Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) is one of America's most versatile and distinguished orchestras, collaborating with the world's greatest artists and performing approximately 80 concerts each year--including its Carnegie Hall orchestra series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and Caramoor Summer Season. In its 42-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works; has given more than 175 world, US, and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke's Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado is OSL's principal conductor.
OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the 21 virtuoso artists of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble make up OSL's artistic core.
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 New York City's premier venue 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 100,000 visitors, including more than 400 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, James Taylor, and Sting. OSL hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and schoolchildren at its home each year for free community events.
Through its Education and Community programs, OSL has 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 The DiMenna Center, provides chamber music coaching for adult amateurs, and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School Concerts. In 2013, OSL launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's (YOSL), an intensive afterschool instrumental instruction program that emphasizes musical excellence and social development, in partnership with community organizations and public schools in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood.
For more than 50 years, Sir Roger Norrington has been at the forefront of the movement for historically informed orchestral playing, having sought to put musicians in touch with the historical style of the music they play. Mr. Norrington studied at the Royal College of Music under Sir Adrian Boult and at the same time founded the ﬁrst of several groups for the performance of early music, the Heinrich Schütz Choir. This was followed 10 years later by the London Classical Players, which achieved worldwide fame with their dramatic recordings of the nine Beethoven symphonies. Works by Haydn, Mozart, Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner, and many others followed, establishing Mr. Norrington as a key exponent of historical style.
He introduced innovative thinking about orchestra size, playing style, and tempos, particularly in earlier repertoire, beginning in 1969 as music director of the Kent Opera. He subsequently worked at Covent Garden, the English National Opera, La Scala, La Fenice, and the Vienna State Opera. Mr. Norrington then moved on to share his historical ﬁndings with many more orchestras, choirs, and opera companies. He has been a frequent guest with many of the world's major orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker; the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras; Orchestre de Paris; NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo; and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In the US, he has appeared for many years with the Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit symphony orchestras; the San Francisco Symphony; The Philadelphia Orchestra; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
His previous posts with orchestras have included chief conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, chief conductor (subsequently conductor emeritus) of the Camerata Salzburg and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, principal conductor of ZKO Zürcher Kammerorchester, and chief guest conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Mr. Norrington is currently conductor emeritus of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a regular guest with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Norrington was music director of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the first conductor appointed to that position in the orchestra's history.
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most strenuous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his musicianship. Mr. Grosvenor is renowned for his distinctive sound, making him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.
Mr. Grosvenor first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the keyboard final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of 11. Since then, he has performed with orchestras worldwide, and in venues such as Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Centre, Singapore's Victoria Hall, and the Frick Collection. In 2016, Mr. Grosvenor became the inaugural recipient of the Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize from the New York Philharmonic.
A BBC New Generation Artist from 2010 to 2012, Mr. Grosvenor has performed at the BBC Proms on a number of occasions, and in 2015 starred at the Last Night, performing Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.
In 2011, Mr. Grosvenor signed with Decca Classics, becoming the youngest British musician ever to sign with the label and the first British pianist to sign with the label in almost 60 years. During his sensational career to date, he has also received Gramophone's Young Artist of the Year and Instrumental Award, a Classic Brits Critics' Award, UK Critics' Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent, a Diapason d'Or Jeune Talent Award, and a fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music.