Each year the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) selects a group of outstanding artists to become its Rising Stars. The selected Rising Stars receive professional development support and perform a concert tour across the halls of the ECHO network The ECHO Rising Stars series has existed since 1995 and has shaped the musical careers of many of today’s world class artists.
The aim of the Rising Stars series is to bring young and exceptional young artists to new international audiences. The selected artists are offered unparalleled performance opportunities to present musical programmes of their choosing in the major concert halls of Europe. The focus of the series is musical excellence; the artists presented in the series are the best in their chosen field and are hand-selected by the Artistic Directors of our member halls.
As the artists undertake their tours they also engage with and deliver a broad variety of Education, Learning and Participation work with diverse communities in cities and regions across the ECHO network. ECHO also oranginses a series of workshops for the artists to support their wider personal and professional development and to explore shared questions and goals amongst this generation of artists across Europe.
Each Rising Stars also has a new work commissioned for them as part of the series. Composers whose works will be premiered and performed by our ECHO Risings Stars during the 2016/2017 season include Olga Neuwirth, Mikel Urquiza, Marko Nikodijevic, Eric Tanguy and Kimmo Hakola. Composers who have written works for other recent ECHO Rising Stars include Wolfgang Rihm, Nico Muhly and Johanna Doderer.
MARTIN FUNDA violin, JOHANNA STAEMMLER violin, TERESA SCHWAMM viola, PETER PHILIPP STAEMMLER ‘cello
Nominated as ECHO Rising Stars by the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Kölner Philharmonie
CHRISTOPHER PARK PIANO
Nominated as an ECHO Rising Star by the Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein Wien
EDGAR MOREAU ‘CELLO
Nominated as an ECHO Rising Star by the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris
HORÁCIO FERREIRA CLARINET
Nominated as an ECHO Rising Star by Casa da Música Porto and the Calouste Gulbenkin Foundation Lisbon
MARIAM BATSASHVILI PIANO
Nominated as an ECHO Rising Star by Bozar Brussels and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
TAMSIN WALEY-COHEN VIOLIN
Nominated as an ECHO Rising Star by Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham