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New Year New Artists: Ellen Nisbeth, Keertan Kaur Rehal, Tamas Palfalvi, The Rheingans Sisters, Christoph Sietzen
See rising stars of the future as part of New Year New Artists, showcasing the UK’s most exciting contemporary musicians. Saturday afternoon brings a diverse range of musicians to the New Year New Artists festival. One ticket price allows entry to all afternoon performances – a great opportunity to try something new and listen to music from a range of genres including, folk, jazz and classical.
The three young classical artists have been selected by the leading concert halls in Europe from the European Concert Hall Organisation network (ECHO), as the leading chamber musicians of the next generation.
12.30pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
Swedish Grammy-nominated violist Ellen Nisbeth is recognised for her natural integrity and stage presence. Her outstanding talent combined with a profound love for music has made Ellen pursue a career as a solo violist and chamber musician.
Ellen earned respect when she won the 2012 Swedish Soloist Prize as the first violist ever, and in 2013 she won the Nordic Soloist Prize at Bergen International Festival.
1.40pm, Sage Two
Keertan’s interest in music began at the age of four when she was first introduced to the harmonium and began learning Gurbani Kirtan from Dharambir Ji and Gunwant Kaur at the Sikh Centre in Leeds. From that she quickly developed and took part in several group and individual performances and competitions.
In 2011, Keertan had the privilege to further enhance her musicianship under the tutelage of the legendary Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty Ji, Kaushiki Chakraborty Ji and Parthasarathi Ji. She has performed numerous times across the UK.
This performance is presented with GemArts.
2.50pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
25-year old Hungarian Tamás Pálfalvi already stands out as one of the most visionary and innovative trumpet players of today.
His enormous virtuosity, stage presence and extraordinary musical concept won him first place at the Fanny-Mendelssohn-Förderpreis, a German competition that was created to reward not only the performance of young musicians, but also their conceptual skills and creativity. Additionally he was awarded with the WEMAG Soloist Award at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
4pm, Sage Two
Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’, The Rheingans Sisters make bold, playful, innovative folk music that is anchored in traditions without ever being bound by them.
Audiences across the world have been captivated by their performances, each one an authentic invitation to participate in an intuitive musical conversation between two musicians at the height of their powers.
5.10pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
Percussionist Christoph Sietzen was a prizewinner at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in 2014, and received the Pizzicato Supersonic Award for his first solo CD, released by GENUIN classics in 2017. Christoph has been praised by the media as an outstanding talent – a refreshingly natural musician notable for his technical mastery and powerful stage presence.
He has appeared at such major concert halls as Athenaeum Bucharest, the Berlin and Vienna Konzerthaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
Lauded by Jamie Cullum and Gilles Petersen Mali Hayes is a singer-songwriter from Manchester. Performing with her four piece band, see this up-and-coming performer play music from her debut EP, Quiet Silence.
7pm- 8.30pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
Next Wave 2 is a partnership project between Sound and Music, NMC Recordings and Sage Gateshead, designed to support and promote composers in higher education as they transition into the professional music industry. The night sees the album launch of the composers’ new works, with premiere performances from members of Royal Northern Sinfonia with soloists Quinta (violin/saw/viola), Lore Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano) and Luke Carver Goss (accordion).
New Year New Artists in association with NARC. magazine.
Friday 26 January – Sunday 28 January See the stars of the future in a three day festival. New Year New Artist brings together rising stars from indie, folk, jazz and classical. Open your ears to new music and support these young artists of tomorrow, and say you saw them here...