Award-winning Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski has been in demand around the globe for nearly three decades as one of the leading classical music performers. His eclectic and extensive repertoire includes over fifty piano concertos by European, Russian, and American composers and all piano sonatas by Prokofiev.
Praised by Claudio Abbado for his sensitive interpretations, Jablonski is known for his extraordinary breadth of understanding and insight into the piano masterpieces he has been performing on major world stages. He has appeared with world leading orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Kirov, La Scala Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Orchestre Nationale de France, NHK Tokyo, DSO Berlin, Warsaw Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Jablonski was awarded the prestigious Edison and Grammophone Classical Music awards for his extensive discography made for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Philips. In January 2018 he signed a multi-disk recording contract with Ondine, which will include recordings of Scriabin’s complete mazurkas, the complete sonatas by Anton Rubinstein, and works by Aleksey Stanchinsky.
Jablonski is a Steinway Artist and recipient of the Litteris et Artibus medal for his services to culture, granted to him by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. He was granted a prestigious prize Svenskar i Världen (International Swedish Personality of the Year), receiving it before ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Astrid Lindgren.
“Sitkovetsky has a terrific technique to be sure, but his confident, entirely natural musicianship, is what sets him apart from the crowd.”-The Gramophone
“Mr Sitkovetsky poured his warm tone into the music’s soaring phrases, managing to sustain its impassioned lyricism and preserve its broad arcs of sound” – The New York Times
Alexander Sitkovetsky is increasingly more in demand both as soloist and as chamber musician. In 2009-2010 Alexander has performed once again with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the National Orchestra in Ecuador, and make his debuts with the l’Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, and the Kammeorchester Heilbronn in Germany. He also made his debut with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, where he on very short notice played Prokofiev no. 1. The concert was a tremendous success and he was reinvited. Sitkovetsky will also make his Swedish debut in 2010-11 seaon with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, where he wil play Brahms Double Concerto with Andreas Brantelid, conducted by Marc Soustrot.
He will also appear at the Dubrovnik, Utrecht, Cyprus and Julia Fischer and Friends Festivals as well as returning to the Wigmore Hall, and giving recitals in the UK, Holland and the USA.
In 2008 he debuted in Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic with Yakov Kreizberg after which he received an immediate re-invitation for the 2010-2011 . Other previous engagements include concerts with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bangkok, Monterey Symphonies and the National Orchestra of Ecuador. He has appeared in prestigious festivals all over Europe.
Alexander is a committed chamber musician and has collaborated with some of the most important artists of today, including, Julia Fischer, Mischa Maisky, Bella Davidovich, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Sarah Chang, Natalie Clein, Polina Leschenko, Julian Bliss, Maxim Rysanov, Sebastian Klinger, Michael Sanderling and many others.
Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow in 1983. He has studied with Natalia Boyarsky and Professor Hu Kun. Alexander is currently studying with Pavel Vernikov and has just been accepted for a prestigious Further Masters Program in Kronberg where he will take lessons with Anna Chumachenko.
He has released two CD recordings for Angel Records; one of them was released in 2004 and features concerto performances by Bach, Mendelssohn, Panufnik and Takemitsu This year Alexander has recorded the Mendelssohn Double Violin Concerto with Dinorah Varsi and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra for Orfeo, and the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Julia Fischer and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for Decca.
The first prize in the 1979 Hungarian Radio Competition launched pianist Péter Nagy into a remarkable international career at a young age. Nagy had been admitted at the age of eight to the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and at the age of eleven he won the second prize of the International Concours in Usti nad Labem (Czechoslovakia). In 1980 he was acclaimed at the Bordeaux Festival of Young Soloists and on the Bratislava International Rostrum for Young Interpreters.
Nagy’s concerts include tours throughout Europe, performing concertos and solo recitals in Finland, Germany, Greece, Russia, throughout the former Soviet Union, France (where he has performed at the Louvre in Paris), and London (notably at Wigmore Hall), as well as many other engagements. He has given recitals at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Sydney Opera House, in New Zealand and throughout Japan. Among his concerto engagements in Japan are appearances as a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician Péter Nagy has performed at major music festivals in Europe, the United States and Japan. He regularly collaborates with partners such as the New Zealand String Quartet, Biava String Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, Zoltán Kocsis, László Polgár, Miklós Perényi, Leonidas Kavakos, the St Lawrence String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Boris Pergamenschikow, Charles Neidich, Nobuko Imai, Nathalian Rosen, Jan Vogler, Tanja Becker-Bender, Hí¥kan Rosengren, Ruggiero Ricci, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson and Colin Carr, to name a few.
Péter Nagy is also active as a teacher, holding positions as professor of piano at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and professor of piano at the Hochschule fí¼r Musik in Stuttgart. He has been regularly invited to give masterclasses at the Liszt Hochschule fí¼r Musik in Weimar. Recent achievements include a performance of Ligeti’s Piano Concerto in Budapest. In 2001 he received the prestigious Liszt Award.
From 2001 Mrs. Stille is a principle at the Royal Opera Copenhagen. Her repertoire includes: Agathe (Der Freischütz), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lulu (Lulu), Mimi (La Bohème), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Alice (Falstaff), Violetta (La Traviata), and so on!
Gisela Stille has performed with various orchestras in various countries: The Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder. Grieg Songs with I Pomeriggi Musicali in Mayland. Symfony nr 9 by Beethoven in Palermo, Italy. Schubert´s mass in A major in Brussels conducted by Walter Weller, and a tour in Great Brittain with Elvis Costello, performing his Secret Songs written specially for Gisela. She has sung Judas Maccabäus with the Danish National Radio Orchestra under Robert King, and Händel´s Messiah with the Swedish Radio Symfony Orchestra. She sang Vier Letzte Lieder by R. Strauss in Oslo cunducted by Thomas Sondergård, and the sopranosolo in Brahm´s Requiem in Cardiff also conducted by Thomas Sondergård.
In the summer 2013 and 2014 she sang Pamina at the opening of the spectacular Zauberflöte at the Bregenzer Festspiele, staged by David Pountny, conducted by Patrick Summers.
Recently she sang Lucia in the successful staging of The Exterminating Angel, written by Thomas Ades, and performed in Salzburg, London, and at the Met as well as Alban Berg´s Lulu in a very successful production by Stefan Herheim in Oslo and Copenhagen, conducted by Michael Boder, then at the Semperoper Dresden, conducted by Cornelius Meister. She also sang Matilde in Wilhelm Tell at the Welsh National Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, had her debut as Salome, and Helene in Les Vepres Siciliennes at the Royal Danish Opera, and sang Agathe in Der Freishützat the Semperoper Dresden.
Upcoming highlights will be her debut as Desdemona in Otello at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen. She will sing Matilde in Wilhelm Tell in a new production at the Victorian Opera in Melbourne Australia and perform a concert version of Weber`s Oberon at Oper Graz. Gisela Stille will also perform in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir.
Gisela Stille has been a finalist in the Queen Sonja´s International singing competition, as well as the Belvedere Competition in Vienna where she got the price from the international press.
She has recieved the Leonine Sonning music prise, and in 2001 she was the recipient of the Birgit Nilsson personal Award. She has also become Ridder af Dannebrogordnen (Night of Dannebrog) by HM The Queen of Denmark.
John Lundgren is a dramatic baritone with an expressive stage appearance. He combines his powerful voice with an exquisite, theatrical understanding of the dramatic, operatic repertoire. Among his signature roles you find some notorious Wagner roles such as The Flying Dutchman and Kurwenal and often also the evil characters – the bad guys of the operatic literature – like Scarpia and Pizarro.
John Lundgren is born and raised in Sweden. While still attending The Opera Academy in Copenhagen he quite extraordinarily joined the soloist-ensemble at The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen. His debut here was as Schaunard in La Bohème.
John has portrayed several of the most important, dramatic baritone characters at his ‘home stage’ in Copenhagen such as Paolo Albiani, Heerrufer, Conte di Luna, Enrico Ashton, Giorgio Germont, Posa and Amonasro which he sung together with Roberto Alagna at the prestigious opening production of Aida at the new opera house in Copenhagen. Lately, John has made his debut in as diverse roles as Escamillo, Scarpia, Wozzeck, Kurwenal and Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.
During 2007 he sang Pizarro at the Danish National Opera. He returned to this opera house in 2008 to make his debut as Fliegender Holländer with tremendous success. And he was invited to sing this role again at Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas in 2010. Further-more, John Lundgren made his Tokyo Opera debut as Scarpia in 2009.
2011, he sang Carlo Gérard in Keith Warner’s Andrea Chenier production at the Bregenzer Festspiele. John sang the part of Jack Rance in Christof Loy’s production at the Royal Opera Stockholm with Nina Stemme as Minnie. Recently he had his debut as Alberich in Wagner’s Rheingold in Geneva. He then gave his debut in Munich as Barak in Frau ohne Schatten and as Wanderer in Leipzig.
Contemporary opera is also an important part of John’s repertoire. In 2005 he sang the demanding part of Prospero in The Tempest by Thomas Adès conducted by the composer himself. He also appeared at the Drottningholm-production of Cecilia and the Monkey King, by Reine Jönsson, where he sang nothing less than four different roles. In Gothenborg he performed alongside Nina Stemme in the world creation of Notorious, an opera after the film of Ingmar Bergman.
In 2016 he gave his debut as Wotan in Die Walküre at the Bayreuth Festival and sang his first complete Ring as Wotan/Wanderer at the Royal Opera in Stockholm alongside Nina Stemme. In 2018 he returned as Wotan in Walküre and also as Alberich for the complete Ring under Kirill Petrenko to Munich and went then to Hamburg for Wagners Holländer.
In 2010, he was honoured ‘Ridder af Dannebrogordenen’ (‘Knight of Dannebrog’) by HM The Queen of Denmark.
Among his future projects in 2018 are: Wotan in the complete Ring at Covent Garden in London and Hamburg and his debut as Count Tomsky (Pique Dame) in London.