Felix Mendelssohn / Niels Wilhelm Gade
T.A. Irnberger / Jerusalem Symph / Doron Salomon
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Violinist Thomas Albertus Irnberger from Salzburg, Austria, recently also being sought after in Israel by the most prominent orchestras, is now launching his latest recording with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra with conductor Doron Salomon, presenting two violin concertos of romanticism. Two oeuvres, whose familiarity could not be more diverging: The violin concerto in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the violin concerto in D minor, Op. 56 by Niels Wilhelm Gade. Common grounds, however, can be found in the musical design of their works as well as in personal, artistical matters: Gade, besides being his close friend, became Mendelssohns substitute and later successor in the position of chief conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig.
Thomas Albertus Irnberger, born in Salzburg, began violin lessons at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, moved to Prof. Josef Sabaini in Linz and was taught by Ivry Gitlis in Paris. Further teachers included Mauricio Fuks, Yair Kless, Alberto Lysy, Igor Oistrach, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Grigory Zhislin. Many awards, performances at international festivals and co-operations and recordings with musicians such as Jörg Demus, Evgueni Sinaiski or Paul Badura-Skoda as well as with the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Roberto Paternostro and the orchestra 'Spirit of Europe' under its principal conductor Martin Sieghart stress the young Salzburger's musical skills.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra maintains a varied repertoire which ranges from the Baroque and the Classical periods through the Romantic period, extending to contemporary composers, many of whom have received their Israeli premières with the JSO. The orchestra was the first Israeli Orchestra to perform the works of renowned composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Henri Dutilleux, Alfred Schnittke and others. Since its inception the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra has consistently encouraged Israeli composers by commissioning and performing their works.
Doron Salomon, born in Israel where, at an early age, he began his musical education in the study of piano, French horn and guitar, was 1974 awarded a scholarship by the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation for studies overseas. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London, specializing in conducting, composition and classical guitar. He completed the course in conducting at the Royal College with distinction, having won the Sir Adrian Boult Conducting Prize, as well as the Sir Theodor Stier Prize. Salomon has been appointed Musical Director of ensembles such as Gavleborgs Symphony Orchestra, Israel Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, Macedonia Philharmonic Orchestra, Vogtland Philharmonie in Germany and the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva.