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

Conductor

Conductor Susanna Mälkki is sought-after by the world’s leading symphony and chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles, and opera houses because of her versatility and broad repertoire. In the 2019–20 season she returns to the New York, London, and Munich philharmonic orchestras; Boston, Chicago, and London symphony orchestras; Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; and Orchestre national de Lyon; she makes debuts with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. Recent engagements include the Vienna Symphony and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (as a Wiener Konzerthaus Portrait artist), hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France.

The 2019–20 season is Ms. Mälkki’s fourth as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; highlights include premieres by leading national composers Kaija Saariaho and Lotta Wennäkoski, and a new work by Felipe Lara (co-commissioned with the Los Angeles Philharmonic), a tour to Belgium, and the continuation of Bartók Trilogy recordings for BIS Records. In her third season as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she pays tribute to the late Oliver Knussen, programming his Violin Concerto and co-curating (with Leila Josefowicz) a New Music Group concert centered on his chamber music; she also conducts Holst’s The Planets, Sibelius’s Lemminkäinen Suite, and a new composition by Saariaho. Ms. Mälkki previously served as principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (2013–17) and music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (2006–13).

A renowned opera conductor, this season Ms. Mälkki makes her Aix en Provence Festival debut, conducting the world premiere of Saariaho’s Innocence, and returns to the Opéra national de Paris. She was the first woman ever to conduct at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, and has appeared at the Vienna Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera, Finnish National Opera, and Hamburg Staatsoper.

Susanna Mälkki studied at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam. Her conducting studies followed a successful career as a cellist. Her honors include election as a fellow of London’s Royal Academy of Music (2010), membership in the Royal Swedish Academy of Music; Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland (2011), and being made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur (2016). In 2017 she was named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year and was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize.

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Kirill Gerstein

Piano

Kirill Gerstein

Piano

Kirill Gerstein

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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