Fragments to Forty: Kahane Conducts Daniel Hope on Violin
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Daniel Hope is “the most exciting British string player since Jacqueline du Pre.” —London’s The Observer
Feel the connection as rising star Daniel Hope performs Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata No. 1. This young artist worked so closely with the Russian composer that Schnittke’s widow entrusted him with a 1955 sonata discovered after her husband’s death. In his Southern California debut, Mr. Hope also performs three Mozart fragments that never made it into concertos – the rondo and adagio composed in Salzburg in 1776 and the 1781 rondo from Vienna. Our program concludes with the dynamic intensity and mood-evoking themes of the 1788 symphony that stands as one of Mozart’s most creative works.
Ibert: *Hommage a Mozart
*Schnittke: *Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Chamber Orchestra
*Mozart: *Rondo (K. 373), Adagio (K. 261), Rondo (K. 269)
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor
About Daniel Hope
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra guest artist — violin
British violinist Daniel Hope was voted Young Artist of the Year in 1999 and 2002 by Germany’s leading music magazine, FonoForum, and voted Classical Performer 2001 by London’s Evening Standard. "With his winning combination of old-world lyricism, beautiful tone, and a sure sense of style, he is a star in the making, writes American Record Guide.
Constantly searching to explore a variety of music ideas, Daniel Hope has developed a number of successful projects, from period performance to spoken word, Indian music and jazz. A close association with the Oscar-winning actor Klaus Maria Brandauer led to a project called War and Pieces; other projects combining words and music created by Hope include Forbidden, not Forgotten with music from the Theresienstadt Ghetto and Music to die for! with jazz-pianist (and LACO composer-in-residence) Uri Caine. Many of these projects can be heard at the Savannah Music Festival in Georgia, USA, where Daniel Hope was recently appointed Associate Artistic Director.
Daniel Hope’s dedication to 20th-century and contemporary music is highlighted through close contacts with several composers, such as Alfred Schnittke. For Nimbus Records, he has recorded works by Takemitsu, Weill, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Pärt. Warner Classics released his world premiere recording of the revised Berg Violin Concerto and his East meets West album featuring works for violin composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar. Daniel Hope also actively commissions works by young composers including Jan Müller-Wieland, Huw Watkins, and Roxanna Panufnik.
At the age of ten, Daniel Hope appeared on British television playing chamber music with double bassist Gary Karr. The following year he was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to perform Bartok duos for German television. This was the beginning of a long association with Menuhin, culminating in over 60 concerts together. A pupil at Highgate School, from 1992 -1998, he was a student of the Russian pedagogue, Zakhar Bron. He holds a DipRAM and ARAM from London’s Royal Academy of Music.
Hope has performed in concert halls from Buenos Aires and Berlin to Moscow and London, and has worked with such distinguished conductors as Rostropovich, Menuhin, Nagano, and Sondeckis, among others. He has appeared with major orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Wiener Kamerorchester, Concerto Köln, Orchestre de Toulouse, and the Berlin Radio and BBC Philharmonic orchestras.
The youngest member ever of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, Hope will tour all major venues in Europe and North America with the group twice a year. He has appeared at festivals such as the BBC Proms, Lucerne, Ravinia, Klangbogen Vienna, Gstaad, Harrogate, and Carinthian Summer Festival and his chamber music partners include Yuri Bashmet, Lynn Harrell, Sergei Nakariakov, and Christoph Poppen, among others.
About Jeffrey Kahane
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director
Jeffrey Kahane – photo by Annie AppelA native of Los Angeles, Jeffrey Kahane was warmly welcomed in 1997 as the fifth Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Renowned as a pianist and conductor, he is recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire from Bach to Gershwin. He has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist equally sought after as soloist, conductor and chamber musician. Jeffrey is also the music director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the artistic director of the Green Music Festival in Sonoma County. Jeffrey served as the music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony from 1995 to 2005.
Performing at the highest level as a soloist, he has maintained his reputation as a pianist “versatile in styles, superior in technique, unlimited in horizons” (Los Angeles Times) since he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983. Since then, Jeffrey has given recitals in many of the nation’s great concert halls including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. He appears as a soloist with leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra. Jeffrey is equally well known for his collaborations with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, and Thomas Quasthoff, and he often appears with leading chamber ensembles such as the Emerson String Quartet.
Jeffrey made his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988 and since then, he has made many successful guest conducting appearances with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in London, and with Royal Philharmonic of Galicia in Spain. In addition, he appears annually as both pianist and conductor at the Oregon Bach Festival, and has also been conducting at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival since 1992.
Recent highlights of Jeffrey’s career have included his highly successful conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic, return engagements conducting the Houston and Seattle Symphonies, performances of Copland’s Piano Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony, and a recital of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations to benefit the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. LACO audiences can look forward to another benefit recital by Jeffrey in April 2005. In the summer of 2003, Jeffrey performed all five Beethoven piano concerti over two consecutive nights at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to great acclaim, a project that he repeated at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony last summer resulting in rave reviews.
His recordings include works of Gershwin and Bernstein with Yo-Yo Ma for Sony, Paul Schoenfield’s Four Parables with the New World Symphony conducted by John Nelson for Decca/Argo, the Strauss Burleske on Telarc with the Cincinnati Symphony under Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and the complete Brandenburg Concertos (on harpsichord) with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling on the Hänssler label. He has also recorded the complete works for violin and piano by Schubert with Joseph Swensen for RCA, Bach’s Sinfonias and Partita #4 in D major for Nonesuch, and Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety for Virgin Records, which was nominated by Gramophone magazine for their Record of the Year award. As a conductor, Jeffrey has recorded music by Ned Rorem for BMG Classics with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. A new recording of the complete set of Bach violin concertos with Hilary Hahn and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey, was released on Deutsche Grammophon to great acclaim in September 2003 [more details].
Jeffrey has received much recognition for his innovative programming and also for his commitment to education and community involvement. His instigation of a family concert series in both Los Angeles and Santa Rosa has attracted wider audiences to the classical concert halls in both cities. Dedicated to working with young musicians, in 1991, Jeffrey co-founded the Gardner Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble of outstanding students and recent graduates of the major schools of music in the Boston area, and served as Artistic Director and Conductor from 1991-1995.
A First Prize winner at the 1983 Rubinstein Competition and finalist at the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition, Jeffrey Kahane has also been honored with awards including the 1983 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the first Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award in 1987.
A native of Los Angeles, Jeffrey’s early piano studies were with Howard Weisel and Jakob Gimpel. Jeffrey is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and currently resides in Santa Rosa, California with his wife Martha and their daughter Annie. Their son, Gabriel, is a singer/songwriter and composer in New York City.