KD SCHMID Academy of St Martin in the Fields


Academy of St Martin in the Fields

06.05.19 - 20.05.19

about the tour.

Julia Fischer and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields have enjoyed a close musical friendship for many years. A new musical partner for the orchestra is the German violinist Augustin Hadelich, who has achieved tremendous success in the US, his adopted country. In 2016, for example, he won a Grammy award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and is a regular guest with such great American orchestras as New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Julia Fischer and Augustin Hadelich will present works including double concertos by Bach and Schnittke – a fitting project for the anniversary season of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields!

Andrey Rubtsov: Chamber Symphony

Johann Sebastian Bach: Konzert für 2 Violinen, Streicher und Basso continuo d-Moll BWV 1043


Antonin Dvorák: Serenade für Streichorchester E-Dur op. 22 (1875)


Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Serenade für Streichorchester C-Dur op. 48

Alfred Schnittke: Concerto grosso Nr. 1 für 2 Violinen, Cembalo und Streichorchester



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Cornelia Schmid

Managing Director

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Associate Project Manager

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Susanne Weisang

Orchestra Tour Coordinator

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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  andPrincipal  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  globe.   

In  2018/19  the  Academy  collaborates  with  artists  including  pianist  Kit  Armstrong,  cellist  Andreas  Brantelid,  pianist  Jeremy  Denk  and  violinist  Julia  Fischer  for  tours  across  Europe,  the  USA  and  Mexico.  The  orchestra  looks  forward  to  celebrating  its  60th  anniversary  year  in  2019  with  exciting  projects  in  the  UK  and  beyond. 

Complementing  a  busy  international  schedule,  the  Academy  continues  to  reach  out  to  people  of  all  ages  and  backgrounds  through  its  Learning  and  Participation  programmes.  The  orchestra’s  flagship  project  for  young  peopleprovides  performance  workshops  for  primary  and  secondary  school  children;  partnerships  with  Southbank  Sinfonia,  the  Guildhall  School  of  Music  and  Drama,  the  Royal  Northern  College  of  Music  and  masterclasses  on  tour  further  the  development  of  the  professional  musicians  of  tomorrow;  the  Academy  provides  a  creative  outlet  for  some  of  London’s  most  vulnerable  adults  at  a  centre  for  homeless  people;  and  a  regular  programme  of  pre-concert  talks  and  podcasts  create  opportunities  for  Academy  audiences  the  world  over  to  connect  and  learn  with  the  orchestra. 

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

SEASON 2018/2019


Julia Fischer, Violin

Julia Fischer © Felix Broede / Decca

One of the world´s leading violinists, Julia Fischer is a versatile musician also known for her extraordinary abilities as a concert pianist, a chamber musician and a violin teacher. Born in Munich to German-Slovakian parents Julia received her first violin lessons at the age of 3 and her first piano lessons shortly after from her mother Viera Fischer. At the age of 9 she started studying with the renowned violin professor Ana Chumachenco, later becoming her successor. The first prize at the international Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 1995 was one of the milestones in her early career and she has since performed with top orchestras worldwide frequently working with renowned conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov and Franz Welser-Möst.

Julia Fischer starts the 2018/19 seasons touring Europe with her long-time chamber music partners Nils Mönkemeyer and Daniel Müller-Schott. She then embarks on a tour of Asia with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski performing in Seoul, Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai as well as with the Dresden Philharmonic and Michael Sanderling with concerts in Japan and Korea. She is joined by violinist Augustin Hadelich for an extensive tour of Germany with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, an orchestra she frequently collaborates with. Highlights of the past season include concerts with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester under Kirill Petrenko at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and New York’s Carnegie Hall and a residency with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Philippe Jordan.

In 2011 Julia Fischer founded her own Quartet with Alexander Sitkovetsky, Nils Mönkemeyer and Benjamin Nyffenegger and continues to tour extensively in this formation. Her concert at the Alte Oper Frankfurt in 2010 marked her debut as a pianist: She performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in the second half of the concert, having played Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in the first half. The performance is available on a Decca-released DVD. Teaching is another integral part of her musical life as she continues to nurture and guide young talent. In February 2019, she will perform together with her students Eva Zavaro and Louis Vandory with the Kammerakademie Potsdam at the Berlin Philharmonie. She regularly gives masterclasses at Musikferien at Lake Starnberg (Starnberger See).

Over the course of her artistic career Julia Fischer has released numerous critically acclaimed and awarded CD and DVD recordings, first under the Pentatone label and later under Decca. Breaking new ground in the classical music market, she has recently launched her own music platform, the JF CLUB, which offers exclusive audio and video footage, previews of her new recordings as well as personal insight into music and her her work. The six solo sonatas by Eugène Ysaye, César Franck’s Sonata in A major and Karol Szymanowski’s Sonata in D minor are all available exclusively on JF CLUB.

Julia Fischer holds numerous awards including the Federal Cross of Merit, Gramophone Award and the German Culture Prize. She plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1742) as well as an instrument made by Phillipp Augustin (2018).

Visit www.juliafischer.com/club and become and member of the JF CLUB!


Augustin Hadelich, Violin

© Rosalie OConnor

Grammy-Award-winner Augustin Hadelich has established himself one of the great violinists of today. He has performed with every major orchestra in the US as well as an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the UK, Europe and the Far East, impressing audiences with his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity and exquisite beauty of tone. He was a Gold Medalist at the Indianapolis International Violin Competition (2006) and the winner of the inaugural Warner Music Prize in 2015.

European highlights in 2018-19 include the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Belgian National Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a tour of Germany with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields.  He returns to the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, incorporating a new cadenza by Thomas Adès which he premiered with the Boston Symphony Orchestra last season.

Hadelich has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, BBC Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra de Cadaqués and the Radio Orchestras of Frankfurt, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart and Cologne. Engagements in the Far East and Australia include the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and a tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has been Artist-in-Residence with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, made his Proms debut in 2016 and his Salzburg Festival debut in 2018 playing Sibelius with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien.

A resident of the USA, Hadelich is a regular guest performer with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra as well as the symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Dallas, St Louis, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. He has collaborated with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Herbert Blomstedt, Lionel Bringuier, Stéphane Denève, Christoph von Dohnányi, James Gaffigan, Alan Gilbert, Hans Graf, Giancarlo Guerrero, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, Kiril Karabits, Hannu Lintu, Andrew Litton, Cristian Mǎcelaru, Jun Märkl, Juanjo Mena, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Kryzysztof Urbanski, Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden and the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

Winner of a Grammy Award (“Best Classical Instrumental Solo”) for his recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto “L’arbre des songes” with the Seattle Symphony under Ludovic Morlot, Augustin Hadelich’s other recordings include Tchaikovsky and Lalo Concertos (Symphonie Espagnole) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO Live), Sibelius and Adès Concertos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Lintu (AVIE) which was nominiated for a Grammophone Award, Mendelssohn and Bartók Concertos with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Harth-Bedoya (AVIE). His latest recording featuring Paganini Caprices has recently been released on Warner Classics.

Hadelich is an enthusiastic recitalist and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington, Vancouver Recital Series, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Singel (Antwerp), Louvre (Paris) and at the Rheingau and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals. He returns to the Wigmore Hall this season.

The son of German parents, Augustin Hadelich was born and raised in Italy and studied at The Juilliard School with Joel Smirnoff. He is the recipient of a an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009) and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2011). He plays the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivarius violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Season 2018/2019

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