Kavakos, Brahms & Salonen
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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-119

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

19

May, 2017

Friday, 8:00 PM

20

May, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

23

May, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Part of Alan Gilbert's Farewell Concerts

Leonidas Kavakos performs Brahms’s formidable — and popular — Violin Concerto, with its perfect melding of bravura passages, serene melodies, and spicy Gypsy folk rhythms. Plus New York Premieres of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s magical Wing on Wing (“the most unabashedly beautiful and introspective music that Salonen has written” — Los Angeles Times) and Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality.

Program

Brahms

Violin Concerto

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Aeriality (New York Premiere)

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Esa-Pekka Salonen

Wing on Wing (New York Premiere)

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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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Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

Leonidas Kavakos is recognized as a violinist and artist of rare quality, known for his virtuosity, musicianship, and the integrity of his playing. By age 21 he had won three major competitions: the Sibelius (1985), Paganini, and Naumburg (1988). This success led to his recording the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903–04), the first recording of this work in history, which won the 1991 Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award. Mr. Kavakos was awarded Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014 and the 2017 Léonie Sonning Music Prize, Denmark’s highest musical honor.

Highlights of his 2019–20 season include a tour with Emmanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma performing Beethoven trios, and solo performances with the Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Montreal symphony orchestras, as well as with the Munich Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Boston. In Europe, he performs with the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Orchestra, and Orchestre de Paris, among others. He appears in Asia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and Taiwan Philharmonic orchestras.

Mr. Kavakos has developed close relationships with many of the world’s leading orchestras and, more recently, he has built a strong profile as a conductor. This season, he conducts the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Czech Philharmonic, and the Rai National Symphony Orchestra in Torino. He has an exclusive contract with Sony Classical, for which he has recently released an album of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto play-conducting with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His upcoming recording projects include J.S. Bach’s complete solo sonatas and partitas.

Leonidas Kavakos plays the ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius violin of 1734.

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Anu Komsi

Soprano

Anu Komsi

Soprano

Anu Komsi

Soprano

Coloratura soprano Anu Komsi began her musical education in Kokkola, Finland, where she played both flute and violin in the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. Equally at home on both opera and concert stages, she appears regularly throughout Europe and the United States. Also a versatile recitalist and chamber musician, her repertoire spans Renaissance and contemporary genres.

In addition to Ms. Komsi’s numerous operatic engagements, for which she has amassed a repertoire of more than 60 roles, she has appeared as soloist with major orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Oslo, Royal Stockholm, Czech, and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; BBC, Vienna Radio, City of Birmingham symphony orchestras; and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Filarmonica della Scala, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble intercontemporain, London Sinfonietta, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with an array of conductors including Alan Gilbert, Rudolf Barshai, Heinz Holliger, Hannu Lintu, Jesús López Cobos, Susanna Mälkki, Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, and Franz Welser-Möst.

Ms. Komsi’s recent highlights include performances of Sibelius’s Luonnotar, recorded with the Lahti Symphony for BIS Records; Kaija Saariaho’s Leino Songs, recorded for Ondine; Tiensuu’s Voice Verser, written for Ms. Komsi; Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, performed with her sister, Piia Komsi, and recorded by Deutsche Grammophon; Magnus Lindberg’s Accused; Heinz Holliger’s Morgenstern Liede; and Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 2, 4, and 8, recorded with Roger Norrington and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. She was most recently praised for her 2016 performance as Eva in Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus licht at Theatre Basel, chosen as Opernwelt magazine’s Production of the Year.

Anu Komsi leads an opera festival in her hometown of Kokkola. The twelfth festival, in July 2017, which features the Finnish Premiere of Meyerbeer’s L’Étoile du Nord, is an official part of Finland’s centenary year celebrations.

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Piia Komsi

Soprano

Piia Komsi

Soprano

Piia Komsi

Soprano

Coloratura soprano Piia Komsi’s international opera, concert, chamber, and Lied performances include a range of Baroque, classical, and contemporary repertoire. She also has a strong background in early church music, which began when she sang in the children’s choir of the Kokkola Church with her twin sister, Anu. She began her professional career as a continuo cellist and then began performing as a soprano soloist.

Ms. Komsi’s breakthrough role as the Maid in Thomas Adès’s opera Powder Her Face has led to numerous engagements in major opera houses across the globe. As a soprano soloist she has worked with many of today’s leading conductors, including Peter Eötvös, Kent Nagano, Sakari Oramo, Francois-Xavier Roth, Peter Rundel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and performed with ensembles including the Los Angeles, Royal Stockholm, and Oslo philharmonic orchestras; BBC, Bavarian Radio, and Gothenburg symphony orchestras; the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble intercontemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Modern, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Remix Ensemble, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Cologne’s Ensemble Musikfabrik, and ELISION; and an array of Finnish orchestras performing early and new music.

Recent projects include the lead role of Martha in Fabián Panisello’s Le Malentendu, as well as Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, composed for Ms. Komsi and her sister, Anu Komsi. Piia Komsi was a cellist with the Finnish National Orchestra until 2001, and her latest interest is singing while accompanying herself on the cello; several composers have already written new works for this combination. Piia Komsi’s recordings include the album Solaris, Wing on Wing, Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon Wortspiel and Alice in Wonderland (DVD), Kaija Saariaho’s From the Grammar of Dreams, Wennäkoski’s Procris, Tuomela’s opera Mothers and Daughters, and Heinz-Juhani Hofmann’s Ahti Karjalainen — elämä, Kekkonen ja teot.

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