Maestro Diemecke receives Orpheus prize for outstanding recording

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enrique arturo diemecke orpheus prizeLong Beach Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke has been awarded the 2010 Orpheus Prize for his recording of Jules Massenet’s opera, The Juggler of Notre Dame, starring Italian tenor Roberto Alagna. The CD was recorded in 2007 and edited at the end of 2009.

The International Grand Prize of the French Academy of Lyric Recordings was presented at the Olivier Messiaen Amphitheatre of the Bastille Opera.

“This prize is a very special thing; a commendation that opera and lyric experts give to the year’s most outstanding recordings, and to be a nominee or to win it means a great deal to me,” says Maestro Diemecke.

“The Juggler of Notre Dame,” interpreted by the National Orchestra of Montpellier, was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon. According to Maestro Diemecke, Alagna was scheduled to give a recital in Montpellier, “and all of a sudden they got the idea to do an opera, and he chose ‘The Juggler’ in which the main character is a tenor,” explains Maestro Diemecke. “They called me to conduct the orchestra, it was recorded live, and the CD was the result.”

The Orpheus prize comes during a remarkable year for Maestro Diemecke. He just concluded leading the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra during their 75th anniversary season, and this fall he launches his 10th season with LBSO, titled “From Russia With Love.”

“Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s 75th Season was very memorable for me, because we performed every one of Beethoven’s symphonies and we had some remarkable guest artists. I hope our audiences enjoyed it as much as the musicians and I did,” says Maestro Diemecke. “I’m looking forward to beginning my 10th season with LBSO this October.”

The recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Artist of the Year Award from the Arts Council for Long Beach, Enrique Arturo Diemecke brings passion and panache to conducting and composing classical music. Maestro Diemecke has garnered rave reviews from audience members, LBSO musicians, the community and the press. The Los Angeles Times noted, “Diemecke brings an insider’s savvy to music, revealing the inner heartbeat of a piece.”

In addition to his post in Long Beach, Diemecke has been music director and principal conductor of the Flint Symphony Orchestra (Michigan) since 1990. He’s also principal guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Montpellier in France and in 2005 was named music director of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic.

Among Diemecke’s accolades are the Jean Fontaine Orpheus d’Or Gold Medal for “best vocal music recording” by France’s Academy of Lyric Recordings and a Golden Record Award in honor of his best-selling recording of music by Revueltas, Chávez and Moncayo. In 2002 he was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the “best classical album” category for his recording, Chávez: Concertos for Violin and Piano.

Diemecke has also been recognized as a talented composer whose playful pieces draw on a broad spectrum of cultural traditions.

Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra begins its 76th season in October 2010. For more information, visit LBSO.org.

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