The performers of the final concert of the Festival of Polish Composers in Bielsko-Biała are: The Beeethoven Academy Orchestra, Jean-Luc Tinguad – conductor and pianist – Kyohei Sorita.
…The first bars already made it clear that the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, established in 2003 in Krakow, is composed of the most talented young musicians in Poland.
Annika Senger / Online Musik Magazine
The Beethoven Academy Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras of the young generation. It is made up of the most outstanding students and graduates of European higher musical education institutions, including the Academy of Music in Krakow, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Royal Music Conservatoire in Brussels, Conservatoire International de Musique in Paris, and Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz. The ensemble started its activity in 2003, following the success at the 53rd Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth.
In 2005, on the initiative of Elżbieta Penderecka, the orchestra debuted at the 9th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, which resulted in excellent reviews and invitations to prestigious festivals at home and abroad.
The orchestra has over thirty albums to its credit, recorded for such labels as DUX Poland, Centaur Records USA, Le Foxx Music and Universal Music. It has also signed a contract with the reputable record company EMI London KPM. When reaching for entertainment and film music classics, the ensemble is as successful as with classical scores. It has recorded soundtracks for such giants as Warner Bros, Netflix, Marvel and Monolith, collaborated with Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal, Michał Lorenc and Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, and recorded the platinum-winning album Siedem Pieśni Marii (Universal Music), which has become extremely popular and sold in 300 thousand copies. Since 2010, he has also been implementing his own concert series “Still Polish Music …” promoting forgotten, forgotten Polish music.
Since 2010, BAO has also been producing their own concert series Jeszcze Polska Muzyka (Still Polish Music) promoting forgotten yet beautiful Polish music. BAO made a spectacular recording for Marvel and Netflix studios. In 2021, on the orchestra’s commission, Elliot Goldenthal – Oscar-winner US composer composed Symphony No. 3 for soprano and orchestra, that had a world premiere in Krakow on December 15, 2021.
In March 2018 Universal Music released the album Waves of My Life with the music of the Emirate artist Ihab Darwish. Premiere of this project with the participation of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and the composer himself took place at the famous Abu Dhabi Music Festival. In 2021 we virtually performed at Ihab Darwish 2nd concert Hekayat. Symphonic Tales commissioned and produced by Abu Dhabi Festival. And recorded and released an alum with the same title.
Since its inception, the orchestra has been under the artistic and organizational care of Marcin Klejdysz. Since November 2013, by invitation of the BAO artists, the post of the orchestra’s principal conductor has been held by maestro Jacek Kaspszyk.
The orchestra has worked with some of the greatest authorities of the art of conducting, composers and soloist, including Krzysztof Penderecki, Jean-Luc Tingaud, Gabriel Chmura, Michał Dworzyński, Wolfgang Seeliger, Andreas Spering, Łukasz Borowicz, Cristiano Vasquez, Michał Klauza, Piotr Sułkowski, Paweł Przytocki, Steven Isserlis, Kaja Danczowska, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Aleksandra Kurzak, Łukasz Długosz, Gautier Capuçon, Małgorzata Walewska, Aleksander Kobrin, Kolja Blacher, Wibi Soerjadi, Thomas Quasthoff, Konstantin Scherbakov, Ingolf Wunder, Christian Lindberg, Oystein Baadsvik, Kevin Kenner, Bartosz Koziak, So-Ock Kim, Edita Gruberova, Iwona Sobotka, Rafał Bartmiński, as well as the winners and participants of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw: Charles Richard-Hamelin, Szymon Nehring, Dmitry Shishkin, and Krzysztof Książek. These names by all means testimony to the ensemble’s top class.
The BAO has been a regular guest in prestigious concert halls in Europe and overseas such as Alte Oper Frankfurt, Musikverein in Vienna, Great Hall of People in Beijing, Xinhai Concert Hall, Sanat Concert Hall in Istanbul or Konzerthaus in Berlin. The orchestra appears regularly at the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, the Polish Music Festival in Moscow, the Last Night of the Proms in Krakow, International Music Festival Chopin and his Europe, and the Film Music Festival in Krakow, where in 2014, it had the honour to perform during the 100th anniversary international gala of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). In May 2017, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra has appeared again during the Film Music Festival in Krakow, this time featuring the jubilee gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the event.
The BAO has regularly performed with the Darmstadt Concert Choir and since 2011, it has been a resident orchestra in Darmstadt. The ensemble puts also great emphasis on the education of the youngest music aficionados. Thanks to the support of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Polish Institute of Film Art, and local governments, it has organized several dozen educational concerts under such cycles as: Bolek and Lolek in concert, Children’s melodies, Birds’ gossip or a story about music. At the invitation of the Krakow Festival Office, the orchestra also inaugurated the opening of Tauron Arena with the Pixar in Concert event for 16,000 young spectators.
Since 2010, he has also been implementing his own concert series Jeszcze Polska Muzyka… promoting the forgotten treasures of Polish symphony music. Last year, BAO has made spectacular recordings for Marvel and Netflix studios. Symphony No. 3 for soprano and orchestra to the poetry of Barbara Sadowska commissioned by the orchestra was composed by the Oscar winner – Elliot Goldenthal. The world premiere took place in Krakow on December 15 this year.
Jean-Luc Tingaud – conductor
The First Guest Conductor of Beethoven Academy Orchestra. After studying the piano and conducting at the Paris National Conservatoire, Jean-Luc Tingaud was chosen by Manuel Rosenthal to be his assistant. Rosenthal, himself a pupil of Maurice Ravel, was a formative influence, instilling in the younger man his passion for French music.
Opera has always been one of Jean-Luc Tingaud’s main interests. Since 2001 he has been a regular guest at the Wexford Festival where, amongst other things, he has conducted Massenet’s Sapho, Fauré’s Pénélope, and Chabrier’s Le Roi malgré lui. Other engagements have included Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Werther at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, La Damnation de Faust in Reims, Pelléas et Mélisande and Carmen at the Opéra de Toulon, Le Siège de Corinthe at the Rossini Festival in Wildbad, Faust at the Macerata Festival, The Turn of the Screw at the Opéra de Lille, L’Heure espagnole with l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris, Dialogues des carmélites, Madama Butterfly and La bohème for Pittsburgh Opera, Pelléas et Mélisande at the Prague National Theatre, The Pearl Fishers for English National Opera, Roméo et Juliette at the Arena di Verona, La Fille du régiment at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for The Grange Festival and Carmen at the New National Theatre Tokyo.
His discography includes Sapho recorded at Wexford (Fonè), Werther recorded at Martina Franca (Dynamic), La Voix humaine recorded at Compiègne (DVD) and Le Siège de Corinthe (Naxos) recorded at Bad Wildbad. Recently he has begun a series of recordings of symphonic music for Naxos, including music by Dukas (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, La Péri and Symphony in C), Bizet (Roma, Patrie, Jeux d’enfants etc.) and Poulenc (Les Biches, Sinfonietta and Les Animaux modèles) with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, and music by d’Indy (including his Symphony No.2), César Franck (symphonic poems including the complete Psyché) and Massenet (including his only symphonic poem Visions) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
In 2004 he made his London debut at the Barbican conducting the English Chamber Orchestra with soloists Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. Other orchestras he has worked with include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Warsaw and Krakow Philharmonic Orchestras, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National de Lyon and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has recently been appointed First Guest Conductor of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow.
Recent engagements have included Spontini’s Fernand Cortez at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida at the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo, which received the Special Prize from the jury of the Premio Franco Abbiati, Italy’s most prestigious classical music awards.
Future plans include recordings of music by Fauré, César Franck and Chausson, Lakmé at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, and in 2022 he will make his debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.
Kyohei Sorita – piano
A 2nd prize winner at the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition (Warsaw, 2021). Born on 1 September 1994 in Tokyo. He is currently a student of Piotr Paleczny at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, having studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Mikhail Voskresensky. He has worked with such ensembles as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai in Turin, NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, Russian National Orchestra of Moscow and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He has won first prize and the audience prize in the Japan Music Competition (2012) and first prize in the Cantu International Piano and Orchestra Competition in Italy (2015). In 2020, he made his debut at the Vienna Großer Musikvereinssaal.
Michał Kleofas Ogiński – Polonaises (instrumentation: Roman Palester)
Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński – Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Op.11
Fryderyk Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21
Kyohei Sorita (2nd Prize ex aequo of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition, 2020)
Beethoven Academy Orchestra
Jean-Luc Tingaud – conductor
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