Academy of St Martin in the Fields
06.05.19 - 20.05.19
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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Associate Project Manager
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Orchestra Tour Coordinator
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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 email@example.com.
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).
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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.
Julia Fischer © Felix Broede / Decca
Julia Fischer © Felix Broede / Decca
Augustin Hadelich © Rosalie O'Connor
Julia Fischer © Felix Broede
Academy of St Martin in the Fields © Alan Kerr
Academy of St Martin in the Fields © Upstream Photography
Julia Fischer & Augustin Hadelich © Uwe Arens & Paul Glickman
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