Agora Music Festival a.s.b.l - Our mission
The Agora Music Festival a.s.b.l, created in 2019, aims to organize, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, an international classical music festival. From Vivaldi to Rachmaninov, it has always been usual for a composer to perform his own works on stage. This tradition, however, began to fade in the early 20th century, separating performers and composers. Our desire to revive this tradition is therefore new compared to the current landscape of classical music, but rooted in a very old tradition. We want to establish a continuity between so-called classical music and new music written for the same instruments, and using the same essential techniques. Inspired by an emerging generation of composers, we focus on a choice of tonal music, based on instrumental practice. We have seen the spectacular potential of 'in vivo' musical creation, of the composer playing his music in front of the public, and this festival aims to create a double appointment: classical works and contemporary creations.
Artistic Directors of the Festival
Nora Braun is a laureate of several international competitions, including the International Cello Competition in Liezen (2012, 2014, Austria), the "Jugend musiziert" in 2011 and the European competition for young soloists (Luxembourg). As a soloist, Nora Braun has performed with orchestras such as the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra, the Luxembourg Military Band and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. With various ensembles, she has performed in venues such as the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Bonn Beethoven Haus and the Barbican Centre, London. After obtaining a Bachelor (Hons), she now begins a Master of Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London with Louise Hopkins.
Constantin Riccardi is a French - Luxembourgish violinist and conductor born in 1996 in Luxembourg.Having recently completed his Bachelor degree at the Royal Academy of Music, London gaining First Class Honours and the discretionary Foundation Award, he is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts to study with Clio Gould and Levon Chilingirian. He enjoys playing and conducting a wide variety of repertoire that stretches from Bach to John Adams - whom he had the chance to collaborate with - as a chamber musician, and as a soloist and conductor with Luxembourgish and other European orchestras. Constantin plays on a violin by Carlo Landolfi from 1775 and is generously supported by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music scholarship.
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