Rimowa unveils latest “Never Still” icon film, featuring Yuja Wang
Today, as part of Rimowa’s “Never Still” campaign, the high-end luggage brand will unveil Yuja Wang’s ‘icon film’, an intimate portrait of life on the road showing the resilience and drive required to endure and thrive as one of the world’s most in-demand classical artists.
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Directed by Matt Baron, Yuja’s film offers a precious look at a lifetime performer, probing how a demanding lifestyle of international touring feeds into and fuels her craft. On the professional stage since her teens, Yuja has in part been defined by life on the road, as evidenced in a fiercely independent spirit and global network of friendships. Shot in Toronto, the film showcases Yuja’s talent as a prodigy and performer who flourishes when on stage – one who uses the restlessness of constant travel as energy to be channelled back into her mesmerising performances.
Yuja Wang is one of a small clutch of classical artists to have ascended to the world of major brand sponsorship, a testament to her magnetic personality and playing. A Rolex ambassador for over a decade, Yuja has also featured in a campaign for skincare and make-up brand La Mer. She has been a Steinway Artist since 2011.
Also featured in Rimowa’s “Never Still” campaign are basketball legend LeBron James, Artistic Director Dior Men's and fashion designer Kim Jones, tennis icon Roger Federer and fashion model Adwoa Aboah. The cast of icons epitomise Rimowa’s philosophy of ‘purposeful journeys’: they stand united in their belief that mastery is a never-ending journey and that no one builds a legacy by standing still.
Rimowa’s icon films will feature on Air France, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific in-flight entertainment; select cinemas in the US and Europe; airports in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Nice, Shanghai and Hong Kong; and on billboards across New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo.
The campaign will also feature across Rimowa stores and in the form of limited-edition luggage stickers.
Forthcoming performance highlights for Yuja include the European premiere of John Adams’ Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? at the Edinburgh International Festival, plus a European tour with the Staatskapelle Dresden including performances at the BBC Proms, Gstaad Festival and Enescu Festival.
Watch Yuja’s icon film below.
Yuja Wang gives European premiere of John Adams’ Must the Devil have all the Good Tunes? at the Edinburgh International Festival
Yuja Wang, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel unite at the Edinburgh International Festival on 4 August 2019 to give the European Premiere of Must the Devil have all the Good Tunes?, the piano concerto written for Yuja by John Adams.
Following the concerto’s world premiere in Los Angeles in March, The Washington Post wrote:
“Wang (for whom Adams wrote the piece) dashed off difficult writing, still practically wet on the page, with the sort of brash confidence and technical finish you’d expect to hear after years of playing this music. (And she deserves an honorary degree from MIT for having to count all the punishing, irregular meters that filled Adams’s score.)”
In a recent interview with Neil Fisher for The Times, Yuja said of the concerto:
“It has this incredible drive. I told [Adams] that it’s almost like while it’s on, I have this ‘I’m a machine’ feeling, like you cannot get off. It definitely has this obsessive, addictive quality of Prokofiev and other Russian music I play. It’s very jagged, very edgy, and it has to be right on and precise.”
Prior to the orchestral concert, Yuja will join Andreas Ottensamer for a morning recital at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on 3 August, performing repertoire from their recently released album Blue Hour on Deutsche Grammophon. The duo will also tour Europe, with concerts in France, Switzerland, Croatia and Montenegro.
Yuja Wang, Martin James Bartlett & Mischa Maisky perform at the inaugural Riga Jurmala Music Festival
Yuja Wang, Martin James Bartlett and Mischa Maisky travel to Latvia this summer to perform at the inaugural Riga Jurmala Festival, which opens on 19 July 2019. The festival was founded by Verbier Festival's Chief Executive, Martin T:son Engstroem, and takes place over four weekends at the Latvian National Opera, the Great Guild, and the Great and Small Halls of the Dzintari Concert Hall. At the centre of each weekend are two symphony orchestra concerts from orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra as well as solo concerts and morning concerts featuring rising musical stars. Click here to read more about the festival.
Bartlett is the first Intermusica artist to perform at the festival as he gives a solo recital at the Great Guild on 21 July. He performs a programme drawing on his critically acclaimed debut album, Love and Death, which features music by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Schumann and Granados. The album received five-star reviews from the Times and BBC Music Magazine and his recording of Schumann Widmung has been streamed over one million times on Spotify alone.
Maisky returns to the city of his birth to give two performances at the second weekend of the festival. On 16 August he is joined by his daughter, pianist Lily Maisky, for a recital at Dzintari Concert Hall. He then performs Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 with the Russian National Orchestra on 18 August.
Yuja appears at the festival's third weekend, joining Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 at Dzintari Concert Hall on 25 August.
Yuja Wang joins Gustavo Dudamel for the Wiener Philharmoniker’s Sommernachtskonzert at Schönbrunn Palace
Yuja Wang joins Gustavo Dudamel and the Wiener Philharmoniker on 20 June 2019 for the orchestra’s annual Sommernachtskonzert at Schönbrunn Palace. The 1,441-room Baroque palace was the main summer residence of Austria’s Hapsburg rulers and is one of the country’s most important historical sites. The Sommernachtskonzert takes place in the palace’s vast gardens and is free to attend thanks to support from Rolex, each year attracting an audience of over 100,000.
This year’s concert has a strong American influence; Yuja joins the orchestra to perform Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, part of a programme also featuring works by Bernstein and Barber as well as Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever and Dvořák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’. The concert will be broadcast live in Austria on ORF and to countries all around the world, and it will also be recorded for release on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray.
Later in the week Yuja and the orchestra travel to Milan for the star-studded Rolex Ambassadors’ Gala at the Teatro alla Scala on 23 June. Yuja performs Schumann Piano Concerto at the gala, which is in aid of the education activities of the opera house’s academy and will be streamed live on Medici. It will also be recorded for deferred broadcast in Italy and over 20 countries worldwide.
Yuja Wang tours Europe with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Yuja Wang joins the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Chief Conductor Gustavo Gimeno this month for a ten-date European tour, beginning on 2 June 2019. Following a concert at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, where Yuja is Artist-in-Residence this season, the tour visits Brussels, Hannover, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Ljubljana, Dortmund, Vienna, Izmir and Istanbul before culminating with an open-air concert in front of an audience of 5,000 at the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens on 17 June.
During the tour, Yuja takes on the challenge of performing two concertos in each concert. She first performs Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, written for the virtuoso Paul Wittgenstein, whose right arm was amputated during World War I. She then performs Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2, which the composer wrote in 1957 as a birthday present for his son Maxim.
Following her tour, Yuja joins the Wiener Philharmoniker for their annual Sommernachtskonzert at the Schönbrunn Palace on 20 June, performing Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. They then travel to the Teatro alla Scala in Milan for the Rolex Ambassadors Gala in aid of the education acitivities of the Teatro alla Scala Academy on 23 June.
Intermusica at the 125th BBC Proms
The BBC have announced the programme for the 125th BBC Proms, launching eight weeks of music-making of the highest quality, over 80 concerts and a host of world premieres. The festival also marks 150 years since the birth of Proms founder Sir Henry Wood and the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. As ever, Intermusica is well represented at the festival, with 24 artists taking part and our International Touring team bringing two world-class orchestras to the London stage. All concerts will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and several will be televised on BBC Four. See below for full details.
Mark Wigglesworth is joined by Nicola Benedetti and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on 25 July. Wigglesworth conducts the London premiere of Lera Auerbach Icarus (2011) followed by Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite. The concert will be televised on BBC Four on 28 July.
Simon Halsey and his numerous choirs feature throughout the Proms. On 29 July, the BBC Proms Youth Choir joins Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic for Haydn The Creation. Halsey then prepares the singers of the London Symphony Chorus and Orfeó Català as they join Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO to perform Walton Belshazzar’s Feast on 20 August. The concert will be shown on BBC Four on 23 August. Finally, more than 600 singers will unite for the European premiere of John Luther Adams In the Name of the Earth (2018) on 8 September.
On 2 August, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard perform Sir James MacMillan The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, which premiered at the Proms nearly 30 years ago in 1990. The concert will be televised live on BBC Four. MacMillan is currently celebrating his 60th birthday with a year of special performances – visit jamesmacmillan.co.uk to see the full MacMillan at 60 calendar.
Ben Gernon and the BBC Philharmonic (where he is Principal Guest Conductor) give two performances. On 5 August, Gernon conducts a programme of Malcolm Arnold Peterloo Overture, Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Alexander Gavrylyuk and excerpts from Tchaikovsky Swan Lake. They repeat the concert the following morning in a Relaxed Prom, in which the concert environment is adapted to better suit audience members with autistic spectrum conditions, sensory, communication or learning difficulties.
On 10 August, Lise Davidsen reunites with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom she recently recorded her highly anticipated debut album for Decca (out 31 May). She will sing Richard Strauss Op.27 Songs, which also feature on the album.
On 13 August, Martyn Brabbins conducts a special concert with personal significance: it features the world premiere of Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B., a new take on Elgar Enigma Variations commissioned by the BBC to mark Brabbins’ 60th birthday. This unique work features a new set of variations by 14 living composers including Intermusica’s Brett Dean, Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Dai Fujikura – plus one distinguished mystery composer to write the theme. Brabbins also conducts Elgar’s original Variations as well as Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and Brahms Song of Destiny, featuring the BBC Singers and English National Opera Chorus. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Four on 8 September.
Also on the 13 August, Martin James Bartlett performs in a late-night mixtape concert, exploring the fringes of Minimalism and meditative listening. Joined by 12 Ensemble, Tenebrae and director Nigel Short, Bartlett will perform the slow movement from Bach Keyboard Concerto in F minor; Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Max Richter Vladimir’s Blues and Peteris Vasks Fruits of Silence.
Andreas Haefliger returns to the Proms on 19 August for the world premiere of a new Piano Concerto written especially for him by fellow Swiss musician Dieter Ammann. He is joined for the concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo. This new work is co-commmissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Wien, Lucerne Festival, Münchner Philharmoniker and Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
Singers Sofia Fomina, Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Thomas Atkins appear in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Mozart The Magic Flute on 27 August. Fomina stars in the concert staging as Pamina while Fontanals-Simmons sings Second Lady and Atkins takes the roles of Second Priest and First Man in Armour.
Richard Egarr returns to the Proms on 30 August to conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (with whom he has a long association) Handel Jeptha, part of a cycle celebrating the composer’s works. The cast features Tim Mead as Hamor and Cody Quattlebaum as Zebul.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner completes his epic five-season Berlioz series on 2 September, conducting a performance of his opera Benvenuto Cellini with his Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
On 10 September, Intermusica brings the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov to the Proms. The concert features Smetana The Bartered Bride, the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin and Shostakovich Symphony No.8.
Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms on 12 September presenting another eagerly anticipated major symphony from memory. This year they present Berlioz Symphonie fantastique in an immersive theatrical staging. Collon and the orchestra will give a repeat performance in a late-night Prom that same evening and BBC Four will record the first performance for broadcast on 13 September.
As the festival draws to a close, Intermusica’s International Touring team brings a second orchestra to London: on 13 September, Andrew Manze returns with his NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover for Beethoven Night, in which Manze conducts extracts from Fidelio and Symphony No.5, as well as music by Handel and Bach.
Intermusica artists to appear at 2019 Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced its line-up for 2019 and Intermusica artists feature predominantly throughout the month-long event.
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Among the Festival’s highlights this year is ‘Sir James MacMillan at 60’ – a special series of concerts to mark the composer and conductor’s 60th birthday. The series features five concerts displaying MacMillan’s vocal and orchestral works beginning with The King’s Singers performing the premiere of a new version of MacMillan’s Quickening on 10 August with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edward Gardner. MacMillan’s poignant oratorio All the Hills & Vales Along will be performed by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and Whitburn Brass Band and conducted by Christopher Bell on 16 August. MacMillan’s works feature across three concerts on 17 August: The Nash Ensemble perform Fourteen Little Pictures; the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Joana Carneiro perform A Scotch Bestiary and his concerto for orchestra, Woman of the Apocalypse; and the series culminates that evening with the world premiere performance of MacMillan's Fifth Symphony ‘Le grand Inconnu’, performed by The Sixteen, Genesis Sixteen, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Harry Christophers alongside MacMillan’s Symphony No.2, conducted by the composer.
On 4 August Yuja Wang will give the European premiere of John Adams’ new piano concerto Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, a work written especially for her. She is joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, with whom she has already performed the work to huge acclaim in the US and Asia. The day before, Wang launches The Queen’s Hall Series with clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer in a programme to include works by Weber, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Chopin and Horowitz. Check out Wang and Ottensamer's recent duo disc on Deutsche Grammophon, Blue Hour, here.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner brings his trademark energy to Bernstein’s West Side Story with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on 5 and 6 August. The score is an augmented Broadway theatre version, as Bernstein originally intended.
Richard Egarr performs twice. In the St Cecilia’s Hall Series on 20 August, he will play and conduct musicians from the Dunedin Consort in Bach Keyboard Concertos in E major BWV 1053 and D minor with fellow harpsichordist Diego Ares. On 22 August, he performs more works by Bach with the Dunedin Consort, this time alongside three other renowned harpsichordists. The repertoire includes Concertos for three and four harpsichords as well as Brandenburg Concerto No.5.
Wallis Giunta makes her debut at the Festival on 21 August as Dodo McNeill in the European premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s opera Breaking the Waves, a wrenching moral drama based on Lars von Trier’s controversial film. The opera won the 2017 Best New Opera Award at the Music Critics Association of North America and was shortlisted the same year for an International Opera Award.
Colin Currie Group perform the UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's concerto for percussion quintet and orchestra, Glorious Percussion, on 8 August with BBC Scottish Symphony and Thomas Dausgaard.
Host of Intermusica artists to appear in Barbican 2019/20 classical season, including portraits for Yuja Wang and Antoine Tamestit
The Barbican has announced its 2019/20 classical season with a promise to deliver ‘a year of life-affirming musical experiences’.
Among the highlights is Yuja Wang, selected for the Barbican’s ‘Artist Spotlight’, who will perform solo and chamber repertoire across four concerts. On 18 November, Wang gives the London premiere of John Adams Piano Concerto, Must the Devil have All the Good Tunes (a work written especially for her) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. On 21 November, she appears alongside Andreas Ottensamer, Principal Clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. On 13 January, Wang performs with Gautier Capuçon in a concert featuring Chopin Introduction et polonaise brillante. The Spotlight series culminates in a solo recital on 31 March 2020: click here for complete details.
Antoine Tamestit has been selected for the London Symphony Orchestra’s Artist Portrait and will showcase his musical inspirations across three concerts. Sticking close to this season’s theme of ‘roots and origins’, he begins with a work written for him – Jörg Widmann’s Viola Concerto – on 19 April with Daniel Harding. On 11 June, Tamestit performs Berio Voci with François-Xavier Roth and three days later, the Walton Viola Concerto (which Tamestit refers to as his ‘special concerto’) with Alan Gilbert. The Portrait also includes four chamber concerts at LSO St Luke’s in May and June – click here for more details.
Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music begin their Beethoven 250 anniversary celebrations with the composer’s complete incidental music for Goethe’s Egmont on 2 October. They will be joined by violinist Viktoria Mullova on 20 November for Bach Violin Concerto No.1 alongside orchestral and vocal works by CPE Bach, JS Bach, Haydn and Grimani. Following Egarr’s critically acclaimed performances and recording of Castello’s First Book of Sonatas in 2016, he will conduct the Second Book in a concert on 22 April.
Following lauded Mendelssohn and Schumann cycles, Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the London Symphony Orchestra on 20 October, this time bringing together three works that define the ‘Czech sound’ – Janáček Ballad of Blaník and Glagolitic Mass along with Dvořák The Golden Spinning Wheel. Conductor and orchestra will then perform Suk Symphony No.2, 'Asrael', and Dvořák Cello Concerto with soloist Truls Mørk on 24 October. In the space of just one week in May, Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique will perform all of Beethoven Symphonies: starting with No.1, scheduled alongside Creatures of Prometheus on 11 May, the cycle will conclude on 16 May.
Also appearing in the Barbican’s 2019/20 classical season are pianists Daniil Trifonov (30 Apr 2020) and Kirill Gerstein (6 June 2020); conductors Martyn Brabbins (1 Nov 2019) and Ben Gernon (2 May 2020); singers Marta Fontanals-Simmons (3 Oct 2019), Lise Davidsen (10 Feb 2020), Mary Bevan (19 Mar 2020) and Tim Mead (10 Apr 2020); as well as Colin Currie (23 Oct 2019), Ning Feng (13 Feb 2020) and Simon Halsey, in his role as Choral Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Intermusica will tour the Oslo Philhamonic with Vasily Petrenko in October, marking their 100th anniversary season with concerts across major cities in Europe. They will appear at the Barbican on 22 October to perform Strauss Don Juan, Shostakovich Symphony No.10 and Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with Leif Ove Andsnes.
Click here for complete season details.
Yuja Wang gives world premiere of John Adams' new piano concerto with Gustavo Dudamel & the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Yuja Wang joins Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to give the world premiere of John Adams' new piano concerto, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, on 7 March 2019.
Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of its 2018/19 centennial season, the new piano concerto is a 25-minute work in three movements, played without pause. The concerto's title is taken from an article in the New Yorker about American journalist Dorothy Day, with Adams interpreting it as an American take on the Totentanz. The concerto was written specifically for Wang, and Adams has said that its second section was inspired by Wang's lyrical playing. Click here for more information about the concerto.
After three more performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Wang, Dudamel and the orchestra travel to South Korea and Japan for performances at Seoul Arts Center and Tokyo's Suntory Hall.
Yuja Wang continues Carnegie Hall Perspectives series in recital with Leonidas Kavakos
Yuja Wang and Leonidas Kavakos reunite for a duo recital at Carnegie Hall on 6 February, which follows their critically acclaimed European tour in January. They perform a programme of violin sonatas by Brahms, Prokofiev and Richard Strauss as well as Bartók Rhapsody No.1.
The recital is the second concert in Wang's Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall. The series began in October with a recital with percussionist Martin Grubinger and future concerts include performances with Igudesman & Joo, Gautier Capuçon and finally Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony.
The concert will be broadcast live on New York classical radio station WQXR - click here to listen.
Leonidas Kavakos & Yuja Wang embark on recital tour of Europe
Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang reunite this month for a tour of Europe, beginning with a recital at Munich's Prinzregententheater on 17 January 2019. Kavakos and Wang perform works by Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartók and Richard Strauss and also appear at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 18 January, Konzerthaus Dortmund on 19 January, Wiener Konzerthaus on 20 January and finally the Kölner Philharmonie on 21 January.
Kavakos and Wang have been regular musical partners for several years. Together they released a recording of Brahms Violin Sonatas in 2014 and last season toured the United States and Europe to critical acclaim.
"A strikingly vibrant and expressive partnership. The collaborative spirit shown by Kavakos and Wang has you gripped from the word go.”
Gramophone, Editors Choice (Brahms Violin Sonatas)
“The two soloists are very different musical personalities but their programme – of Janáçek, Debussy, Bartók and Schubert – allowed them to share musical space to fluent and irresistible effect”
"In the Debussy, Wang emphasized the grave gorgeousness of the French composer’s harmonies, while Kavakos spun ever more exquisite silver."
Watch Kavakos talk about London, the Southbank Centre and his partnership with Yuja Wang here:
Intermusica announces Worldwide General Management of Yuja Wang
Intermusica Founder and Managing Director Stephen Lumsden has announced that one of the world’s most celebrated pianists, Yuja Wang, is joining the company for worldwide general management, effective immediately.
Yuja Wang, speaking from her home in New York, said:
"It is with great pleasure that I join Stephen and his team at Intermusica. I value their long-term vision, dedicated work and personalised support of each artist. Finding the right team to help realise artistic goals and dreams is so important. I am very close to a number of Intermusica artists, and I know that the agency’s passion for music and international network are the right fit for the next stage of my career. I am excited about this fresh start and look forward to starting the new year with lots of interesting projects with the personalised support of my Intermusica family."
Speaking from Intermusica’s new central London headquarters, Stephen Lumsden commented:
“It is an enormous pleasure that Yuja has joined us for general management. I have been a great admirer of Yuja for many years and have enjoyed many wonderful concerts of hers, including her ongoing partnership with our great violinist Leonidas Kavakos. In our recent discussions, it is clear that not only is Yuja an artist of extraordinary talent, but also possesses a deep-thinking and enquiring mind. Our first priority will be to provide her with full support for her aims as an artist and the space to nurture her remarkable talents. We very much look forward to working with her top team of local managers as well as Deutsche Grammophon and all her partners around the world.”
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