Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Andris Nelsons © Marco BorggreveOn Tour 22.04.18-06.05.18

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  • Yefim Bronfman

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The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig undertakes its first tour with its new Gewandhauskapellmeister (Music Director) Andris Nelsons.

Programme

Programme 1

Thomas Larcher: "Chiasma" für Orchester (Auftragswerk des Gewandhausorchesters Leipzig)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonie Nr. 40 g-Moll KV 550
Interval
Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Symphonie Nr. 6 h-Moll op. 74 (''Pathétique'')

Programme 2

Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 5 Es-Dur op. 73
Interval
Johannes Brahms: Symphonie Nr. 4 e-Moll op. 98

Orchestra

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

 The Gewandhausorchester is the oldest civic symphony orchestra in the world. The enterprise was founded in 1743 by a group of 16 musical philanthropists – representatives of the nobility as well as regular citizens - forming a concert society by the...

 The Gewandhausorchester is the oldest civic symphony orchestra in the world. The enterprise was founded in 1743 by a group of 16 musical philanthropists – representatives of the nobility as well as regular citizens - forming a concert society by the name of Das Große Concert. On taking residence in the trading house of the city's textile merchants (the "Gewandhaus") in 1781, the ensemble assumed the name "Gewandhausorchester". Many celebrated musicians have been appointed to the office of Gewandhauskapellmeister (Music Director and Principal Conductor), including Johann Adam Hiller, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Arthur Nikisch and Kurt Masur. After his inauguration in 2005, Riccardo Chailly's phenomenally successful tenure as Gewandhauskapellmeister came to an end in 2016. Andris Nelsons will assume the position of Gewandhauskapellmeister in the 2017/2018 season.

 


 

Music lovers worldwide revere the highly individual sound palette that distinguishes the Gewandhausorchester from all other symphony orchestras. This unique sound identity, along with the extraordinarily rich diversity of the repertoire which the Gewandhausorchester performs, is cultivated in over 200 performances each year in the Orchestra's three "homes": as concert orchestra in the Gewandhaus, orchestra of the Leipzig Opera and orchestra for the weekly performances of the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Thomanerchor in St. Thomas's Church. No other elite symphony orchestra dedicates itself so intensively to the performance of the music of J.S. Bach.

 

The Gewandhausorchester has toured the globe on a regular basis since 1916 and enjoys almost unparalleled presence in the media of radio, television, CD and DVD.

 

Few other ensembles have exerted such significant and enduring influence on the development of the symphonic music tradition as the Gewandhausorchester. Throughout its history, the Orchestra has consistently attracted the collaborative energies of the world's most eminent composers, conductors and soloists. The Gewandhausorchester performed a complete cycle of the symphonies of Beethoven during his lifetime (1825/26), as well as the first ever cycle of Bruckner's symphonies to be mounted (1919/20). Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto Emperor, Brahms' Violin Concerto and Deutsches Requiem and Bruckner's 7th Symphony are just a fraction of the wealth of the core symphonic repertoire to be given its first performance by the Gewandhausorchester. The Orchestra commissions and premieres new works each season to this day.

 

A decisive contribution to the development of the symphonic repertoire must be attributed to the celebrated Gewandhauskapellmeister, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. During his tenure from 1835 until 1847, he presided over the first performances of numerous works from his own pen, for instance the Violin Concerto, the Scottish Symphony and his Overture to Ruy Blas, as well as the world premieres of many works of  other composers, including Schubert's C major Symphony The Great and Schumann's 1st, 2nd and 4th symphonies. By the introduction of new programming concepts – highly innovative for the time - Mendelssohn sharpened the Gewandhaus audiences' awareness of the music of times past, most notably reviving the performance of the orchestral oeuvre of J.S. Bach.

 

It was on Mendelssohn's initiative that Germany's first conservatoire was founded, in Leipzig, in 1843 - the modern day University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy". Following the principles established by Mendelssohn himself, the Gewandhausorchester and University collaborate in the form of the Mendelssohn Orchestra Academy, offering the most talented young musicians the opportunity to hone their skills to the level required by the world's elite orchestras. Graduates of the Orchesterakademie receive a master's degree from the University.

 

The CD recordings which document the ever-evolving collaboration between the Gewandhausorchester and Riccardo Chailly have been decorated with the most coveted international awards, including a Golden Disc: complete cycles of the symphonies of Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven; a Gershwin album with Stefano Bollani; Bach's piano concertos, Christmas Oratorio, St. Matthew Passion and the Brandenburg Concertos; Brahms' piano concertos with Nelson Freire; Mendelssohn's Lobgesang und "Mendelssohn Discoveries". The project to record the complete cycle of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler on DVD (Accentus) will reach its conclusion in 2016. Herbert Blomstedt recorded the complete symphonies of Anton Bruckner 2005-2012 for CD (Querstand) - performances which have already achieved reference status. Blomstedt, Conductor Laureate of the Gewandhausorchester, is currently in the process of recording a complete cycle of the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven with the Orchestra, to be released in July 2017 to mark the occasion of his 90th birthday. Andris Nelsons, the new Gewandhauskapellmeister, will record the complete symphonies of Anton Bruckner with the Gewandhausorchester (Deutsche Grammophon), starting the project with the release of Symphony Nr. 3 in spring 2017.

 

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Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, with the appointment having commenced in February 2018. With these positions, and in leading a pioneering alliance between two...

Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, with the appointment having commenced in February 2018. With these positions, and in leading a pioneering alliance between two such esteemed institutions, Grammy Award-winning Nelsons is firmly underlined as one of the most renowned and innovative conductors on the international scene today.

 


 

Nelsons began his tenure as Music Director of the BSO in the 2014/15 season and after one year his contract was extended through the 2021/22 season. In summer 2015 and spring 2016, the BSO and Nelsons embarked on their first European tours and in November 2017 they toured to Japan together for the first time, notably with three performances in Suntory Hall. Nelsons gave his debut with the Gewandhausorchester in 2011, followed by regular performances at the Gewandhaus in subsequent years. In February 2018 Nelsons received the title of Gewandhauskapellmeister, in a four week inaugural festival, which also marked the 275th Jubiläumssaison of the orchestra. From April 2018, Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester embark upon their first European tour together, with performances at prestigious venues including the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Musikverein Vienna. 

 

In the 2017/2018 season Nelsons is Artist in Residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and continues his regular collaboration with Wiener Philharmoniker, leading the orchestra on tour to China, with double dates in five cities including Shanghai, Macao and Guangzhou. Throughout his career, Nelsons has also established regular collaborations with Het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Philharmonia Orchestra. In the pit, Nelsons has been a regular guest at the Bayreuther Festspiele and also at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden where he will conduct Lohengrin in David Alden’s new production this season.

 

Andris Nelsons has an exclusive recording relationship with Deutsche Grammophon, which has paved the way for three landmark projects. Nelsons and the BSO partner on recording the complete Shostakovich symphonies, and the opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District. The first and second instalments in this exciting collaboration have both received consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral performance, 2016 and 2017. Nelsons and the yellow label also embark upon a collaboration with the Gewandhausorchester that sheds new light on the symphonies of Bruckner, redefining Bruckner’s very distinctive sound world, the most recent release of Bruckner’s Symphony No.3, receiving widespread critical acclaim. Furthermore, Nelsons will record Beethoven’s complete symphonies with the Wiener Philharmoniker between 2016-2019, and Nelsons returns to perform the complete cycle in 2020, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

 

Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. He was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2015, Principal Conductor of Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany 2006-2009 and Music Director of Latvian National Opera 2003-2007.

 

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Soloist

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Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Internationally recognized as one of today's most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical...

Internationally recognized as one of today's most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.

In recognition of a relationship of more than 30 years, Yefim Bronfman will join the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta for concerts during the orchestra’s US tour in the fall including Carnegie Hall, followed by concerts in Munich, London and Vienna with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Mariss Jansons, another frequent partnership and collaborator. In addition to returns to the orchestras of New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Indianapolis and Toronto, he will tour with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Andrés Orozco-Estrada in a special program celebrating his 60th birthday in the spring.

In Europe he can also be heard in Berlin with the Berliner Philharmoniker as well as in recital; Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and London also in recital; and on tour with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig conducted by Andris Nelsons. A tour in Asia with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda brings the season to a close in June.


 

Yefim Bronfman works regularly with an illustrious group of conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Jurowski, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jaap Van Sweden, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman. Summer engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of Europe and the US.

Always keen to explore chamber music repertoire, his partners have included Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Pahud and many others.

He has also given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993. In 1991 he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Mr. Bronfman’s first public performances there since his emigration to Israel at age 15. That same year he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists. In 2010 he was honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University.

Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, Bronfman has been nominated for 6 GRAMMY® Awards, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartok Piano Concerti. His prolific catalog of recordings includes works for two pianos by Rachmaninoff and Brahms with Emanuel Ax, the complete Prokofiev concerti with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, a Schubert/Mozart disc with the Zukerman Chamber Players and the soundtrack to Disney's Fantasia 2000. His most recent CD releases are the 2014 GRAMMY® nominated Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert on the Da Capo label; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerischer Rundfunk; a recital disc, Perspectives, complementing Yefim Bronfman’s designation as a Carnegie Hall ‘Perspectives’ artist for the 2007-08 season; and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concerti as well as the Triple Concerto together with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk, and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under David Zinman for the Arte Nova/BMG label.

Now available on DVD are his performances of Liszt's second piano concerto with Franz Welser-Möst and the Wiener Philharmoniker from Schoenbrunn, 2010 on Deutsche Grammophon; Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the 2011 Lucerne Festival, and Rachmaninoff’s third concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle on the EuroArts label and both Brahms Concerti with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra (2015).

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the United States, he studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. He is a 2015 recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.

Yefim Bronfman became an American citizen in July 1989.

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