(what is that playing in the background...?)
Click here to watch Alon Sariel featured on "Podium Witteman"
Prime-time Dutch National Television NTR, interview and concert now online.
Dear visitors, welcome to my website! I hope you'll have a nice time while you're here, and that you find everything you're looking for.
2020 was planned quite differently than the way it seems to unfold, however, the last thing I'd like to do here is whine about the cancelled engagements and the lost income. There's a lot waiting in the drawer and while rethinking my whole season (and the next one), I just wish to see music and culture rise again as soon as possible!
Due to the postponed events, I get to keep my *artist in residence" position at the Villa Seligmann in Hanover. Together with Concerto Foscari I will present different concerts not only in the Villa itself, but also at the Markus-Kirche and the Royal Gardens of Hannover (Herrenhausen Baroque Festival 2021). The calendar page on this website will be updated soon.
There are some exciting releases this season: "In Dialogo" with Concerto Foscari (available for pre-orders!), "Il Transilvano" with PRISMA, and Vivaldi's double concerto with Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. I'll be updating about all this and more on my social media channels, so in case you haven't subscribed yet, don't leave me waiting ;-)
My new interpretation of Beethoven's complete mandolin works on period instruments was recently released on NAXOS, and if nothing comes in between, I hope to continue the tour with my Beethoven Program featuring the works I've commissioned from Uri Caine throughout the next season as well.
Some 2021 highlights that I can already tell you about include returns to the Valletta Baroque Festival in Malta, St Magnus Festival in Scotland, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspielen, the Mozartfest Würzburg, the International Handel Festivals in Göttingen and Halle, as well as the York International Early Music Festival. I also look forward to working with the award winning ensembles Lautten Compagney Berlin at the Musikfest Eichstätt and Barocktage Melk and the Schola Heidelberg at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele.
Furthermore, tours as conductor with the Danish ensemble Baroque Aros and as soloist with the Bayerisches Kammerorchester Bad Brückenau, a jury position at the International Kuwahara Mandolin Competition, collaboration with the Butter and Consone string quartets on period instruments and presenting a new PRISMA program - "Mysteria Paschalia" - which brings together spring vibes with Pessach and Passion to several festivals including the Kölner Fest für Alte Musik.
As we've all learned in the past months, if you want to make god laugh, just tell him your plans. In this respect, let's keep fingers crossed for a vivid musical scene, a flourishing culture, harmony and prosperity to all mankind and especially to nature in and around us!!