Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi has firmly established himself on the classical music scene as one of Europe’s most interesting young soloists. Acclaimed for his commanding virtuosity, delicate sound and passion for diverse and innovative programmes, he has toured Europe extensively performing in recital as well as a soloist in Vienna, Cologne, Hamburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm and Luxembourg to name a few.
The 17/18 season will see Jakob perform Haydn’s Concerto in C with Vasteras Sinfonietta conducted by Julian Kuerti, and again with the Galve Symphony with Jessica Cottis. This season will also see some exciting new projects: he will perform the Atterberg Cello Concerto with Istanbul State Symphony, and then the Swedish Radio Symphony conducted by Jaime Martin. The year brings a continuation of Koranyi’s exciting collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York, as well as a re-invition to Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and Jarna Festival Academy in Sweden, as well as Copenhagen Summer Festival and the Katrina Festival in Aland.
The 16/17 season saw the world premiere and Dutch tour of a unique dance project with Heather Ware titled Battle Abbey. The show follows previous collaboration triumphs including 2012’s Snow in June (choreographed by Andrea Leine and Harijono Roebana, music by Tan Dun) and 2014’s Bach – A Play in Motion. Last season also included performances with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, with Henri Dutilleux’s Tout un Monde Lontain, Orquesta Filmharmonica de Bogata with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, two Wigmore hall performances as well as a very successful Cello Concerto, Crazy Diamonds by Albert Schneizer, with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
A committed chamber musician, Koranyi collaborates with distinguished musicians such as Yura Lee, Simon Crawford-Phillips and Juho Pohjonen and has appeared in chamber music concerts alongside such international stars as Vilde Frang, Yuri Bashmet, Kirill Troussov, Kim Kashkashian, Leonidas Kavakos, Misha Maisky, Daniel Hope, Martin Fröst, Lawrence Power, Julian Rachlin and Denis Kozukhin. Each season Koranyi enjoys multiple festival appearances, which have included the Cleveland Chamber Festival, Kempten Festival at Dijon, Verbier Festival, Schloss Elmau, the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Zutphen Cello Festival, Delft Chamber Music Festival, Peamarsh Chamber Music Festival, Danish String Quartet Festival, concerts at the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Martin Fröst’s Vinterfest and the Båstad and Gotland Chamber Music festivals.
Orchestral highlights have included performances with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Weimar Staatskapelle, Arctic Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia Gateshead, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Filharmonia Veneta, Gothenburg, Malmö, Helsingborg and Norrköping Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Susanna Mälkki, Marc Soustrot, Joana Carneiro, Okku Kamu, Eiji Oue, Michael Francis, Krzysztof Urbański, Yordan Kamdzhalov, Stefan Solyom, Thomas Söndergaard, Jaime Martin, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Christian Lindberg.
Recent highlights have included making his Solo Lincoln Centre debut playing a recital of Bach suites, his US Orchestral debut with the Grand Rapids Symphony, his New Zealand Symphony Orchestra debut with Walton’s Cello Concerto, and his Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra debut with Saint-Saens’ 1st Cello Concerto. Jakob has been described as bringing “complete satisfaction to the listener” and “new dimensions to the music” by Dagen Nyheter.
Koranyi was a Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organization in 11/12 and during that season was also awarded the Norwegian Soloist Prize. An earlier recipient of numerous awards from international festivals and foundations such as Le Prix d’Honneur and Ferminich Prize from the Verbier Festival, in 2009 Koranyi received the 2nd Grand Prix at the Rostropovich Competition in Paris.
While still a student, Koranyi won first prizes in national music competitions in Sweden, most notably the prestigious Soloist Prize awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Part of the award was the recording and release of his critically acclaimed recital CD “Jakob Koranyi, cello” featuring works by Britten, Ligeti and Brahms. On the strength of this recording he was labelled “a force to be reckoned with” by The Strad Magazine. Koranyi plays on a Joseph Gratiani cello built 1756 in Genoa.