Brahms’s First Piano Concerto and Variations on a Theme by Haydn

The New York Philharmonic

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Brahms’s First Piano Concerto

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$30.00 - $129.00

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

21

May, 2015

Thursday, 7:30 PM

22

May, 2015

Friday, 11:00 AM

23

May, 2015

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Program

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

Conductor

The 2018–19 season marks Susanna Mälkki’s third as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming highlights include Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the World Premiere of a work by Enno Poppe, and a tour of Central Europe with violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Following an acclaimed first season as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ms. Mälkki launches 2018–19 with the World Premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra; other projects include Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie and a staged performance of Sibelius’s The Tempest.

A guest conductor at the highest level worldwide, in 2018–19 Ms. Mälkki returns to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (as a Wiener Konzerthaus “Portrait” artist), hr-Sinfonieorchester, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, among others. Recent engagements include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and her Czech Philharmonic Orchestra debut. Ms. Mälkki has previously worked with The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra (at the BBC Proms), Oslo Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Teatro La Fenice.

A renowned opera conductor, Ms. Mälkki returns to the Opéra national de Paris in 2019 to conduct Dvořák’s Rusalka. Past engagements include Luca Francesconi’s Trompe-la-Mort (World Premiere, 2017) and Janáček’s The Makropolous Case. In 2018 and 2016 she made critically-acclaimed debuts at the Vienna Staatsoper, leading Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod, and The Metropolitan Opera, where she conducted Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin. She previously collaborated with Francesconi on Quartett, and in 2011 was the first woman to conduct a production at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, where she returned in 2014. Other opera highlights include Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with the Finnish National Opera, and her Hamburg Staatsoper debut conducting a revival of Janáček’s  Jenůfa.

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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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