Batiashvili, Bach, and Shostakovich with Alan Gilbert

The New York Philharmonic

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Batiashvili, Bach, and Shostakovich

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$33.00 - $129.00

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

8

Apr, 2015

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

9

Apr, 2015

Thursday, 7:30 PM

10

Apr, 2015

Friday, 8:00 PM

11

Apr, 2015

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Program

J.S. Bach

Concerto for Violin and Oboe

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Thierry Escaich

Concerto for Violin and Oboe (U.S. Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission)

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Shostakovich

Symphony No. 10

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Lisa Batiashvili

Violin

Lisa Batiashvili

Violin

Lisa Batiashvili by Sammy Hart

Violin

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili, Musical America’s 2015 Instrumentalist of the Year, is this season’s artist-in-residence with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Germany-based Georgian violinist has developed longstanding relationships with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic (with whom she was the 2014–15 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence), Berlin Philharmonic, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Ms. Batiashvili’s 2016–17 season highlights include performances with the Dresden Staatskapelle (with Christian Thielemann and cellist Gautier Capuçon), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel), London Symphony Orchestra (Michael Tilson Thomas), and Chamber Orchestra of Paris (oboist François Leleux). She also performs the World Premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), and later performs it with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Alan Gilbert).

As part of her Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra residency, she plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (Antonio Pappano), Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (Daniele Gatti), and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (Vladimir Jurowski). She also spends two weeks as a Bamberg Symphony portrait artist, performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto (Ingo Metzmacher) as well as J.S. Bach’s and Thierry Escaich’s Concertos for Violin and Oboe with Mr. Leleux (Jakub Hrůša). Chamber music projects include the opening celebration of the Boulez Saal in Berlin and a tribute concert to Alfred Brendel.

Ms. Batiashvili records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon; her last album was released in November 2016, featuring Tchaikovsky’s and Sibelius’s Violin Concertos with the Berlin Staatskapelle, led by Daniel Barenboim. Earlier recordings include Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as an album of works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach featuring, among others, François Leleux and Emmanuel Pahud.

Lisa Batiashvili plays a Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu” from 1739.

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François Leleux

Oboe

François Leleux

Oboe

Francois Leleux

Oboe

Oboist François Leleux enjoys an international career performing repertoire from the Baroque to newly commissioned works. In December 2014 Mr. Leleux and his wife, violinist Lisa Batiashvili, gave the World Premiere of Thierry Escaich’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe (which receives its U.S. Premiere in these Philharmonic programs), with the NDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alan Gilbert. For the 2014–15 season, Mr. Leleux serves as guest leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and returns to Lammermuir Festival as artist-in-residence. Also this season, he makes return appearances as conductor-soloist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Gavle Symphony Orchestra, and Camerata Salzburg, including a tour to China. He also makes his City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra debut under Nicholas Collon performing Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto. Mr. Leleux has worked with conductors including Pierre Boulez, Mariss Jansons, Colin Davis, Myung-whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Thomas Dausgaard, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Committed to expanding the oboe’s repertoire, he has had many new works commissioned for him by composers including Escaich, Nicolas Bacri, Thierry Pécou, Gilles Silvestrini, Eric Tanguy, Giya Kancheli, and Michael Jarrell. Mr. Leleux has recorded for labels including Harmonia Mundi, EMI/Warner, Sony, and Deutsche Grammophon. Upcoming releases include works by Bach performed, alongside Lisa Batiashvili and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and a recording of Haydn and Hummel with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. François Leleux is a professor at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater.

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Special Thanks
Lisa Batiashvili is The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence.

These concerts are made possible with generous support by The Francis Goelet Fund.

Additional support comes from The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, a program of FACE with major support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, SACEM, Institut Français, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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