Part of: Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s most versitile and distinguished orchestras. Now in its 44th season, the orchestra performs a variety of musical genres at New York’s major concert venues, and has collaborated with artists ranging from Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell to Bono and Metallica. In September 2018, Bernard Labadie—a world-renowned conductor of Baroque and Classical repertoire—joined OSL as principal conductor, continuing the orchestra’s tradition of working with champions of historical performance practice.
In 2019, OSL launches two major initiatives: the inaugural OSL Bach Festival in New York City and the opening of the DeGaetano Composition Institute. The three-week Bach Festival will feature 15 performances, including orchestral concerts conducted by Bernard Labadie, keyboard concerts, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing Taylor’s complete Bach dances.
OSL’s signature programming includes a subscription series presented by Carnegie Hall; an annual summer residency at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts; and a chamber music series at The Morgan Library & Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center. The orchestra has participated in 118 recordings, four of which have won Grammy Awards; has commissioned more than 50 new works; and has given more than 175 world, US, and New York City premieres.
OSL’s Education & Community Engagement programs reach more than 11,000 New York City public school students each year. Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s provides free instrumental coaching, while the Chamber Music Mentorship Program provides professional development opportunities and workshops for pre-professional musicians.
OSL built and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Hell’s Kitchen. New York City’s only rehearsal, recording, education, and performance space expressly dedicated to classical music, The DiMenna Center serves more than 500 ensembles and 30,000 musicians annually.
Bernard Labadie has established himself worldwide as one of the preeminent conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire, a reputation closely tied to his work with Les Violons du Roy (for which he served as music director from its inception until 2014) and La Chapelle de Québec. With these two ensembles, he has regularly toured Canada, the US, and Europe, visiting major venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican, the Concertgebouw, and the Salzburg Festival, among others. He begins his tenure as principal conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke’s in the 2018–2019 season.
In 2018–2019, Mr. Labadie guest conducts the Kansas City Symphony, Handel and Haydn Society, Canadian Opera Company, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, New World Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has become a regular presence on the podiums of the major North American orchestras, including the Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras; the Colorado, Houston, and San Francisco symphonies; the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras; and the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics. Internationally, Mr. Labadie has conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Collegium Vocale Gent, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, and Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Labadie’s critically acclaimed discography includes Handel’s Apollo e Dafne, and a collaborative recording of Mozart’s Requiem with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec—both of which received Canada’s Juno Award. Other recordings include C. P. E. Bach’s complete cello concertos with Truls Mørk and Les Violons du Roy, J. S. Bach’s complete piano concertos with Alexandre Tharaud, and Haydn’s piano concertos with Marc-André Hamelin. Mr. Labadie has received Paris’s Samuel de Champlain award and the Canadian government’s Officer of the Order of Canada, and his home province has named him a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec.
Soprano Ying Fang has been hailed by The New York Times for her “pure and moving soprano.” During the 2018–2019 season, she makes her debut at the Salzburg Festival in Idomeneo and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as Servilia in La clemenza di Tito. She also appears with the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Hong Kong and Malaysian philharmonic orchestras, the Houston Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, with conductors who include Jaap van Zweden, Franz Welser-Möst, Andris Nelsons, and Susanna Mälkki.
Highlights of previous seasons include performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Washington National Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Lille, Opera Philadelphia, and Wolf Trap Opera Company, in such operas as Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), L’elisir d’amore (Adina), Alcina (Morgana), Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Falstaff (Nannetta), Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Konstanze), Tannhäuser (Shepherd), Iphigénie en Aulide (Iphigénie), Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra), Il viaggio a Reims (Contessa di Folleville), Zaïde (title role), The Nose (Madame Podtochina’s Daughter), Hänsel und Gretel (Dew Fairy), and Curlew River (Spirit of the Boy).
Ms. Fang has worked with distinguished conductors who include James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Carlo Rizzi, Alan Gilbert, William Christie, Emmanuelle Haïm, Marc Minkowski, Jesús López Cobos, Nathalie Stutzmann, and Manfred Honeck. Concert engagements have included appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh and National symphony orchestras, New World Symphony, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and Music of the Baroque in such works as Mahler’s symphonies nos. 2 and 4, Handel’s Messiah, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, Fauré’s Requiem, Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts, and Bernstein’s West Side Story.
Ms. Fang has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Alice Tully Hall, as well as at the Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, and Ravinia festivals. A native of Ningbo, China, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and a master’s degree and artist diploma in opera studies from The Juilliard School. She is a former member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received critical and public acclaim worldwide. His numerous awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison Awards, three Gramophone Awards, the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music Award. He holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill, and Southampton universities, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) at the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Mr. Lewis appears regularly with the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston, Chicago, London, NHK, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras; the London Philharmonic Orchestra; the Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and Philharmonia orchestras; the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; The Cleveland Orchestra; the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich; and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Lewis’s 2018–2019 season sees the continuation of a two-year recital series that explores connections between the sonatas of Haydn, the late piano works of Brahms, and Beethoven’s bagatelles and “Diabelli” Variations.
Mr. Lewis’s recital career takes him to venues that include London’s Royal Festival Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus. He is a frequent guest at the some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Lucerne, and the BBC Proms, where in 2010 he became the first person to play a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in a single season.
Mr. Lewis’s multi–award-winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and “Diabelli” Variations; Liszt’s B-Minor Sonata and other works; all of Schubert’s major piano works from the last six years of his life, including the three song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore; solo works by Schumann and Mussorgsky; and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding. Future recording plans include a multi-CD series of Haydn sonatas, Beethoven’s bagatelles, and works by Bach.