• Orchestras
  • Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

    The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is one of the oldest musical institutions in the world. Officially founded in 1585, it has evolved over the centuries from an organization of largely “local” musicians to a modern academy and symphonic concert organization of international repute. Uniting an academic body of 100 of the most illustrious exponents of culture and music with a symphonic orchestra and chorus that are among the most internationally renowned, the Accademia carries out professional musical training and conserves an extremely rich historical patrimony, thus reflecting its own multi-century history.

    Sir Antonio Pappano has been Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since October 2005; he had already become Music Director of London’s Covent Garden in September 2002.

    October 2017 will see Askonas Holt’s first tour with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, in which the orchestra will perform across the US with Sir Antonio Pappano, Martha Argerich and Beatrice Rana, in Boston, Rochester NY and Washington DC.

  • Dance
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    ROBERT BATTLE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
    Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the most iconic dance companies in the world. Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958, the group performs worldwide as the United States’ Cultural Ambassador to the World, thrilling audiences with the rich emotions of its repertory and the extraordinary talents of its dancers. Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey designated Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years she brought the Company to unprecedented heights. In July 2011, Ms. Jamison passed the mantle of Artistic Director to Robert Battle.

    Recent highlights of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s work include nationwide US touring, sell out seasons in New York, London and Paris, and guest appearances in major cities including Oslo, Moscow, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Johannesburg.

    During the summer of 2017, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Europe for Les Etés de la Danse in Paris – as part of the opening season of La Seine Musicale – as well as an extensive tour of Germany and Switzerland.

  • Orchestras
  • Bamberger Symphoniker

    The Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie has always enjoyed a special status in the music world. 7,000 concerts in more than 60 countries and 500 cities – with this record, the Bamberger Symphoniker is rightly considered the German touring orchestra.

    That reputation is also in no small part due to the Principal and Guest Conductors who have led and shaped the Bamberger Symphoniker over the decades. Since January 2000, the Orchestra’s artistic direction has been in the hands of Jonathan Nott whose contract ran until summer 2016. Alongside Nott, Herbert Blomstedt has also played a distinguished role in Bamberg as Honorary Conductor since March 2006; in January 2016, Christoph Eschenbach was also appointed Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra; and from 2010-2013 Robin Ticciati was Principal Guest Conductor. From autumn 2016, Jakub Hrůša assumed musical direction of the orchestra.

    Under Nott, the Bamberger Symphoniker has performed at the Salzburg and Beijing festivals, at London’s BBC Proms, San Sebastián and, on four occasions, at New York’s Lincoln Center. They have undertaken extended trips round Europe, with concerts in Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Luxemburg, London, Vienna and Berlin, and tours of Japan, China and recently to South America in 2016.

  • Orchestras
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays a special role as both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales. Its adventurous programming is driven by the artistic team of Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård, Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang and Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka.  An ambassador of Welsh music, the Orchestra works closely with Composer-in-Association Huw Watkins championing Welsh contemporary music.

    Part of BBC Wales and generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, BBC NOW perform a busy schedule of live concerts, touring throughout Wales and the UK. Almost all of their performances can be heard on the BBC, with frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, and appearances at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and annually at the BBC Proms.

    Autumn 2015 saw one of its most ambitious tours to date spending three weeks in South America, including a community residency celebrating the 150th anniversary the Welsh settlement in Patagonia, and concert performances in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
    As well as delivering an extensive learning programme, BBC NOW is one of the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestras. From their studio at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Wales Millennium Centre, they’ve worked with programmes such as War and Peace, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and produced award winning soundtracks for Doctor Who.