Biography Ian Bostridge & Saskia Giorgini



Ian Bostridge
CBE has made regular appearances at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Schwarzenberg and Aldeburgh festivals. He has had residencies at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Luxembourg, London’s Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall. In 2018 Ian began an auspicious Artistic Residency with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the first of its kind for the ensemble.

In opera, he has performed the roles Lysander (Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Opera Australia and at the Edinburgh Festival, Jeptha at the Opéra National de Paris, Tamino (Mozart Die Zauberflöte) and Jupiter (Handel Semele) for English National Opera and Peter Quint (Britten The Turn of the Screw), Don Ottavio (Mozart Don Giovanni) and Caliban (Adès The Tempest) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. For the Bayerische Staatsoper he has sung Nerone (Monteverdi L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Tom Rakewell (Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress) and Male Chorus (Britten The Rape of Lucretia), for the Wiener Staatsoper he has sung Don Ottavio and for the Teatro alla Scala Milan he has sung Peter Quint. He has sung Aschenbach (Britten Death in Venice) for English National Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, Deutsche Oper and in Luxembourg.

Future highlights include a recital and lecture series for the University of Chicago, Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Barcelona Symphony and Marta Gardolińska, Britten’s War Requiem with Kent Nagano and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and with Philippe Jordan and the San Francisco Symphony, Evangelist St Matthew Passion for Teatro Regio Torino, Bajazet Tamerlano in concert for the Moscow State Philharmonic, Winterreise with Sir Antonio Pappano at the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and further performances with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau of his composition for Ian, The Folly of Desire.

Saskia Giorgini
Winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 2016, where she also got the special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work, Saskia Giorgini is considered one of the most interesting pianists of the young generation. She is praised for her “unerring technique, a beautiful and moving sound, a phrasing full of fantasy and a pure musicality” (Salvatore Accardo).

Saskia Giorgini has appeared in acclaimed recitals and live radio recordings in important halls and Festivals, amongst which Lingotto–Hall in Turin, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Concerti del Quirinale in Rome, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Eindhoven Muziekgebouw, Utrecht Kamermuziek Festival, Großer Saal Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, MiTo Settembre Musica Festival, Unione Musicale, Holland International Music Sessions , Vancouver Summer Festival, Warsaw’s Filharmonia Narodowa, International Piano Stars Festival in Lettland, International Piano Festival in Wuhan in China… She participated in the renowned Lockenhaus Festival Summer Academy, under the artistic direction of Gidon Kremer. For her 2013 New York début in 2013 she performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto n.1, with the NYCA Orchestra. She has played together with important orchestras, such as Lodz Philarmonic Orchestra in Poland, CBC Radio Orchestra in Canada, Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia, Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, L’Orchestra Archi De Sono, l’Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, under the baton of conductors as Mario Bernardi, Gérard Korsten, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Antonello Manacorda, Andrea Battistoni, Massimiliano Caldi.

Saskia was a finalist in the International Piano Competition Ferruccio Busoni 2015, where she received the award for the best interpretation of a work by Frédéric Chopin. In the Prix d‘AmadèO in Aachen 2012 she won the second prize as well as the Mozart Prize and the Audience Award.

A special affinity for chamber music brings her regularly together with renowned partners: Ian Bostridge, Janine Jansen, Gilles Apap, Mario Brunello, Thomas Demenga, Friedemann Eichhorn, Dora Schwarzberg and many others.

Saskia Giorgini received her first piano lessons at the age of four. At fifteen she was admitted to the piano academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, where she studied with Franco Scala, Riccardo Risaliti, Leonid Margarius and Michel Dalberto. At the same time she graduated from the Conservatorio di Torino with Claudio Voghera, with the highest grades and honours. She then completed her studies at the Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo with Enrico Pace and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Pavel Gililov (Postgraduate).

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