(Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra)
Its repertoire ranges from the baroque to the modern. At the beginning of the twentieth century, one critic wrote “If you want to keep up with the latest in contemporary works, you have to travel to Duisburg,” so modern music follows a long tradition. Back then, “new music” was written by composers such as Max Reger and Richard Strauss, who introduced their works in Duisburg themselves.
Internationally renowned conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Antoni Wit, Alun Francis and Axel Kober have recently worked with the Duisburger Philharmoniker. Jonathan Darlington left a lasting impression with his work as music director from 2002 to 2011. His predecessors were Alexander Lazarew and Bruno Weil, among others. Darlington developed exciting alternatives to conventional programming during his tenure. For the concert season 2009/2010, the Duisburger Philharmoniker was awarded “best concert programme” from the German Association of Music Publishers. They were awarded an Echo Klassik 2011 for their CD recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with violinist Susanna Yoko Henkel.
The list of soloists which have appeared with the orchestra is top-class: pianists Barry Douglas and Boris Bloch, violinists Frank Peter Zimmermann, Pinchas Zukermann, Daniel Hope and Isabelle Faust, cellists Antonio Meneses, Sol Gabetta and Matt Haimovitz, just to name a few. The orchestra is a regular guest at internationally renowned festivals such as the “Ruhr Piano Festival”, and the “Ruhrtriennale”, sharing the stage with stars like Vesselina Kasarova, Anna Netrebko and Neil Shicoff. In 2011, the Duisburger Philharmoniker celebrated a triumphant success at the Ruhrtriennale with a performance of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” under Kirill Petrenko.
Since 2007, the orchestra has a new concert hall, the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle, which has been praised internationally for its outstanding acoustics. In November 2009, an Eule organ was built in the hall. It is the only organ built in the English style on the continent and regularly attracts world-class organists such as Wayne Marshall of England and Iveta Apkalna of Latvia. Weblog of the Duisburger Philharmoniker (Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra)
Chao Wang was born in 1990 in Beijing and began his piano lessons at the age of four years, before he entered the Central Middle School in Beijing, an elite education facility. Showing an outstanding talent in music, he performed his first public recital at the age of six. In 2008 he moved to Germany to study at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Micheal Endres and Fabio Bidini; in 2011 he enrolled at Universität der Künste Berlin to continue his studies with Klaus Hellwig. He was awarded the Gisela and Erich Andreas and the Ottilie Selbach Redslob scholarships in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Chao has been unusually successful since his early youth. He was awarded so far in not less than thirteen renowned international piano competitions. Among them were, while he was only 16 years old, 3rd Prize at Takamatsu International Piano Competition as the youngest contestant, the 2nd Prize at the 4th The Muse International Piano Competition in Greece and the 22nd Epinal International Piano Competition in France. Furthermore he won the “Paul Streit” Prize at the 65th Geneva International Piano Competition in Switzerland.
As a consequence of all this, Chao is more and more becoming popular worldwide. He has performed so far with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lorraine Symphony Orchestra, TIPC Symphony and Takamatsu Symphony Orchestras in Japan, Santorini Chamber Orchestra in Greece, Chinese Youth Symphony Orchestra. During the last years, he gave dozens of recitals and concerts in China, Japan, Germany, France and Italy. Thus various international media already reported about him, referring to him as “one of the most promising young pianists”.
In October 2013 Chao collected his most important award so far – the Grand Prix at the European Piano Competition in France. As part of the first prize, this debut recording was produced by sponsorship of KAWAI.
Anna Malikova - piano
Anna Malikova was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she received her first piano lessons from Tamara Popovich. She studied in Moscow with Lev Naumov at the Central Music School and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she graduated in 1991. Afterwards she held a teaching position at the Conservatory for several years. Her solo career began in the former Soviet Union, giving solo recitals in cities like Moscow, St Petersburg, Omsk, Baku, among others and also appearing as a soloist with orchestras including those of Ekaterinburg, Minsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Tashkent.
As a prizewinner of important international competitions in Oslo, Warsaw (Chopin Competition) and Sydney, Anna Malikova began to perform more and more in the West. She was invited to play with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra – among many others.
In 1993, Anna Malikova was awarded first prize at the ARD Competition in Munich - the only first prize for a pianist awarded over a twelve year period. This success established her in the international music scene. Today she gives solo recitals, performs chamber music and concertos all over Europe, South America, and the Middle and Far East. She is invited to sit on juries of international piano competitions including the Chopin Competitions in Moscow and Beijing, the Vianna da Motta in Lisbon, “Armenian Legacy” in Erevan and the Gyeongnam Competition in Korea.
In addition to her busy concert schedule, Anna Malikova continuously increases her output on record. To date she has recorded most of the important works of Chopin as well as works of Schubert, Liszt, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Soler. She released an important new recording of the five piano concertos of Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanied by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne under the baton of Thomas Sanderling. This production received an unusual amount international attention and has received the coveted Classical Internet Award in 2006, the culmination of countless international and enthusiastic reviews.
In autumn 2010, a CD with piano works of Tchaikovsky was released. Projects in 2011 and beyond include appearances throughout Europe, Korea, Japan, China and South America. Anna Malikova is active as a recital and concerto soloist and sits on the jury of competitions such as the European Piano Competition in France, the Maria Canals Competition in Spain and the Chopin Youth Competition in Moscow.
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