Zwei Ballette von Jerome Robbins | Chopin Dances
Saturday 07. Jul. 2018, 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Michał Białk was born in 1982 in Krakow. Intensive collaboration with Elza Kolodin, Matthias Kirschnereit, Jan Wijn and Oleg Maisenberg, as well as master courses with Jacques Rouvier (Perrigueux), Vera Gornostaeva (Paris), Piotr Anderszewski (Linz) and Krystian Zimerman (Basel) provide a core theme in his artistic development. Since his debut with the Krakow Philharmonic he has regularly given concerts in nearly all the countries of Europe, North Africa and Asia, including performances at, among others, the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festivals, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Festival International de Colmar of Vladimir Spivakov. Furthermore, he is a permanent guest soloist of numerous orchestras in France, Italy, Germany and Turkey. A special place among his concert activities is his collaboration with John Neumeier of the Hamburg Ballett since 2006. Michał Białk is a first place recipient at international piano competitions in Poland, France, Spain, Italy and Turkey. He has on several occasions been distinguished for the best interpretation of Polish and Spanish music. Additionally he has received the "Prix d’Espoir" from the Pro Europa Foundation and the European Advancement Award for Young Artists at the cultural award presentation ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Hailed for his “deeply felt interpretations” (La Presse, Montreal) and “ferocious intensity” (Chronicle Herald, Halifax) Brock has had great success conducting symphonic, operatic and ballet performances around the world. Through his long-term collaborations with the Montreal Symphony, the Hamburg State Opera and the National Ballet of Canada he has an exceptional amount of experience in an extremely varied repertoire in all 3 genres.
During 2015/16 and 2016/17 Brock joined the Hamburgische Staatsoper as second conductor and assistant music director to Kent Nagano. In 2016/17 he led performances of “Die Zauberflöte”, “Hänsel und Gretel”, “Eleonora Duse” and new ballets “Turangalila” and “Anna Karenina”. He led rehearsals of “Lohengrin”, “Tristan und Isolde”, as well as for new productions of “Lulu” and “Die Frau Ohne Schatten”. In the 2015-16 season in Hamburg, he led productions of “L’Elisir d’Amore”, Britten’s “The Little Sweep” and conducted performances of “Il Barbieri di Siviglia”. He also collaborated for the first time with legendary director/choreographer John Neumeier on his new ballet “Eleonora Duse”. Additionally, he led rehearsals for “Les Troyens”, “Elektra”, “Pelléas et Mélisande” and, “Stilles Meer” (Hosakawa).
In addition to his immersive work at the Hamburg theatre, Brock returns regularly to conduct symphonic concerts with the Montreal Symphony and l’Orchestre National D’Ile de France. His relationship with the Montreal Symphony began in 2009 as an assistant and continued as Resident conductor. In 5 seasons with the orchestra he has conducted over 125 performances, making his subscription week debut in April 2010 and having appeared with such artists as Maxim Vengerov and Stephen Hough.
He has conducted the symphony orchestras of Toronto, Québec, Edmonton, Nova Scotia, Thunder Bay and Victoria in his native Canada, and in France led multiple performances with l’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (Nantes) and l’Orchestre National Ile de France (Paris), as well as in Sweden with the Kunlinga Operan. He has performed over 50 times as a guest with the National Ballet of Canada appearing with the company in Toronto, Ottawa, New York and Washington in repertoire ranging from “Nutcracker” (Kudelka) to new productions of Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” (Ratmansky) and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (Wheeldon/Talbot).
Brock is the recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Heinz Unger Award and the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. For his creation of a new series of concerts for young adults in Montreal he was awarded the Quebec Music Council’s Prix Opus. As a producer his work (on CD - Sony, Analekta; television and radio CBC; web at Medici.tv) has won Quebec’s Prix Opus for best disc of the year (2015 Beethoven Symphonies/OSM) and been nominated several times for Canada’s Juno awards.
Committed to music education, he has worked with youth orchestras in Switzerland, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and given masterclasses and coachings at McGill University Montreal, University of Toronto and to youth orchestras throughout the Ile de Montreal region. He has conducted the Glenn Gould School orchestra at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto as well as “Jeunesses Musicales du Canada’s“ production of “La Bohème”. Also deeply dedicated to new music, Brock gave three world premiers during his time in Montreal and another two as a guest at ONDIF in Paris.
He finished his conducting studies in Zürich with Johannes Schlaefli and at the Aspen Conducting academy. Other important influences came from masterclasses with David Zinman, Bernard Haitink, Jorma Panula, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Michael Tilson Thomas.
In addition to his accomplishments as a musician he also has a keen interest in history, with a degree in History and International Relations from the University of Toronto.
In 2007 he created the Aaron Brock Foundation in memory of his brother, accomplished classical guitarist Aaron Brock. The foundation supports a number of educational initiatives and performances in Toronto.
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
The Philharmonic State Orchestra is Hamburg’s largest and oldest orchestra, looking back on many years of musical history. When the “Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Orchestra of the Hamburg Municipal Theatre” merged in 1934, two tradition-steeped orchestras combined. Philharmonic concerts have been performed in Hamburg since 1828, artists such as Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms being regular guests of the Philharmonic Society. The history of the opera company goes back even further: Hamburg has been home to musical theatre since 1678, even if a regular opera or theatre orchestra was only formed later. To this day, the Philharmonic State Orchestra has embodied the sound of the Hansa City, a concert and opera orchestra in one.
During its long history, the orchestra encountered great artist personalities. Apart from composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as Georg Philipp Telemann, Piotr I. Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Sergey Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, since the 20th century chief conductors such as Karl Muck, Eugen Jochum, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher and Simone Young have shaped the orchestra’s sound. Renowned conductors of the pre-war era such as Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt gave brilliant performances, as did outstanding conductors of our times: suffice it to mention Sir Neville Marriner, Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Petrenko, Valery Gergiev and Sir Roger Norrington.
Starting with the 2015/2016 season, Kent Nagano has taken on the position of Hamburg’s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera. In his first season Kent Nagano initiated a new project, the Philharmonic Academy at St. Michaelis, focusing on experimentation and chamber music. In 2016 Nagano and the Philharmonic undertook a successful three-week concert tour in South America. Since 2017 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra have continued the traditional Philharmonic Concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie, for which they commissioned Jörg Widmann to compose the oratorio ARCHE, which was given its world premiere during the hall’s opening festivities.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra offers approximately 35 concerts per season and performs more than 240 performances per year at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier, making it Hamburg’s busiest orchestra. The stylistic bandwidth covered by the 134 musicians, ranging from historically informed performance practice to contemporary works and including concert, opera and ballet repertoire, is unique throughout Germany. Chamber Music has a long tradition at the Philharmonic State Orchestra: what began in 1929 with a concert series for chamber orchestra has been continued since 1968 by a series of chamber music only, which celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2017/18.
In 2008 Simone Young and the Philharmonic State Orchestra won the Brahms Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society. In 2012 Simone Young received a Helpmann Award for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Wagner’s Rheingold with the Philharmonic in Brisbane, Australia. The orchestra has recorded the complete Ring by Wagner as well as the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner – the latter in the rarely-performed original versions – as well as works by Mahler, Hindemith and Berg, and has released DVDs of opera and ballet productions by Hosokawa, Offenbach, Reimann, Auerbach, J.S. Bach, Puccini, Poulenc and Weber.
The members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra feel equally beholden to the Hansa City’s musical tradition and responsible for the city’s artistic future. Since 1978 the musicians have been participating in education programmes in Hamburg’s schools. To this day, the TV format Musikkontakte initiated by Gerd Albrecht during his tenure as General Music Director is unforgotten. Today, the orchestra maintains a broad education programme, including school and kindergarten visits, patronage for music projects, introductory events for children and family concerts. The orchestra’s own academy prepares young musicians for their professional careers. The Philharmonic’s musicians thereby make an equally enjoyable and valuable contribution to tomorrow’s music education in the music metropolis of Hamburg.
photo: Foto: Felix Broede
Please find the cast of dancers on the Website of HAMBURG BALLET.