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Of Earth, Sea, and Sky

Nov 16 - Nov 19


Piano superstar Daniil Trifonov joins forces with his former teacher, Sergei Babayan, in Bartók’s rarely performed Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion. Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu completes the program with works by two of his country’s most famous composers, Jean Sibelius and Kaija Saariaho.

Of Earth, Sea, and Sky


7:30 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


1 Hour 45 Minutes with Intermission

Program To Include


The Oceanides



Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

Kaija Saariaho

Ciel d'hiver


Symphony No. 7



  • Hannu Lintu


    One of the most distinctive and dynamic conductors of his generation, Hannu Lintu continues his tenure as chief conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The appointment followed a series of hugely successful collaborations with the company — including Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in 2016, Sibelius’s Kullervo in 2017, Berg’s Wozzeck in 2019, and Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in 2020 — and reflects Lintu’s shifting focus into the field of opera. In the past season he conducted R. Strauss’s Salome and Britten’s Billy Budd. This season’s productions will include the majority of the house’s rescheduled performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which will recommence with Die Walküre in September 2022.

    Lintu recently completed his eighth and final season as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor. Highlights included Schumann’s Faust Szenen, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, and the second-ever FRSO Festival — devoted in 2019 to new and large-scale works by national composer Magnus Lindberg. Guest highlights of the 2022–23 season include his highly anticipated debuts with the New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and returns to the Naples Philharmonic and St. Louis and BBC Symphony orchestras. Lintu also guest conducts the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. Recent engagements include debuts with the Bavarian Radio and BBC symphony orchestras and returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Radio France, and DSO Berlin. 

    Lintu has received several accolades for his recordings, including two ICMA Awards for Bartók’s Violin Concertos with Christian Tetzlaff (2019) and works by Sibelius featuring Anne Sofie von Otter (2018). He received a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for his recording of Lutosławski’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, and a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Opera CD for Rautavaara’s Kaivos. He received Gramophone Award nominations for his recordings of Enescu’s Symphony No. 2 with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Violin Concertos of Sibelius and Thomas Adès with Augustin Hadelich and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, the recording of Magnus Lindberg’s orchestral works Aura and Marea and the chamber work Related Rocks with the FRSO is nominated for the 2022 Gramophone Award in the Contemporary category.

    Learn more about Hannu Lintu
  • Sergei Babayan


    Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy, and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding to an exceptionally diverse repertoire. He has collaborated with such conductors as Antonio Pappano, David Robertson, Rafael Payare, Thomas Dausgaard, Tugan Sokhiev, Valery Gergiev, and Dima Slobodeniouk. He performs with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and the Zurich Tonhalle. Babayan is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist; his latest release, Rachmaninoff (DG 2020), received numerous awards, including BBC Recording of the Month and CHOC Classica. In 2018 he released his own transcriptions for two pianos of works by Sergei Prokofiev with Martha Argerich, Prokofiev for Two (DG 2018). Born in Armenia, Babayan began his studies there with Georgy Saradjev and continued at the Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Pletnev, Vera Gornostayeva, and Lev Naumov. Following his first trip outside of the USSR in 1989, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions. An American citizen, he lives in New York City.

    Learn more about Sergei Babayan
  • Daniil Trifonov


    Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov — Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year — has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer.

    Learn more about Daniil Trifonov

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Major support for these concerts is provided by Mrs. Veronica Atkins.


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