KD SCHMID London Symphony Orchestra


London Philharmonic Orchestra

15.11.19 - 24.11.19

about the tour.

In November 2019, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will tour Germany, again under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski. Stars such as Diana Damrau, Arabella Steinbacher and Jan Vogler accompany the orchestra as the tour’s soloists. This top orchestra will perform in Hamburg, Dresden, Cologne, Freiburg and Friedrichshafen.

Programm 1:
Werk: tbc

Richard Strauss: Das Rosenband op. 36 Nr. 1

Richard Strauss: Ständchen op. 17 Nr. 2

Richard Strauss: Traum durch die Dämmerung op. 29 Nr. 1

Richard Strauss: Wiegenlied op. 41 Nr. 1

Richard Strauss: Winterweihe op. 48 Nr. 4

Richard Strauss: Zueignung op. 10 Nr. 1 (von Gilm) (1885)

Richard Strauss: Morgen op. 27 Nr. 4


Gustav Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 5 cis-Moll in fünf Sätzen für großes Orchester (1901/03)

Programm 2:
Benjamin Britten: Symphonie für Violoncello und Orchester op. 68 (1963)


Gustav Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 5 cis-Moll in fünf Sätzen für großes Orchester (1901/03)

Programm 3:
Benjamin Britten: Konzert für Violine und Orchester op. 15 (1939)


Gustav Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 5 cis-Moll in fünf Sätzen für großes Orchester (1901/03)






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An Orchestra full of experience.

Biography – about the orchestra.

One of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra balances a long and distinguished history with its reputation as one of the UK’s most forward-looking ensembles. As well as its concert performances, the Orchestra also records film soundtracks, releases CDs on its own record label, and enhances the lives of thousands of people every year through activities for families, schools and local communities.

The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, and has since been headed by many great conductors including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. In 2017 Vladimir Jurowski celebrated his tenth anniversary as the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor.

The Orchestra is resident at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London, where it gives around 40 concerts each season. Throughout 2019 we celebrate the music of Britain in our festival Isle of Noises, exploring a range of British and British-inspired music from Purcell to the present day. 2020 will see a new series entitled 2020 Vision, which features some of the most exciting works written since 2000, each combined in concert with pieces composed exactly 100 and 200 years earlier.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys flourishing residencies in Brighton, Eastbourne and Saffron Walden, and performs regularly around the UK. Every summer, the Orchestra takes up its annual residency at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where it has been Resident Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years. The Orchestra also tours internationally, performing to sell-out audiences worldwide.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded many blockbuster film scores, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to Lawrence of Arabia, East is East, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Thor: The Dark World. It also broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and in 2005 established its own record label. There are now over 100 releases available on CD and to download. Recent additions include Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 under the late Kurt Masur, and a film music disc under Dirk Brossé.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is committed to inspiring the next generation, and over the last three decades our Education & Community department has introduced so many people of all ages to orchestral music and created opportunities for people of all backgrounds to fulfil their creative potential. Highlights include our BrightSparks schools’ concerts and FUNharmonics family concerts; the LPO Young Composers programme; and the Foyle Future Firsts orchestral training programme for outstanding young players. Its work at the forefront of digital engagement and social media has enabled the Orchestra to reach even more people worldwide: all its recordings are available to download and, as well as a YouTube channel and regular podcast series, the Orchestra has a lively presence on social media.

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SEASON 2019/2020


Vladimir Jurowski

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One of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow in 1972, and completed the first part of his musical studies at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Germany, continuing his studies at the Musikhochschule of Dresden and Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and the same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Nabucco.

It was announced earlier this year that Vladimir Jurowski will take up the position of General Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich from the 2021/22 season, until that time he holds the title of General Music Director Designate. He continues his work as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and, in 2017, celebrated ten years as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic, having been appointed in 2007 following four years as the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor. In addition he holds the titles of Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the George Enescu International Festival, Bucharest. He has previously held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997-2000), Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000-2003), Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005-2009) and Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-2013).

Vladimir Jurowski enjoys close relationships with the world’s most distinguished artistic institutions. He works annually with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and appears regularly with the London Philharmonic at festivals including the BBC Proms, the George Enescu Festival of Bucharest, Musikfest Berlin, and the Dresden, Schleswig Holstein and Rostropovich Festivals. He collaborates with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, New York Philharmonic, Chicago and Boston Symphonies, and has also conducted the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras.

The 19/20 season brings a particular focus on opera for Jurowski who will lead many titles, returning to a range of celebrated houses. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, he will lead a new Claus Guth production of Janaček’s Jenůfa; at the Komische Oper Berlin, a new Barrie Kosky production of Henze’s Die Bassariden, at the Staatsoper Berlin, he will collaborate again with Claus Guth in a new production of Mussorgksy’s Khovanshchina, at the Bayerische Staatsoper, he will lead his first production since the announcement of his Music Directorship in a revival of Berg’s Wozzeck alongside his work with the orchestra in their annual ‘Akademiekonzert’ programmes. A particular highlight of this season with the LPO includes a semi-staged production of Wagner’s Siegfried, continuing his readings of the complete Ring Cycle with the orchestra.

Jurowski begins the 19/20 season at the Enescu Festival with both the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Evgeny Svetlanov), the former in a semi-staged production of Strauss’ Die Frau Ohne Schatten. Throughout the season with the RSB and LPO, he brings his signature, forward-looking,  programming to their subscription series’ both in their resident halls and on international tours. 

A committed operatic conductor, Jurowski made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 1999 with Rigoletto, and has since returned for Jenufa, The Queen of Spades, Hansel und Gretel and Die Frau ohne Schatten. He has conducted Parsifal and Wozzeck at the Welsh National Opera, War and Peace at the Opera National de Paris, Eugene Onegin at Teatro alla Scala Milan, Ruslan and Ludmila at the Bolshoi Theatre, Salome with the State Academic Symphony of Russia, and Iolanta and Der Teufel von Loudon at the Semperoper Dresden, as well as Die Zauberflöte, La Cenerentola, Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress, The Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf Naxos and Peter Eötvös’ Love and Other Demons at Glyndebourne Opera. In 2015 he returned to the Komische Oper Berlin for a universally-acclaimed new production of Moses und Aron, and made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich with Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, and in 2017 made an acclaimed Salzburg Festival debut with Wozzeck, and his first return to Glyndebourne as a guest conductor, in the world premiere production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet.

Jurowski’s discography with the London Philharmonic Orchestra includes the complete symphonies of Brahms, Mahler’s First and Second Symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1, 4, 5, 6 and Manfred, and works by Beethoven, Turnage, Holst, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich, Honegger, Haydn, Zemlinsky and Rachmaninov. He has also recorded Schnittke’s Third Symphony with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and a series of Russian works with the Russian National Orchestra for PentaTone Records, works by Mendelssohn and Mahler with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and wide-ranging repertoire from Meyerbeer to Kancheli. In recent seasons, Jurowski has released  discs of Strauss and Mahler with the Rundfunk-Sinfoniorchester Berlin, and Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with the State Academic Symphony of Russia. His tenure as Music Director at Glyndebourne has been documented in numerous CD and DVD releases including award-winning productions of Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Ariadne auf Naxos, Falstaff, La Cenerentola, Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knight and Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery. Other DVD releases include Hansel und Gretel from the Metropolitan Opera New York, his first concert as London Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal conductor featuring works by Wagner, Berg and Mahler, and DVDs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Beethoven symphonies 4 and 7) and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Strauss and Ravel), all released by Medici Arts.



Diana Damrau, Soprano

Diana Damrau © Jürgen Frank

Soprano Diana Damrau has been performing on the world’s leading opera and concert stages for two decades. Her vast repertoire spans both lyric soprano and coloratura roles including the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor (La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House), Manon (Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera) and La traviata (La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Opéra national de Paris and Bavarian State Opera) as well as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House, Bavarian State Opera).

Invested as Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera (2007) and holder of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art (2010), Diana Damrau has forged close links with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich where she has been seen in new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Les contes d’Hoffmann (the four heroines), Ariadne on Naxos (Zerbinetta), The Silent Woman (Aminta), The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night) and Rigoletto (Gilda). Other high profile appearances have included La traviata (Violetta), Rosenkavalier (Sophie), The Abduction from the Seraglio (Constanze) as well as Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna and Countess).

The Metropolitan Opera has been a house in which the soprano has performed her signature roles, been broadcast in HD to cinemas globally and made seven role debuts since her own debut there as Zerbinetta in 2005. Highlights have included new productions of Rigoletto (Gilda), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Le comte Ory (Adèle) and Les pêcheurs des perles (Leïla). Other engagements have included the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, La traviata, Manon, La Sonnambula and La Fille du Régiment and Romeo et Juliette. She was also the first singer in Metropolitan Opera history to perform the roles of Pamina and Queen of the Night in different performances of the same run of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Diana Damrau has twice participated in the annual inaugural performance at La Scala di Milano; in 2004 in the title role of Salieri’s Europa Riconosciuta at the house’s grand reopening and in 2013 as the title role in a new production of La traviata. Damrau has also appeared there as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor as part of Milan’s Expo in 2015. In 2006 she gave her role debut as Susanna in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro and returned in 2016 in another new production of the piece, but on this occasion as La Contessa.

The soprano has also performed contemporary works for the opera stage in roles written especially for her, most notably as the title role in Iain Bell’s operatic adaptation of Hogarth’s A Harlot’s Progress (Theater an der Wien 2013) and as Drunken Woman/Gym Instructress in Lorin Maazel’s 1984 (Royal Opera House 2005).

Diana Damrau has established herself as one of today’s most sought-after interpreters of song, regularly performing at most worldwide renowned venues. She enjoys a close artistic partnership with pianist Helmut Deutsch and frequently performs in recital with harpist Xavier de Maistre. The latter collaboration can be heard in the CD release Nuit d’étoiles and a DVD capturing their performance at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

Recording exclusively for Warner/Erato (former EMI/Virgin Classics), Diana Damrau made her recording debut with Arie di Bravura – a collection of Mozart and Salieri arias. Subsequent solo releases have included Donna – a recording of Mozart arias, COLORaturaS – a selection of coloratura arias from the romantic period, Poesie – orchestral songs by Richard Strauss (awarded the ECHO Klassik prize in 2011) and songs by Franz Liszt. Her album Forever, featuring highlights from operetta,  film and musicals was awarded the ECHO Klassik Prize in 2014 and was followed by the release of the Belcanto-themed Fiamma del Belcanto. Damrau also features on various complete opera recordings on both CD and DVD.

On the occasion of her album Grand Opera which is dedicated to the works of Giacomo Meyerbeer, Diana Damrau was awarded the OPUS Klassik as Female Singer of the Year. Further on, in February 2018, Diana Damrau performed in the most renowned concert halls in Europe interpreting together with tenor Jonas Kaufmann and pianist Helmut Deutsch Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch. The according live album was released by Warner/Erato. Themed VERDIssimo, she toured again Europe in spring 2018.

In addition, Diana Damrau made her debut in title role in Maria Stuarda at the Opernhaus Zurich. In summer 2018 she gave a concert at the Open-Air-Event “Klassik am Odeonsplatz” in Munich together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Cristian Măcelaru as well as at the Salzburg Festival.

In the season 2018/19 she toured Europe with Xavier de Maistre. Further on she performed in the title role in a new production of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, sang the role of Ophélie at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and at the Deutsch Oper Berlin in Hamlet. Moreover she was „Artist in Residence“ at the Barbican Centre London and performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mariss Jansons.

In the season 2019/20 she continues the fruitful collaboration with this orchestra and presents in selected European cultural metropolises and in the Carnegie Hall New York the Four last songs of Richard Strauss. In addition she is going to perform recitals with Sir Antonio Pappano and returns to the Scala di Milano in Romeo et Juliette, the Bavarian State Opera in I Masnadieri and the MET in Maria Stuarda.




Jan Vogler, Violoncello

© Felix Broede

Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has seen him perform with renowned conductors and internationally acclaimed orchestras around the world, such as New York Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and London Philharmonic Orchestra. His strong artistic foundation has allowed him to explore the boundaries of his sound, creating an ongoing dialogue also with contemporary composers and performers. He regularly premieres new works, for instance compositions by celebrated composers Tigran Mansurian (with WDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Semyon Bychkov), John Harbison (with Mira Wang and the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Udo Zimmermann (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra), Wolfgang Rihm (Double Concerto with Mira Wang) and Jörg Widman (Cello Concerto “Dunkle Saiten”, dedicated to Jan Vogler himself). The New York Times praises his “soulful, richly hued playing” and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung grants him the ability “to make his Cello speak like a singing voice”.

Jan Vogler has been Director of the renowned Dresden Music Festival since October 2008 as well as Artistic Director of the Moritzburg Festival since 2001. In 2017 the Moritzburg Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary as one of the most established chamber music festivals internationally.

Highlights of Jan Vogler’s 2017/18 season are concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as its Artist-in-Residence, in addition to those with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, the Philharmonia Zurich and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, both with Fabio Luisi, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Peter Oundjian. He will also return to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as well as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Manfred Honeck with the world premiere of Dai Fujikura’s cello concerto in the version for full orchestra. He will also perform duo concerts with Hélène Grimaud, Lise de la Salle and Martin Stadtfeld.

Furthermore, Jan Vogler will concentrate together with actor Bill Murray on their project “Bill Murray, Jan Vogler [&] Friends – New Worlds”. This internationally acclaimed, cutting-edge program brings together works by Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Bach, Piazzolla, Mancini, Gershwin and Foster in an unexpected and enchanting exploration of the intersection of music and literature – the featured songs are paired with literary readings brought to life with classical music. It was released on CD at the end of September 2017 by Decca Gold. “Bill Murray, Jan Vogler [&] Friends” premiered the program in June 2017 at Dresden Music Festival and will tour with it extensively world-wide.

Highlights of Jan Vogler’s career as a soloist are concerts with the New York Philharmonic – both in New York and Dresden at the occasion of the inauguration of the rebuilt Dresdner Frauenkirche under the direction of Lorin Maazel in 2005 –, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Montréal and Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic as well as with The Knights.

His long-term collaboration with the Label Sony Classical began in 2003 and has resulted so far in roughly 20 CDs. His latest release is Schumann’s cello concerto together with the Dresden Festival Orchestra and Ivor Bolton (October 2016). Previous recordings include Tchaikovsky’s[nbsp]Rococo Variations[nbsp]with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Moritzburg Festival Ensemble (March 2016), Concerti di Venezia[nbsp]with La Folia Baroque Orchestra featuring Venetian Cello Concertos from the 18thcentury from Vivaldi, Caldara, Porpora e.a., the Schumann album[nbsp]Dichterliebe[nbsp]with Hélène Grimaud e.a., and his critically acclaimed recording of Bach’s[nbsp]Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello[nbsp]which was awarded the ECHO Klassik award in the category “Instrumentalist of the Year (cello)” in 2014. After the success of his CD My Tunesfeaturing short character pieces, a volume 2 was published shortly after. It was followed by an award-winning recording of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the New York Philharmonic under David Robertson (Pizzicato Supersonic Award, Diapason d’Or Janvier, Choc – Le Monde de la Musique Mars).

In 2006, he received the European Award for Culture and in 2011 the Erich-Kästner Award for tolerance, humanity and international understanding.

Jan Vogler plays the Stradivari ‘Ex Castelbarco/Fau’ 1707 cello.

SEASON 2017/2018

Arabella Steinbacher, Violin

© Peter Rigaud

Celebrated worldwide as one of today’s leading violinists, Arabella Steinbacher has been praised as the “queen of the evening” for her “brilliant playing”, “extraordinary sound” and “softly blossoming tone”.

Known for her extraordinarily varied repertoire, she performs the modern concerto works of Bartók, Berg, Glazunov, Khachaturian, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Schnittke. Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Hindemith, Hartmann, and Gubaidulina alongside the pinnacles of classical and romantic standard repertory.

Highlights of the 19-20 season, include concerts with Camerata Salzburg and a tour with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Arabella Steinbacher will also return to Washington DC with the National Symphony Orchestra and perform with Dresden Philharmonic at Festival Bad Kissingen, both with conductor Marek Janowski.

She will additionally tour her Vivaldi / Piazzolla project in Europe and play at the AIDS Gala in Munich. In Paris she is going to perform a program of Bach and Pärt with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Steinbacher frequently appears with world-class orchestras around the globe including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. She has made acclaimed performances with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Sao Paulo Symphony, Orchestra National de France, Vienna Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Thomas Hengelbrock.

Her discography, comprised of 18 albums so far, impressively demonstrates her diversity of repertoire. Her most recent recording features the music of Richard Strauss including the Violin Concerto and transcriptions of lieder with conductor Lawrence Foster and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. She has also recorded an album featuring the Hindemith and Britten violin concertos with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski, a Mozart album with the Festival Strings Lucerne, sonatas by Richard Strauss and Cesar Franck with pianist Robert Kulek and she collaborated with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Charles Dutoit for a recording of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos. Her 2016 release “Fantasies, Rhapsodies and Daydreams” revisits an earlier musical era, in which playing famous virtuosic pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pablo de Sarasate, Jules Massenet and Franz Waxman was very common. Arabella Steinbacher has been recording exclusively for Pentatone Classics since 2009. Among many international and national music prizes and nominations, she has been twice awarded the ECHO Klassik.

As CARE ambassador, Steinbacher is driven to use music as a means to uplift and support those in need. She launched a December 2011 Japan tour in response to the tsunami disaster earlier that year. The DVD “Arabella Steinbacher – Music of Hope” featured her outreach, and youth recitals from this tour and was released shortly after.

Born into a family of musicians, Steinbacher has played the violin since the age of three and studied with Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music since the age of nine. A source of musical inspiration and guidance of hers is Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis.

Steinbacher currently plays the 1716 "Booth" Stradivari, generously loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.


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