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: Jess Gillam
Brilliant saxophonist Jess Gillam opens a new ECHO Rising Stars series featuring Europe’s most vibrant young musicians, performing a selection of classics spanning four centuries.
ECHO Rising Stars: Cristina Gómez Godoy
Composers often share their most profound secrets among small groups of friends – so this intimate chamber concert of neglected Romantic jewels should be fascinating.
ECHO Rising Stars: Diana Tishchenko
Praised in the German press for her musicality, technical mastery and charisma, Ukranian-born violinist Diana Tishchenko possesses a musical imagination to match this thrilling programme.
ECHO Rising Stars: Aris Quartett
The freshness and communicative power of the Aris Quartett has to be heard to be believed. It’s no surprise they’ve been earmarked among Europe’s most exciting new musical talent as ECHO Rising Stars.
ECHO Rising Stars: Vanessa Porter
Be enchanted, energised, and entertained by percussionist Vanessa Porter; a virtuoso performer who strikes sparks off everything she touches.
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.
James Newby: I Wonder as I Wander
Baritone James Newby returns to his alma mater to give an intimate solo recital with pianist Joseph Middleton, live-streamed from Guildhall School's Milton Court Concert Hall.
ECHO Rising Stars: James Newby
This performance has been cancelled.