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The Kelemen Quartet has won first prize at the 2014 Premio Paolo Borciani competition in Reggio Emilia, Italy

16 Jun 2014
The critically-acclaimed Hungarian Kelemen Quartet has won another first prize at the “Premio Paolo Borciani” 10th International String Quartet Competition in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
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Royal Northern Sinfonia announces Lars Vogt as new Music Director ahead of Sage Gateshead’s 10th birthday season

16 Jun 2014
Ahead of the 10th birthday celebrations of Sage Gateshead, Royal Northern Sinfonia announces German virtuoso pianist and conductor Lars Vogt as its new Music Director from September 2015.
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Music in a Tuscan Paradise

27 May 2014
La Foce’s annual chamber music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena returns from 18 to 27 July to celebrate youth for its 26th edition in memory of Antonio Origo and his wife Iris, the Anglo-American author of War in the Val d’Orcia. Artistic Director Antonio Lysy brings together rising stars alongside world-class musicians including Maxim Vengerov, the Borromeo String Quartet, Saleem Ashkar, Soqquadro Italiano and Solisti.it - musicians from leading orchestras in Italy. Sir John Elliot Gardiner will also be at the festival for a talk and book signing.
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Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Opera’s UK tour brings two great operatic epics, Berlioz’ Les Troyens and Wagner’s Ring Cycle in fully-staged productions, plus a new opera by Rodion Shchedrin

27 May 2014
Valery Gergiev and his celebrated Mariinsky Opera return to present two operatic epics, Berlioz’s Les Troyens at Edinburgh International Festival (28-30 August) and Wagner’s complete Ring cycle at Birmingham Hippodrome (5-9 November). With performances in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff and Birmingham, the Mariinsky showcases Russian masterpieces including Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, and sacred choral music. At the Barbican, they will also give the UK premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s new opera Levsha, (The Lefthander). Between performances of the Ring, the Mariinsky Chorus sings Rachmaninov’s Vespers and the Stradivarius Ensemble give a concert of works by Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Strauss in Birmingham’s Town Hall. Their season is preceded by live screenings in cinemas across the UK of Prokofiev’s War and Peace in a new production by Graham Vick live from the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg – the first live cinema screening from the new Mariinsky II on 16 July.
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Sir Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia give two concerts as part of the Rossini celebrations at Cecilia Bartoli’s Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele 2014

15 May 2014
Following their success at the Salzburg Festival over recent summers, Sir Antonio Pappano and his Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia make their debut at the Whitsun Festival 2014 with two concerts on 8 June. The first concert is at the Großes Festspielhaus at 12pm, in a programme consisting of Verdi’s Libera me and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with internationally acclaimed soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Elīna Garanča, Piotr Beczala and Erwin Schrott. At 5pm, Pappano will conduct his orchestra and chorus in a performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the Stiftung Mozarteum with renowned soloists Eva Mei, Vesselina Kasarova, Lawrence Brownlee and Michele Pertusi.
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Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza present a staged production of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas in Regensburg, followed by a concert performance in Bruges

15 May 2014
Renowned Italian harpsichordist Fabio Bonizzoni and his critically-acclaimed ensemble La Risonanza give two performances of Purcell’s operatic masterpiece Dido and Aeneas on Monday 9 June in a fully-staged production at the Regensburg Theatre, followed by a concert performance in Bruges in November. The opera concludes the 30th edition of the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg and features contemporary dance choreography under the direction of Francesca la Cava. For both performances, Bonizzoni and La Risonanza are joined by distinguished international soloists including Italian soprano Raffaella Milanesi as Dido and Austrian baritone Richard Helm as Aeneas.
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Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza perform Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno in Versailles followed by a “Ruspoli” gala at the Petit Trianon

15 May 2014
The Royal Opera of Versailles provides a sumptuous setting for acclaimed harpsichordist Fabio Bonizzoni and his Italian ensemble La Risonanza’s performance of Handel’s first oratorio, Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, on Sunday 6th July 2014 at 4pm. This is followed by a gala concert at Marie Antoinette’s private estate, Le Petit Trianon, in honour of Handel’s Italian patron, Prince Ruspoli. Soloists Roberta Invernizzi (Bellezza), Yetzabel Arias Fernandez (Piacere), Martin Oro (Disinganno) and Krystian Adam (Tempo) join the baroque ensemble for both performances.
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Bevan Family Choir Reunite for Fundraising Concert in Aid of the Downside Abbey Bicentenary Appeal with Sophie, Mary and Ben Bevan

07 May 2014
The Bevan Family Choir reunite with the new generation including world-class singers Sophie, Mary and Benjamin Bevan for a fundraising concert at Downside Abbey for the the Bicentenary Appeal on Sunday 11 May.
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Highbury Opera Theatre gives the premiere of Scott Stroman’s new musical - Shakespeare's As You Like It- at Union Chapel on 13 & 14 June 2014

07 May 2014
Highbury Opera Theatre continues its enterprising programme of presenting contemporary works for all with the world premiere of As You Like It, a new musical adapted from Shakespeare's comedy by American composer, conductor, singer and jazzman Scott Stroman.
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Thomas Zehetmair marks his final concerts as Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Music Director with the world premiere of John Casken’s That Subtle Knot at Sage Gateshead & London’s Milton Court

24 Apr 2014
Thomas Zehetmair marks his final concerts as Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Music Director with the world premiere of John Casken’s That Subtle Knot at Sage Gateshead & London’s Milton Court
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ORCHID CLASSICS NEW RELEASE: BRAHMS COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS & PIANO QUINTET GRINGOLTS QUARTET WITH PIANIST PETER LAUL

24 Apr 2014
Orchid Classics, founded by entrepreneurial violinist Matthew Trusler, releases a new CD of the Complete String Quartets and Piano Quintet by Brahms with the Gringolts Quartet and Russian pianist Peter Laul.
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La Foce hosts a stellar line-up of world-class musicians and young talents at the 26th festival Incontri in Terra di Siena in memory of Anglo-American writer Iris Origo

24 Apr 2014
La Foce’s annual chamber music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena returns from 19 to 27 July to celebrate youth for its 26th edition in memory of Antonio Origo and his wife Iris, the Anglo-American author of War in the Val d’Orcia.
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Amati auction features a rare Bergonzi cello worth £500K following valuation roadshow for stringed instruments around the UK

24 Apr 2014
New auction house Amati (www.amati.com) is hosting a series of valuation days around the UK from 23 April to 23 June, offering people the chance to find out what their stringed instruments are worth before the next online auction on Wednesday 14 May.
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Sir Antonio Pappano and his Roman Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia return for a UK tour to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall & London’s Royal Festival Hall

24 Apr 2014
The Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia returns to the UK with its Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano for concerts in Birmingham and London from 16 to 18 May, performing Verdi’s Requiem and an innovative concert exploring the theme of imprisonment and freedom with works by Beethoven and Dallapiccola.
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Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza release a new recording of Handel duets followed by a performance at Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in May

24 Apr 2014
Celebrated harpsichordist Fabio Bonizzoni and his Italian ensemble La Risonanza follow their series of Handel’s Italian Cantatas with a new recording of the composer’s Duetti da camera on the Glossa label, featuring leading soloists Roberta Invernizzi and Marina De Liso.
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