Govinov and Upshaw Claude and Pamela Franks Gyorgy and Marta Kurtag Zakir Hussain Orchestral Repertoire Helmuth Rilling
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About Osvaldo Golijov

Osvaldo Golijov was born and raised in Argentina, surrounded by classical music, Jewish litiurgical and klezmer music, and the new tango of Astor Piazzolla. After studying in Israel, he moved to the US to study with George Crumb. While a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he studied with Oliver Knussen and first developed his relationship with the Kronos Quartet, with whom he has since collaborated on more than 30 works.

The composer¹s recent works include a one-act opera, Ainadamar (Fountain of Tears), featuring Dawn Upshaw; Ayre, a set of folksongs also with Ms. Upshaw; and Tekyah, written for a film marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. He is currently working with director Francis Ford Coppola on the score of an upcoming film.

The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Mr. Golijov is an associate professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and is on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory and Tanglewood.

About Dawn Upshaw

Dawn Upshaw has achieved international celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her acclaimed performances on the opera stage comprise the great Mozart roles as well as modern works by Stravinsky, Poulenc, and Messiaen. From Salzburg, Glyndebourne, and Paris to The Metropolitan Opera, where she began her career in 1984 and has sung nearly 300 performances, Ms. Upshaw has also championed numerous new works created for her, including The Great Gatsby by John Harbison, the Grawemeyer Award­winning L'Amour de Loin by Kaija Saariaho, John Adams's nativity oratorio El Niño, and Osvaldo Golijov¹s chamber opera Ainadamar and song cycle Ayre, the latter commisioned by Carnegie Hall for her Perspectives and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.

As a recitalist, Dawn Upshaw has premiered more than 40 works in the past decade. She began her career as a winner of The Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Development Program and the Young Concert Artists Auditions. She is the artistic director of the graduate program in vocal arts at The Bard College Conservatory of Music.

About Helmuth Rilling

In 1954, Helmuth Rilling founded the Gächinger Kantorei and, 11 years later in 1965, founded the Bach Collegium Stuttgart as the choir's regular orchestral partner. Ever since, Mr. Rilling has been intensely involved with the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and has felt a strong link to this composer's works. In addition, Mr. Rilling has been a fervent advocate of "neglected" Romantic choral music as well as contemporary choral music. In 2000, he was involved in the critically acclaimed premiere of Passions composed by Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Osvaldo Golijov, and Tan Dun.

Furthering his devotion to Bach, in 1981 Mr. Rilling founded the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, which presents public concerts, master classes for singers and conductors, symposia, and residencies all over the world. Of special importance to Mr. Rilling is the encouragement of young musicians, and in 2001 he founded the Festvalensemble Stuttgart. This ensemble, consisting of choir and orchestra, draws on the participation of talented young musicians from 25 different countries.

Either together with his house ensembles in Stuttgart or as a guest conductor, Mr. Rilling is active on the international concert podium, performing regularly throughout Europe, the US, and Canada. As a testament to his inexhaustible activity are hundreds of CD, radio, and TV recordings. From 1970 to 1984, Mr. Rilling was the first musician to record all of Bach's Cantatas (for Hänssler Classic).

Helmuth Rilling was awarded the UNESCO International Music Prize in 1994 and the Theodor Heuss Prize in 1995. In 2003, he became an Honorary Member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences. He won a Grammy Award in 2000 for his recording of Krzysztof Penderecki's Credo and was again nominated in 2001 for his recording of Wolfgang Rihm's Deus Passus.

About György Kurtág

György Kurtág was born in 1926 in Lugoj, Romania. In 1940 he began studying piano and composition privately, and in 1946 he enrolled at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, where he studied composition with Sándor Veress and Ferenc Farkas, piano with Pál Kadosa, and chamber music with Leó Weiner. In 1948 he became a Hungarian citizen. He graduated with degrees in piano and chamber music in 1951, later obtaining his degree in composition in 1955. In 1957-1958 he studied with Marianne Stein in Paris and also attended courses taught by Darius Milhaud and Olivier Messiaen. From 1960 to 1968 he worked as a répétiteur for soloists with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1967 Kurtág became a professor at the Liszt Academy, where he taught piano and, later, chamber music. He retired from the Academy in 1986 and subsequently lived in Germany and Austria, becoming a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and of the Berlin Academy of Arts.

Kurtág's international reputation as a composer was established with the 1981 premiere of Messages of the Late Miss R. V. Troussova, Op. 17, for soprano and chamber ensemble. His quasi una fantasia … , Op. 27, No. 1, first performed in 1988, was the first of several works that exploited spatial effects-an interest that dates back to his encounter with Karlheinz Stockhausen's seminal work Gruppen in 1958. Grabstein für Stephan, a symphonic work in which the audience is surrounded by instruments, was awarded the Composition Musicale by the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco in 1993. Other awards include the prestigious 2006 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for ... concertante ... , as well as the Herder Prize by the Freiherr-vom-Stein Stiftung, Hamburg, and the Premio Feltrinelli by the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome.

Kurtág worked increasingly outside Hungary in the 1990s as composer-in-residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker (1993-1994), with the Vienna Konzerthaus (1995), in the Netherlands (1996-1998), in Berlin again (1998-1999), and in Paris at the invitation of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Cité de la Musique, and the Festival d'Automne. In 1998 Mr. Kurtág received the Kossuth Prize from the Hungarian state for his life's work..

About Márta Kurtág

Pianist Márta Kurtág was born in 1927 in Esztergom, Hungary. She studied with István Antal, Pál Kadosa, and Lajos Hernádi at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. From 1953 to 1963, she taught piano at the Béla Bartók College of Music, and from 1972 at the Liszt Academy. Ms. Kurtág has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist, and has also given a number of concerts with György Kurtág, her husband of 60 years.

About Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain is a classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order. His consistently brilliant and exciting performances have earned him worldwide acclaim and established him as a national treasure in India, his native country. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study.

A child prodigy and son of tabla legend Ustad Allarakha, Zakir began touring by the age of 12. Since his 1970 arrival in the US, he has embarked on an international career that includes no fewer than 150 annual concert dates. Widely considered to be a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir's contributions have featured many historic collaborations, including recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, and Rennie Harris.

Zakir received the distinct honor of co-composing the opening music for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He later worked with choreographer Alonzo King, composing music for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. His commissioned work for choreographer Mark Morris, "Kolam," premiered in 2002 as part of Yo-Yo Ma's "Silk Road Project." In 2006, he collaborated with Edgar Meyer and Béla Fleck, composing Triple Concerto for Banjo, Bass, and Tabla. The following year, India's government selected Zakir to compose an anthem in celebration of the nation's 60th year of independence. The song, "Jai Hind," has since been recorded by an array of India's finest classical vocalists and pop singers.

Zakir has also composed and recorded soundtracks for such films as In Custody and The Mystic Masseur directed by Ismail Merchant, Little Buddha, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, Vaanaprastham (The Last Dance), Saaz, and Everybody Says I'm Fine.

The recipient of countless honors, Zakir was awarded the 1990 Indo-American Award in recognition for his outstanding cultural contribution to relations between the US and India. His celebrated 1992 recording Planet Drum, co-created and produced with Mickey Hart, was awarded the first-ever Grammy for Best World Music Album, the Down Beat Critics Poll for Best World Beat Album, and the NARM Indie Best Seller Award for World Music Recording. In 2007, readers' polls from both Modern Drummer and Drum! magazines named him Best World Music and Best Worldbeat Drummer, respectively.

Zakir is the recipient of the 1999 National Heritage Fellowship, the most prestigious honor in the US for a master in the traditional arts.

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