Principal Conductor: Yves Abel
An integral part of concert life in northwestern Germany and an attractive cultural ambassador for the region across and outside Europe – the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie has been fulfilling theese roles for more than sixty years now.
Specially the three years under Music Director Andris Nelsons (2006 –2009) marked a rich artistic period in the history and musical developement of the orchestra, which gained national and international reputation from notable concerts all over Germany and abroad. He was followed by the young american talent Eugene Tzigane (2010 –2014) and since 2015 Maestro Yves Abel holds the position as Principal Conductor.
Successful concert-tours regularly take the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
into neighbouring European and oversea countries. Following tours of Denmark, Austria and Holland, Japan was the destination of a 1999 concert tour.
Since then, the orchestra has toured internationally and played to packed houses in Italy, France, Switzerland, Holland, Austria, Spain and - in 2005 - the USA.
The years 2006–2014 included big concert tours of Spain and Japan, as well
as guest performances in Milan (Sala Verdi), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Switzerland (Tonhalle Zürich, KKL Luzern), and Austria (Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus, Bregenz, Festspielhaus). In March 2012 the orchestra was invited again for 13 concerts in the USA.
The consummate technical skill, highly motivated professionalism and captivating enthusiasm of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, one of North Rhine-Westphalia's three regional state-orchestras, are as much appreciated by famous conductors as they are by high-calibre soloists.
Stars of opera like Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann, Klaus-Florian Vogt or Elena Garanca have regularly been accompanied by the 75 musicians from Herford on their tours of Germany including Berlin (Philharmonie; Konzerthaus), Cologne (Philharmonie), Munich (Herkulessaal; Philharmonie am Gasteig), Leipzig (Gewandhaus), Dortmund (Konzerthaus), Frankfurt (Alte Oper) etc.
The brilliant playing of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie is well documented, on over 200 records and CDs and countless radio productions, mostly for the “Westdeutscher Rundfunk” (WDR) in Cologne.
Another focus of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie is its extensive series of school activities and educational concert programmes for the concertgoers of tomorrow.
The chamber music orchestra „Hamburger Solisten“ was founded 1995 by some of the most talented young freelance musicians in Hamburg with the intention to create a highly qualified ensemble for chamber music and soloist repertoire for string orchestra.
Since 1995, Hamburger Solisten has released 16 CD's with works of a.o. Vivaldi, Händel, Brahms and Shostakowitsch with Arte Nova (BMG). The ensemble from the North is much appreciated in particularly Spain, Italy and Portugal and concert tours took them to these territories regularly.
After a concert „La Nueva Espana“ wrote: „These are the evenings, which make us to music lovers because of the programs and the interprets".
Hamburger Solisten presents its new program, GOLDBERG VARIATIONS FOR STRING ORCHESTRA. This new arrangement, written by the concert master of Hamburger Solisten was premiered in Hamburg in June 2015.
Bremer Kaffeehaus Orchester
KURIER AM SONNTAG, BREMEN: “… a combination of perfection, spirit, wit, good mood and lots of charm”
KLASSIK HEUTE: "Every now and then one is surprised, to find that this orchestra only consists of 5 instrumentalists – the ensemble has an orchestra feel…”
The Bremer Kaffeehaus Orchester was founded by five musicians being Constantin Dorsch (violin), Klaus Fischer (flute, clarinet, saxophone), Johannes Grundhoff (piano), Anselm Hauke (double bass) and Gero John (Cello) in 1990. After numerous CDs and concerts the five musicians are still together in their original founding form. They present a range of classical music from famous composers combined with own compositions with Viennese charm and wit.
Maestro Marcello Mottadelli
Following his organ and organistic composition degree studies at Conservatoria Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Mr. Mottadelli started his career with a two year appointment as Chief Conductor to the Berner Symphoniker at the Stadttheater Bern, Switzerland in 1999. Being in charge of all operatic repertoir, he conducted Hänsel und Gretel, Così fan Tutte, Die Fledermaus, Il Trovatore, Die Zauberflöte, Der Vogelhändler, Marta. Whilst in Bern, he was invited to conduct a touring production of Nabucco as well as Un Ballo in Maschera with the orchestra and choir from Bolshoi Minsk.
In 2001, he made his USA debut conducting Turandot at the Colorado Opera Company. In the same year he also made his debut in South Africa, conducting Rigoletto and Mahler's 2nd Symphony at the Opera of Cape Town. Invitations for international appearances followed steadily in 2002, amongst others to Germany where he conducted productions of Carmen, Rigoletto and il Trovatore. During the same year, he also travelled to Belarus to resume his work with the choir and orchestra of Bolshoi Minsk and conducting their production Tosca at the Bolshoi Theatre, Minsk, and Verdi's Messa da Requiem in Besana Brianza, Italy.
Between 2002 and 2008, amongst other productions, Mr. Mottadelli conducted Der Freischütz and Rigoletto at The National Danish Opera, symphonic concerts with Odense and Aalborg Symphony Orchestras; Bialystok Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), Orchestra Teatro Coccia from Novarra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava. During this period he appeared several times with Cairo Symphony Orchestra both in Cairo as well as at a Gala Concert in Jordan starring Placido Domingo, Julia Migenes and Daniel Barenboim.
From 2008 until 2011 Mr. Mottadelli got appointed General Music Director to the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. During this time he debuted in South Korea at the Seongnam Art Centre in Seoul, and conducted Don Carlos at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. This was followed by further invitations to Denmark where he conducted Donizetti's Elisir d'Amore and Manon Lescaut at the Danish National Opera in 2009 and 2010.
Mr. Mottadelli was particularly honoured to be invited to appear at the prestigious and globally acclaimed Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm in 2011, where he conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra featuring tenor Joseph Calleja in presence of the Nobel prize laureates and the Swedish Royal family. During the same and following year, other appearances included Aida at the Cairo Opera House, several symphonic concerts at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova and Teatro Verdi di Trieste, La Traviata at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Swedish summer opera festival “Opera på Skäret”, which was greatly received by the international critics.
Recent appearances are Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, La Bohème in Seoul and several appearances with the Nürnberger Symphoniker in Germany. His performances at the Festival Opera på Skäret where he conducted Otello (2014) and La Traviata (2015), as well as the performances in in Cremona, Brescia, Como and Pavia, conducting Nabucco were widely acclaimed.
Maestro Vegard Nilsen
The Norwegian conductor Vegard Nilsen was born in Gjøvik, Norway in 1966.
In May 2013 Vegard made his debut as an orchestra conductor with Gjøvik Symphony Orchestra, where he replaced at a very short notice. Apart from being immediately reengaged. this led to several engagements in Norway and in Belgium, a.o. Gjøvik Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Chamber Orchestra, Innlandet Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway and Metamorphoses Chamber Orchestra in Belgium. His performance of Carmina Burana in Gjøvik in October 2014 was considered a milestone of the musical life of the city.
With his unique concept orchestra Metamorphoses he is building up pools of musicians in several European countries with which he is planning a cycle of the complete symphonies of Schubert and Sibelius in Norway and in Sweden in 2016, as well as a gala program of Mozarts da Ponte- operas.
Further plans include concerts with the Orchestra of Botosani (Romania) and with the Symphony Orchestra of Vratzav (Bulgaria).
Apart from a vast knowledge of the standard repertoire Vegard is specializing in the Nordic Symphonic repertoire including the orchestra works by Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg and Niels Gade.
He started out as a violinist and studied violin with prof. Arve Tellefsen at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and with Viktor Liberman and Lex Korff de Gidts at the Utrecht Conservatory where he graduated cum laude.
Between 1995 and 2013 he was a professor of violin and chamber music at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium. Being an accomplished pedagogue he gave master classes in Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Spain. A passionate chamber musician he built up an international reputation as a violinist of The Atlantic Trio and with the Metamorphoses String Ensemble.
His work as an organizer of Gjøvik Chamber Music Festival and international master classes in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Romania and France has been widely recognized. He plays a violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.