Artist Interviews

Interview: Dhafer Youssef

Interview: Dhafer Youssef

By | April 23, 2014 at 11:31 am | 2 comments

We talk a little with spellbinding  oud master and vocalist Dhafer Youssef, who tells us about his latest album Birds Requiem and what to expect from its UK orchestral premiere with Kristjan Järvi and the LSO on Thursday 24 April.   There’s an interesting quote about...

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Interview: James Gaffigan

Interview: James Gaffigan

By | February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm | No comments

We catch up with James Gaffigan, the New Yorker currently serving as Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, after the first rehearsal ahead of his LSO debut on Thursday 13 February. He talks to us about the thrills and spills of being an international conductor, his...

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We talk to violist Antoine Tamestit

We talk to violist Antoine Tamestit

By | October 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm | No comments

Ahead of his concerts with the LSO in November, performing the famous solo role in Berlioz's Harold in Italy, we caught up with violist Antoine Tamestit to find out about his musical background and what he's looking forward to about performing with the LSO and Valery Gergiev....

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Gergiev on conducting Berlioz: ‘You throw yourself into the ocean of musical ideas’

Gergiev on conducting Berlioz: ‘You throw yourself into the ocean of musical ideas’

By | October 23, 2013 at 9:37 am | No comments

With the Orchestra now back from their travels to New York, the start of the LSO's next series with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev – a major exploration of the quintessentially Romantic composer Hector Berlioz – is just over a week away. Gergiev and the LSO will be...

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We talk Berlioz with Karen Cargill

We talk Berlioz with Karen Cargill

By | October 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm | No comments

Mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill will be joining the LSO and Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev for four concerts at the Barbican in October and November, plus a tour to Europe. As part of this autumn's Berlioz series, she'll be singing the composer's song cycle Les nuits d'été and...

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Bernard Haitink: the Modest Maestro

Bernard Haitink: the Modest Maestro

By | October 8, 2013 at 11:55 am | No comments

In the next few weeks the Orchestra is working with conductor Bernard Haitink and pianist Emanuel Ax, including concerts in London and New York. Working with Haitink is always eagerly anticipated by the LSO musicians, and we asked Sub-Principal Second Violin Sarah Quinn why...

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What is ‘Rites of Passage’, anyway? Alexandre Bloch tells us what to expect

What is ‘Rites of Passage’, anyway? Alexandre Bloch tells us what to expect

By | June 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm | No comments

We’re getting very excited about this Thursday’s Rites of Passage concert, which promises to be a spectacular event!. Young musicians from the LSO On Track Next Generation scheme and the LSO Community Choir will be appearing alongside the Orchestra in a whistle-stop tour of...

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Today’s LSO Futures events, plus a chat with Toby Young

Today’s LSO Futures events, plus a chat with Toby Young

By | April 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm | No comments

Today we’ve been continuing LSO Futures week, our celebration of new music, with two events at LSO St Luke’s – an Artist Conversation with composer Colin Matthews, who spilled the beans about his musical inspirations and 40-year career, and the annual Panufnik Young...

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LSO Futures: two composers give us their thoughts

LSO Futures: two composers give us their thoughts

By | April 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm | No comments

This week, as we celebrate the world of new music with our mini-festival LSO Futures, we’re giving you the chance to get to know some of the emerging composers at the cutting edge of music right now. For today’s blog, we’ve given two previous participants of the LSO’s...

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In our back Yarde… 60 seconds with Jason Yarde

In our back Yarde… 60 seconds with Jason Yarde

By | September 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm | No comments

We caught up with jazz saxophonist Jason Yarde ahead of his and pianist Andrew McCormack's UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica concert at LSO St Luke's on Tuesday 27 November to find out what to expect from the concert and his long-standing relationship with the LSO. You have a long...

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