Meet some of the astounding soloists in our classical music programme whose instruments will fill Edinburgh's concert halls with music this August.
Remarkable Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt hosts two International Festival recitals over 12 and 14 August presenting Bach’s monumental Well-Tempered Clavier while captivating US cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on 19 August for the melodic magnificence of Dvořák’s achingly passionate Cello Concerto.
French viola player Antoine Tamestit is soloist in Orchestre de Paris’ performance of Berlioz’s colourful Harold in Italy as part of the orchestra’s two concert residency on 23 and 24 August. As well as Tamestit’s appearance, the first concert concludes with Beethoven’s radiant musical tribute to the natural world in Symphony No 6. You’ll also be able to catch the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in the orchestra's second concert presenting Britten’s War Requiem.
The Queen's Hall
Two of classical music’s most charismatic and fiery talents, Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang, launch The Queen’s Hall concert series in spectacular style on 3 August with a programme of works by Weber, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Chopin and Horowitz. The Chinese piano sensation also joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Usher Hall on 4 August for the European premiere of John Adams’ Must the Devil Have All the good Tunes?.
After enthralling listeners at the International Festival last year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason returns and is joined by pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, who also happens to be his older sister. The two bright young stars of classical music come together on 7 August for a rich programme including Debussy’s captivating Sonata in D minor and Mendelssohn’s passionate Second Cello Sonata.
All presenting diverse programmes of work, pianists Beatrice Rana, Llŷr Williams and Jeremy Denk all perform in their own morning recitals this August. One of the most talked-about young pianists around today, Beatrice Ranatakes on Chopin, Ravel and Stravinsky on 5 August. Remarkable Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams will dazzle listeners with Grieg, Liszt and Wagner on 9 August while rare piano talent Jeremy Denk will take you on a compelling musical journey through his carefully curated programme on 19 August.
Hear some of these soloist's remarkable skills in the playlist below.