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Open Rehearsal


David Geffen Hall

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Date & Times


May, 2018

Thursday, 9:45 AM

Event Info

All Open Rehearsals are “working” rehearsals and therefore the program may not be played in its entirety. Additionally, we cannot guarantee the appearance of any soloist at an Open Rehearsal.

Program To Include


Tragic Overture



Piano Concerto No. 1



Symphony No. 5


Semyon Bychkov


Semyon Bychkov


Semyon Bychkov


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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Bertrand Chamayou


Bertrand Chamayou


Bertrand Chamayou


Pianist Bertrand Chamayou has performed in distinguished venues including Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées, New York’s Lincoln Center, Munich’s Herkulessaal, and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has appeared at major festivals including the Mostly Mozart Festival, Lucerne Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, and Klavier-Festival Ruhr. He has worked with orchestras including the London and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras; Frankfurt Radio, Cologne’s WDR, NHK, and Danish National symphony orchestras; as well as Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Orchestre National de France, collaborating with conductors such as Boulez, Slatkin, Marriner, Bychkov, Plasson, Langrée, Denève, Morlot, and Nelsons.

In the 2015–16 season Mr. Chamayou made debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Cinncinati Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. In 2016–17 he returns to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, and Orchestre de Paris among others; makes debuts with the Seattle Symphony, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras; and presents all-Ravel recitals in Paris, Taipei, Atlanta, Cartagena, and elsewhere. Mr. Chamayou’s chamber music partners include Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Quatuor Ebène, Antoine Tamestit, and Sol Gabetta. A 2016–17 recital tour of the United States and Canada with Gabetta includes performances in Baltimore, Boston, and Quebec City.

Bertrand Chamayou’s recordings include an album of music by Franck (Naïve), which was awarded accolades including Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice. In 2011 he celebrated Liszt’s 200th anniversary with the complete Années de Pèlerinage (Naïve, recipient of Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice), with music he had performed throughout the world. The only artist to win France’s Victoires de la Musique on four occasions, Mr. Chamayou has an exclusive recording contract with Warner / Erato, and was awarded the 2016 ECHO Klassik for his recording of Ravel’s complete works for solo piano. 

Born in Toulouse, Bertrand Chamayou studied with Jean-François Heisser at the Paris Conservatoire and completed his training with Maria Curcio in London.

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