Lawrence Foster named Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of Polish National Radio Symphony

12.14.17
Lawrence Foster

American conductor Lawrence Foster has been appointed Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) and has signed a four-year contract beginning in September 2019. He follows Alexander Liebreich.

“The opportunity to work with this wonderful Orchestra is one of the greatest honours in my musical career. It will be important for me to strike a balance between a truly international perspective and great respect for Poland’s illustrious traditions,” Lawrence Foster said at a press conference on Monday. Renowned Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, chairman of the NOSPR Program Council, stated he was delighted by this appointment, given that 'the Orchestra deserved a world-leading conductor.'

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Calidore Connects

12.05.17
Calidore String Quartet
Boston Musical Intelligencer

The quotes were superlative. New York Times noted “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct,” the L.A. Times praised “balance of intellect and expression.” Then there was the $100,000 Grand Prize this young ensemble won at the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition. Yet despite high-set bar, the Calidore String Quartet managed to exceed expectations when it made its Boston debut [BMInt reviewed the ensemble’s recent Concord debut HERE] on Sunday at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall in a program of unabashed classics, with attendant risks and rewards. In this opportunity to stun a packed house of connoisseurs or bore them, the Calidore forcefully stuck to the former. Rarely does a young prize-winning group make such a mature and deep impression. I left the Gardner with my jaw agape.

The Calidore plays with flawless ensemble. The care with which each member matches pitch, sound quality, vibrato, and a sense of phrase, sounded far more rehearsed, familiar, and natural than befits a seven-year-old ensemble. Their philosophy of rhythm predates the indulgences of the ‘80s and ‘90s—when musicians and ensembles erroneously came to believe that a sonata has more than one tempo—so when they took time expressively they were always sure to get it back, and this consistency energized their rhythm which in turn further strengthened the ensemble. The afternoon’s first chestnut, the Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5, “The Lark” (1790) by Joseph Haydn, highlighted these qualities. Refined details abounded. Second violinist Ryan Meehan brought tonal depth to Haydn’s simple accompanimental phrases, using more bow speed than weight for a light and resonant tone. First violinist Jeffery Myers burned through the perpetual motion finale at breakneck speed. But cellist Estelle Choi deserves a special note here. Haydn quartet performances are truly only as good as their cellist—the musician that, in Haydn’s works, plays the role of both bassist and drummer—and Choi’s rhythm and intonation were flawless, with superlative tone to spare. ... »

OPUS 3 ARTISTS HIRES NEW MANAGER OF ARTISTS & ATTRACTIONS

12.05.17

Opus 3 Artists, a major artist management firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Berlin, is expanding its management team and roster. Christina Baker, formerly of Baker Artists, LLC, has joined the company as a Manager of Artists & Attractions. She brings a wealth of experience and passion for the performing arts to Opus 3 Artists’ talented and respected team of managers and will help to develop the company’s roster and relationships throughout the world. ... »