Bournemouth has been popular with visitors for nearly two centuries. In addition to its obvious seaside attractions, Victorian visitors would have enjoyed the music of the uniformed ‘Italian band’, conducted by Signor Bertini. By the turn of the century the band had become the Municipal Orchestra, performing in the famous Winter Gardens.
It was ultimately to become the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, destined to be the world-class symphony orchestra we enjoy today. Its current and outstanding conductor, Kirill Karabits, was winner of the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor of the Year, and follows a long line of great conductors. During the last seven years Kirill and the BSO have worked with some of our greatest musicians and rising stars, the most recent of which is Augustin Hadelich – the BSO’s new Artist in Residence.
Education and training
Augustin was born in Italy in 1984 and ultimately studied at the Juilliard School in New York. By 2006 he was winning awards for his extraordinary playing and this year won the inaugural Warner Music Prize to great acclaim. So what is it about the playing of this young virtuoso that grips audiences and professionals alike? His technique is described as ‘phenomenal’ but Augustin’s playing extends far beyond technical virtuoisity. There is something else, which has been variously described as ‘poetic sensitivity’ and ‘gorgeous tone’ – a sound that can stop listeners in their tracks. Take such a talent and blend it with an orchestra of national and international standing and you have a perfect partnership.
As Artist in Residence
As the BSO’s Artist in Residence for 2015-2016, Augustin will be joining them for a series of performances which include Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Mendelssohn’s Octet, and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, the latter featuring on his first major recording which was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2014. Playing on a 1723 ‘Ex-Kiesewetter’ Stradivari violin (taking its name from a former owner), the marriage of a fine instrument and fine player promises some memorable performances.
The BSO and Augustin are equally looking forward to the coming year. Conductor Kirill Karavitz says “I am pleased to welcome our new Artist-in-Residence, Augustin Hadelich who I am very much looking forward to working with this season. We introduced our Artist-in-Residence position last year and I am excited to continue this role into the 2015/16 concert series so we can continue to build deeper relationships with these incredible artists”. Augustin says of his residency “I am delighted and thrilled to be the Artist-in-Residence for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. I already have great memories of my concerts with the BSO in December 2013…I very much look forward to getting to know the players, the audience, and the locale!”
The BSO believe in inspiring audiences and celebrating the role that music plays in ‘enhancing and transforming lives’. Their forthcoming programme certainly looks set to do that.
Join us for our Celebrity Recitals holiday departing 14 March 2016, featuring the BSO together with Augustin Hadelich and former artist in residence pianist, Sunwook Kim, for a programme including Mendelssohn’s Octet and Ysaye’s Solo Violin Sonata No. 6.