Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) began in 1974 as a group of virtuoso musicians performing chamber music concerts at Greenwich Village’s Church of St. Luke in the Fields. Now in its 43rd season, the orchestra performs at New York’s major concert venues across diverse musical styles and genres, and has collaborated with artists who range from Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell to Bono and Metallica. The orchestra has participated in 118 recordings, four of which have won Grammy Awards; has commissioned more than 50 new works; and has given more than 175 world, US, and New York City premieres. In the fall of 2018, internationally celebrated 18th-century music expert Bernard Labadie joins the orchestra as principal conductor, continuing the orchestra’s long tradition of working with proponents of historical performance practice.
During the 2017–2018 season, OSL performs and presents more than 80 concerts at 19 different venues throughout all five boroughs of New York City. Its signature programming includes a subscription series presented by Carnegie Hall, now in its 31st season; an annual monthlong collaboration with Paul Taylor American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center; an annual summer residency at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts; and a chamber music festival that features appearances at The Morgan Library & Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center.
Nearly half of OSL’s performances each year are presented free of charge through its education and community programs. These include the five-borough Music in Color concert tour, which champions composers of color; the Free School Concerts series of orchestral and cross-genre programs, reaching 10,000 New York City public school students; and a range of creative family programs and concerts. Additionally, OSL provides free instrumental coaching and presents student performances through its Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s and its mentorship program for pre-professional musicians.
OSL built and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City’s only rehearsal, recording, education, and performance space expressly dedicated to classical music. The center serves more than 500 ensembles and 30,000 musicians each year, and is an indispensable resource for classical music performance and production in the city. More than 170 studio recordings have been produced at The DiMenna Center since it opened in 2011.
Bernard Labadie has established himself worldwide as one of the preeminent conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire, a reputation closely tied to his work with Les Violons du Roy, of which he served as music director from its inception until 2016, and La Chapelle de Québec. With these two ensembles, he has regularly toured Canada, the US, and Europe, visiting major venues that include Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, as well as the Salzburg Festival. He begins a four-year term as principal conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in the 2018–2019 season. In 2017–2018, he guest-conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). Internationally, he conducts the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (in Hamburg), Academy of Ancient Music (London), and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Labadie has become a regular presence on the podiums of major North American orchestras that include the Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto symphony orchestras; the Colorado, Houston, St. Louis, and San Francisco symphonies; the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras; the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics; the Handel and Haydn Society; and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. His extensive discography includes many critically acclaimed recordings on the Dorian, ATMA, and Virgin Classics labels, including Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and a collaborative recording of Mozart’s Requiem with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, both of which received Canada’s Juno Award. Other recordings include C. P. E. Bach’s complete cello concertos with Truls Mørk and Les Violons du Roy on Virgin Classics; J. S. Bach’s complete piano concertos with Alexandre Tharaud, also on Virgin Classics; and Haydn’s piano concertos with Marc-André Hamelin as soloist, released by Hyperion. Mr. Labadie has received Paris’s Prix Samuel de Champlain and the Canadian government’s Officer of the Order of Canada, and his home province has named him Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec.
Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of today. He has performed with every major orchestra in the US, many on numerous occasions, as well as with an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the UK, Europe, and the Far East.
Highlights of Mr. Hadelich’s 2017–2018 season include a return to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with Thomas Adès on the podium and featuring the US premiere of Adès’s new cadenza for the concerto, as well as performances with the Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, and the San Francisco, Houston, Nashville, Oregon, Seattle, St. Louis, and Utah symphonies. Abroad, Mr. Hadelich plays with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León.
Mr. Hadelich’s recent summer appearances include his 2017 solo debut at the Grand Teton Music Festival, his 2016 debut at the BBC Proms, and return engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood and The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, in addition to appearances at the Aspen, Bravo! Vail, Chautauqua (where he made his US orchestral debut in 2001), Eastern, and Marlboro festivals; the Sun Valley Summer Symphony; Britt Music & Arts Festival; and the Hollywood Bowl.
Upcoming engagements include performances with the BBC Philharmonic; the Manchester, BBC, NHK, and São Paulo symphony orchestras; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where Mr. Hadelich was the 2015–2016 artist-in-residence; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; the Hong Kong, London, and Netherlands philharmonic orchestras; Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg; Norwegian Radio Orchestra; WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne; and the Finnish, Frankfurt, Saarbrücken, and Stuttgart radio symphony orchestras.
Mr. Hadelich was named Gold Medalist at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. He has since garnered an impressive list of honors, including the inaugural Warner Music Prize in 2015 and a 2016 Grammy Award for his recording of Dutilleux’s violin concerto L’arbre des songes with the Seattle Symphony under Ludovic Morlot.
Mr. Hadelich plays the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.