London Mozart Players
Gérard Korsten, Music Director (from Sept 2010)
Gérard Korsten’s three-year term will begin in September 2010 although his first appearance, as Music Director designate, will be with the Orchestra at their home of Fairfield Hall, Croydon in May 2010. Over the next three years Gérard Korsten will be fully involved in the Orchestra’s musical development. He will conduct all of its major UK concerts and will work with the Orchestra to develop foreign touring as well as new project opportunities.
Simon Funnell, the LMP’s Managing Director, says: “We are all thrilled to be working with someone of Gérard’s experience, musicality and warmth. From his first rehearsal with us, he and the players developed a special rapport and it has been inspiring to see that relationship develop. I am convinced that Gérard’s appointment signals the beginning of a much-deserved renaissance for the UK’s first chamber orchestra.”
Gérard Korsten says about his appointment: “I was honoured to be approached by the LMP for this position. It is a fantastic orchestra with a distinguished history and the players are a delight to work with. I am very excited about the upcoming season we are planning at the moment and I believe we have a great future ahead of us.”
Gérard Korsten’s most recent appearance with the LMP was in April 2009 in a series of UK concerts in Basingstoke and Croydon, when he won over the musicians, search committee and audience with his masterful interpretation of works by Mozart, Haydn and Mendelssohn.
Korsten comes to the LMP after holding positions as Principal Conductor of the State Theatre in Pretoria, South Africa and Music Director of the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Italy. He is currently Principal Conductor of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz, Austria.
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Gérard Korsten, Principal Conductor
The Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg originated in 1984 from the urgent desire, after the disappearance of the Vorarlberg Radio Orchestra in 1959, to create once more a high level orchestra in West Austria. As the only professional symphony orchestra in the western part of Austria it has become indispensable in the cultural life of Vorarlberg and fulfils an important cultural politic task.
About 80 percent of the core of the orchestra consists of professional musicians from Vorarlberg and its bordering countries Switzerland, Liechtenstein as well as the German area around Lake Constance.
The Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg works on project basis. Without the limitations of a fixed sessions planning, up to ten programmes per season are being prepared during intensive rehearsal periods and generally performed in a series of concerts. An attractive and returning highlight of the season is the participation of the orchestra in scenic opera productions in collaboration with the Vorarlberger Landestheater. Since 1994 the orchestra produces its own, highly successful subscription series in the Festspielhaus Bregenz and the Montorthaus Feldkirch, since 2002 there is a third series in Bregenzerwald.
By collaborating with internationally renowned soloists and conductors like Heinrich Schiff, Thomas Zehetmaier, Julian Rachlin, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Thomas Quasthoff, Clemens Hagen, Manfred Honeck, Kirill Petrenko, Gérard Korsten, the actor Tobias Moretti or the author Michael Köhlmeier, as well as regular guest appearances at international festivals (Schubertiade, Bregenz Festival, Bregenzer Frühling) the Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg has become an import cultural institution, also beyond Vorarlberg.
Numerous radio recordings, three television and four CD- productions document the diverse repertoire of the orchestra. Apart from maintaining the traditional classical-romantic orchestral repertoire, works from the 20th and 21st century are performed regularly, with special attention for contemporary composers of Vorarlberg.
Music director of the Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg from 1988 till 2005 was Christoph Eberle; under his direction the orchestra toured to Vienna (Musikverein, Konzerthaus), Munich (Philharmonie), Düsseldorf (Tonhalle), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional), Bozen (Nuovo Teatro), as well as to Salzburg and Napels.
Since 2005 Gérard Korsten is music director of the orchestra.
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