Batiashvili, Bach, and Shostakovich with Alan Gilbert
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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 his tenure as chief conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in September 2019. 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 began serving as chief conductor designate in 2017, shortly after the opening of the orchestra’s already iconic new home. 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

Violin

Lisa Batiashvili, the Georgian-born German violinist, is praised by audiences and fellow musicians for her virtuosity. The award-winning artist has developed long-standing relationships with the world’s leading orchestras, conductors, and musicians.

In the 2019–20 season, Ms. Batiashvili performs with, among others, the The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim, London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle, Orchestre de Paris and Lahav Shani, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and Paavo Järvi.

Lisa Batiashvili is artistic director of Audi Sommerkonzerte, Ingolstadt. For the 2019 festival she curated a diverse program featuring artists including Daniel Harding with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gautier Capuçon, Les Vents Français, and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. For the summer of 2020, she is designing a program to celebrate Audi’s anniversary year.

Ms. Batiashvili records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. Her Visions of Prokofiev (with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Nezet-Seguin) won an Opus Klassik Award and was shortlisted for the 2018 Gramophone Awards. Earlier recordings include concertos by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius (Staatskapelle Berlin and Barenboim), Brahms (Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann), and Shostakovich No. 1 (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen).  

Her many honors include the MIDEM Classical Award, Choc de l’année, Accademia Musicale Chigiana International Prize, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award, and the Beethoven-Ring. She was named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2015, nominated as Gramophone’s Artist of the Year in 2017, and in 2018 awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (University of Arts, Helsinki).

Lisa Batiashvili plays a Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu” from 1739, generously loaned by a private collector.

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François Leleux

Oboe

François Leleux

Oboe

François 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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