Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No7

Sat 22 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Jörg Widmann Con brio
Bruch Violin Concerto No1
Beethoven Symphony No7

Elim Chan Conductor
Noa Wildschut Violin

‘There are and have been many princes. But there is only one Beethoven.’ Ludwig van Beethoven was a visionary, a hero, an iconoclast and a superstar. But above all, he was a revolutionary – and when you hear his Seventh Symphony in full, headlong flight, you might feel like punching the air. Elim Chan kickstarts our ‘Beethoven Revolution’ series, while the astonishing young Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut takes the spotlight in Bruch’s lyrical Violin Concerto.

Special Offer: Book all 5 Beethoven Revolution Season concerts and receive 20% off! Concerts included in this offer are Symphony No7, Eroica, The Emperor, Piano Concerto No4 and Symphony No1. Discount will be automatically applied at the checkout.

6.45PM: RSNO Principal Guest Conductor Elim Chan in the Clyde Foyer.


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Under 16s free (max 2 per paying adult); Under 26s / Mature Students £6 in advance, £8 after 5pm on the day; Unemployed £6; Disabled patrons and their carers 50% off; Group discounts available

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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.

Noa  Wildschut

Noa Wildschut Violin

Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut (2001) is only 17 years old, but has already gained her place on the international classical music scene. At the age of 6 she appeared live on Dutch television for the “Kinderprinsengrachtconcert 2007” in Amsterdam, aged 7 she made her debut in the main hall of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw at the “Night of the Promising”, and in September 2016 became an exclusive recording artist for Warner Classics.

Over the years Noa has built a considerable reputation and is regularly invited for festivals, recitals and solo-performances with orchestras, both at home and abroad. She has played together with inspiring musicians such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Janine Jansen, Menahem Pressler, Enrico Pace, Quirine Viersen, Paolo Giacometti, Arthur and Lucas Jussen, Ramón Ortega, and Vesko Eschkenazy. In recent years Noa has performed as a duo with pianist Yoram Ish-Hurwitz.

She works with orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Mutter Virtuosi, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Sinfonieorchester Basel, and the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de João Pessoa, cooperating with conductors as Manfred Honeck, James Gaffigan and Michael Sanderling.

Noa won numerous awards at a young age, including the first prize at the International Violin Competition Louis Spohr in Weimar (at the age of 9), the first prize at the Iordens Violin Competition in The Hague (at the age of 10), the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award 2013 (at the age of 11) and last year she received the Anton Kersjes Violin Prize 2017 (at the age of 16). At Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Noa has been awarded the WEMAG Soloist Award 2018. Noa has been selected to be ECHO Rising Star for the season 2019-20 by the European Concert Hall Organisation; consequently she will tour through Europe, visiting the major concert halls.

Noa started her violin lessons at the age of 4 with Coosje Wijzenbeek and from 2013 Noa studied with Professor Vera Beths at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Currently Noa is studying under Professor Antje Weithaas at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin. In addition to the regular classes, Noa has attended masterclasses and lessons with Ivry Gitlis, Jaap van Zweden, Menahem Pressler, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Anner Bijlsma and Liviu Prunaru. Since 2014 Noa has been a member of “Mutter Virtuosi”, a string ensemble led by Anne-Sophie Mutter, and since May 2015 Noa has held an official scholarship from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation – their youngest ever member.

The Dutch TV produced the documentary “Noa11”, which was broadcast in November 2012 and in September 2017 the documentary “A Family Quartet” was released about Noa and her family, which has been screened in many Dutch theatres and was broadcast on TV.

Noa plays a 1714 Giovanni Grancino violin kindly on loan from the Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation. Noa’s bow was custom-made by bowmaker Benoît Rolland, commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

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