Beethoven and Schumann

The New York Philharmonic

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Beethoven and Schumann


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Feb, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Feb, 2019

Friday, 11:00 AM


Feb, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Pianist Stephen Hough returns to the New York Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, two years after his “richly poetic and pensive” (The New York Times) performance of Beethoven’s final concerto. And Thomas Dausgaard conducts his acclaimed interpretation of Nielsen’s Helios Overture (his recording is nominated for a Grammy) and his “achingly beautiful” (Gramophone) rendition of Schumann’s Second Symphony.



Helios Overture



Piano Concerto No. 3



Symphony No. 2


Thomas Dausgaard


Thomas Dausgaard




Thomas Dausgaard is chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Beginning the 2019–20 season he will become music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, which he currently serves as principal guest conductor. He is also honorary conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), as well as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as its chief conductor from 2004 to 2011.

Mr. Dausgaard is renowned for his creativity and innovation in programming, the excitement of his performances, and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. His programming in recent seasons has focused increasingly on the exploration of influences to be found in folk and liturgical music on orchestral works by a range of composers including Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Nielsen, and Bartók.

He regularly appears at international festivals worldwide and with leading orchestras in Europe, the US, and Asia. Recent highlights have included appearances at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and George Enescu Festival, and guest conducting engagements with the Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. His North American appearances have included The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. Engagements in Asia and Australia have included the New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

Current and upcoming recording projects include J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos combined with six newly commissioned companion works with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and Bruckner symphonies with the Bergen Philharmonic (both for BIS); Sibelius’s Kullervo with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Hyperion); and Bartók’s orchestral works with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Onyx). His most recent release is a critically acclaimed recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Deryck Cooke version III) with the Seattle Symphony. In total, he has made more than 70 CDs to date, including complete symphonic cycles of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Rued Langgaard.

Thomas Dausgaard has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark, and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden. His interests beyond music are wide-ranging, and include architecture, landscape, and a fascination with the life and culture of remote communities.

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Stephen Hough


Stephen Hough


Stephen Hough


Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, he was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Since taking first prize at the 1983 Naumburg Competition, Mr. Hough has performed with the world’s major orchestras, given recitals at the most prestigious concert halls, and appeared at festivals from Salzburg to Tanglewood. His 2018–19 season highlights include the Mostly Mozart Festival, Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras; London and New York Philharmonic orchestras; City of Birmingham, Dallas, Detroit, Finnish Radio, San Francisco, Montreal, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, and Vienna symphony orchestras; and the Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra sinfonica nazionale della Rai, and Hallé Orchestra, with which he also tours China. In 2018 he was artist-in-residence at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Hough’s discography of more than 60 CDs has garnered awards including the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, several Grammy nominations, and eight Gramophone Awards, and includes recent releases of Debussy solo piano works and Mr. Hough’s Dream Album (on Hyperion). His iPad app, The Liszt Sonata, was released by Touch Press in 2013.

As a composer, Mr. Hough has been commissioned by the likes of London’s Wigmore Hall, Paris’s Musée du Louvre, London’s National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Indianapolis Symphony, and Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. His music is published by Josef Weinberger Ltd. His first novel, The Final Retreat, was published by Sylph Editions in 2018. He is an honorary member of the Royal Philharmonic Society, a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School.


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Special Thanks

Thomas Dausgaard’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.

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Stephen Hough’s appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–19 season.


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