Manchester Camerata unveils New Leader

Posted on July 27, 2010

Violinist Giovanni Guzzo

Venezuelan/Italian  violinist and rising star Giovanni Guzzo joins Manchester Camerata as leader

Manchester Camerata has announced that the twenty-four year old Venezuelan/Italian violinist and rising star Giovanni Guzzo will be joining the orchestra as leader from the 2010/11 season onwards. This news closely follows the orchestra’s appointment of the great Hungarian musician Gábor Takács-Nagy, who takes over from Douglas Boyd as the orchestra’s new Music Director in 2011.

 Giovanni Guzzo and Bob Riley   Speaking about Giovanni Guzzo’s appointment, Manchester Camerata’s Chief Executive, Bob Riley, said “These are thrilling times for Manchester Camerata. Giovanni Guzzo is widely recognised as one of the leading performers of his generation. The fact that he sees his future as lying with Manchester Camerata is an indication of the esteem in which our orchestra is now held on the international scene.

With Giovanni on the front desk and Gábor Takács-Nagy soon to be at the orchestra’s helm, we are poised for some wonderful years’ music-making ahead.”

“What’s more, it is only with Manchester Camerata that UK audiences will be able to experience these two outstanding musicians: I am delighted to say that both of them have signed exclusive three year contracts with the orchestra.”

Giovanni Guzzo is excited by his appointment. “The thing that attracted me most about Manchester is the orchestra and the appointment of Gábor Takács-Nagy as the new Music Director. It’s just such an exciting group of musicians. They are all world class and it’s a great place and a great environment to work. The future of the orchestra is one of the brightest for chamber orchestras in the UK and the world.”

Gábor Takács-Nagy is equally delighted with Guzzo’s appointment, “”Giovanni Guzzo is a brilliant young artist, a really creative Leader, who knows exactly how to lead an orchestra, so I am very excited about the relationship between Giovanni and myself and Manchester Camerata. I feel he understands me very well. A great Leader makes the others even better players.”

Audiences have two opportunities to see Giovanni Guzzo in action early in the forthcoming Manchester Camerata Season.

On Wednesday 29 September 2010 at 7.30pm at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre he is the soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 and directs the rest of the programme from the violin. Prior to the concert, at 6.30pm, Guzzo is also the subject of the evening’s Talking Point – a relaxed opportunity to learn more about this exciting musician.

The second concert, on Saturday 23 October 2010 at 7.30pm at the Royal Northern College of Music, delivers an opportunity to witness the collective musical energy generated by Manchester Camerata’s two new international signings. Giovanni Guzzo leads the orchestra, while Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts. With Miklos Perenyi, one of the truly great cellists of his generation, also on the platform, this promises to be an electrifying evening.

Hear Giovanni talking about his appoinment and Manchester Camerata

Listen to Gábor Takács-Nagy discussing his existing close working relation with Giovanni

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