Andsnes, Rachmaninoff & Sibelius

The New York Philharmonic

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Andsnes, Rachmaninoff & Sibelius


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hours & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Oct, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Oct, 2017

Friday, 11:00 AM


Oct, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM


Oct, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic performs Sibelius’s late-Romantic Fifth Symphony, with a finale inspired by a silver-ribbon-like flight of 16 swans and, after exultant washes of sound, ending gloriously and affirmatively with six remarkable hammered chords. Leif Ove Andsnes (“a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight”– The New York Times) makes his debut as Artist-in-Residence, performing Rachmaninoff’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 4.


Esa-Pekka Salonen

Gambit (New York Premiere)



Piano Concerto No. 4



Symphony No. 5


Paavo Järvi


Paavo Järvi


Paavo Jarvi


The Estonian conductor and Grammy Award winner Paavo Järvi is widely recognized as the musicians’ musician, and his close association with orchestras is evident through his long-standing relationship with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, which he has served as artistic director since 2004. Last autumn he opened his fourth season as chief conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and in the fall of 2019 he will begin his first season as chief conductor and music director of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. He is also conductor laureate of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, music director laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and artistic adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Järvi is also in demand as a guest conductor, returning to perform with the Orchestre de Paris and regularly appearing with the Berlin Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras. Highlights of his recent and upcoming guest engagements include Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, as well as the New York Philharmonic.

Paavo Järvi concludes each season with a week of performances and master classes at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia, which he founded in 2011. The success of both the festival and its resident ensemble — the Estonian Festival Orchestra — has led to a string of high-profile invitations to perform across Europe, most recently at the BBC Proms and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.

With an extensive discography, Mr. Järvi’s upcoming projects include the third recording in a series of Brahms symphonies, with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the complete cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies, which he recorded with the Orchestre de Paris; the latter performance and recording project led to the Sibelius Medal being bestowed on him in recognition of his work in increasing awareness of the Finnish composer’s music among French audiences. He was also awarded the Order of the White Star by the President of Estonia in 2013 for his outstanding contribution to Estonian culture.

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Paavo Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music. In 1980 he moved to the United States, where he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.

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Leif Ove Andsnes


Leif Ove Andsnes


Leif Ove Andsnes by Ozgur Albayrak


Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is the 2017–18 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic. Acclaimed for his commanding technique and searching interpretations, he performs recitals and concertos in the world’s leading concert halls and with today’s foremost orchestras, and is an active recording artist. An avid chamber musician, he is the founding director of the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, was co-artistic director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music for almost two decades, and served as music director of California’s 2012 Ojai Music Festival. Mr. Andsnes was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2013, and received honorary doctorates from New York’s Juilliard School and Norway’s University of Bergen in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He now records exclusively for Sony Classical. His earlier discography comprises more than 30 discs for EMI Classics — solo, chamber, and concerto releases, many of them bestsellers — spanning repertoire from J.S. Bach to the present day. He recently completed Beethoven Journey with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, in which he led the orchestra from the keyboard in Beethoven’s five concertos in residencies around the world, a multiple-season project recorded for Sony Classics.

A frequent collaborator with the New York Philharmonic, as Artist-in-Residence Mr. Andsnes performs chamber music, a solo recital, Britten’s Piano Concerto (1945 version) led by Antonio Pappano, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 led by Paavo Järvi, and Debussy’s Fantaisie led by Edward Gardner. These concertos figure prominently in his 2017–18 programming: he plays the Britten with orchestras including Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Rachmaninoff with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras; and Debussy with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Oslo Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. He embarks on an extensive European recital tour with a program featuring selected pieces by Sibelius, whose rarely performed solo piano oeuvre is also the focus of his recent Sony Classical release.

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