DUO: They’re back!

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In 2012, Hélène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta collaborated on their first tour together, alongside an album release, Duo, which won an ECHO Award in 2013 for “chamber recording of the year”. Hélène and Sol reunite on a second tour, performing a programme of Pärt, Schumann, Debussy and Brahms, across Germany and Switzerland throughout January 2017. 

January 13th – Mozartsaal Rosengarten, Mannheim

January 14th – KKL, Lucerne

January 15th – Audimax der Universität, Regensburg

January 17th – Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin

January 18th – Gasteig Hall, Munich

January 20th – Alte Oper, Frankfurt

January 22nd – Die Glocke, Bremen

January 23rd – Sendesaal des NDR, Hannover

January 26th – Tonhalle, Dusseldorf

January 27th – Stadthalle, Braunschweig

January 28th – Sendesaal des NDR, Hannover

January 29th – Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden

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Brahms in Boston

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Photo: Mat Hennek

“To perform his 1st concert, is to be directly absorbed into the drama of the young Brahms’ life; the 2nd Concerto offers a journey of intimate introspection.”

On 8th November, Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Andris Nelsons, opens a two-week Brahms mini-festival traversing all four of the composer’s symphonies and his two piano concertos. Next week Hélène travels to Boston, joining Andris and the orchestra to perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto in D minor on 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th November, followed by performances of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 on 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th November. For more information about these performances, click here. Hélène and Andris recorded both Concertos with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Wiener Philharmoniker on Deutsche Grammophon in 2013.

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New season begins

Hélène Grimaud with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin Photo: Mat Hennek

After an incredible tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra this summer, Hélène Grimaud begins the autumn season performing with Orchestre Métropolitan Montreal and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on 6 October. From Montreal, Hélène travels to Abu Dhabi where she will perform her water inspired recital programme, before continuing on to Europe for a tour, rejoining Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. This November, Hélène will also join forces with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons as part of their Brahms festival, and continues her US tour with Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing recitals in Arizona, California and Maryland.

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Upcoming season highlights

Photo: Mat Hennek

Photo: Mat Hennek

After a summer break at home, Hélène Grimaud begins the autumn season performing with Orchestre Métropolitan Montreal and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on 6 October. From Montreal, Hélène travels to Abu Dhabi where she will perform her water inspired recital programme, before continuing on to Europe for a tour, rejoining Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. This November, Hélène will join forces with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons as part of their Brahms festival, and continues her US tour with Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing recitals in Arizona, California and Maryland.

Following their 2013 tour and disc release, Hélène Grimaud and Sol Gabetta will reunite in a series of concerts throughout January, performing a programme of Pärt, Schumann, Debussy and Brahms. Other highlights for the spring season include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and James Gaffigan, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop. More recitals follow in Basel, Nuremberg, Lisbon, Rome, Monte Carlo, Hamburg and Stockholm.

More details of Hélène’s upcoming performances can be found in the schedule. Hélène is looking forward to seeing you there!

 

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Press reviews from Hélène Grimaud’s tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and – a last minute surprise – cellist Jan Vogler

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Hélène Grimaud with members of the Australian Youth Orchestra in Stolpe, Germany Photo: Mat Hennek

 

On August 8, Hélène Grimaud’s international tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra and conductor Manfred Honeck wrapped with a performance at Sydney Opera House. The works of Ravel and Brahms were enjoyed by sold out halls from Germany, The Netherlands, and China, all the way down under in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.

Wiesbadener Kurier, 25.7.2016

Mit dabei war die französische Pianistin Hélène Grimaud, die im Kurhaus einmal mehr beglaubigte, warum Maurice Ravels Konzert für Klavier und Orchester G-Dur einer der von ihr besonders gern gewählten Repertoireschwerpunkte ist. Die absolute Klarheit, Reinheit, aber auch der Schliff und Drive ihres Spiels in den Rahmensätzen kamen der idealen Interpretation des Werks ziemlich nahe, dessen Finalsatz sie gemeinsam mit dem Orchester als Zugabe wiederholte.

The French pianist Hélène Grimaud was with them, proving once more in the Kurhaus, why Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major is one of the works from her repertoire that she is so willing to play.  Utmost clarity, purity, but also the polish and energy of her playing in the outside movements were very close to the ideal interpretation of the piece (….)

Hélène Grimaud with Jan Vogler in Redefin, Germany Photo: Mat Hennek

Hélène Grimaud with Jan Vogler in Redefin, Germany
Photo: Mat Hennek

On July 23, circumstance conspired against the Australian Youth Orchestra. Storms in the Frankfurt area led to widespread flight cancellations which, combined with the start of the summer holidays in Germany, have made it impossible for the Orchestra to reach their next destination in time for the concert. With the shortest of notice, Hélène Grimaud, indomitable and determined, nonetheless performed a beautiful duo recital programme with cellist Jan Vogler, with works by Schumann, Brahms and Shostakovich.

Ostsee-Zeitung, 26.7.2016

Das Publikum ist hingerissen von dem Notkonzert, von diesem weltrekordverdächtigen Kammermusikauftritt vor 3000 Menschen in der Reithalle – obwohl einige enttäuscht waren, auf Dvoráks 9. Sinfonie verzichten zu müssen. (….) Ein gewagter Auftritt dieses Duo Recital spontan? „Nun, gewagt ja, aber kein Risiko“, sagt Hélène Grimaud. Jedes Konzert könne schief gehen. „So was kann man wirklich nur mit Jan Vogler machen, weil er einfach cool und sensibel ist.“

The audience was overwhelmed by this concert, born out of necessity, by that world-record breaking chamber music performance in front of an audience of 3000 people in the Reithalle (…)
Was it daring to give this duo recital so spontaneously?  „Well, yes daring, but no risk“ says Hélène Grimaud. (…) „Something like that can only be done with Jan Vogler, because he is simply cool and sensitive.“

SVZ.de, 25.7.2016

Ein fulminantes Duett. Der Glanz eines Zufalls. Jubel in der Halle, zwei Künstler im legeren Habit, die sichtlich froh sind, und als Souvenir aus „Fronkraisch“ noch ein Sonatensatz von Debussy. Glückliches Ende eines ungewissen Tages.

Between tenderness and wild abandon, reflection and attack, both artists performed a brilliant duel in sound with a committed, thoughtful and thrilling tone (…) A stunning duo. The happy chance of coincidence brought together two artists in relaxed dress, clearly delighted with the cheers in the hall.  (…) A happy end to a day full of uncertainty.

 

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