“Momentum is a fantastic initiative and I support it with all my strengths! The new generations of musicians need to be supported in these difficult times because simply, they are our future, and we need a better future! Let’s take good care of them, let’s all support Momentum!”
François-Xavier Roth

MOMENTUM, Our Future now.
Talent and hard work are one thing – but tomorrow’s soloists and conductors also need occasions to prove themselves. Therefore, the soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan has launched the initiative »Momentum. Our future, now!« Leading conductors and soloists share their rehearsal and stage time with young artists, giving them that very chance – especially in the current crisis.

Renowned soloists such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Lars Vogt and Renaud Capuçon support »Momentum«, as do conductors such as Lahav Shani, Karina Canellakis and Esa-Pekka Salonen; through the scheme, the Gürzenich Orchestra has joined the ranks of such institutions as the Munich Philharmonic, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.


François-Xavier Roth, the Gürzenich Kapellmeister, immediately agreed to cooperate. He had already invited Mariano Chiacchiarini to assist him during the rehearsal week before the first subscription concert in September 2020. And since the Gürzenich’s chief conductor was suddenly prevented from conducting one of the five concerts, Mariano Chiacchiarini even got the chance to substitute for him, together with Harry Ogg, who has been the Gürzenich Orchestra’s assistant conductor since last season.

v.l. Harry Ogg, François-Xavier Roth und Mariano Chiacchiarini

François-Xavier Roth has invited the 25-year-old conductor Gladysmarli Vadel to the upcoming subscription concert 3 with Kristian Bezuidenhout. Born in Venezuela, where she received her training, she now lives in Paris. At the first edition of the competition for female conductors “La Maestra” she was recently awarded the orchestra’s special prize.

François-Xavier Roth has the pleasure to collaborate with Rebecca Tong, winner of “La Maestra” contest in 2020, on the Janus programme : Brahms, Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra (with Torsten Janicke and Bonian Tian), Bruckner, Sinfonie n°4 “Romantische”.

Harry Ogg, François-Xavier Roth, Rebecca Tong


François-Xavier has invited Harutyun Muradyan for his recording with ONL, playing the first piano Concerto from Beethoven with Javier Perianes and the Dances Concertantes from Stravinsky.


François-Xavier invited Joël Soichez to assist him on the project Nijinska-Boléro, several works from Ravel and Clinamen Nodus from Olga Neuwirth.

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François-Xavier has invited Alessandro Puleo to work with him and the orchestra on Webern and Mozart 39th and 41th  symphonies.

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