Digital Season: Helsing conducts Dvorák Eight

Fri 29 Jan 2021, 7.30PM
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Richard Thompson Suite from The Mask in the Mirror
Dvorák Romance for Violin
Florence Price Violin Concerto No2
Dvorák Symphony No8

Anna-Maria Helsing Conductor
Stefan Jackiw Violin

BROADCAST DATE: Friday 29 January 2021: 7.30pm

Once upon a time...Anna-Maria Helsing and the RSNO tell timeless stories from the old world and uncover unheard tales from the new. In the American Midwest, Florence Price’s radiant Second Violin Concerto lay forgotten for decades, but now the voice of its pioneering composer is being heard again. Richard Thompson evokes the times and tragedy of a neglected African-American poet. And amid the hills and forests of Central Europe, Antonín Dvorák weaves quiet fairy tales and a symphony that dances for joy. Glowing colours, burning emotions and melodies that demand to be heard.


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Anna-Maria Helsing

Anna-Maria Helsing Conductor

Anna-Maria Helsing has gained an outstanding reputation with leading Scandinavian orchestras and opera houses. From 2010 to 2013 Anna-Maria Helsing was Chief Conductor of the Oulu Symphony – the first-ever female conductor at the head of a Finnish symphony orchestra. Anna-Maria Helsing has been appointed as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra from April 2020 to September 2022.

Within a short time the Swedish-Finnish conductor has conducted all the major Finnish and Swedish orchestras including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra as well as the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, Iceland Symphony, North Iceland Symphony and Odense Symphony among others. Furthermore she was at the rostrum of Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Danish Opera, Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra, Gothenburg Opera, Malmö Opera Orchestra, Norrlands Operan Orchestra, Estonian National Orchestra and conducted the orchestras in Braunschweig, Bochum, Hagen and Jena.

She also led performances at the Royal Danish Opera, Finnish National Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Tampere Opera.Upcoming highlights are her return visits to the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Finnish Opera Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony, North Iceland Symphony, Gothenburg Opera, Pitea Chamber Opera, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra as well as her debuts with the Stavanger Symphony and Folkoperan Stockholm etc.

After her studies in the class of Leif Segerstam, the Finnish conductor was chosen to take part in the International Conductor’s Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation under the guidance of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel. In 1999 she won the First Prize in the International Competition for 20th Century Music for Young Artists in Warsaw.

Anna-Maria Helsing received her violin diplomas from the Conservatory of Jakobstad/Pietarsaari. She has attended masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Vladimir Jurowski and John Carewe.

Anna-Maria Helsing feels a special affinity with the sound and style of modernism and contemporary music.

Stefan  Jackiw

Stefan Jackiw Violin

Stefan Jackiw is one of America’s foremost violinists, captivating audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with his poetry, pure sound, and impeccable technique. Hailed for playing of “uncommon musical substance” this is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe) Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland and New York Philharmonic Orchestras winning the support of numerous conductors including Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Andrew Davis, Juraj Valcuha, Yuri Temirkanov, Hannu Lintu, Ludovic Morlot, Philippe Herreweghe, Mario Venzago and Hans Graf.

Since bursting onto the London concert scene with the Philharmonia aged 14, Jackiw has been a frequent visitor to Europe, recently collaborating with the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre National d’lle de France, Helsinki Philharmonic, RTVE Madrid, RAI Turin Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony and returning to the Philharmonia. In March 2014 he gave the world premiere of American composer David Fulmer’s Violin Concerto No2 Jubilant Arcs, written for him and commissioned by the Heidelberg Festival with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under Matthew Pintscher.

Recent North American performances have included concerts with the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphony Orchestras and at Aspen and Blossom Music Festivals. The New York Times praised his Carnegie Hall performance of Prokofiev Violin Concerto No2 with the Russian National Orchestra/Kirill Karabits for his “remarkable purity of tone”. Further afield he has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performed with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and is a well-known soloist in Korea.

In recital Jackiw has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival with pianist Christoph Eschenbach and at the Louvre in Paris. In America he has given recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Boston Celebrity Series, Kennedy Center Washington, Mostly Mozart Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the opening night of Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Steven Isserlis and regularly works with Jeremy Denk, with whom he is currently touring the Ives Violin Sonatas.

Highlights of the 2019:20 season in Europe include reuniting with Juraj Valcuha and the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra to perform Korngold. He brings the Stravinsky Violin Concerto to the Bournemouth Symphony, Slovenian Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras as well as returning to the RTÉ National Symphony in Dublin to perform Beethoven under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. In the US he performs with the San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras and in recital with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani as well as with his JCT Piano Trio with pianist Conrad Tao and cellist Jay Campbell.

On disc, Jackiw received critical acclaim for his debut recording of Brahms Violin Sonatas with pianist Max Levinson released on Sony: “Jackiw is fantastic… This is now the recording of Brahm’s violin sonatas to have” (Fanfare). He has recorded the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Alan Gilberg, Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan for Decca Gold and the Ives Violin Sonatas with Jeremy Denk for Nonesuch for future release.

Born of Korean and German heritage, Jackiw began studying the violin at the age of 4. His teachers included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair and Donald Weilerstein and in 2002 he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.