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Prokofiev Winter Bonfire
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme
Interval
Tchaikovsky Excerpts from The Nutcracker

Jiri Rozen Conductor
Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Johannes Moser Cello
RSNO Junior Chorus  

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Jiri Rozen

Jiri Rozen Conductor

Jirí Rožen is one of the most exciting and promising conductors of his generation. He has seen success in Salzburg and London as the Finalist of both the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Formerly, as Assistant Conductor at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jirí worked alongside Donald Runnicles and Thomas Dausgaard, and also assisted them at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival.

In 2018/19 season, Jirí continues to build on his growing international profile debuting with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and returns to Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. Other engagements include his debut with Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra as well as appearances with the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and Brno Philharmonic.

Jirí also appears at two prestigious international festivals – Musical Autumn in Cluj in Romania, and Smetana Litomyšl in the Czech Republic, conducting the Transylvanian State Philharmonic and Czech Chamber Philharmonic orchestras, respectively. Recent and upcoming soloist collaborations feature internationally recognised names such as Vadim Gluzman, Kirill Gerstein, Mahan Esfahani, Lawrence Brownlee, Christian Schmitt and Sergei Nakariakov.

Highlights from the 2017/18 season included his subscription debut and two more projects with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as engagements with the Bruckner Orchester Linz, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (among others at Prague Spring Festival), Wiener Concert-Verein and the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) Symphony Orchestra in Zagreb in a summer open-air gala.

A passionate advocate of Czech music, in recent seasons Jirí has conducted his signature work Symphony No 4 by Miloslav Kabelác at Salzburg Festival with Camerata Salzburg (Austrian premiere) and at the Prague Spring Festival with PKF-Prague Philharmonia. Also, he premiered the new critical edition of Bohuslav Martinu's Spectre's Bride with the Brno Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. Many of his recent and upcoming programmes include Czech standard repertoire as well as music by Josef Suk, Leoš Janácek, Bohuslav Martinu, Miloslav Kabelác and Viktor Kalabis.

Also working in opera, during his time in Scotland Jirí has been engaged in conducting Stravinsky's Mavra, Walton's The Bear, Strauss's Die Fledermaus and Britten's Owen Wingrave. Elsewhere, his opera engagements have included Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilegès with the Hamburger Symphoniker and Sven Daigger's Eine Kluge Else at the Brücken-Festival für Neue Musik in Rostock.

Born in Prague in 1991, Jirí Rožen studied conducting at conservatoires and universities of Prague, Salzburg, Hamburg, Zürich and Glasgow, where he was Leverhulme Conducting Fellow. His mentors have included Garry Walker, Dennis Russell Davies, Ulrich Windfuhr and Johannes Schlaefli. Other important influences include Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman and Peter Eötvös in masterclasses with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

Thomas Søndergård

Thomas Søndergård Conductor

Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, after six seasons as Principal Guest Conductor. He served as Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) from September 2012 – August 2018, and prior to this, as Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra for three seasons.

Thomas has conducted many leading orchestras, including London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker; leading tours with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and European Union Youth Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Brussels Philharmonic; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France; Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

The 2018/19 season includes his debuts with Chicago Symphony Orchestra joined by Alexander Gavrylyuk, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and Tapiola Sinfonietta. He makes return visits to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Royal Danish Academy Copenhagen, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot) and Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet). Plans with RSNO include tours to China and the United States, premieres of new commissions and Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti.

Recent highlights include debuts with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Gurzenich-Orchester Köln, SWR Baden-Baden, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and return visits to Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the revival of The Magic Flute with Norwegian Opera.

A passionate supporter of the music of Carl Nielsen, his most recent programme with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Symphony No. 5) received wide praise as “equal of the great pioneers of Nielsen interpretation… It’s harder to imagine a finer performance of this remarkable symphony” (Dagens Nyheter). As part of the 2015 anniversary celebrations of both Sibelius and Nielsen he conducted a wide variety of works by these two composers with many leading orchestras. In 2019 he will participate in a special concert to celebrate Nielsen’s work with the Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen.

Thomas is also an experienced opera conductor at home in mainstream and contemporary repertoire. Previous opera includes Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot), Norwegian Opera (Die Zauberflöte), Deutsche Oper Berlin (world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II) and Tosca, Turandot (Nina Stemme) and Les dialogues des Carmelites for Kungliga Operan (Royal Swedish Opera). He was described as “a sensation” at his debut with the Royal Danish Opera conducting Ruders' opera Kafka's Trial: "He is one of the best things that has happened to the art of opera for many years" and subsequent productions there have included Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le Nozze di Figaro, La bohème, Cunning Little Vixen and Il viaggio a Reims.

Releases with BBCNOW include Sibelius Symphonies 1, 2, 6 & 7 and most recently a disc which shines light on Sibelius’ tone poems and theatre music, featuring Finlandia and Valse Triste (Linn Records). Other noteworthy recordings include Vilde Frang's celebrated first recording for EMI, and Ruders’ Piano Concerto No. 2 on Bridge Records which was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2011. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Queen Ingrid Foundation Prize for services to Music in Denmark. Due for release shortly are the Lutoslawski and Dutilleux cello concertos with Johannes Moser and Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin for Pentatone.

Johannes  Moser

Johannes Moser Cello

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as "one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists", German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, London Symphony, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, and Tokyo NHK Symphony Orchestras.

Johannes recently won his third ECHO Klassik Award as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year 2017’ for his Russian Recital disk on the label PENTATONE, for whom he records exclusively. He will return to the studio in late 2017 to record the Lutoslawski and Dutilleux concertos.

In the 2017/18 season Johannes performs widely in the USA and Europe, including an extensive tour of his newly formed piano with Yevgeny Sudbin and Vadim Gluzman.

Renowned for his efforts to expand the reach of the classical genre as well as his passionate focus on new music, Johannes has recently been heavily involved in commissioning works by Julia Wolfe, Ellen Reid, Thomas Agerfeld Olesen, Johannes Kalitzke, Jelena Firsowa and Andrew Norman. He will take part in the European Premiere of Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra in October 2017.
Throughout his career, Johannes has been committed to reaching out to all audiences, from kindergarten to college and beyond. He combines most of his concert engagements with masterclasses, school visits and preconcert lectures.

Johannes Moser plays on an Andrea Guarneri Cello from 1694 from a private collection.

 RSNO Junior Chorus

RSNO Junior Chorus  

The RSNO Junior Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in the UK, with over 400 members aged seven to eighteen. It was formed in 1978 by Jean Kidd and since 1994 has been directed by Christopher Bell. It has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world’s most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television. RSNO Junior Chorus members sing regularly with Scotland’s national orchestra in major concert halls and festivals throughout the country. The Junior Chorus has also sung at BBC concerts and regularly appears at the Edinburgh International Festival.