‘Passing the Baton’, the cover story of the June 2011 edition of Gramophone, names 10 young conductors whom the editor believes will shape our listening in years to come.
Leading the feature is Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who speaks of his development as a conductor and the plans he looks forward to implementing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, of which he is currently Music Director Designate and Music Director from the 2012/13 season. Yannick is currently preparing a production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. He will also be working with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in two separate projects in the next few weeks before returning to the Salzburg Festival for Don Giovanni in the summer.
Also dubbed ‘Tomorrow’s Icons’ are Edward Gardner, Robin Ticciati and Diego Matheuz. They are respectively marked out for ‘colour, balance, pacing’, ‘huge energy’ and ‘an almost sensual feeling for the moods and contours of the music’.
Edward Gardner is currently at English National Opera conducting a new production of Damnation of Faust directed by Terry Gilliam and also rehearsing Simon Boccanegra which opens on 8 June. Later this month he returns to the studio with the BBC Symphony to continue his highly successful Lutoslawski cycle for Chandos and this summer he leads the orchestra in two Proms including the famous ‘Last Night’ on 10 September.
Robin Ticciati is rehearsing Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne, which opens on 22 May; he then goes to the Salzburg Festival for Le nozze di Figaro.
Following a very busy spring with debuts in London, Frankfurt, France, Italy, Sweden and Israel, as well as performances of Rigoletto at Teatro La Fenice, Diego Matheuz will be returning to his role as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna at the end of May before spending several weeks in South America with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra. This summer he will make his Japanese debut at the Saito Kinen Festival at the personal invitation of Seiji Ozawa.
Congratulations to all!