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  Photo: Marco Borggreve

Marc Albrecht, conductor

Since 2011, Marc Albrecht has been Music Director of the Dutch National Opera, the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. In May 2016 the National Opera Amsterdam was awarded with the International Opera Award as “opera house of the year”. Marc Albrecht’s Music Director contract has just been extended until summer 2020.

In the opera house, Marc Albrecht is a highly requested guest. In March 2013 he gave his debut at Teatro della Scala Milano with “Die Frau ohne Schatten” (direction Claud Guth); in August 2017 he was reinvited for “Hänsel and Gretel”. He gave guest performances at the Bayreuth Festival (2003-2006) with “Der fliegende Holländer” as well as Janácek’s “From the House of the Dead” at Teatro Real in Madrid. Marc Albrecht also maintains a close relationship with the Semperoper Dresden, where amongst others he has conducted “Wozzeck”, “La Damnation de Faust” and most recently in 2009 “Elektra”. At the Bavarian State Opera he celebrated a notable success of Henzen’s “Die Bassariden” (direction Christoph Loy) in 2008 and in the subsequent year at the Royal Opera Covent Garden with “Der fliegende Holländer”. Vienna’s Theater an der Wien regularly invites him to conduct, lastly Henze’s “Der Prinz von Homburg” in 2011 and “Elegie für Junge Liebende” in 2017.

Already in 2003 Marc Albrecht debuted at the Salzburg Festival and again led Berg’s “Lulu” with the Vienna Philharmonic in 2010. After spectacular productions of Messiaens “Saint François d’Assise” and Janácek’s “Die Sache Makropulos”, his long-standing relationship with the Deutsche Oper Berlin will open a new chapter in March 2018 with “Das Wunder der Heliane” from Korngold. He also conducts regularly at the Zurich Opera, leading “Tannhäuser” and “Die Soldaten” (direction Calixto Bieito) in 2013 and “Der Freischütz” in September 2016.

Marc Albrecht has appeared with many key orchestras in Europe including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Toyko. Wonderful annual cooperations connect him with the Orchestra de RAI Torino as well as with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He gave guest performances in the USA at Saint Louis and Dallas Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra and in May 2017 at Houston Symphony.

In his symphonic programs Marc Albrecht’s central concern is the integration of modern and contemporary works together with the classics. A unique transparency of sound and definition is a quality not only limited to the great symphonies of Strauss, Bruckner and Mahler. This approach is based on a profound understanding of chamber music, paired with Albrecht’s fine sense of hearing in contemporary music, and combined with unlimited devotion to a passionate performance experience.

In the early years of his conducting career, Albrecht spent several seasons at the opera houses of Hamburg and Dresden, and also was appointed personal assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. In 1995 he embarked on a highly successful 6 year tenure as Music Director of the Staatstheater Darmstadt, and for four further year, he was First Guest Conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin and went as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

Marc Albrecht has made a sequence of acclaimed recordings for PentaTone records initially with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, with works from Berg, Korngold and Richard Strauss, the piano concertos of Schumann and Dvorák with Martin Helmchen, as well as with Netherlands Philharmonic, including Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” in 2013. In addition the Netherlands Opera has also released live CD recordings of his performances of “Elektra”, “Der Rosenkavalier”, and “Der Schatzgräber” on the Challenge Classics label.


   Photo: Luke Ratray

Gil Shaham, violin

Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time. His flawless technique, inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit have solidified his renown as an American master. Highlights of recent seasons include performances with the Berlin and Los Angeles Philharmonics; Boston, Chicago and Singapore Symphony Orchestras;  Orchestre de Paris; New World Symphony; and Philadelphia Orchestra; residencies with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Carolina Performing Arts; and an extensive North American tour with The Knights, to celebrate the release of Violin Concertos of the 1930s, Vol. 2. He has also toured Bach’s complete unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to London’s Wigmore Hall and key North American venues in a special multimedia collaboration with photographer/video artist David Michalek.

Gil already has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have ascended the charts in the United States and abroad. These recordings have earned multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His recent recordings are issued on his own Canary Classics label, which he founded in 2004, and include J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Violin, Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies, Sarasate: Virtuoso Violin Works, Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bach’s complete works for solo violin. A passionate advocate for new music, he has premiered works by composers, including William Bolcom, David Bruce, Avner Dorman, Julian Milone and Bright Sheng.

Gil Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008, he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.

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