“At nearly 200 years old, it’s the grande dame of British conservatoires, but the Royal Academy of Music is surprisingly forward-thinking”
Pianist Magazine

Academy and Juilliard Orchestra

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Academy and Juilliard Orchestra

Here’s just some of the feedback for our latest successful collaboration with The Juilliard School.

Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard School
John Adams conductor
Imogen Cooper piano

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 
Wednesday 11th July
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London 
Monday 16th July


‘If the parade of youth orchestras at this year’s Proms continues to produce the thrills generated by this bunch, what looked like cost-saving will soon be hailed as the brilliant rejuvenation of a venerable institution. Mind you, the youngsters assembled here weren’t exactly novices. Students at London’s Royal Academy of Music and New York's Juilliard School, they are on the cusp of the profession. To judge from the verve they showed here, they will be entering at a high level...’ – The Times

‘a great vehicle to show off a fantastic young orchestra’s powers‘ – New Yorker blog 

‘A heart-warming display of youthful talent’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Bringing together exceptional young players from leading music schools in New York and London was a great idea... this incandescent performance’ – New York Times

‘This was a strong performance of some spectacular repertoire, given a distinctive stamp by Adams’ interpretative vision’ – bachtrack

‘Outstandingly talented youngsters’ – London Evening Standard

’It’s quite a testament to the current strength of international conservatory training that student musicians can meet once every several years for a side-by-side concert of professional-level caliber, and Wednesday’s concert at Avery Fisher Hall was certainly no exception’ – Feast of Music blog

‘It would be invidious to name individual soloist... but this (Respighi) could easily have closed the concert. As a starter it was exhilarating’ – Classical Source

‘Showcased the expressiveness and energy of this precocious Anglo-American ensemble’ – icareifyoulisten

‘One top student orchestra playing on its own can be exciting enough. Two playing together can produce a charge of dynamite that might not leave the building standing’ – The Arts Desk


And a few of the comments on twitter:

‘Exquisite performance of Ravel’s piano concerto in G by Imogen Cooper!’ – @wesbot

‘Absolutely amazing first half; Respighi and Ravel, can't wait for Adams conducted by Adams! Phenomenal playing‘ – @FeargalMW

‘You at the proms? I’ve been listening on the radio...great, energetic playing! – @peter_e_oakley

‘What an ending wonderful celebration of youth’ – @Mrs_Gaskett

‘Adams conducts Adams vibrant exciting loud brash quiet reflective piano jazz saxy youth maturity … great music making!’ – @handsent 


Listen again on the BBC Proms website

(until Monday 23rd July)


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