Conductors & Piano

Thomas Adès CBE

Renowned as both a composer and a performer, Thomas Adès works regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, opera companies and festivals.

Thomas appears regularly with, among others, the Los Angeles, New York and London Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston, London, BBC and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, and last season making his debut conducting the Czech Philharmonic. In opera, he recently conducted his latest opera The Exterminating Angel at the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House and at the Salzburg Festival.  The piece was awarded World Premiere of the Year at the 2017 Opera Awards.

This season Thomas will give solo recitals in London, Paris, Lisbon and the Czech Republic, and will partner with Kirill Gerstein in recital at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood. His other engagements this season include conducting the London and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, the Finnish Radio and Boston Symphony orchestras, as well as the Orchestre de Paris, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and Britten Sinfonia.

Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation.

In recent seasons, he has given recitals at London’s Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg.

His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Chicago and London Symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. He has also given many performances directing from the keyboard, with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sinfonia Varsovia and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Piotr has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics/Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first recording for the label was Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive a number of prizes including an ECHO Klassik award. He has also recorded a Grammy-nominated CD of Bach’s Partitas 1, 3 and 6 and a critically-acclaimed disc of works by Chopin. Piotr’s most recent disc of Bach’s English Suites nos. 1, 3 and 5 was released in November 2014, going on to win both a Gramophone award and an ECHO Klassik award in 2015.

Download Piotr’s full 2018/19 season biography here.

Saleem Ashkar made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 22 and has since gone on to work with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaj Znaider, Fabio Luisi, Lawrence Foster, Jakub Hrůša, and Riccardo Chailly — with whom he has recorded and appeared at the Proms and Lucerne Festivals.

In recent years Saleem has made debuts and return visits to many great orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with Znaider, Bamberg Symphoniker with Christoph Eschenbach, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra with Pietari Inkinen, National Arts Center Ottawa with Alexander Shelley, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya with Kazushi Ono, and a three-week tour to Australia which saw performances with the Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, during which his Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 was praised for its “insight and vigour respectively” (The Sydney Morning Herald).

In the 2018-19 season, Saleem makes his Orchestre de la Suisse Romande debut with David Afkham, and has return invitations to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Jan Willem de Vriend, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra with Eliahu Inbal, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with James Feddeck.

Saleem is Ambassador to the Music Fund, a humanitarian project that supports musicians and music schools in conflict areas and developing countries.

Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. His studies at the Juilliard School were supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. Emanuel captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv and in 1979 he won the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in New York.

In partnership with colleagues Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma, he begins the current season with concerts in Vienna, Paris and London with the trios of Brahms recently released by SONY Classical. In the US he returns to the orchestras in Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Washington, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Portland, OR, and to Carnegie Hall for a recital to conclude the season. In Europe he returns to the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the radio orchestras of Hamburg, Hannover and Munich, as well as touring with the Budapest Festival Orchestra to Belgium, France and Italy. Emanuel will also appear in recital throughout Europe, culminating in a special concert with Sir Simon Keenlyside and the Dover Quartet at Wigmore Hall in June 2019.

Emanuel has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987.

Click here to download Emanuel Ax’s full 2018/19 biography.