‘Pathétique’ sounds like an odd name for a symphony, but it’s perfect for Tchaikovsky’s final masterpiece. Translated as ‘full of feeling’, when Tchaikovsky composed his tempestuous Sixth Symphony, he laid absolutely everything on the line. There’s no possible way to follow that, so with a nod to Earth Day, guest conductor Tabita Berglund begins with a ravishing nature-scene from her native Norway, and joins the acclaimed young American violinist Randall Goosby in the joyous song (and exuberant dance) of Tchaikovsky’s lovely Violin Concerto.
Repertoire includesJohansen - Pan Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky - Symphony No6 Pathétique
SoloistsRandall Goosby - Violin
Conductor Tabita Berglund
Tabita Berglund is rapidly establishing herself as one of today’s most exciting, talented young conductors. Recently appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra from 2021/22, following her debut engagement with them in 2020, she was the 2018–20 star of the Talent Norway programme and is a past recipient of the Gstaad Conducting Academy’s Neeme Järvi Prize (2018).
Recent engagements include Nordic debuts with the Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Stavanger Symphony, Arctic Philharmonic and Norwegian National Opera orchestras. In the 2020/21 season Berglund returned to the Hallé and Norwegian Radio Orchestra, following debuts in 2019. She also appeared for the first time with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, among others.
The 2021/22 season builds on the success of previous seasons and features Berglund’s first concerts as Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra – repertoire and soloist highlights include Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Britten’s Concerto for Piano No.1 and Leif Ove Andsnes. She returns to the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hallé and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, while making her French debut with the Orchestre National de Lille and her Austrian debut with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich. First-time appearances include the Tampere Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Helsingborg Symphony orchestras, as well as the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and Istanbul Music Festival (Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra). Berglund also conducts the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra in the summer of 2022.
The ever-changing nature which surrounds her hometown in the Norwegian mountains is an inspiring influence on Berglund, and this together with other artistic and musical issues plays an important role in her programming. The inherent connection between the art of leadership and the role of a conductor is also something to which Berglund attaches particular importance: “The goal is to become a conductor whom I would have wanted to play under myself.”
Berglund graduated in 2019 from the Orchestral Conducting Masters course at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where she studied under Professor Ole Kristian Ruud. She originally trained as a cellist and studied to Master’s degree level under Truls Mørk, performing regularly with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Trondheim Soloists before conducting became her main focus in 2015. She has previously participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Jorma Panula and Jaap van Zweden, as well as a BBC Philharmonic workshop in September 2018.
Violin Randall Goosby
“For me, personally, music has been a way to inspire others” – Randall Goosby’s own words sum up perfectly his commitment to being an artist who makes a difference.
Signed exclusively to Decca Classics in 2020 at the age of 24, American violinist Randall Goosby is acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship alongside his determination to make music more inclusive and accessible, as well as bringing the music of under-represented composers to light.
Highlights of Randall Goosby’s 2021/22 season include debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Dalia Stasevska, Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Jader Bignamini, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. He makes recital appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y, San Francisco Symphony’s Davies Symphony Hall and Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
June 2021 marks the release of Goosby’s debut album for Decca entitled Roots, a celebration of African-American music which explores its evolution from the spiritual through to present-day compositions. Collaborating with pianist Zhu Wang, Goosby has curated an album paying homage to the pioneering artists that paved the way for him and other artists of colour. It features three world-premiere recordings of music written by African-American composer Florence Price, and includes works by composers William Grant Still and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson plus a newly commissioned piece by acclaimed double bassist Xavier Foley, a fellow Sphinx, Perlman Music Programme and Young Concert Artists alumnus.
Randall Goosby has performed with orchestras across the United States including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Nashville Symphony and New World Symphony. Recital appearances have included the Kennedy Center, Kravis Center and Wigmore Hall.
Goosby is deeply passionate about inspiring and serving others through education, social engagement and outreach activities. He has enjoyed working with non-profit organizations such as the Opportunity Music Project and Concerts in Motion in New York City, as well as participating in community engagement programmes for schools, hospitals and assisted living facilities across the United States.
Randall Goosby was First Prize Winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In 2019, he was named the inaugural Robey Artist by Young Classical Artists Trust in partnership with Music Masters in London; and in 2020 he became an Ambassador for Music Masters, a role that sees him mentoring and inspiring students in schools around the United Kingdom.
Goosby made his debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at age nine. At age 13, he performed with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and became the youngest recipient ever to win the Sphinx Concerto Competition. He is a recipient of Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award and of a career advancement grant from the Bagby Foundation. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he continues his studies there, pursuing an Artist Diploma under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. An active chamber musician, he has spent his summers studying at the Perlman Music Programme, Verbier Festival Academy and Mozarteum Summer Academy among others.
Randall Goosby plays a 1735 Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.