Symphony, Soup and a Sandwich: Peter Oundjian and Friends
Haydn Trumpet Concerto
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K364
Every player in the RSNO is a star in their own right, and in this special lunchtime concert with Peter Oundjian, three of them step up and take the spotlight they deserve! Christopher Hart plays Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto: fifteen minutes of wit, fireworks and irresistibly hummable tunes. Then Maya Iwabuchi and Tom Dunn share the stage in Mozart’s moving and magnificent Sinfonia Concertante. Mozart wrote it to perform himself – and believe us, you can tell.
Concert Ticket: £14 in advance / £16 on the day, Lunch Ticket: £8
Under 16s free, Under 26s and Mature Students £6 in advance / £8 on the day, Unemployed £6, Disabled patrons and their carers 50% off
British-Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian embarks on his final Season as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Music Director, a post he has held since 2012. During that time, Oundjian and the RSNO undertook a two-Season celebration to mark the Orchestra’s 125th anniversary; an artistically and critically successful first tour of China; a return to the United States, the first in thirty-five years; and a five-concert visit to Spain. He has conducted the RSNO at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival, including recording the soundtrack for The Harmonium Project which opened the EIF in 2015.
Oundjian has been recognised for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit and engaging personality. Peter continues to champion a broad range of music, including the Romantic repertoire as well as large-scale choral masterpieces and the works of 20th-century American composers. “Oundjian and the RSNO… gave the most searchingly-emotional performance I have ever heard from this team. I was overwhelmed.” The Herald
Maya Iwabuchi is Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a position she has held since 2011. She began violin lessons at the age of two. Her main influences that remain integral to her working life are professors Alice Schoenfeld and Rodney Friend. Since her first concert at the age of five, Maya has enjoyed an international career as a solo violinist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Her performances have taken her to major concert halls worldwide such as the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Highlights for Maya as soloist include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and she has appeared in numerous renowned music festivals such as the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Bath and Chichester festivals, and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove. The Strad has hailed her playing as ‘simply brilliant’ and the Times as ‘gorgeous’, and she continues to receive praise from the press. A committed chamber musician, Maya has been a member of Mobius Ensemble since 2004, and she has also collaborated with artists such as Steven Isserlis and Gil Shaham. Maya has garnered much admiration in her role as Leader from artists and critics alike, and has been regularly invited to lead orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Cadaqués and the John Wilson Orchestra. After 18 distinguished years, Maya ended her tenure as Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2012, having led for major conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kurt Sanderling.
A recent graduate from the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Chris joined the RSNO as Section Principal Trumpet in November 2016. Prior to this he enjoyed a busy career as a freelance musician, performing across the UK and Europe with ensembles such as the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony and Stavanger Symphony Orchestras. He has recorded Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (Linn Records), and has also recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales (for CD and Live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts) and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Live NRK Radio Broadcasts). Chris recently performed Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Trumpet Concerto at the Royal College of Music and is developing a career as a recitalist, as a member of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme for 2016-18. As a student in London, Chris won both the John Solomon Brass Prize for solo performance and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensemble Prize, as well as being awarded a Regency Award upon his graduation for outstanding achievement and a DipRAM for an outstanding Final Recital. During his time in Cardiff, Chris won First Prize in the 2014 Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of the Tomasi Trumpet Concerto in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff in July 2014.