Tchaikovsky Festival: First Piano Concerto & Manfred Symphony

The New York Philharmonic

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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, music director and chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, is internationally recognized for an approach to music-making that combines innate musicality with the rigors of Russian music pedagogy. Like his orchestra, he has strong ties to the cultures of both Western Europe and the Slavic East.

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Bychkov studied at the Glinka Choir School and at the Leningrad Conservatory as a pupil of Ilya Musin. At age 20 he won the Rachmaninoff Conducting Competition; however, denied the accompanying prize of conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic, he departed for the US. He returned to the Leningrad Philharmonic in 1989 as principal guest conductor and was named music director of the Orchestre de Paris the same year. He was named chief conductor of Cologne’s WDR Symphony Orchestra in 1997, and chief conductor of Dresden’s Semperoper in 1998. In addition to his commitment to the Czech Philharmonic, he currently holds the honorary 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.

Recent US engagements have included the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. This season he is also heard with The Cleveland Orchestra, which he last conducted in 2017. In Europe, he is an annual guest of the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra, and tours frequently with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Munich and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras. He conducts at all of the major opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala; Opéra national de Paris; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real; and Vienna Staatsoper. In addition to conducting the core symphonic and operatic repertoire, he has worked closely with many leading contemporary composers, including Berio, Dutilleux, and Kagel. In recent seasons, he has collaborated with Julian Anderson, Richard Dubugnon, Detlev Glanert, Thomas Larcher, and René Staar.

His Tchaikovsky Project with the Czech Philharmonic is a series of concerts, residencies, and studio recordings that allow him to explore Tchaikovsky together with the orchestra and record the results for Decca. Launched in 2016, the project culminates in 2019 with residencies in Prague, Tokyo, Paris, and Vienna and the release of the complete recordings. Semyon Bychkov was named 2015 Conductor of the Year by the International Opera Awards.

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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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