Paul Lewis Plays Grieg

Sat 28 Nov 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Jay Capperauld Fèin-Aithne
Grieg Piano Concerto
Brahms Symphony No1

Cornelius Meister Conductor
Paul Lewis Piano

Paul Lewis has been called ‘the finest British pianist for generations’. Tonight, he joins the RSNO to perform Grieg’s unabashedly romantic Piano Concerto, which dances and dazzles with hints of Norwegian melodies. It’s a beautiful contrast to Brahms’ tempestuous, triumphant First Symphony, and the perfect way to follow Fèin-Aithne, our Scotch Snap by RSNO Composers’ Hub alumnus Jay Capperauld who aims, he says, ‘to explore, interpret and adapt the traditions of Scottish culture within my own musical language’.

Fèin-Aithne is supported by Resonate, a PRS Foundation initiative in partnership with Association of British Orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and Boltini Trust
This concert is recommended by Classic FM

6.45PM: Composer Jay Capperauld and RSNO Viola Katherine Wren in conversation in the Clyde Foyer.

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Cornelius Meister

Cornelius Meister Conductor

Cornelius Meister began his tenure as Music Director of the Staatsoper und Staatsorchester Stuttgart in 2018. Since 2017 he has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. The awards that he has received in recent years include the OPUS Klassik in the category ‘Conductor of the Year’, the International Classical Music Award in the category ‘Symphonic Recordings’ for the complete recording of Bohuslav Martinu’s symphonies, and the Diapason d’or and the German Record Critics’ award for the DVD ‘Jules Massenet: Werther’ (Opernhaus Zürich).

In the season 2019:20 he conducts concerts at the Orchestre National de France, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker and Czech Philharmonic at the Prague Spring Festival. As an opera conductor, he is involved in the new production of Hans Abrahamsen’s The Snow Queen at the Bayerische Staatsoper and returns to the Metropolitan Opera with Le Nozze di Figaro and to the Wiener Staatsoper with Richard Strauss’ Arabella. He continues the Mahler cycle together with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart and conducts, amongst others, Tristan und Isolde, Lohengrin, Elektra and Don Carlo at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

Meister has conducted the Concertgebouworkest, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (New York), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as well as the BR, NDR and SWR radio symphony orchestras. Additionally, he cooperates with ‘La Scintilla’, the period instrument orchestra of Opernhaus Zürich.

Meister made his debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper at the age of 21, followed by engagements at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Theater an der Wien, New National Theatre (Tokyo), San Francisco Opera and The Royal Danish Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Since 2004 he has been conducting at the Bayerische Staatsoper, since 2012 at the Wiener Staatsoper and since 2015 at the Teatro alla Scala Milan.

Meister studied piano and conducting in Hanover with Konrad Meister, Martin Brauß and Eiji Oue and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Dennis Russell Davies, Jorge Rotter and Karl Kamper. From 2005 to 2012 he was the Music Director of the Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg, and from 2010 to 2018 the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. In 2007 he received an award for the ‘best German concert programme’, the first of several awards for his education projects. He has appeared as a pianist in Europe and the United States and has led piano concertos by Grieg, Liszt, Gershwin, Beethoven and Mendelssohn from the keyboard.

Paul  Lewis

Paul Lewis Piano

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. He holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill, and Southampton Universities, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours. He has been designated the 2020 Koussevitzky Artist in recognition of his artistic relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.

He appears regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Cleveland, Tonhalle Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia, and Mahler Chamber Orchestras. He has performed Beethoven concerto cycles with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductors he has worked with include Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Manfred Honeck, and Bernard Haitink.

The 18:19 season saw the conclusion of a two year recital series exploring connections between the sonatas of Haydn, the late piano works of Brahms, and Beethoven’s Bagatelles and Diabelli Variations. He celebrates the 2020 Beethoven anniversary year with a recital programme that includes the Diabelli Variations, Piano Sonata No13 in E flat major, Piano Sonata No14 in C sharp minor, and Beethoven Concerto cycles in Tanglewood (Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons), Erl (Salzburg Mozarteum and Andrew Manze) and at the Palau de la Musica Barcelona, and Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

Paul Lewis’ recital career takes him to venues such as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Alice Tully and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus. He is also a frequent guest at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schubertiade, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Lucerne, and the BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first person to play a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in a single season.

His multi-award winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and the Diabelli Variations, Liszt’s B minor Sonata and other late works, all of Schubert’s major piano works from the last six years of his life including the three song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore, solo works by Schumann and Mussorgsky, and the Brahms D minor piano concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding. Future recording plans include a multi-CD series of Haydn sonatas, Beethoven’s Bagatelles, and works by Bach.

Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. He is co-Artistic Director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.

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