ECHO Rising Stars 2017–18
The Barbican is proud to be a part of ECHO, the European Concert Halls Organisation – which collaborates each year to give Europe’s brightest young musical stars a truly international platform.
And this season, our European partner venues from Budapest to Stockholm have picked out a genuinely astonishing list of emerging classical musicians, ranging from solo percussionists and string quartets to trumpeters, viola players and a soprano who simply defies categorisation.
Each concert is devised by the artist themselves: it’s effectively a musical self-portrait. And for each concert, ECHO has also commissioned one of Europe’s pre-eminent living composers to create something tailored specially to them. Premieres by figures of the calibre of Peter Eötvös and Stewart Copeland mean that ECHO Rising Stars series isn’t just an unparalleled showcase for new talent but essential listening for anyone interested in the future of music.
ECHO Rising Stars: Quatuor Van Kuijk
The ECHO Rising Stars series spotlights the rising French string quartet Quatuor Van Kuijk, in music by Janáček, Ravel and Edith Canat de Chizy.
ECHO Rising Stars: Christoph Sietzen (percussion)
Percussion virtuoso Christoph Sietzen presents an evening at the cutting edge of contemporary percussion music – including a bespoke commission by Stewart Copeland.
ECHO Rising Stars: Ellen Nisbeth (viola)
The young Swedish viola player Ellen Nisbeth explores the romantic soul of her instrument, in music by Vaughan Williams, Kaija Saariaho and Rebecca Clarke.
ECHO Rising Stars: Tamás Pálfalvi (trumpet)
Trumpeter Tamás Pálfalvi is already a name to be reckoned with in his native Hungary, and in this entertainingly eclectic ECHO recital you’ll hear why.
ECHO Rising Stars: Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (violin)
The young Austrian violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian puts everything on the line, in a bold unaccompanied recital.
ECHO Rising Stars: Nora Fischer (soprano)
An introduction to the artistry of Dutch soprano Nora Fischer – a singer who defies categorisation – in a witty programme of modern classics.
Watch: ECHO Rising Stars 2017–18
Meet this year's talented ECHO Rising Stars...