Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra at Colston Hall, performing a series of concerts here every year. Since its foundation in 1893 the ensemble has worked with such historic figures as Bartok, Sibelius, Holst, Stravinsky, and Vaughan-Williams, among many others. The orchestra gives over 150 performances each year, collaborating with world-class conductors and soloists keeping them at the forefront of the UK orchestral music scene.
The BSO is proud to serve the communities of South and South West England, as well as appearing on many of the world’s great stages including Carnegie Hall, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; and Musikverein, Vienna. Since the first pioneering recordings in 1914, the BSO now has over 300 recordings to its name. Releases include a critically-acclaimed collaboration with James Ehnes and the top-selling classical recording of 2012 in partnership with Nicola Benedetti.
Away from the concert hall and recording studio, the orchestra is committed to engaging new audiences through their education and community department, BSO Resonate. BSO musicians also take part in an extensive array of community outreach projects.
“Breathtaking Mahler… Schubert and Mahler, in the hands of an exciting conductor. It became obvious little by little, as he created a veritable Beethovenian aura for Schubert’s Fourth… In the first and last movements [Trevino & The Munich Philharmonic] conjured up an utterly believable vision of Beethoven out of Schubert’s spirit. “– Suddeutsche Zeitung / Munich Mar 2015
“The role completely penetrated conductor Robert Trevino… With such a performance, the artists set the bar very high for future Wagner interpretations” – Allgauer Zeitung / Sept 2015 (Bamberg Symphony / Lohengrin).
Robert Trevino has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting American conductors performing today, one of the most in-demand talents of the younger generation. He is immensely proud to have been named, in 2016, as the incoming Music Director of the Basque National Orchestra. “They are a marvelous group of players and I immediately felt that I had found my musical family,” he says, “When you spend your life pushing yourself so hard to find truths in music, and then you find an orchestra full of players who want exactly the same thing, everything makes sense. And you know that something special is within reach.”
Trevino burst into the international spotlight at the Bolshoi Theater in December 2013, when he led a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo, substituting for Vasily Sinaisky. The response was euphoric from both audience and the Russian press, which wrote, “There has not been an American success of this magnitude in Moscow since Van Cliburn.” He was subsequently nominated for a Golden Mask award for “Best Conductor in a New Production”. Appearances with some of the world’s top orchestras swiftly followed in a sensational rise.
‘Overnight successes’, of course, are usually never really created overnight. Even before his professional debut, Trevino had opted away from the traditional school system in favor of intensively teaching himself every score he could lay his hands on, so the triumph in Moscow came as a very personal vindication. He soon caught the eye of David Zinman, with whom he studied as an Aspen Conducting Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival And School – where he was awarded the James Conlon Prize for Excellence in Conducting. Immediately afterwards, in 2011, James Levine invited Trevino to be the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. His was also invited to study with Michael Tilson Thomas at the New World Symphony, and to assist Leif Segerstam (in his acclaimed complete Sibelius Symphony cycle) at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Trevino is also a laureate of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in France.
His has served as Associate Conductor at the Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra (2011-2015) and, prior to that, as Associate Conductor to New York City Opera at Lincoln Center (2009-2011).
Recent seasons have seen Trevino crossing continents in an ever-growing number of major debuts – among them the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale de France, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and many others. Magnificent receptions have often greeted his performances. Of his concert with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in June 2016, Concertnet wrote, “After a majestic interpretation of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7…(the encores) led the public into rhythmic clapping within the pieces and delirious applause…the enthusiasm, with some almost dancing in their seats, got more and more intense…”.
Immediate reinvitations have frequently followed his debuts – the Orchestra Philharmonique de Monte Carlo even invited him to extensively tour Europe and Asia, including inaugurating the new hall, Opera di Firenze of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – and his performances are now regularly broadcast, including a special profile feature on the Arte Channel.
The coming seasons will bring him to the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, The Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, HR Sinfonieorchester, Tonkuenstler Vienna, MDR Leipzig,Toronto Symphony, Maggio Musicale Florentino, Helsinki Philharmonic, Bournemouth & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras as well as opera productions at the Washington National Opera. Robert Trevino has commissioned, premiered and worked closely with many of today’s leading composers, among them Augusta Read Thomas, Sir Andre Previn, Jennifer Higdon, Phillip Glass, Shulamit Ran and John Zorn.
Says Trevino of his love of making music, “From my earliest years, it was a compulsion, not a choice to sacrifice everything for music and to this day I have that compulsion. People ask me if I want to take a little break – no! I haven’t even scratched the surface of what it is that I hope to find in the music, and when I’m with an orchestra who are right there with me, who don’t want to let go of any minute of rehearsal time and love it – and when you have an audience who take that journey with you – well, that’s when you know that a life in music is a pretty amazing life.” When one encounters Robert Trevino, either in person or by watching him on the podium, one has no doubt what he means.
Hailed for her
“brilliant… polished, expressive and intense” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and “absolutely stunning” (Chicago Tribune) playing, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma is respected by critics, peers and audiences as one of classical music’s most striking and captivating musical personalities. Conductor Jaap van Zweden with whom Simone enjoys a regular collaboration, describes her as one of the leading violinists in the world.
With an extensive repertoire of over 60 Violin Concertos, Simone’s recent seasons have seen her perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras.
Notable recent highlights include her debut with the Chicago Symphony, described by the Chicago Tribune as
“piercingly beautiful”, as well as performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, RTVE Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, a tour of China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, and a successful performance of the French première of Michel van der Aa’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestre National de Lyon, stepping in at just 10 days notice.
Stand-out recent festival appearances include her return to the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Festival in 2015, as well as the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, about which the San Diego Reader wrote:
“She (Simone Lamsma) appeared to be engaged with Beethoven on a level we seldom encounter….. Beethoven’s music was coming through her in a pure state.”
Besides her close collaboration with Jaap van Zweden, Simone has worked with many other eminent conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Neville Marriner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, James Gaffigan, Sir Andrew Davis, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Jiří Bělohlávek, Marek Janowski, Carlos Kalmar, Kirill Karabits, Stéphane Denève, Hannu Lintu, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Markus Stenz, Juanjo Mena, Fabien Gabel and James Feddeck.
Highlights for the 16/17 season include debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Vancouver Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, RTE and Iceland Symphony, as well as return invitations to the London Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra and Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
In April 2017 she will return to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic to perform the world première of Matijs de Roo’s Violin Concerto at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. This season will also mark her Japanese debut, performing with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra as well as in recital with pianist Yurie Miura.
A dedicated chamber musician, other recital appearances include Simone’s highly anticipated debuts in London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall in March 2017 with pianist Robert Kulek, where their programme will include the world première of a new work by James MacMillan, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. She will also return to the Chicago Winter Chamber Music Festival Evanston performing sonatas and trios with pianist Andrew Armstrong and cellist Kenneth Olson.
In 2015 Simone’s most recent recording of sonatas by Mendelssohn, Janáček and Schumann with pianist Robert Kulek was released on the Challenge Records label, receiving high accolades from the press.
Her recording of Shostakovich Violin Concerto no.1 and Gubaidulina’s ‘In tempus praesens’ with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under James Gaffigan and Reinbert de Leeuw will be released in March 2017, also on Challenge Records.
In addition to her many (inter)national prizes and distinctions, Simone was awarded the national Dutch VSCD Classical Music Prize in the category ‘New Generation Musicians’ in 2010, awarded by the Association of Dutch Theatres and Concert Halls to artists that have made remarkable and valuable contributions to the Dutch classical music scene.
Simone began studying the violin at the age of 5 and moved to the UK aged 11 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Professor Hu Kun. At the age of 14 Simone made her professional solo debut with the North Netherlands Orchestra performing Paganini’s 1st Violin Concerto, her debut highly praised by the press. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Professor Hu Kun and Professor Maurice Hasson, where she graduated aged 19 with first class honours and several prestigious awards. In 2011, she was made an Associate of the RAM, an honour given to those students who have made significant and distinguished contributions to their field. Simone currently lives in The Netherlands.
Simone plays the “Mlynarski” Stradivarius (1718), on generous loan to her by an anonymous benefactor.