• Fri. 16.07.
  • 8.30 p.m.
  • Bremen
    ·Knoops Park

Nigel Kennedy

A Breath of Summer in Lesmona

Works by Beethoven and Kennedy

Admission: 6.30 p.m.

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The concerts with Nigel Kennedy last around 2.5 hours including the interval.

Programme

    • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    • Overture to ›Coriolan‹ in C minor op. 62
    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Violin concerto in D major op. 61
    • Violin concerto No. 1 ›For Ludwig van‹ (world premiere)

Conductor

Tomasz Tokarczyk

Following his period as Musical Director and Conductor at the Stettin Opera House, Tomasz Tokarczyk has been Musical Director at the Krakow Opera House since 2004. He studied the violin and conducting at the Krakow Music Academy, where he has been working as a tutor since 2017. Tomasz Tokarczyk has already received numerous awards and medals for his musical output, including the Honoris Gratia, the Gloria Artis, the Polonia Minor and the 2020 Theatre Prize for the best conductor in Poland.

To date, this conductor has already conducted over 600 opera performances and many symphony and oratorio performances. He works regularly with many international music institutions such as Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, the Russian Opera and Ballet Theatre in Chelyabinsk, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway as well as Polish orchestras, including the Warsaw Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow and the Baltic Opera Orchestra in Gdansk. In addition, Tokarczyk has conducted a number of recordings for film, television and theatre.

Violin

Nigel Kennedy

Nigel Kennedy is, without a doubt, one of the most dazzling eccentrics of the classical music scene and is at the same time acknowledged as one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos. At the age of seven Kennedy was spotted by the great Yehudi Menuhin, who offered him a scholarship at the Yehudi Menuhin School and agreed to pay all of his fees. From the age of 16, he studied under celebrated teacher Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He was also repeatedly invited to appear with leading jazz violoinist Stéphane Grappelli, who introduced him to jazz improvisation.

Kennedy’s international career took off with his performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1977 with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti. Since then, he has been a household name and one of the most sought-after violinists of our time. Three years later, in 1980, he made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, followed by regular appearances with both the Berliner Philharmoniker and many of the world’s top orchestras and directors.

His legendary version of Vivaldi’s »Four Seasons« was released in 1990, which at over 5 million copies is the best-selling classical album ever. Kennedy’s first highly acclaimed recording of Elgar’s Violin Concerto was named »Record of the Year« by »Gramophone Magazine« in 1985. His second Vivaldi album with the Berliner Philharmoniker won an ECHO Klassik in the category »best rendering of 18th century music« and the highest Austrian award for classical music, the Amadeus Award. Kennedy’s recordings of the concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Walton have all been best-sellers, likewise his chamber music recordings and recital CDs. As a musician who is always testing his limits, Kennedy returned to his artistic roots and again took on Vivaldi’s »Four Seasons« a good quarter of a century after the first recording. The result of this project was the album »The New Four Seasons« released on the Sony Classical label in 2015. In 2016, the CD »My World« was released by Neue Meister / edel and in 2018 Warner Classics brought out the CD »Kennedy meets Gershwin«.

Concertmaster and director

Glenn Christensen

Australian violinist Glenn Christensen was born and raised in the regional Queensland town of Mackay, where he received his early music education through the Suzuki Method with local teacher Diane Powell. Glenn then studied with Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours. He was also the first person ever to be awarded the three highest prizes – the Conservatorium Medal, the Music Medal and the University Medal.

From late 2020, Glenn has appeared as Principal 2nd Violin with Die Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen. From 2014 to 2020, Glenn was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has held the position of Principal First Violin in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra. He has performed as Guest Concertmaster or Principal with each of these orchestras, as well as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Glenn has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney. He was a finalist in the 2014 ABC Young Performer Awards, and in 2009 won every category in the prestigious Kendall National Violin Competition.

Double bass/improviser

Piotr Kulakowski

Moderator

Friederike Westerhaus

Conductor

Tomasz Tokarczyk

Following his period as Musical Director and Conductor at the Stettin Opera House, Tomasz Tokarczyk has been Musical Director at the Krakow Opera House since 2004. He studied the violin and conducting at the Krakow Music Academy, where he has been working as a tutor since 2017. Tomasz Tokarczyk has already received numerous awards and medals for his musical output, including the Honoris Gratia, the Gloria Artis, the Polonia Minor and the 2020 Theatre Prize for the best conductor in Poland.

To date, this conductor has already conducted over 600 opera performances and many symphony and oratorio performances. He works regularly with many international music institutions such as Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, the Russian Opera and Ballet Theatre in Chelyabinsk, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway as well as Polish orchestras, including the Warsaw Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow and the Baltic Opera Orchestra in Gdansk. In addition, Tokarczyk has conducted a number of recordings for film, television and theatre.

Concertmaster and director

Glenn Christensen

Australian violinist Glenn Christensen was born and raised in the regional Queensland town of Mackay, where he received his early music education through the Suzuki Method with local teacher Diane Powell. Glenn then studied with Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours. He was also the first person ever to be awarded the three highest prizes – the Conservatorium Medal, the Music Medal and the University Medal.

From late 2020, Glenn has appeared as Principal 2nd Violin with Die Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen. From 2014 to 2020, Glenn was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has held the position of Principal First Violin in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra. He has performed as Guest Concertmaster or Principal with each of these orchestras, as well as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Glenn has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney. He was a finalist in the 2014 ABC Young Performer Awards, and in 2009 won every category in the prestigious Kendall National Violin Competition.

Moderator

Friederike Westerhaus