Born on September 5, 1960, in Somero, Finland; married Tapio Kuneinen, 1992. Education: Graduated from Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. Addresses: Record company--Ondine, Inc., Fredrikinkatu 77 A 2, 00100 Helsinki, Finland, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +358 9 4342 210, fax: +358 9 493 956. Finnish opera singer Karita Mattila is one of the world's premiere divas, having earned the title through consistent and solid work that astounds and mesmerizes audiences across the globe.
The Italian true contralto, Sara Mingardo, studied in her hometown Venice at the Academy Benedetto Marcello. She won prizes in some singing competitions, among which the Prize Giulietta Simionato at the 23rd Vienna Competition and the first prize at the Competition Toti dal Monte. Sara Mingardo made her debut in 1987 and appeared since 1989 in the best theatres in Italy, including La Scala in Milan, Teatro Fenice, San Carlo, Teatro Regio, at the Festival of Salzburg, Martina Franca and Switzerland.
Rachel Barton Pine (born October 11, 1974) is a violinist from Chicago. Considered a child prodigy at the violin, she started playing at the age of 3 and a half. She played at many renowned venues through her child and teen years. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband Greg (a computer entrepreneur and former minor league baseball pitcher), plays regularly with the Chicago Symphony and on her own, tours worldwide, and has an active recording career.
Bohuslav Martinů (8 December 1890, Polička – 28 August 1959, Liestahl) was a Czech composer of modern classical music with original style. He was a very prolific, writing almost 400 pieces. Many of his works are regularly performed or recorded, among them his symphonies, a consistently fine modern cycle of six; choral works, operas, concertos, including those for cello, violin, oboe and five for the piano and his chamber music, including seven string quartets and a flute sonata. His artistic history content more creative periods, incl. postimpresionism, neo-classicism, expressionism etc.
Peter Donohoe CBE born in Manchester, 18 June 1953 is the premier English pianist of his generation. He started his musical career as a percussionist with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and he still occasionally performs with Percussion. He was awarded joint-second prize in the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition with Vladimir Ovchinnikov (no first prize was awarded that year).
Tunde Jegede is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who is uniquely placed between the worlds of Contemporary Classical, African and Popular music. He is a prolific Producer/Song writer and has worked across several genres both as a performer (Cello, Kora, Piano and Percussion) and producer.
Lisa Gerrard (born April 12, 1961) is an Irish-Australian musician, singer and composer who gained international renown as part of the music group Dead Can Dance together with Brendan Perry. Her career spans from 1981 to the present, and she has been involved in a wide range of projects. Gerrard received a Golden Globe award and her score for the 2000 film Gladiator received an Academy Award nomination. She both sings and is instrumentalist for much of her work, most prolifically using the yangqin (a Chinese hammered dulcimer).
James Ehnes was born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He began violin studies at the age of four, at age nine he became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music, then in 1993 at The Juilliard School. He graduated from Julliard in 1997, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Mr.
Charles Édouard Dutoit (born October 7, 1936) is a Swiss conductor, particularly noted for his interpretations of French and Russian 20th century music. He has made influential modern recordings of Hector Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette and Maurice Ravel's ballets Daphnis et Chloe and Ma Mere l'Oye. Dutoit was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, studied there and graduated from the Geneva Conservatory where he won first prize in conducting, then he went to the Music Academy in Siena by the invitation of Alceo Galliera.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra (frequently abbreviated to LPO), based in London, is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. It is based in the Royal Festival Hall. It was formed in 1932 by Thomas Beecham, and played its first concert on October 7 of that year. In 1939 it became self-governing, with members of the orchestra themselves taking decisions on the organisation's affairs. During the Second World War the Orchestra was particularly active in touring the country and bringing orchestral music to places where it was not usually available.