Les Vents Français
The cast list of the ensemble Les Vents Français reads like the „Who’s who" of the international Wind ensemble’s scene. Five immanent experts of their respective instruments have met to a soloist’s ensemble of top class. This dreamteam is not only “French” as it consists almost exclusively of French musicians, it also devotes itself with a special verve to the music of Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Darius Milhaud, Albert Roussel up to André Caplet. According to the repertoire the ensemble performs from two to five musicians and is completed by pianist Éric Le Sage.
Recent engagements include concerts at the Philharmonie Köln, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Mozarteum Salzburg, Copenhagen, Roma, Zürich, Brussels, Paris, Zagreb, Istanbul, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Salon-de-Provence as well as tours to USA and Japan. Upcoming highlights will be at Mozartfest Würzburg, Audi Sommerkonzerte Ingolstadt among others.
Les Vents Français are working on a continuous expansion of the repertoire for winds by premiering numerous works by contemporary composers such as Thierry Escaich, Thierry Pécou, Guillaume Connesson, Michael Jarrell, Misato Mochizuki, Fuminori Tanada, Donald Waxmann and Qigang Chen.
Since 2013 Les Vents Français got an exclusive contract with Warner Classics. The first album with works by Ravel, Jolivet, Ibert, Milhaud, Ligeti, Zemlinsky, Barber and Hindemith was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2014. In the same year the second album was released together with the pianist Eric Le Sage featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven, Poulenc, Roussel, Caplet and Rimsky-Korsakov. 2017 saw the release of an album of Beethoven with Eric Le Sage. A recording of various woodwind concertos by Beethoven with the Munich Chamber Orchestra are in planning for 2018.
Their discography includes furthermore the complete chamber music by Francis Poulenc, the album “French Connection” with works for flute, clarinet and piano, the double album “Best of Quintet Music” which combines music for wood winds by French composers with repertoire of the 20th century for RCA Red Seal and EMI.
Renowned for its exceptionally creative programming and the homogeneity of timbre that can only come from a long history of making music together – over sixty-five years after its foundation in the aftermath of war the MKO is blazing a trail for orchestras in Germany and beyond. In the last few years the orchestra has increased its subscription ticketholders by over fifty percent, notwithstanding the ambitious content of its programmes.
Since the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Bremen-born Clemens Schuldt is the new principle conductor. He also heads the artistic planning committee, which has, besides himself, two members nominated by the orchestra and two from the management team. Under his leadership the MKO will continue to present daring, associative programmes combining works from the past and the present. With no aesthetic preconceptions and a love of experimentation Schuldt and the orchestra will continue to place their trust in the sheer impact and emotional intensity of contemporary music. Concepts such as Eastwards, Drama, Childhood, Isolation and Reformation have set the ensemble’s course in recent seasons; in 2017/18 the focus will be on diverse facets of ›Wandern‹.
Since 1995, when Christoph Poppen took over as artistic director and established the orchestra’s unmistakable dramaturgical profile, the MKO has premiered over eighty new works by composers including Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Tan Dun, Chaya Czernowin, Georg Friedrich Haas, Pascal Dusapin, Salvatore Sciarrino and Jörg Widmann. Composers such as Beat Furrer, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Thomas Larcher, Milica Djordjević, Clara Iannotta, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Mark Andre, Peter Ruzicka, Márton Illés, Mirsolav Srenka and Tigran Mansurian have fulfilled commissions from the MKO.
In addition to the Thursday evenings at the Prinzregententheater, the orchestra’s main concert venue, the MKO has, since 2003, presented its ›Nachtmusik der Moderne‹ in the Rotunda in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne to packed houses of discerning listeners. Each of these concerts is devoted to the work of a single composer from the twentieth or twenty-first century. In 2015, the presentation of the MKO Songbook at the Schwere Reiter performance space in Munich established a new format, which turns the spotlight on MKO commissions and works by Munich’s own composers.
The core of the ensemble consists of twenty-eight string players, all full members of the MKO. In collaboration with a fixed pool of elite principal wind players from Europe’s leading orchestras, the MKO performs as a slender symphony orchestra that can also make its mark with major works by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and others. An important component in both the orchestra’s subscription series and invitation concerts elsewhere are the programmes directed by either one of the orchestra’s two concertmasters. On those evenings the unconditional commitment and shared sense of responsibility of all the musicians can come across with particular intensity.
Founded in 1950 by Christoph Stepp, four decades in the life of the MKO from 1956 onwards were shaped by Hans Stadlmair. After ten years at the helm (1995–2006), Christoph Poppen was succeeded by Alexander Liebreich as Artistic Director of the MKO. The orchestra gratefully acknowledges funding from the City of Munich, the State of Bavaria and the Region of Upper Bavaria. Since 2006/7 European Computer Telecoms AG (ECT) has, with great generosity, been the orchestra’s main sponsor.
The MKO is a modern, flexible ensemble that has developed a wide range of activities in addition to its various subscription series. Each year the orchestra presents around sixty concerts in major venues across the world. Past tours have taken the orchestra to Asia, Spain, Scandinavia, South America and more. The MKO has also undertaken several tours in collaboration with the Goethe Institut, including a concert tour to Moscow and its ground-breaking workshops and concert in North Korea in autumn 2012, when the orchestra performed side by side with North Korean music students.
The MKO has recorded works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Sofia Gubaidulina, Giacinto Scelsi, Thomas Larcher, Valentin Silvestrov, Isang Yun, Joseph Haydn and Toshio Hosokawa with ECM Records. In March 2017 the long cooperation was continued with the release of Tigran Mansurian’s Requiem, a commission by MKO and RIAS Kammerchor. MKO recordings with Sony Classical include a CD with Rossini overtures and the Fauré Requiem with the Bavarian Radio Choir (ECHO Klassik winner, 2012), Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and, in May 2014, the Mozart Requiem. In 2015 Sony Classical released no less than three CDs with the MKO: flautist Magali Mosnier playing works by Mozart; oboe concertos by Hummel and Haydn played by François Leleux (ECHO Klassik winner, 2016); and an orchestral CD, conducted by Alexander Liebreich, with Mendelssohn’s incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and his Symphony no. 4. Further recordings are available amongst others also with Deutsche Grammophon, Neos, Hänssler Classic and Tudor.
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Daniel Giglberger, Violine
Daniel Giglberger is Prizewinner of competitions "Jugend musiziert", Concours International de Chateau du Courcillon (France) and the chamber music competition of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and studied violin with Christoph Poppen, Donald Weilerstein and Gerhard Schulz. He completed master classes with Franco Gulli, Walter Levin, Miriam Fried and Joseph Gingold and was a scholarship holder of the European Mozart Foundation and the Karl Klingler Foundation. Daniel Giglberger also received important impulses from Reinhard Goebel in historical performance practice.
Daniel Giglberger is a sought-after concertmaster with orchestras such as the Bavarian State Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, hr Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, NYDD Ensemble Tallinn and Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo. Since 1999 he has been concertmaster of the Münchener Kammerorchester. Daniel Giglberger's strongly commits himself to contemporary music as well as to the exploration of historical performance practices.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Daniel Giglberger has given numerous concerts in Japan, China, USA and Europe and has performed at festivals such as Schleswig Holstein, Rheingau, Styriarte Graz or the Carinthian Summer. In 2001 he made his debut in the Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonie and since then has performed on international stages such as the Musikverein Wien, Theater de Champs Elysées, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Kölner Philharmonie and many more.