• 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.

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  • 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.

  • Orchestras
  • Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

    Askonas Holt is delighted to be working with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway’s national orchestra.  Dating back to 1765, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s oldest orchestras, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2015. In the same year, Edward Gardner became Chief Conductor of the orchestra.

    January 2017 marked the start of Askonas Holt’s working relationship with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with a successful five-date tour of the UK, culminating in a performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.  In August 2017 the Orchestra received 5* reviews all-round for their incredible performance of Britten’s Peter Grimes at the Edinburgh International Festival.

    The Orchestra has recently returned from a successful five-date European tour; upcoming plans include a summer festival tour in August 2018.

     

  • Orchestras
  • Berliner Philharmoniker

    Askonas Holt’s relationship with the legendary Berliner Philharmoniker has spanned decades. We have managed many concert tours for the orchestra in Europe and Asia, including numerous visits to London, under the batons of Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Herbert von Karajan and others.

    Since Sir Simon Rattle’s appointment as Music Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2002, Askonas Holt has arranged concerts in cities as diverse as London, Rome, Moscow, Beijing, Taipei and Tokyo. In 2015 the Berliner Philharmoniker celebrated Sir Simon Rattle’s 60th birthday in style with a week-long London residency, performing a Sibelius Symphony Cycle at the Barbican Hall and Mahler and Helmut Lachenmann at the Royal Festival Hall. In May 2018 the orchestra performed with Sir Simon in London for the final time with two highly acclaimed concerts at the Royal Festival Hall. The orchestra returns to the London for the BBC Proms in September with new Music Director Kirill Petrenko before undertaking an extensive tour of Asia with Gustavo Dudamel in November.