A Creative Alliance that Lives Beyond the Stage

 

 

David Danzmayr

 

 

A Creative Alliance
That Lives Beyond the Stage

Danzmayr holds a strong belief that each composer’s musical expression is shaped by their personal environment, family heritage, and culture. This belief will guide his work at the Oregon Symphony, including the formation of a new Creative Alliance of cultural thought-leaders and musical innovators – each one bringing their unique perspective to the stage and to the Oregon and Southwest Washington community. Collectively, this continuing and evolving coalition of artists will inspire and challenge audiences with music that speaks to individual experiences and explores meaningful issues facing us all.

 

 

David Danzmayr

 

 

 

Your 2023/24 Creative Alliance

Gabriel Kahane

Gabriel Kahane
Creative Chair
Read BioA singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer, Kahane works at the blurred edges of journalism, ethnography, storytelling, and music. In 2019, he began a three-year term as the inaugural Creative Chair of the Oregon Symphony, which commissioned his 2018 oratorio, emergency shelter intake form. A commercial recording of this sprawling exploration of inequality through the lens of housing and homelessness, featuring the Oregon Symphony, was released in 2020.

Simone Lamsma

Simone Lamsma
Artist-in-Residence
Read BioHailed for her “brilliant… polished, expressive and intense” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and “absolutely stunning” (Chicago Tribune) playing, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma is respected by critics, peers and audiences as one of classical music’s most striking and captivating musical personalities. Conductor Jaap van Zweden with whom Simone enjoys a regular collaboration, describes her as one of the leading violinists in the world.

Xavier Foley

Xavier Foley
Artist-in-Residence
Read BioXavier Foley is known for communicating his virtuosity and passion for music on the double bass, which is rarely presented as a solo instrument. Winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has been recognized on New York WQXR’s "19 for 19" Artists to Watch list, and featured on PBS Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs. Also a composer, Xavier was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Sphinx Organization for a new work entitled “For Justice and Peace” for Violin, Bass, and String Orchestra, which was recently performed at venues including Carnegie Hall as part of a program designed to promote social justice.

Andy Akiho

Andy Akiho
Composer-in-Residence
Read BioDescribed as “trailblazing” (LA Times) and “an imaginative composer” (NY Times), Andy Akiho is a composer and performer of new music. Recent engagements include commissioned premieres by the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, China Philharmonic, Guangzhou Symphony, Oregon Symphony with Soloist Colin Currie, American Composers Orchestra, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, LA Dance Project, and experimental opera company The Industry.

Nathalie Joachim

Nathalie Joachim
Artistic Partner
Read BioNathalie Joachim is a Grammy-nominated flutist, composer, and vocalist. The Brooklyn born Haitian-American artist is hailed for being “a fresh and invigorating cross-cultural voice” (The Nation). She is co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix, and comfortably navigates everything from classical to indie-rock, all while advocating for social change and cultural awareness. Her authenticity has gained her the reputation of being “powerful and unpretentious” (The New York Times).

Jun Märkl

Jun Märkl
Principal Guest Conductor
Read BioJun Märkl conducts the world's leading orchestras, such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philarmonic and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. He has long been a highly respected interpreter of the core Germanic repertoire from both the symphonic and operatic traditions, and more recently for his refined and idiomatic Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen.

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