RSB on Tour: Saragoza
Scherzo fantastique for orchestra, op. 25
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16
Sinfonie Nr. 3 a-Moll op. 44
Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor
Vladimir Jurowski has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since 2017. He has meanwhile extended his contract until 2027. In parallel, he has been General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 2021.
After receiving training at the Moscow Conservatory The conductor, pianist and musicologist Vladimir Jurowski emigrated to Germany in 1990. Here he continued his studies at the music conservatories in Dresden and Berlin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the British Wexford Festival with Rimski-Korsakov’s Mainacht and in the same year at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Nabucco. Subsequently he was, among other things, First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997- 2001) and Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-2013). In 2003 Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has been its Principal Conductor since 2007 until 2021. He was also Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra Yevgeny Svetlanov of the Russian Federation until 2021, Artistic Director of the International George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Great Britain. He works regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the ensemble unitedberlin.
Vladimir Jurowski has conducted the major orchestras of Europe and North America, including the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
He is a recurring guest conductor in in London, Berlin, Dresden, Luzern, Schleswig-Holstein und Grafenegg as well as at the Rostopowitsch-Festival. Although Vladimir Jurowski is invited as a guest conductor by top orchestras from all over the world, in future he would like to concentrate his activities on that geographical area which is acceptable to him from an ecological point of view.
In 2022/2023 he performed with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in concerts in various cities in Germany, Italy and Antwerp in the Netherlands. The joint CD recordings of Vladimir Jurowski and the RSB began in 2015 with Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No. 3, followed by works by Britten, Hindemith, Strauss, Mahler and soon again Schnittke.
Vladimir Jurowski has been the recipient of numerous awards for his achievements, including various international record prizes. In 2016, he was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Prince Charles at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2018, the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards named him Conductor of the Year. In summer 2020, Jurowski was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the Romanian President in recognition of his work as Artistic Director of the George Enescu Festival.
Jan Lisiecki - Piano
Jan Lisiecki’s interpretations and technique testify to a maturity far ahead of his age. At 27, the Canadian plays over a hundred concerts a year on the world’s great stages and has built close relationships with conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, Manfred Honeck and Claudio Abbado (†).
In 2021/2022, Lisiecki presented his new recital programme of Chopin’s Nocturnes and Etudes in over 30 cities around the globe. Recent re-invitations have brought him back together with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for concerts at Carnegie Hall and Elbphilharmonie. Lisiecki recently performed a Beethoven song cycle with baritone Matthias Goerne, including at the Salzburg Festival. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of this summer included four complete Beethoven piano concerto cycles with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which he conducted from the piano, both Chopin concertos with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and renewed concerts at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as a sold-out 5-concert residency at the Rheingau Music Festival.
In the 22/23 season he will be ProArte’s resident artist with several concerts each at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Philharmonie Köln. Jan Lisiecki will be on tour with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, again with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He will perform the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening gala and in spring 2023 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan with both a recital and the
Filarmonica della Scala.
At the age of 15, he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The label marked its celebration of Beethoven Year by releasing a live recording of all five Beethoven concertos from the Konzerthaus Berlin, with Jan Lisiecki conducting the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the piano. The cycle of Beethoven songs recorded with Matthias Goerne, which followed shortly afterwards, was awarded the Diapason d’Or. Lisiecki’s eighth recording for the traditional label, a double album of Frédéric Chopin’s collected Nocturnes, to which he also devotes himself in his current solo programme, was released in vinyl format in August 2021 and February 2022 and immediately reached the top of the classical charts in North America and Europe. Most recently, his previous solo programme Night Music, featuring works by Mozart, Ravel, Schumann and Paderewski, was released as a digital album. Lisiecki’s recordings have received the ECHO Klassik and the JUNO Award, among others.
At the age of 18, Jan Lisiecki was chosen by Gramophone Magazine as the youngest winner of the Young Artist Award.
Award and received the Leonard Bernstein Award. In 2012, UNICEF appointed him as the
Ambassador for Canada.