Alex Penda, Soprano

Alex Penda (also known as Alexandrina Pendatchanska) was born in Sofia in a family of renowned Bulgarian musicians. She started her piano studies at 5 and graduated from the National School of Music with piano and singing. Her vocal teacher was her mother – an internationally acclaimed soprano Valerie Popova. Pendatchanska made her debut at 17 and at age of 19 she had won the “Antonin Dvorak” Singing Competition, the International Vocal Competition in Bilbao and the UNISA singing competition in Pretoria. She was 19 when she made her debut as Lucia di Lammermoor in Bilbao. After that debut she appeared in the major international opera houses and Festivals as Teatro Regio in Torino, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, The Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Opera Washington, Teatro Bellini in Catania, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Theatre La Monnaie in Bruxelles, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatsoper... More

Truls Mørk

Truls Mørk’s compelling performances, combining fierce intensity, integrity and grace, have established him as one of the most pre-eminent cellists of our time. He has appeared with orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Dresden, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Cleveland orchestras amongst others. Conductor collaborations include Myung-Whun Chung, Mariss Jansons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, and Christoph Eschenbach. Forthcoming highlights include concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski), Berliner Philharmoniker (Alan Gilbert), Philharmonia Orchestra (Jakub Hrůša), Wiener Symphoniker (James Gaffigan), Münchner Philharmoniker (Lionel Bringuier) and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln as part of the Salzburg Festival (Jukka-Pekka Saraste). Truls Mørk will tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Mariss Jansons) to London and Paris, and with the Orchestre... More

Matthias Goerne, Baritone

Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with leading orchestras all over the world. Conductors of the first rank as well as eminent pianists are among his musical partners. Since his opera début at the Salzburg Festival in 1997 (Papageno), Matthias Goerne has appeared on the world’s principal opera stages, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real in Madrid; Paris National Opera; Vienna State Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His roles range from Wolfram, Amfortas, Kurwenal, and Orest to the title roles in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Paul Hindemithʼs Mathis der Maler, and Reimann’s Lear. Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards. He currently is recording a series of selected Schubert songs for Harmonia Mundi (The Goerne/Schubert Edition... More

Ian Bostridge, Tenor

Ian Bostridge’s international recital career has taken him to the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Aldeburgh and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals and to the main stages of Carnegie Hall and La Scala, Milan. He has held artistic residencies at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade (2003/2004), a Carte-Blanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2004/2005), a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall (2005/2006), the Barbican, London (2008), the Luxembourg Philharmonie (2010/2011), the Wigmore Hall (2011/12) and Hamburg Laeiszhalle (2012/2013). His operatic appearances have included Lysander ('A Midsummer Night's Dream') for Opera Australia at the Edinburgh Festival, Tamino and Jupiter (‘Semele’) for English National Opera and Quint ('The Turn of the Screw'), Don Ottavio and Caliban (Adès’s ‘The Tempest’) for the Royal Opera. For the Bavarian State Opera he has sung Nerone ('L'Incoronazione di Poppea'),... More

Neville Creed

Neville Creed began conducting while he was a Choral Scholar studying music at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was also awarded a scholarship to study conducting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he won the Ricordi Conducting Prize. He has conducted numerous choirs and orchestras, holding appointments as Conductor of the Guildford Philharmonic Choir and Chorus Director of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. In 1994 he was appointed Chorus Director of the London Philharmonic Choir and in 2002 he became its first Artistic Director. In preparing choirs for performances with most of the world’s finest conductors, as well as conducting his own concerts, he has gained an extensive choral repertoire. Neville Creed has made many recordings including David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, and Britten’s War Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under Kurt Masur on the LPO Label (LPO–0010). Awards have included Gramophone... More

Vladimir Jurowski

One of today’s most sought-after and dynamic conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow, and completed the first part of his musical studies at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Germany, continuing his studies at the High Schools of Music in Dresden and Berlin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and the same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with Nabucco. Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, becoming the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor in September 2007. He also holds the titles of Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He has also held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische... More

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s finest orchestras, balancing a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK’s most dynamic and forward-looking orchestras. As well as its concert performances, the Orchestra also records film soundtracks, has its own record label, and enhances the lives of thousands of people every year through activities for schools and local communities. The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, and since then its Principal Conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. Vladimir Jurowski is the current Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, appointed in 2007, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin is Principal Guest Conductor. The Orchestra is resident at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London, where it gives around 40 concerts each season. 2013/14 highlights include a Britten centenary celebration with Vladimir Jurowski including the War Requiem... More


Plamena Mangova won second prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2007 thus embarking on an international career. Her initial studies were under Marina Kapatsinskaya at the Pancho Vladigerov Sofia State Music Academy in Bulgaria and then at the Queen Sofia Higher Music School, Madrid with the eminent teacher Dmitri Bashkirov. She has also worked with Abdel-Rahman El Bacha at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium and received the advice of renowned musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, Krystian Zimerman and Andras Schiff. She is the prize-winner of various prestigious international piano and chamber music competitions, including “Paloma O’Shea” in Santander and “Vittorio Gui” in Florence, as well as the Juventus Festival in France. Plamena performs with leading orchestras, such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, National Orchestra of Belgium, BBC Philharmonic, Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber... More

Stéphane Denève

Stéphane Denève is Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and the former Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). Recognised internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s leading orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is also a champion of new music. Recent European engagements have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and Swedish Radio Symphony. In North America he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he is a frequent guest both in Boston and at Tanglewood, and he appears regularly with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony,... More

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR)

In 1945, when the newly-founded broadcasting station “Radio Stuttgart” started recruiting musicians to form the radio orchestra, nobody could have guessed how swiftly this orchestra would develop and how dramatic its rise to artistic prominence would be in the course of the next few decades. Today the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) is one of the state’s most important musical ambassadors, giving about 90 concerts a year in Stuttgart, in the area covered by SWR broadcasts, and in musical centres in Germany and abroad – often within the context of international music festivals. The concert for the 80th birthday of Pope Benedict XVI has been a stand-out highlight in the history of the Stuttgart RSO. With conductor Gustavo Dudamel and soloist Hilary Hahn, this event was broadcasted via radio and TV around the world. In addition to these frequent concerts, the orchestra also engages in numerous studio productions for the broadcasting station’s radio and television programme... More

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