Oundjian and Benedetti
Higgins Velocity (Scottish premiere)
Elgar Violin Concerto
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Peter Oundjian, Nicola Benedetti and the RSNO – the perfect partnership and a stellar start to the new Season! With The Scotsman praising her ‘effortless musicality’, Scottish superstar Nicola’s an artist at the absolute top of her game. Her performance of Elgar’s Violin Concerto will make a gloriously passionate opening before Peter Oundjian and a supersized RSNO blast the roof off in Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet. The brilliant young British composer Gavin Higgins lights the touch paper.
The Scottish premiere of Gavin Higgins’ Velocity is supported by Resonate – a PRS Foundation initiative in partnership with Association of British Orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and Boltini Trust.
Tenovus Scotland Golden Jubilee
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Following an outstanding first two years, which has seen the Orchestra tour China, perform at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival and release two recordings under his leadership, Peter Oundjian’s third Season as RSNO Music Director sees the British-Canadian musician lead Scotland’s national orchestra as it celebrates its 125th year. In addition to his post as Music Director with the RSNO, Peter Oundjian is also Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since the beginning of his Music Directorship with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2004, Oundjian has become an integral part of the rebirth of the TSO. He has created the annual Mozart Festival, as well as the hugely successful New Creations Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary orchestral music, as well as showcasing and premiering commissioned works. In 2008, he launched tsoLIVE with the orchestra, a self-produced label of the orchestra’s live concert recordings. Oundjian has since released six recordings on the label, including Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 (June 2012), Vaughan Williams Symphony Nos. 4 & 5 (December 2011) and Holst’s The Planets (March 2011). His previous positions include Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe.