› Daniel Hope and New Century Chamber Orchestra Join in “Artistic Partnership”
British Violinist Daniel Hope Is Named Artistic Partner of New Century Chamber Orchestra; Three-Season Appointment Launches in 2017/18 Season
It was announced yesterday that British violinist Daniel Hope has been named Artistic Partner of the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco for a three-season appointment, to launch next fall. This position will see Hope – who already serves as Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival – direct the orchestra from the violin in multiple performances each season, providing artistic continuity throughout the orchestra’s search for a permanent successor to Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, who steps down at the end of the present season.
Philip Wilder, Executive Director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, said:
“We are delighted that Daniel Hope has agreed to partner with us during this time of transition. Daniel’s creativity and experience as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral leader and music advocate makes him uniquely qualified to guide the New Century Chamber Orchestra into its next chapter. I have known Daniel for more than a decade, and have witnessed his ability to create one-of-a-kind programming and experiences for audiences. With Daniel’s artistic guidance, our audiences are guaranteed a thrilling ride over the next three years.”
Founded in 1992 by cellist Miriam Perkoff and violist Wieslaw Pogorzelski, the New Century Chamber Orchestra is one of only a handful of conductorless ensembles in the world. A 19-member string ensemble, it comprises musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area and across the U.S. and Europe, who make all musical decisions collaboratively. Hope made his debut with the orchestra this past February as Guest Concertmaster in a special centennial tribute to his late mentor, Yehudi Menuhin. This impressed the San Francisco Chronicle with its “winning spirit of camaraderie and collaboration,” and prompted the San Jose Mercury News to observe: “If the concert represented a high-water mark for the orchestra, what it suggested for the future was downright tantalizing. Hope merged brilliantly with the NCCO musicians — and infused each of the evening’s performances with consummate flair.”
As the New York Times put it, Daniel Hope’s “thriving solo career” is “built on inventive programming and a probing interpretive style.” He has appeared as soloist with the Boston and Chicago Symphonies and the foremost orchestras of Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Moscow and Vienna. In September 2016 he became Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, succeeding Sir Roger Norrington. Celebrated for his musical versatility as well as his dedication to humanitarian causes, he was recognized last year with the prestigious European Cultural Prize for Music, whose previous laureates include Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo and the Berlin Philharmonic. As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2007, he has received six ECHO Klassik Awards and five Grammy nominations. As well as publishing four bestselling books in Germany, he contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, writes scripts for collaborative performances with actors Klaus Maria Brandauer and Mia Farrow, and regularly produces radio and television shows around the world.
› Daniel Hope begins his new role as Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra
“He is the most versatile violinist of his generation.” (Julia Spinola, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 9.9.2016)
Daniel Hope becomes Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra
On Tuesday September 27th 2016, Daniel Hope began his new role as Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (ZKO).
The opening concert of the new season, which took place at the Tonhalle in Zurich, is an example of the kind of programming which Daniel will be bringing to the orchestra.
The concert began with Mendelssohn’s Octet in the original chamber version; followed by works for Violin and Orchestra by Bach and Weinberg, and concluding with Beethoven’s Symphony No 2.
Following the Season Opening, Daniel and the ZKO travelled to Asia to perform in South Korea (Seoul Arts Center, Pusan Concert Hall, Tongyeong International Concert Hall) and China (Oriental Arts Center, Shanghai).
We hope to welcome you to a future performance by Daniel Hope, somewhere in the world!
› You can hear Daniel’s WDR3 Radio Show Every Sunday
Every Sunday, from January to December, you can listen to Daniel’s own radio show for the German broadcaster, WDR3. The programme is aired from 13:00-15:00 CET and can be heard outside of Germany live on the net at www.wdr3.de
More info (in German) here. http://www1.wdr.de/radio/wdr3/programm/sendungen/wdr3-persoenlich-hope/persoenlich-hope-sendungsinfo-100.html
› DANIEL HOPE AWARDED THE 2015 EUROPEAN CULTURAL PRIZE FOR MUSIC
A few days ago, Daniel Hope’s performance in the Dresden Frauenkirche was received with standing ovations. He will be returning to Dresden on 2nd October to receive the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music.
“Daniel Hope is a great artist, whose serious and refreshing approach to classical music creates generations of new listeners”, according to the President of the European Cultural Foundation, Tilo Braune. “He builds bridges between different musical worlds and thus stands for tolerance and openness.” The New York Times wrote of him: “You never know what the brilliant British violinist Daniel Hope, acclaimed for his ventures into contemporary music, will do next.”
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, Daniel Hope has toured the world as soloist for 25 years, receiving many awards including six ECHO Klassik Prizes, the Diapason d’Or of the Year and the Edison Music Award. He has performed with musicians including Yehudi Menuhin and Kurt Masur, he is the Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival, and even a bestselling author. The 2016/17 season will see him succeed Sir Roger Norrington as Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
This summer Daniel Hope is touring the festivals of Aspen, Bristol Proms, Edinburgh, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Merano, Pollença, Ravenna, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein and Tokyo with partners including Paavo Järvi, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Berlin Baroque Soloists, the Ebène Quartet, Nicholas Angelich, Klaus Maria Brandauer and many more.
Hope says: “I am honoured to receive the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music. Our cultural heritage in Europe is unique and I see it as the responsibility of every artist to protect, to celebrate and to share this heritage. I’m particularly delighted to be receiving this award in the Dresden Frauenkirche – an historical landmark in which I have been privileged to make music on several occasions, and a place which represents not only the preservation of culture but symbolises the understanding of different cultures in a unique way.”
The European Cultural Prize this October celebrates the 25th anniversary of German Reunification. Actor Manfred Krug will be honoured for his life’s work, tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Angela Gheorghiu are awarded the European Soloist Prizes. Conductor Kristjan Järvi joins forces with the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic to receive the European Young Artists Prize.
Past winners of the Prize include Daniel Barenboim, Placido Domingo, Thomas Quasthoff and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Presenting the awards will be the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, the Music Director of the Berlin State Opera Daniel Barenboim, the film producer Regina Ziegler, actor Charles Brauer and the director of the Vienna State Opera, Dominique Meyer.
› Daniel returns to Bristol Proms, July 27
On July 27th, Daniel curates a very special performance at the Bristol Proms July 27 for “Tchaikovsky vs. Brahms”
an evening of music and spoken word at the Bristol Old Vic, which presents the story of the fierce rivalry between these two iconic 19th-century composers. Daniel is joined by a group of incredible chamber musicians from around the world and British actor Zubin Varla. Details here: http://eepurl.com/bsVWpD
› Daniel Hope Is Named Music Director of Zurich Chamber Orchestra
In a press conference in Zurich today, it was announced that celebrated violinist Daniel Hope has been named Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, succeeding Sir Roger Norrington. Hope will start preparing for the new post this year, and looks forward to taking it up officially in 2016. Michael Bühler, Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, described the appointment as heralding a new era in the chamber ensemble’s history, saying: “We want to expand our presence on the international music stage. Daniel Hope is a charismatic star violinist, who is also a well known producer, best-selling author and TV presenter, and is at home practically anywhere in the world. This communicative artist has a particularly clear understanding of how to build bridges between genres and generations.”
› Daniel’s article in the Wall Street Journal about Hollywood Exiles
Daniel continues his regular contribution to the Wall Street Journal with an article about the European composers who escaped the Nazis and settled in Hollywood, helping to create “The Hollywood Sound”.
Read it here:
› TV-Tipp: Hollywood Sounds mit Daniel Hope bei ARTE
Am nächsten Sonntag (8.2.2015) zeigt ARTE das volle Konzert Hollywood Sounds von und mit Stargeiger Daniel Hope. Hope spielt dabei Stücke aus seinem letzten Album “Escape to Paradise – The Hollywood Album”.
Hollywood ist der Ort unserer Träume, seine Studios produzieren Geschichten, die Menschen auf der ganzen Welt bewegen. Ohne die emotionale Kraft der Musik hätte es diese Erfolgsgeschichte aber nicht gegeben.
In seinem Konzert begleitet Stargeiger Daniel Hope sein Publikum zu den Anfängen der “Hollywood Sounds”, wobei Erich Wolfgang Korngolds Violinkonzert von 1945 im Mittelpunkt steht. An seiner üppigen Orchestrierung und den schwelgerischen Klängen lässt sich sofort erkennen, dass Erich Wolfgang Korngolds Violinkonzert von 1945 aus der Feder eines äußerst erfolgreichen und mit zwei Oscars ausgezeichneten Filmmusik-Komponisten stammt.
Daniel Hopes Programm wird ergänzt mit zwei Stücken, die eigens für ihn arrangiert wurden: “Prelude” und “Love Theme” aus Alfred Hitchcocks Film “Spellbound” (“Ich kämpfe um dich”), komponiert von Miklós Rózsa.
Außerdem eine Suite für Violine und Orchester mit Songs von Kurt Weill, darunter Klassiker wie “Mack the Knife”, “Speak Low” und “September Song”. All diese Komponisten verbindet, dass sie ursprünglich aus Europa stammten, ihre große Karriere aber in Amerika machten. Korngold und Weill waren Juden und verließen ihre Heimat, um sich vor den Nazis in Sicherheit zu bringen. Rózsa arbeitete als Filmmusik-Komponist zunächst in London und siedelte später nach Hollywood über. Einer der ersten Filme, für die er dort die Musik schrieb, war “Spellbound”, wofür er auch den ersten seiner drei Oscars erhielt. Fast 100 weitere Soundtracks folgten, darunter zu Klassikern wie “Ben Hur”.
Anders als Korngold und Rózsa arbeitete Weill nicht für den Film, sondern für die Bühne. Am Broadway schrieb er Hits wie “Lady in the Dark” oder “One Touch of Venus”, die Hollywood-Verfilmungen ließen nicht lange auf sich warten. Daniel Hope gehört zu den profiliertesten Geigern der Gegenwart. Er ist ein inspirierender Musiker und setzt mit seiner klugen Programmgestaltung immer wieder Akzente, die weit über die Musik hinausweisen.
Wer mehr erfahren und hören möchte, sollte am 15.02. ab 18:15 ARTE einschalten und sich vom Klang Hollywoods gefangen nehmen lassen.
› ARTE Lounge mit Asaf Avidan, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Salut Salon und Daniel Hope
Der Stargeiger Daniel Hope und Alice Tumler laden zu einer neuen Staffel der „ARTE Lounge“ mit zahlreichen hochkarätigen Künstlern aus Klassik und Pop. Wie immer stehen musikalische Unterhaltung der Spitzenklasse und die Leidenschaft für alle Spielarten der Musik im Mittelpunkt. Zu Gast in dieser Sendung: der Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, das Quartett Salut Salon und der Folk-Rock-Musiker Asaf Avidan.
› ARTE Lounge avec Asaf Avidan, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Salut Salon et Daniel Hope
Le violoniste Daniel Hope et Alice Tumler accueillent de grands noms de la musique dans un club berlinois : Asaf Avidan, musicien folk propulsé au sommet des charts avec le remix de sa chanson “Reckoning song”, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, considéré comme l’un des meilleurs pianistes actuels et Salut Salon, quatuor à cordes féminin éclatant de drôlerie et de talent.
› Daniel hosts four shows of the ARTE Lounge on German/French TV
Starting February 1 at 22:35 CET, German and French fans can watch the first of four Arte Lounge television shows, featuring Daniel as violinist and presenter. ARTE TV will broadcast one show every Sunday night in February. On February 1, Daniel and his co-host Alice Tumler welcome pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Folk/Rock singer Asaf Avidan and Salut Salon. And here is a short clip of Daniel performing Robert Dauber’s “Serenade” with pianist Bengt Forsberg – a piece composed in Theresienstadt in 1942.
› Daniel receives the EDISON Music Award in Utrecht, Holland
Tonight in a ceremony recorded for television in Utrecht, Holland, Daniel was awarded the “EDISON KLASSIEK” Prize 2014. The Edison Music Award is an annual Dutch music prize, awarded for outstanding achievement in music. It is one of the oldest music awards in the world. Dutch fans can view Daniel’s performance with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and Markus Stenz on Sunday, 30th November at 13:00 CET on the NPO 2 TV Channel. Former Edison Award winners include Miles Davis, Marlene Dietrich and Eric Clapton. Further info here: http://www.edisons.nl/klassiek/nieuws/daniel-hope-krijgt-speciale-edison-0
› DANIEL HOPE WINS THE 2014 EDISON AWARD, SPECIAL PRIZE
DANIEL HOPE WINS THE 2014 EDISON AWARD, SPECIAL PRIZE: For immediate release: “The Edison Foundation in Holland has awarded British violinist Daniel Hope a “Special Edison” Prize. This prize honors musicians who have achieved great success in the world of classical music but also salutes their groundbreaking approach. The winners dare to be innovative, to experiment and to work hard to reach new audiences at an exceptional level.The Edison Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 29th at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. Daniel Hope will attend and perform works from his latest Deutsche Grammophon album “Escape to Paradise” with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest under Markus Stenz. The concert will be recorded for Dutch television and broadcast the next day, November 30, by NPO2.”
Read the Dutch press release here: http://nvpi.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/r/B9F6E504C28E0C8D2540EF23F30FEDED/9E7DDB54C0DA4E2DF6A1C87C670A6B9F
› Daniel performs for Germany’s President and Chancellor, marking 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
On 9th November 2014, Daniel Hope will perform at the official concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The concert takes place at the Konzerthaus Berlin at 16:00CET – both the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck and the Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel will be in attendance. Press release in German here: http://www.berlin.de/rbmskzl/aktuelles/pressemitteilungen/2014/pressemitteilung.210486.php
“Am 9. November 2014 findet in Anwesenheit des Bundespräsidenten Joachim Gauck, des Präsidenten des Deutschen Bundestages, Dr. Norbert Lammert, sowie der Bundeskanzlerin, Dr. Angela Merkel, ab 16 Uhr im Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt der offizielle Festakt des Landes Berlin zum 25. Jahrestag der Maueröffnung statt. Die Reden werden vom Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, und dem Präsidenten des Europäischen Parlaments, Martin Schulz gehalten. Die musikalische Untermalung erfolgt durch Ivan Fischer, Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin, und den britischen Starviolinisten Daniel Hope.”
› Daniel Hope introduces his new music theatre work, A Distant Drum
Telling the story of South African anti-Apartheid writer Nat Nakasa
There are times in South Africa when mayhem, not music, is in the air. I happen to be here just as the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius winds up. At the same time we are recreating in music and words the life of a very different South African.
Nat Nakasa was a writer who ruled out hatred and self-pity but revelled in picking out the absurdities sewn into the fabric of Apartheid. The system sent its masters mad, he noted, and he had the temerity to sympathize. His refusal to play the race card places him in the Mandela camp, far ahead of his time and it is little wonder that he baffled his friends and angered his enemies.
In the early 1960s Nakasa landed a job on Drum magazine, where he arrived on his first day carrying a tennis racket and a typewriter, and happily admitted he couldn’t operate either. Drum was already legendary; its young black journalists celebrated style, energy, laughter – all in short supply in 1960s South Africa. When Nakasa began writing incisive, sardonic essays on the cruel absurdities of life under Apartheid, the security police marked him down as a dangerous subversive. They were wrong, but almost everyone was wrong about Nakasa.
When Carnegie Hall invited me – as a South African-born violinist – to ‘create something big’ this October for their UBUNTU Festival, which also marks 20 years of democracy in South Africa, I asked my father, Christopher Hope, one of the country’s most important writers, to come up with a project on which we could work together. ‘Let’s bring Nakasa back to life on stage’, he said and subsequently wrote the script of A Distant Drum.
A Distant Drum is a mix of music and poetry, and it re-casts the life of Nat Nakasa as a fairy tale – Cinderella gone sadly awry. Like many in Sophiatown, that hive of young, black artists, Nakasa dreamt of America, which the music and movies of the black Jo’burg townships pictured as paradise. With the encouragement of a fairy godfather, Jack Thompson, head of the Farfield Foundation, Nat won a Nieman Scholarship to Harvard. But he was denied a passport, a sanction often applied by the Apartheid regime. Instead Nakasa took an exit permit, a one-way escape route. What Nat did not know was that Jack Thompson’s charitable Foundation was a CIA front which was funding magazines, writers, composers and painters around the world who, it was felt, might prove themselves to be useful assets in the Cold War.
At Harvard, Nakasa again found himself out of place. He travelled down south and wrote about the civil rights marches. He listened to Martin Luther King, Jr. He was startled when his liberal Harvard friends pitied black South Africans, but seemed blissfully unaware of how things were for black Americans in their own segregated South.
When the authorities in the US declined to renew his one-year visa, Nat became, in his words, ‘a native of nowhere’. There were rumours of drink and depression and one morning, on July 14, 1965, Nathaniel Ndazana Nakasa jumped or fell from the window of Thompson’s New York apartment. He was 28. Even in death, the South African government refused to allow him to return and he was buried in upstate New York.
The music in our production is rather like Nat Nakasa himself, a wanderer between different worlds, Africa and the USA, Johannesburg and Manhattan. What our composer, Ralf Schmid, has done, is to create a musical language that reaches across cultural boundaries, just as Nakasa moved between different worlds. Music from Africa, Europe and America is parodied, or imitated, much as Nakasa subverted and parodied the iron rules of the regime he detested. The ensemble is made up of piano/keyboards, violin, cello, piano, bass, drums, along with a barrage of live electronics that mimic a typewriter, tennis ball, heartbeat and even pre-recorded South African choirs. This creates an extraordinary soundscape, allowing the musicians, Ralf Schmid, Jason Marsalis, Vincent Ségal, Michael Olatuja and me the freedom to improvise. The rhymes and rhythms of the piece reflect the bizarre world of Apartheid.
A Distant Drum is a dark comedy, like so much of South African life. You are never quite sure whether to laugh or cry, so you do a bit of both. A few months ago, Nakasa was finally brought home and reburied in South Africa. But then, in so many ways, I think he never really left. And to play Nat’s life at Carnegie Hall, in New York, where Nakasa lived and lay buried for so many years, seems fitting – and he would have loved the irony.
› CD Sales in Germany – Daniel Hope – No 1 and No 15
“Escape to Paradise” is at No 1 in this month’s German classical charts. A big thank you to everyone for your support! This album means a great deal to Daniel – it’s been a long time in the making and the journey has only just begun.
› Deutsche Grammophon release Daniel’s Sampler on YouTube
› DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON RELEASES DANIEL’S LATEST CD, “ESCAPE TO PARADISE – THE HOLLYWOOD ALBUM”, FEATURING STING, MAX RAABE, ALEXANDER SHELLEY AND THE ROYAL STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC.
From Korngold to Sting via “Cinema Paradiso”: in this album Daniel Hope shines a new light on Hollywood scores as he takes a widescreen musical journey, seeking out the echoes of exiled European composers.
› Premièred at the BBC Proms
The British Press is unanimous about Daniel’s performance of Gabriel Prokofiev’s new Violin Concerto ‘1914’, premièred at the BBC Proms earlier this week with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic under conductor Sascha Goetzel.
THE TIMES (4 Stars): “…the sheer dislocating bitterness of the writing, both for Daniel Hope, the superb soloist, and for the orchestra…it’s the best thing Gabriel Prokofiev has written”.
THE INDEPENDENT (4 Stars): “the programme for this work is indeed specific, including savagery, shell-shock, and sardonic imperial marches: the rationale is pure Shostakovich, though more literal. Daniel Hope, the instigator of this work, played its stratospherically high solo part with flawless accuracy.”
THE GUARDIAN (4 Stars): “One work, however, stood apart. Daniel Hope was the soloist in the world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1 “1914” – an ambitious depiction of Europe’s descent into war. It contained some startling effects. The BIPO sounded good in it, and Hope impressed by playing atrociously difficult music from memory.”
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (4 Stars) calls the whole concert “Superbly rich”, writing of the Prokofiev, that “it created an extraordinary atmosphere, at once sombre, tender and surreal”.
› Würdigung der DVD-Produktion der Akademie aus der Gedenkstätte Beit Theresienstadt, Israel vom 5. Februar 2014
“The DVD is superbly produced. The documentary portion, connecting interviews, music and the visit to the Ghetto and the small fortress is both tasteful and moving. The singing by Anne Sofie von Otter, her reading and the connection to her family history are more than poignant. The same applies to the words of Daniel Hope; both his playing and is family history are exceptional. The musical portion of the DVD, the works by those composers created in the Ghetto and elsewhere, are deeply sensitive, tasteful and help preserve the music of this time. Best regards and thanks”
Thelma Cohen, Beit Theresienstadt – Givat Haim Ihud, Israel (www.bterezin.org.il)
“Die DVD ist großartig editiert. Der dokumentarische Teil, verbunden mit Interviews, Musik und dem Besuch im Ghetto und in der kleinen Festung ist geschmackvoll und ergreifend. Der Gesang Anne Sofie von Otters, die Lesung und die Verbindung mit der Familiengeschichte ist mehr als bewegend. Gleiches gilt auch für die Worte Daniel Hopes; sein Spiel, seine Familiengeschichte sind außergewöhnlich. Der musikalische Teil, die Werke, die von den Komponisten im Ghetto geschaffen wurden und die der anderen ist sehr gefühlvoll und geschmackvoll und bewahrt die Musik dieser Zeit. Beste Grüße und Dank”
Thelma Cohen, Beit Theresienstadt – Givat Haim Ihud, Israel (www.bterezin.org.il)
(Übersetzung: Yael Goldman, Goethe Institut Tel Aviv)
› “Refuge in Music”
Daniel’s new film about the Theresienstadt concentration camp, “Refuge in Music” will be broadcast on January 27th at 23:10 CET by Bayerische Rundfunk TV. It features Alice Herz-Sommer, Coco Schumann, Anne Sofie von Otter and Christian Gerhaher. More infos here:
The DVD is available for purchase here: http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en/cat/0735077
All Artists appeared in this film without a fee, and all Artist Royalties will be donated to charity.
› Read Eleonore Büning’s review of Daniel’s new “Terezin” DVD in the Frankfurter Allgemeine
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 20.12.2013, Nr. 296, S. 38 Rezension: Schallplatte
Von Eleonore Büning
“Vom ersten Ton an sei die Musik “direkt in die Seele gegangen”, sagt die alte Frau zu dem jungen Mann. Der nickt. Sie ist Überlebende des Holocausts, hundertacht Jahre alt, eine Pianistin, Alice Herz-Sommer. Er ist einer der letzten Schüler Yehudi Menuhins, Daniel Hope, ein Geiger. Mit dieser starken Szene fängt “Refuge in Music: Terezín” an (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal). Im Mittelpunkt stehen Interviews mit Herz-Sommer und Coco Schumann sowie ein Konzertmitschnitt aus der Bayerischen Akademie der Künste, mit Liedern, Texten und Kammermusiken aus Theresienstadt, vom September 2012. Für die Mezzosopranistin Anne Sofie von Otter, die immer wieder auch als Kommentatorin auftaucht, ist dieses Projekt, zu dem sie die Kollegen Hope, Christian Gerhaher, Bebe Risenfors und Bengt Forsberg einlud, eine Herzensangelegenheit. Vor sechs Jahren kam die erste CD heraus, jetzt dieser bewegende Film. Und es geht weiter, auf Tourneen, in Konzerten, die Erinnerung an diese Musiken und die Schicksale, von denen sie erzählt, muss immer wieder geweckt, soll wachgehalten werden.”
› Daniel is BBC Radio 3’s Artist of the Week, December 16
From Monday 16th December, Daniel Hope will be ARTIST OF THE WEEK on BBC Radio 3‘s ‘Essential Classics’. All week long, between 9am and noon, the BBC will be airing an extensive selection of Daniel’s recordings, including the concerti of Bruch, Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and Mendelssohn! Tune in at 10am GMT or you can stream the broadcasts and listen again here: LINK
› Daniel Hope to perform at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate this Sunday, November 10 at 18:00 CET
On November 10, Daniel Hope will perform at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in a ceremony honoring the victims of the so-called “Kristallnacht.” Also known as the Night of Broken Glass, the massacre of November 9-10th, 1938, alerted the world to the barbarism of the Nazis. This year’s ceremony, which marks the 75th anniversary of “Kristallnacht,” invites everyone, especially Berlin’s schoolchildren and students, to come together at the Brandenburg Gate in a memorial that signals the value of diversity in today’s Germany and promotes vigilance against all forms of intolerance, racism, anti-Semitism, and violence. Read the press release here:
75 Jahre nach den Novemberpogromen erinnert Berlin an die jüdischen Opfer des nationalsozialistischen Terrors.
Dabei sollen am 9. November 5000 Berliner „Stolpersteine“, die an die jüdischen Opfer erinnern, geputzt werden. Die Initiatoren riefen am Donnerstag die Berliner dazu auf, sich daran zu beteiligen. Am 10. November spielt der britische Geiger Daniel Hope am Brandenburger Tor Musik verfolgter Komponisten. Zudem werden Kurzfilme und Botschaften Jugendlicher zum Thema Nationalsozialismus gezeigt. Die Veranstaltung ist auch Ausklang des Berliner Themenjahres „Zerstörte Vielfalt“, in dem seit Jahresbeginn auch an die Machtübernahme der Nationalsozialisten vor 80 Jahren erinnert wurde.
› “Refuge in Music”
Throughout October Deutsche Grammophon will be releasing Daniel Hope’s new DVD “Refuge in Music” around the world. The film tells the story of two extraordinary musicians, Alice Herz-Sommer (109) and Coco Schumann (89) who survived the Theresienstadt concentration camp and whose performances brought comfort and hope to so many. All artists in this film appeared without a fee, and all artist royalties will be donated to charity.
Here is a short trailer: LINK
› TV documentary on the 3SAT tv channel on 2nd September “Berg und Geist”
2nd September, 22:25h (CET) on 3SAT: Daniel will be the focus of a TV documentary, to be broadcast on the 3SAT tv channel on September 2. “Berg und Geist” recalls the story of his childhood and his relationship to the town of Gstaad, Switzerland. LINK
In der wunderschönen Kirche Saanen hatte Hope die ersten prägenden Musikerlebnisse. Für “Berg und Geist” hat Hope in der Kirche gespielt und erzählt vor Ort über die Bedeutung von Gstaad und der Musik in seinem Leben. LINK
Ein Film von Beat Kurt
› Stargeiger Daniel Hope ist unter die Filmemacher gegangen. Wieder eine neue Rolle für den 40-Jährigen.
Sein Publikum kennt ihn als herausragenden Interpreten klassischer wie neuer Musik, ferner als Buchautor, Moderator und Festival-Organisator. Der Dokumentarfilm, der im Herbst auf DVD erscheint und den Hope mitproduziert hat, erzählt die Geschichte des KZ Theresienstadt aus der Sicht zweier Überlebender.
Die beiden sind Musiker. Die inzwischen 109-jährige Pianistin Alice Herz-Sommer interviewte Hope in ihrer Londoner Wohnung, mit dem Jazz-Gitarristen Coco Schumann (89) fuhr er nach Theresienstadt. Dort war Schumann als junger Mann interniert, ehe er nach Auschwitz deportiert wurde. «Das war ein sehr groß angelegtes Projekt», erzählt Hope über den Film, bei dem Benedict Mirow Regie führte. Zum Projekt gehörte auch ein Konzert mit Musik aus Theresienstadt mit der Mezzosopranistin Anne Sofie von Otter in München. Die DVD soll in Schulen im Musik- und Geschichtsunterricht gezeigt werden.
Hope arbeitet zudem an einem neuen Buch, das nächstes Jahr erscheinen soll. Bisher hat der Brite zwei launige Bände über den klassischen Konzertbetrieb («Wann darf ich klatschen?») und über kleine und größere Katastrophen auf den Konzertpodien dieser Welt («toi toi toi») veröffentlicht. In «Familienstücke» erzählte er die Geschichte seiner weit verzweigten Vorfahren in Europa. Jetzt recherchiert Hope über Komponisten, die in den 1930er Jahren vor den Nazis flohen und in Hollywood landeten. «Dazu gehört auch ein CD-Projekt», sagt er. Mehr soll noch nicht verraten werden.
«Ich möchte gerne Neues erleben», bekennt Daniel Hope. Dafür gibt er anderes auf. So legt er in Kürze sein Amt als Künstlerischer Direktor der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern nieder, das er seit 2010 an der Seite von Intendant Matthias von Hülsen innehatte. Der Antritt des neuen Intendanten Markus Fein im Herbst 2013 ist für Hope der richtige Zeitpunkt. «Man ist im Sommer viel gebunden, wenn man bei den Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in der Planung engagiert ist», sagt er. «Die Festspiele sind ein Riesenbetrieb geworden.» Mehr als 100 Konzerte finden jährlich statt.
Der bestens vernetzte Musiker hatte seinerzeit den Auftrag erhalten, das Klassikfestival internationaler zu machen. Hope organisierte einen Brückenschlag nach Amerika, wo er seit zehn Jahren das Savannah Music Festival im US-Staat Georgia als Künstlerischer Direktor maßgeblich prägt. Eine Kooperation mit dem Lincoln Center und der Carnegie Hall-Academy in New York brachte junge und etablierte Spitzenkünstler aus den USA nach Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. «Es sind zwei völlig verschiedene Welten, die wollten wir zusammenbringen», erklärt Hope. Wunderbare Freundschaften seien entstanden. Ende August und Anfang September gibt es noch einmal drei Konzerte des «Lincoln-Center-Projekts» in Fürstenhagen, Kotelow und Schwerin.
Als Violinist bleibt Hope den Festspielen erhalten, versichert er. Sein Publikum würde ihn auch schmerzlich vermissen, man kennt sich seit 15 Jahren. 1998 gewann Hope mit dem London International Piano Trio den Ensemblepreis der Festspiele, 2006 war er der erste «Künstler in Residence». Eine Saison ohne den charmanten Rotschopf mit der immer höher werdenden Stirn ist für viele schlichtweg undenkbar. «Daniel Hope ist das künstlerische “Urgestein” unserer Festspiele», sagt Festivalgründer von Hülsen. «Er hat uns wie kein Zweiter als Preisträger, Preisträger in Residence und künstlerischer Direktor zu internationalem Profil verholfen.»
Seit er seinen Abschied aus der Führungsriege der Festspiele verkündete, habe er jeden Monat ein Angebot bekommen, ein neues Festival zu gründen oder eines zu übernehmen, erzählt Hope. Er hat sie aber alle ausgeschlagen. Das liegt einerseits an den vielen neuen musikalischen Projekten, die er vorhat. Dazu gehört ein Violinkonzert, das Gabriel Prokofjew, der Enkel von Sergej Prokofjew, für ihn komponiert. Andererseits wartet im Herbst eine Rolle auf ihn, die den Musiker, Organisator und Weltmann ganz neu herausfordern wird: Ende November wird Daniel Hope zum ersten Mal Vater.
› The Wall Street Journal: What’s Still Timeless About ‘Seasons’ by Daniel Hope
By DANIEL HOPE – I first experienced Vivaldi as a toddler at Yehudi Menuhin’s festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 1975. One day I heard what I thought was birdsong coming from the stage. It was the opening solo of “La Primavera” from the “Four Seasons.” It had such an electrifying effect that I still call it my “Vivaldi Spring.” How was it possible to conjure up so vivid, so natural a sound, with just a violin?
Opinions of Vivaldi divide between those who adore and those who despise him. Ask the average person if he recognizes a classical melody, however poorly hummed, and he will probably nod enthusiastically at the second theme of “Spring” from the “Four Seasons.” On the other hand, Igor Stravinsky summed up the case for the other side when he quipped, “Vivaldi wrote one concerto, 400 times.”
Yes, Vivaldi was incredibly prolific. Nonetheless, his most famous work remains his “Four Seasons.” To understand this masterpiece, it helps to shed a little light on the rise and fall of one of the greatest violinists of the 18th century. Born in Venice in 1678 into a desperately poor family, Vivaldi chose the priesthood early on—it offered good chances of advancement. But his plans were scuppered when his severe asthma meant that he was unable to conduct long masses and because, gossip has it, he would nip out for a glass of something during the sermon.
What changed his life forever was an unusual job offer. In 1703 a Venetian orphanage, the Ospedale della Pietà, which provided musical training to the illegitimate and abandoned young daughters of wealthy noblemen, asked Vivaldi to direct its orchestra. Vivaldi understood immediately that he had a unique ensemble at his disposal. Many of his greatest works were written for these young ladies to perform. Very soon, all Europe was enthralled.
He remained there for 12 years and, after an itinerant period working in Vicenza and Mantua, returned to Venice in 1723. The 1720s were a difficult time. The bursting of the “South Sea Bubble” triggered a recession that spread across Europe. Vivaldi needed an income. So in 1723 he set about writing a series of works he boldly titled “Il Cimento dell’ Armonia e dell’invenzione” (“The trial of harmony and invention”), Opus 8. It consists of 12 concerti, seven of which—”Spring,” “Summer,” “Autumn” and “Winter” (which make up the “Four Seasons”), “Pleasure,” “The Hunt” and “Storm at Sea”—paint astonishingly vivid, vibrant scenes. In “Storm at Sea,” Vivaldi reached a new level of virtuosity, pushing technical mastery to the limit as the violinist’s fingers leap and shriek across the fingerboard, recalling troubled waters.
In the score, each of the four seasons are prefaced by four sonnets, possibly Vivaldi’s own, that establish each concerto as a musical image of that season. At the top of every movement, Vivaldi gives us a written description of what we are about to hear. These range from “the blazing sun’s relentless heat, men and flocks are sweltering” (“Summer”) to peasant celebrations (“Autumn”) in which “the cup of Bacchus flows freely, and many find their relief in deep slumber.” Images of warmth and wine are wonderfully intertwined. When the faithful hound “barks” in the slow movement of “Spring,” we experience it just as clearly as the patter of raindrops on the roof in the largo of “Winter.” No composer of the time got music to sing, speak and depict quite like this.
Vivaldi’s fame spread. He received commissions from King Louis XV of France and Rome’s Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. When Prince Johann Ernst returned to his court at Weimar from an Italian tour, he brought with him a selection of Vivaldi’s earlier, 12-concerto “L’Estro Armonico” (“Harmonic Inspiration”) and presented it to the young organist Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach was so taken with the music that he rearranged several of the concertos for different instrumentation. A legend was born. Johann Friedrich Armand von Uffenbach exclaimed: “Vivaldi played a solo accompaniment—splendid—to which he appended a cadenza which really frightened me, for such playing has never been nor can be: he brought his fingers up to only a straw’s distance from the bridge, leaving no room for the bow—and that on all four strings with imitations and incredible speed.”
But Vivaldi’s fame was eventually to become his greatest enemy. People said that “Il Prete rosso” (“the red priest,” due to his flowing red locks) was surely in league with the devil—seducing those poor defenseless orphans, whose corsets he untied with a mere flick of his bow. The pope threatened him with excommunication. Suddenly, he was out of fashion. Once again he was broke. In May 1740, he headed to Vienna, where Emperor Charles VI had once offered him a position. He died there a year later, and was buried in a pauper’s grave.
Centuries passed. Dust gathered on the red priest’s music. A revival of sorts began when scholars in Dresden began to uncover Vivaldi manuscripts in the 1920s. But what really redeemed him was the record industry. Alfredo Campoli released a live recording of the “Four Seasons” in 1939. But, at least indirectly, the greatest revival of the “Seasons” occurred thanks to Hollywood. Louis Kaufman, an American violinist and concertmaster for more than 400 movie soundtracks, including “Gone With the Wind” and “Cleopatra,” recorded the “Four Seasons” for the Concert Hall Society. It won the 1950 Grand Prix du Disque.
Today the “Four Seasons,” with more than 1,000 available recordings, are not just rediscovered—they are being reimagined. Astor Piazzolla, Uri Caine, Philip Glass and others have all created their own versions. In Spring 2012, I received an enigmatic call from the British composer Max Richter, who said he wanted to “recompose” the “Four Seasons” for me. His problem, he explained, was not with the music, but how we have treated it. We are subjected to it in supermarkets, elevators or when a caller puts you on hold. Like many of us, he was deeply fond of the “Seasons” but felt a degree of irritation at the music’s ubiquity. He told me that because Vivaldi’s music is made up of regular patterns, it has affinities with the seriality of contemporary postminimalism, one style in which he composes. Therefore, he said, the moment seemed ideal to reimagine a new way of hearing it.
I had always shied away from recording Vivaldi’s original. There are simply too many other versions already out there. But Mr. Richter’s reworking meant listening again to what is constantly new in a piece we think we are hearing when, really, we just blank it out. The album, “Recomposed By Max Richter: Four Seasons,” was released late last year. With his old warhorse refitted for the 21st century, the inimitable red priest rides again.
article appeared August 23, 2013, on page C13 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal
› See Daniel’s filmed performance for NPR
Daniel was recently in New York to film a performance at the American Museum of Natural History for NPR, with the jazz bassist Ben Allison. You can see them here performing two pieces from “Spheres”: Westhoff’s ‘Imitazione delle Campane’ and Max Richter’s ‘Berlin by Overnight’, as well as a special arrangement of Bach’s Air. Watch it here: LINK
› Daniel Hope and Max Richter have won Germany´s ECHO KLASSIK PRIZE 2013!
We are delighted to announce that the Deutsche Grammophon album, “Vivaldi Recomposed” (Max Richter and Daniel Hope) has been awarded the 2013 ECHO KLASSIK prize in the category ‘Klassik ohne Grenzen’ (‘Classical Music without Boundaries’). This will be Daniel’s 6th ECHO trophy. The televised awards ceremony will take place on October 6th at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Other winners this year include Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Martha Argerich, Joyce DiDonato, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Ian Bostridge. For the full winners list and info click here.
› No 1 Classical album in the UK!
Daniel Hope’s CD “Spheres” is the No 1 Classical album in the UK! LINK
CD “Vivaldi Recomposed” is at position 7 and in addition Daniel Hope is featured on Einaudi’s album which is No2.
So 3 times in the top 10 or twice in the top 2 – what sounds better?
› Stunning review in The Guardian for Daniel’s performance of the Korngold Violin Concerto
Rian Evans writes of Daniel’s recent performance of the Korngold Concerto: “Hope’s tone was darkly resonant, his playing as virtuosic as that of Jascha Heifitz, who premiered the work. The depth he invested in the music was striking, demanding that it be treated seriously as absolute music, albeit passionately romantic, and taking away the schmaltzy air that sometimes surrounds it. Hope’s integrity in these matters puts him in a league of his own.” Read the full review here:
› SPHERES in Concert – Berlin
› 10th anniversary as Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival
From March 20-April 6, Daniel celebrates his 10th anniversary as Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival. The SMF is one of the most diverse and cutting edge music festivals in the world. 17 Days, 100 Concerts, All Music Genres. Check out the season here.
› Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele – Beendigung der Verhandlungen
28.2.2013, 12.15h – Thomas Hengelbrock und Daniel Hope haben die Gespräche über die Leitung der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele beendet, da die freundlichen Gespräche leider nicht zu einem Ergebnis gekommen sind.
› “Spheres” Album released February 15
Daniel’s much awaited new album “Spheres” will be released by Deusche Grammophon on February 15. For more info please click here:
› Daniel Hope Releases the Astronomy-Inspired DG Album “Spheres” and Celebrates 10 Years of Co-Leading the Savannah Music Festival
“An artist of both dazzle and depth.” — New Yorker
Violinist Daniel Hope – whose first half of the season ranged characteristically far and wide on record and on stage – now looks forward to a red-letter spring. On March 12, he releases his second Deutsche Grammophon album of the season: the astronomy-inspired Spheres, which evokes “musica universalis” with pieces ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century. From March 21 to April 5, Hope celebrates his 10th anniversary as Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival with his annual residency, which sees him collaborate with such great peers as Anne Sofie von Otter, David Finckel and Jaime Laredo. Prior to the album release and the residency, Hope performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 – a work that appeared on his lauded 2011 DG album The Romantic Violinist – with the Indianapolis Symphony under Krzysztof Urbanski (Feb 14-16). Gramophone recently chose Hope’s recording of the ever-popular Bruch concerto as the one to have in its “Gramophone Guide to the Essentials.”
Hope’s Spheres explores the idea, initiated by Pythagoras, that planetary movement creates its own kind of music – “musica universalis.” This idea has fascinated philosophers, musicians and mathematicians for centuries. Hope’s album offers evocative music in a myriad styles, from fresh arrangements of Baroque works (by J.S. Bach and J.P. Westhoff) and late-Romantic pieces (Fauré) to works of 20th-century minimalism (classics by Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman) and the 21st-century East (Lera Auerbach, Elena Kats-Chernin). There are such contemporary gems as Karsten Gundermann’s “Nachspiel” from his Faust, as well as new works written for Hope by up-and-comers Alex Baranowski (who composed the melody-rich Musica Universalis), Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergey, who penned the title work), Ludovico Einaudi and Aleksey Igudesman. On the CD, Hope also teams up again with composer Max Richter, with whom he collaborated on the recent critically and commercially successful DG release Vivaldi Recomposed, named iTunes Best Contemporary Classical Album for the U.S. for 2012.
Hope recorded Spheres, which features five world premiere recordings, in the old East German broadcasting hall in Berlin alongside the Rundfunkchor Berlin, pianist Jacques Ammon, and the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin under Simon Halsey.
There is a scene-setting trailer for Spheres available online here, as well as a complete track list here. In the trailer, Hope says: “There is every kind of emotion on this album, from the most serene and beautiful to upbeat tempos and jazzy, lively things. The idea is: where can music transport you, to what kind of a plane? That, for me, is very exciting.”
Watch Hope talk about the new album with the BBC here: http://bbc.in/155WR4m
Savannah Music Festival: 10 Years
The Savannah Music Festival, run by Rob Gibson, founding director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, commissions and stages original, one-time only productions, collaborations and premieres over a three-week period every spring. Discussing the cross-genre ethos of the Savannah Music Festival last year with the Wall Street Journal, Hope said: “Savannah’s hallmark is its cultural diversity, and on any given day our programs range from, say, the Baroque to Brahms to Edgar Meyer, from Fauré to Portuguese fado, from Béla Fleck to Chris Thile. It’s a celebration of music in all its many forms.” With this spring’s festival, taking place from March 21 to April 5, Hope celebrates his 10th anniversary as its Associate Artistic Director. Hope says: “I look forward to my time in Savannah each year. It is a unique, exciting opportunity to explore music and art with good friends, onstage and off.”
On March 21 in Savannah, it’s Daniel Hope & Friends with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, performing Brahms and Beethoven; on March 22, Hope, von Otter and company perform Dvorák, Loeffler, Ives and Copland. Hope teams with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio on March 27. Hope & Friends play quintets by Schubert, Brahms and a world premiere by Alexandra Du Bois on March 30, then it’s the Mendelssohn Octet and more with Hope joining the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Miami String Quartet on April 1. On April 2, Hope & Friends gather again, this time to play string ensemble works by Mozart, Dvorák and Richard Strauss, and give the world premiere of The Sun was Chasing Venus, a “viola quintet” written by British composer Charlotte Bray. Hope closes out his Savanah season on April 5 in a chamber concert featuring works by Schubert and Beethoven.
Vivaldi Recomposed on NPR Music
In December, Daniel Hope joined composer Max Richter for two performances of Vivaldi Recomposed, Richter’s “bewitchingly brilliant” (Wall Street Journal) reimagining of Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons, at the New York’s downtown venue Le Poisson Rouge. The New York Times praised Hope for “demonstrating his usual combination of virtuosity and insight” and NPR Music was on hand to record the concert for its online video series “Field Recordings.”
Click here to watch the concert in its entirety: http://n.pr/Y65Ywp
› New era for the Festival Strings Lucerne – Daniel Hope Principal Guest Artist
• Daniel Hope ‘Principal Guest Artist’ with immediate effect
• Concertmaster Daniel Dodds becomes Artistic Director with immediate effect
Wednesday, November 14, 2012: from the beginning of the current season at Lucerne’s KKL concert and conference centre, Daniel Hope becomes Principal Guest Artist of the Festival Strings Lucerne. This arrangement will initially cover the next two years, until the end of the 2013/2014 season. The position has been specifically created for Daniel Hope.
As in the orchestra’s earliest days, there will now be dual command exercised by the leader, as Artistic Director, and a violin soloist in a special relationship with the Ensemble; both musicians will define the Ensemble’s artistic course in the future and launch new initiatives.
This reflects a general artistic reorientation of the Ensemble at the highest level, following the departure of conductor Achim Fiedler in Summer 2012. Achim Fiedler exercised this function for 14 years, as direct successor to Rudolf Baumgartner, who had founded the exquisite string chamber orchestra in 1956, together with the legendary violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan.
The new Artistic Director will be the Australian-Swiss violinist Daniel Dodds, who joined the ensemble in 2000. Also a longstanding member of Claudio Abbado’s renowned Lucerne Festival Orchestra, he recently made his debut as soloist with the highly acclaimed album Time Transcending on Oehms Classics. He also enjoys guest-leader status with groups such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy) and the Australian World Orchestra (Zubin Mehta).
British violinist, Daniel Hope, an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon since 2007, is currently storming the charts with Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed, both in Germany and in the USA. In more than 20 recordings he has earned worldwide acclaim such as the French Diapason d’Or, the Classical Brit Award, the German Record Prize, Belgium’s Prix Caecilia, five ECHO Klassik prizes and numerous Grammy nominations. Hope has performed with all the world’s major orchestras at Festivals including Salzburg, the BBC Proms, Lucerne, Hollywood Bowl, Verbier, Ravinia and Tanglewood.
The team will be completed by musician and arts manager Hans-Christoph Mauruschat as Managing Director.
The first concerts featuring Daniel Hope in his new function will take place on January 18 2013 in Olten (Switzerland), on January 19 at the KKL in Lucerne and on January 26 at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt am Main.
The new artistic team will subsequently appear on August 21 2013 at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL.
› In search of my grandfather: a leading violinist goes looking for a hero
The elderly lady who approached the table where I was signing Cds after the concert had that beady look in her eye. ‘Ah, Misstah Hawp’, she said in English, with a thick, German accent, ‘I hope you are vell, yes?’ As her hysterical laughter machine-gunned its way through the lobby, I found myself contemplating what would happen if I had a penny for every time someone has attempted to make a joke out of my surname (or really thinks I’ve not heard it before). The true origin of my name, however, has a rather more unusual story attached.
Nomen est Omen
By Daniel Hope, 12 November 2012
When I wrote my first book a few years ago, a German memoir entitled ‘Familienstücke’ (or ‘Family Pieces’), I traced the history of my family back to the 16th century. Whilst conducting my research, one thing became clear to me. Within our family, conflict has often been the order of the day.
On my mother’s side, there were German Jews who fled Berlin in the 1930s. Both great-grandfathers were highly decorated for their service in the German Army during World War I, but Hitler’s madness at Nuremberg overruled any feelings of almost blind patriotism they struggled to retain. The family villa in Berlin was personally confiscated by Von Ribbentropp and turned into one of the centres for Nazi code-breaking, a sort of German Bletchley Park. Those who survived got as far away as they could: either to the United States or South Africa.
On my father’s side there were Irish Catholics. My father’s grandfather had run away from Ireland as a teenager in the late 19th century. Like many young Irishmen of his day, he was a contradiction: an Irish nationalist, yet loyal to the British Empire abroad. He sailed third class to South Africa but was proud of the fact that Robert Baden-Powell was aboard the same vessel, no doubt travelling higher up.
In 1899 the Boers occupied the British garrisons at Ladysmith, Kimberley and Mafeking. During the siege of Mafeking, a Cadet Corps of 11-16 year old boys stood guard, carried messages, assisted in hospitals, and freed up soldiers and grown men, enabling them to fight. Baden-Powell defended Mafeking with a thousand men and boys against a Boer army of nine thousand. One of those boys was my great-grandfather, Daniel McKenna, who gave me my first name.
My father, the novelist Christopher Hope, was born in South Africa in 1944. His father, Dennis Tully, had volunteered to join the Allied war effort as a fighter pilot. He was transfered to Cairo, where Rommel’s army was fast approaching the city. It was my great aunt who pleaded with Dennis not to remain a fighter pilot, but instead to switch to bombers. She had heard that life expectancy amongst bombers was marginally higher. Dennis complied and underwent the necessary training in Cairo.
When my father was born, he was severely ill. He had lost a lot of blood and needed a transfusion. Dennis was given compassionate leave, as he had the same rare blood type. He flew home to Johannesburg where he spent three days in the hospital at my father’s bedside. The transfusions were successful, but as Dennis left South Africa again he confided in my great aunt: ‘God has saved my son’s life. He will take mine.’ Dennis flew north on a Sunday. The following Saturday he was dead. His plane crashed, he and his crew were killed instantly. The exact cause was never determined, but it is well known that some types of bomber were highly erratic and stalled in mid-air for no reason.
And so Dennis Tully became a legendary figure of the family. First of all for my father, growing up as a child and wondering what his father must have been like. On the piano in our house in London, when I was growing up, there stood the only photo of Dennis Tully we had. A fine-looking young man in a crisp lieutenant’s uniform, gazing out at me with a reassuring smile as I did my daily violin practice – my South African grandfather who loved to sing, and whom his friends affectionately called ‘Bing’.
Gathering research for my book, I had visited my father at his home in the Languedoc, and we spoke in depth about Dennis Tully. I asked him whether he knew if there was a grave. He didn’t know – neither the day on which his father died nor where such a grave might be, as it was something his mother never shared with him. That night we sat down at the computer. Within a few minutes I found myself on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. As Dennis had been a member of the South African Air Force, I thought this might be a good place to start. I entered his name and the year of his death, which I assumed to be 1944, the year of my father’s birth. We could hardly believe our eyes as the search engine came up with the following lines:
“Dennis Hubert Tully, Lieutenant, son of William and Mary Tully; husband of Kathleen Tully, of Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa. Remembered with honour.”
One click later and we were looking at a digital image of my grandfather’s grave. It is located in a British military cemetery in the town of Ramla, formerly Palestine, and now Israel. Up to this moment, the family had always said when refering to Dennis was that he must be ‘somewhere in Africa’. But that of all places he was laid to rest in Israel was a development I found both unusual and very moving. There was one more surprise. The tombstone recorded that Dennis had died on August 12, 1944. He was 25. I glanced at my watch – it was August 12, 2004. Sixty years to the day. My father and I sat there for a long time in silence, trying to comprehend it all.
From that moment I wanted to find a way to visit Dennis with my father. This summer the opportunity finally presented itself. As we arrived at Ben Gurion airport, my father was asked the purpose of his visit. He told the passport officer he was here to see his father, in Ramalah. “I think you mean Ramla”, the stone-faced immigration officer corrected him. “You better get the name right!” she barked. When we arrived at the cemetery, situated in a sprawling, industrial town, we found a haven of perfectly-kept green grass and some five thousand gravestones. It was blisteringly hot as we moved silently through the ranks of so many young men.
As my father pointed out to me, Ramleh, now Ramla, War Cemetery is an extraordinary mix of the fallen: Egyptians, Germans, Jews, Moslems, Indians, Turks, Palestine policemen, New Zealanders, Australians, Poles and South Africans all lie together. It dates from the First World War; most of the graves date from the Second World War; but here too are soldiers killed almost as soon as it was over, when Israeli fighters attacked British targets in their struggle to set up the state of Israel. By a bizarre coincidence, it is also the place where Adolf Eichmannn was hanged in 1962.
We found Dennis quickly. He lies on the aisle, buried next to his squadron. We spent a long time there in the oppressive heat. Above all I wanted to give my father the chance to come to terms with his first meeting with his own father. He did what perhaps any writer would do: sitting on the grass under a tree he pulled out a pen and notebook and began writing.
Later on that evening, as we recalled the emotional events of the day, my father remarked how important a name can end up being. Family names are given, not chosen. Sometimes the family name you carry – as was the case with my grandparents from Germany – may mark you for life; or even cost you your life.
I realized that a name is no joking matter. My grandmother remarried after the war, a South African called Hope. Had Dennis survived, my father’s surname, and mine, would be Tully. Small change but a world of difference. I wonder what the autograph hunters at my concerts would have made of that?
Full of hope: Christopher and Daniel Hope in the Holy Land.
› DANIEL HOPE LAUNCHES HIS 2012/13 SEASON
2 New recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Worldwide touring and 2 new films. Read the press release here
› FILMING OF THERESIENSTADT DOCUMENTARY COMPLETED
Daniel has completed the filming for his new documentary about the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Daniel’s interview with the 108 year old pianist survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, will be part of it, as will performances by Anne Sofie von Otter, Christian Gerhaher, Bengt Forsberg and Bebe Risenfors, also featuring a live concert from March 2012 in Munich. The production is in collaboration with the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, who has been instrumental in helping to make this project happen. The film is directed by Benedict Mirow of Nightfrog Films.
All artists in the film are appearing without a fee, and all artist royalties as well as a percentage of the profits will be donated to charity.
The film will also feature the remarkable 88 year old jazz musician and member of the “Ghetto Swingers”, Coco Schumann, visiting Theresienstadt again.
› DANIEL HOPE AND JEFFREY KAHANE GIVE THE WORLD PREMIÈRE OF NICO MUHLY’S “COMPARE NOTES”
On October 12th Daniel and pianist Jeffrey Kahane will give the world première of Nico Muhly’s work “Compare Notes”, at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The work has been commissioned by the McKim Fund on behalf of Daniel and Jeffrey. The recital will also feature works by Ravel, Brahms and Mendelssohn.
› DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON RELEASES “VIVALDI RECOMPOSED”
Vivaldi Recomposed – the newest release in DG’s “Recomposed” series, due in US stores on October 16 – presents Daniel Hope with the Berlin Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra conducted by André de Ridder, in a world-premiere performance of German-British composer Max Richter’s (Shutter Island and Waltz with Bashir) vivid re-imagining of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. A preview video can be seen here. Hope expressed his enthusiasm for Richter’s work, saying, “It’s as if Max has Vivaldi’s masterpiece, as heard and seen through 21st-century ears and eyes.”
› Daniel Hope presents a radio show on BBC
Daniel Hope presents a two hour radio show for the BBC featuring some of his favorite music and musicians. He also talks about his collaborations with Yehudi Menuhin, Christian Thielemann, Menahem Pressler and Sting, amongst others.
It is hosted on the Deutsche Grammophon Soundcloud account.
› Daniel Hope im Kammermusiksaal Berlin – Mittwoch 14. März 2012, 20.00h
Daniel Hope kehrt nach Berlin zurück. Zusammen mit seinem langjährigen Pianisten Sebastian Knauer geben die beiden Musiker eine Hommage an Joseph Joachim, mit Werken von Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Joachim und Grieg.
Mittwoch 14. März 2012, 20.00h – Kammermusiksaal
Über das „Joachim Rezital“ im Gewandaus Leipzig schwärmte die Leipziger Volkszeitung: “Ein Programm aus Originalliteratur und Bearbeitungen haben sie zusammengetragen, das eine vom ersten bis zum letzten Ton faszinierende Auseinandersetzung mit dem Phänomen Joachim ermöglicht… Ihre in das eigenwillig schöne Programm integrierten eigenen Bearbeitungen von Mendelssohn-Liedern sind eine Entdeckung mit Suchtpotenzial. “Felix macht glücklich!” – Ohne Zweifel, aber nicht allein er.”
Karten sind hier erhältlich: LINK
Daniel Hope freut sich über Ihr Kommen!
› Inspired by Joseph Joachim
Daniel Hope is featured in the Wall Street Journal, February 9. “The playing of the British violinist Daniel Hope, who is performing at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall this Sunday, is not just distinguished by its tonal beauty, but by its compelling rhetorical quality,” writes Barrymore Laurence Scherer
› Daniel Hope plays the Hollywood Bowl, July 12
Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Daniel Hope joins conductor Leonard Slatkin at one of America’s most famous venues, the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Daniel will perform Prokofiev’s magical Violin Concerto No 2.
The Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in the United States with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000.
For info and tickets, please see the LA Philharmonic’s press release below:
› Tastemaker & Trendsetter
Daniel Hope is listed in March’s issue of “Strings” magazine as one of the top 25 Tastemakers & Trendsetters in the industry!
Here are 25 trendsetters and tastemakers who are helping to shape that future:
Marin Alsop, Joseph Curtin, Gustavo Dudamel, Aaron Dworkin, David Finkel, Matt Glaser, Hilary Hahn, Daniel Hope, Monica Huggett, Jacobsen Brothers, Kim Kashkashian, Zoe Keating, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor, Chris O’Riley, Owen Pallett, Rachel Barton Pine, DBR, Sebastian Ruth, MTT, Jeff Van Fossen, Mark Wood
› Daniel Hope extends exclusive DG contract
British violinist Daniel Hope has signed a long-term extension to his recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first project under the new agreement will be ‘Hollywood Exiles’, devoted to composers who fled the Nazis and settled in America.
‘Since signing my first contract with DG in 2006, I have been privileged to plan and work with the Yellow Label on eight diverse recordings, including music composed in Theresienstadt, a Baroque journey, a tribute to Joseph Joachim, Michael Tippett’s Triple Concerto and even a musical celebration of Frederick the Great,’ he said. ‘I am delighted that both my belief in the “concept album” and DG’s unique support and encouragement have enabled me to make a very personal musical statement.’
A member of the Beaux Arts Trio from 2002-2008, Hope is a regular soloist with leading orchestras and conductors, and the recipient of the German Record Critics’ Prize and five ECHO awards.
› Essential Listening
Gramophone Magazine has selected Daniel Hope’s recording of the Bruch Violin Concerto, with Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Philharmonic, as “Essential Listening”.
Gramophone Magazine writes: “Max Bruch was born on this day in 1838 – we recommend listening to Gramophone critics’ preferred recording of his Violin Concerto No 1 on Daniel Hope’s album, The Romantic Violinist”.
› Documentary for ARTE about Frederick the Great
Daniel Hope’s TV documentary for ARTE about Frederick the Great and his music will be broadcast on Sunday 8th January at 15:25. The following link contains a short clip of the film. Daniel performs range of music and interviews Christian Thielemann and Kristian Bezuidenhout as well.
Docu avec Daniel Hope sur ARTE:
Frédéric II de Prusse – 300 ans de la naissance
Frédéric et la musique – Un roi mélomane
Arte, Dimanche 8 janvier 2012 à 15h25
› Essential Listening
Gramophone Magazine has selected Daniel Hope’s recording of the Bruch Violin Concerto, with Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Philharmonic, as “Essential Listening”.
Gramophone Magazine writes: “Max Bruch was born on this day in 1838 – we recommend listening to Gramophone critics’ preferred recording of his Violin Concerto No 1 on Daniel Hope’s album, The Romantic Violinist”.
› Friedrich der Große – Musik aus Sanssouci
Im Januar 2012 jährt sich der Geburtstag des Preußenkönigs zum 300. Mal. Mit “Friedrich der Große – Musik aus Sanssouci” erscheint schon jetzt die ultimative musikalische Hommage an den “Alten Fritz”, der nicht nur ein genialer Staatenlenker, sondern auch ein begabter Musiker und Komponist gewesen ist.
Daniel Hope hat, gemeinsam mit herausragenden Solisten und dem Ensemble l’arte del mondo, ein Programm zusammengestellt und eingespielt, das das musikalische Leben am Hof von Sanssouci originalgetreu widerspiegelt. Dafür hat er Werke aus der Feder Friedrichs des Großen, Kompositionen von J. J. Quantz und J. S. sowie C.P.E. Bach gegenübergestellt. Quantz und der Bach-Sohn haben beide lange am Hof von Sanssouci gewirkt und Friedrich den II. entscheidend beeinflusst.
Eine TV-Doku „Der große Friedrich – Remix Musik-Doku“ mit Daniel Hope und gleichem Repertoire wie auf dem Album, wird am 7. Januar 2012 auf arte ausgestrahlt.
On 9th December, Deutsche Grammophon will release a very special new CD with Daniel Hope and Friends, dedicated to the music of King Frederick the Great and his court composers. This release is for the German market only, but can be downloaded on Itunes and Amazon from December 9.
› Wann darf ich klatschen? – Alles was Sie über klassische Musik wissen wollen
„Wann darf ich klatschen?“ fragt Daniel Hope nicht nur in seinem Bestseller-Buch gleichen Namens, sondern auch auf der großen Bühne des Landgestüts Redefin beim Picknick-Pferde-Sinfoniekonzert. „Alles was Sie schon immer über klassische Musik wissen wollen“ heißt das Motto bei diesem Gesprächskonzert, durch das unser Künstlerischer Direktor humorvoll und gar nicht oberlehrerhaft führt. Denn der Spaß an der Musik steht in diesem Konzert ganz im Vordergrund und sowohl Klassik-Grünschnäbel als auch alte Hasen kommen voll auf ihre Kosten. Unterstützt wird Daniel Hope von der Deutschen Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz und weiteren musikalischen Freunden wie Star-Oboist Albrecht Mayer, unserem diesjährigen Preisträger in Residence Li-Wei Qin und Preisträger Sebastian Knauer. Und übrigens: Ihr Applaus ist mehr als willkommen!
Daniel Hope am 2.Juli 2011
– Ab 13:00 Uhr, Picknick im Park
– 16:00 Uhr, Pferdeshow
– 18:00 Uhr, Konzert in der Reithalle (http://landgestuet-redefin.de/)
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Daniel Hope Violine
Albrecht Mayer Oboe
Sebastian Knauer Klavier, Ensemblepreisträger 1998
Li-Wei Qin Violoncello, Preisträger in Residence 2011
Preis: € 65,-/50,-/35,-/20,-/10,- (Kinderbetreuung) zzgl. VVK-/AK-Gebühr
› Daniel Hope appointed Visiting Professor in Violin by Royal Academy of Music
The Royal Academy of Music is delighted that Daniel Hope DipRAM, FRAM has accepted the post of Visiting Professor in Violin. Jo Cole, Head of Strings, has announced that Daniel will be giving masterclasses and career workshops at the Academy when his performing engagements permit. The addition of this internationally-renowned performer to the Academy’s exceptional roster of strings professors represents the Academy’s continuing desire to appoint the very best of today’s active, thriving artists to teach the next generation of talented performers.
Daniel Hope said: “I am honoured and delighted to return to the institution that helped me so intensely to pursue my studies with Zakhar Bron. I hope that during a few visits each year, I shall have a chance to give something back to the Academy and to support young artists in their quest for musical inspiration as well as an international career.”
› Daniel Hope and Jeffrey Kahane triumph on USA Recital Tour
February saw Daniel Hope and renowned pianist/conductor Jeffrey Kahane perform an extensive North American duo tour. The two colleagues prepared a characteristically ambitious program that covered the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, featuring Johannes Brahms’ Opus 78 G major sonata and César Franck’s 1886 sonata in A major, his only composition in the sonata genre. The earlier twentieth-century compositions were the 1927 sonata by Erwin Schulhoff, a composer murdered by the Nazis, followed by one of Olivier Messiaen’s earliest pieces of chamber music, a set of five variations on a theme composed as a wedding present for his first wife, the violinist Claire Delbos. Messiaen was also imprisoned by the Nazis as a POW, but survived.
The tour included performances at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Los Angeles’ Royce Hall and Vancouver’s Chan Center for the performing arts.
The press was unanimous in their praise for this oustanding duo:
San Francisco Chronicle, February 2011: ” In a world where classical concert programs spend so much time cycling endlessly through the same familiar repertoire, a program like Thursday’s exciting duo recital by violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Jeffrey Kahane comes as a welcome – and also infuriating – reminder of how much great music audiences are routinely missing……………Hope and Kahane gave it a marvelous performance. Just as beautiful was Messiaen’s “Theme and Variations,”…………Brahms’ First Sonata sounded ripe and rich-toned……..the Franck Sonata in A Major moved with assurance from vigorous brilliance to delicacy and back again.”
San Francisco Examiner, February 2011: “Needless to say, both Hope and Kahane mustered that energy without sacrificing a sense of the formal sonata structures that provided a foundation for this tumult. The result was a stimulating, perhaps even refreshing, reminder of just how forceful the modernists of that time were in rejecting past traditions………Thus, as had been the case with the Brahms, this was a performance that found just the right balance between passionate expressiveness and solid respect for structural foundations……..Hope and Kahane performed it with all the respect it deserved, bringing a meditative conclusion to a thought-rich evening.”
The Vancouver Sun, February 2011: ” Beyond exceptional playing, the program had another important raison d’etre: two works that I don’t think have ever featured on Vancouver programs. The tragedy of Schulhoff and the great service done by musicians who are allowing us to rediscover his fine music is a compelling story all on its own. His Second Violin Sonata, written in the late 1920s….what a reading it got from the duo! Messiaen’s Theme and Variations, written in the early 30s when the composer was in his early 20s, is something of a miracle: every second of the work shows a composer who knew exactly what he wanted and exactly who he was. Remarkable.
And remarkable chamber playing from a spectacular duo.”
EntertainmentToday.net, February 2011: “Hope is a solo violinist, and Kahane is just as adept on the piano………..the two stood on equal footing as they led a rapt audience through some jarring pieces, some beautiful pieces, and some which alternated between the two within the same movements……..The music was brilliant, the stage banter was self-deprecating and humorous, and the history lessons were appreciated.”
And here is a New York Times interview from February 2011 with Daniel Hope, talking about his work in supporting composers who’s music the Nazis tried to silence:
› Daniel Hope presents “ARTE LOUNGE”
The ARTE TV channel will broadcast Daniel Hope’s first “ARTE LOUNGE” television show as presenter on Tuesday 15th February at 23:45h CET on the ARTE channel. During the show, which was filmed in a club in Barcelona, he performed with and interviewed a variety of artists such as cellist Gautier Capucon, bass René Pape and the Cuarteto Casals.
The second show will be aired on 8th March, with guests including cellist Stephen Isserlis, the French jazz singer Keren Ann and the “The Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana”.
More info can be found at ARTE Lounge.
› Documentary for ARTE about Frederick the Great
Daniel Hope’s TV documentary for ARTE about Frederick the Great and his music will be broadcast on Sunday 8th January at 15:25. The following link contains a short clip of the film. Daniel performs range of music and interviews Christian Thielemann and Kristian Bezuidenhout as well.
Docu avec Daniel Hope sur ARTE:
Frédéric II de Prusse – 300 ans de la naissance
Frédéric et la musique – Un roi mélomane
Arte, Dimanche 8 janvier 2012 à 15h25
› Daniel Hope rounds up an extraordinary 2010 with four spectacular New York concerts
In a year that began with Daniel Hope performing to and addressing the German parliament in January 2010, December saw his return to New York for performances at Lincoln Center, the People’s Symphony and Carnegie Hall. He was joined by celebrated lute-player Paul O’Dette and a group of superb young musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for his “AIR” programme of baroque music, a recital with young Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich, and a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto at Carnegie Hall with cellist Paul Watkins, conducted by Jaime Laredo.
Vivien Schweitzer of the New York Times wrote: “…..Mr. Hope’s bow blurred over his instrument in a feat of impressive virtuosity…… a rendition notable for its rhythmic buoyancy, depth and improvisatory flair. ……. playing with lithe, soulful élan and a cleanly articulated sound. Mr. Hope and his colleagues also brought imaginative panache to their rocking rendition of Vivaldi’s Sonata for Two Violins…..Telemann’s Violin Concerto in A minor (was) given a brooding and fiery performance……..The encore was a lovely performance of Bach’s familiar “Air on the G String.”
Allan Kozinn of the New York Times said of the Carnegie Hall performance: “The violinist Daniel Hope and the cellist Paul Watkins each produced a rich, seductive tone and found a nuanced balance between the virtuosity and warmth that the Brahms Double Concerto demands. The orchestra’s contribution — solid, powerful and sharply articulated — kept the work’s inherent drama fully in focus.”
Daniel returns to the United States in March 2011 for performances at the Savannah Music Festival where he is Associate Artistic Director, including the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony and Roberto Abbado.
› Rave reviews for Hope’s Britten Violin Concerto performances in Copenhagen
September 2010: Daniel Hope has just given two critically acclaimed performances of Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto at the new Copenhagen Concert Hall, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard.
Søren Schauser of the “Tidende Berlingske” newspaper writes:
“Just play, or save the world at the same time? Daniel Hope wants to do both.
The British virtuoso with a clear vision ranks among the hottest names in classical music. Fortunately, the man stops by from time to time – like this week in the Danish Radio Concert Hall.
Fortunately? Yes. Because he produces a sound which is out of this world. His sky high notes float like honey into one’s ears, almost branding themselves there forever……..the air stands still under the sound of Hope’s violin. And, of course, Hope played a Schulhoff-piece as an encore – a composer who died in a Bavarian concentration camp. And for the second time; the air stands still. Brilliantly done……..”
Henrik Friis of the “Politiken” newspaper writes:
”Violin-magician Daniel Hope proved to be exactly the happening, impressively versatile violinist that his steady stream of successful cd’s from all corners of classical music history have demonstrated. He appeared in Thursday’s concert with a playful yet poetic version of his compatriot Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto……..Hope did everything to keep a sense of danger in the material, and the combination of Britten’s surprising ways of reinventing old and worn out formulas, together with Hope’s lively expression, made the piece sound like a classic that you didn’t know you had missed. Few composers – and few artists like Hope and Dausgaard – can spellbind a whole auditorium with a simple scale …….At the same time they succeeded in making the instruments dance together……..it was profoundly musical.—“
› Daniel Hope’s second “Tu was!” (Do Something!) campaign, supported by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles
“Tu was!” (Do Something!), August 28th, Ulrichshusen Castle
On August 28 at 5 p.m. CET, some of Europe’s finest musicians from a variety of genres will come together to perform a special concert for an important cause. With the call to action „Tu was!”, these exciting artists seek to raise awareness about climate protection inspired by the “Rainforest Project”, a foundation dedicated to ending rainforest destruction founded by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, who himself is supporting the concert.
The concert will take place in the scenic Renaissance castle of Ulrichshusen in north-eastern Germany, a beloved venue of Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; this “Tu was!” concert is a part of the Festspiele’s 2010 Season. Alongside Hope, Brönner and Quasthoff, pianist Sebastian Knauer and clarinettist David Orlowsky will also participate in the event.
The “Tu was!” concert series, both initiated and programmed by Daniel Hope, features benefit events for a variety of causes.
This “Tu was!” concert finds strong support from both Federal Environment Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen, the federally-funded “Klima sucht Schutz” (Climate seeks protection) campaign, and “Be keen go green“, the first certified climate protection brand.
To purchase tickets for this event please click here or telephone: +49 (0) 385 – 591 85 85 (Mo. – Fr. from 9:00 – 18:00)
› Daniel Hope steps in at short notice to perform Britten’s Violin Concerto
Daniel Hope has been invited by the London Symphony Orchestra to step in a short notice to replace his colleague, Janine Jansen, who has been taken ill. Daniel will perform the Violin Concerto by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by the LSO and Sir Mark Elder. The concert takes place on:
Thursday 10th June, 7:30pm, Barbican Center, London
Further details can be found here.
› Daniel Hope onstage with Sting in Wolfsburg, May 26th
Rock legend Sting has invited Daniel to join him onstage during the opening concert of his orchestral world tour. The concert will take place on May 26th in the German town of Wolfsburg as part of the Movimentos Festival.
Sting and Daniel have performed and recorded together in the past. In November 2009 both musicians were interviewed together for the Frankfurt Allgemeine newspaper. You can also see Daniel’s video blog with Sting in the “Broadcaster” section of DanielHope.com
› “Ba-ROCK” project at the Beethovenfest in Bonn on 18th September 2010
Daniel Hope Daniel launches his “Ba-ROCK” project at the Beethovenfest in Bonn, concert to take place on 18th September.
› “AIR” CD release show in New York
Daniel Hope will be in New York for his “AIR” CD release show. He will perform at the Highline Ballroom on April 5. Do not miss it. It will be exciting!
Located at 431 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011
between 9th and 10th Ave
(212) 414-5994 Tickets
› Daniel Hope on “AIR” tour in Germany and Switzerland
On March 1st Daniel Hope launches a 9-concert tour around Germany and Switzerland, performing highlights from his new Deutsche Grammophon album “AIR”. Venues include the Laeiszhalle Hamburg (March 2) and Konzerthaus Berlin (March 3). The tour concludes with performances featuring the German television host and acclaimed author Roger Willemsen.
March 1: Braunschweig, Stadthalle
March 2: Hamburg, Laeiszhalle
March 3: Berlin, Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt
March 10: Zürich, Tonhalle
March 11: Chur, Theater
March 12: Munich, Prinzregententheater
March 13: Cologne, Schauspielhaus with Roger Willemsen
March 14: Heidelberg, Schloss with Roger Willemsen
March 15: Cologne, Philharmonie, Gala for the Lit.Cologne Literary Festival
› Daniel Hope to perform in the Bundestag, German parliament, on 27th January
Daniel Hope has received an official invitation from the President of the German Parliament (Bundestag), Dr Norbert Lammert to perform in the Germany parliament (Bundestag, formerly known as Reichstag).
The 27th January is the day on which Germany officially recognises all victims of the Nazis, and there is traditionally a state act of remembrance. At this year’s ceremony the guest speaker will be the President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres. In addition the Chancellor, Mrs Angela Merkel, the entire German cabinet and all ministers will be present.
Daniel Hope will perform his own arrangement of “Kaddish” by Ravel for solo violin during the ceremony. Hope’s grand parents and great grandparents were forced to flee Berlin in 1938.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on German television an 12 noon CET.
› Daniel Hope presents one-time Opera TV show, live from Berlin, January 9th
Daniel Hope will make his debut as television presenter in a live TV show on January 9th at 20:15 (CET). “Die schönsten Opern aller Zeiten” (“The greatest operas of all time”) is a one-time production by Germany’s ZDF and 3sat television channels. Since May 2009, complete opera productions have been broadcast in their entirety on the 3sat TV Channel, which is renowned for its cultural content and award-winning documentaries. Television viewers have subsequently been given the chance to vote on their favourite opera, and the shortlist of 10 operas will be the focus of the show on 9th February, at the end of which, one ‘winner’ will be announced.
The venue for the show is Berlin’s innovative Radialsystem . During the evening, arias from the 10 operas will be performed live by a range of some of the world’s finest singers, including Annette Dasch, Joseph Calleja, Mojca Erdmann, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Ermonela Jaho and Kate Aldrich. The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Marco Armiliato. Other guests include Christian Thielemann, Rene Jacobs and Edda Moser.
Daniel Hope will present the show live, together with his co-presenter, Austrian television celebrity Mirjam Weichselbraun.
The show will be broadcast Europe-wide on the 3sat Channel, January 9th, from 20:15 (CET) to 22:15 (CET), and repeated at a later date on ZDF Theaterkanal.
For more info: http://www.die-schoensten-opern-aller-zeiten.de/
› Daniel Hope performs live onstage with Sting in Baden Baden, December 17
Daniel Hope will perform for the first time live with Rock legend Sting, at Baden Baden’s Festspielhaus on December 17th. It is one of only four worldwide concerts that Sting is giving to promote his new album, “If on a winter’s night”.
It will be the first time that the two musicians will appear live onstage together.
For more information on the concert please click here
On DanielHope.com you can see Daniel’s private video blog documenting a day he recently spent with Sting, and read the two musicians’ joint interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper.
› Hope triumphs with Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko
Daniel Hope gave two critically acclaimed performances of the Elgar Violin Concerto in December 2009 with the Oslo Philharmonic conducted by Vasily Petrenko. It was Hope’s second visit to Oslo with the orchestra. The reviews are unequivocal. Here is a selection from Oslo’s two leading newspapers:
Aftenposten, Oslo, 7th December 2009
“Vasily Petrenko and Daniel Hope delivered nothing less than a gorgeous concert this week…………..The work is incredibly demanding for both soloist and orchestra. However, Daniel Hope is a suitably brilliant performer and interpreter. The way he forced this 50-minute long musical development into one single stretch without even one uninteresting minute is nothing short of miraculous…….
Hope could gather the entire British Commonwealth in one sul tasto, and his phrasing superiorly unfolded the special, heroic, and nostalgic feeling of life……Indeed, had George V known that a speech of such rhetorical power awaited him in 2009, he would have kept himself alive until this day. The Cadenza, like the irreversible beginning of the Empire’s sunset, was an epitaph worthy of a king.
Dagbladet, Oslo, 4th December 2009
“POWERFUL” Daniel Hope – A splendid performer
The violinist Daniel Hope has a remarkably intense sound. Last night he played Elgar with the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko conducting.
It turned into a meeting of minds, with Hope who, to put it mildly, extracted the most of what Elgar had put into the score and, in the process, highlighted some of the more problematic moments in the violin concerto too…….Hope was completely unaffected by this and merely unfolded the palette…..the entire journey from the opening movement to the work’s most beautiful section, unquestionably the slow second movement, we heard a Hope who played without compromise.
The slow and powerfully expressive parts of the concerto showed us a violinist with especially remarkable qualities. The varied and nuanced playing extracted the finest register in the music – luminously clear and without any reservation.
› Daniel Hope receives Grammy nomination
Daniel Hope has yesterday received his fifth Grammy nomination, this time for his 2008 Deutsche Grammophon recording of Vivaldi Concertos, directing the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He is also joined by the award-winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter.
The nomination is in the Best Small Ensemble Performance Category.
› Daniel Hope returns to the Yellow Lounge Berlin, Monday 16th November
Daniel Hope will give his third performance at Berlin’s legendary Yellow Lounge, on Monday 16th November. Celebrating 15 years of the Yellow Lounge at the funky “Cookies” night club on Friedrichstrasse, Hope will be joined by a group of phenomenal baroque musicians to perform excerpts from his AIR Album, which was recently released by Deutsche Grammophon and is enjoying its place in the Top 10 classical charts.
The Yellow Lounge, created by Universal and Deutsche Grammophon, presents the world’s finest artists in a club atmosphere, with dj’s and vj’s mixing classical music and visual art.
For more information on the Yellow Lounge, please visit YellowLounge
› Hope joins forces with Sting
Daniel Hope will be on the road with rock-legend Sting on Friday, 6th November. Hope will interview Sting for Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, and the two musicians will then appear together on the German TV talkshow, “3 nach 9″, which celebrates its 35th anniversary as one of the most important on television in Germany.
The show will be aired live on 6th November at 22:00 CET. For more information please click here: Radio Bremen
Daniel Hope can also be heard as a guest artist on Sting’s new album, “If on a winter’s night……”
Read an interview with Hope about his connection to Sting, and what it was like to record with him: Interview
› Hope and Brandauer on stage in Vienna and Berlin
Daniel Hope and his close friend, the renowned actor Klaus Maria Brandauer (‘Mephisto’, ‘Out of Africa’) perform an evening of music and text about the German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was imprisoned and murdered by the Nazis. There will be two performances:
Vienna, Burgtheater, 8th November at 20:30 CET
Berlin, Berliner Ensemble, 9th November at 21:00 CET
› Daniel Hope in Dresden on 18th October to receive his 5th “ECHO Klassik” Prize
This Sunday, Daniel Hope will be awarded Germany’s most important record prize, the ECHO Klassik, for the fifth time. In a star-studded ceremony, televised by Germany’s ZDF channel, Hope will be at the Semperoper in Dresden on Octber 18th to receive his trophy.
He will also present a special prize to the ReSonanz & AkzepTanz project, for their outstanding work in bringing music to underprivileged children in Germany.
Other performers at the ceremony will include Elina Garanca, Plácido Domingo, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Sol Gabetta.
The Gala can be viewed Europe-wide on the ZDF TV Channel at 22:00 CET on Sunday, 18th October. 2 million viewers are expected to follow the show.
› Daniel Hope in Berlin, 6. und 7. October
Daniel Hope liest aus seinem neuen Buch
und spielt im Duo mit Sebastian Knauer
WANN DARF ICH KLATSCHEN?
19.30h am 6. Oktober 2009
Museen Dahlem, Lansstr. 8, 14195 Berlin (U-Bhf. Dahlem-Dorf)
Eintritt € 10.- / erm. € 5.-
ICH WANDERE DURCH THERESIENSTADT
20.00h am 7. Oktober 2009
Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie Berlin
Einführungsveranstaltung 19 Uhr
Anne Sofie von Otter Mezzosopran
Daniel Hope Violine
Bengt Forsberg Klavier
Bebe Risenfors , Akkordeon , Gitarre und Kontrabass
Werke von Ilse Weber, Karel Švenk, Karel Berman, Robert Dauber, Emmerich Kálmán, Erwin Schulhoff, Carlo Sigmund Taube, Pavel Haas und Viktor Ullmann
› Daniel Hope LIVE at “DAS” (German TV)
Der im südafrikanischen Durban geborene Violinist zog mit seinen Eltern über Paris nach England, wo er die Royal Academy of Music in London besuchte. Daniel Hope gilt als Ausnahmekünstler und wurde mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet, in diesem Jahr erhält er bereits zum fünften Mal den renommierten “Echo Klassik”. Der Geigenvirtuose war von 2002 bis 2008 Mitglied des Beaux Arts Trios, das erfolgreiche Ensemble trennte sich 2008. Der Musiker arbeitete mit zahlreichen zeitgenössischen Komponisten zusammen und spielt weltweit mit den bekanntesten Dirigenten und Orchestern, darunter das BBC Symphony Orchestra. Nach der Veröffentlichung seines ersten Buches “Familienstücke: eine Spurensuche”, ist nun ein weiteres Werk erschienen. “Wann darf ich klatschen?” ist ein amüsanter Wegweiser für Konzertgänger. Weiteres Gesprächsthema auf dem Roten Sofa: Sein vor Kurzem veröffentlichtes Album “Air (A Baroque Journey)”.
Heute Live um 18:45 auf N3 – Die TV Sendung “DAS”, auf dem Roten Sofa.
Watch this contribution in the multimedia catergory.
› Deutsche Grammophon releases “Air – a baroque journey”, Hope’s latest album
September 18th, 2009: Deutsche Grammophon releases Daniel Hope’s latest album, which promises to be his most exciting to date. Entitled “Air – a baroque journey”, it blends some of the most popular baroque music with lesser known composers whose music is stunning, magical and lively.
Hope is joined by the soloists from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, as well as a group of dazzling musicians including violinist Lorenza Borrani, cembalist Kristian Bezuidenhout, cellist Jonathan Cohen and percussionist Hans-Kristian Kjos Sorensen.
Classic FM says of AIR:
“This is a beautiful recording, transporting you all over Europe with some of the most delicate playing and articulation. Hope’s masterful interpretation of the challenging violin parts of Matteis and Geminiani is a joy to listen to…”
To hear excerpts from AIR, or to watch the video, please click on the cover, or visit the CD page on danielhope.com
› Daniel Hope launches the Yellow Lounge in Tokyo, 18th September
Daniel Hope will launch Universal’s Yellow Lounge in Japan, at a special event in Tokyo on Friday 18th September. Hope has performed a number of times for the Yellow Lounge in Berlin, which places classical music in a club atmosphere, blending DJs and VJs. He also launched the series in New York in 2008.
This is part of Hope’s ten day visit to Tokyo in which he will perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in televised concerts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and a number of additional chamber music performances.
› Rowohlt publishes Daniel Hope’s second book, “Wann darf ich klatschen?” (When do I applaud?)
Rowohlt, Germany’s most prestigious publishing house releases Daniel Hope’s second book, entitled “Wann darf ich klatschen? – Ein Wegweiser für Konzertgänger“ (Translation: ” When do I applaud?” – A guide for concert-goers).
Following the success of Daniel Hope’s first book, a memoir entitled “Familienstücke“, which was on the German bestseller list, this new book is a personal guide to what happens in the concert hall – what to expect, what to wear, who’s who on the platform – written for people who have never experienced the joy of a live concert and who hesitate about participating in what might seem to the unitiated as an intellectual ritual requiring special knowledge and skills in order to be a member of the audience.
Daniel Hope recalls a number of anecdotal adventures, and traces the myths and clichés of the goings-on during a performance. He also examines the historical context of the so-called rules of the concert scene, eradicating a number of them in the process.
The book is so far published in German only.
The official release date is September 18th, 2009.
› Hope wins ECHO Klassik Prize for the fifth time
His Deutsche Grammophon recording of a kaleidoscope of Vivaldi’s music, in which Hope directs the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from the violin, picked up Germany’s most prestigious recording prize, to be awarded in a televised Gala ceremony at the Dresdner Semperoper, on October 18th.
Other winners of the 2009 “ECHO KLASSIK” include Anne Sophie v. Otter, Christian Gerhaher, Renée Fleming, Sylvain Cambreling and Plácido Domingo.
Hope won the “ECHO Klassik” in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008.
› Deutsche Grammophon releases “Vivaldi”
Daniel Hope’s stunning new CD is being released this month across Europe. The US release is set for the beginning of 2009.
Hope’s long-awaited second Deutsche Grammophon album is an explosive kaleidoscope of Vivaldi’s magical music, including La Follia and Tempesta di Mare. It finds him reunited with the esteemed Chamber Orchestra of Europe for their third partnership in the recording studio. Hope has chosen a selection of the composer’s greatest violin concertos “as good as any of The Four Seasons” (Hope). Presented by passionate, energetic performers this music is guaranteed to provide an uplifting and scintillating listening experience.
Vivacity and technical brilliance combine with Vivaldi’s timeless appeal for an energetic formula.
A highlight of the programme: Daniel Hope has invited Anne Sofie von Otter to contribute an exquisite aria from Vivaldi’s opera Andromeda liberata: “Sovvente il sole” (Perseo).
› New York Times and Herald Tribune feature major portraits of Daniel Hope
The New York Times carried a full page portrait of Daniel Hope in its Arts and Leisure section, January 13th. The same interview ran a few days later in the International Herald Tribune. In a piece entitled, “How’s the family? Fascinating”, Matthew Gurewitsch interviews Hope about his latest book, his extraordinary family story and his musical journey to date.
› Violinist Daniel Hope celebrates Mendelssohn, a very special citizen of Hamburg
Daniel Hope’s name is mentioned not just in the context of a violin virtuoso but increasingly as an initiator or even presenter of exceptional musical events.
Now Hope has a new theme which is also close to his heart: the music of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and the city of Hamburg. “I’m closely linked to Hamburg,” the British violinist said just before a rehearsal for a Vivaldi programme which he is currently touring throughout Germany. “Many people are celebrating Mendelssohn this year. But I didn’t realise that he was born in 1809 in Hamburg. Most of my friends in the city didn’t know that either. So I decided spontaneously to do something.”
“Spontaneous“ and “do something“ are obviously two notions which match Hope’s style. Or as the New York Times wrote: “You never know what the brilliant violinist Daniel Hope will do next.” But there are few artistic personalities who have either the network or more importantly the will to undertake such projects. His wealth of ideas will certainly be welcome at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, where Hope has agreed to act as Artistic Partner from summer 2010.
The world celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn on 3 February 2009. Hope began to plan the concert at the beginning of January. He started off by persuading the North German radio to broadcast the concert live, and to stream it via the web. Then he called Germany’s Actor of the Year 2008 Ulrich Matthes, Simone Young (music director of the Hamburg State Opera) and the Latvian pianist Lauma Skride, who lives in Hamburg. Amazingly all three were free, despite the short notice.
“All I had to do then was find a venue,“ Hope adds. “Last year I played a benefit concert in the Anglican church of St Thomas Becket in Hamburg. A beautiful church, a real jewel, which hardly anyone in Hamburg seems to know, despite the fact that the parish has existed since 1612. And by an extraordinary coincidence it’s almost diagonally opposite the site of the house in which Mendelssohn was born. As an Englishman I thought that particularly suitable: Mendelssohn loved England, the English love his music, and he had his greatest international triumphs in London.”
Hope asked the Hamburg events company, Highlife, with whom he had already organised the Berlin “Tu Was!” event, to take charge. The result is a wonderful combination of words and music, which includes Mendelssohn’s D minor piano trio, works by Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny, and some of the Songs without Words. Mendelssohn’s own words will be delivered by Ulrich Matthes. And the opportunity of experiencing Australian-born Simone Young at the piano rather than on the conductor’s podium is not to be missed.
“As much as I love and revere Brahms, the residents of Hamburg need to know that Mendelssohn was also a scion of the city,” says Hope. “And what better way to celebrate him than with great music and good friends.”
› Daniel Hope launches “Kristallnacht“ Project at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport
The former passenger departure terminal of Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport will be transformed for the first time into a concert hall and multi-genre arts venue on Sunday, November 9, when British violinist Daniel Hope, with the support of some of Germany’s most prominent political figures, comes together with fellow classical, rock, and jazz musicians and other special guests for “Tu Was!” – the German term meaning “Do something!” – a special event commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
“Tu was!”, a collage of music, words, pictures, and video installations, was conceived by Hope, who was inspired by distinguished British historian Sir Martin Gilbert, and his book Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction, a collection of personal reminiscences of the so-called “Reichskristallnacht” of late 1938. On the night of November 9-10, 1938, Jewish homes and businesses were attacked and half of the synagogues and prayer houses in Germany and Austria were badly damaged or totally destroyed in an orgy of violence propagated by the members of the Nazi SA and SS units. The following day, over 30,000 male Jews were deported to concentration camps, before the eyes of the international press, continuing the Nazi reign of terror that ended in the cataclysm of the “final solution” and the Holocaust.
Daniel Hope comments:
I came across Gilbert’s book recently, and while I knew about the “Reichskristallnacht”, it wasn’t until I read the book that the historical consequences of that night’s events became clear to me. The horrifyingly meticulous description of the violence against the Jews was utterly overwhelming. Since then the question as to what I would have done in such circumstances has begun to haunt me.
“Reichskristallnacht” took place 70 years ago and yet its consequences are still reflected in today’s society. Situations that require civil courage, individual or collective, continue to arise, whether it’s an individual attack on a defenseless fellow human being or the brutality of groups such as rightwing radical skinheads. Remembering the 1938 pogroms is a much-needed symbolic action in our society today. It echoes a call to all civilized people never again to ignore unacceptable violence by inaction.
For Hope, whose family was forced to flee Berlin and the Nazis, the event has urgent political importance as well as obvious personal significance. Throughout his career, Hope has advocated – both in live performance and with recordings – the music of the so-called “Entartete” composers – those composers deemed “degenerate” and subsequently destroyed by the Nazis.
Daniel Hope not only raised the money to make this project happen, he also persuaded leading political figures to back it. “Tu was!” now has the support of the Foreign Minister of the German Federal Republic, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and his Cultural Minister, André Schmitz. The Jewish community of Berlin and their Chair, Ms. Lala Süsskind, have also pledged their help and support, along with many other individuals and companies.
The proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Freya von Moltke Foundation. Ms. von Moltke, now 97, was a participant in the Kreisau Circle, the anti-Nazi resistance group co-founded by her husband, Helmuth James Graf von Moltke. During World War II, her husband acted to subvert German human-rights abuses in territories occupied by Germany. With the Kreisau Circle, he discussed the future of a Germany founded on moral and democratic principles, such as could develop after Hitler, and was subsequently executed for treason by the Nazi government. Daniel Hope’s great aunt, Marlene Maertens, worked closely with Freya von Moltke after the war, to help refugees who had been forced to flee Germany.