Cloister of Santo Domingo Convent
DANIEL HOPE: Violin and Director
SEBASTIAN KNAUER: Piano
WILLI ZIMMERMANN: Concertmaster
This is the third consecutive years that Daniel Hope will perform at the Pollensa Festival. His three performances are a cycle, practically a tradition if you ask the press and festival-goers. This year he will perform with the group that he was recently made the director of. This is a great opportunity to see the evolution and the skill of one of the greatest European soloists of our time.
Suite Holberg, op. 40, by Edvard Grieg
1. Praeludium (Allegro vivace)
2. Sarabande (Andante)
3. Gavotte (Allegretto)
4. Air (Andante religioso)
5. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)
Concerto for piano no. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052, by J. S. Bach
Serenade for strings, Op. 20, by Edward Elgar
Concerto for violin in D minor, MWV O 3, by Felix Mendelssohn
Approximate length: 1 hour, 40 minutes (including 15 minute intermission)
British violinist Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for 25 years and is celebrated for his musical versatility as well as his dedication to humanitarian causes. Winner of the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music, whose previous recipients include Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Hope appears as soloist with the world’s major orchestras and conductors, also directing many ensembles from the violin. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2007, beginning with the 2016/17 season Hope will become Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, succeeding Sir Roger Norrington.
Hope opened the 2015/16 season with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, as well as “play-directing“ the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and gave recitals in the Théâtre-des-Champs-Élysées in Paris and at London’s Wigmore Hall. He will play-direct a number of other orchestras this season as well, including the Zurich Chamber, New Century Chamber and Orquesta Nacional de España.
In February 2016 Deutsche Grammophon released Hope’s 10th album for the Yellow Label: My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin. It is a deeply personal tribute to Hope’s mentor, with whom Hope performed over 60 times, including in Menuhin’s final appearance on March 7, 1999. Hope is the curator of a year of Menuhin concerts from Seoul to San Francisco, including a 10-day Menuhin Festival in April 2016 at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
Daniel Hope is one of the world’s most prolific classical recording artists, with over 25 albums to his name. His recordings have won the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d’Or of the Year, the Edison Classical Award, the Prix Caecilia, six ECHO-Klassik Awards and numerous Grammy nominations. His album of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Octet with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe was named one of the best of the year by the New York Times. His recording of Alban Berg’s Concerto was voted Gramophone Magazine’s “top choice of all available recordings.“ And his recording of Max Richter's Vivaldi Recomposed, which reached No. 1 in over 22 countries, is, with 130,000 copies sold, one of the most successful classical recordings of recent times.
Hope was raised in London and studied the violin with Zakhar Bron. Today Hope performs at all the world’s greatest halls and festivals: from Carnegie Hall to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, from Salzburg to Schleswig-Holstein, from Aspen to the BBC Proms and Tanglewood. He has worked with conductors such as Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano and Christian Thielemann, as well as with the world’s greatest symphony orchestras including Boston, Chicago, Paris, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Devoted to contemporary music, Hope has commissioned over 30 works, enjoying close contact with composers such as Alfred Schnittke, Toru Takemitsu, Harrison Birtwistle, Sofia Gubaidulina, György Kurtág, Peter Maxwell-Davies and Mark-Anthony Turnage.He plays the 1742 “ex-Lipiński” Guarneri del Gesù, placed generously at his disposal by an anonymous family from Germany. He lives with his family in Berlin.
He gave his first piano concert at the age of 14. His intense musicality which characterizes his unique style of interpretation has been highly successful and has established his name in the international music scene. He has performed in over 50 countries on four continents, in the most important music venues, such as Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Auditori in Barcelona, the Sala Verdi in Milan, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, etc.
For many years, he has collaborated with his close friend, the director Sir Roger Norrington, and in 2006, Warner Classics published the complete works of Mozart with the Camerata of Salzburg. Five years later, he recorded “Bach & Sons” for Berlin Classics, this time with the Chamber Orchestra of Zurich. This recording also earned him international acclaim. Among the critical reviews, it was highlighted in the German magazine, Stern as “brilliant”, in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung as “fantastic” and in Die Presse, Vienna, as “excellent”.
Other conductors with whom Sebastian Knauer has collaborated are Fabio Luisi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Neeme Järvi, Vladimir Fedosseyew, Vladimir Spivakov, Ingo Metzmacher, John Axelrod, Jesús López Cobos, Simone Young, Michael Sanderling, Philippe Entremont and Jaap van Zweeden, with orchestras like Dresdner Staatskapelle, Bamberg Symphony, NDR Symphony, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Hamburg Philharmonic and Symphony, Orchèstre Les Siècles, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, New York City Opera Orchestra, Russian National Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the chamber orchestras from Basle, Vienna and Tel Aviv.
Another aspect of his creativity is his unique programme planning, such as solo recitals, revealing relevant connections between the different compositions, or many projects in which he performs with his longstanding friend and duo-partner, the violinist Daniel Hope. Whether they appear in Europe, the USA or Japan – this duo earns enthusiastic acclaim from their audiences and the press. Their CD “East meets West”, issued in 2005, was rewarded with nominations for Klassic Echo and Grammy.
His repertoire is exceptionally extensive and multi-facetted. With his CD of George Gershwin´s entire solo repertoire he celebrated in 1998 the 100th birthday of this great composer, including the solo version for piano of “Rhapsody in Blue”. Another recording from 2001 featured the three great American composers, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber.
There is no stopping Sebastian Knauer when it comes to his enthusiasm for organising events. In 2012 he established his very own Festival mozart@augsburg of which he is artistic director. During the first half of September he offers concerts in Mozart´s city Augsburg, presenting artists like András Schiff, Menahem Pressler, Philippe Entremont, Sir Roger Norrington, Daniel Hope, Jan Vogler, the Emerson String Quartet, Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, the Artemis Quartet, Hannelore Elsner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Concert-Verein.
Sebastian Knauer has retained his home in his birthplace Hamburg, where he has traced his roots back to the 18th century, but by now he has become a true World Citizen.
Founded in 1945 by Edmond de Stoutz, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra is now one of the leading ensembles of its kind. Under the baton of Edmond de Stoutz and later of Howard Griffith and Muhai Tang the ensemble established and consolidated its status as a chamber orchestra of international importance. Sir Roger Norrington has been the orchestra’s Principal Conductor from 2011 until 2015. An internationally acclaimed conductor, Sir Roger Norrington is a leading figure of historically informed performance practice and continues exploring this approach in his concerts and recordings. Wishing to take their passion and exploration of the baroque repertoire a step further, the orchestra has been playing on gut strings and baroque bow since season 2011/12. Daniel Hope will be the Music Director of the orchestra from the 2016/17 season.
Regular invitations to international festivals, performances in the major musical centers of Europe, extended concert tours through various countries around the world bear witness to the Zurich Chamber Orchestra’s worldwide reputation. Numerous critically acclaimed CDs document the ensemble’s artistic work.Besides cultivating a broad repertoire ranging from baroque to classical and from romantic to contemporary music, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra not only frequently attracts attention by rediscovering forgotten composers, but also by collaborating with musicians from other genres such as jazz, folk music and popular entertainment. The encouragement of young instrumentalists and prospective lovers of classical music (such as concerts for children of all ages) is important to the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, as is the continuous collaboration with internationally renowned artists.
Born in Basel, Willi Zimmermann first took violin lessons at the age of six. In 1978 he gained admission to Sandor Zöldy's class and eventually attained his teaching and concert diploma with distinction. A scholarship gave him the opportunity to pursue his studies with Sandor Végh and Günter Pichler. From 1985 to 2007 Willi Zimmermann was leader of the internationally acclaimed Amati Quartet. As principal concertmaster with the Musikkollegium Winterthur orchestra from 1992 to 2010 and concertmaster of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra since 2008 he has led the orchestra in many concerts. This has resulted in collaborations with renowned artists like Krystian Zimerman, Fazil Say, András Schiff, Rudolf Buchbinder, Heinrich Schiff, Thomas Zehetmair and Sir James Galway. He has also performed as co-soloist with Daniel Hope, Giuliano Carmignola, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and many other musicians. In 2016 Willi Zimmermann is leading the Berliner Barocksolisten, the baroque ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker.