Carnegie Hall debut for Askonas Holt rising stars
Congratulations to two Askonas Holt rising stars who gave their Carnegie Hall debuts last Saturday 15th October. They joined forces for Carnegie Hall’s celebration series of the 120th Anniversary of their opening season, which had been conducted by Tchaikovsky.
This year’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition winner, baritone Andrei Bondarenko, who Tim Ashley described as having an astonishingly beautiful voice and is on his way to greatness, gave a recital at Carnegie Hall’s discovery day Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg, performing an exceptional programme of songs by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky. This recital was part of a series of events which also included performances given by Valery Gergiev and Anna Netrebko.
Andrei was accompanied by Gary Matthewman, one of Britain’s finest young accompanists. The young artists met in Cardiff, where Gary was one of the official Competition accompanists, and immediately developed a wonderful working relationship. Gary Matthewman’s understanding and knowledge of song – in particular German Lied, French Lied and Russian song – is profound. Although still comparatively young he has already accompanied many of the world’s pre-eminent singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Sumi Jo, Simon Keenlyside, Kate Royal, Ian Bostridge and Dame Josephine Barstow.
After the success of their sold-out debut duo recital in the Weill Hall, the pair plan to continue to build on this partnership with further collaborations in the UK and Italy.