The LGT Young soloists are an ensemble of roughly a dozen highly gifted string soloists, aged between 13 and 19, who come from various countries. Between them, they have already won over 70 first prizes at national and international music competitions. The ensemble was originally set up by well-known violinist Alexander Gilman to perform at the 2013 LGT Global Forum at the Stadtpalais in Vienna. Gilman was born in Bamberg in 1982 and grew up in a Russian-Jewish family of musicians. He made his concert debut at the age of seven in Munich’s Gasteig and now performs all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as giving regular master classes as a violin teacher.
Since their debut, the LGT Young Soloists have impressed and inspired audiences with their fresh and youthful approach to music while playing at the opening events for exhibitions of the Princely Collections in Beijing, Shanghai and Moscow. This is what made LGT decide to enter into a long-term partnership with the orchestra. The young musicians are being trained at the LGT Young Soloists Academy, which was founded by Alexander Gilman and pianist Marina Seltenreich. The purpose of the Academy is to prepare students for the fiercely competitive life of a professional musician.
Further performances in Switzerland, Austria, Hong Kong and Singapore are scheduled for 2014. In April 2015 the LGT Young Soloists will give a guest performance on the MS Europa 2 as part of a ten-day cruise from New York to Hamburg. Spring performances in Asia and a tour around the German-speaking region in the fall are also planned.
The owner of LGT, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein, is committed to cultivating and preserving cultural assets. Over the course of its long history, the Princely House of Liechtenstein has accumulated one of the most important private art collections in the world, the Princely Collections. In addition, members of the Princely Family have always maintained close contact with the world of music over the centuries. Mozart himself composed music for Prince Alois I of Liechtenstein and the family also had links with other prominent composers, such as Haydn and Beethoven. In this spirit, LGT has also demonstrated a strong commitment to art and culture, in particular by supporting the Princely Collections. LGT’s latest engagement in the world of classical music complements its existing activities perfectly.