Public Relations and Project Management

Encore Artists

What We Do

About Encore Artists

Encore-Artists specialises in bespoke Public Relations and project management in the performing arts, promoting artists, record labels and orchestras in the UK and France.

Founded by Music Publicist Samantha Holderness, Encore Artists offers public relations and project management in the performing arts. A bespoke agency dedicated to a small number of clients, Encore Artists promotes artists, orchestras, record labels and festivals in the UK and France. Encore Artists works closely with artists and their managers to develop a PR strategy that complements an artist’s career with long-term effects, from shaping profile to building a fanbase. Prior to Encore Artists, Samantha spent several years at EMI Music and Albion Media.

Current Clients

Alice Sara Ott

Alice Sara Ott

German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott has established herself as one of the most exciting musical talents of today. As well as high profile engagements with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, Alice is also becoming increasingly known for her creative collaborations with artists such as Francesco Tristano and Olafur Arnalds.

The Guardian commented after her recent performance with the London Symphony Orchestra that she “gave the kind of gawp-inducing bravura performance of which legends are made.”

In 2015-16 Alice performs ‘The Chopin Project’ with Olafur Arnalds at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, tours with Basel Symphony Orchestra and Dennis Russell Davies, continues her ‘Scandale’ tour with Francesco Tristano, appears at LSO St. Lukes for a lunchtime recital and performs at the Barbican with the LSO and Antonio Pappano. Alice has recorded exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon since 2008.

www.alicesaraott

Nelson Goerner

Nelson Goerner

Master of the Romantic repertoire and one of today’s foremost interpreters of Chopin, Argentine pianist Nelson Goerner brought his “interpretations of sublime inspiration” [Daily Telegraph] to London’s Wigmore Hall in September 2015 as part of a rich season of international appearances. He releases two major solo recital albums on Outhere Music/Alpha Music: Chopin’s Complete Preludes (December 2015) and Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata and 6 Bagatelles (autumn 2016), and in spring 2016 he releases a special live recording of the Martucci and Paderewski Piano Concertos with Warsaw’s Chopin Institute.

“His Kreisleriana is among the finest ever recorded.” Pianist Magazine

In October 2015 Nelson traveled to Poland, where he enjoys a strong public following and a long association with the Chopin Institute, to perform at the opening concert of the Chopin Competition in a programme shared with Martha Argerich. His recordings consistently attract excellent reviews for their outstanding artistry, including the Diapason d’Or of the Year 2013 for his album of Debussy.

www.nelsongoerner.com

Víkingur Ólafsson

Víkingur Ólafsson

Possessing a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has won all the major prizes in his native country, including four Musician of the Year prizes at the Icelandic Music Awards and the Icelandic Optimism Prize.

As well as emerging as a high level soloist – having performed with Vladímir Ashkenazy at the opening concert of Harpa and also in Philip Glass’s Etudes at the Barbican in May 2015 – he is seeking new ways to engage with audiences by leading several other innovative music projects. He is Artistic Director of Vinterfest in northern Sweden as well as Artistic Director of the Reykjavik Midsummer Festival (celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2016). He set up his own record label Dirrindí and has released three albums to date, and he also persuaded Icelandic National Broadcasting Service to run a ten-part series on music called Útúrdúr (Out of Tune), bringing together the insights of high calibre musicians, artists and academics and welcoming new audiences to classical music with performances, interview and demonstrations at the keyboard. It featured guests including Alfred Brendel and Martin Frost and was broadcast to unanimous critical and public acclaim.

On 1 March 2016 Víkingur performs with Vladímir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra in the UK:
www.philharmonia.co.uk

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is one of the most thrilling artistic forces on the global classical music scene today. A musician of the highest-level artistry, integrity and originality, she is increasingly in-demand for her vital and dynamic performances.

Her strong 2015-16 season in the UK features high profile concerto and chamber performances, including performing in Southbank Centre’s Changing Minds festival in February, performing the Schumann Violin Concerto with the OAE and Marin Alsop, as well as Kurtag’s seminal work for soprano and violin, the Kafka Fragments.

Patricia returns in June 2016 to perform in Southbank Centre’s Deep Minimalism festival, with highlights including rare performances of Galina Ustvolskaya’s works for violin and piano.

www.patriciakopatchinskaja

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Chiaroscuro Quartet

The Chiaroscuro Quartet, led by Alina Ibragimova, is making its mark as one of the most exciting young ensembles around today. Performing on gut-stringed instruments, the ensemble has garnered high praise across Europe for its highly virtuosic, risk-taking, thrilling performances, and its commitment to authentic, historical approach. The quartet, which formed in 2005, released its third album on Aparté in February 2015 of Mozart and Mendelssohn string quartets, to widespread critical acclaim. In 2016 they are due to announce an exciting new recording partnership.

“Already they play with the breadth and authority of veterans” (Herald, Scotland).

“It’s not often you hear period instrument playing of such consummate and seemingly effortless virtuosity”
(BBC Music Magazine ‘Choice’ 5*/5*)

www.chiaroscuroquartet

Michael Barenboim

Michael Barenboim

Violinist Michael Barenboim is one of the most talented artists of his generation and has performed with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors, including the Wiener Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Pierre Boulez and Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by the late Lorin Maazel. A former student of Pierre Boulez, Michael is recognised for his versatile approach to repertoire with a particular focus on 20th Century works.

2015-16 sees Michael make a number of international debuts, with a particularly strong season in France. Concert highlights and artist-in-residence series include with the Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne, Orchestre de Pays de Savoie, Orchestre national de Lorraine, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. In December 2015 he made his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall and performed Boulez’s ‘Anthèmes II’ in a new ballet by Wayne McGregor at the Opera national de Paris.

Born in Paris, Michael grew up in Berlin in a multicultural environment, and has been Concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra since 2003.

www.michaelbarenboim.com

Colin Currie

Colin Currie

The world’s leading classical percussionist has been the driving force behind new percussion music for 20 years. An artist at the peak of his powers, Colin Currie has irreversibly transformed the landscape for percussion soloists, challenging today’s foremost composers to write new works.

In September 2014 Colin took centre stage at London’s Southbank Centre – where he is Artist-in-Residence – for the spectacular and unprecedented four-month percussion festival: Metal, Wood, Skin: The Colin Currie Percussion Festival. At the heart of the festival were major new works commissioned for Currie by Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen and James MacMillan. The result was a landmark event in the percussion world.

Colin continues to give world premiere performances both as a soloist and as a member of the Colin Currie Group, which he founded to perform the works of Steve Reich.

www.colincurrie.com
www.colincurriegroup.com
www.southbankcentre.co.uk/colincurrie

Johannes Pramsohler

Johannes Pramsohler

The entrepreneurial Baroque violinist Johannes Pramsohler founded his own chamber ensemble, Ensemble Diderot, in 2008. Over the years the ensemble has become increasingly recognised for its faithful interpretations of little-known masterpieces.

After four album releases on the label founded by Pramsohler, Audax Records, Ensemble Diderot now prepares to release the world premiere recording of Meister’s Il Giardino del Piacere. The album of Meister’s spectacular trio sonatas completes a project originally started by Reinhard Goebel’s Musica Antiqua Köln. Ensemble Diderot worked closely with Goebel on the album release.

Ensemble Diderot launches the album in the UK with a special concert at London’s St. John’s Smith Square on 6 May 2016.

www.johannespramsohler
www.ensemblediderot
www.audax-records

Who is Encore

Samantha Holderness

Samantha Holderness

Founder

Prior to launching Encore-Artists, Samantha spent several years at EMI Music and Albion Media, working on diverse PR campaigns from Kylie and Coldplay, to Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Barbara Hannigan, Marin Alsop and Joyce DiDonato. She has also worked at global media company Universal McCann, where she was Digital Communications Manager. Samantha is fluent in French and plays classical piano. She loves: languages, nature, Rachmaninoff, Paris, Chopin, big city living and coastal escapes.

Samantha Holderness

Samantha Holderness

Founder

Prior to launching Encore-Artists, Samantha spent several years at EMI Music and Albion Media, working on diverse PR campaigns from Kylie and Coldplay, to Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Barbara Hannigan, Marin Alsop and Joyce DiDonato. She has also worked at global media company Universal McCann, where she was Digital Communications Manager. Samantha is fluent in French and plays classical piano. She loves: languages, nature, Rachmaninoff, Paris, Chopin, big city living and coastal escapes.

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