Holst's "Planets" and Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2
Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83
Gustav Holst “The Planets”, orchestral suite, Op. 32
Michael Francis - Conductor
Anna Vinnitskaya - Piano
Bridges of sound to the cosmos
CONCERT TO LISTEN TO
with starry sky projectors
Broadcast on Thu 2 April 2020 – 8 pm
Michael Francis - Conductor
Michael Francis has quickly established himself internationally. Known for maintaining a diverse repertoire while paying particular homage to the composers of his native Britain, Francis enjoys great reception throughout North America, Europe and Far East Asia.
This season, Francis has been appointed the new Chief Conductor of Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. He returns with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and debuts with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as Phoenix and San Diego symphonies.
Other guest and return appearances in North America have included Cleveland Orchestra, New York, Cincinnati, Houston, Atlanta and Pittsburgh, as well as the symphonies of Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. His European engagements have included Bavarian Radio, Berlin Radio, Dresden Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE Madrid and Mariinsky Orchestra. In the UK, his has worked with London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Scottish Symphony. In Asia, Maestro Francis has conducted the NHK Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan as well as Hong Kong and Japan philharmonics and has returned to Malaysia and Seoul philharmonics.
Working with young musicians has always been a priority for Maestro Francis. He will return to the National Youth Orchestra of Canada during the summer 2019. Francis has made frequent visits to Miami’s New World Symphony and recently returned to the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He also works regularly with young musicians in Florida as part of the orchestra’s community engagement initiative.
After several years as a tenured double-bass player in the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), he came to prominence as a conductor in January 2007, replacing an indisposed Valery Gergiev for concerts with the LSO during the BBC’s Gubaidulina festival at the Barbican Centre. Just one month later, Francis was asked, this time with only two hours’ notice, to replace the composer/conductor John Adams in a performance of his own works with the LSO with the Philharmonie Luxembourg. Soon after in January 2009, he replaced André Previn leading a German tour of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony with Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Soloists that he works with include Lang Lang, Arcadi Volodos, Itzhak Perlman, Christian Tetzlaff, Vadim Gluzman, Nicola Benedetti, Javier Perianes, Jamie Barton, Truls Mørk, Håkan Hardenberger, Daniel Müller-Schott, Miloš, Benjamin Grosvenor, Emanuel Ax, Ian Bostridge, James Ehnes, and Rufus Wainwright.
Francis’ discography includes the Rachmaninov piano concertos with Valentina Lisitsa and the London Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the New York Philharmonic, and the Ravel & Gershwin piano concertos with Ian Parker.
Now entering his fourth season as Music Director of The Florida Orchestra, he has led a transformative community engagement initiative, which has included statewide residencies, programmatic collaborations with local museums, and a hugely expanded lecture series. He is also Music Director of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, where he has launched an ambitious multi-year exploration of Mozart’s life. He was previously Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2016.
Francis makes his home in Tampa, FL with his wife Cindy and four-year-old daughter Annabella.
Anna Vinnitskaya - Piano
Whoever witnesses Anna Vinnitskaya in concert is inevitably enthralled by the aura of this artist. Audiences and critics alike celebrate her ability to paint grand canvases and spark spectacular fireworks. Her technical splendour is not a virtuosic means in itself, but blends with a natural, always colourful sound. Anna Vinnitskaya is a major pianist of our time who tells stories with her music.
Vinnitskaya’s repertoire spans from Johann Sebastian Bach to Sofia Gubaidulina. Her particular emphasis lies on the great Russian piano composers such as Rachmaninov, Prokofiev or Shostakovich, as well as the piano works of Ravel, Debussy and Chopin. In the past few years, her readings of Brahms and Bartók have caused a stir.
The first prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels in 2007 marked the beginning of Anna Vinnitskaya’s international career. Among the conductors with whom she has collaborated are stars of the younger generation such as Andris Nelsons, Kirill Petrenko or Krzysztof Urbanski, as well as seasoned masters such as Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Marek Janowski.
Highlights of the 2018-19 season will include Vinnitskaya‘s debuts with Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. She return to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg for three major projects – with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – as well as to the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, SWR Symphonieorchester and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Anna Vinnitskaya’s recordings have been recognized with numerous awards, such as the Diapason d’Or, the Gramophone Editor’s Choice and the ECHO Klassik.
Born in the Russian city of Novorossiysk, Anna Vinnitskaya has called Hamburg her home since 2002. A former master student of Evgeni Koroliov at the Hamburg conservatoire, she now is a professor there herself.
Sun 29 March 2020 - 8 pm Konzerthaus Berlin
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