ECHO Rising Stars
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.
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ECHO Rising Stars: Simon Höfele
Trumpeter Simon Höfele opens this season’s ECHO series – the Barbican’s Europe-wide showcase for rising stars - with a dazzling flourish.
ECHO Rising Stars: Pablo Ferrández
“Personal vanity is alien to Ferrández” was the verdict of one competition jury – but this fast-rising Spanish cellist is simply passionate about communicating through the music he plays.
ECHO Rising Stars: Noa Wildschut
Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky are the cornerstones of this showcase recital from the young Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut.
ECHO Rising Stars: João Barradas (accordion)
The classical accordion is undergoing a 21st century renaissance – and Portuguese-born ECHO Rising Star João Barradas is in the vanguard.
ECHO Rising Stars: Magnus Holmander (clarinet)
Magnus Holmander does things with the clarinet that seem almost unbelievable – and in this ECHO showcase concert, he won’t hold back.
ECHO Rising Stars: Goldmund Quartet
One of Germany’s most insightful young string quartets establishes their credentials in classics by Haydn and Mendelssohn – plus something freshly minted.