This year, L’Auditori de Barcelona will once again present the Festival Emergents Barcelona, one of its main events, in which the most outstanding young artists on the national and international scenes are invited to perform. This project, which is part of L’Auditori de Barcelona’s DNA, highlights the institution’s constant commitment to the presentation of new talented musicians to the public.
This year’s edition of the Festival Emergents, which will be held from 25 to 28 March, has been given a new format, going from a whole week to a condensed four-day programme with the aim of providing more intensive programming and heightening the festival experience.
The programme features thirteen concerts exploring everything from jazz to chamber music and from early to symphonic music. Specifically, there will be four symphonic concerts, four chamber concerts, four jazz concerts and two choral concerts. These shows have been organised together with Catalonia’s major music institutions, with the support of the Caixa d’Enginyers foundation and in collaboration with Estrella Damm.
The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and Kazushi Ono will present two Russian soloists who are making a name for themselves with the leading international ensembles. They are cellist Anastasia Kobekina and pianist Alexandra Dovgan. Kobekina will perform Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the OBC on 26 March. Kobekina, winner of the Bronze medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and winner of the TONALi Competition in Hamburg, plays a Guadagnini cello.
As for Alexandra Dovgan, this child prodigy of just 13 years of age is already a global phenomenon. Dovgan, a protegée of Sokolov, will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on 27 and 28 March. Both Kobekina’s and Dovgan’s programmes will conclude with Schubert’s Sixth Symphony. All this under the baton of Kazushi Ono.
The Barcelona Symphony Band will hold a single concert on Sunday 28 with the Kebyart Ensemble saxophone quartet, which will perform the national premiere of David Maslanka’s Concerto for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble, a work of great spiritual and emotional intensity. The Kebyart Ensemble, who have been chosen as next season’s ECHO Rising Stars, never cease to astound with their musical excellence and magnetic performances. The programme will be conducted by José R. Pascual-Vilaplana and will conclude with more music by Maslanka: Mother Earth and Give Us This Day.
At the same time, the young Venezuelan conductor Glass Marcano, who has been identified as an emerging talent by the La Maestra International Competition in Paris as well as by ECHO, will be helping Kazushi Ono and José R. Pascual-Vilaplana lead the OBC and the Symphony Band as part of her training as conductor.
The Festival Emergents’ chamber music offering stands out for the first-class artists featured in it, such as violinist Diana Tishchenko, an ECHO artist who has already made a place for herself on the international music scene and whose talent has been recognised by awards including the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition and the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Music Competition, among others. Tishchenko, who will be accompanied on the piano by Georgy Tchaidze, will play César Franck’s intense Sonata in A major, Stravinsky’s arrangement for violin and piano of his own ballet The Fairy’s Kiss, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Dancer on a Tightrope, a work that juxtaposes the ideas of risk and freedom.
The Da Vinci Trio, comprising Maria Florea on the violin, Marion Platero on the cello and Àlex Ramírez on the piano, winner of the 2nd prize at the Montserrat Alavedra competition, will present a programme featuring Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor and cellist and composer Gaspar Cassadó’s Piano Trio in C major, a Hispanic-sounding work that forms part of Catalonia’s musical heritage.
As part of its collaboration with Young Musicians of Catalonia, the Emergents Festival Barcelona presents two young performers who shone in the Singing and Early Music categories of the Concurso Juventudes Musicales competition. They are harpsichordist Inés Moreno, winner of the first edition of the Early Music Competition in 2018, and Portuguese mezzo-soprano Helena Ressurreiçao, who completed her musical training at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and won the first prize in the singing category in 2017.
Moreno’s recital will focus on the European dream represented by the Enlightenment, exploring the relationships established by composers from different countries with music by Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, Antoine Forqueray, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jacques Duphly, Antonio Soler and Domenico Scarlatti. Ressurreiçao’s concert, on the other hand, will highlight the many possible approaches to composition for voice and piano that were taken during the 19th century with works by Grieg, Mahler, Debussy, Duparc and Tchaikovsky.
In the field of choral music, we will once again enjoy a performance by the Jove Capella Reial de Catalunya, a project driven by L’Auditori de Barcelona and created by Jordi Savall and Lluís Vilamajó. The Jove Capella Reial de Catalunya, performing in a reduced group of only five singers and three instrument players, will perform music by Claudio Monteverdi, a composer who is key to understanding the musical transition between the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. By way of narrative and emotional accompaniment to Monteverdi’s work, you can also listen to compositions by his contemporaries Girolamo Frescobaldi, Giaches de Wert, Carlo Gesualdo, Luca Marenzio, Andrea Falconieri and Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, all of whom will lead you to the depths of love through the language of emotion.
Lluís Vilamajó will also conduct the National Youth Choir of Catalonia in its performances of works by great figures of the Germanic vocal tradition including Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The National Youth Choir of Catalonia provides an unequalled opportunity to enjoy new versions of great classics of choral music.
Catalonia’s three major jazz schools, ESMUC, Taller de Músics and the Liceu Conservatory, will be represented by the Mar Serra Grup, Clara Fiol, the Pere Navarro Quintet and the Liceu Jazz Group.
Mar Serra, in collaboration with ESMUC, presents her second album, I sempre demà, a collection of sound images that evoke memories, feelings and desires through her unique and personal music.
The Pere Navarro Quintet, led by trumpet player Pere Navarro, features some of the most outstanding emerging talents on the Spanish jazz scene. With his quintet, Navarro is able to create a multitude of moods and textures through a fusion of the language of jazz and the sounds of funk. Navarro, who trained at Taller de Músics, will perform this concert in collaboration with the Young Musicians of Catalonia.
Another Taller de Músics alumna, Clara Fiol, revisits old tunes through the sounds of wood, strings and electronic effects, taking them to new spheres such as fandango or chacarera music.
The Festival Emergents will conclude with the Liceu Jazz Grup, an ensemble born from the Liceu Conservatory. The sextet is based on the basic structure of jazz bands and was formed with the idea of bringing together the conservatory’s best students and giving them the chance to showcase their talent to an audience.
L’Auditori de Barcelona has created a €25 pass to the Festival for under-35s. Single tickets start at €5.
View the programme here.
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Aleix Palau | 22 March 2021
Festival Emergents condenses today’s best talent into thirteen concerts over four days
This year’s festival is headlined by Anastasia Kobekina, Alexandra Dovgan, the Kebyart Ensemble, Inés Moreno, Clara Fiol and the Jove Capella Reial de Catalunya.
With the collaboration of the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC), Taller de Músics, the Liceu Conservatory and the Young Musicians of Catalonia.
From 25 to 28 March at L’Auditori de Barcelona.