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
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the ensemble in its 125th Anniversary celebrations in during the 2016:17 Season. This follows a prosperous and productive four Seasons with Oundjian at the helm, where the Orchestra undertook an artistically and critically successful first tour of China, performed at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival, and released two recordings under his leadership.
British-Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian was appointed Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2012, and during that time has become recognised for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit and engaging personality. Peter continues to champion a broad range of music, including Romantic repertoire as well as large-scale choral masterpieces and the works of 20th-century American composers.
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.