Repertoire includesWagner - Lohengrin, Prelude to Act I Anna Þorvaldsdóttir - Metacosmos Sibelius - Tapiola Brahms - Piano Concerto No1
SoloistsSunwook Kim - Piano
Conductor Eva Ollikainen
Whether in orchestral concerts or leading operatic performances, the Finnish conductor Eva Ollikainen impresses audiences with her clear communication, infectious enthusiasm, and nuanced technique. The start of the 2020/21 season sees Eva Olllikainen stepping into the roles of artistic director and music director for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, as well as principal conductor for Orchestra della Toscana. Since September 2018 she further serves as principal conductor of the Nordic Chamber Orchestra based in Sundsvall, Sweden. In her inaugural season with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Eva Ollikainen will conduct central works from Beethoven to Strauss as well as a rich variety of new music. She is also dedicated to establishing a conducting academy in Reykjavik for young Icelandic talent. A number of promising guest-conducting debuts could not take place as planned in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic, including three concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She decided to pursue a career in conducting while still a young student at the Sibelius Academy, where she studied with Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula, while also training as a pianist. At the age of 21 she won the international Jorma Panula Conducting Competition and subsequently worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kurt Masur, as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnányi as part of the Conducting Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation. Also influential was the instruction she received from Bernard Haitink and Herbert Blomstedt as a conducting fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center. Eva Ollikainen has subsequently developed a comprehensive repertoire with a focus on the great German symphonies, and has been working with leading international orchestras including the Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Symphoniker, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Brussels Philharmonic. She has also conducted performances at the Royal Danish Opera (Turandot), the Gothenburg Opera (Carmen), and the Royal Swedish Opera (The Magic Flute).
Piano Sunwook Kim
London-based Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, aged just 18, becoming the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner. His performance of Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder in the competition’s finals attracted unanimous praise from the press. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra (Gardiner, Harding), Concertgebouw Orchestra (Chung), Berlin Radio Symphony (Janowski), NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Finnish Radio Symphony (Oramo, Manze, Sokhiev), Philharmonia Orchestra (Ashkenazy, Valcuha, Gardner), London Philharmonic (Sinaisky), Radio-France Philharmonic (Chung), NHK Symphony (Steffens), Hallé Orchestra (Elder), and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut in Summer 2014. This season Sunwook will make his debut with the RTSI Orchestra in Lugano (Beethoven 3 with Vladimir Ashkenazy), the Guerzenich Orchestra in Cologne (Britten with Michael Sanderling) and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse for a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Recitals highlights to date include regular appearances in the “Piano 4 Etoiles” series at Salle Pleyel in Paris, as well as debuts at the Wigmore Hall, the London International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Stockholm Konserthuset, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, La Roque d’Antheron International Piano Festival in France, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Hall Osaka, Brussels Klara Festival, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele. In 12/13, he presented a complete cycle of the Beethoven Sonatas at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul. Future recital plans include returns to the “Piano 4 Etoiles” series at the Philharmonie in Paris and Wigmore Hall in London.