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Víkingur Ólafsson Plays Ravel

Nov 23 - Nov 26


Ravel’s exuberant Piano Concerto in G major is performed by Víkingur Ólafsson, a star among a new generation of pianists. Stéphane Denève returns to conduct several French works based on fictional and mythological characters, including Guillaume Connesson’s Céléphaïs, Roussel’s Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2, and Ravel’s shimmering Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2. 

Víkingur Ólafsson Plays Ravel


7:30 PM





8:00 PM





8:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


1 Hour 45 Minutes with Intermission


Guillaume Connesson

Céléphaïs, from Les Cités de Lovecraft


Piano Concerto in G major



Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2



Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2



  • Stéphane Denève


    Stéphane Denève is music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the New World Symphony; in 2023 he becomes principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. His previous posts include principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Renowned for the quality of his performances and programming, Denève regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is an advocate for 21st-century music. 

    Denève, who made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, regularly conducts the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and the San Francisco and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. In 2022 he conducted John Williams’s 90th Birthday Gala with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC); he is a popular guest at many US summer music festivals, including the Hollywood Bowl, Bravo! Vail, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Blossom Music Festival, Festival Napa Valley, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West. 

    Denève’s recent and upcoming engagements include concerts with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (with whom he conducted the 2020 Nobel Prize concert), Orchestre national de France, Czech Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. In the field of opera, he led a new production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Netherlands Opera at the 2019 Holland Festival. He has also led productions at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and at Opéra national de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival (Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan), Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), Royal Theatre of La Monnaie (Brussels, Belgium), and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. 

    A prize-winning graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, early in his career Denève worked closely with Georg Solti, Georges Prêtre, and Seiji Ozawa. A gifted communicator and educator, he is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, working regularly with Tanglewood Music Center, Colburn School, and European Union Youth Orchestra.

    Learn more about Stéphane Denève
  • Víkingur Ólafsson 


    Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has made a profound impact with his remarkable combination of highest-level musicianship and visionary programming. His recordings for Deutsche Grammophon — Philip Glass Piano Works (2017), Johann Sebastian Bach (2018), Debussy Rameau (2020), and Mozart & Contemporaries (2021) — have captured the public and critical imagination and led to career streams of more than 400 million. From Afar, his most recent album, was released in October 2022. One of today’s most sought-after artists, Ólafsson has received multiple honors, including the Rolf Schock Prize in Musical Arts (2022), Opus Klassik Awards for Solo Recording / Instrumental (twice, in 2019 and 2020), Album of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards (2018), and being named Gramophone magazine Artist of the Year (2019). Ólafsson continues to perform as artist-in-residence at the world’s top orchestras, concert halls, and festivals, and works with today’s greatest composers. In the 2022–23 season, in addition to making his New York Philharmonic debut he performs with ensembles including London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the London and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. A captivating communicator both on and offstage, Víkingur Ólafsson’s significant talent extends to broadcast, having presented several of his own series for television and radio. He was artist-in-residence for three months on BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts program Front Row. His live broadcasts during lockdown, from an empty Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík, reached millions of listeners around the world.

    Learn more about Víkingur Ólafsson 

Special Thanks

Lead support for these concerts is provided by The Berry Charitable Foundation.

Generous support for Víkingur Ólafsson’s appearances is provided by The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series.


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