Biography

"a very high-class youth string orchestra“ - The Strad Magazine
 

The award-winning string ensemble LGT Young Soloistsis made up of highly gifted young soloists from age 14 to 23 and brings together musicians from more than 15 nations. The members of the LGT Young Soloists play about 30 concerts every year and have won more than 80 prizes in national and international competitions. The project LGT Young Soloists gives top-classyoung instrumentalists the opportunity to perform regularly on the world’s leading stages as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians, enthralling audiences with their highly professional playing: “If you didn’t know that young teenagers are playing here, you would think you were in the midst of a top ensemble,” das orchester wrote in 2017. The project supports young musicians in their artistic development, as well asstrengthens their responsibility in general issues of life.

The 2019/2020 season includes highlights such as the ensemble’s debuts at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie Berlin, Bangkok and Jakarta, as well as performances at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, Vienna’s Musikverein, Victoria Hall in Singapore, New World Center Miami, the Kaufman Music Center in New York anda tour through South Africa with concerts in Johannesburg, Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

The past two seasons saw the LGT Young Soloists perform at some of the world’s most renowned festivals, such as the Merano Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Dresden Music Festival, Abu Dhabi Classics and the Tainan Arts Festival. Further highlights have beentheir appearances at the Tonhalle Zurich, De Doelen Rotterdam, Gasteig Munich, St. John’s Smith Square London, Robert-Schumann-Saal Dusseldorf and aboard the MS Europa 2.

The ensemble’s discography already includes four albumswithSony Music/RCA, Souvenirbeing the most recent with encore pieces by composers like Piazzolla, Kreisler, Massenet and many more.Their 2018 albumNordic Dreamis dedicated to works by Scandinavian composers, acclaimed by the media and nominated for the Opus Classical Award in three categories. “Here is an ensemble consisting mostly of teenagers that is overtaking seasoned professionals” (BR-Klassik CD-Tipp on May 11, 2018). The American Record Guide of July/August 2018 wrote: "The performances are uniformly first class, with good ensemble and refined tone quality. Their interpretations bring out the best in the music and then some, as in the deep expressivity of the Svendsen Romance."

Only two years after they were founded, the LGT Young Soloists were the world’s first youth orchestra to record for Sony Music/RCA, presenting the album Italian Journey. In February 2017 this was followed by a DVD on C Major and the CD Russian Soul. In the spring of the same year, the LGT Young Soloists were the main protagonists in an hour-long broadcast U21-VERNETZT (on the channel BR-Klassik), which could be watched as a stream or as a delayed broadcast on the TV channels ARD-alpha and One.

The violinist and pedagogue Alexander Gilman and the pianist Marina Seltenreich partnered with LGT Private Banking in 2013 to unite top-classyoung soloists in one ensemble.

Current as of January 2020

“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