Daniel Hope’s 2017-18: world premieres, tours with ZCO, new role with New Century CO
Source: 21C Media Group

British violinist Daniel Hope – winner of six ECHO Klassik Awards and the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music – embarks on his second season as Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra(ZCO) in 2017-18. Along with a schedule of concerts in Zurich, the orchestra tours Europethroughout the season, and goes on its first U.S. tour with Hope in the spring, culminating with a three-day residency at the Savannah Music Festival, where Hope continues his long tenure as Associate Artistic Director. The violinist also begins his appointment as Artistic Partner of the New Century Chamber Orchestra this season. He performs two sets of concerts with that ensemble, the first including the world premiere of Alan Fletcher’s new Violin Concerto and the second celebrating Mozart’s January birthday. Another world premiere this season is of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new concerto for two violins, "Shadow Walker," in Istanbul with violinist Vadim Repin and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, followed by a European tour. Hope is also in residence at Germany’s Essen Philharmonicthroughout the season, with a varied schedule of orchestral, chamber and solo performances. Rounding out the violinist’s non-stop schedule are Vivaldi performances with the L’arte del Mondoorchestra; Bernstein’s Serenade in Germany and Spain to celebrate this centennial year of the composer’s birth; chamber collaborations with members of the ZCO and special guests; and recitals with pianists Simon Crawford-Phillips and Sebastian Knauer.
A large proportion of Hope’s concerts this season are in his capacity as Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, a post he took over from Sir Roger Norrington a year ago. When they go on their first U.S. tour together in the spring, many of the concerts will feature a pairing of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Max Richter’s Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Recomposed, a reimagining of the Baroque touchstone. Recorded by Hope in 2012, the latter piece became one of the most successful classical recordings of recent times, reaching No. 1 in 22 countries. Vivaldi’s original work was also the basis of Hope’s Deutsche Grammophon album, For Seasons, featuring the ZCO and released last spring.
Hope has had a long association with the ZCO dating back to his childhood, when his mother was manager for the peerless violinist Yehudi Menuhin. The orchestra regularly performed at Menuhin’s Gstaad festival, the very place where Hope first encountered The Four Seasons. Fittingly, then, the second program the ZCO brings to the U.S. this season echoes another of Hope’s recent releases, the 2016 My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin. Two of the works from the album are featured on that program: the Mendelssohn D minor violin concerto, and Unfinished Journey, a piece Hope commissioned from Bechara El Khoury in honor of his friend and mentor, who would have celebrated his centenary on April 22, 2016 and with whom Hope performed over 60 times, including in Menuhin’s final appearance on March 7, 1999. Rounding out those concerts is Bach’s first violin concerto, Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, and Mahler’s adaptation for string orchestra of Schubert’s immortal “Death and the Maiden” string quartet.
The ZCO’s season opens at home in Switzerland in October with an all-Mozart concert featuring violist Lawrence Power and German actress Katja Riemann. Further performances at home and on tour include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with Menahem Pressler, a founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, which Hope joined for its final six seasons; a reprise of the all-Mozart program in Bern with violist Amihai Grosz; a seasonal concert in December featuring Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, with whom Hope collaborated on 2007’s Terezín/Theresienstadt album; a New Year’s concert with soprano Rachel Harnisch, oboist Albrecht Mayer, and pianist Sebastian Knauer; concerts in collaboration with Bulgarian mezzo Vesselina Kasarova; and an eight-day, eight-concert tour of Germany in February with works of Gluck, Haydn and Mozart.
Hope’s new three-year appointment as Artistic Partner of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra will involve participating in several programs each year, as well as helping with programming and taking a key artistic role. For his inaugural performances in the position he leads the world premiere of Alan Fletcher’s new Violin Concerto, Mendelssohn’s Octet, Polish classical and film composer Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade. In the spring the violinist returns to the Bay Area for a series of concerts celebrating Mozart’s birthday. On the day itself, January 27Menahem Pressleronce again joins Hope to reprise his Zurich performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre; for the remaining three concerts around the region the soloist will be Hope’s longtime collaborator Sebastian Knauer. Also on the program are Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, Adagio and Fugue, and Third Violin Concerto.
Hope’s relationship with Mark-Anthony Turnage dates back to his tenure with the Beaux Arts Trio. After being recruited in 2002 – with only one week’s notice – to go on tour with that group, Hope was made a permanent member, playing with cellist Antonio Meneses and founding pianist Menahem Pressler until the Trio finally disbanded six years later in its 53rd season. He was the youngest player in the group’s long history, and worked to introduce new composers, of whom Turnage was one, to the generally conservative repertoire. This season Hope premieres Turnage’s"Shadow Walker" concerto for two violins, in Istanbul along with Russian violinist Vadim Repin and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic. Hope and Repin also have a shared history: both were students of the legendary Russian violinist and pedagogue Zakhar Bron. Immediately following the Turnage premiere are four more performances of the work in Germany, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland.
In the spring Hope returns to the Savannah Music Festival – now in its 26th season – as Associate Artistic Director, continuing a relationship that began when he was brought in as Artist in Residence in 2004. After the first three days, during which the ZCO will be in residence at the festival, Hope remains behind to participate in and oversee all the festival’s classical music programming. The cross-genre festival is Georgia’s largest musical arts event, with more than 100 offerings over 17 days in March and April every year.

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