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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Konzerthaus Berlin


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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

© Felix Broede / Decca

German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability. Her “pure and fine-spun tone, blessed with seemingly infinite shadings” (The Chicago Tribune) combined with rare “technical brilliance” (The Guardian) make her one of the most-sought after soloist before the public today.

In the 2017-18 season Julia Fischer is Artist-in-Residence with the Wiener Symphoniker. Apart from a chamber music program with principals from the orchestra, joint concerts with the orchestra and Chief Conductor Philippe Jordan at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein feature performances of the Mendelssohn and Schumann violin concerti respectively as well as the Brahms concerto under the baton of Lahav Shani in Ms. Fischer’s hometown Munich. Further orchestral concerts in the season will reunite her with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Fabio Luisi), St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Paris (Brahms and Tchaikovsky violin concerti with Yuri Temirkanov), London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski), SWR Symphonieorchester (Thomas Søndergård), Philharmonia Orchestra (Esa-Pekka Salonen), Orchestra National de France (Riccardo Muti), Dresden Philharmonie (Michael Sanderling) and Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich (Herbert Blomstedt). On tour with the Bayerische Staatsorchester and its General Music Director Kirill Petrenko, Julia Fischer performs the Brahms Double Concerto with Daniel Müller-Schott in Munich, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and New York’s Carnegie Hall in spring 2018. In recital with pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, Julia Fischer tours Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic.

An avid chamber music performer, Julia Fischer founded the Julia Fischer Quartet in 2011 with longtime collaborators Alexander Sitkovetsky, Nils Mönkemeyer und Benjamin Nyffenegger. The quartet goes on tour in early 2018 with stops amongst others in Leipzig, London, Luxembourg, Munich and Zurich.

Born in Munich, Ms. Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and took over Ms. Chumachenco’s chair at the Academy in fall of 2011. Teaching and passing on to her students what she feels privileged to have learned from her teachers has since been a pivotal focus of her professional life. Apart from teaching at the Academy, Julia Fischer is regularly giving masterclasses at the “Musikferien am Starnberger See” in Germany. Ms. Fischer has always maintained her piano studies.[nbsp] On January 1st, 2008 she made her professional piano debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing the Grieg Piano Concerto. Recent performances at the piano have seen her perform Dvorak’s Piano Quintet at Alte Oper Frankfurt and Munich’s Prinzregententheater.

Throughout her career, Julia Fischer released numerous CD and DVD recordings on the Pentatone and Decca labels. All recordings garnered highest praise by the international press[nbsp] and were awarded multiple prizes amongst others Germany’s ECHO Award, the Diapason d’Or; the CHOC from Le Monde de la Musique and a BBC Music Magazine Award. Julia Fischer has been named ECHO “Instrumentalist of the Year” 2007, the Gramophone “Artist of the Year” 2007 and “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards.

Julia Fischer was awarded the German Culture Prize in 2011 and the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2016.

She plays a Guadagnini from 1742 as well as a modern violin made by Philipp Augustin.

SEASON 2017/2018

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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