Berliner Barock Solisten
Alexandros Kapelis is joined by the
The Baroque Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic
Very few ensembles specializing in early music can display a level of artistic mastery akin to that of the Berliner Barock Solisten. Comprised by prominent members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the musicians have created a unique approach to performing works of the 17th and 18th centuries. They play on historic—though modernized—instruments, using bows from various periods, depending on the work being performed. This flexibility, along with the homogeneity with which the ensemble plays, is virtually unparalleled internationally.
This singular approach to interpretation has reaped stupendous worldwide acclaim from both public and press. On concert stages from Tokyo to Berlin, from London to New York, the Baroque Soloists appearances have left an indelible mark everywhere they have performed. The ensemble’s activities are documented on numerous CD’s with Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, and other labels. It also owes its popularity to the quality of the guest soloists who regularly perform with the ensemble, such as Thomas Quasthoff, Christine Schäfer, Dorothea Röschmann, Emmanuel Pahud, and others.
Alexandros Kapelis has teamed up with the Berlin Baroque Soloists and is currently recording the complete concertos for solo keyboard and string orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1052-1058). This project will take Kapelis and the Berliner Barock Solisten on a world tour, with performances through Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas during the 2019, 2020, and 2021 seasons. A veritable tour-de-force for soloist and ensemble alike, the artists will take on the extraordinary task of performing all of Bach’s solo keyboard concertos in one evening, giving the audience in each venue the rare opportunity to hear these masterpieces in one go.
Festival de Lacoste
Alexandros Kapelis partners with the legendary
French cultural icon in shaping the much-loved
festival in the heart of Provence
The Château de Lacoste is located in the heart of Provence’s Luberon, between Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, in an evocative setting full of history and beauty. Pierre Cardin, a living legend in the world of fashion and UNESCO’s Ambassador, bought the castle in 2001 and undertook the large project of restoring the historical site formerly owned by the Marquis de Sade. Since the completion of the renovations in 2001, the château’s courtyard and its adjoining quarries have hosted the Lacoste International Festival every summer. Some of the greatest classical singers of our time have graced the festival’s stage, such as Renée Fleming, Angela Georghiu, Natalie Dessay, June Anderson, Teresa Berganza, Philippe Jaroussky, Jonas Kauffman, Rolando Villazón, Juan Diego Flórez, and others. Lacoste has also been a yearly meeting point for lovers of theatrical productions, Opera, and musique de variété, reflecting the eclectic taste of the festival’s founder.
In 2016, Alexandros Kapelis came to the attention of Pierre Cardin, who entrusted him with the Artistic Direction of a mini-series in order to expand the festival’s scope beyond its original vocal and theatrical bent. Alexandros Kapelis curated a series of concerts within the sixteenth edition of the Lacoste Festival; he was responsible for selecting the repertoire and artists, and performed in chamber music and orchestral settings alongside his guests, including Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Gábor Tákacs-Nágy, the Orchestre del’Opéra de Toulon, amongst others. The project to further develop the festival continues to-date, with programming plans for 2018 under way. For updates, check here.
The Greco-Latin Trust
for Young Pianists
An initiative by Alexandros Kapelis
“ A young musician’s ability to grow and flourish should be based on talent, potential, perseverance, and moral character—not on their family’s finances.”
The Greco-Latin Trust for Young Pianists aims to help aspiring young musicians pursue their musical studies in London. Every year, the Trust will select one piano student of Greek or Latin American background and will offer the young musician a maximum stipend of 10,000 GBP to help cover the student’s living expenses in London for one year. Founded by Alexandros Kapelis, the Trust reflects Kapelis’ own experience as a student in New York :
“When was 20 years old, I came to New York as a graduate student at the prestigious Mannes School of Music. The school had generously granted me a full scholarship that covered all of my tuition, but I still had to face the challenge of covering my living expenses in New York. Although I remember this time of my life fondly, I also can’t forget how difficult it was to fend for myself while pursuing a full-time programme at one of the world’s leading music schools.
Today, many young musicians, especially from countries facing economic challenges such as Greece or the Latin American nations, have shared with me their similar story. They have been admitted to leading schools and have been awarded a full-time scholarship to cover their tuition, but they find little time to practice as they spend most of their day doing the odd job in order to make ends meet. Admission to these elite music schools is extremely competitive, with thousands of applicants from all over the world vying for a few select openings. It is a great privilege to be admitted—even more so with a full scholarship. I find it tragic that these young people, who have had the drive to make it so far, cannot fully rise to the occasion because of financial constraints. I aim to give these aspiring musicians the opportunity to immerse themselves in their art for a year, and to fully apply themselves during this important period."
Application to the Trust is open to musicians from Greece or Latin-America pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Piano Performance, currently enrolled as a full-time student (or accepted to a full-time programme) at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. For more information and to apply, visit this link.