• Orchestras
  • Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra

    One of China’s most prestigious orchestras, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1957 and is the first and only Chinese symphony orchestra to have toured and performed in five continents. Maestro Long Yu, the current music director since 2003, is a preeminent Chinese conductor of international renown, who also serves as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival.

    In May 2017 Askonas Holt will bring GSO to the UK for the first time for an historic tour celebrating the 60th anniversary of the orchestra and simultaneously marking the 45th anniversary of Establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Britain. The orchestra will perform concerts in Cadogan Hall, Symphony Hall and Bridgewater Hall, featuring esteemed cellist Jian Wang and works by contemporary Chinese composers.

  • Orchestras
  • London Symphony Orchestra

    The London Symphony Orchestra performs over 120 concerts a year and was named by Gramophone as one of the top five orchestras in the world.

    The LSO has an enviable family of artists; their conductors include Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Harding as Principal Guest Conductors, and André Previn as Conductor Laureate.  In 2015, the LSO announced the appointment of Sir Simon Rattle as its Music Director, taking up the post in 2017.

    The LSO is a Resident Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, where it performs around seventy concerts a year.  However, the orchestra also enjoys successful residencies at the Lincoln Center in New York, at the Philharmonie de Paris, and at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Over the past years, Askonas Holt has arranged many tours for the LSO in Europe and Asia, with a variety of conductors, including Myung-Whun Chung, Valery Gergiev and both of the LSO’s Principal Guest Conductors, Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas.

  • Orchestras
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, is re-inventing the concept of the 21st-century orchestra. Both at home and abroad, the Philharmonic – recognised as one of the world’s outstanding orchestras – is leading the way in innovative programming, both on stage and in the community, offering a diverse range of programs that reflect the orchestra’s artistry and demonstrates its vision.

    Askonas Holt is delighted to be working with the LA Philharmonic for their touring in Asia.

  • Orchestras
  • Period & Chamber
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra

  • Orchestras
  • Period & Chamber
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was founded in 1997 based on the shared vision of being a free and international ensemble and under the nurturing hand of Claudio Abbado, they became an independent international orchestra of the highest calibre. With 45 members spanning 20 different countries at its core, the MCO works as a nomadic collective of passionate musicians uniting for specific tours in Europe and across the world. The word “chamber” refers less to the ensemble’s size than to the chamber music approach that characterizes the MCO musicians’ style of ensemble playing.

    The orchestra received its most significant artistic impulses from its founding mentor, Claudio Abbado, and from Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding. Further significant artistic partnerships include the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Pianist Mitsuko Uchida and composer George Benjamin. In 2013 the recording of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin was released; the piece was premiered by the MCO at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2012 under the direction of the composer and honoured with the International Opera Award 2013.

    Following this, Askonas Holt organised a European tour of Written on Skin in March 2016 for MCO together with George Benjamin, in which they gave sell-out concert performances to huge critical acclaim in Barcelona, Madrid and London.

    With extensive touring throughout the world and regular residences, the orchestra has performed in 36 countries on four continents thus far.