We are delighted to announce that applications are open for the 2016-17 Monteverdi Apprentices Programme. Since the programme's inception in 2007 we are proud to have supported 58 young musicians as they make the transition from conservatoire to their professional careers.
This year we will be offering up to 8 young instrumentalists an introduction to the musical tradition of the Monteverdi ensembles and the working practices of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Throughout the twelve-months of the scheme, the selected Apprentices will take part in English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique projects, as well as additional mentoring and coaching sessions with the Monteverdi musical staff, providing an introduction to the highest level of period instrument performance available in the UK and internationally.
Former Apprentices have said:
“As an Apprentice I had the opportunity to take part in a number of exhilarating orchestral projects, with repertoire ranging from Bach to Debussy. However, what I found most invaluable was the individual attention we received through extensive coaching with John Eliot and the Monteverdi leaders. I feel it has been a key experience in my musical development.”
Beatrice Scaldini, Apprentice 2012-13, violin
“The best element for me about the Scheme was being a solid part of both EBS and ORR for each and every project. As an Apprentice, I never felt like I was secondary to the other players or treated any differently. It was wonderful being a part of an ensemble where your presence counts and you are able to contribute something worthwhile. Each time I joined the section, I was generously welcomed in by the other players. It was such a pleasure working with such dedicated and honest musicians, who each bought such an individual flavour to the ensemble.”
Davina Clarke, Apprentice 2012-13, violin
“I was delighted to discover over the year that the Apprenticeship scheme covers so many varied approaches to performance - as well as ensemble work, there were plenty of opportunities to work on solo repertoire and in smaller groups. Our time rehearsing in Dorset was particularly rewarding for this. Working so closely with John Eliot has been inspirational; his guidance and teaching has been invaluable, and he has been supportive of my personal musical interests.”
Rebecca Hardwick, Apprentice 2014-15
“Being part of the apprenticeship has been an invaluable experience. It has helped me to improve both as a musician and as a performer. My confidence has developed significantly and I feel as if I am gradually finding my identity as a musician. Working with John Eliot and such inspiring musicians helped me form a strong work ethic and gave an insight into how the profession works."
Angharad Rowlands, Apprentice 2014-15
John Eliot Gardiner continues his guest conducting engagements in 2016 spending two weeks in May and June with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic.
On 12-13 May, Gardiner conducted the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in a programme of Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann, with renowned soloists Isabelle Faust and Kristian Bezuidenhout.
"Kaum ein anderer Dirigent hat sich so viele Verdienste um Schumanns Sinfonik erworben wie John Eliot Gardiner. Er hat nie versucht, ihn zu verbessern, um zu zeigen, was er gemeint haben könnte. Gardiner hat sich immer bemüht, die Töne hörbar zu machen, die Schumann aufschrieb."
Peter Korfmacher, Leipziger Volkzeitung
John Eliot Gardiner returns to Leipzig with the Monteverdi Choir in September to perform Mendelssohn's "Lobgesang" with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. We also look forward to welcoming Kristian Bezuidenhout to join the ORR tour of Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert in November.
From 2-4 June, Gardiner led the Berlin Philharmonic in performances of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and Apollon Musagete. Described by the Berliner Zeitung as:
A “spectacularly perfect performance” of Stravinsky’s operatic oratorio Oedipus Rex, which also proved how “with a conductor whose roots lie in the interpretation of early music, Stravinsky’s neoclassicism is in very good hands”.
Philipp Kohl, Berliner Zeitung
"Als ein Pionier historischer Aufführungspraxis betont er das Alte wie das Neue in der Partitur, das 20. Jahrhundert vor allem in Temponuancierung und Dynamik bis in das feine Violinsolo von Andreas Buschatz."
Sybill Mahlke, Tagesspiegel
If you would like to watch John Eliot Gardiner's appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic, it is available online from the Digital Concert Hall.
This weekend the BBC will be broadcasting two programmes about Beethoven's 5th Symphony featuring Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
On Saturday 28th there will be a documentary on the work presented by John Eliot Gardiner with Ian Hislop on BBC 2 at 9pm and the ORR's performance will be broadcast the following day on BBC 4 at 7pm. The programmes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer for 28 days after each broadcast.
The traditional wisdom is that in his 5th Symphony, Beethoven is railing against fate and his deafness. But John Eliot Gardiner believes the music expresses Beethoven's belief in the French Revolution. This is turbulent music from a turbulent man living in a turbulent age. John Eliot Gardiner and Ian Hislop bring to life the exciting and dangerous times that shaped Beethoven personally and creatively.
In preparation for our ambitious international tour for Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary, we conducted a series of workshops under the auspices of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice the Accademia Monteverdiana. The week of study and exploration culminated in a final showcase concert to launch our 2017 tour: Monteverdi 450.
Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine visits us during a rehearsal of Monteverdi's Hor che'l ciel e la terra (Book VIII of the Madrigals, text from Petrarch's Canzoniere):
"It's an extraordinary sonnet, full of natural rhythm and linguistic contrasts, which Monteverdi feeds off in his inimitably colourful and dramatic fashion: sighing falls, harmonic clashes, breathtaking vocal scales… Gardiner encourages his singers to dig deep into their colour palette to reveal Monteverdi's astonishing inventiveness."
Carlo Emilio Tortado, writing on the Accademia's final showcase for TeatriOnline:
"After an intensive five day workshop in preparation for the three fully surviving works of Monteverdi (L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, L'incoronazione di Poppea), the audience was given a insightful preview of the content, almost like a look behind the curtains." (Translated from Italian)
Paolo Petazzi, reviews the final showcase for Classic Voice: ★★★★★
"One clearly senses, already at this stage, the search for an intense and direct expressiveness, one that is historically grounded but alien to certain distinctive styles preferred by other interpreters. [...] All in all an exquisite taste of what we will be hearing in June next year." (Translated from Italian)
BBC Music Magazine: Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary Marked by Opera Tour
"Under their conductor John Eliot Gardiner,the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists orchestra have announced plans to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth with a worldwide tour of his three surviving operas..."
Classical Music Magazine: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra Announce plans to Mark Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary
"The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras will tour Monteverdi’s three surviving operas to mark the composer’s 450th anniversary in 2017..."
Classical Source: The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras announce an international tour of Claudio Monteverdi's surviving operas to mark his 450th anniversary in 2017
"On 30 April at the Accademia Monteverdiana in Venice's beautiful Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras with Sir John Eliot Gardiner announced their plans for Monteverdi's 450th anniversary in 2017..."
Broadway World: John Eliot Gardiner Celebrates Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary
"Next year marks the 450th anniversary of the Venetian master's birth, and to celebrate this musical milestone, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists have announced an ambitious international tour..."
Platea Magazine: Gardiner Avanza los Dettales su Gira de 2017 Para Conmemorar el 450 Anniversario de Monteverdi
"Tras una semana de trabajo en la sede de la Fondazione Cini en la isla de San Giorgio, en Venecia, Sir John Eliot Gardiner y su Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras presentaban el pasado sábado 30 de abril su gira de conciertos para 2017, en conmemoración del 450 aniversario de Claudio Monteverdi..."
With grateful thanks to Monteverdi Tuscany Hotel/Villas/Dining/Spa/Arts, the principal sponsor of the Accademia Monteverdiana 2016.