Charlotte de Rothschild
Charlotte de Rothschild’s career has taken her all over the world. With her wide knowledge of the song repertoire, from different eras, countries and genres, she has created some wonderful themed programmes; the best known being the "Family Connections" programme which traces the musical history of her forebears with music by, and anecdotes about, the composers who were friends, teachers or ancestors of the Rothschild family during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Last year,Charlottepresented this programme inSwitzerland,Japan,Singaporeand the U.K and this year will do so inMalaysia,Hong KongandAustralia.
Other themes presented in major concert halls or Festivals include "A Bouquet of Flower Songs" (arranged by the season) with which Charlotte toured Japan and India in the Spring of 2012 and will do so again in Japan in July 2014 and "A Magical Evening", a collection of British songs released on the Nimbus label (N16193) as "Fairy Songs" with harp accompaniment. In 2012 Charlotte toured Boston, Yale and London with a new harp and voice programme, created to compliment the art exhibition "Making History" from the Royal Society of Antiquaries, and including songs that reflect Antiquarian interest in England in the 18th, 19th and early 20th Centuries. During the same U.S.tour, she premièred a further recital at the National Gallery of Art inWashingtongiven in honour of the Joan Mirò exhibition.
After performing in Japan for over twenty years, she recorded a CD of classical Japanese songs called "A Japanese Journey" (NI6190). She was the first foreigner to have recorded this music in the native tongue and she has promoted the beauty of these songs all over the world, accompanied by the harp, piano or orchestra. Her most recent CD releases, accompanied by the fine pianist Adrian Farmer, are a double album called “The Songs of Mathilde de Rothschild” which showcase the beautiful French and German songs of her talented ancestor who was a pupil of Chopin and a well-published composer in the 19th century (NI5903/4), an "An Intimate Recital" of Schumann Lieder (NI5908) and “Christmas Lullabies”, a beautiful selection of seasonal delights accompanied by harp. A twenty-minute arrangement of Kohsaku Yamada songs was commissioned especially for Charlotte and the English Chamber Orchestra in a concert held at the Barbican. She premièred this work in PragueCastle, sang them recently in Osaka’s Symphony Hall and has just made a new CD of 19 orchestral arrangements of these very beautiful Japanese songs with the City of London Sinfonia conducted by Michael Collins for release later this year.