• Orchestras
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

    Louis Langrée, Music Director

    The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a dynamic ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. The fifth oldest symphony orchestra in the US and the oldest orchestra in Ohio, the CSO has played a leading role in the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati and the Midwest since its founding in 1895.

    Louis Langrée began his tenure as the CSO’s 13th Music Director in the 2013/2014 season.  A champion of new music, the Orchestra has given American premieres of works by such composers as Debussy, Ravel, Mahler and Bartók and has commissioned works that have since become mainstays of the classical repertoire.

    The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra is Cincinnati’s ambassador with over ten million units sold, many of which have received Grammy awards and nominations. In January of 2010, the CSO launched its own record label, now known as Fanfare Cincinnati, which currently boasts six releases.

    The Orchestra also performs as the Cincinnati Pops under the direction of John Morris Russell, and the CSO is the official orchestra for the Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet and the World Piano Competition.

    The CSO was the first American orchestra to make a world tour sponsored by the US Department of State and continues to tour domestically and internationally, most recently to Europe in 2008, Japan in 2009 and a recent Asia tour in March 2017. Askonas Holt toured the CSO in summer 2017 throughout Europe.

  • 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 brought 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 performed 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 September 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, New York,  the Philharmonie de Paris, and at Suntory Hall, 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.