Bertrand Dermoncourt - Kevin Kleinmann - Linus Roth - Thomas Sanderling - Emmanuel Utwiller
Linus Roth - Violinist - Initiator of the International Mieczysław Weinberg Society
As first violinist ever Linus Roth has recorded the complete works for violin and piano by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. His recording of the Violin Concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin was named “Editor´s Choice” by the Gramophone Magazine. Roth’s commitment to Weinberg will further be documented by his next Cd which contains Weinberg´s Concertino and the recording of the 3 Violin Solosonatas.
Linus Roth studied with Prof Nicolas Chumachenco, Prof. Zakhar Bron in Lübeck and with Prof. Ana Chumachenco. Salvatore Accardo, Miriam Fried and Josef Rissin also strongly influenced his development as a player. For the duration of his studies he was awarded a scholarship by Anne-Sophie Mutter through her Foundation. In 2012 he was appointed Professor for Violin at the “Leopold-Mozart-Centre” of the University of Augsburg, Germany.
Linus Roth has performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestras of the SWR and Berlin, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orchestra della Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Berner Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra of the State Opera Stuttgart, and the Munich Chamber Orchestra and has shared the stage with the conductors Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Dennis Russell Davies, James Gaffigan, Hartmut Haenchen Manfred Honeck, Antoni Wit, among others.
Linus Roth plays the A. Stradivari “Dancla” 1703, kindly loaned to him by the “L-Bank, Staatsbank of Baden-Württemberg, Germany”.
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Maestro Thomas Sanderling - Conductor - Co-Initiator of the International Mieczysław Weinberg Society
Thomas Sanderling has been championing the music of Mieczysław Weinberg for many years. He has conducted the world premieres of the “Requiem” with the Liverpool Philharmonic and in 2013 the composer´s last opera “The Idiot” at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.
Thomas Sanderling was born in Novosibirsk and grew up in St.Petersburg, where his father Kurt Sanderling was a conductor of St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. After graduating from the Special Music School of Leningrad Conservatory he studied conducting at the Hochschule fuer Musik in East-Berlin.
After Shostakovich heard him with the State Orchestra of Russia, the composer asked Thomas Sanderling to give the German premieres of his 13th and 14th symphonies and this relationship led to his world premiere recording of ‘The Michelangelo Suite’, Shostakovich’s last orchestral work. Following this great success he became assistant to Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan.
Thomas Sanderling has conducted extensively on the international stage, with orchestras in North America including the National Dallas, Baltimore and Vancouver Symphonies, in Europe with the Royal Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki Philharmonics, and in the UK — the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic. He is also a regular guest conductor of Radio Orchestras in the UK, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. 1992 became a Music Director of Osaka Symphoniker. This Orchestra recently awarded Thomas Sanderling with the title Music Director Laureate for Lifetime.
Thomas Sanderling is equally acclaimed for his opera work. He was Permanent Guest Conductor of Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin from 1978 to 1983 (when he moved to the West), and at Bayerische Staatsoper, Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera and Finnish National opera. Thomas Sanderling enjoys a strong relationship with St.Petersburg Philharmonic society. In 2002 Sanderling became the Guest Conductor of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, in 2004 – the Principal Guest Conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia.
His many CDs have won several prestigious awards, such as the the Cannes Classical Award for his recording of Mahler´s 6th Symphony. In June 2005 he conducted two CD recordings for Deutsche Grammophon with Shostakovich Premiers, which were named “The Editor’s Choice” by the Gramophone Magazine . His recording of the Brahms Symphonies with the Philharmonia Orchestra London was praised by the international press and won the “Salzburg Prize”.
Kevin Kleinmann - Professor for Music and Arts Management Sorbonne/ Paris
Kevin Kleinmann has devoted his entire professional career to working internationally within the classical music industry, having held senior positions such as Vice President of CBS Records, International Vice President of Philips Classics, Managing Director of PolyGram Classique, France and Senior Vice President of PolyGram/Universal Music International.
In addition, he has helped to create the postgraduate Master of Music & Arts Management programme at the Sorbonne University in Paris, where he has been a Professor for fifteen years. In addition, Mr Kleinmann is a regular guest lecturer in Music & Arts Management in the postgraduate programmes of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn, Estonia.
Mr Kleinmann is regularly invited as a guest speaker at many forums and seminars, among them the International Music Council (UNESCO) conferences and the Centre de Cultura of the Universitat Internacional Menéndez Pelayo – Centre Ernest Lluch in Barcelona, Spain.
Bertrand Dermoncourt - Author and Journalist
Bertrand Dermoncourt is a French journalist (Classica, L’Express) and writer. He has published encyclopedias on Bach, Mozart and Verdi (Robert Laffont, « Bouquins » collection) and biographies of Stravinsky and Shostakovich (Actes Sud).
Emmanuel Utwiller - Director of the Documentation centre for Contemporary Music "Dimitri Shostakovich"
Emmanuel Utwiller was born in 1959 in Alsace. Self-taught, he created in April 1980 and dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich an organization known as the “Fonds Chostakovitch à Paris” (Shostakovich Archives at Paris). He worked at that time as musical consultant, particulary for Radio-France, Auditorium du Louvre, Films d'Ici, Channel Four TV (UK).
He was introduced to the composer’s relatives in 1989, and in 1996 he was appointed by Irina Shostakovich to be the person responsible for the “Dmitri Shostakovich” Contemporary Music Information Centre.