Swonderful Orchestra & Catherine Larsen-Maguire


Biography Swonderful Orchestra & Catherine Larsen-Maguire



The Swonderful Orchestra
was formed in 2015 by pianist, composer and arranger Philip Mayers and cellist Anna Carewe in order to record some of the greatest songs of George Gershwin (“A Crush On You” - Corviello Classics). Since its founding, the Swonderful Orchestra has established itself as the leading freelance recording orchestra in Berlin, with its players representing the crème de la crème of the current German and European musical scene. It has collaborated with artists such as Max Raabe, Annette Humpe, Leo Sommer and composer and arranger Christoph Israel, the latest productions being music for the film “Ich War Noch Niemals in New York” (Udo Jürgens, arrangements & original music by Christoph Israel, conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire - starring Katharina Thalbach, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Heike Makatsch & Moritz Bleibtreu); and “Wintermärchen II” (carols arranged by Christoph Israel, conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire, for Deutsche Grammophon).

Das Swonderful Orchestra wurde 2015 vom Pianisten, Komponisten und Arrangeur Philip Mayers und von der Cellistin Anna Carewe gegründet, um einige der großartigsten Songs von George Gershwin ("A Crush On You" - Corviello Classics) aufzunehmen.

Seit seiner Gründung hat sich das Swonderful Orchestra als führendes freiberufliches Studioorchester in Berlin etabliert, dessen Musiker die Crème de la Crème der aktuellen deutschen und europäischen Musikszene repräsentieren. Es arbeitete mit Künstlern wie Max Raabe, Annette Humpe, Leo Sommer und dem Komponisten und Arrangeur Christoph Israel zusammen, die neuesten Produktionen sind Musik für den Film "Ich War Noch Niemals in New York" (Udo Jürgens, Arrangements & Originalmusik von Christoph Israel, Dirigentin Catherine Larsen-Maguire - mit Katharina Thalbach, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Heike Makatsch & Moritz Bleibtreu); und "Ein Wintermärchen 2" (Weihnachtslieder arrangiert von Christoph Israel; Dirigentin Catherine Larsen-Maguire; für Deutsche Grammophon).

Catherine Larsen-Maguire
Catherine Larsen-Maguire was born in Manchester and is now based in Berlin. After ten years as principal bassoonist at the Komische Oper Berlin, where she also directed concerts and operatic performances, she began to concentrate exclusively on conducting in 2012. Catherine Larsen-Maguire’s repertoire ranges from the baroque to the 21st century; she has a special interest in contemporary music and has directed the first performances of numerous works. Becoming increasingly well-known as a teacher of conducting, she was guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin, is a member of the jury for the Besançon conducting competition, and regularly gives masterclasses in Germany and abroad.

Recent highlights included debuts with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, Klangforum Wien, OFUNAM in Mexico City, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Colburn Orchestra in Los Angeles, the Yun Ensemble in South Korea and at the Buzzards Bay festival in Massachussetts, as well as returning to the Sunflower Music Festival in Kansas. Future projects include concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, concerts and recordings with the Slovenian Radio Orchestra, several projects with Ensemble united berlin, and concerts in Brazil, Spain, China, Mexico and the USA.

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