Benjamin Appl launches a major 14-stop European tour as part of the ECHO Rising Stars scheme. ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) is a network of leading recital venues, giving artists of the Rising Stars scheme, the chance to perform their choice of repertoire.
We are delighted that renowned composer Nico Muhly has written a new work for Benjamin, which has been incorporated in to each of the recital programmes in the ECHO series.
BBC New Generation Artist Benjamin Appl was the last private pupil of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and is fast establishing himself as one of the important recitalists of today. He first made his mark at the Wigmore Hall in 2013, in a recital with Graham Johnson and has since become a regular guest of the leading concert halls. His most recent solo Wigmore recital was recorded for the hall’s ‘Wigmore Hall Live’ label and is due to be released in spring 2016. Benjamin is also a favourite of the Schubertiade Festival, with performances over the past two seasons including a ‘Liederabend’, accompanied by Helmut Deutsch, Die schöne Müllerin with Martin Stadtfeld and a full solo evening with Graham Johnson. Outside of the BBC and ECHO, an exciting season also includes Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, a tour of recitals in Ireland with Gary Matthewman, Mozart’s C minor mass with Bernard Labadie and Les violons du Roy, and the St Matthew Passion with the Gabriele Consort conducted by Paul McCreesh.
During the ECHO tour, Benjamin will be accompanied by fellow Askonas Holt artists Gary Matthewman and James Baillieu.
Gary Matthewman is one of the UK’s leading song pianists, having appeared in recital around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Musikverein (Vienna) and Wigmore Hall. He has performed alongside many prestigious artists including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Sumi Jo, Mark Padmore and Ailyn Pérez. Gary is a Professor of Vocal Repertoire at the Royal College of Music and song coach for the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
For James, this European tour is interspersed with his Wigmore Hall residency, where he will perform eleven recitals featuring artists including Anna Huntley, Jonathan McGovern, Allan Clayton, Henk Neven, Sarah-Jane Brandon, Robin Tritschler, Iestyn Davies, and the Heath Quartet, alongside new commissions by Nico Muhly and Judith Weir.
The ECHO tour will take them to venues including the Barbican (London), Bozar (Belgium), The Sage Gateshead, Laeiszhalle (Germany), Gulbenkian Grand Auditorium (Portugal), Stockholms Konserthus, Birmingham Town Hall, Philharmonie (Luxembourg), Wiener Konzerthaus, Müpa (Budapest), Fundação Casa da Música (Portugal), Palau de la Musica Catalana (Barcelona), Philharmonie Cologne and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
The tour begins in London on 29 October 2015 at Milton Court Concert Hall, including a group of Schubert songs and a cycle by Grieg.