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
Already having been noticed on the international stage, Simon Höfele adds ECHO Rising Star to his list of achievements, which include BBC New Generation Artist 2017–2019.
ECHO Rising Stars: Pablo Ferrández
Internationally hailed as 'one of the top cellists' (Diapason Magazine), Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández graces the London stage for a thrilling recital as a new ECHO Rising Star.
ECHO Rising Stars: Noa Wildschut
Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky are the cornerstones of this showcase recital from the young Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut – only 19 years old, but already a distinctive musical voice for her generation.
ECHO Rising Stars: João Barradas (accordion)
One of the most outstanding jazz-accordionists of his generation, Portuguese João Barradas already has a multitude of collaborations and recordings under his belt.
ECHO Rising Stars: Magnus Holmander (clarinet)
Swedish-born clarinetist Magnus Holmander's passion for experimental and contemporary music has led to some exciting collaborations with some of Sweden’s most notable composers.
ECHO Rising Stars: Goldmund Quartet
A new commission by British/Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova forms the centerpiece of this ECHO Rising Stars concert by the young Munich-based Goldmund Quartet.