2013 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition

A new 25-concert Contemporary Music Series

Simon Keenlyside/Bryn Terfel/Malcolm Martineau

Menahem Pressler and Friends

Yo-Yo Ma Gala Concert

Europa Galante/Fabio Bondi

Ian Bostridge: Schubert Lieder

Music in the Shadow of War

Joshua Redman Jazz Series

Matthias Goerne: A Celebration

Vox Luminis: Gramophone 'Recording of the Year' winners 2012

Spotlight on Steven Osborne

Isabelle Faust

Daniil Trifonov

Mitsuko Uchida/Musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

L'Arpeggiata Baroque Residency

The English Concert 40th Anniversary Celebration

Christian Gerhaher/Gerold Huber

Julian Anderson Composer in Residence

Marc-André Hamelin Artist in Residence

EXAUDI

Nash Ensemble American Series

Takács Quartet Associate Artists

Jerusalem Quartet Shostakovich Cycle

Julia Fischer 'Perspectives'

Dame Felicity Lott Wigmore Hall Farewell Concert

András Schiff Bach Series

Tippett: A Retrospective

Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset

Gerald Finley Residency

Joseph Marx Song Series

Les Arts Florissants - William Christie

Pinchas Zukerman

Sonia Prina/Ensemble Claudiana/Luca Pianca

Elias Quartet Beethoven Cycle

Outstanding performers, compelling programmes and the vital power of expressive artistry belong to the rich attributes built into Wigmore Hall's 2013/14 season. The Hall's status as an international cultural hub is clear from the season's opening week alone, which includes recitals by Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside, Menahem Pressler, Ian Bostridge, Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi, and Thomas Hampson. It is sure to be reinforced in following months with landmark performances by Julia Fischer, Yo-Yo Ma, András Schiff, Daniil Trifonov, Mitsuko Uchida, Sarah Connolly, Christian Gerhaher, Matthias Goerne, Christoph Prégardien, L'Arpeggiata and Christina Pluhar, The English Concert and Trevor Pinnock, and the Takács and Jerusalem Quartets. In an age of austerity and economic uncertainty, Wigmore Hall's 2013/14 season reinforces a bold and wholehearted commitment to excellence and its delivery to the largest possible audience.

Wigmore Hall audiences will have the chance to explore everything from central works of the chamber music, song and solo piano repertoire to rarely heard treasures of early and Baroque music and a series of world premiere performances of commissioned scores by leading contemporary composers. The breadth and depth of the 2013/14 season is set to touch listeners far beyond the famous Hall, thanks to an extensive programme of live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and recordings made for the award-winning Wigmore Hall Live label. Within the span of eleven months the Hall will present 420 concerts to an expected audience of 190,000 people, welcome world-class artists, introduce the work of thrilling young musicians in the opening years of their careers, and offer music from the time of the Tudors to the present day.

"Our new season amounts to a celebration of creativity and the best of chamber music-making in the world today," comments Wigmore Hall's Director, John Gilhooly. He draws attention to the fruits of sustained investment in the Hall's artistic programme, measurable not least in terms of artist residencies, series devoted to composers and specific creative themes, and the strikingly high calibre of performers to be heard throughout the 2013/14 season. "Thanks to our remarkable audience and the generosity of our loyal supporters, Wigmore Hall is able to take up the torch and shine it brightly over our indispensable chamber music world: the world of the string quartet, the piano trio, the song recital, the young chamber composer, the magnificent sound-world of early and Baroque music, and the excitement of discovering the emerging ensemble or pianist, and much more besides."

Bold thinking and the spirit of adventure have shaped Wigmore Hall's determination to promote contemporary chamber music and song, reflected clearly in the presence of 28 world and national premieres in the 2013/14 season. The schedule of first performances includes significant new scores by Pascal Dusapin, Bruno Mantovani, Rolf Wallin, Judith Weir and Jörg Widmann, commissioned by Wigmore Hall with support from Fondation Hoffmann. Julian Anderson begins his tenure as Wigmore Hall's second ever Composer in Residence with a day devoted to his music (2 November 2013) and two concerts later in the season, complete with the world premiere of a string quartet specially commissioned for the occasion (15 May 2014).

"We are delighted that our programme of Fondation Hoffmann commissions at Wigmore Hall and co-commissions with other partners is contributing so strongly to the expansion of the contemporary chamber music repertoire," observes John Gilhooly. "These pieces, created by the leading composers of our time, are being brought to life by performers with profound understanding of the music of the early 21st century and its diverse relationships to the wonderfully rich legacy of works from the past. New music now occupies an important place at Wigmore Hall, programmed throughout the season and presented as part of a vibrant tradition of chamber music and song that stretches back over four centuries."

The new season opens at Wigmore Hall on 7 September 2013 when Bryn Terfel and Simon Keenlyside join forces with Malcolm Martineau. Their programme of songs by Schubert and Schumann raises the curtain on a week that contains essential dates with Wigmore Hall Medal winner, Menahem Pressler. The 89-year-old pianist shares the stage with three esteemed younger colleagues on 9 September.

Other highlights of the season include a five-concert survey of Bach's keyboard works performed by András Schiff (23, 26 & 29 November, 14 & 18 December 2013). The pianist returns to Wigmore Hall on 21 December to mark his 60th birthday in extraordinary fashion by sharing his mature interpretations of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and Bach's The Goldberg Variations. Yo-Yo Ma comes to Wigmore Hall on 29 April 2014 to give his first recital there for more than 20 years and create another landmark event in the venue's calendar.

Residencies and special projects run throughout the 2013/14 season at Wigmore Hall. Mitsuko Uchida and members of the Berlin Philharmonic present the sublime combination of Schubert's Notturno, the Adagio from Alban Berg's Chamber Concerto and Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. The Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner presents three 'Portrait' concerts in the coming season's programme, while Julia Fischer makes a welcome return to Wigmore Hall for a special Artist Residency comprising everything from music by Tartini to Ravel. Matthias Goerne returns to Wigmore Hall after a three-year absence on 25 September for the first of two recitals in 2013/14, opening with songs by Schubert and moving on to music by Mahler and Shostakovich in January with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.

Steven Isserlis is the central figure in a four-concert series for Wigmore Hall's 2013/14 season from works created in the turbulent decades between the two world wars. The cellist's Music in the Shadow of War programmes, including works by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Martinů, catch the vivid energy of chamber scores conceived as the world stumbled from one catastrophe to the next. Context and imaginative repertoire combinations lie behind Malcolm Martineau's Songlives, a major new strand in Wigmore Hall's Song Series. Audiences will have the chance to explore works from specific years or selected from a single composer's creative life - including aspects of Schumann's song output, Schubert's songs of 1825 and the mélodies of Duparc and Debussy. Each recital has been tailored to suit the artistic sensibilities of Martineau's partners, Lucy Crowe, Christopher Maltman, Sarah Connolly, Simon Keenlyside, Christoph Prégardien, Christiane Karg, Katherine Broderick, Andrei Bondarenko, Miah Persson and Florian Boesch among them. Wigmore Hall also hosts a three-concert survey of the Songs of Joseph Marx, presented in context with more familiar works by Wolf, Richard Strauss, Berg and Korngold.

The music of Michael Tippett and the complete string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich receive close attention in two series, the first examined in a four-concert celebration of the composer's work performed by the Heath Quartet, Craig Ogden, Steven Osborne and Mark Padmore, the second presented by the Jerusalem Quartet. Connoisseurs of fine string quartet playing can also look forward to six concerts from Wigmore Hall's Associate Artists, the Takács Quartet, built around works written within the bounds of the old Habsburg Empire, a Beethoven series from the Elias Quartet and a survey of Britten's string quartets from the Belcea Quartet.

Wigmore Hall's Early Music and Baroque Series goes from strength to strength with a programme of 48 concerts in 2013/14. Paris-based L'Arpeggiata and their charismatic director Christina Pluhar are poised to unlock the improvisatory flair of Baroque music in three concerts (10 October 2013, 21 March & 10 July 2014), while The English Concert and their founder Trevor Pinnock are reunited on 15 October 2013 to mark the ensemble's 40th anniversary. Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, The Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico, Le Concert Spirituel and Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi also belong to the stellar list of performers in line to share their searching interpretations of everything from Bach and Handel to Charpentier and Schütz.

 

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