(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)
was born in 1992 in Padua, Italy. She began to play the piano at the age of four with Laura Palmieri. In 2009, she concluded her professional studies with “summa con laude” from the National Academy Santa Cecilia in Rome in the class of Sergio Perticartoli. Leonora Armenllini also studied composition at the C.Pollini Conservatory of Padua with Giovanni Boonato. Since 2011, she has doing her postgraduate studies with Lylia Zilberstein at the Academy for Music in Hamburg, preparing for her master degree.
Additionally to her studies, Armellini took part in international masterclasses, where she was tutored by eminent musicians such as Lilya Zilberstein, Marian Mika, Pietro De Maria, Eliso Virsaladze, Jeffrey Swann, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Matti Raekallio and Michel Béroff.
In spite of her very young age – she produced this first solo CD at the age of 21 years – Armellini has performed already worldwide in many important concert halls. Among them are Sala Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Piccinni in Bari, Salle Cortot in Paris and – at the age of 17 – Carnegie Hall in New York. For her age, she has an unusual amount of experience playing concertos with orchestra, appearing with the Orchestra of Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Torino Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice, Kiev Chamber Orchestra and the National Philharmony of Ukraine. She has collaborated with conductors such as Claudio Scimone, Zoltan Pesko, Anton Nanut, Alexander Rabinovich-Barakovsky, Damian Iorio, Daniele Giorgi, Giordano Bellincampi, Christopher Franklin, Corrado Rovaris, Maximilian Warm, Raffaele Napoli and Emilian Madey. Her strong love for chamber music has brought her together with artists like Jeffrey Swann, Sonig Tchakerian, Laura Marzadori and the Trio Broz.
In 2009, Leonora was awarded first prize at the International Piano Competition Camillo Togni in Brescia, and in 2010 she received an outstanding performance award at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She has appeared in several TV broadcasts and appeared live in concert for the series “Sunday Concerts at Quirinale”, broadcast by Radio3. Last but not least, Leonora has recorded both Chopin Concertos, collaborating with the Orchestra of Veneto conducted by Anton Nanut and Alexander Rabinovich-Barakosky.
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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