressive critical acclaim worldwide. Cho looks forward to the release of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Scherzi in August 2021.

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho started learning the piano at the age of six and gave his first public recital aged 11. In 2009, he became the youngest-ever winner of Japan’s Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. In 2011, he won Third Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 17. From 2012-2015 he studied with Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and has been mentored by Alfred Brendel. Seong-Jin Cho is now based in Berlin.

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