Dohnányi / Dvořák: A Philharmonic Festival — Dvořák’s Piano Concerto and Symphony No. 7

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Dvořák’s New World Symphony


David Geffen Hall

Price Range

$33.00 - $129.00


1 hour 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Dec, 2014

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Dec, 2014

Friday, 8:00 PM


Dec, 2014

Saturday, 8:00 PM



Piano Concerto



Symphony No. 9, From the New World


Christoph von Dohnányi


Christoph von Dohnányi


Christoph von Dohnanyi


Christoph von Dohnányi is recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished conductors. He started his career as assistant to George Solti in Frankfurt, and later held chief posts in Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, and Paris. He was principal conductor and artistic adviser of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, where he is honorary conductor for life. He was the sixth music director of The Cleveland Orchestra (1984–2002), and during his tenure led the Orchestra on tours to Asia and Europe, founded the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, oversaw the extension and renovation of Severance Hall, and initiated a new commissioning project. In 2002 he was named the first music director laureate of The Cleveland Orchestra. Since then Dohnányi has been a regular guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Europe he continues to appear regularly with the orchestras in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan, and Israel.

Mr. Dohnányi has conducted at the world’s great opera houses, including in Berlin and Paris, and the Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zurich, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the United States he has conducted at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. His London / Decca opera recordings with Vienna include Beethoven’s Fidelio, Berg’s Wozzeck and Lulu, Richard Strauss’s Salome, and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, as well as orchestral works by Schubert, Strauss, Dvořák, and Tchaikovsky, and the complete Mendelssohn symphonies. His Decca recordings with Cleveland include works ranging from Bruckner, Mahler, and Strauss to Ives, Varèse, and John Adams. A compilation of the complete Beethoven symphonies was recorded in Cleveland by Telarc, and a collection of the complete Brahms symphonies was released by Teldec.

Christoph von Dohnányi was born in Berlin in 1929 and studied at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik and at Florida State University with his grandfather, pianist and composer Ernst von Dohnányi. He completed his studies in the U.S. by attending a conducting class at Tanglewood in 1952. He has received honorary doctorates from the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music; an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; and the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Freedom Award. He is the recipient of Frankfurt’s Goethe Plaque, Hungary’s Bartók medal, and is a member of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Martin Helmchen


Martin Helmchen


Martin Helmchen


Pianist Martin Helmchen has performed with the Berlin, London, and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras and Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra. He made his acclaimed U.S. orchestral debut in 2011 playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Other recent debuts include the Dallas, Houston, Oregon, St. Louis, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, as well as The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. He made his Washington, D.C., recital debut at the Kennedy Center in May 2014. Highlights of his current season include appearances with the Berlin Concert House Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, among others. Having served as artist-in-residence with Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra during the 2011–12 season, Mr. Helmchen has also appeared with the BBC, Bournemouth, Stuttgart Radio, and NDR symphony orchestras; NDR Netherlands, Royal Stockholm, and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Hallé Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lyon, and Orchestre National de France. In addition to recent recital engagements at The Frick Collection in New York, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall (with cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker), San Francisco Performances, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Mr. Helmchen has also appeared at the Schubertiade, Lockenhaus, and Marlboro festivals. His extensive recordings for PentaTone include a debut disc of Mozart concertos with the Netherlands Chamber Philharmonic and Schubert’s complete works for violin and piano with Julia Fischer. A recording of works by Schubert, his first solo CD, won an ECHO Award in 2009. Martin Helmchen won the 2001 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at the age of 19. He was awarded a fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2005, the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2006, and was a participant in the BBC New Generation Artists program from 2005–07.


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