Programme

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
    • Symphony No. 26 in E flat major K 184/161a
    • Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
    • Piano concerto No. 2 in F minor op. 21
    • Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    • Music for strings, celesta and percussion, Sz 106 (BB 114)

Piano

Jan Lisiecki

The name Jan Lisiecki is one to be noted, reported the Financial Times in reference to the 24-year-old who has already made a name for himself as one of the greatest pianists of our time. This is due to his exceptional artistic maturity, his unmistakeable sound, his poetic sensitivity and his technical brilliance, for which he has received considerable recognition. The New York Times has called him »a pianist who gives meaning to every note«.

In 2013 Gramophone Magazine named this young Canadian the youngest winner of the ›Young Artist of the Year Award‹ and he was also awarded the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award. In 2017 Lisiecki received the Echo Klassik Award – the most significant honour of the Canadian music industry. Both prizes were won with renditions of Chopin’s less frequently played works for piano and orchestra, with Krzysztof Urbański and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. His latest album on the Deutsche Grammophon label, recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and released in February 2019, includes both Mendelssohn concertos as well as various other solo works.

On the international stage too, Lisiecki can be heard performing with the world’s most famous orchestras and has already worked in close co-operation with well-known conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding and Claudio Abbado. Recent highlights include recital tours throughout Europe and Asia, as well as subscription concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Dresden. This season, Jan Lisieki will be performing once again with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. The Concert in The Glocke will be his debut with the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen.

Conductor

Alondra de la Parra

The Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra became internationally famous for her rousing concerts and commitment to the music of Latin American composers. She was the first Mexican woman ever to perform in New York City and is now the official cultural ambassador for her native Mexico.  Today, Alondra de la Parra works regularly with numerous renowned international orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. She has been the General Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since the beginning of 2017 and is thus the first woman to hold this position in the orchestra’s long history.

The highlights of recent seasons have been her subscription concert debut with the Tokyo NHK Symphony Orchestra and her debuts at the Beethoven Festival Bonn, conducting the Orchestre de Paris – a concert which was broadcast live on Arte – as well as various engagements with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and a live orchestra performance to accompany the film version of ›West Side Story‹ at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico. For the 2018/19 season, Alondra de la Parra is returning to both the Elbphilharmonie and the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen. The highlight of the year 2019 will most certainly be the world premiere of the new production of T.H.A.M.O.S. at the Salzburg Festival’s Mozart Week – where she will be bringing the Camerata Salzburg on stage together with the Theatre Company La Fura Dels Baus um Carlus Padrissa – and also her debut at the Aix en Provence Festival.