Søndergård Conducts Ein Heldenleben
Brahms Piano Concerto No2
R Strauss Ein Heldenleben
Richard Strauss liked to blow his own trumpets…and his horns, trombones and tubas. So when he used a colossal orchestra to tell the epic story of an imaginary hero, it’s not hard to work out who he actually had in mind! This is Ein Heldenleben – and with Thomas Søndergård conducting, there’s no more stirring introduction to the world of the German Romantics. Well, apart from hearing rising star Sunwook Kim in Brahms’ huge, sunlit Second Piano Concerto.
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Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW); prior to this, he was for three seasons Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Plans for 2016:17 include debuts with Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Oper Berlin (world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II) and return visits to Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Royal Danish Opera (Il viaggio a Reims). With RSNO, projects include Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Janine Jansen and with BBC NOW, the complete Stravinsky Firebird, recordings and touring.
Recent seasons have included Leipzig Gewandhaus, DSO Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony; leading tours with Junge Deutsche Philiharmonie and European Union Youth Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic; Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony; Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Brussels and Luxembourg Philharmonics; Toronto, Atlanta, Vancouver, Houston and Seattle Symphony Orchestras; Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Symphony.
London-based Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, aged just 18, becoming the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner. His performance of Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder in the competition’s finals attracted unanimous praise from the press. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra (Gardiner, Harding), Concertgebouw Orchestra (Chung), Berlin Radio Symphony (Janowski), NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Finnish Radio Symphony (Oramo, Manze, Sokhiev), Philharmonia Orchestra (Ashkenazy, Valcuha, Gardner), London Philharmonic (Sinaisky), Radio-France Philharmonic (Chung), NHK Symphony (Steffens), Hallé Orchestra (Elder), and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut in Summer 2014. This season Sunwook will make his debut with the RTSI Orchestra in Lugano (Beethoven 3 with Vladimir Ashkenazy), the Guerzenich Orchestra in Cologne (Britten with Michael Sanderling) and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse for a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Recitals highlights to date include regular appearances in the “Piano 4 Etoiles” series at Salle Pleyel in Paris, as well as debuts at the Wigmore Hall, the London International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Stockholm Konserthuset, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, La Roque d’Antheron International Piano Festival in France, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Hall Osaka, Brussels Klara Festival, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele. In 12/13, he presented a complete cycle of the Beethoven Sonatas at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul. Future recital plans include returns to the “Piano 4 Etoiles” series at the Philharmonie in Paris and Wigmore Hall in London.