Debussy and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra

The New York Philharmonic

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Debussy and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Apr, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Apr, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic performs Bartók’s thrilling Concerto for Orchestra — a tour de force in which every section of the orchestra shines in the spotlight, ending in a fugal whirlwind for all forces. Artist-in-Residence Leif Ove Andsnes solos in Debussy’s rhapsodic Fantaisie, a work of "tremendous beauty," according to the "pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight" (The New York Times).



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Concerto for Orchestra


Edward Gardner


Edward Gardner


Edward Gardner


Chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since October 2015, Edward Gardner has led the orchestra on multiple international tours, including performances in London, Berlin, Munich, and Amsterdam. Its semi-staged production of Britten’s Peter Grimes at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival received five-star reviews from The Times, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Scotsman, and The Herald.

In the 2017–18 season Mr. Gardner makes his debuts with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He also continues longstanding collaborations with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (where he was principal guest conductor from 2010 to 2016), and BBC Symphony Orchestra (which he has conducted at both the First and Last Night of the BBC Proms).

Music director of English National Opera for ten years (2006–15), Mr. Gardner continues to work with the world’s major opera companies. He has ongoing relationships with Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris, and The Metropolitan Opera, where he has conducted productions of Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, and Massenet’s Werther. Future plans include a return to Dutch National Opera and his Royal Opera, Covent Garden, debut.

A passionate supporter of young talent, he founded the Hallé Youth Orchestra in 2002 and regularly conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Barbican Youth Orchestra. He has a close relationship with The Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Music, which appointed him its inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras conducting chair in 2014.

Mr. Gardner is an exclusive Chandos recording artist; his award-winning discography includes music by Janáček, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Walton, Lutosławski, Britten, Berio, and Schoenberg. His recent recording of Sibelius orchestral songs with the Bergen Philharmonic was shortlisted for a 2017 Gramophone Award.

Born in Gloucester in 1974, Edward Gardner was educated at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. Upon graduating he assisted Mark Elder at The Hallé, then spent three years as music director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He has since conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, National Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Filarmonica della Scala. His accolades include being named Royal Philharmonic Society Award Conductor of the Year (2008), an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Opera (2009), and an OBE for Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honors (2012). These performances mark his New York Philharmonic debut.

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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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Special Thanks

Leif Ove Andsnes is The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence.

Edward Gardner’s debut with the New York Philharmonic is made possible by the Kurt Masur Fund for the Philharmonic, an endowment fund created to honor the accomplishments of the Philharmonic’s Music Director Emeritus, the late Kurt Masur.


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