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Nicholas Hodges is a British composer and pianist, who is best known to perform avant garde music, and was appointed Professor of Piano in 2005 at the prestigious Musikhochschule, Stuttgart. He belongs to the high-end active repertoire of such composers as Stravinsky, Schubert, Debussy, Berg, Brahms and Beethoven, just as he reinforces his special prowess for contemporary music. His extensive discography includes concertante material and solo works by Furrer, Carter, Ferneyhough, Adams, Finnissy, and Birtwistle, while his future releases on CD have been said to include discs of Walter Zimmerman for Mode, Brian Ferneyhough for Neos, Rolf Riehm for Wergo, and Harrison Birtwislte for Metronome. Many notable composers have created works for him including Elliot Carter, Michael Finnissy, James Clarke, Konrad Boehmer, and Salvatore Sciarrino. He has been accurately described the Tempo magazine as a refreshing artist who plays the timeless classics like they were just written yesterday, while he plays what was written yesterday like a timeless classic. It is no surprise to see why Nicholas Hodges tickets are such as sought-after treat among classic music fans.
Nicholas Hodges was brought up in London and is currently based in Germany. His approach towards the works of Romantics, Twentieth Century, Classical as well as contemporary composers is of the same perfection-oriented spirit, which the Guardian has commented about by asserting that he boldly takes his recitals where very few pianists will dare go, and that Hodges has the kind of energy that almost ‘defies belief’. He studied the piano in Winchester under Robert Bottone, and later with Sulamita Aronovsky and Susan Bradshaw. He also studied composition with Robin Hooloway and Michael Finnissy, but is now focused on performing and teaching. The artist has collaborated with include the likes of Daniel Barenboim, Tadaaki Otaka, Ilan Volkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, George Benjamin, Thomas Ades, Oliver Knussen Hans Graf, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, and James Levine. He has performed in recognized venues such as IRCAM in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in NYC. Among the many musical festivals he has appeared at include the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Brussels’ Ars Musica, Innsbruck’s Klangspuren, Zurich’s Tage fur Neue Musick, Vienna’s Wien Modern, Salzburg, Lucerne, Paris’s Festival d’ Automne, as well as BBC Proms and Tanglewood.
Nicholas Hodges, as a concerto soloist, has engaged in numerous performances with several orchestras such as Melbourne Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, and European orchestras such as Orquesta y Coro Nacionales Espana, ASKO/ Schoenberg Ensemble Amsterdam, Basel Sinfonietta, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, ORF Symphony Vienna, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg and Baden-Baden, WDR Sinfonieorchester, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, BR-Sinfonieorchester, and Berliner Philharmoniker. Among United States’ orchestras, he has performed with Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, MET Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Symphony, and St Louis Symphony. In the last few seasons, Hodges has been closely associated with piano concertos of Beat Furro, Elliot Carter (who in 2008, celebrated his one-hundredth birthday), and Thomas Ades. The artist also gave the premier of British composer Ades’ Seven Days in April 2008 in London.
Nicholas Hodges’ future plans include concerto performances with London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms, BBC Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Many of these center on contemporary material such as the many concerti premieres written for the artist by George Aperghis, hugues Dufourt, Miroslav Srnka, Gerald Barry, and Luca Francesconi. His recital appearances include those at CalPerformances in Berkley and Carnegie Hall, in a program that is primarily featuring Stravinsky, Debussy and new material created by Sir Harrison Birtwistle. In addition he is to appear at Ostertone Hamburg, Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Wittener Tage neue Musik, Musica Strasbourg, Bolzano Busoni Festival, and Auditorio Nacional based in Madrid. Don’t miss Hodges upcoming avante garde music performances; just grab Nicholas Hodges tickets in time.
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