Tchaikovsky Festival

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Tchaikovsky Festival: Second Piano Concerto & Fifth Symphony

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-155

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

26

Jan, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

27

Jan, 2017

Friday, 8:00 PM

28

Jan, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky festival begins with a stunning line-up. Semyon Bychkov conducts Symphony No. 5, with glorious “heart-on-sleeve” melodies that never cease to enthrall audiences. And the fiery Piano Concerto No. 2 is perfect for experiencing Yefim Bronfman’s virtuosity (“Warmly romantic sentiment, and jaw-dropping bravura” — Chicago Tribune).

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

Program

Glinka

Valse fantaisie

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Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No. 2

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Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 5

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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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Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman by Dario Acosta

Piano

Yefim Bronfman’s commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.

Mr. Bronfman participates in the opening concerts of Carnegie Hall’s 2019–20 season as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, led by Franz Welzer-Möst, followed immediately by the inauguration of a season-long artist-in-residence project with the Vienna Symphony at both the Musikverein and Konzerthaus. Also in the fall he participates in farewell concerts for Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; performs in Japan with the Vienna Philharmonic and Andrés Orozco-Estrada; and appears in season-opening events in Houston, Seattle, and Rhode Island. Later this season he returns to orchestras in Hamburg, Munich, New York, Montreal, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Diego, Madison, Portland, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, and Boston, with which he will also tour South Korea, Hong Kong, and China. He gives recitals celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday in Berlin, Toronto, Denver, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, as well as at Carnegie Hall.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated with his family in 1973 to Israel, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the United States, he studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, in 2010 Mr. Bronfman received Northwestern University’s Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance, and in 2015 he was given an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.

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