• Tue. 17.09.
  • 8.00 p.m.

  • ·Cologne
    ·Philharmonie

Works by Schumann, Barry and Elgar

As part of this project, Gerald Barry’s ›Organ Concerto‹ will be given its German premiere tonight. Here, the composer discusses his work.

Programme

    • Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    • Ouvertüre, Scherzo und Finale für Orchester E-Dur op. 52
    • Gerald Barry (*1952)
    • Orgelkonzert (German premiere)
    • Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
    • Enigma Variations op. 36

Conductor

Duncan Ward

British conductor Duncan Ward has established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation and enjoys working regularly with some of the world’s leading ensembles and opera houses. Duncan is Music Director of philharmonie zuidnederland and Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Recent and future highlights include engagements with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya or the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. During the 2021-22 season, Duncan returns to Oper Köln for productions of ›Salome‹ at the beginning of the season, and later makes his debut with Opera du Rhin for ›Cosi fan Tutte‹.

Also an accomplished composer – winner of the 2005 BBC Young Composer of the Year – Duncan is now published by Peters Edition. His works have been performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony, LSO and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Also passionately involved in music charity projects across India or South Africa, he had the rare privilege to personally study Indian classical music with the late great sitarist Ravi Shankar.

From 2012-14 he was Conducting Scholar of the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester-Akademie, to which he was appointed on the recommendation of Sir Simon Rattle. And from 2015-2017, he was Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva – one of the UK’s most dynamic ensembles. He also held the post of Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Organ

Thomas Trotter

Thomas Trotter is one of the most well-known British musicians and an excellent organ virtuoso. He was made Birmingham City Organist in 1983, and is also organist at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey in London and Visiting Fellow for Organ Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Trotter began his career as Organ Scholar at King’s College Cambridge and later continued his studies in Paris. This instrumentalist has received many awards for his achievements, including the Royal Philharmonic Society Award, the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists ›Performer of the Year Award‹ and the Royal College of Organists’ Medal.

As soloist, this musician has already performed with such artists as Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Edward Gardner, Andris Nelsons and Thomas Sondergaard to name but a few. As well as performances in Europe’s most well-known concert halls, Trotter has also been a frequent guest at numerous festivals, from Salzburg via Edinburgh to the BBC Proms in London. He has played with some of the world’s leading ensembles – including the Vienna, Berlin, London Philharmonic Orchestras. His numerous recordings – all appearing on the Regent label – are also considered excellent. For his Liszt recordings for example, Thomas Trotter was awarded the French ›Grand Prix du Disque‹.

Composer

Gerald Barry

Gerald Barry was born in Ireland in 1952 and studied with Stockhausen and Kagel. His early music from 1979 includes „_______“ for ensemble and Ø for two pianos in which both pianos play identical music simultaneously. Barry’s orchestral works performed at the BBC Proms include Chevaux-de-frise in 1988, No other people in 2013 and Canada in 2017.  Canada will receive its US premiere at the 2019 Tanglewood Music Festival. Barry’s Piano Concerto was premiered at the Munich 2013 Musica Viva.

Amongst his operas, The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit (1991), was at the Berliner Festwochen conducted by Thomas Adés. A new staging took place in 2013 at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant was at Theater Basel in 2008 and La Plus Forte (2007) was commissioned by Radio France for the Festival Présences premiered by Barbara Hannigan. The LA Philharmonic premiered The Importance of Being Earnest in 2011 and it received its first staging at Opéra national de Lorraine – Nancy in 2013 followed by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and a US premiere at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic. Earnest received the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Large-Scale Composition and the recording, released on NMC, was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award. A new production by the Nouvel Opéra Fribourg opened in Fribourg and Paris in May 2019. His operas The Intelligence Park and Alice’s Adventures Under Ground will have new productions at Covent Garden in 2019 and 2020.

Conductor

Duncan Ward

British conductor Duncan Ward has established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation and enjoys working regularly with some of the world’s leading ensembles and opera houses. Duncan is Music Director of philharmonie zuidnederland and Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Recent and future highlights include engagements with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya or the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. During the 2021-22 season, Duncan returns to Oper Köln for productions of ›Salome‹ at the beginning of the season, and later makes his debut with Opera du Rhin for ›Cosi fan Tutte‹.

Also an accomplished composer – winner of the 2005 BBC Young Composer of the Year – Duncan is now published by Peters Edition. His works have been performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony, LSO and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Also passionately involved in music charity projects across India or South Africa, he had the rare privilege to personally study Indian classical music with the late great sitarist Ravi Shankar.

From 2012-14 he was Conducting Scholar of the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester-Akademie, to which he was appointed on the recommendation of Sir Simon Rattle. And from 2015-2017, he was Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva – one of the UK’s most dynamic ensembles. He also held the post of Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Composer

Gerald Barry

Gerald Barry was born in Ireland in 1952 and studied with Stockhausen and Kagel. His early music from 1979 includes „_______“ for ensemble and Ø for two pianos in which both pianos play identical music simultaneously. Barry’s orchestral works performed at the BBC Proms include Chevaux-de-frise in 1988, No other people in 2013 and Canada in 2017.  Canada will receive its US premiere at the 2019 Tanglewood Music Festival. Barry’s Piano Concerto was premiered at the Munich 2013 Musica Viva.

Amongst his operas, The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit (1991), was at the Berliner Festwochen conducted by Thomas Adés. A new staging took place in 2013 at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant was at Theater Basel in 2008 and La Plus Forte (2007) was commissioned by Radio France for the Festival Présences premiered by Barbara Hannigan. The LA Philharmonic premiered The Importance of Being Earnest in 2011 and it received its first staging at Opéra national de Lorraine – Nancy in 2013 followed by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and a US premiere at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic. Earnest received the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Large-Scale Composition and the recording, released on NMC, was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award. A new production by the Nouvel Opéra Fribourg opened in Fribourg and Paris in May 2019. His operas The Intelligence Park and Alice’s Adventures Under Ground will have new productions at Covent Garden in 2019 and 2020.