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


Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi is opening his third season as chief conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, which presents repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bernstein. Their acclaimed Richard Strauss recording project continues with the second album, featuring Don Quixote, Till Eulenspiegels Merry Pranks, and Der Rosenkavalier Suite. As artistic director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, he continues the critically acclaimed Brahms symphony cycle and launches its Schubert project touring in Europe. Beginning in the 2019–20 season, Mr. Järvi will be chief conductor and music director of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. He is also conductor laureate of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, music director laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and former music director of the Orchestre de Paris.

Mr. Järvi is in much demand as a guest conductor, appearing regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, and Dresden Staatskapelle. Recent and upcoming highlights include Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala Milan, and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, in addition to the New York Philharmonic.

Paavo Järvi is a dedicated supporter of Estonian composers and artistic adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Each season concludes with a week of performances and master classes at Estonia’s Pärnu Music Festival, which he founded in 2010. As a festival celebrating the orchestra at its heart, Mr. Järvi created the Estonian Festival Orchestra, which he will take to Europe’s major capital cities for a tour that coincides with the 100th anniversary of Estonian Independence in January 2018. He was awarded the Order of the White Star by the President of Estonia in 2013 for his outstanding contribution to Estonian culture.

With an extensive discography, Paavo Järvi has won a Grammy Award for his recording of Sibelius’s Cantatas and was named Artist of the Year by both Gramophone and Diapason magazines. He has also been appointed Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture for his contribution to music in France.

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Paavo Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music. He moved to the United States in 1980 and 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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