Gergiev Conducts Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky
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CANCELLED: Gergiev Conducts Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours with intermission

Date & Times


Mar, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Mar, 2020

Friday, 8:00 PM


Mar, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Valery Gergiev conducts Russian masterpieces, including Rachmaninoff’s blockbuster Third Piano Concerto, a work of massive power and drive, featuring George Li. In Petrushka Stravinsky created an exciting new world of sound — shifting rhythms and keys, and echoes of a barrel organ — to tell the story of a puppet love triangle set at a Shrovetide fair.


Rodion Shchedrin

Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, Naughty Limericks



Piano Concerto No. 3



Petrushka (1911 version)


Valery Gergiev


Valery Gergiev


Valery Gergiev


Valery Gergiev is a vivid representative of the St. Petersburg conducting school. His debut at the Mariinsky (then Kirov) Theatre came in 1978 with Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 1988 he was appointed music director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 1996 he became its artistic and general director.

With his arrival at the Mariinsky Theatre’s helm, it became a tradition to hold major festivals, marking various composer anniversaries. His efforts have led to revivals of Wagner’s operas. The Mariinsky Orchestra under Mr. Gergiev has scaled new heights, assimilating not only opera and ballet scores but also an expansive symphonic repertoire.

Under his direction, the Mariinsky Theatre has become a major theater and concert complex. In 2006 the Concert Hall was opened, followed in 2013 by the theater’s second stage (the Mariinsky-II) and, since January 2016, a branch in Vladivostok: the Primorsky Stage. The Mariinsky label, launched in 2009, has to date released more than 30 discs that have received great critical and public acclaim worldwide.

Mr. Gergiev has conducted in the world’s great opera houses and led world-renowned orchestras, such as World Orchestra for Peace (which he has directed since 1997); the New York, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; the Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; The Cleveland Orchestra; and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. From 1995 to 2008 he was principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic (of which he remains an honorary conductor), and from 2007 to 2015 he was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since the fall of 2015, he has also been chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic.

Valery Gergiev is the founder and director of international festivals including the Stars of the White Nights (since 1993) and the Moscow Easter Festival (since 2002). Since 2011 he has directed the organizational committee of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Mr. Gergiev’s musical and public activities have brought him acclaimed awards such as the Hero of Labour (2013), the Order of Alexander Nevsky (2016), the Russian Federation Ministry of Defence Arts and Culture Award (2017), and state awards from Armenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, France, and Japan.

Learn more about Valery Gergiev

George Li


George Li




Since winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, pianist George Li has established an international reputation, collaborating regularly with major orchestras and conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, James Gaffigan, Manfred Honeck, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kirill Petrenko, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas, among others.

In the 2019–20 season, Mr. Li performs with the Baltimore, Cincinnati, Fort Worth, and New Jersey symphony orchestras, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic and National Arts Centre Orchestra. He appears at the Vienna Musikverein with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, and recently completed an eight-concert tour of Germany with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recent engagements include the New York, London, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Oslo, and St. Petersburg philharmonic orchestras; the San Francisco Symphony; the Tokyo, Frankfurt Radio, Sydney, and Montreal symphony orchestras; and the Philharmonia, DSO Berlin, and Orchestra national de Lyon. He frequently appears with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, including at the Paris Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Graffenegg Festival, and various venues throughout Russia.

In recital, Mr. Li has performed at Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Davies Hall, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Munich’s Gasteig, Paris’s Louvre, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo’s Asahi Hall and Musashino Hall, NCPA Beijing, and Amici della Musica Firenze. He has appeared at the Edinburgh International, Verbier, Ravinia, Aix-en-Provence, and Montreux festivals, among others.

George Li is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, with his debut recital album (recorded live at the Mariinsky) released in 2017. His second recording for the label features Liszt solo works and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, recorded live with Vasily Petrenko and the London Philharmonic and released in 2019.

Learn more about George Li

Special Thanks

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Denis Matsuev’s appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2019–20 season.

Valery Gergiev’s appearance is made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.


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