Daniel Harding Born in Oxford, Daniel Harding began his career assisting Sir Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with which he made his professional debut in 1994. He went on to assist Claudio Abbado at the Berlin Philharmonic and made his debut with the orchestra at the 1996 Berlin Festival.
He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Partner of the New Japan Philharmonic. His previous positions include Principal Conductor of the Trondheim Symphony in Norway (1997-2000), Principal Guest Conductor of Sweden's Norrkoping Symphony (1997-2003) and Music Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (1997-2003).
He is a regular visitor to the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Vienna Philharmonic (both of which he has conducted at the Salzburg Festival), the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouworkest, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. Other guest conducting engagements have included the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Oslo Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Orchestras and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees. Among the American orchestras with whom he has performed are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005 he opened the season at La Scala, Milan, conducting a new production of Idomeneo. He returned in 2007 for Salome and in 2008 for a double bill of Bluebeard's Castle and Il Prigioniero. His operatic experience also includes The Turn of the Screw and Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic. Closely associated with the Aix-en-Provence Festival, he has conducted new productions there of Cosi fan tutte directed by Patrice Chereau, Don Giovanni directed by Peter Brook, The Turn of the Screw directed by Luc Bondy, La Traviata directed by Peter Mussbach, Eugene Onegin directed by Irina Brook and, most recently, Le nozze di Figaro directed by Vincent Boussard. Other engagements have included Die Zauberflote in Vienna and Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serai at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. His future engagements include Otello in Baden Baden, Wozzeck in Vienna and Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci and Der fliegende Hollander at La Scala, Milan.
Daniel Harding records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon and his first disc for the yellow label, a recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 10 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, has won widespread critical acclaim. Previously a Virgin/EMI artist, his recordings for that label include Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Brahms' Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Billy Budd with the London Symphony Orchestra; Don Giovanni and The Turn of the Screw (awarded the 'Choc de l'Annre 2002', the 'Grand Prix de l'Academie Charles Cros' and a Gramophone award) both with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; works by Lutosoawski with Solveig Kringelborn and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and works by Britten with Ian Bostridge and the Britten Sinfonia (awarded the 'Choc de L'Annee 1998').
In 2002 he was awarded the title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.
Yuja Wang Piano Twenty-six year old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Regularly lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Yuja has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and graceful, charismatic stage presence.
Yuja is an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Her debut recording, Sonatas & Etudes, released in the spring of 2009, 'suggests a combination of blazing technique and a rare instinct for poetry' wrote Gramophone magazine, which named Yuja the Classic FM Gramophone Awards 2009 Young Artist of the Year. For her second recording, Transformation, Yuja received an Echo Award 2011 as 'Young Artist of the Year'. Yuja next collaborated with Maestro Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra to record her first concerto album featuring Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and his Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor which was nominated for a Grammy as 'Best Classical Instrumental Solo.' Her most recent record, Fantasia, is a collection of encore pieces by Albéniz, Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saens, Scriabin and others.
In the few short years since her 2005 debut with the National Arts Center Orchestra led by Pinchas Zukerman, Yuja has already performed with many of the world's prestigious orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, in the U.S., and abroad with the Berlin Staatskapelle, China Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orquesta Nacional Espa？a, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart and Santa Cecilia, among others.
In 2006 Yuja made her New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and performed with the orchestra the following season under Lorin Maazel during the Philharmonic's Japan/Korea visit. In 2008 Yuja toured the United States with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Sir Neville Marriner and in 2009 she performed as a soloist with the You Tube Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Tilson Thomas at Carnegie Hall. She performed with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado in Beijing, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Spain and in London, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Yuja has given recitals in major cities throughout Asia, Europe and North America, is a dedicated performer of chamber music, making regular appearances at summer festivals throughout the world. In March 2011 Yuja performed in a three-concert chamber series at the Salle Pleyel in Paris with principal players from the Berlin Philharmonic. She made her Carnegie Hall recital debut (Stern Hall) in October 2011.
Already Yuja has also worked with many of the world's esteemed conductors including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Mikko Franck, Manfred Honeck, Pietari Inkinen, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Sir Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Pinchas Zukerman.
In the 2012-13 season Yuja returns to the Israel Philharmonic to work with Zubin Mehta, followed by a tour of the U.S. that includes performances at Carnegie and Disney halls. She then launches into a three-week tour of Asia with the San Francisco Symphony and Tilson Thomas, traveling to Macau, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. Yuja will again join the principal players from the Berlin Philharmonic with a series of all-Brahms concerts in Paris, and will be presented by the Berlin Philharmonic in recital at the Philharmonie. In spring 2014 she returns to Carnegie Hall again in both recital and a concerto appearance with the San Francisco Symphony, and then a recital tour of Japan where she makes Suntory Hall recital debut.
Born in Beijing in 1987, Yuja began studying piano at age six, with her earliest public performances taking place in China, Australia and Germany, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren. From 1999 to 2001 she participated in the Morningside Music summer program at Calgary's Mount Royal College, an artistic and cultural exchange program between Canada and China, and began studying with Hung Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Mount Royal College Conservatory. In 2002, when Yuja was 15, she won Aspen Music Festival’s concerto competition. She then moved to the U.S. to study with Gary Graffman at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 2008. In 2006 Yuja received the Gilmore Young Artist Award. In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Yuja is a Steinway Artist.
London Symphony Orchestra The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world's leading orchestras. Since its formation in 1904, it has always attracted excellent players from all over the world, many of whom have flourishing solo, chamber music and teaching careers alongside their orchestral work.
The LSO's roster of soloists and conductors is second to none, including Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev, André Previn as Conductor Laureate, and Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas as Principal Guest Conductors. Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez and Sir Simon Rattle are also regular guests.
The LSO is proud to be Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in the City of London, presenting over 70 concerts a year to its London audiences, and a further 70 concerts abroad on tour, and has thrived on the stability its permanent home has offered since 1982. In addition, the Orchestra has a successful annual residency at Lincoln Centre, New York, and is the international resident orchestra of La Salle Pleyel in Paris, also appearing regularly in Japan and the Far East, as well as in all the major European cities. From 2010–2013 the LSO was resident orchestra at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Outside the concert hall, the Orchestra's many other activities include an energetic and ground-breaking education and community programme, a record company, a music education centre and pioneering work in the field of digital music.
LSO St Luke's, the UBS and LSO Music Education Centre, which celebrated its 10th birthday in 2013, is the home of LSO Discovery, providing a unique mix of public and private events for people of every age and background. Through the technological facilities at LSO St Luke's, the Orchestra's education initiatives are offered regionally, nationally and internationally. In addition, LSO St Luke's works with key artistic partners to present a varied programme of evening and daytime events, including BBC Radio and TV, Barbican and the Guildhall School.
The LSO is set apart from other international orchestras by the depth of its commitment to music education, reaching over 60,000 people each year. The award-winning programme, LSO Discovery, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010, enables the LSO to offer people of all ages an opportunity to get involved in music-making and to enter the extraordinary soundworld of the Orchestra. As well as ongoing programmes that engage participants locally, nationally and internationally, through family concerts, Discovery Days and several thriving community groups, LSO On Track, a long-standing project involving young musicians from across East London, has given a platform to talented teenagers to appear in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, at outdoor concerts in Trafalgar Square, and also on Abbey Road recordings side-by-side with LSO musicians.