(Photo credit Piper Ferguson)
Wynton Marsalis is the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Mr. Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12 and soon began playing in local bands of diverse genres. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17 and joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Mr. Marsalis made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums which have garnered him nine GRAMMY Awards (and 33 nominations).
In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz GRAMMY® Awards in the same year; he repeated this feat in 1984. In 1997, Mr. Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields.
One of the most representative conductors of his generation, he started his career with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in the 2010-2011 season he was appointed assistant conductor of the same orchestra, being awarded the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award for special merits.
He studied at Rice University with Larry Rachleff and earned a master’s degree in conducting. Also a violinist, Cristian Măcelaru was concertmaster of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, making his debut at Carnegie Hall with the same orchestra.
Măcelaru first attracted international attention in 2012, when he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, stepping in for Pierre Boulez. In the same year, he received the Solti Emerging Conductor Award for young conductors, followed in 2014 by the Solti Conducting Award.
Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru, Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti and the Philadelphia Orchestra received the 2020 Grammy Award on Sunday for the Best Classical Instrumental Solo for “Marsalis: Violin Concerto & Fiddle Dance Suite” recorded at Decca House.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe.
Over the last few years, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has performed collaborations with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic; the Russian National Orchestra; the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; the Boston, Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras; the Orchestra Esperimentale in São Paolo, Brazil.
The National Symphonic Orchestra of Romania
The National Symphonic Orchestra of Romania was founded by former members of the Romanian Youth Orchestra who had surpassed the accepted age of 28. Even though most of them landed coveted spots in philharmonics in Bucharest or other cities, they still wanted to continue making music together at the professionally satisfying artistic level they have grown accustomed to from their days in the youth orchestra. The project started in 2015, seven years after the founding of the Romanian Youth Orchestra, and the orchestra has since performed in Sofia, Linz, Salzburg, Paris, Lyon, Rouen, Geneva and Lille.
The National Symphony Orchestra of Romania, conducted by Cristian Măcelaru, joins forces with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
The JLCO and NSOR will perform Wynton Marsalis’ acclaimed original work, The Jungle. Commissioned in 2017 for the 175th Anniversary of the New York Philharmonic. The Jungle is about what we see in our city today—the beautiful, the bleak, and the ever-present but often-overlooked commonalities of our shared humanity.
Official websites: https://wyntonmarsalis.org/|http://macelaru.com/|https://www.jazz.org/ | http://tinerimearomana.ro/