Oundjian Conducts Bruckner Eight
Mozart Piano Concerto No25 K503
Bruckner Symphony No8
They call Bruckner’s symphonies ‘cathedrals in sound’, and it’s true – Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony contains some of the grandest and most beautiful sounds ever assembled, by a composer with a vision of another world. But hearing is believing, and anyone can be moved by this vast yet deeply touching masterpiece. Peter Oundjian loves it, and he’s paired it with something very different but equally beautiful – Mozart’s jubilant Piano Concerto No25. The perfect musical palate-cleanser!
Sir Alexander Gibson Memorial Concert
£37, £29, £23, £17.50, £12.50
Under 16s free, Under 26s/Mature Students/Unemployed £6, Disabled Patrons 50% off
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.
A deeply passionate and sensitive performer, Christian Blackshaw is celebrated for the incomparable musicianship of his performances. His playing combines tremendous emotional depth with great understanding and, in the words of one London critic, "sheer musicality and humanity". Pianist magazine, reviewing his performance of Schubert's great B Flat Sonata D.960 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall wrote that the work "has become the calling card of many a pianist wishing to declare themselves a musician's musician and Blackshaw most certainly belongs to this category". Following studies with Gordon Green at the Royal College Manchester and Royal Academy, London and winning the gold medals at each, he was the first British pianist to study at the Leningrad Conservatoire with Moisei Halfin. He later worked closely with Sir Clifford Curzon in London. Christian Blackshaw has performed with many leading orchestras including London Philharmonic, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Rotterdam Philharmonic and RAI Torino. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Yuri Temirkanov and Sir Neville Marriner. He has given chamber concerts in London with the principals of the London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe and festival engagements have taken him to Stars of the White Nights St Petersburg, Prague, Dubrovnik, Helsinki, Stresa, Britain in Greece Festival Athens, Bath, Orford (Canada) and the BBC Proms. He is also Artistic Director of the Hellens Music Festival which was established in Spring 2013.