The Hallé announces its first new Leader in nearly 25 years, and a new Artist in Residence

The Hallé has announced that, following an extensive search process, Roberto Ruisi has been appointed Leader of the Hallé Orchestra. Roberto studied at the Royal College of Music and was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal. Recognised as one of the UK’s finest young violinists, Roberto appeared as a guest leader for many orchestras, including L’Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, all by the age of 19. 

As Leader of the Hallé, Roberto will have use of a 1695 Stradivarius violin, known as the ‘Lincoln Strad’. This extraordinary instrument was given to the City of Lincoln in 1970 by the Hon. Mrs Dudley Pelham, and is on loan to the Leader of the Hallé.

Roberto will make his debut as Leader of the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall on Thursday 6 October in a performance conducted by the Hallé’s Music Director, Sir Mark Elder. The performance includes Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 and features Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben.

Dobrinka Tabakova has been appointed Artist in Residence for the Hallé’s 2022-23 season. Her exciting and affecting compositions will feature in a variety of concerts throughout the season.

Dobrinka is a composer of ‘exciting, deeply moving’ music (Washington Times), with ‘glowing tonal harmonies and grand, sweeping gestures [which] convey a huge emotional depth’ (The Strad). She has been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC Radio 3 and the European Broadcasting Union. Her debut profile album String Paths, on ECM Records, was praised internationally and nominated for a Grammy in 2014. 

In 2017 she was appointed composer-in-residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra (BBCCO). Her Timber & Steel was premiered by the BBCCO at the 2019 Proms, in a special concert celebrating Sir Henry Wood’s 150th anniversary. Her Concerto for Violin, Strings and percussion- The Patience of Trees was premiered at the Manchester Festival in 2021. A new album is scheduled to be released on ECM Records in the coming year.

Hallé Chief Executive David Butcher said:

“We are delighted to welcome such stellar young talents to the Halle as we begin our 2022-23 Season. Roberto Ruisi is a fabulous young violinist, director and Leader who I first saw Leading the National Youth Orchestra and has been warmly embraced our musicians.  We look ahead to many thrilling concerts and projects ahead with Roberto at the helm.  Dobrinka Tabakova’s music is beautiful and evocative and we look forward to introducing our audiences to her music and programming this season, including new works and a recording released on our own label.”

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