• 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.

  • Youth Ensembles
  • I, CULTURE Orchestra

    Askonas Holt is delighted to be working with the ‘I, CULTURE Orchestra’ – one of the most dynamically developing youth orchestras in the world. An international ensemble of young musicians, its progressively masterful performances has received praise from music aficionados, journalists, experts, and eminent soloists. Founded on the idea of solidarity, the Orchestra postulates bridging cultural and political divides.

    The Orchestra was established by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2011 as a unique meeting platform for young musicians from Poland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In rehearsing, performing, and touring together, the young musicians gain invaluable experience in building relations, collaborations, and communities based on mutual trust.

    Since its founding, the I, CULTURE Orchestra has played over 41 concerts in more than 25 cities, performing at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Lithuania, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, with a total of over 600 young musicians participating in the project.

  • Period & Chamber
  • Il pomo d’oro

    The ensemble il pomo d’oro was founded in 2012. It is characterized by an authentic, dynamic interpretation of operas and instrumental works from the Baroque and Classical period. The musicians are all well-known specialists and are among the best in the field of historical performance practice. The ensemble so far worked with the conductors Riccardo Minasi, Maxim Emelyanychev, Stefano Montanari, George Petrou and Enrico Onofri and Francesco Corti. Violinists Federico Guglielmo and Zefira Valova lead the orchestra in various projects. Since 2016 Maxim Emelyanychev has been its chief conductor.

    il pomo d’oro is a regular guest in prestigious concert halls and festivals all over Europe. With the program of the 2016 recording with Joyce DiDonato, In War and Peace, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev and awarded with an Echo Klassik 2017, the orchestra is on tour worldwide.

    The discography of il pomo d’oro includes several opera recordings: Händel’s Tamerlano, Partenope and Ottone, Vinci’ s Catone in Utica, Recitals with the countertenors Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli and Xavier Sabata, and with mezzosopranos Ann Hallenberg and Joyce DiDonato. Among the instrumental albums the recordings of Haydn’s violin and harpsichord concertos as well as a cello album with Edgar Moreau received Echo Klassik Awards in 2016.

    In the year 2018 and 2019 a number of new recordings will be published: Handel Arias with Franco Fagioli, 17th century opera prologues with Francesca Aspromonte, Virtuosissimo with Dmitry Sinkovsky, Handel’s Serse with Franco Fagioli in the title role, Anima Sacra with Jakub Orlinski, J.S.Bach violin concerts with Shunske Sato, Barbara Strozzi with Emöke Barath.

  • Special Projects
  • In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music

    “Perhaps my most personal project to date” is how American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato describes In War and Peace: Harmony through Music. Her ambitions for this collection of arias from Baroque operas are substantial. Working with breakout early music sensation il pomo d’oro – a group of musicians who are among the best to be found worldwide for authentic and vivid interpretation on period instruments – Joyce’s aim is to steer conversation and discourse to help all of us find peace in our lives in a dynamic way.

    The programme comprises arias divided into two sections: ‘War’ and ‘Peace’. Both contain music by Purcell and Handel – including Dido’s dignified, but searing lament from Dido and Aeneas and Almirena’s haunting and heartbreaking ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ from Rinaldo.

    Askonas Holt it delighted to be working with Joyce DiDonato, il pomo d’oro and their exciting young chief conductor, Maxim Emelyanychev, to bring this exploration of conflict and resolve to cities in Europe and North America.