Poulenc Suite from Les biches
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No1
Once upon a time…Rimsky-Korsakov opened his copy of The Arabian Nights, found a cruel sultan and a beautiful princess, and created an orchestral extravaganza like no other. Scheherazade is sumptuous, sexy and dazzlingly tuneful; perfect for Thomas Søndergård’s high-voltage brand of music-making! Meanwhile, Poulenc’s score for Diaghilev’s ballet Les biches, is a deliciously naughty treat – the perfect upbeat to the timeless Gallic elegance of Saint- Saëns’ First Cello Concerto, starring the RSNO’s own Principal Cello Aleksei Kiseliov.
This concert is recommended by Classic FM
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Under 16s free, Under 26s/Mature Students/Unemployed £6, Disabled Patrons 50% off
Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). From the start of the 2018:19 season he becomes Music Director of the RSNO.
Highlights of his 2016:17 season have included debuts with London Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and London Symphony Orchestras, Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot) and Deutsche Oper Berlin (world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II). He also made return visits to Oslo Philharmonic, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Royal Danish Opera (Il viaggio a Reims). With the RSNO, projects have included Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Janine Jansen and with BBC NOW, the complete Stravinsky The Firebird, recordings and touring.
Future plans include returns to Sydney and BBC Symphony Orchestras, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Norske Opera Oslo (Die Zauberflöte) and debuts with Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra Berlin, SWR Baden-Baden, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Gurzenich Orchestra and Bern Symphony. Recent seasons have included Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker; leading tours with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and European Union Youth Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Brussels Philharmonic; Swedish Radio, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Orchestre National d’Ile de France; Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Aleksei Kiseliov is one of the foremost cellists of his generation. Born in Belarus in 1985, he began his musical studies when he was only 5 years old at the Republican Music College with Vladimir Perlin. At the age of 12, Aleksei was a prize-winner at the Tchaikovsky International Youth Competition in St Petersburg. He became ‘Belarus Pupil of the Year’, a scholar of the President’s Fund of Belarus and received a special prize from the Vladimir Spivakov Fund. In 2000, Aleksei began studying with Tilman Wick in Hannover and 3 years later moved to London to study with Prof. Jerome Pernoo at the Royal College of Music. Aleksei was a prize-winner of several competitions and awards including Leverhulme Trust Award, Richard Carne Award, Lillian Sutton Award, Orpheus Sinfonia Trust Award, The Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Lambert Fellowship Award and Belbrand International Music Award. In 2008 and 2009 Aleksei directed his own International Music Festival ‘Melodrama’ in London and Minsk. Aleksei has been invited to perform at many International Festivals including Les Vacance Des Monsieur Haydn, Cello Masterclasses and Concerts in Kronberg, Beauvais Cello Festival, Aix En Provence Festival, Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival, GAIA Chamber Music Festival and Musica Mundi Festival with musicians such as Gavriel Lipkind, Giovanni Sollima, Alina Ibragimova, Nicola Benedetti, Itamar Golan and Maxim Vengerov. Since 2011, Aleksei combines his solo career with his orchestral role as a Principal Cellist of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, where he regularly performs as a soloist and in chamber groups. He also teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.