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BBC Music Magazine - - The Full Score -

James Newby Bari­tone

Born: Le­ices­ter, UK Ca­reer high­light: Per­form­ing in the world pre­miere of Brett Dean’s Ham­let, and get­ting to spend two months in the same re­hearsal room as the likes of Vladimir Jurowski, John Tom­lin­son, Sarah Con­nolly and Al­lan Clay­ton. I’m not sure there’s any bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion for a young singer. Mu­si­cal hero: The way bari­tones Di­et­rich Fis­cher-dieskau and Ben­jamin Luxon colour phrases and bring such hon­esty to their singing is such a huge in­spi­ra­tion and some­thing I try hard to em­u­late.

Dream con­cert: Per­form­ing in Wal­ton’s Bels­haz­zar’s Feast at the BBC Proms.

Ni­co­las Namoradze Pi­anist

Born: Tbil­isi, Ge­or­gia Ca­reer high­light: Play­ing Brahms’s Pi­ano Con­certo No. 2 with con­duc­tor Ka­rina Canel­lakis and the Cal­gary Phil­har­monic, be­cause it was a per­for­mance in which we all shared a vi­sion, mak­ing it a re­ally spe­cial, joy­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion. That night, I also won the Ho­nens In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion, which has changed my life.

Mu­si­cal hero: Ligeti’s en­tire life’s work was one of con­stant search, dis­cov­ery and in­ven­tion, es­chew­ing trends and fash­ions to find a unique voice in ev­ery­thing he wrote. Dream con­cert: Per­form­ing Bach’s Gold­berg Vari­a­tions at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. I’m not sure how good the acous­tics are for solo pi­ano there, but it would still be an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence!

Erika Gun­de­sen Con­duc­tor and pi­anist

Born: Cal­gary, Canada Ca­reer high­light:

There have been a few, in­clud­ing con­duct­ing a full orches­tra for the first time in Sond­heim’s Sweeney Todd at Lon­don’s Bridewell The­atre this year, and play­ing as répéti­teur for Scot­tish Opera’s Rigo­letto, which was my first pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tion.

Mu­si­cal hero: I have al­ways been in­spired by pas­sion­ate and in­tel­li­gent women, so I would have to say pi­anist Martha Arg­erich and so­prano and con­duc­tor Bar­bara Han­ni­gan. Dream con­cert: As a con­duc­tor it would def­i­nitely be Puc­cini’s Tosca; as a pi­anist, Rach­mani­nov’s Pi­ano Con­certo No. 2.

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