Nathalie Stutzmann appointed Chief Conductor of Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway

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© Simon Fowler

Today, Nathalie Stutzmann has been announced as new Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, one of Norway’s foremost orchestras with roots back to 1919, from the beginning of the 2018/2019 season for an initial contract of three years. Nathalie conducted Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra for the first time in March 2017 in Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3.

Nathalie comments: “I am so thrilled to become the new Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. From the first rehearsal — when we started to play Strauss — I was so amazed by the quality of the musicians. They were so involved in the music and the working process was amazing. I’m also looking forward to developing new ideas with the orchestra, with the musicians, with the board, and to have the KSO more involved in the city life. I truly believe that the symphonic orchestra has an important part to play in the lives of the citizens of the city. It should be so much fun for the people to come to our concerts and discover how much we want to share our passion for this music. I can’t wait to see you all and share the music together.”

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New album: Quella Fiamma, Arie Antiche – Released on October 27

Order the album here: http://wnrcl.me/arieantiche

Nathalie Stutzmann_Quella Fiamma_Arie Antiche_Cover_0190295765293The Arie Antiche compiled by Alessandro Parisotti are known to each and every student of classical singing. But with Quella Fiamma, Nathalie Stutzmann and Orfeo 55 breathe new fire into this primer for the voice, performing these songs and arias with original orchestrations, as they would have been heard in their day. Before they were lessons, they were high art.

This album is a selection of pieces from Arie antiche, a 19th Century collection of songs edited by Alessandro Parisotti to be a vocal primer. Though now more famous as the editor of Arie antiche, Parisotti was also a composer, and he managed to slip one of his own works into the book by attributing to Giovanni Pergolesi his song “Se tu m’ami”. The collection was very much a part of the trend to rediscover old and forgotten works, and the popularity of the three-volume set has endured to this day.

For this album the musicians of Orfeo 55 have worked painstakingly to source original scores and to edit the parts as necessary. While the instrumental works are not part of Parisotti’s primer, they provide brief musical interludes between the songs to enhance the overall listening experience and bring these works together into a coherent programme.

Nathalie Stutzmann and Orfeo 55 will take this programme on tour in Montpellier’s Opéra Comédie (November 5), Paris’ La Seine Musicale (February 16) and festivals across France and Germany. Nathalie will also give masterclasses on Arie antiche at the Montpellier Conservatoire (November 6 & 7) and Paris Conservatoire (November 8 & 9), open to the public.

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Concerts with Washington National Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra

21368833_1398695850167089_2794794238451060714_oFollowing hot on the heels of her “triumphant debut as principal guest conductor of the RTÉ NSO” (Bachtrack), Nathalie Stutzmann returns to the US to conduct the Washington National Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra over the next two weeks.

The performances at Washington’s Kennedy Center on October 5, 6 and 7 include Brahms’ Violin concerto with violinist Arabella Steinbacher and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, a work Nathalie fills with “the kind of heat one associates with Gustavo Dudamel” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

At the Minneapolis Orchestra Hall, making her debut at the head of Minnesota Orchestra, she will lead Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony and Mozart’s Clarinet concerto with clarinetist Bixby Kennedy. Performances take place on October 12, 13 and 14.

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Principal Guest Conductor debut

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© Sabine Burger

For her first appearance as Principal Guest Conductor of RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland on September 29, Nathalie Stutzmann has chosen a programme consisting of Brahms’ Violin Concerto featuring Veronica Eberle as soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. The performance will be live broadcast from Dublin National Concert Hall on RTÉ Lyric FM at 7.30pm.

If Beethoven symphonies will be the focus of Nathalie’s inaugural season with the RTÉ NSO, concerts will be programmed around works by Brahms, Strauss, Rachmaninov, Elgar… and more. For further information, please see the orchestra’s 2017/2018 brochure.

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Nathalie Stutzmann and Seiji Ozawa share concert podium again in Japan

Nathalie Stutzmann and Seiji Ozawa in May 2017.

Nathalie Stutzmann and Seiji Ozawa in May 2017.

Following a well-deserved holiday, Nathalie Stutzmann returns to Japan and has the great honor to share once again the podium with her mentor Maestro Seiji Ozawa at Matsumoto’s Seiji Ozawa Festival. With two concerts on August 25 and 27, Nathalie will lead Saito Kinen Orchestra in Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with vocal soloist Lydia Teuscher, Seiji Ozawa will lead Beethoven’s Leonore No. 3 Overture.

Nathalie Stutzmann and Seiji Ozawa have collaborated on many occasions in the past, including recordings and a first series of concerts sharing the podium in 2014. Watch them conduct Mendelssohn and Beethoven at Mito Arts Tower here.

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