HarrisonParrott is delighted to have a long and distinguished history of arranging tours and projects for the world famous Philharmonia Orchestra with its Honorary Conductor for life, Christoph von Dohnányi, Conductor Laureate, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lorin Maazel. Plans are underway for future tours with the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor, Esa Pekka Salonen, including to Asia in 2014.
Most recently HarrisonParrott arranged a hugely successful tour to China (Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai) and S.Korea (Seoul) for the Philharmonia under Lorin Maazel in performances of Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5.
Tours since 2000 with Maestro Dohnányi include numerous high-profile European projects, highlights of which include a Brahms symphony cycle at the Théâtre de Champs-Élysées, Paris in October 2009 to celebrate his 80th birthday; a two-concert project at the Musikverein, Vienna and at the Budapest Spring Festival in 2004, followed by a three-concert residency at the Musikverein, Vienna in 2007. Prior to this, HarrisonParrott arranged mini-residencies at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Lucerne Festival and Zurich Festival for the Philharmonia and Dohnányi. This European profile has been complemented by two major US tours; the first on the East Coast in 2003 which included Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia and Washington DC and the second in 2008, beginning in Miami before going on to key West Coast venues in cities including San Francisco and Los Angeles. An 85th birthday tour for Maestro von Dohnanyi is being planned for Autumn 2014.
The Philharmonia and Ashkenazy have enjoyed numerous high profile tours together including their much-admired three-concert Rachmaninoff Project which went to New York’s Lincoln Center in January 2002 and was revived for the Théâtre de Champs-Élysées, Paris in October 2010. In September 2009 they performed at the Bremen, Berlin and Enescu Festivals with pianist, Hélène Grimaud. Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia are especially popular in Asia; they kicked off the new millennium with an unprecedented one month tour of Taiwan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. This was followed by major tours of Japan in July 2001, October 2002 (via Moscow) and December 2008. In September 2003, HarrisonParrott arranged a return visit for the Philharmonia and Ashkenazy to Australia and Taiwan and this time also added on a concert at Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre. They returned to south-east Asia in April/May 2010 to give concerts in China (at the opening of Shanghai EXPO at Oriental Arts Centre on 1 May) and in South Korea, including a hugely memorable concert on the island of Sorok-do - the first ever of its kind - arranged for the island's residents, all of whom are sufferers of Hansen’s Disease, to raise national and international awareness of the disease.
“I cannot recall a finer recording of any music conducted by Dohnányi than this. His tempos are perfect for the music...which enable this great and original symphony [Bruckner 4] to unfold naturally, at its own unhurried pace, consistently relaxed yet powerful...such is Dohnányi’s impressive grasp of the vast structure of this work, a grasp to which the outstanding musicians of the Philharmonia instinctively responded.” (International Record Review, July 2012)
”…the Philharmonia gave a powerful and cathartic concert performance of Alban Berg’s expressionistic masterpiece.” (The Telegraph, October 2009)
“...there was a palpable sense of commitment from the Philharmonia players, which added enormously to the impact of the performance." (MusicOMH)