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Naxos CD 8.574144 (2021). Coming soon to the outlets near you.

Performed by Nicholas Phan, Amy I-Lin Cheng, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and Kenneth Kiesler.

Engineer: Jason Corey
Producers: Oriol Sans, Kenneth Kiesler
Booklet text: Timothy Cheek
Booklet design: Nick Staines

Recorded on September 28 and December 13, 2015 and on March 28, 2016 at Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Released: June 25, 2021.

American tenor Nicholas Phan appears on prestigious concert and opera stages across the world. An artist with an incredibly diverse repertoire that ranges from Monteverdi to Nico Muhly, Phan performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. He is also an avid recitalist and a passionate advocate for art song and vocal chamber music. His album, Gods and Monsters, was nominated for the 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album and his growing discography also includes the GRAMMY Award nominated recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s St John Passion with Apollo’s Fire, and the world premiere recording of Carter’s orchestral song cycle, A Sunbeam’s Architecture.

Born in Taiwan, pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng has appeared on concert stages across the world, presenting recitals at venues such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and National Concert Hall in Taipei. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music and the New England Conservatory, she is currently a faculty member at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan.

Kenneth Kiesler, GRAMMY-Award nominee and winner of the American Prize in Conducting, has led over 100 orchestras across five continents, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the orchestras of Utah, Detroit, Jerusalem, Queensland, Osaka, São Paolo, the chamber orchestras of Chile and Houston, and the Chamber Orchestra of Paris. Kiesler’s teachers have included Carlo Maria Giulini, Pierre Boulez, Erich Leinsdorf, John Nelson, Fiora Contino, Julius Herford and James Wimer. Kenneth Kiesler leads the renowned orchestral conducting programme at the University of Michigan, and is director of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak.

The University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) has been conducted by its music director Kenneth Kiesler since 1995. Its reputation was affirmed in 2005 when it received the GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Album for the premiere recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Naxos 8.559216-18); in 2011 as recipient of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance; as two-time recipient of the Adventurous Programming Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); and in 2014 when its premiere recording of Darius Milhaud’s L’Orestie d’Eschyle was nominated for a GRAMMY Award (Naxos 8.660349-51). The UMSO has also been at the core of the university’s highly competitive graduate programme in orchestral conducting, and tours have included performances in Carnegie Hall and at the festivals of Salzburg and Evian. The orchestra has premiered dozens of new works by contemporary composers, and has several recordings currently available on Naxos, Equilibrium, Pierian and Centaur.

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From reviews: coming soon

Amy I-Lin Cheng performing piano concerto Nicholas Phan performing orchestral songs