Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

One of the world’s oldest orchestras (dating back to 1765!), ICA is delighted to present the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in London and Dublin.  On 27 August 2015, the orchestra appears at the prestigious BBC Proms, with conductor Andrew Litton leading an exciting programme that includes the world premiere of a new work by Alissa Firsova, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with celebrated violinist Alina Ibragimova, and concludes with Stravinsky’s Le sacre du Printemps.  On 28 August, Litton, Ibragimova and the Bergen Philharmonic then perform at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in a programme of Svendsen, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky.

ICA presents the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in London and Dublin

13 Aug 2015

One of the world’s oldest orchestras (dating back to 1765!), ICA is delighted to present the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in London and Dublin.  On 27 August 2015, the orchestra...

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27 August 2015

Royal Albert Hall, London

MATRE - preSage (12’)

MENDELSSOHN - Violin Concerto (26’)


FIRSOVA - Bergen’s Bonfire (12’)

STRAVINSKY - Le sacre du Printemps (33’)

Alina Ibragimova, violin

Andrew Litton, conductor


28 August 2015

National Concert Hall, Dublin

SVENDSEN - Carnival in Paris (12’)

MENDELSSOHN - Violin Concerto (26’)


STRAVINSKY - Le sacre du Printemps (33’)

Alina Ibragimova, violin

Andrew Litton, conductor

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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

One of the world’s oldest orchestras, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765 and is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the Orchestra, serving as its artistic director during the years 1880 – 82. Edward Gardner, the acclaimed Music Director of the English National Opera, has been appointed Chief Conductor for a three-year tenure starting in October 2015, in succession to Andrew Litton, the Orchestra’s Music Director since 2003. Under Litton’s direction the Orchestra has raised its international profile considerably, through recordings, extensive touring, and international commissions. During the last few seasons the orchestra has played in a series of prestigious venues, including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, the Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, New York, the Philharmonie, Berlin, Usher Hall, Edinburgh and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Upcoming tours include returns to several of these venues.

The Orchestra has an active recording schedule, and recent and ongoing recording projects include Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphony, ballets by Stravinsky, and a complete version of Prokofiev’s symphonies. The Orchestra’s recording of the complete orchestral music of Edvard Grieg remains the reference point in a competitive field. Under Neeme Jarvi Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets has been recorded for Chandos. The Orchestra has also recorded four volumes of orchestral works by Johan Halvorsen. A series of the orchestral music of Johan Svendsen has met with similar enthusiasm. With Sir Andres Davis the orchestra has recorded music by Berlioz, Delius, Sibelius and Elgar, and other projects will follow. The first collaboration on disc between Edward Gardner and the Orchestra was a recording of orchestral realisations by Luciano Berio, and a string of new recordings with Gardner are now in progress. Volume 1 in a series of Janáček's orchestral works has already been released.

Alina Ibragimova

Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has appeared with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Orquestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hallé, and all the BBC orchestras. Conductors with whom Alina has worked include Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Philippe Herreweghe, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Sakari Oramo, Ilan Volkov, Tugan Sokhiev, Jakub Hrusa, Ludovic Morlot, Edward Gardner and Gianandrea Noseda.

Highlights among future concerto plans include return engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra (Mozart 3 with Bernard Haitink), Bergen Philharmonic (Berg with Edward Gardner), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Tchaikovsky), and debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Mozart 4 with Vladimir Jurowski), Cleveland Orchestra (Sibelius with Juanjo Mena), Montreal Symphony (Beethoven with Kent Nagano), Hungarian National Philharmonic (Bartok 2 with Zoltan Kocsis), Bamberger Symphoniker (Ravel with Robin Ticciati), Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Schumann with Robin Ticciati), as well as a tour in Australia with the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

As soloist/director Alina has toured with the Kremerata Baltica, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

With regular recital partner Cédric Tiberghien and in solo and chamber music Alina has appeared at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Mozarteum, Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Palais des Beaux Arts, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Vancouver Recital Series, San Francisco Performances, and at festivals including Salzburg, Verbier, MDR Musiksommer, Manchester International, Lockenhaus and Aldeburgh. The next two season’s recital highlights include a complete Mozart sonata cycle at the Wigmore Hall and at the Oji Hall in Tokyo, a Lucerne Festival debut, and solo Bach recitals at the Park Avenue Armory recital series in New York, Gulbenkian Auditorium in Lisbon, Barcelona Auditorium and Tokyo’s Oji Hall.

Born in Russia in 1985 Alina studied at the Moscow Gnesin School before moving with her family to the UK in 1995 where she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music. She was also a member of the Kronberg Academy Masters programme. Alina's teachers have included Natasha Boyarsky, Gordan Nikolitch and Christian Tetzlaff.

Alina has been the recipient of awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2010, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2008, and the Classical BRIT Young Performer of the Year Award 2009. She was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme 2005-7. Alina records for Hyperion Records and performs on a c.1775 Anselmo Bellosio violin kindly provided by Georg von Opel.

Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton conducts extensively throughout the world, but devotes his greatest attention to one of the world's oldest orchestras, Norway's Bergen Philharmonic. Since 2003, he serves as its first American Music Director of Edvard Grieg's own orchestra, a superb instrument little known outside its native fjords. Litton has brought the Bergen Philharmonic to the world's leading stages, including appearances at the London Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Vienna's Musikverein, and a groundbreaking tour of the United States, the orchestra's first in 41 years, with a performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto by Andre Watts at Carnegie Hall.

Four years ago, Litton was the catalyst in launching a new Norwegian opera company, Den Nye Opera of Bergen. With the Bergen Phiharmonic as the pit orchestra, Den Nye Opera has performed Tosca, Carmen and most recently, a Francesca Zambello production of Flying Dutchman to sold-out houses and critical acclaim. Since 2003 Litton serves as Artistic Director of the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest. His performances as conductor, solo pianist and chamber musician, have revitalized the festival and brought it artistic and financial success.

Andrew Litton began 2009 leading an ecstatically received Berlin Deutsche Oper new production of the rarely performed Die Ägyptische Helena by Richard Strauss. In January he appears with the BBC Symphony at the Barbican in a program including Strauss' Heldenleben and five Orchestral Songs. In February, continuing his Strauss journey, he conducts the Dallas premiere of Strauss' Aus Italien with the Dallas Symphony, of which he is Music Director Emeritus.

Andrew Litton in 2006 left Dallas after a 12 year tenure as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, having significantly raised the orchestra's international profile: three tours to Europe's leading concert venues, four appearances at Carnegie Hall, a children's television series broadcast nationally and in widespread use in school curricula, and 28 recordings, including a Rachmaninoff piano concerto series with Stephen Hough widely hailed as the best since the composer's own recordings. He hired over one third of the orchestra's current musicians. When Litton came to Dallas, the orchestra's endowment fund was $17million; when he left it was $100 million.

Other highlights of Litton's current season include his long-awaited return to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, along with regular appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra of London, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Tonkuenstler Orchestra Vienna. He also returns to the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo and the orchestras of Minnesota (main season), Indianapolis, and Vancouver in North America. Litton regularly appears with Britain's Bournemouth Symphony, of which he was Principal Conductor before coming to Dallas and remains Bournemouth's Conductor Laureate. In May, Litton conducts and plays at a special concert marking his own 50th Birthday and the 25th Anniversary of his Bournemouth Symphony debut.

Litton's over 80 recordings include the complete Rachmaninoff piano concertos with Stephen Hough and the Dallas Symphony, which won the Classical Brits/BBC Critics Award, and a Grammy-winning Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with the Bournemouth Symphony and Bryn Terfel. He and the Bergen Philharmonic have active recording relationships with Europe's leading Hyperion and BIS labels. For BIS, they have recently completed recording all the Mendelssohn Symphonies and are currently recording Stravinsky Ballets.

Litton began piano studies at age five and at ten decided to become a conductor. He graduated from the Fieldston School, New York, and earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Juilliard in piano and conducting. The youngest-ever winner of the BBC International Conductors Competition, he served as assistant conductor at Teatro alla Scala and Exxon/Arts Endowment Assistant Conductor for the National Symphony under Rostropovich. His many honors include Yale University's Sanford Medal, The Elgar Society's medal, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bournemouth.

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