Biography

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

The award-winning string ensemble LGT Young Soloists (sponsored by LGT Private Banking) is made up of highly gifted young soloists aged 14 to 23 and brings together musicians from more than 15 nations.

Unique throughout the world, the project gives high-carat young talents the opportunity to perform regularly on the world’s leading stages, enthralling audiences with their highly professional performances as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians: “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, 2017).

Commemorating Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the LGT Young Soloists released their latest album Beethoven RECOMPOSED on the Naxos label. The CD topped the Apple Music Video Classical Charts in more than 40 countries, garnering outstanding reviews from international music journalists.

The 2021/22 season includes many highlights: legendary composer Philip Glass has written a string symphony tailored to the young musicians, to be premiered in September 2021 at Vienna’s Musikverein and the Royal College of Music in London. The LGT Young Soloists will also give the world premiere of another work during the summer of 2021, at the festival Young Euro Classic at Konzerthaus Berlin – the Canadian composer Airat Ichmouratov’s Concerto Grosso “Liechtenstein”. Further concerts and tours take the ensemble to the Music Festival in Merano, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Stefaniensaal in Graz and many others.

During past seasons, the LGT Young Soloists have appeared at Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Zurich, Vienna’s Musikverein, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, De Doelen in Rotterdam, the Victoria Hall in Singapore and at renowned festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, Woordfees Festival in South Africa, the Dresden Music Festival and Abu Dhabi Classics.

Guest soloists have included renowned personalities such as Alma Deutscher, Juliane Banse, Stephan Moccio, Esther Yoo and Martin James Bartlett.

Only two years after they were founded, the LGT Young Soloists were the world’s first youth orchestra to record for RCA Red Seal. They now have five CD recordings to their name, including Souvenir, which was released in 2019 and features encores by composers such as Piazzolla, Kreisler, Massenet and others. Nordic Dream (2018) presents works by Scandinavian composers and was acclaimed by the media and nominated for an Opus Classic in three categories: “Here is an ensemble consisting mostly of teenagers that is overtaking seasoned professionals.” (BR-Klassik, CD-Tipp, May 5, 2018). The albums Russian Soul (2017), Italian Journey (2015), a live DVD concert recording released by C Major Entertainment (2017) and the latest album Beethoven RECOMPOSED (2020) complete the ensemble’s discography.

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

(Current as of July 2021)

“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