Chan Conducts Romeo and Juliet

Sun 17 Feb 2019, 3.00PM
Music Hall, Aberdeen

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No2
Interval
Prokofiev Selected movements from Romeo and Juliet Suite No1
Prokofiev Selected movements from Romeo and Juliet Suite No2

Elim Chan Conductor
Lukás Vondrácek Piano

‘But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?’ Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet redefined romantic music, while Prokofiev brought Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers to the USSR – and gave us some of the 20th century’s loveliest melodies. Rachmaninov’s Second, meanwhile, has got to be the world’s dreamiest piano concerto, and with Elim Chan conducting the charismatic young Czech piano star Lukáš Vondrácek, it’s the passionate heart of a Valentine’s concert that’s much more than just a brief encounter.

This concert is recommended by Classic FM

2.15PM: Aleksei Kiseliov (RSNO Principal Cello) in conversation with Elim Chan (RSNO Principal Guest Conductor) in the Education Room .

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Elim Chan

Elim Chan Conductor

Born in Hong Kong, Elim Chan became the first female winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in December 2014 as a result of which she held the position of Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015/16. From the 2017/18 season she assumes the title of Chief Conductor of NorrlandsOperan and has been appointed to the Dudamel Fellowship programme with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016/17. Recent notable highlights include her debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra in spring 2016,as a result of a personal invitation from Valeriy Gergiev, both in St. Petersburg and on tour in Mexico as well as her debut at the Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. This season sees her debut with Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre National de Belgique, Australian Youth Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Norrköping Symphony and Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria as well as her North American debuts with the Berkeley, Detroit and Chicago Symphony orchestras. Chan will make a return visit in 2017 to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and will conduct a variety of New Year concerts with Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento.Elim Chan holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Michigan. Whilst at the latter, 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.

Lukás  Vondrácek

Lukás Vondrácek Piano

The indisputable winner of the International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition 2016, Lukáš Vondrácek, has an exciting 2017/18 season ahead of him. It sees him make debuts with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

He will return to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko, the Orchestre National de Belgique, Prague, Bournemouth and Sydney symphony orchestras amongst others. Recitals will take him to Wiener Konzerthaus, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the Louvre, a return to the Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Portland, Chicago and to festivals such as PianoEspoo in Finland and the Rheingau Musik Festival. Lukáš starts off the season with a tour of Brazil with recitals and orchestra concerts in Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Florianópolis.

Lukáš Vondrácek made his first public appearance at the age of four. His debut as a fifteen-year-old in 2002 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy was followed by a major US tour in 2003. His natural and assured musicality and remarkable technique have long marked him out as a gifted and mature musician. He has worked with conductors including Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Pietari Inkinen, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hruša, Anu Tali, Xian Zhang, Krzysztof Urbanski, Stéphane Denève and Elim Chan.

Recent highlights include concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and New Jersey Symphony orchestras as well as recitals at the Mariinsky Theatre, in Mumbai, Singapore, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, at Brussel’s Flagey and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad.

International awards include first prizes at the Hilton Head and San Marino International Piano Competitions and Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

Following studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice and the Vienna Conservatoire, Lukáš Vondrácek obtained an Artist Diploma from Boston's New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen, graduating with Honours in 2012.

His first commercial recording, a solo album for Octavia Records, was released in 2004 followed by another recital disc in 2012. His most recent CD, a recording of works by Brahms was released in autumn 2013 on the ORF label.