Sir Andrew Davis & Julia Hagen
Kleine Musik für Streichorchester
Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester e-Moll op. 85
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphonie Nr. 5 D-Dur
Sir Andrew Davis
Sir Andrew Davis - Conductor
One of today’s most recognized and acclaimed conductors, Sir Andrew Davis’s career spans over fifty years in which he has been the artistic leader at several of the world’s most distinguished opera and symphonic institutions, including Lyric Opera of Chicago (Music Director Emeritus and Music Director/Principal Conductor from 2000-2021), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate and Chief Conductor from 1989-2000, the longest tenure since that of its founder Sir Adrian Boult), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Music Director 1988-2000), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate and Chief Conductor from 2013-2019), and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate and Principal Conductor from 1975-1988), where he also served as Interim Artistic Director through 2020. In addition, he holds the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir Andrew has led performances at many of the world’s most important opera houses, among them the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Bayreuth Festival, and the major companies of Munich, Paris, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. In addition to those ensembles, he has appeared with virtually every other internationally prominent orchestra, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and all the major British orchestras.
In the 2022/23 season, Sir Andrew conducts his own adaptation of Handel’s Messiah with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The season also sees a return to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he leads a production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Other engagements include the Minnesota Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Detroit Opera.
A vast and award-winning discography documents Sir Andrew’s artistry. 2022 saw the release of his recording of Berg’s Violin Concerto/Three Pieces for Orchestra with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which includes Sir Andrew’s orchestrations of Piano Sonata, Op. 1 and Passacaglia, as well as his recording of orchestral works of Carl Vine with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (winner of the 2022 ARIA award for Best Classical Album). Other recent titles include the works of Berlioz, Bliss, Elgar (winner of the 2018 Diapason d’Or de l’Année – Musique Symphonique), Finzi, Goossens, Grainger, Delius, Ives, Holst, Handel (nominated for a GRAMMY in 2018 for Best Choral Performance), Massenet (winner of the 2021 JUNO Award for Best Classical Album: Vocal or Choral), and York Bowen (nominated for a GRAMMY in 2012 for Best Orchestral Performance). His lauded recordings with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus celebrating British composers from Teldec’s The British Line series was recently released as a 16-CD retrospective collection by Warner Classics. Sir Andrew currently records for Chandos Records, where he has been an exclusive artist since 2009.
Born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, Maestro Davis studied at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar before taking up conducting. His diverse repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary, and spans the symphonic, operatic, and choral worlds. Sir Andrew is a great proponent of twentieth-century works including those by Janáček, Messiaen, Boulez, Elgar, Tippett, and Britten, in addition to the core symphonic and operatic works. As chief conductor, Sir Andrew has always participated in the creation and premieres of new repertoire and new compositions, personally conducting a great number of them.
In 1992, Maestro Davis was created a Commander of the British Empire, and in 1999 he was designated a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Julia Hagen - Violoncello
Naturalness and warmth, vitality and the courage to take risks: such advantages are regularly mentioned when talking about Julia Hagen’s game. The young cellist from Salzburg, scion of a musical family, convinces as a soloist with orchestra as well as in recital with piano or in numerous chamber music constellations alongside prominent partners. The 27-year-old, who now lives in Vienna, combines technical sovereignty with high artistic standards and a directly communicative attitude towards music-making.
Highlights of the 2022/23 season include Julia Hagen’s return to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla with Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, performances of the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, as well as guest appearances with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Sofia Philharmonic. The North American debut is also planned with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Julia Hagen will be heard at the Salzburg Festival 2023 with Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Sonnengesang” as part of the Ouverture spiritual.
Among the diverse chamber music activities are concerts in the trio with Igor Levit and Johan Dalene in London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Heidelberger Frühling, appearances with the Quatuor Arod and the Hagen Quartet and a tour of Japan in the cello duo with Clemens Hagen. The young cellist has longer stays at the Rügen Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Chamber Music Festival, the Risør Festival and Leif Ove Andsnes’ Rosendal Festival in Norway. Julia Hagen also works regularly with the Capuçon brothers. Renaud Capuçon is conductor and violin soloist of the Orchester de Chambre Nouvelle-Aquitaine on tour with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto; she met Gautier at concerts with his “Capucelli” ensemble in Dortmund and Geneva.
Julia Hagen started playing the cello at the age of five. Training with Enrico Bronzi in Salzburg and with Reinhard Latzko in Vienna was followed by formative years in Heinrich Schiff’s class in Vienna from 2013 to 2015 and finally studies with Jens Peter Maintz at the University of the Arts in Berlin. As a Kronberg Academy scholarship holder, Hagen also studied with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt until 2022. She was a prizewinner at the International Cello Competition in Liezen and the Mazzacurati Cello Competition and was awarded the Hajek Boss Wagner Culture Prize and the Nicolas Firmenich Prize from the Verbier Festival Academy as the best young cellist.
In 2019, together with Annika Treutler, she released her first album with the two cello sonatas by Johannes Brahms on Hänssler Classic. Julia Hagen plays an instrument by Francesco Ruggieri (Cremona, 1684), which is privately made available to her.
Ecstasy with understatement – Elgar’s magnificent Cello Concerto. An earnest gentleman turns 150 – Vaughan Williams. Last but not least – insider tip: Tippett!