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  • “The sound of this formation has an uncanny power and suggestive effect in its intensity.” (Neue Züricher Zeitung on Sunday, June 11, 2017)

    The LGT Young Soloists delight audiences worldwide with their rousing performances at highest artistic level. They are invited to perform regularly at renowned concert halls around the world in cities like New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tel Aviv.

    The string ensemble is made up of highly gifted young musicians aged between 12 and 23 years. Each member already has a successful soloist career: between them, the LGT Young Soloists have already won more than 80 prizes in national and international competitions.

    In the season 2016/2017, the LGT Young Soloists opened the Liedwochen at Schloss Elmau along with the renowned soprano Juliane Banse and toured Israel, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Highlights of the 2017 summer include their debuts at the Rheingau Music Festival and a performance at Zurich’s Tonhalle. The LGT Young Soloists have also been engaged for the first time for four concerts and two open rehearsals as orchestra in residence in Mattsee in Austria. They will return there during the next two summers as well.

    The 2015-2016 concert season was marked by performances at the Gasteig in Munich, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, at the Shenzhen Concert Hall and the Taiwan Art Festival, as well as tours through Asia and Europe. The LGT Young Soloists also performed as orchestra in residence at the newly opened Art and Concert Hall Arlberg 1800.

    The ensemble has recently released its second CD, Russian Soul, on RCA Red Seal (Sony), featuring works by Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Rachmaninoff,  Glinka and Koussevitzky. The Moscow-based composer and arranger Paul Struck arranged most of the works to be heard on this CD especially for the LGT Young Soloists. Thus, Glinka’s The Lark, transcribed by Balakirev for piano, will be heard in a completely new orchestra version.

    In 2015 the LGT Young Soloists became the first youth orchestra in the world to have a CD released on this label – their Italian Journey featured works by various composers, most of them Italian. The CD won outstanding reviews and was nominated for the International Classical Music Award (ICMA). A DVD was released in February 2017 by C Major, produced by Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images.

    Alexander Gilman and Marina Seltenreich initiated the LGT Young Soloists together with LGT Private Banking in 2013. The concept is as simple as it is unique: exceptional young talents perform together with their peers as soloists within their own orchestra, sometimes as tutti players, sometimes as soloists, accompanying each other and sharing their passion for music. This gives them the singular opportunity to regularly be on stage and gain experience as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians, build repertoire and develop their stage presence. In all this, Alexander Gilman’s committed leadership has a lasting effect in the musical and personal development of the young musicians.

    The members of the dynamic ensemble hail from various different countries and cultures, sharing new stimuli and impulses, and establish international relationships and friendships. In addition, the musicians are also given the opportunity to play top-level instruments such as Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù, which are generously provided by various sponsors.

    Commitment to people in need is particularly dear to the young virtuosos, and they make regular appearances at charity concerts. A part of the campaign “Children Helping Children”, the LGT Young Soloists have succeeded in raising considerable funds for children in need at various fundraising events.

    June, 2017

  • “The mutual musical accompaniment, where every musician performs both as a soloist and an orchestra member, results in an exceptional connection that can only be expressed through music.”

    Alexander Gilman