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Gérard Korsten tours China with the London Mozart Players

Monday 12 May 2014

Gérard Korsten embarks on a  tour of China with the London Mozart Players on May 19th, performing in Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. The all-Mozart programme includes Symphony No. 38, Serenade No. 9 in D and Piano concerto No.25 with soloist Sa Chen. Following this, Gérard conducts his final two concerts as Music Director of the London Mozart Players on May 28th and 29th at St John's Smith Square, London and Fairfield Halls, Croydon, with a varied programme of Tippett's Divertimento on Sellinger's Round, Beethoven's Symphony No.2 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17, soloist Angela Hewitt.  For more information please visit http://www.londonmozartplayers.com/concerts/

Gérard Korsten returns to Gävle Symfoniorkester

Friday 2 May 2014

Gérard Korsten returns to Sweden to conduct the Gävle Symfoniorkester at the Gävle Konserthus on Friday May 9th. The programme includes Farrenc Overture No. 2, Schumann Symphony No.2 and the Beethoven violin concert with soloist Antje Weithaas. Click here for further information.

Gérard Korsten conducts London Mozart Players’ 25th Anniversary Concert

Thursday 20 March 2014

In the presence of HRH Earl of Wessex, London Mozart Players’ patron, Gérard Korsten conducts a celebratory concert for the 25th Anniversary of LMP  as resident orchestra at Fairfield Halls, Croydon.  With soloist Anthony Marwood, the orchestra perform Schumann’s Violin Concerto in D  minor followed by Schubert Symphony No 2 in B flat.  The concert opens with Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, Fingal’s Cave.

Gérard Korsten’s debut at Hungarian State Opera with Don Pasquale

Monday 16 December 2013

Gérard Korsten makes his debut on 18th January with six performance of Donizetti’s  Don Pasquale at Hungarian State Opera, Budapest.
Further performance are on 21,  23,  26 and  29 January and 2 February.
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Gérard Korsten makes his debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin with La Traviata

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Making his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gérard Korsten conducts six performances of Verdi’s tragic opera La Traviata from 20th October.  Götz Friedrich’s production has Dinara Alieva and Georgy Vasiliev singing the lead roles of Violetta and Alfredo. Further performances throughout the season are on 26th Okt.; 30. October; 30th Nov.; 4. November; 4th Dez. 2013; 8., 14. December 2013 and 8th, 14th Feb.; 19., 27. February 2014.

Gérard Korsten’s returns to the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and embarks on his final season as Music Director of London Mozart Players

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Gérard Korsten returns to perform two concerts with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra at Orebro  next week with a programme of Jörgen Dafgard’s Symphony No 1, two Haydn works, his  Scena de Berenice and Symphony No 82 in C major L'ours and Johan Ullén’s Lady Macbeth Songs with mezzo soprano Katarina Karneus.  The performances are on 3rd and 5th October.
The following week Gérard begins his last season as Music Director of the London Mozart Players, exploring the symphonies of  Schubert.  On 10th October at the Fairfield Hall, he conducts Schubert’s  Symphony No 6  in C major Little with Rossini’s  L'Italiana in Algert Overture and Mozart’s  Symphony No 40 in G minor. Later in the season, the orchestra will perform Schubert’s Symphony No 1 and No 2  and there will be works by Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn,  Beethoven, Ginastera and Tippet.

Gérard Korsten conducts Camerata Salzburg at the “Schubert in Gastein Festival”

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Returning to conduct Camerata Salzburg, Gérard Korsten performs two important concerts with the orchestra in the cultural festival "Schubert in Gastein", a tribute to Franz Schubert’s close association and musical inspiration taken from his visits to the Gastein valley.  In the Preimskirche on 12th September the two Schubert works are his Pyrker Lieder with soloist Manual Walser and Symphony No 8 Unfinished.  At the Böcksteiner Kirche  as part of the morning Mass on 15th September,  Gérard conducts Schubert’s Mass in E Flat.

Gérard Korsten celebrates Polish music at the Bregenz Festival with Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Gérard Korsten continues a tradition of showcasing Polish music at the prestigious Bregenz festival this week. Last night with the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg he celebrated the centenary of the birth of Witold Lutosławski with the composer’s Dance Preludes: Chantefleurs et chantefables; Paroles tissées with soloists Kathryn Lewek and Lucian Krasznec and followed by Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Chamber Symphony No 3. On 16th and 18th August they further perform Weinberg’s music with his Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor with soloist Ilya Gringolts and conclude with the Martinu’s Symphony No 4.

Gérard Korsten returns to Freiburg and visits South Africa

Monday 10 June 2013

Gérard Korsten has returned to Freiburg this week to conduct SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg.  He conducted a programme of Satie’s Jack in the Box and Mercure at E-Werk, Freiburg last night and on 14 June he conducts Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, Martin’s Polyptyque for violin and strings with soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Mendelssohn’s  Symphony No 4 Italian at the Concert House, Freiburg.
Gérard  will then visit South Africa to conduct the National Youth Orchestra in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown at the Sasol/National Youth Orchestra Course.
The South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation is a non-profit organisation and sponsored by Sasol that aims to offer world-class music education from its Development Initiatives to the icons of youth classical music in South Africa – the South African Youth Orchestra, the South African National Concert Orchestra, the South African National Wind Orchestra and the South African National String Orchestra.
The Foundation is supported entirely through private funding. Sasol has been a sponsor since 1979.  SANYO is grateful to De Beers, Rupert Musiekstigting, Adcock-Ingram, South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), AECI, and Business & Arts South Africa for their support over a number of years. In 2005, support was received from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

medici.tv stream Gérard Korsten and Chamber Orchestra of Europe’s acclaimed new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Opera de Dijon

Thursday 25 April 2013

Gérard Korsten conducted the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in five performances of a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Opera de Dijon in March, the orchestra making a welcome return to the pit of the Auditorium after an absence of ten years. You can stream the production on medici.tv at the link below and the DVD will be released later in the year.
http://www.medici.tv/#!/don-giovanni-jean-yves-ruf-gerard-korsten-opera-de-dijon
Details of the production are as below:
Musical Director Gerard Korsten
Staging Jean-Yves Ruf
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF EUROPE
CHŒUR DE L’OPÉRA DE DIJON
Staging assistant Anaïs de Courson
Choreography Caroline Marcadé
Set Laure Pichat
Costumes Claudia Jenatsch
Lights Christian Dubet
DON GIOVANNI Edwin Crossley-Mercer
LEPORELLO Josef Wagner
DONNA ANNA Diana Higbee
DON OTTAVIO Michael Smallwood
il COMMANDATORE Timo Riihonen
DONNA ELVIRA Ruxandra Donose
ZERLINA Camille Poul
MASETTO Damien Pass