Orchestra of St. Luke's
Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) is one of America's foremost and most versatile orchestras,
regularly collaborating with the world's greatest artists and performing approximately 70
concerts each year-including its orchestra series at Carnegie Hall, its chamber music
series at The Morgan Library & Museum and the Brooklyn Museum, and its summer residency
at the Caramoor Music Festival. OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works; given more
than 150 world, US, and New York premieres; and appears on more than 90 recordings,
including four Grammy Award-winning albums and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke's
Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado, who was named 2014 Conductor of the Year by Musical
America, is OSL's principal conductor.
OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that gathered in the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in
Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble consists of 21 virtuoso
artists who make up OSL's artistic core and are dedicated to a diverse repertoire that
spans the Baroque to contemporary works.
OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in midtown Manhattan, where it
shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is one of New York
City's premier venues for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a
reputation for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since
opening in 2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 50,000 visitors, including more
than 300 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Emanuel Ax, Joshua
Bell, Valery Gergiev, and James Levine. OSL also hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and
schoolchildren at its home each year for free community events.
OSL's Community & Education programs have introduced audiences across New York
City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs; offers
free interactive music programs at its home, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music;
provides chamber music coaching for adult amateurs; and reaches 10,000 public school
students each year through free school concerts and in-school instruction. In July 2013,
OSL and the Police Athletic League (PAL) launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's (YOSL), an
after-school orchestra and instrumental coaching program that emphasizes musical excellence
and social development. Visit OSLmusic.org for more information.
Iván Fischer has been music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra since he founded
the celebrated ensemble in 1983, a partnership that has proven to be one of the greatest
success stories in the past three decades of classical music. As a guest conductor, Mr.
Fischer works with the world's finest symphony orchestras. He has been invited to conduct
the Berliner Philharmoniker more than 10 times, and devotes two weeks every year to the
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He was principal guest conductor and principal conductor of
the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, from 2006 to 2009. He has also appeared
with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, and the Los
Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Fischer's opera engagements have included the Vienna State Opera,
Glyndebourne, and the Opéra National de Lyon, where he was music director from 2000 to
2003. In the summers of 2011 and 2013, he conducted and directed highly acclaimed
performances of Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro at New
York's Mostly Mozart Festival.
Mr. Fischer's frequent international touring with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and his
more than 50 recordings with the ensemble for Philips and Channel Classics have contributed
to his reputation as one of the world's most visionary and successful orchestra leaders. In
August 2012, he added a new post to his worldwide schedule, becoming music director of the
Konzerthaus Berlin and principal conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Mr. Fischer
studied piano, violin, and cello, and is an active composer. His works have been performed
in the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and most recently Hungary, where a varied
group of his compositions comprised two complete concert programs in Budapest. He is a
founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society and Patron of the British Kodály Academy. He
received the Golden Medal Award from the President of the Republic of Hungary, the Kossuth
Prize, the Royal Philharmonic Award, the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum, and
the Dutch De Ovatie prize. He has been named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the
French government and is an honorary citizen of Budapest.