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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 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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Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman by Dario Acosta

Piano

Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors, and recital series.

In recognition of a relationship of more than 30 years, Mr. Bronfman will join the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta on the orchestra’s fall U.S. tour, including a stop at Carnegie Hall, followed by concerts in Munich, London, and Vienna with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, another frequent collaborator. In addition to returns to the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and Pittsburgh, National, Indianapolis, and Toronto symphony orchestras, in the spring he will tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and Andrés Orozco-Estrada in a special program celebrating the pianist’s 60th birthday. In Europe he can also be heard with the Berlin Philharmonic; in recital in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, and London; and on tour with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons. A tour in Asia with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda brings the season to a close in June.

Mr. Bronfman has given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe, and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher (now David Geffen) Hall in 1993. In 1991 he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Mr. Bronfman’s first public performances there since his emigration to Israel at age 15. That same year he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, and in 2010 he was honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973.

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