The Northwest Sinfonietta
The Northwest Sinfonietta was created in 1991 by
Christophe Chagnard and Kathryn Habedank on the occasion of the Mozart
Bicentennial. It features thirty six members from amongst the region's
finest instrumentalists and performs a wide range of repertoire from Baroque
to contemporary composers. The Northwest Sinfonietta has shared the stage
with such distinguished soloists as Richard Stoltzman, Lynn Harrell, Nadja
Salerno-Sonnenberg, Awadagin Pratt and Clayton Brainerd. In 1996, The
World Harp Congress, Inc. contracted Maestro Christophe Chagnard and the
Northwest Sinfonietta to perform 15 concertos with some of the world's
finest harpists at its Sixth Congress.
Based in Tacoma, the Northwest Sinfonietta performs
at the Rialto Theater, The Pantages Theater and Lagerquist Hall. It has
also become Tacoma's only classical music export, with a subscription
series in Seattle's Town Hall and performances at the Kirkland Performance
Center, Nordstrom Hall in Seattle, the McCurdy Pavilion at Centrum, Port
Townsend, and Olympia's Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Performances
at Town Hall and Nordstrom Hall are also broadcast live on KING-FM 98.1.
The Northwest Sinfonietta has, in its eleven-year
history, been a champion at collaborating with local arts organizations.
They include: The Tacoma Opera, The Tacoma Philharmonic, the Tacoma Arts
Museum, the Washington History Museum, the Tacoma Youth Chorus, the Tahoma
Girls Choir and PLU's Choral Union.
In addition to a full season of concerts in Tacoma and Seattle, the NS
produces a Youth Concerto Competition, an annual audition in which young
musicians up to age 18 compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to
play solo with the orchestra. In collaboration with the Tacoma Philharmonic,
the Northwest Sinfonietta performs free children's concerts for third
through sixth grade students in the Pantages Theater.
- "Most Exciting News Arts Organization" The News Tribune, 1993
- Margaret K. Williams Award for Support of the Arts to Kathryn Habedank,
- One of "The Top 10 Best of The Year in Classical Music" Seattle
Post Intelligencer, 1999
- Tacoma Public Schools Award for "Generous Support of Tacoma Public
- City Club of Tacoma Award of Appreciation to Christophe Chagnard, in
recognition of outstanding contribution toward increased knowledge and
awareness of public issues
- Mr. Chagnard was selected by The News Tribune as "One of 20 People
to Watch in the 21st Century"
- One of three regional grant recipients in 2001 for classical music by
the National Endowment For the Arts (the others are Seattle Symphony and
Music Director, Christophe Chagnard is a native
of Paris, France and received his musical training from Berklee College
of Music and New England Conservatory where he graduated with Academic
Honors. In 1989, he founded the Greensboro Festival Chamber Orchestra
in Vermont, and three years later co-founded the Northwest Sinfonietta
on the occasion of the Mozart Bicentenial. Between 1994 and 1998 Mr. Chagnard
served as Music Director of the New England String Ensemble in Boston.
Mr. Chagnard was appointed The Lake Union Civic Orchestra's new Music
Director in August 2000, following a year as interim conductor during
the 1999-2000 Season. In August 2001, he was also appointed Orchestra
Director at the University of Puget Sound School of Music. His international
guest appearances include performances in Russia and Japan. In the US,
Mr. Chagnard led performances with the Bel Canto Festival in Oregon, the
Sixth World Harp Congress , the Pacific Lutheran University Symphony and
the Classic Cascade.
Mr. Chagnard has collaborated with such distinguished
soloists as Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Lynn Harrell, Lara St. John, Richard
Stoltzman, Awadagin Pratt, Creg Sheppard, Fenwick Smith and Clayton Brainerd.
From 1992-1994, Mr. Chagnard served on the faculty of the Berklee College
of Music. He has received numerous awards including the Richard Levy Award
for outstanding musicianship for three consecutive years, the Russian
Ministry of Culture Medal for his achievements in Music, the Tacoma City
Club Award of Appreciation and most recently, Mr. Chagnard was elected
a National Arts Associate for distinguished contributions to the arts
by Sigma Alpha Iota.
Mr. Chagnard has been featured on NPR's "Performance
Today" and broadcast live on KING FM in Seattle. His repertoire includes
chamber, symphonic, and operatic works of all styles and periods, and
he has gained a distinguished reputation as a coach, educator and lecturer.
He is also an active composer whose works have been heard widely in the
USA and Europe, and are published by BKJ Publications. His recording credits
include four CDs with the Northwest Sinfonietta.