“Performances of Mozart’s last three symphonies that have the bite and brio of French conductor Mathieu Herzog are much harder to find.”
WDXR NEW YORK
“Absolute artist”, and “a true musician” are words frequently used to describe the conductor, composer and orchestrator Mathieu Herzog.
His musical soul was shaped through working under the guidance of great masters such as Semyon Bychkov, Daniel Harding, Gábor Takács-Nagy, György Kurtág, Menahem Pressler, Alfred Brendel and Mitsuko Uchida.
Mathieu has recorded numerous discs for labels such as Warner Classics, EMI, SONY, and Deutsche Grammophon. These recordings received worldwide critical acclaim and were awarded the “Diapason d’Or”, the “Choc du Monde de la Musique”, and Gramophone’s “Recording of the Year”, to name just a few.
In 2015, Mathieu founded Appassionato, an orchestra which radiates chamber playing in every one of its performances. Mathieu has formed a passionate and ever-evolving relationship with this ensemble, and together, they recorded the last three W.A. Mozart symphonies for the label Naïve.
In 2021-2022, he founded Appassionato le Label in partnership with Naïve and recorded two further discs, exploring the music of C. Saint-Saëns and the post-Romantic works of R. Strauss, A. Schoenberg, and O. Respighi.
Mathieu Herzog is also an associate artist of the Seine Musicale, for which he has launched “Vous trouvez ça classique?” (literally “Do you think this is classical?”), which is aimed at helping new audiences listen to and experience classical music in a new way.
Alongside his work as a performer, Mathieu is also an accomplished orchestrator and prolific arranger, whether it be for Appassionato, for classical musicians such as Philippe Jaroussky and Natalie Dessay, and for vocalists across other genres, for example Stacey Kent and Luz Casals. Passionate about literature and history, Mathieu is also currently working on a libretto based on the life of Georges Bizet.
In 2019, Mathieu was appointed Musical Director of the Blaricum Music Festival Orchestra (The Netherlands).
Highlights of the 2021-2022 season include guest appearances conducting the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan) to name just a few.
Winner of the First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Belgian pianist Denis Kozhukhin has established himself as one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Kozhukhin’s performances have been praised by critics as “spellbinding”, “imperious” and “mesmerizing”. Technically flawless, Kozhukhin combines wisely the brilliance and power of his playing with a masterful sense of form and a very unique artistic approach.
Kozhukhin frequently appears with many of the leading international orchestras, such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Staatskapelle Berlin, Israel Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, among others. He is also frequently invited in such Festivals as Verbier, Gstaadt, Grafenegg, Dresden, Tivoli, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Intonations, Tsinandali and BBC Proms. The 21/22 season brings appereances with Philharmonia Orchestra on tour, Israel Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie, WDR Sinfonieorchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester, RTE National Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and a residency with the Barcelona Symphony performing the four Rachmaninov Piano Concertos.
Kozhukhin will appear in solo recital at the Chicago Symphony Hall, Boulez Saal, and will tour in duo with Jörg Widmann, Vilde Frang and Janine Jansen, appearing at Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Zurich Tonhalle, Bozar, Auditorio Nacional and Wigmore Hall. His most recent recording featuring C. Franck’s Symphonic Variations with the Luxembourg Philharmonic under Gustavo Gimeno was released by Pentatone in 2020, obtaining rave reviews. His last solo album, including Mendelssohn’s Songs without words and Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, was picked by Gramophone as “album of the month” as well as nominated to the Opus Klassik Awards in the categories of Solo recording and Instrumentalist of the year.
An avid chamber musician, Kozhukhin he collaborates with such artists as Janine Jansen, Jörg Widmann, julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Michael Barenboim, Vilde Frang, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Elena Bashkirova, Radovan Vlatkovic, Emmanuel Pahud, Alisa Weilerstein, Nicolas Alstaedt, julian Steckel, Pablo Ferrández and Alexandra Conunova, among others. “[Kozhukhin’s] dazzling performance … must have lifted Orchestra Hall a few feet off its foundation. It was hard, in fact, to imagine any pianist seizing this formidably difficult concerto in a mightier grip than this Russian firebrand… Even in a day when keyboard virtuosos are thick on the ground, Kozhukhin is special.” Chicago Tribune
Kozhukhin studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid with Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio MartinezMehner, and later completed his studies at the Piano Academy at Lake Como where he received advice from Fou Ts’ong, Stanislav Yudenitch, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen and Andreas Staier, and with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart. In recent years he has been mentored by maestro Daniel Barenboim.
Born in 1996 into a French Italo-Hungaro family, Lucas Lipari-Mayer was appointed Soloist of the
Ensemble Intercontemporain in June 2018.
In September 2018, he was semi-finalist of the ARD competition in Munich; in October 2018, he
won the 1st prize and the audience’s prize at the Città di Porcia International Trumpet Competition
(Italy) and in November 2019 the 1st prize at the Théo Charlier International Competition
Lucas Lipari-Mayer studied at the CRR in Paris with Gérard Boulanger, Serge Delmas and Clément
Saunier. He unanimously obtained the 1st Prize of the Paris CRR in June 2013, after having won
numerous successes and various national and international competitions (Jeju-South Korea,
Alençon, Selmer, RIC Namur …).
He is regularly invited to international academies such as K-World Trumpet Camp (South Korea
2018-2019), Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, Lucerne Festival Academy (2015, 2016),
Musikalpa Brass Festival (Peru), Festival by Bach in Toul (2018-2019, France), “Le Son des
Cuivres” in Mamers (France), Surgères Brass Festival, and so on.
In May 2017, he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts – Los
Angeles), under the tutelage of Edward Carroll, a training mainly devoted to new and experimental
music, which allows him to explore different directories.
Since then he has obtained his Masters in Malmö (Sweden) at the Musikhögskolan with the
internationally renowned trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger. He continues to improve his skills with
Reinhold Friedrich at the Musikhoschule in Karlsruhe.
He has played and plays regularly with various groups and orchestras: Opéra de Paris, Orchestre
Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Münchener Kammerorchester, Ensemble
Musikfabrik, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Malmö All Star Brass
Ensemble, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band
Aeolus, Carillon Quartet and the Los Angeles-based experimental company: The Industry.
He also performs regularly in a trumpet-singing or trumpet-organ duo as part of various cultural
events (Bach Festival, events in Saint-Eustache with Thomas Ospital). In March 2022, he performed as a soloist alongside Simon Höfele and Vladimir Jurowski, the double concerto for
Trumpet ‘Chutes d’Étoiles’ by Matthias Pintscher with the Staatskapelle Dresden.
Lucas is a Yamaha Artist.