David Niemann conducts the concerto final of the 2023 Scottish International Piano Competition. The competition attracts many of the world’s brilliant young concert pianists to Scotland, enabling them to gain recognition at an early stage in their careers. Recent finalists, including Can Çakmur, Jonathan Fournel, Pavel Kolesnikov and Tom Poster, have gone on to enjoy major international careers following their success in the competition. Hear three virtuosos in the concerto of their choice, and experience the excitement of the final performances and awards ceremony live.
SoloistsNeil Sutcliffe - Presenter
Conductor David Niemann
German conductor David Niemann is establishing himself as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Second prize winner of the 2015 Malko Conducting Competition, in February 2015 he was appointed Assistant Conductor at the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, where he worked alongside chief conductor Michael Schønwandt for the following three seasons. He is developing a broad mainstream repertoire and is equally a persuasive advocate of twentieth-century and contemporary repertoire.
Highlights of the 2022/23 season include multiple appearances with Helsingborg Symphony, displaying his ease working across a diverse range of symphonic repertoire, performing works from Haydn to Mahler and Stravinsky. Return engagement will include Ensemble Modern, Slovenian Philharmonic and Malmo Opera, alongside debuts with Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Aalborg Symfoniorkester.
Recent highlights have included debut appearances with both Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Ensemble Modern (Hamburg Elbphilharmonie); a special interdisciplinary project with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie featuring new commissions with the most renowned artists of the German-speaking poetry slam scene; Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, paired with Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, to open the Barcelona concert season of the Valles Symphony in the iconic Palau de la Musica. Engagements have also included a series of projects with Qatar Philharmonic, a number of visits to Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Luxembourg Philharmonic; many main season and regional concerts with the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier and concerts with Opéra National de Lorraine and Orchestre Lyrique Région Avignon Provence.