Italian conductor Valentina Peleggi is Resident Conductor of the OSESP São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, where she assists and conducts several subscription concerts of her own each season; and Principal Conductor of their professional chorus, taking care of the choir’s artistic programming, leading a cappella concerts, and preparing the choir in symphonic repertoire. She finishes both positions at the end of December 2018, returning to the orchestra as a guest conductor in 2019. She will also record a Villa Lobos a capella CD for Naxos. She won the APCA Prize in 2016 as Conductor of the Year from the Paulistan Society of Critics of Arts and was voted Young Talent of 2017 by readers of Brazil’s specialist music magazine Revista Concerto.
From September 2018 Peleggi is the Mackerras Fellow at English National Opera for two seasons, assisting on a wide range of repertoire and conducting performances across both seasons. In 2019 she conducts several performances of La bohème and her own studio production of a re-worked Dido and Aeneas; in 2020 she will conduct her own main-house production of core repertoire. In 2018 she also took up a new three-year post as Guest Music Director at the Theatro Sao Pedro in São Paulo, specialising in Italian opera and conducting one production each season, starting with Cimarosa’s O Matrimonio Segreto in May 2018.
Concert debuts in 2018/19 include the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Gothenburg Opera orchestra and BBC Singers. Peleggi also returns to the Baltimore Symphony and the São Paulo Symphony to conduct with Marin Alsop the world premiere of a groundbreaking new work by Roxana Panufnik for one orchestra and two conductors. Recent guest appearances have included the Norrköping Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra del Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Omaha Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Valdivia (Chile) and Orquestra Filharmonica de Goias (Brazil); she has also worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. She has collaborated with soloists such as Baiba Skride, Jan Liesecki, Alexander Melnikov, Louis Schwizgebel, Boris Belkin and Yuri Bashmet. In June 2017 she was a participant in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s prestigious masterclasses under Daniele Gatti, streamed live to over 10,000 viewers.
Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall.
Tasmin’s concerto appearances include those with Adelaide Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bournemouth Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Poland, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, New York Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto – Casa da Musica, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Singapore Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, West Australian Symphony and all the BBC Orchestras.
Her multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, master classes, workshops and community outreach work. Tasmin’s discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire and she has given numerous World Premiere performances including concerti by Willem Jeths, Robin de Raaf, Stuart MacRae, Robert Saxton and Dominic Muldowney. Her newly commissioned work, Four World Seasons by Roxanna Panufnik, was premiered as a live broadcast on the BBC at the start of Music Nation weekend, leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. She remains one of the few violinists to perform Ligeti’s challenging Violin Concerto and has performed this work at the Berlin Philharmonie, New York Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Kimmel Center.
In January 2019, Tasmin made the announcement that, after a long and exciting career, she has decided to pursue new directions from Summer 2020. Therefore, this concert marks her final appearance in Bristol.
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.