An active repertoire that encompasses such composers as Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Debussy, Schubert and Stravinsky reinforces pianist Nicolas Hodges’ special prowess in contemporary music. As Tempo magazine has written: “Hodges is a refreshing artist; he plays the classics as if they were written yesterday, and what was written yesterday as if it were already a classic.”
Born in London and now based in Germany, where he is a professor at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Hodges approaches the works of Classical, Romantic, 20th century and contemporary composers with the same questing spirit, leading the Guardian to comment that: “Hodges' recitals always boldly go where few other pianists dare ... with an energy that sometimes defies belief.”
Cooperating closely with major and very different contemporary composers such as John Adams and Helmut Lachenmann is an important part of Nicolas Hodges’ work. Many of them have dedicated their works to him, including Thomas Adès, George Aperghis, Gerald Barry, Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter, James Clarke, Francisco Coll, Hugues Dufourt, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi, Beat Furrer, Isabel Mundry, Brice Pauset, Rolf Riehm, Wolfgang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino and Miroslav Srnka.
Highlights of the past seasons were the premiere of the award-winning piano concerto by Simon Steen-Andersen as part of the Donaueschingen Festival in 2014 with Francois-Xavier Roth and the SWR Symphony Orchestra Freiburg Baden-Baden, as well as the world premiere of Variations from the Golden Mountains (Birtwistle) in London's Wigmore Hall. Hodges played the Berlin premiere of Elliott Carter's Dialogues for piano and orchestra with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the German premiere with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Barenboim. He also performed the world premiere of Thomas Adès' Piano Concerto In Seven Days with the London Sinfonietta followed by further performances with the London Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras.
As a concerto soloist, Nicolas Hodges’ engagements include regular performances with the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, MET Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, St Louis Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne and Ensembles such as ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble Amsterdam, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Contrechamps Geneva, International Contemporary Ensemble Chicago and the Remix Ensemble in Porto. Among the distinguished conductors with whom Nicolas Hodges collaborates are Thomas Adès, Daniel Barenboim, George Benjamin, Martyn Brabbins, Sylvain Cambreling, James Levine, Susanna Mälkki, Cornelius Meister, Jonathan Nott, Emilio Pomarico, David Robertson, Pascal Rophé, François- Xavier Roth, Peter Rundel, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Pierre-André Valade, Ilan Volkov and Ryan Wigglesworth.
As a recitalist, he has performed in Berlin (Musikfest), Brussels (Ars Musica), Hamburg (Ostertoene), Helsinki (Musica Nova), London (Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms), Lucerne (Festival), Madrid (INAEM), Melbourne International Arts Festival, New York (Carnegie Hall and Mostly Mozart), Paris (IRCAM and Festival d’ Automne), Rom (IUC), Salzburg (Festival and Biennale), Strasbourg (Musica),Stuttgart (Eclat), Tanglewood (Festival), Tokyo, Vienna (Wien Modern) and Zurich (Tage für Neue Musik). In chamber music Nicolas collaborates regularly with the Arditti Quartet, Adrian Brendel, Colin Currie, Ilya Gringolts, Anssi Karttunen, Michael Wendeberg, Carolin Widmann and as a member of the Trio Accanto.
Highlights of the 2016/2017 season include engagements with the Aarhus Symphony Orchester (Baldur Brönnimann), the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra (Francois Xavier Roth) and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (Michael Wendeberg) performing the piano concerto by Simon Steen-Andersen. Nicolas Hodges will further perform Miroslav Srnka’s piano concerto with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (Tomáš Netopil) at the Rudolfinum Prague and with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Christian Vasquez) at the Lindberg Festival. Furthermore Nicolas Hodges will perform the world premiere of Hans Thomalla’s piano concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio (Johannes Kalitzke) at Musica Viva in Munich. At the closing concert of the Festival “Wien Modern” (Wiener Konzerthaus) Nicolas Hodges will perform another world premiere, James Clarke‘s piano concerto „Untitled No. 8“, with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Ludovic Morlot).
In chamber music, Nicolas Hodges will perform works by Pascal Dusapin with Anssi Karttunen at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Return engagements and recitals include Konzerthaus Berlin, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, „Wien Modern“ Festival, SWR Festival Eclat Stuttgart, Wigmore Hall and Festival Présences in Paris.
Nicolas Hodges’ discography includes Adès piano concerto In Seven Days with the London Sinfonietta and Thomas Adès (Signum Classic). In 2015, a CD with works by Harrison Birtwistle as well as a live recording of Luca Francesconi's piano concerto with the Orquestra Sinfónica Casa da Musica and the Remix Ensemble Porto were released. In autumn 2016 a new CD „Voces Abandonadas“was released with works by Walter Zimmermann (Wergo).
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