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Barbican is a multi-arts centre, pushing the boundaries of all major artforms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Barbican’s music programme cuts across all forms of music including work by contemporary musicians, experimental collaborations and leading orchestras and soloists from around the world. Based in London the Barbican collaborates with the world’s best orchestras and music organisations. Alongside Resident Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra they also work with a range of Associate Orchestras and Ensembles including BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, and Britten Sinfonia. International orchestas include Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra.

Barbican is a multi-arts centre, pushing the boundaries of all major artforms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Barbican’s music programme cuts across all forms of music including work by contemporary musicians, experimental collaborations and leading orchestras and soloists from around the world. Based in London the Barbican collaborates with the world’s best orchestras and music organisations. Alongside Resident Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra they also work with a range of Associate Orchestras and Ensembles including BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, and Britten Sinfonia. International orchestas include Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra.

18th January 2018

Pianist Behzod Abduraimov plays Liszt’s monumental B minor Sonata and music by Prokofiev in an imposing showcase recital as part of the Barbican Centre’s piano series. Abduraimov has made a name for himself as a young artist to watch since winning the London International Piano Competition at the age of 18 and the 2010 Kissinger Summer festival’s international piano competition, and comes to the Barbican as part of a strategy to build relationships between international emerging talent and UK audiences.

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18th January 2018

Pianist Behzod Abduraimov plays Liszt’s monumental B minor Sonata and music by Prokofiev in an imposing showcase recital as part of the Barbican Centre’s piano series. Abduraimov has made a name for himself as a young artist to watch since winning the London International Piano Competition at the age of 18 and the 2010 Kissinger Summer festival’s international piano competition, and comes to the Barbican as part of a strategy to build relationships between international emerging talent and UK audiences.

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4th May 2018

On his London debut, charismatic trumpeter Tamás Pálfalvi presents an eclectic recital, from the poetry of Enescu’s Légende to folk-inspired pieces by Bartók. A graduate of Bard College New York and the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Pálfalvi has performed at major venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and as an ECHO Rising Star embarks on a recital tour to some of Europe’s premiere venues and audiences.

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4th May 2018

On his London debut, charismatic trumpeter Tamás Pálfalvi presents an eclectic recital, from the poetry of Enescu’s Légende to folk-inspired pieces by Bartók. A graduate of Bard College New York and the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Pálfalvi has performed at major venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and as an ECHO Rising Star embarks on a recital tour to some of Europe’s premiere venues and audiences.

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8th June 2018

Five new and emerging stars join Paul Agnew, Les Jardin des Voix and the orchestra of Les Arts Florissants, one of the world’s liveliest and most accomplished period ensembles, for a programme devised to paint the whole landscape of English song, from the Tudor court to the Georgian era. Tickets will be made available to members of the ‘Young Barbican’ discount tickets scheme for young people aged 14-25 and through ‘Student Pulse’, a programme that allows students in the UK to book discounted concert tickets from world renowned orchestras and London venues ensuring that the next generation is able to experience these emerging artists at an early age.

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8th June 2018

Five new and emerging stars join Paul Agnew, Les Jardin des Voix and the orchestra of Les Arts Florissants, one of the world’s liveliest and most accomplished period ensembles, for a programme devised to paint the whole landscape of English song, from the Tudor court to the Georgian era. Tickets will be made available to members of the ‘Young Barbican’ discount tickets scheme for young people aged 14-25 and through ‘Student Pulse’, a programme that allows students in the UK to book discounted concert tickets from world renowned orchestras and London venues ensuring that the next generation is able to experience these emerging artists at an early age.

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17th June 2018

Charismatic French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau performs solo for the first time in Milton Court Concert Hall as part of a weekend celebrating the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, this concert is the perfect opportunity for him to get to know UK classical music audiences. New and young audiences will be drawn to the concert through the Young Barbican scheme for young people aged 14-25.

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17th June 2018

Charismatic French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau performs solo for the first time in Milton Court Concert Hall as part of a weekend celebrating the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, this concert is the perfect opportunity for him to get to know UK classical music audiences. New and young audiences will be drawn to the concert through the Young Barbican scheme for young people aged 14-25.

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6th July 2018

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian takes to the stage for an unaccompanied recital of some of the most demanding music written for violin from composers including Bach, Ysaÿe, Bartók and new music from violinist and composer Christoph Ehrenfellner. As part of ECHO Rising Stars Tjeknavorian embarks on a recital tour, introducing him to a range of venues and performing opportunities across Europe together with mentoring to increase professional development skills and engagement with audiences.

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Uwe Arens
6th July 2018

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian takes to the stage for an unaccompanied recital of some of the most demanding music written for violin from composers including Bach, Ysaÿe, Bartók and new music from violinist and composer Christoph Ehrenfellner. As part of ECHO Rising Stars Tjeknavorian embarks on a recital tour, introducing him to a range of venues and performing opportunities across Europe together with mentoring to increase professional development skills and engagement with audiences.

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20th July 2018

Nora Fischer, singer and one of the most striking talents in this year’s ECHO Rising Stars series, presents a witty programme of modern classics at London’s LSO St Luke’s, from Messiaen’s lustrous love songs to Bernstein’s musical recipe book. As part of a recital tour intended to develop the performance and audience engagement skills of some of Europe’s emerging artists, Fischer takes to the stage with regular collaborator pianist Daniël Kool.

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20th July 2018

Nora Fischer, singer and one of the most striking talents in this year’s ECHO Rising Stars series, presents a witty programme of modern classics at London’s LSO St Luke’s, from Messiaen’s lustrous love songs to Bernstein’s musical recipe book. As part of a recital tour intended to develop the performance and audience engagement skills of some of Europe’s emerging artists, Fischer takes to the stage with regular collaborator pianist Daniël Kool.

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21st September 2018

Vikingur Ólafsson, Icelandic pianist and graduate of the Juilliard School, performs at LSO St Luke’s as part of the Barbican piano series in a second appearance this year following his debut and tribute to J S Bach with the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. In this recital Ólafsson – described as ‘Iceland’s Glenn Gould’ by The New York Times, founder of his own record label and director of three festivals – returns to the music of J S Bach in a concert recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

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Ari Magg
21st September 2018

Vikingur Ólafsson, Icelandic pianist and graduate of the Juilliard School, performs at LSO St Luke’s as part of the Barbican piano series in a second appearance this year following his debut and tribute to J S Bach with the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. In this recital Ólafsson – described as ‘Iceland’s Glenn Gould’ by The New York Times, founder of his own record label and director of three festivals – returns to the music of J S Bach in a concert recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

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28th September 2018

The Amatis Trio launch the ECHO Rising Stars at LSO St Luke’s with a programme of Shostakovich, Ravel and a new commission from Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi, drawing inspiration from art and landscape. The Amatis Piano Trio was founded in 2014 and has performed in many prestigious festivals including Aurora Chamber Music Festival, Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival and Janine Jansen’s Utrecht Chamber Music Festival. As part of ECHO Rising Stars the trio embarks on a recital tour, introducing them to a range of venues and performing opportunities across Europe together with mentoring to increase professional development skills and engagement with audiences.

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28th September 2018

The Amatis Trio launch the ECHO Rising Stars at LSO St Luke’s with a programme of Shostakovich, Ravel and a new commission from Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi, drawing inspiration from art and landscape. The Amatis Piano Trio was founded in 2014 and has performed in many prestigious festivals including Aurora Chamber Music Festival, Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival and Janine Jansen’s Utrecht Chamber Music Festival. As part of ECHO Rising Stars the trio embarks on a recital tour, introducing them to a range of venues and performing opportunities across Europe together with mentoring to increase professional development skills and engagement with audiences.

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8th March 2019

Spanish baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé makes his solo Barbican debut with a Lieder performance at LSO St Lukes. With a programme featuring Schubert and a new commission and collaboration from composer and video artist Raquel Garcia-Tomás, this recital will see Olivé engaging with and enriching the experiences of LSO St Lukes audiences.

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May Zircus
8th March 2019

Spanish baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé makes his solo Barbican debut with a Lieder performance at LSO St Lukes. With a programme featuring Schubert and a new commission and collaboration from composer and video artist Raquel Garcia-Tomás, this recital will see Olivé engaging with and enriching the experiences of LSO St Lukes audiences.

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18th May 2019

Percussionist Christoph Sietzen, praised by the media as an outstanding emerging talent, takes to the stage at London’s Barbican for a performance with the Academy of Ancient Music as part of the Sound Unbound classical music festival. Together with his Wave Quartet colleague Bogdan Bacanu, the pair will perform their transcriptions for marimba of Bach’s double keyboard concerti, challenging audiences with their presentation of core classical music repertoire performed in innovative ways. The performance will be introduced from the stage by Sietzen and Bacanu, bringing audiences closer to the performers and music through the artists’ personal reflections and insights on the music.

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Daniel Delang
18th May 2019

Percussionist Christoph Sietzen, praised by the media as an outstanding emerging talent, takes to the stage at London’s Barbican for a performance with the Academy of Ancient Music as part of the Sound Unbound classical music festival. Together with his Wave Quartet colleague Bogdan Bacanu, the pair will perform their transcriptions for marimba of Bach’s double keyboard concerti, challenging audiences with their presentation of core classical music repertoire performed in innovative ways. The performance will be introduced from the stage by Sietzen and Bacanu, bringing audiences closer to the performers and music through the artists’ personal reflections and insights on the music.

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18th May 2019

Tabea Debus appears at the Barbican’s Sound Unbound festival, introducing new audiences to a broad variety of classical music in a relaxed, informal manner. Debus will present programmes that test the boundaries of what a recital for recorder is with a mix of early and contemporary recorder music, reflecting and challenging unique performance spaces.

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Andreea Tufescu
18th May 2019

Tabea Debus appears at the Barbican’s Sound Unbound festival, introducing new audiences to a broad variety of classical music in a relaxed, informal manner. Debus will present programmes that test the boundaries of what a recital for recorder is with a mix of early and contemporary recorder music, reflecting and challenging unique performance spaces.

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18th May 2019

The Ragazze Quartet, whose mission to create a fresh take on classical music and to explore new territory and new formats of concert presentation, make their debut at Barbican’s Sound Unbound, the festival introducing new audiences to a broad variety of classical music in a relaxed, informal manner. The Ragazze Quartet’s performances at the Barbican will range across a variety of unique spaces within the arts centre including a collaboration with soprano Nora Fischer on the project ‘Secret Diary of Nora Plain’ together with some quartet-only performances.

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18th May 2019

The Ragazze Quartet, whose mission to create a fresh take on classical music and to explore new territory and new formats of concert presentation, make their debut at Barbican’s Sound Unbound, the festival introducing new audiences to a broad variety of classical music in a relaxed, informal manner. The Ragazze Quartet’s performances at the Barbican will range across a variety of unique spaces within the arts centre including a collaboration with soprano Nora Fischer on the project ‘Secret Diary of Nora Plain’ together with some quartet-only performances.

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1st June 2019

Young French cellist Edgar Moreau joins international Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro at London’s Barbican for two cello concertos and a celebration of the 18th century. Acclaimed by Le Figrao for his ‘effortless virtuosity and dynamic performances’ this return visit to the Barbican will introduce Moreau to a new audiences and build a following across the Barbican. As part of this project Moreau will also lead a workshop with young musicians from a high-profile London music centre.

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Julien Mignot
1st June 2019

Young French cellist Edgar Moreau joins international Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro at London’s Barbican for two cello concertos and a celebration of the 18th century. Acclaimed by Le Figrao for his ‘effortless virtuosity and dynamic performances’ this return visit to the Barbican will introduce Moreau to a new audiences and build a following across the Barbican. As part of this project Moreau will also lead a workshop with young musicians from a high-profile London music centre.

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12th July 2019

The Quartuor Arod make their Barbican debut in a programme of Mozart, Webern and Brahms that will introduce the quartet to London’s classical music audiences . This emerging French string quartet, whose playing Gramophone magazine described as having ‘a youthful ardour that catches the music on the wing’, will also lead a workshop with young musicians from the Centre for Young Musicians, introducing them to role model emerging talent to whom they can aspire and who can share their experience of the professional music world.

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Marco Borggreve
12th July 2019

The Quartuor Arod make their Barbican debut in a programme of Mozart, Webern and Brahms that will introduce the quartet to London’s classical music audiences . This emerging French string quartet, whose playing Gramophone magazine described as having ‘a youthful ardour that catches the music on the wing’, will also lead a workshop with young musicians from the Centre for Young Musicians, introducing them to role model emerging talent to whom they can aspire and who can share their experience of the professional music world.

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