Charles Dutoit has been Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal since 1977. Their musical partnership is recognised today as one of the most successful in the world. In September 1990, Charles Dutoit also became Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, replacing Lorin Maazel. In September 1996 he was also appointed Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. In addition to his summer activities with the OSM, Charles Dutoit is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of North America's most prestigious summer festivals: the Philadelphia Orchestra¹s concert series at the Mann Music Centre in Philadelphia and at the Saratoga Performing Arts Centre in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Andrew Nicol joined Arup in 1995. He is currently Principal of the Acoustics team in AustraliaAustralia, Europe, America and Asia. and specialises in buildings for the performing arts. He is a musician and acoustic designer and has 15 years of experience working inAustralia, America and Asia.
Marco van Pagee was born in Middelburg, The Netherlands, where he studied violin with Davina van Wely and viola with Jurgen Kussmaul at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag. Marco was principal violist with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra and the Elizabethan Theatre Trust Orchestra. Marco is a founding member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (the former Rantos Collegium), Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, coordinator of chamber music at the Australian National Academy of Music and founder and musical director of the Geminiani Chamber Orchestra.
Konstantin Lifschitz In 1994, a recording of Bach´s "Goldberg" Variations made the Russian pianist Konstantin Lifschitz an international figure. That was long enough ago that it´s amazing to realise that he´s only 23 now-and he was 17 then. When he made his American debut at the Newport Festival in 1996, this listener felt like an intruder reading someone´s innermost thoughts in a private diary-and Lifschitz was playing Chopin´s Op. 10 Etudes. That feeling of eavesdropping was even more profoundly pronounced Wednesday night when Lifschitz played a long and demanding Schubert program at the International Piano Festival at Williams College-both sets of Impromptus, the Moments Musicaux, and the Drei Klavierstuecke. The program reminded us, among other things, of how young Schubert was when he wrote some of his greatest music.
Gary Burton Born in 1943 and raised in Indiana, Gary Burton taught himself to play the vibraphone and, at the age of 17, made his recording debut in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarists Hank Garland and Chet Atkins. Two years later, Burton left his studies at Berklee College of Music to join George Shearing and subsequently Stan Getz, with whom he worked from 1964-1966. Borrowing rhythms and sonorities from rock music, while maintaining jazz's emphasis on improvisation and harmonic complexity, Burton's first quartet attracted large audiences from both sides of the jazz-rock spectrum. During his subsequent association with the label (1973-1988) the Burton Quartet expanded to include the young Pat Metheny on guitar, and the band began to explore a repertoire of modern compositions. In the '70s, Burton also began to focus on more intimate contexts for his music. His 1971 album Alone at Last, a solo vibraphone concert recorded at the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival, was honored with a Grammy Award.
Francois Rabbath Born in Aleppo, Syria into a musical family of six boys and three girls, Francois discovered the double bass at the age of thirteen when one of his brothers brought an instrument home and allowed him to experiment with it. When the family moved to Beirut, Lebanon he found an old copy of Edouard Nanny's Contrabass Method in a tailor shop and with some difficulty, since he read neither music nor French, began to teach himself. After nine years of work in Beirut, Francois saved enough money to move to Paris. While in Paris he began to earn his living as an accompanist for Jacque Brel, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Becaud, Michel Legrand and others. In 1963 he made his first of many solo record albums. Although never advertised or promoted, the Phillips album Bass Ball became one of the most sought after recordings of its time. From 1964 he became active composing much music for movies and the theater. At the same time he started to play solo recitals, first in France, then throughout Europe. His American debut was in Carnegie Hall in 1975.
Chick Corea Considering the staggering volume of his recorded output over the past 40 years, it is no overstatement to call Chick Corea one of the most prolific composers of the second half of the 20th century. From avant-garde to bebop, from children’s songs to straight ahead, from hard-hitting fusion to heady forays into classical, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is simply uncanny. A restlessly creative spirit, he continues to explore and generate new material for a number of different vehicles, including his dynamic Elektric Band and his flamenco flavoured Touchstone band. Other recent projects include The Ultimate Adventure, the second in a series of evocative recordings based on the writings of his favorite author and longtime inspiration, L. Ron Hubbard.