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Artist Profile:
Jakob Koranyi

Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi has firmly established himself on the classical music scene as one of Europe’s most interesting soloists. Acclaimed for his commanding virtuosity, delicate sound and passion for diverse and innovative programmes, he has toured the world extensively, performing in recital as well as a soloist in Vienna, Cologne, New York, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm and Hong Kong to name a few. Koranyi has an extensive repertoire and whilst he keeps up the traditional cello works, he has also performed premieres of Julia Wolfe’s new concerto at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Rolf Martinsson’s ‘Forlorn’ with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Anders Hillborg’s DUO for cello and piano and Andrea Tarrodi’s ‘Highland Concerto’ which is dedicated to Jakob.

Due to the acute state of the climate crisis Jakob made the decision in 2019 not to accept assignments that require him to travel by air until an environmentally compatible way of doing so is found.

Recent highlights saw Koranyi perform Bach’s Cello Suites nos. 1 and 6 at the Helsingborgs Konserthus in association with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra due to the orchestra being prevented from performing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Jakob also returned to a number of festivals including the Kammermusikkforening Festival Alta in Norway, the Festival Piano Biennale in The Netherlands, the Delft Chamber Music Festival and the Rovigo Cello City Festival. Jakob also virtually took part in the International Cello Festival Cellissimo, which moved online this year due to the pandemic, presenting a recording of Bach’s Cello Suite no.1 and a selection of Swedish folk songs, which were recorded for purpose in a quaint church outside of Stockholm.

Among the performances Jakob looks forward to in 2022 are Dvorak’s cello concerto with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, a tour of Belgium with Haydn’s cello concerto in C major with the Symphony Orchestra Vlaanderen, Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, The Julia Wolfe Concerto with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra in Galway and Tarrodi’s cello concerto with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Jakob can also be heard at the Stavanger Chamber Music Festival, Valdres Chamber Music Festival, the Järna Festival Academy, the Festival Resonances in Belgium as well as in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw playing the Schubert piano trios with Elisabeth Leonskaja and Liza Ferschtman.