The Grand Teton Music Festival hosts world-class talent in Jackson Hole each summer.
Denis Kozhukhin, piano
A celebrated artist from a young age, Denis Kozhukhin burst onto the international scene at age twenty-three and established a formidable reputation appearing at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. This is his first performance with the Grand Teton Music Festival.
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano, Kelley O’Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling artists of her generation and has received international acclaim for her performances in both traditional operatic roles and contemporary works. GTMF is happy to welcome Ms. O’Connor back for her fourth year in a row.
Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Cristian Macelaru is globally recognized for his thoughtful interpretations and conviction on the podium. Mr. Macelaru was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut with that orchestra at the age of nineteen. Since then, he has established himself as a star of the conducting world, and serves as newly appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
James Ehnes, violin
Violinist James Ehnes is known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, and has performed in over 30 countries. In 2013, Mr. Ehnes was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music—a select group of 300 distinguished contemporary musicians.
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Grammy Award-winner Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of his generation. He has performed with every major orchestra in the US, many on numerous occasions, as well as an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the UK, Europe, and the Far East, impressing audiences with his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity, and gorgeous tone.
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. After a spectacular performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto in 2015, Mr. Ohlsson makes his second appearance at GTMF.
Maja Bogdanović, cello
Hailed by The Strad after her Carnegie Hall recital for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty, great maturity of interpretation, and technical excellence,” Maja Bogdanovic continues to reward audiences worldwide as one of the leading cellists of today. This is Ms. Bogdanovic’s first appearance at GTMF.
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Jeannette Sorrell is recognized internationally as a leading creative voice among early-music conductors. Sorrell founded Apollo’s Fire in 1992. Since then, she and the ensemble have built one of the largest audiences of any baroque orchestra in North America. This is Ms. Sorrell’s first appearance at GTMF.
Fabien Gabel, conductor
Recognized internationally as one of the stars of the new generation, Fabien Gabel is a regular guest of major orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia, and has been music director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra since September 2013.
Nikki Renée Daniels, vocalist
Nikki Renée Daniels made her Broadway debut as Nehebka in Aida. Since then, the talented actress has worked on Broadway in Nine, The Look of Love, Lestat, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Promises, Promises and Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, and The Book of Mormon. This is Ms. Daniels first appearance at GTMF.
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Vasily Petrenko it the Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He has led the Orchestra on international tours to Japan, China and the major European cities. He was the Classical BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2010 and the Classic FM/Gramophone Awards Young Artist of the Year 2007. This is Mr. Petrenko’s first appearance at GTMF.
Brooklyn Rider, string quartet
Hailed as “the future of chamber music,” Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. This is the groups first appearance at GTMF.
Ben Sollee, cellist
Over the six years following the release of his debut record, Learning to Bend, Sollee and his rugged cello, Kay, told an unconventional story. Seeking a deeper connection to communities on the road, Ben packed his touring life on to his bicycle in 2009. Ben’s music can be heard in film and on TV shows like ABC’s Parenthood and HBO’s Weeds. This is Mr. Sollee first appearance at GTMF.
Sybarite 5, string quintet
Sybarite5 is the first string quintet ever to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, Sybarite5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. This is Sybarite5’s second appearance at GTMF.
American Public Media’s Performance Today is America’s most popular classical music radio program and a winner of the 2014 Gabriel Award for artistic achievement. The show is broadcast on nearly 300 public radio stations across the country, and reaches approximately 1.4 million listeners each week. Performance Today features live concert recordings that can’t be heard anywhere else, as well as in-studio performances and interviews.
The 2017 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist
Van Cliburn’s sensational victory at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1958 heralded a new confidence in the quality of American music-making. The quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, widely recognized as one of the world’s most important, was organized to commemorate his historic achievement and is dedicated to the discovery of the world’s finest pianists. Thirty of the world’s finest pianists are invited to compete for the coveted Cliburn medals, cash prizes and awards, as well as three years of commission-free career management. The Cliburn presents its 15th edition May 26–June 10, 2017 at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall.
Barlow Bradford, Director Utah Symphony Chorus
Dr. Barlow Bradford was appointed Director of the Utah Symphony Chorus at the start of the 2013–2014 season. Over the course of his musical career, Dr. Bradford has distinguished himself as a conductor, composer, arranger, pianist, organist, and teacher. His compositions and arrangements have garnered much attention for their innovation and dramatic scope, from delicate, transparent intimacy to epic grandeur.