Thomas Albertus Irnberger
who was born in Salzburg in 1985, is among Austria's leading violinists. The German specialist press wrote: "like hardly any other young artist in his field, in recent years Irnberger has secured himself a leading position amongst Europe's violinist elite."
At the age of 15 in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels he celebrated a debut that attracted widespread attention as the soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.
Since then Thomas Albertus Irnberger has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major concert halls in Europe, Israel and in Asia.
His recordings have regularly been the recipients of prizes and top rankings from the international press. Since 2008 Thomas Albertus Irnberger has devoted himself to research into and the rediscovery of "ostracised composers" and in Israel he played the first performance of the violin concerto by Hans Gál.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
For more than seven decades the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK. Its home base since 2004 at London's Cadogan Hall serves as a springboard for seven principal residencies as well as more than forty-five concerts per year in long-term partnership venues across the country, often in areas where access to live orchestral music is very limited. With a wider reach than any other UK large ensemble, the RPO has truly become Britain's national orchestra. International touring is vital to the Orchestra's work, taking it to many prestigious destinations worldwide. Recent engagements include concerts at the festivals of Montreux, Lucerne and Granada, an extensive tour of the USA, and visits to central Europe and the Far East, including South Korea and China.
British conductor James Judd is internationally acclaimed for his remarkable versatility, unique musicianship and charismatic presence on and off stage. Known for his exceptionally communicative style and compelling concerts, his regular performances in concert halls from Vienna to Tokyo attest to his excellent contact with audiences and musicians alike.
Following his music studies at London Trinity College he became Lorin Maazel's assistant in Cleveland. After two years in the USA he returned to Europe where he became Executive Director of the European Community Youth Orchestra, whose Chief Conductor was Claudio Abbado. He has conducted renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig, Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony, NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and orchestras in Dallas, St. Louis, Baltimore and Montreal.
ranks among the most important German pianists of our time. His ability is documented by numerous award-winning CDs, which bear witness to the enormous breadth of his repertoire. Critics point out that the characteristic feature of his performance is the astonishing balance between brilliant virtuosity and musical intensity, reconciling strong individuality with uncompromising fidelity to the score.