Orchestre des Champs Elysées/Herreweghe

Music by Mendelssohn and Schumann

24 January 2009 / 19:30

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Orchestre des Champs-Élysées

The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées is devoted to the performance of music written from the mid XVIII to the early XX centuries (Haydn-Mahler) played on the instruments that existed during the composer's lifetime. For several years, the Orchestra has been in residence at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and has performed in almost all the major European concert halls such as the Musikverein (Vienna), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Barbican Centre (London), Alter Oper (Frankfurt), the Philharmonic Halls in Berlin and Munich, the Gewandhaus (Leipzig), the Lincoln Center (New York), Parco della Musica (Rome) and the Auditoriums of Dijon and Lucerne. The orchestra has also toured Japan, Korea, China and Australia.
Philippe Herreweghe is the artistic director and principal conductor, but several guest conductors conducts the orchestra, among them Daniel Harding, Louis Langrée, Christophe Coin, Bruno Weil and it will soon work with René Jacobs.

Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe was born in Ghent. He studied piano at the local Conservatory before going on to study medicine and psychiatry, graduating in 1975. It was during his time at university that he founded the Collegium Vocale and it was then that he caught the attention of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt. They subsequently invited him to join them in their recording of the complete Cantatas of Bach.
Philippe Herreweghe has appeared as guest conductor of ensembles like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, of whom he is the musical director sine 1997. He also conducted the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras.
He was the Artistic Director of the Saintes Festival from 1982 to 2002. He was named Musical Personality of the Year in 1990, European Musician of the Year in 1991, Cultural Ambassador of Flanders with his Collegium Vocale in 1993. Philippe Herreweghe was awarded the order of Officier des Arts et Lettres in 1994, and named Doctor Honoris Causa of Louvain University in 1997. In 2003 he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, and in October of that same year he was knighted by the King of Belgium.

Steven Isserlis

Steven Isserlis is a cellist whose passion for music transcends conventional divisions. Acclaimed worldwide for his musicality and technique alike, he is equally at home drawing the audience into his circle of friends for chamber music or in recital; delving into the historical archives to emerge with a forgotten gem; or on the concert platform with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras and conductors. British-born Isserlis takes a strong interest in authentic performance, playing with many of the foremost period instrument orchestras, and has a particular passion for the music of Schumann. He is also a keen exponent of contemporary music and works with many composers on new commissions. He recently gave the world première of Wolfgang Rihm¹s Cello Concerto at the Salzburg Festival. Awarded a CBE in 1998 in recognition of his services to music, Isserlis has received many honours, including in 2000 the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau (Schumann's birthplace). Steven Isserlis plays the Feuermann Stradivarius of 1730, kindly loaned by The Nippon Music Foundation of Japan.


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