Shostakovich and Mendelssohn

The New York Philharmonic

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Shostakovich and Mendelssohn

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-131

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

17

May, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

18

May, 2018

Friday, 8:00 PM

19

May, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

22

May, 2018

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Semyon Bychkov leads Shostakovich’s epic Fifth Symphony, a grand work of huge climaxes, triumphant marches, and exhilarating brass. Profoundly sad, the symphony conveys an indomitable spirit and remains his most popular. Plus Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 — at once virtuosic, melodious, and high-spirited — is a showcase for soloist Bertrand Chamayou.

Program

Brahms

Tragic Overture

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Mendelssohn

Piano Concerto No. 1

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Shostakovich

Symphony No. 5

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Artists

Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

Semyon Bychkov, music director and chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, is internationally recognized for an approach to music-making that combines innate musicality with the rigors of Russian music pedagogy. Like his orchestra, he has strong ties to the cultures of both Western Europe and the Slavic East.

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Bychkov studied at the Glinka Choir School and at the Leningrad Conservatory as a pupil of Ilya Musin. At age 20 he won the Rachmaninoff Conducting Competition; however, denied the accompanying prize of conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic, he departed for the US. He returned to the Leningrad Philharmonic in 1989 as principal guest conductor and was named music director of the Orchestre de Paris the same year. He was named chief conductor of Cologne’s WDR Symphony Orchestra in 1997, and chief conductor of Dresden’s Semperoper in 1998. In addition to his commitment to the Czech Philharmonic, he currently holds the honorary 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.

Recent US engagements have included the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. This season he is also heard with The Cleveland Orchestra, which he last conducted in 2017. In Europe, he is an annual guest of the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra, and tours frequently with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Munich and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras. He conducts at all of the major opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala; Opéra national de Paris; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real; and Vienna Staatsoper. In addition to conducting the core symphonic and operatic repertoire, he has worked closely with many leading contemporary composers, including Berio, Dutilleux, and Kagel. In recent seasons, he has collaborated with Julian Anderson, Richard Dubugnon, Detlev Glanert, Thomas Larcher, and René Staar.

His Tchaikovsky Project with the Czech Philharmonic is a series of concerts, residencies, and studio recordings that allow him to explore Tchaikovsky together with the orchestra and record the results for Decca. Launched in 2016, the project culminates in 2019 with residencies in Prague, Tokyo, Paris, and Vienna and the release of the complete recordings. Semyon Bychkov was named 2015 Conductor of the Year by the International Opera Awards.

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Bertrand Chamayou

Piano

Bertrand Chamayou

Piano

Bertrand Chamayou

Piano

Mastering an extensive repertoire, pianist Bertrand Chamayou is a regular performer in venues such as Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées, New York’s Lincoln Center, Munich 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.

In the 2017–18 season he makes his debuts with the New York Philharmonic led by Semyon Bychkov, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, and the Bamberg, Atlanta, Quebec, and Detroit symphony orchestras. Other highlights include his return to the National Orchestra of Belgium, Spanish National Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestre national de France. He will appear as soloist on tour in South America with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse.

Mr. Chamayou regularly performs chamber music with partners including Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Quatuor Ebène, Antoine Tamestit, and Sol Gabetta. The pianist opened the season at London’s International Piano Series and performs in recitals at Wigmore Hall, Kissinger Sommer, Lakeside Arts Center Nottingham, Salzburg’s Easter Festival, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, and in Monte Carlo, Vilnius, and Essen.

Bertrand Chamayou has made a number of successful recordings, including a Naïve CD of music by César Franck that was awarded several accolades including Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice. In 2011 he celebrated Liszt’s 200th birthday with a recording of the complete Années de Pèlerinage (Naïve), which he performed in several venues throughout the world. The album received rave reviews worldwide, including Gramophone Choice. The only artist to win France’s prestigious Victoires de la Musique on four occasions, he 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.

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Special Thanks

Semyon Bychkov’s appearance is made possible by the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.

The New York Philharmonic recognizes Baker McKenzie for its generous support.

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