Yuja Wang, Rachmaninoff and Anna Thorvaldsdottir
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Project 19

Yuja Wang, Rachmaninoff, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$51-152

Date & Times

10

Feb, 2021

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

11

Feb, 2021

Thursday, 7:30 PM

12

Feb, 2021

Friday, 8:00 PM

13

Feb, 2021

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Yuja Wang brings to life Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto’s sweeping melodies and blazing pyrotechnics (the first-movement cadenza is a challenge for even the most athletic pianist). Discover the sound world of Iceland’s Anna Thorvaldsdottir through the US Premiere of her work commissioned through Project 19. Sibelius’s stirring Finlandia and richly scored final symphony bookend the concert.

Program To Include

Sibelius

Finlandia

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Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 1

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir

New work (US Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Berlin Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Iceland Symphony Orchestra)

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Sibelius

Symphony No. 7

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Artists

Hannu Lintu

Conductor

Hannu Lintu

Conductor

Hannu Lintu

Conductor

Hannu Lintu enters his seventh year as chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) in the 2019–20 season. Highlights include Schumann’s Faust Szenen, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, the second-ever FRSO Festival — devoted in 2019 to new and large-scale works by national composer Magnus Lindberg — and tour appearances at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Bratislava and Ascona Festivals and in Verona, as well as at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and in Nagoya and Osaka, Japan.

In May 2019 he was appointed chief conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, a role which he commences in January 2022 shortly after his eighth and final season as the FRSO’s chief conductor. Mr. Lintu regularly conducts at the Savonlinna Festival, most recently leading Verdi’s Otello (2018) and Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo (as part of Finland’s centenary celebrations, 2017).

Mr. Lintu’s 2019–20 season guest appearances include returns to the Boston, Detroit, and Iceland symphony orchestras, and the Orchestre de Paris and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He makes debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, and Tonkustler Orchestra. Recent appearances include the Hungarian National and New Japan Philharmonic orchestras; the Baltimore, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Signapore symphony orchestras; Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie orchestra.

Mr. Lintu has made several recordings for Ondine, BIS, Naxos, Avie, and Hyperion; recent releases include Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten and Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz, Lutosławski’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4, and works by Kaija Saariaho with Gerald Finley and Xavier de Maistre, all with the FRSO. His recordings have received honors including two ICMA awards, for Bartók’s Violin Concertos with Christian Tetzlaff (2019) and works by Sibelius featuring Anne Sofie von Otter (2018); a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Opera CD, for Rautavaara’s Kaivos; and Gramophone Award nominations, for Enescu’s Symphony No. 2 with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Violin Concertos by Sibelius and Thomas Adès with Augustin Hadelich and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hannu Lintu studied cello and piano at the Sibelius Academy, where he later studied conducting with Jorma Panula. He participated in masterclasses with Myung-Whun Chung at the L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and took first prize at the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen in 1994.

 

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Yuja Wang

Piano

Yuja Wang

Piano

Yuja Wang

Piano

Critical superlatives and audience ovations have continuously followed Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang’s career. Celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, she is set to achieve new heights during the 2019–20 season, which features recitals, concert series, season residencies, and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors.

Highlights include her year-long “Artist Spotlight” at London’s Barbican Centre, where she curates and performs in four events: the first London performance of John Adams’s newest piano concerto (which she premiered in the spring of 2019), Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, which they take to Boston and New York City; recitals featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon and clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer; and a solo recital.

Her 2019–20 season touring highlights include traveling to China with the Vienna Philharmonic, European recitals with Gautier Capucon, and a solo recital tour with stops at New York’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

Additionally, she is the featured soloist with some of North America’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons, Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Gimeno, San Francisco Symphony led by Michael Tilson Thomas, and The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Yuja Wang received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She later signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has since established her place among the world’s leading artists, with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings. She was named Musical America’s 2017 Artist of the Year.

 

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Special Thanks
Lead support for Project 19 is provided by the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Mr. Oscar L. Tang.

Generous support is also provided by Sheree A. and Gerald L. Friedman; The Hauser Foundation; The Gerald L. Lennard Foundation; Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa; Kimberly V. Strauss, The Strauss Foundation; the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; and an anonymous donor.

Project 19 is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
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