Sulivan Sweetland is an international artist management company developing the careers of conductors, solo instrumentalists and ensembles all over the world. Our hallmarks are our integrity and our imaginative approach which delivers a bespoke service tailored to the individual’s needs.
Our boutique team of six complements experience with a curiosity for developing trends in concert presentation reflecting the diverse audiences of today’s world. We share a passion for classical music, a desire to nurture and support our musicians and a belief in the fundamental power of classical music to connect peoples and enrich all lives.
We are delighted to announce Anja Bihlmaier will become Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest, The Hague from August 2021 conducting a minimum of eight weeks a season for an initial period of three years. She succeeds Nicolas Collon, who leaves to take up a position with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and joins an artistic team which also includes Jun Märkl and Richard Egarr as Principal Guest Conductors. The position coincides with the opening of the new hall in September 2021.
Following earlier positions at Staatsoper Hannover, Theater Chemnitz and Staatstheater Kassel, recent guest conducting engagements have seen Anja Bihlmaier conduct the Deutches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Lahti Symphony Orchestras in repertoire ranging from Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann to Kodály, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Louise Farrenc and Mikko Heiniö. Over the next 12 months she conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Orchestra of Ireland, Tampere Philharmonic and Goteborg Symphony as well as Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Malmö Opera and a new production at Volksoper Wien.
The Award was presented by the Association of British Orchestras as part of the ABO Classical Music Awards which celebrate excellence in the fields of orchestral, concert hall and artist management.
“The winner of the award this time around has long enjoyed a reputation for the integrity and imagination with which she handles the careers of ‘conventional’ classical music artists, such as violinist Augustin Hadelich and conductor Elena Schwarz. However, since her earliest days in the profession she has had a taste for the eclectic. One way this was demonstrated in the past year has been the exciting developments in the international career of mandolinist Avi Avital. But what especially caught the jury’s eye was our winner’s work for the bold, mould-breaking and ever-creative sitar player and composer, Anoushka Shankar. This work demands special levels of skill and commitment”
The Doric String Quartet make their debut at the Edinburgh International Festival (21 August) where they join forces with Australian-born composer Brett Dean to give the first European performance of Dean’s String Quartet No. 3 "Hidden Agendas” (co-commissioned by the festival). Dean himself joins the Doric players for the soaring melodies of Brahms’s powerful, orchestral-scale Second String Quintet to close.
Avi Avital sets off for South America this week with a 5 concert tour with the Orchestra L’Arte del Mondo performing a programme of Bach, Vivaldi, Bartok and De Falla.
Elena Schwarz conducts a series of concerts with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (20 – 23 August) including Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto