• Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011

    New York String Orchestra Performs Annual Holiday Season Concerts at Carnegie Hall Dec 24 & 28

      Violinist Bella Hristova is the Featured Soloist on December 24; Pianist André Watts Performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 on December 28 More than 60 Top Young Musicians from Around the World Come Together for Ten-Day Seminar in New York City Led by Artistic Director Jaime Laredo   


    The New York String Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall this holiday season for two concerts in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage conducted by Artistic Director Jaime Laredo. Over the past 42 years, annual appearances each December by this ensemble of young musicians have become a Carnegie Hall tradition and are the culmination of the ten-day New York String Orchestra Seminar, a nationally-acclaimed professional training program founded in 1969 for highly gifted 15 to 22-year-old musicians, held under the auspices of Mannes College The New School for Music. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, one of many professional musicians who attended the workshop as a teenager, has called it “one of the defining moments” of his career.

    On Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m., the Orchestra performs Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D Major, “Haffner;” Dvorák’s Romance in F Minor; Saint-Saën’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso with violinist and Seminar alumna Bella Hristova as soloist; with Jaime Laredo joining Ms. Hristova for Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in D Minor. The second program, on Wednesday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m., includes Arriaga’s Symphony in D Minor, Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor,” with pianist André Watts.

    In the New York String Orchestra Seminar's 42-year history, there has never been an application fee, and all those invited to participate receive full scholarships to this acclaimed national program. This season, over 400 students applied to the Seminar, representing 24 states and 5 countries. Auditions were held in nine cities across the country—Bloomington, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Rochester, and San Francisco—to ensure that as many students as possible could audition without incurring travel costs. Those selected were sent invitations to participate in the program, six weeks later, they will travel to New York from across the nation and around the world to rehearse and perform together as the 2011 New York String Orchestra.

    About the Artists
    First-prize winner of the 2008-2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, violinist Bella Hristova made her New York, Washington, and Boston recital debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series and her concerto debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra. As winner of First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Competition in New Zealand, Ms. Hristova made a critically acclaimed concert tour of the country and recorded a CD of solo violin works by the Belgian virtuoso Charles de Bériot for the Naxos label. She was awarded a career grant from the Salon de Virtuosi in New York and is a Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Ravinia's Steans Institute for Young Artists, and the Marlboro Music Festival. This season includes a performance of Bach’s Concerto for two violins with Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, as well as with the orchestras of Lafayette, West Michigan, Altoona, Monroe, Fort Smith, Vermont, Westmoreland, Grand Rapids, and Vallejo. Born in Bulgaria in 1985, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At 12, she participated in master classes conducted by Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since 1999, she has lived in the United States, later working with Ida Kavafian and Steven Tenenbom at The Curtis Institute of Music, and receiving her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University.

    André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People's Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. More than 45 years later, André Watts remains one of today's most celebrated and beloved superstars. A perennial favorite with orchestras throughout the US, Mr. Watts is also a regular guest at the major summer music festivals including Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga, Tanglewood, and the Mann Music Center. In celebration of the Liszt anniversary in 2011, Mr. Watts has played all-Liszt recitals throughout the US, while recent and upcoming international engagements include concerto and recital appearances in Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, and Spain. Mr. Watts has also had a long and frequent association with television, having appeared on numerous programs produced by PBS, BBC, and the Arts and Entertainment Network, performing with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others. His 1976 New York recital, aired on the program Live From Lincoln Center, was the first full length recital broadcast in the history of television, and his performance at the 38th Casals Festival in Puerto Rico was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cultural Programming. Mr. Watts was selected to receive the Avery Fisher Prize in 1988. At age 26, he was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University. In June 2006, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut, which was with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Previously Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, Mr. Watts was appointed to the newly created Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music at Indiana University in May 2004.

    For almost five decades, violinist Jaime Laredo has excelled in the roles of violinist, conductor, recitalist, and chamber musician. Since his orchestral debut at the age of 11 with the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Laredo has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics, and fellow musicians. He has been continually engaged by all of America’s major orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Philadelphia, with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, and Leonard Slatkin. Abroad, Mr. Laredo has performed as soloist and conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Royal Philharmonic. For 30 years, Mr. Laredo has interwoven solo and conducting dates with the schedule of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, which celebrates its 35th anniversary on November 29 in Zankel Hall, and his commitment to educating the next generation of musicians. In addition to leading the New York String Orchestra, Mr. Laredo is Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Chamber Music Series, and guides the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Mr. Laredo has been a principal figure at the Marlboro Music and Aspen Music Festivals and is on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. Mr. Laredo first performed as a soloist with the New York String Orchestra in 1970.

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar, founded in 1969 by arts administrator Frank Salomon for the late conductor and violinist Alexander Schneider, is a professional education program that has prepared nearly 2,000 young musicians for careers as chamber, orchestral, and solo artists. Concertmasters of the Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington, DC orchestras participated in the Seminar in their student days. A project of Mannes College The New School for Music’s New School Concerts department; the seminar brings 62 young musicians (ages 15-22) from around the country to New York City in December for a ten-day seminar of rehearsals and performance preparation led by violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo, along with three hours a day of chamber music coaching with distinguished solo and chamber artists. In 1993 Mr. Laredo, Mr. Schneider's personal choice for successor, became artistic director and conductor of the seminar. All of the students invited to participate do so on full scholarship.

    Program Information
    Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Jaime Laredo, Conductor and Violin
    Bella Hristova, Violin

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in D Minor, BWV 1043
    ANTONÍN DVORÁK Romance in F Minor, Op. 11
    CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385, "Haffner"

    This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Stella and Robert Jones.


    Wednesday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
    André Watts, Piano

    BÉLA BARTÓK Divertimento for Strings
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, "Emperor"

    Sponsored by United, Official Airline of Carnegie Hall

    This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Stella and Robert Jones.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

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