THE AIMS FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA // 12.O8 – 15.O8.2O22

 

  • An AIMS highlight: The Festival Orchestra – 4 days of intense work with a concert on the last day.
  • Rehearsals: from August 12th at 10am until August 15th in the morning.
  • Concert: August 15th at night in Solsona.
  • Kevin Griffiths will rehearse and conduct the 4th symphony by L. van Beethoven, Tchaikovsky Valse Scherzo, Svendsen Romance with Mathilda Dendorfer as soloist and the first Beethoven’s piano concerto with Seon hee Myong as soloist.

 

Selection of string musicians:

  • A selection will be made among the students of the Academy of Strings. This will be done by the faculty and the director of the Academy of Strings and Piano. It will be communicated before July 5th.
  • Participation in the Orchestra is mandatory for selected students.
  • Price: included in the Academy of Strings and Piano.

 

Selection of wind musicians:

  • A selection will be made among the students of the Wind Academy. This will be done by the faculty and the director of the Wind Academy. It will be communicated before July 5th.
  • Participation in the Orchestra is mandatory for selected students, except if there is a justified reason.
  • The arrival will be before the start of the Wind Academy. Selected students have to arrive in Solsona on Thursday, August 11th before 6pm.
  • Price: there are no additional costs for the selected students and it will include accomodation and breakfast on August 11th, 12th and 13th and lunch on August 12th, 13th and 14th.

London-born conductor Kevin Griffiths was chief conductor and artistic director of the Collegium Musicum Basel from 2011 to 2018. His artistic activities are manifold, his CD recordings for Warner Classics, Sony, CPO and Prospero Classical testify to this diversity.

He is a guest with renowned orchestras; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Robert Schumann Philharmonie, Orchestre National de Lille, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Basel, Zurich, Geneva and Heilbronn Chamber Orchestras. He has been a regular guest at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and the Vaduz Classic Festival in Liechtenstein for several years. Recent and upcoming concerts include a production with the Schauspielhaus Zurich and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with concerts at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the Biennale Venice, and concerts with the Belgrade and Slovak Philharmonic orchestras as well as a CD-recording with the Staatskapelle Weimar.

Through his interest in historical performance practice, Griffiths likes to devote himself to early music and has worked with orchestras specialized in this repertoire such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London and the Ensemble Musica Aeterna in Bratislava. He also likes to get involved in new musical discoveries. This led to first recordings of rediscovered music by Mozart and Beethoven contemporaries like Andreas Romberg, Johann Evangelist Brandl, but also Swiss romantics like Paul Juon and Hans Huber.

Kevin Griffiths dealt with contemporary music early on and worked with well-known composers, namely the likes of Steve Reich, Daniel Schnyder, Enjott Schneider, Lera Auerbach and Steven Mackey among others. As the founder and conductor of the London Steve Reich Ensemble, he has gained international recognition and won the prestigious Diapason D’Or award for his debut CD with the ensemble.

In the field of film music, Kevin Griffiths has been accredited by Disney Studios Hollywood as one of the few to conduct films in concert, accompanying the motion picture projected on a large screen “live” with the film’s original score. He is a permanent guest conductor for the City Light Symphony Orchestra in the KKL Luzern and has made two CD recordings with them in the last year. The first film music recording “Spotlight on John Williams” was released in 2021, has been nominated for the “German Record Critics” Award and has nearly reached a million streams on Spotify within the first year.

Major soloists Kevin Griffiths has worked with include Sir James Galway, Pierre-Laurant Aimard, Reinhold Friedrich, Vesselina Kasarova, Fazil Say, Isabelle van Keulen, Giuliano Carmignola, Paul Meyer, Sergei Nakariakov, Paul Lewis, Dmitry Sitkovetskzy and Lebo M.

In 2010, Kevin Griffiths won second prize at the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt am Main, and in 2010/11 he received a scholarship for the Melgaard Young Conductors Scheme with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment London. He assisted Vladimir Jurowski, Leonard Slatkin, Trevor Pinnock and Sir Simon Rattle.