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Brahms

Variations on a Theme by Haydn

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Harvey

Tranquil Abiding

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Brahms

Piano Concerto No. 1

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Artists

Susanna Mälkki

Conductor

Susanna Mälkki

Conductor

Susanna Malkki NY Philharmonic

Conductor

Susanna Mälkki’s versatility and broad repertoire have taken her to symphony and chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles, and opera houses across the world. Recently appointed chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (beginning in the 2016–17 season), Ms. Mälkki is now in her second season as principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra. Highlights of her performances with that ensemble include a gala opera evening with soprano Karita Mattila, Sibelius’s Tapiola, Mahler’s Symphony No.9, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with Natalia Gutman, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Ms. Mälkki has served as music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain and artistic director of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor in Europe and North America, her recent highlights include performances with the Chicago, Bavarian Radio, and Swedish symphony orchestras, as well as Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI. Notable recent debuts include the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. In addition to the New York Philharmonic, this season Ms. Mälkki makes debuts with The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Teatro La Fenice. She also returns to the San Francisco Symphony and Helsinki and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras. A renowned opera conductor, Ms. Mälkki led Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Finnish National Opera in August 2014, followed by her debut with Hamburg Staatsoper, conducting a revival of Janáček’s Jenůfa with Ms. Mattila in the title role. In April 2011 Ms. Mälkki became the first woman to conduct at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, where she returned in January 2014. Future highlights include a return to the Opéra national de Paris, where she conducted the world premiere of a ballet by Bruno Mantovani in 2010 and Janáček’s The Makropolous Case last season. Susanna Mälkki studied at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam. Prior to conducting, she had a successful career as a cellist and, from 1995 to 1998, was one of the principals of Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2010, is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, one of Finland’s highest honors, in 2011. These performances mark her New York Philharmonic debut.

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Kirill Gerstein

Piano

Kirill Gerstein

Piano

Kirill Gerstein by Marco Borggreve New York Philharmonic

Piano

Pianist Kirill Gerstein is the recipient of the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award, and he won first prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv.

Highlights of his 2016–17 North American season include returns to The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, New Jersey, San Diego, St. Louis, and Vancouver symphony orchestras. He gives solo recitals in Chicago, Kansas City, Miami, Princeton, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., as well as at Duke University. Summer festival appearances include Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and Bravo! Vail with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Internationally Mr. Gerstein works with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, and Cologne’s WDR Symphony Orchestra; appears in recital at Vienna’s Musikverein; and performs at the BBC Proms in London and the Aldeburgh Festival.

Born in 1979 in Voronezh, Russia, Mr. Gerstein studied piano at a special music school for gifted children. He came to the U.S. at age 14 to study jazz piano at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and subsequently attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky and earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees by age 20.

Mr. Gerstein records for Myrios Classics and his recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin was released in March 2015; it is the first recording using the new critical edition of the Tchaikovsky concerto using the composer’s original second version, which Mr. Gerstein will be performing in these concerts.

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