Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Debussy Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)
A flash of light, a swirl of sound – and deep in a magical kingdom, the enchanted Firebird darts across the sky. In a sultry French twilight, young people play delicious new games. And the love of Wagner’s life wakes from her sleep to hear the sweetest music he ever wrote. Guest conductor Lorenzo Viotti unfolds each tale tonight, and the fabulous French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet offers an anniversary gift to music’s supreme master of fantasy and colour: Claude Debussy.
This concert is recommended by Classic FM
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Under 16s free, Under 26s/Mature Students/Unemployed £6, Disabled Patrons 50% off
The young Swiss conductor came to international attention as winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards 2015 at the age of 25 years and of the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition and the MDR Conducting Competition in 2013.
Born in Lausanne, he studied piano, singing and percussion in Lyon. He attended orchestral conducting classes under Professor Georg Mark in Vienna where at the same time he performed as percussionist in various major orchestras, among others the Wiener Philharmoniker. He continued his conducting classes under Nicolás Pasquet at the Franz Liszt-conservatory in Weimar.
Major international orchestras which Lorenzo Viotti has conducted so far include the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tokyo and Osaka Symphony Orchestras, Orchestre National de France in Paris, Bamberg Symphony, Bremen Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London and others.
Three highly successful last minute engagements in 2016 marked also his debut with the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Verbier Chamber Orchestra. The artist celebrated a further much acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien in August 2016.
As an opera conductor Lorenzo Viotti presented Offanbach’s La Belle Hélène at the Châtelet in Paris, Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio at the La Fenice in Venice, Carmen in Klagenfurt and Rigoletto at the Stuttgart Opera and the Dresden Semperoper and Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma! at the Opera in Lyon in June/July 2017.
Among many other projects, this year has also seen his conducting debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Lorenzo Viotti has just won the newcomers award at this year's International Opera Award 2017.
Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet enjoys a prolific recording and international concert career and regularly works with orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, NHK Symphony and collaborates with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Charles Dutoit, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Sir Andrew Davis amongst others. During the 2016/17 season, highlights included opening Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra’s new season, a tour with Les Siécles including a concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall and performances with BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish, Baltimore and Toronto symphony orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and a tour of Japan with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa under Ashkenazy. Recent performances include his appearance at the BBC Proms performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Nicholas Collon as well as concerts with Opernhaus Zürich under Gianandrea Noseda, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and Gothenburg Symphony where he performed both of Ravel’s piano concertos in one programme under the baton of François-Xavier Roth, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Aspen Music Festival and Seattle Symphony Orchestra with Ludovic Morlot.