2024 - INCONTRI IN TERRA DI SIENA
Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung – piano
Maja Avramović, Lisa Batiashvili, Sarah Christian, Daishin Kashimoto – violin
Lawrence Power – viola
Maximilian Hornung, Antonio Lysy – cello
Emmanuel Pahud – flute
François Leleux – oboe
Paul Meyer – clarinet
Ria Ideta – marimba
Menuhin Academy Soloists
EMERGING ARTIST 2024 – Bohdan Luts, violin
For our 2024 festival, we are very excited to be not only bringing back many of Incontri’s favourite artists from the past few years, but also to be introducing several extraordinary musicians for the first time, for six very special programmes.
The opening concert will see the welcome return of the Menuhin Academy Soloists, in residence at the International Menuhin Academy in Switzerland. The award-winning young soloists under the direction of Oleg Kaskiv present an eclectic programme including Vivaldi’s much-loved Four Seasons, performed by Incontri resident artist Daishin Kashimoto who will be touring and recording the work with the Berlin Baroque Soloists in January 2025.
Daishin Kashimoto First concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009, first prize winner at the Menuhin Junior International Competition (1993), the Cologne International Violin Competition (1994), the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna (1996) and the Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris (1996). Daishin is in high demand as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
Emmanuel Pahud Principal flautist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. With an average of 160 performances a year, he is one of the most highly regarded musicians today. He has recorded more than any other flautist in history, and has been instrumental in the growth of the flute repertoire, with countless commissions.
Serbian violinist Maja Avramović has been a first violinist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 1994. As an active chamber musician she has performed at some of Europe’s top festivals as well as on tour throughout Asia and North America.
In addition to being Concertmaster of the Deutscher Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2013, as a soloist German violinist Sarah Christian graces stages across Europe, China, Japan, South America and the United States, and is the winner of numerous international competitions.
British violist Lawrence Power is widely heralded for his richness of sound, technical mastery and his passionate advocacy for new music. In addition to his career as a soloist and chamber musician, he created the Viola Commissioning Circle, which has led to a substantial body of fresh repertoire for the instrument by today’s finest composers.
German cellist Maximilian Hornung is one of most sought-after young cellists in the world as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He regularly performs with the worlds’ foremost orchestras and conductors, from the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra to the Bavarian Radio and Bamberg Symphony.
Our founder, Antonio Lysy, a cellist, pedagogue and all around artist of international stature, constantly plays with some of classical music’s most significant voices, and year after year, he explores the ranges and versatility of the instrument with trailblazing and exciting new projects.
French oboist and conductor François Leleux is known for his irrepressible energy and exuberance, in addition to the total mastery of his instrument. He has appeared with most of the world’s top orchestras and is the foremost representative of his instrument while developing a major conducting career.
French clarinetist Paul Meyer has already had a long career as one of the world’s most versatile and brilliant clarinetists. Paul made his debut in 1982 by winning the prestigious Eurovision Competition at just 17 years old. He was appointed Solo Clarinet at the Lyon Opera Orchestra in 1983, then at the Ensemble Intercontemporain in 1984 and at the Paris Opera in 1985. Very quickly, he left the orchestra for an international soloist career with performances in major international venues with world renowned orchestras and alongside the world’s finest musicians.
Canadian pianist Lucille Chung has been one of the most exciting and most diverse voices since her debut at age 10 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, her far reaching repertoire has brought her onto the most important stages on four continents.
And last – but by no means least – 2024 will be our Artistic Director and pianist Alessio Bax’s eighth season with Incontri. As a soloist, he has performed with over 150 orchestras but also has a packed international schedule as a recitalist and chamber musician. Born in Bari, Italy, he catapulted to prominence as the First Prize winner at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions.
Georgian-born violinist Lisa Batiashvili is consistently praised by audiences and fellow musicians for her virtuosity. A multiple award-winning artist, she has developed long-standing relationships with most of the world’s major orchestras, from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, to the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra, appearing regularly on tour under the baton of today’s most celebrated conductors such has Daniel Barenboim, Kirill Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin .
Japanese marimbist Ria Ideta, winner of the Paris Marimba Competition, appears as a soloist in over 50 concerts a year. Much in demand in some of the worlds’ top chamber music festivals, she is at the forefront of the marimba scene, constantly pushing the boundaries of the instrument.
Our 2024 Incontri Emerging Artist, violinist Bohdan Luts (18) is an integral part of the Menuhin Menuhin Academy. He won first prize and all the accompanying prizes in this year’s prestigious Long-Thibaud International competition in Paris.