Tchaikovsky Festival: First Piano Concerto & Manfred Symphony

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David Geffen Hall

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2 hours with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Feb, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Feb, 2017

Friday, 11:00 AM


Feb, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM


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



Piano Concerto No. 1 (1879 version)



Manfred Symphony


Semyon Bychkov


Semyon Bychkov


Semyon Bychkov by Chris Christodoulou


Newly appointed music director and chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov was born in St. Petersburg and studied at the Glinka Choir School and, as a pupil of the legendary Ilya Music, at the Leningrad Conservatory. He won the Rachmaninov Conducting Competition at age 20, but was denied the prize of conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic and immigrated to the United States. Returning as principal guest conductor of the Philharmonic in 1989, Mr. Bychkov enjoyed success in the United States and Europe following a series of high-profile cancellations that resulted in invitations to conduct the New York and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He was named music director of the Orchestre de Paris (1989) as well as chief conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (1997) and of the Dresden Semperoper (1998). Mr. Bychkov’s symphonic and operatic repertoire is wide-ranging. In the U.S. he can be heard annually with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. In Europe he is an annual guest at the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and London Symphony orchestras, and tours frequently with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic orchestras. Mr. Bychkov conducts in all the major opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris, Dresden Semperoper, Wiener Staatsoper, and Madrid’s Teatro Real; in the U.K. he is an annual guest at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Honorary titles at the Royal Academy of Music and BBC Symphony Orchestra reflect the warmth of those relationships. In addition to the core repertoire, Semyon Bychkov has worked closely with many extraordinary contemporary composers, including Berio, Dutilleux, and Kagel. In recent seasons he has worked closely with Julian Anderson, Richard Dubignon, Detlev Glanert, Thomas Larcher, and Renée Staar. Following early concerts with the Czech Philharmonic in 2013, Mr. Bychkov devised The Tchaikovsky Project, a series of concerts, residencies, and studio recordings in which they explored Tchaikovsky together and recorded the results for Decca. The project culminates in 2019 with residencies in Prague, Vienna, and Paris, and the release of the complete recordings. Semyon Bychkov was named 2015 Conductor of the Year by the International Opera Awards.

Learn more about Semyon Bychkov

Kirill Gerstein


Kirill Gerstein


Kirill Gerstein by Marco Borggreve New York Philharmonic


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.

Learn more about Kirill Gerstein

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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