Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Basel Chamber Orchestra | Ian Bostridge, Tenor | Felix Klieser, French Horn
About the Event
The “impeccable” (The Guardian) Basel Chamber Orchestra is recognized as a leading international ensemble. It is invited to perform at distinguished concert houses and festivals worldwide in addition to its home subscription season in Basel, Switzerland. The orchestra’s recordings on Sony, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Warner Classics have been awarded several prestigious prizes, including an ECHO Klassik Award. The innovative and joyfully collaborative ensemble is always searching for new and distinct ways to develop its harmonious sound on both historical and modern instruments. This diversity and depth has become Basel Chamber Orchestra’s trademark.
Tenor Ian Bostridge’s international opera, orchestra, and recital career has taken him everywhere from the Salzburg Festival to Carnegie Hall to the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s first artistic residency. His recordings have won all the major international record prizes, and they have been nominated for 15 Grammys. Bostridge is well known for his interpretations of Britten and was a key soloist in the 2013 Britten anniversary celebrations with performances of War Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, Les Illuminations with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, and Madwoman (Curlew River) in the Netia Jones staging for the Barbican, which was also seen in New York City and on the west coast of the United States.
Felix Klieser is a versatile artist who plays both the higher and the lower horn and who has already performed with several leading international orchestras. He has been awarded an ECHO Klassik prize for best young artist and the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Klieser has released several recordings, including the complete Mozart horn concertos with Camerata Salzburg, which was in the Top 10 on the German classical charts for months, and he has published an autobiography about his fascinating life story.