Classical music is an area in which good artists are rare to find, also because not all talents have the means to seek higher education. Still, 2013 is the year when classical music celebrates two bicentenaries – Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner – which allows numerous operas and festivals to focus on getting the best singers, instrumental players and composers for their performances.
Who will make the spotlights this year? Who will win the crowds every evening in the major performance halls? The following three names promise a great deal of notoriety and are surrounded by high expectations from producers and from the public alike.
This Chinese-American conductor grew up in Beijing, without taking the time to think about the direction that her career took. She simply gave in to her passion for music. Beginning as a pianist at the Beijing Conservatory, she started conducting at the age of 16. This, eventually marked the beginning of a flourishing career in the US, and she is now, slowly but surely, becoming one the most respected and sought-for conductors in the world.
A pioneer in this area, Zhang decided to break the barriers, fears and prejudices about women conductors, and she successfully started to create a name for herself in this world. In 2013, she can be seen mostly at the Dutch Orchestra and at the Ensemble Academy.
This countertenor shows brilliance and artistry every time he performs, proving that, indeed, this is one of the most exotic and esoteric careers for a male singer. Philippe Jaroussky is a French singer who turns heads through his boyish charm and incredible vocal performance.
But he did not start this way. He began playing the piano and the violin and he, gradually but steadily, escalated to become a countertenor. He was engaged in the Monteverdi trilogy, conducted by the French Jean-Claude Malgoire, and it proved to be the opportunity that he needed in order to begin a stellar career and to maintain his ascending path ever since. In 2013, he has several concerts scheduled concerts all around France, the most expected being in Toulouse, Paris and Angers.
This British composer is on the verge of becoming, not only one of Britain’s most distinguishing musical voices, but also an international phenomenon. With the piece he created for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, “On Voit Tout”, he created one of the most exceptional compositions of the 21st century and gained his place in the spotlight, first in Great Britain and, then, slowly, all around the world.
The secret of his success, as he confesses, is that he never forgets where he came from and that the world is a tough place, especially for the young composers who need their chance to shine. This year, he can be watched performing in Dublin, London and Hamburg.
Every year brings new faces in the spotlight, new voices in the auditoriums and new names on the billboards, but 2013 promises to cross all barriers and reveal numerous talents, most of which will make the headlines of the following years.