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Turner Ensemble Launched
Katherine Howard is delighted to announce the launch of a concert series by the Turner Ensemble, brainchild of a group of distinguished principal players from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
The Turner Ensemble’s launch concert on 17 January 2010 also marks the beginning of its five-concert residency at the King’s Place. Designed by celebrated architects Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones, Kings Place features the first modern, purpose built concert hall in London, and uniquely houses classical music and the fine arts together in a specialist, state-of-the-art environment. Located next to King’s Cross, the building’s two music halls are situated below street level to create a contemporary environment completely free of intrusive background noise.
The Ensemble chose the name of the artist JMW Turner for his universal lyricism of colour, light and space, and for the inspirational way in which his work is rooted simultaneously in the past and the present. Future plans include the commissioning of a trilogy of compositions inspired by Turner’s paintings. The first composer to be commissioned is one of the most outstanding composers of his generation, Peter Fribbins. Fribbins studied with Hans Werner Henze and staged his collaborative opera ‘Anna Bella’ when still only 20. He is especially known for his chamber music with commissions across Europe and is also artistic director of the London Chamber Music Society Concerts at Kings Place, London.
The strength of the Turner Ensemble is in the flexibility and adventurousness of its programming. Its debut recital combines two exquisite harp-based pieces (Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane) with Fauré’s C minor Piano Quartet and Janáček’s Concertino for piano, strings and wind. Later concerts in this trailblazing series will include masterpieces by Rihm, Brahms, Schoenberg, Schumann and Beethoven.
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As part of the company’s ongoing expansion into the promotion of select artists, Katherine Howard Public Relations is delighted to announce its exclusive UK management of the internationally renowned Henschel Quartet. Following a series of acclaimed recordings, the Henschels have just signed a new contract with NEOS Records and released the world premiere recording of Bruch’s E flat String Quintet. KHPR is looking forward enormously to working with this brilliant young ensemble on developing their profile in the UK.
Another exciting new project is the exclusive promotion of the Turner Ensemble, brainchild of acclaimed violinist Jan Schmolck, who has created an all-star chamber group featuring the best players from the ranks of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nash Ensemble, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Katherine Howard is one of the most respected press officers and artist managers working in the classical music industry today. Over 20 years in the business, her wide-ranging experience has proved crucial, particularly to artists seeking to raise their profile in what is now a highly competitive business. Through her many powerful contacts in television, radio, the press, record labels and music management, she has spearheaded innumerable successful campaigns on behalf of distinguished performers and composers.
Katherine began her career working for BBC Radio 3 before joining the PR departments at Deutsche Grammophon and Philips Classics, where her roster of clients included such legendary figures as Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein and Mstislav Rostropovich. Katherine subsequently headed up the PR team at Sony Classical, looking after the label’s exclusive artists on a one-to-one basis, including Isaac Stern, John Williams and John Tavener. Subsequently, as Head of Artist Promotion and Management at both EMI and Virgin Classics, her roster of artists included Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Simon Rattle and Nigel Kennedy.
In 1998 Katherine went freelance and set up her own company, KHPR, which has since worked with some of the top international artists of today, including Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Ravi Shankar and Chick Corea. The company has undertaken projects from international promotion & PR consultancy to the promotion of individual artists, recordings and artist management, including the CD/DVD promotion of the Queens Jubilee Concerts. Her current roster of distinguished clients also includes the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, composer and pianist David Earl and soprano Hannah Francis.
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The Henschel Quartet – Christoph, Markus and Monika Henschel studied under Felix Andrievsky, and Mathias Beyer-Karlshøj under Thorleif Thedeen. They also studied with their mentor Sergiu Celibidache and the Amadeus Quartet, the Alban Berg Quartet and members of La Salle Quartet. The Henschels were Quartet-in-Residence at both the Aldeburgh Festival (1994) and Tanglewood Festival (1995/1996). Their repertoire encompasses more than 200 works from Classical/Romantic to 20th Century/Contemporary Music. They have given Première Performances from Günter Bialas to Manfred Trojahn; 2006 saw a Concert Première of Celibidache’s Taschengarten, 2007 a Concert Première of Carl Orff’s String Quartet Movement in Munich and 2008 a Concert Première of Max Bruch’s String Quintet in Eb at the Wigmore Hall. They have won prizes at the International String Quartet Competitions in Evian, Banff, Salzburg, Osaka - in 2006 the Quartet became Germany’s Cultural Ambassadors for the EU – and were successfully recognised as Henle Artists. The Quartet has worked for the German Music Council, the Siemens Arts Programme, the Goethe Institutes Abroad and regularly play at the Spanish Royal Palace in Madrid. The Quartet has given regular masterclasses at MIT, Boston, Dartington College of Arts, and the University of Melbourne, Australia. They have recorded and won awards for their CD’s for SonyBMG, EMI and Deutsche Grammophon. They also organise an annual string festival at the Kloster Seligenstadt and are Ambassadors for SOS Children’s Villages Association.
The Turner Ensemble – The Ensemble is the brainchild of acclaimed violinist Jan Schmolck, who has created an all-star chamber group featuring some of the finest players from the ranks of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nash Ensemble, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Their inaugural concert on 17 January 2010 also marks the beginning of its five-concert residency at the King’s Place, London. The strength of the Ensemble is in the flexibility and adventurousness of its programming. Its debut recital combines two exquisite harp-based pieces (Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane) with Fauré’s C minor Piano Quartet and Janáček’s Concertino for piano, strings and wind. Later concerts in the series will feature works by Rihm, Brahms, Schoenberg, Schumann and Beethoven, amongst others.
Trio Broz, the young, dynamic award-winning trio from Italy are composed of the sisters Barbara, violin, and Giada, violin and viola, and their brother Klaus, cello. They have performed more than 400 concerts both in Italy and abroad including tours in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Balkans, Mexico, Zimbabwe and the USA over the past few years.
The trio have recorded two CD’s, the most recent being a world premiere of the Goldberg Variations by J.S.Bach in a new version for String Trio arranged by Bruno Giuranna. Their CD has received a 4 star rating in Classical Music Magazine, ‘Highly recommended’ The Strad and is Classic FM’s Presenters Choice for 2009. The Trio will be performing the Bach Goldberg Variations at Loddon Mill on March 26th, 2010—their UK debut!
David Earl- David is one of Britain’s most experienced and celebrated composer-pianists. As pianist he made his spectacular debut aged 17 and studied under Jacob Kaletsky. In 1975 the Greater London Arts Association selected David as a Young Musician of the Year. His magnificent First Piano Suite, Mosaics was premiered at the Wigmore Hall in 1977. He co-composed for a series of films for Channel 4 including Jack Rosenthal’s acclaimed P’Tang Yang Kipperbang and composed classic ballet scores – including The Return of the Soldier (1981), Abelard and Heloise (1983), The Nightingale and the Rose (1983) and Macbeth (1991) – the two-act operas Hamlet (1984) and The Go-Between (1991), concertos for Two Pianos (1983), Violin (1985) and Cello (1994), a set of 24 Preludes (1993), two violin sonatas (commissioned by Tasmin Little in 1991/7), and two further piano suites. Recent compositions include a Second Piano Concerto (2006), a Trumpet Concerto (2005), Island Owl (2008) and a Clarinet Trio (2008) which will be given it’s world premiere on July 27th at the 2009 Aberystwyth Festival.
Hannah Francis - At the age of 15 Hannah won a scholarship to The Royal College of Music where she studied harp and voice. She won the Royal Overseas League Prize for the most promising young musician in the UK. As a singer she won the coveted prize of a Wigmore Hall recital and it was then that she decided to devote her time totally to singing. She was principle soprano with the English National Opera and has performed widely on the international operatic and concert platform. As a recitalist she has performed in New York and frequently at the Wigmore Hall, South Bank and the Banqueting House, Whitehall. In addition she has sung at many Music Festivals including Aldeburgh, Windsor, Dartington, Cheltenham, Flanders, Lausanne and La Rochelle. As an impresario she was the inspiration behind the Tower of London Music Festival where she sang the title role in Donizetti’s opera Anna Bolena.
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