BBC Music Magazine

Rising Stars

Three to look out for…


Joséphine Olech Flautist

Born: Saint-cloud, France Career highlight: Giving the premiere of Thierry Escaich’s Flute Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmon­ic Orchestra and conductor Lahav Shani in Amsterdam’s beautiful Concertgeb­ouw last year. It was a great honour to add this wonderful new piece to the flute repertoire.

Musical hero: I owe so much to my first flute teacher Nathalie Rozat, as well as Fuminori Tanada, composer and accompanis­t of the Paris Conservato­ry flute class, who has accompanie­d generation­s of flautists at the highest level in the most difficult repertoire. Dream concert: Playing Mahler’s Ninth with my best friends to an audience that has never heard classical music before. Vlad Vizireanu Conductor

Born: Constan a, Romania

Career highlight: Conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in Elgar’s Enigma Variations as a finalist in the

2016 Donatella Flick Competitio­n. The piece was premiered in London in 1899, so having the opportunit­y to conduct it with them was very special. Musical hero: The composers whose music I express the best on the podium and which matches my natural temperamen­t are Hans Zimmer, Shostakovi­ch, Mahler and Sibelius. Dream concert: An outdoor concert in an amphitheat­re with a major choral-orchestral work such as Beethoven’s Ninth, Mahler’s Third or Mozart or Berlioz’s Requiems. Christian Li Violinist

Born: Melbourne, Australia

Career highlights: Recording Vivaldi’s

Four Seasons for my debut album with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Being able to exchange ideas and play with such amazing musicians was challengin­g but so exciting. Musical hero: Violinist David Oistrakh, for his warm and intense sound. He played so effortless­ly, and his broad repertoire remains unmatched to this day. I wish I could have heard him live. Someone I have seen live is Maxim Vengerov, who plays very passionate­ly and has such a unique sound. Dream concert: A Prom at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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