Southbank Sinfonia Tuesday 29 March, 2011
Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall
VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY conducts
Southbank Sinfonia Guest artists Raphael Wallfisch (cello) Sacconi Quartet
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b a h i t u fon n PROGRAMME
Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)
Introduction and Allegro Op 47
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
129 I II III
Cello Concerto in A Minor Op Nicht zu schnell Langsam Sehr lebhaft
Interval (20minutes) Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
Symphony No 5 in D Major
I II III IV
Preludio Scherzo Romanza Passacaglia
VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY Vladimir Ashkenazy is one of the few artists who has combined a successful career as a pianist and conductor. He first came to prominence on the world stage in the 1955 Chopin Competition in Warsaw and as first prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 1956. Since then, he has built an extraordinary career, not only as one of the most outstanding pianists of the 20th Century, but as an artist whose creative life encompasses a vast range of activities and continues to offer inspiration to music-lovers across the world. Conducting has formed the largest part of his activities for the past 20 years. He took up the new position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in January 2009 and collaborates with them on extensive recording projects and international touring activities each year. He has previously held posts as Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. Alongside these positions, Ashkenazy continues his longstanding relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra of which he was appointed Conductor Laureate in 2000. In addition to his performances with the orchestra in London and around the UK each season, he tours with them worldwide, most recently to China and Korea and has developed landmark projects such as ‘Prokofiev and Shostakovich Under Stalin’ in 2003 (a project which he also took to Cologne, New York, Vienna and Moscow) and ‘Rachmaninov Revisited’ which was reprised in Paris in October 2010. Ashkenazy also holds the positions of Music Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra, with whom he tours each year and Conductor Laureate of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the NKH Symphony Orchestra.
He maintains strong links with a number of other major orchestras with whom he has built special relationships over the years including the Cleveland Orchestra (of whom he was formerly Principal Guest Conductor), and Deutsches SymphonieOrchester Berlin (Chief Conductor and Music Director 198896), as well as making guest appearances with many other major orchestras around the world. While conducting takes up a significant portion of his time each season, Ashkenazy maintains his devotion to the piano, these days mostly in the recording studio, where he continues to build his extraordinarily comprehensive recording catalogues with releases such as the 1999 Grammy awarding winning Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, Rautavaara’s Piano Concerto No 3 (a work which he commissioned), Bach’s Wohltemperierte Klavier, Rachmaninov’s Transcriptions and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. His most recent release is a disc of Bach Partitas. Beyond his hectic and fulfilling performing schedule, Ashkenazy continues to be involved in some fascinating TV projects, often inspired by his passionate drive to ensure that serious music continues to have a platform in the mainstream media and is made available to as broad an audience as possible. Many will remember his programmes with the outstanding director Christopher Nupen as well as 1979’s ‘Music After Mao’, filmed in Shanghai and the extraordinary ‘Ashkenazy in Moscow’ programmes, which marked his first visit to the country of his birth after leaving the USSR in the 1960s. More recently, he has developed educational programmes with NHK TV including the 1999 ‘Superteachers', working with inner-city London school children and in a 2003-4 documentary based around his ‘Prokofiev and Shostakovich Under Stalin’ project SbS
SOUTHBANK SINFONIA Southbank Sinfonia (SbS) is an orchestra of young professionals recently described by The Times as ‘a dashing ensemble who play with exhilarating fizz, exactness and stamina’. SbS is firmly established as Britain’s leading orchestral academy, providing the most talented musicians with a much-needed springboard into the profession. Every year 32 players, each supported by a bursary, undertake an intensive and wide- ranging programme of performance and professional development which comprises concerts across the UK and Europe, workshops and performances, orchestral repertoire, chamber music, education and management training, and sessions spanning subjects from improvisation to public speaking. A distinctive and integral part of the programme is the orchestra’s work alongside leading performing arts organisations including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Concert Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and acclaimed artists such as Patrons Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sir Thomas Allen.
The 2011 season sees SbS perform Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine at the Royal Opera House, Bach’s St Matthew Passion under the direction of Jonathan Miller at the National Theatre, plus our ongoing Saturday Spectacular family concerts and eclectic series of free Rush Hour concerts at our home in St John’s Waterloo, London. We continue to work with acclaimed artists, such as tonight’s soloists, patron Vladimir Ashkenazy and cellist Raphael Wallfisch, as well as conductor Oliver Knussen, cellist Matthew Barley and, hot on the heels of her English National Opera debut, Elizabeth Llewellyn. Southbank Sinfonia receives no public funding and is indebted to its many individual donors, trusts and foundations, and corporate supporters to sustain the unique programme of professional development for talented young musicians. To find out more, visit: www.southbanksinfonia.co.uk
Southbank Sinfonia Staff List
Chairman Michael Berman
Programme Director Katharine Verney
Projects Administrator Hannah Horsburgh
Marketing Manager Harriet Mayhew
Music Director Simon Over
Partnerships Manager Hannah Quinn
Development Director Stuart Angel
Orchestra Manager Claire Wackrow
Chief Executive Justin Lee
Administration Director Jan Smith
Development Manager Jane Ainger
Orchestra Assistant Ellie Geller
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