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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

Music director and chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov was born in Leningrad in 1952, immigrated to the United States in 1975, and has been based in Europe since the mid-1980s. In common with the orchestra, his background is firmly rooted in the cultures of both East and West. 

Following concerts with the Czech Philharmonic in 2013, Mr. Bychkov and the orchestra devised The Tchaikovsky Project, a series of concerts, residencies, and recordings that enabled them to explore Tchaikovsky’s music together. The Tchaikovsky Project culminated in autumn 2019 with Decca Classics’ seven-disc release of the symphonies and residencies in Prague, Tokyo, Paris, and Vienna.

In 1989 Mr. Bychkov returned to St. Petersburg as the Philharmonic’s principal guest conductor and was named music director of the Orchestre de Paris. His international career was launched with a series of high-profile cancellations that resulted in invitations to conduct the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1997 he was appointed chief conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and, in 1998, chief conductor of the Dresden Semperoper.    

With repertoire that spans four centuries, Mr. Bychkov conducts the major orchestras and major opera houses in the United States and Europe — the combination of innate musicality and rigorous Russian pedagogy ensuring his performances are highly anticipated. He holds honorary titles with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with which he appears annually at the BBC Proms, and the Royal Academy of Music. He was named Conductor of the Year at the 2015 International Opera Awards.

Semyon Bychkov’s recording career began with Philips in 1986 with a collaboration that produced an extensive discography with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre de Paris. Subsequently, a series of benchmark recordings — the result of his 13-year collaboration (1997–2010) with WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne — included a complete cycle of Brahms symphonies and works by Richard Strauss, Mahler, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, Glanert, and Höller. His recording of Wagner’s Lohengrin was voted BBC Music Magazine’s Record of the Year in 2010, and his recording of Schmidt’s Symphony No. 2 with the Vienna Philharmonic was BBC Music Magazine’s Record of the Month.

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Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman

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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