Mahler’s Symphony No. 4
Artis—Naples Masterworks Series
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Benjamin Schmid, violin
Sunhae Im, soprano
Zemlinsky — Prelude to Es war einmal
Korngold — Violin Concerto
Mahler — Symphony No. 4
Prelude at 7pm
All Masterworks tickets include same-day admission to The Baker Museum. Special museum hours on day of performance: 10am-8pm.
One of the most versatile of today’s violinists, Benjamin Schmid’s particular strength lies in his exceptionally wide repertoire and very personal style. At the core of his career are works by Austrian composers such as Berg, Goldmark, Korngold, Kreisler, Mozart, Muthspiel, Schoenberg and Webern. He performs and records regularly with pianist Ariane Haering, focusing mainly on Mozart; since 2011, they have edited several Mozart Sonatas and previously unpublished fragments for G. Henle Verlag. Schmid also has a successful career in jazz and regularly presents his Hommage à Grappelli program at jazz venues and classical concert halls alike.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season included his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the baton of John Storgårds. He returned to the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz and the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, where performed and recorded Uumo Kalmi’s violin concerto. High profile engagements led him to Spain and Portugal, amongst others with the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, Orquesta Sinfónica de las Islas Baleares and Casa da Musica in Porto. His hometown Salzburg welcomed him in orchestral concerts with the Mozarteum Orchestra and in recital with Ariane Haering at the Mozarteum’s Großer Saal.
Schmid’s busy schedule features regular collaborations with orchestras, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Gulbenkian, Finnish Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic and, in the US, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony. Engagements in Asia include the New Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and the Hong Kong Festival, among others. Schmid works especially closely with the Wiener Philharmoniker; their collaborations include the opening concert of the 2004 Salzburger Festspiele and a performance of Fritz Kreisler’s version of Paganini’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Valery Gergiev in 2001 in a concert broadcast in over 60 countries and released on CD and DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. He is also a frequent guest at the major European chamber music festivals.
A passionate recording artist, Schmid has built up an impressive discography of approximately 40 CDs, including many award-winning releases. Prizes regularly include the ECHO Klassik, Gramophone Editor’s Choice and Strad Selection. He was nominated for the Vierteljahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his recording of Wolf-Ferrari’s Violin Concerto and his latest recording featuring Ligeti’s Violin Concerto was named Record of the Month by Gramophone magazine.
Schmid has won various prizes in international competitions, including the Flesch Competition in 1992, where he received the Mozart, Beethoven and Audience prizes. Aside from his performance career, Schmid holds a professorship at the Mozarteum Salzburg and teaches master classes at Hochschule Bern. He has recently started performing on the “Guyot” Stradivarius from 1705, provided to him by an anonymous sponsor.
Since her European stage debut in the year 2000, South Korean soprano Sunhae Im — who studied at the Seoul National University under the guidance of Lokyung Pak and at the University of Karlsruhe under Roland Hermann — has proven her artistic versatility in a multitude of international productions. She has been a guest at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra national de Paris (Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo under Thomas Hengelbrock), Staatstheater Stuttgart (Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites under Manfred Honeck), Korean National Opera (Adina in Donizetti’s l’elisir d’amore and Ilia under Myung-Whun Chung), Palace of Arts (Zerlina in don giovanni under Iván Fischer) and Theater an der Wien (la finta giardiniera and l’orfeo).
Im has been invited to renowned festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Salzburg Festival and the Haydn International Festival and has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the orchestra de chamber de Paris and the Munich Philharmonic. She is a regular guest at the Beaune Festival and appeared at the Verbier Festival as well as at the Festwochen für Alte Musik.
She has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Giovanni Antonini, Iván Fischer, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Lothar Zagrosek, Sylvain Cambreling, Ton Koopman, Marek Janowski, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Matthew Halls and René Jacobs.
She has also close ties to the ensembles of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin AKAMUS, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, B`Rock Orchestra Gent, and Ensemble Matheus.
Her repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Rameau, Charpentier, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mahler and Mendelssohn.
Recent successes included Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with the B’Rock Orchestra, Haydn’s Creation in Paris (new Philharmonic) and Lyon, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem in St. Gallen and more.
The season 2015-16 saw Im perform regularly in Bach’s St. John’s and St. Matthew’s Passion; she sang both oratorios at the MiTo Festival in Milan and Turin.
Her first solo CD, with works by Rameau, Clérambault, Pergolesi and Scarlatt,i was released for Harmonia Mundi in March 2015.
For more information, please visit www.sunhaeim.com.
Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko is one of the most exciting and dynamic conductors to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years. He is currently Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic as well as the Orchestre National de Belgique, and serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi in San Sebastian.
As a guest conductor, Boreyko has worked with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphoniker, Filarmonica della Scala, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the London Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw orchestras, and most recently The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.