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 is a boutique public relations agency in the performing arts promoting artists, orchestras, record labels and festivals across Europe, predominantly 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 for the long-term, from shaping profile to developing a fanbase.

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, Ott is becoming increasingly known for her creative collaborations, with artists such as Francesco Tristano and Olafur Arnalds.

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

Ott released her latest album, Nightfall, on Deutsche Grammophon, marking her tenth year as an exclusive recording artist for the label. The deeply personal album features works by Satie, Debussy and Ravel, and is currently being toured by Ott internationally. Alice will release her anticipated next album in 2021.

In addition to a busy season of international appearances, Ott boasts a number of original creative collaborations which showcase her skills as a designer and illustrator. She is creative advisor to German luxury brand, JOST, for whom she has designed a line of premium leather bags featuring origami elements, and has also designed a range of stickers for Japanese messaging service LINE, which has already reached millions of users. Ott has been global brand ambassador for Technics, the hi-fi audio brand of Panasonic Corporation. She also collaborates with the French luxury jewellery house, Chaumet, part of the LVMH group, as well as German couture brand Marc Cain, for whom she was recently the subject of a short film by Vogue Germany.

www.alicesaraott

Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan

Embodying music with an unparalleled dramatic sensibility, soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation. Her remarkable performances have been called “astonishing”, “phenomenal” and “fearless”, and she was named “une femme-caméléon” by Le Figaro.

As a singer and conductor, the Canadian musician has shown a profound commitment to the music of our time and has given the world première performances of over 90 new creations. Her artistic colleagues include Christoph Marthaler, Sir Simon Rattle, Sasha Waltz, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Jurowski, John Zorn, Andreas Kriegenburg, Andris Nelsons, David Zinman, Antonio Pappano, Katie Mitchell, Kirill Petrenko, and Krszysztof Warlikowski.

In 2017 Barbara Hannigan created ‘Equilibrium Young Artists’, a mentoring initiative for young professional musicians. Equilibrium launched officially in 2018, with 21 participants hand-selected by Hannigan and with whom she worked intensively on, among other works, Mozart’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and The Rake’s Progress. The latter saw Hannigan make her debut as an opera conductor.

In 2020 Barbara Hannigan launched the initiative MOMENTUM: Our Future, Now. MOMENTUM supports young, high quality, professional musicians in the first substantial phase of their career, offering them mainstage performance opportunities.

For the 2020 – 21 season, Barbara Hannigan continues her collaboration with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. She also conducts Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, LUDWIG and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and tours with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. She returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper to reprise her role of Gerda in The Snow Queen, will sing and conduct Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, and will give the world premiere of Gerald Barry’s new opera Salome as both title role and conductor.

Barbara Hannigan’s latest album on Alpha Classics, La Passione, with works by Luigi Nono, Haydn and Gérard Grisey – and which she sings and conducts – was released in March 2020 and received widespread critical acclaim.

www.barbarahannigan.com

www.equilibrium-youngartists.com

MOMENTUM: Our Future, Now

Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner is a vital and rare force in new music. As a composer of classical music, film scores and in the band The National – of which he is founding member, guitarist, arranger and co-principal songwriter – the breadth and level of his creative output is extensive.

Dessner collaborates with some of today’s most creative and respected artists, including Philip Glass, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Jonny Greenwood, Bon Iver, Nico Muhly, and Steve Reich. His orchestrations can be heard on the latest albums of Paul Simon, Bon Iver and Taylor Swift.

Dessner is commissioned to write for the world’s leading ensembles, from Orchestre de Paris to Los Angeles Philharmonic, with recent major works including Concerto for Two Pianos for Katia and Marielle Labèque, premiered by London Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon with Orchestre de Paris and Matthias Pintscher. Dessner was recently named one of a collective of eight “extraordinary artists, thinkers and doers” to help steer the artistic leadership of Esa-Pekka Salonen as San Francisco Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director from September 2020. He is also Associate Artist of London’s Southbank Centre from the 2020-21 season.

Dessner has won Grammy Awards both as a classical composer and with The National, and is also an increasingly high-profile presence in the world of film score composition. His credits include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning The Revenant and The Two Popes by Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (2019).

Dessner’s latest album releases include When We Are Inhuman (37d03d), a collaborative project between Dessner, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and Eighth Blackbird; as well as an album of Dessner’s string compositions performed by Ensemble Resonanz (PIAS), Tenebre, featuring Moses Sumney, and which won an OPUS Klassik Award in 2020.

www.brycedessner

Bertrand Chamayou

Bertrand Chamayou

Bertrand Chamayou is one of today’s most strikingly brilliant pianists, heralded for his revelatory performances at once powerfully virtuosic, imaginative and breathtakingly beautiful. He is recognised as a leading interpreter of French Romantic repertoire in particular, shining a new light on familiar as well as lesser known repertoire. At the same time Chamayou possesses a driving curiosity and is deeply passionate about new music, having worked with composers including Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, György Kurtág, Bruno Mantovani, Thomas Adès, Michael Jarrell and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

In October 2019 Chamayou was awarded the Gramophone Award for Best Concerto Album for his striking Saint-Saëns album, adding to the long list of accolades for his discography.

Chamayou continues to perform at the highest level around the globe during the 2020-21 season, including
National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra. Further highlights include his returns to Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, amongst others. He joins Orchestre National de France and Cristian Măcelaru on a tour of China in May 2021.

In autumn 2020 Chamayou released a breathtaking new album of lullabies for solo piano, Good Night!, including an original composition by Bryce Dessner.

www.bertrandchamayou.com

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 recording of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden – interspersed with other music – won the GRAMMY Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble performance in 2018.

Kopatchinskaja released her remarkable album TIME & ETERNITY in September 2019 on Alpha Classics. It was her debut recording with the ensemble Camerata Bern, with whom she has been an artistic partner since September 2018. The album is an uncompromising meditation on the human condition and features music from the likes of John Zorn, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Frank Martin, as well as prayers read by a representative of the Jewish community, and Orthodox and Catholic priests. It spans 600 years of music.

Her next album with the Swiss Ensemble, les Plaisirs Illuminés, will be released in January 2021 and features the new double concerto by Spanish composer Francisco Coll for violin and cello, starring Sol Gabetta.

The recording follows on from the recent album release of her exhilarating collaboration with Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico, What’s Next Vivaldi? – released on Alpha Classics in autumn 2020.

www.patriciakopatchinskaja

Víkingur Ólafsson

Víkingur Ólafsson

Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson’s remarkable originality and powerful musical conviction have seen him, in just a few years, take the music world by storm to become one of the most sought-after artists of today.

Ólafsson made an unforgettable impact with the release of his three albums, Philip Glass Piano Works (2017), Johann Sebastian Bach (2018) and Debussy Rameau (2020) on Deutsche Grammophon, for whom he is an exclusive recording artist. Debussy Rameau has already surpassed 21 million streams, bringing Ólafsson’s total streams to over 125 million and leading the Daily Telegraph to call him “The new superstar of classical piano.”

Ólafsson’s multiple awards include the Opus Klassik Solo Recording Instrumental (piano) for two consecutive years (2019, 2020)​, Album of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2019 and Gramophone magazine’s 2019 Artist of the Year. The New York Times meanwhile dubbed him “Iceland’s Glenn Gould.”

Ólafsson appears as artist in residence at some of the world’s top concert halls, beginning with Konzerthaus Berlin and followed by Brussel’s Flagey and London’s Southbank Centre. He performs this season with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner; Cleveland Orchestra and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – both with John Adams; San Francisco Symphony and Han-Na Chang; New York Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov; Camerata Salzburg and Andrew Manze; and Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel. Ólafsson also continues a major international recital tour of his Debussy Rameau album.

In 2020 alone Ólafsson has: broadcast an eight-part series on Icelandic radio; presented his own primetime television series in Iceland called Music Bites; and created his own three part series on BBC Radio 3, Transcribe, Transform. Ólafsson was also artist in residence for three months during lockdown on BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme, Front Row, broadcasting live, weekly performances from an empty Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík, reaching millions of listeners around the world.

Debussy Rameau Reflections, Ólafsson’s next album on Deutsche Grammophon, will be released in March 2021.

www.vikingurolafsson.com

Kate Lindsey

Kate Lindsey

Praised for her “luminous and intelligent singing” and electric acting performances, Kate Lindsey continues to redefine the modern opera star in the world of classical music.

The mezzo-soprano who excels in Mozart and Purcell but who grew up listening to the music of Broadway, Kate Lindsey released her debut solo album on Alpha Classics in May 2017. Thousands of Miles is the alchemical collaboration between Lindsey and the award-winning jazz pianist, Baptiste Trotignon. Featuring works by Kurt Weill and other emigré composers, the album was named one of the top 25 classical recordings of 2017 by the New York Times.

In January 2020 Lindsey released her second stunning solo album on Alpha Classics, ARIANNA, this time featuring works by Haydn, Handel and Scarlatti and performed with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo, accompanied by a special film by Olly Lambert.

Kate Lindsey joins forces once more with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo for their anticipated new album, coming out in 2021.

Kate Lindsey appeared at New York’s Metropolitan Opera from February 2020 as Nerone in the all-star production of Handel’s Agrippina.

www.katelindsey.com

Johannes Pramsohler

Johannes Pramsohler

The entrepreneurial Baroque violinist Johannes Pramsohler founded his own chamber ensemble, Ensemble Diderot, in 2008. For more than ten years the ensemble has become increasingly recognised for its faithful interpretations and world-premiere recordings of little-known Baroque masterpieces. It dedicates itself to the pioneering exploration and performance of the Baroque trio sonata repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and performs on original instruments.

Pramsohler and Ensemble Diderot’s groundbreaking work shining a light on neglected composers has seen their recording projects met with widespread acclaim, both critical and public. Pramsohler is now developing the label he founded, Audax Records, to sign and develop emerging artists. The latest release on the label features the 2019 winner of the Operalia competition, Adriana González, in her debut recording featuring rare Mélodies by Dussaut & Covatti.

In autumn 2020 Johannes Pramsohler and Ensemble Diderot released the next instalment in their thrilling “cities” series: The Berlin Album, consisting solely of world premiere recordings and offering a rich snapshot of music-making in 18th century Berlin.

www.johannespramsohler
www.ensemblediderot
www.audax-records

Festival de Pâques, Aix en Provence

Festival de Pâques, Aix en Provence

Every year at Easter time, Aix-en-Provence becomes the centre of classical music, as the Festival de Pâques welcomes the greatest orchestras, conductors and soloists of today. Co-directed by Renaud Capuçon and Dominique Bluzet, the young festival has become a remarkable success story in only eight years, attracting the cream of today’s legendary artists as well as providing a platform for future stars. With almost 30,000 spectators in 2019, it is one of Europe’s most successful cultural events and the largest festival in France wholly supported by private funding.

The 2021 festival (27 March – 11 April) boasts more concerts than ever before, with 16 days of festivities, 35 concerts, one world premiere and 11 concerts in exclusivity, across various venues in Aix en Provence centred around the Grand Théâtre de Provence.

The brand new programme for 2021 features some of today’s greatest artists, including Riccardo Chailly, Maria João Pires, Bertrand Chamayou, Iván Fischer, Joshua Bell, Alexandre Kantorow, and Les Arts Florissants and William Christie. Another particular highlight is the staged oratorio Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher by Alfred Honegger, starring Marion Cotillard as Joan of Arc.

www.festivalpaques

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, Joyce DiDonato, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, medici.tv and Wigmore Hall Live. She has also worked at global media company Universal McCann, where she was Digital Communications Manager. At Encore Artists, as well as current clients, Samantha has also handled PR for Christopher Purves, Colin Currie, Michael Barenboim, Kate Lindsey, Chiaroscuro Quartet, Naive Classique, Alpha Classics and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. 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, Joyce DiDonato, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, medici.tv and Wigmore Hall Live. She has also worked at global media company Universal McCann, where she was Digital Communications Manager. At Encore Artists, as well as current clients, Samantha has also handled PR for Christopher Purves, Colin Currie, Michael Barenboim, Kate Lindsey, Chiaroscuro Quartet, Naive Classique, Alpha Classics and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. 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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