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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$31-145

Duration

2 hours with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

2

Feb, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

3

Feb, 2017

Friday, 11:00 AM

4

Feb, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

7

Feb, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky festival continues with Kirill Gerstein in the blockbuster First Piano Concerto, promising “a brilliant, perceptive and stunningly fresh account.” (The New York Times). Its dazzling pyrotechnics and soaring melodies have endeared it to audiences for more than 130 years. Plus the lustrous sonorities, intense drama, and powerful emotions of the Manfred Symphony..

Part of Beloved Friend — Tchaikovsky and His World: A Philharmonic Festival

Program

Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No. 1 (1879 version)

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Tchaikovsky

Manfred Symphony

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Artists

Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

Semyon Bychkov won the Rachmaninoff Conducting Competition at age 20, but after being denied the prize of conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic, he left the former Soviet Union. By the time he returned in 1989, to be principal guest conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic, he was internationally acclaimed and had served as music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He subsequently served as music director of the Orchestre de Paris (1989), chief conductor of Cologne’s WDR Symphony Orchestra (1997), and chief conductor of the Dresden Semperoper (1998).

Semyon Bychkov studied conducting at the Leningrad Conservatory with Ilya Musin. His repertoire spans the music of four centuries. In the opera house, Mr. Bychkov is especially recognized for his interpretations of Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Verdi. He recently conducted Wagner’s Parsifal at Madrid’s Teatro Real and the Vienna Staatsoper, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. His return to Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in 2015 after 15 years signaled the beginning of a period in which the music of Russia — particularly Tchaikovsky — became a major focus of his repertoire. Projects in London and New York, together with recordings of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and concertos with the Czech Philharmonic, form the backbone of Mr. Bychkov’s programming, which looks to the music of the conductor’s formative years.

Mr. Bychkov’s symphonic engagements include regular invitations to the Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York philharmonic orchestras; BBC, Chicago, London, RAI National, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestre National de France, as well as annual tours with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Munich and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. His recordings include discs with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as a series of benchmark recordings with Cologne’s WDR Symphony Orchestra, including a cycle of Brahms’s complete symphonies; works by Richard Strauss, Mahler, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Verdi; and a recording of Wagner’s Lohengrin that was voted BBC Music Magazine’s Disc of the Year.

Semyon Bychkov currently holds the Klemperer Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Günter Wand Conducting Chair with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with which he appears annually at the BBC Proms. The International Opera Awards named him 2015’s Conductor of the Year. 

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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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Special Thanks

Major support for these concerts is provided by Laura Chang and Arnold Chavkin.

Semyon Bychkov’s appearance is made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.

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