Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Sat 2 May 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Beethoven Symphony No1
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No2
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Elim Chan Conductor
Simon Trpceski Piano

Fantastique by name, fantastic by nature! When Hector Berlioz couldn’t win the girl of his dreams he poured all his unrequited passion into this opium-fuelled extravaganza for a super-sized orchestra. His revolutionary work is the perfect partner to Beethoven’s exuberant youthful First Symphony. Elim Chan brings all her energy and flair – and joins the sensational Simon Trpceski in Shostakovich’s playful Second Piano Concerto.

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6.45PM: RSNO Associate Principal Oboe Peter Dykes in conversation with Simon Trpceski in the Clyde Foyer.

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Elim Chan

Elim Chan Conductor

One of the most exciting conductors of the younger generation and already widely admired for her unique combination of “drama and tenderness, power and delicacy” (Hereford Times), Elim Chan serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from Season 18/19 and has recently been appointed Chief Conductor Designate of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, a position she will assume from 2019/20 onwards.

Highlights this season include her debuts with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sydney Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras as well as Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. In addition to these new encounters, she returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras.

Recent notable engagements include her debuts with the Philharmonia and Concertgebouw orchestras, hr-Sinfonieorchester and Orchestre national de Lyon. Previously she collaborated with Berkeley, Detroit and Chicago symphony orchestras, The Mariinsky Orchestra, at the Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, National Orchestra of Belgium and the NAC Orchestra, Ottawa. She led the Orchestre de la Francophonie as part of the NAC Summer Music Institute in 2012 where she worked with Pinchas Zukerman, and participated in the Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg as well as in workshops with the Cabrillo Festival and Baltimore Symphony orchestras (with Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz and Gustav Meier). She also took part in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink in Lucerne in spring 2015.

Born in Hong Kong, Elim Chan became the first female winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in December 2014 – one of the biggest turning points of her career so far – as a result of which she held the position of Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015/16 and was appointed to the Dudamel Fellowship programme with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016/17.

Elim Chan holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Michigan. Whilst there, she served as Music Director of the University of Michigan Campus Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Pops Orchestra. She also received the Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship in 2013.

Simon  Trpceski

Simon Trpceski Piano

Simon Trpceski performs with the world’s foremost orchestras including Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, New York Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, China Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He regularly gives solo recitals in such cultural capitals as New York, London, Paris, Munich, Prague and Tokyo. He performs chamber music at festivals such as Verbier, Aspen Music Festival, Bergen International Festival, the Baltic Sea Festival and the BBC Proms. Conductors he collaborates with include Marin Alsop, Lionel Bringuier, Thomas Dausgaard, Jakob Hruša, Vladimir Jurowski, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lahav Shani, Dima Slobodeniouk, Robin Ticciati and Krzysztof Urbanski.

During the 2018/19 season Trpceski will appear with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony, amongst others. He will perform both Brahms concertos with Oslo Phil, both in Oslo and on tour. A committed chamber musician, he begins a duo partnership with violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing including at Oslo Opera House. He also appears at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele as well as Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the invitation of his regular duo partner Daniel Müller-Schott. His self-made folk project, “Makedonissimo”, which celebrates the music and culture of his native Macedonia, has performed in the UK including the Wigmore Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and at Birmingham Piano Festival. In addition to performances in Belgrade and at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Hall.

Trpceski has recorded prolifically to widespread acclaim. His first recording (EMI, 2002) received both the “Editor’s Choice” and “Debut Album” awards at the Gramophone Awards. In 2010 and 2011, his interpretations of Rachmaninov’s complete concertos plus “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini”, with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, were recognised with Classic FM, Gramophone “Editor’s Choice,” and Diapason d’Or accolades. Trpceski’s March 2012 recital at the Wigmore Hall, released on “Wigmore Hall Live”, was immediately hailed by The Telegraph as “Classical CD of the Week.” His recording for Onyx Classics of Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos No. 1 and 3 again won him the Diapason d’Or in September 2017.

With the special support of KulturOp — Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organisation — and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Trpceski works regularly with young musicians in Macedonia in order to cultivate the talent of the country’s next generation of artists. Born in the Republic of Macedonia in 1979, Simon Trpceski is a graduate of the School of Music in Skopje, where he studied with Boris Romanov. He was previously a BBC New Generation Artist and was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2003.

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