Concerts with pianist Yuja Wang and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Saturday 21 October 2017, 8.30 p.m.
Sunday 22 October 2017, 5.00 p.m.
Accompanied by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Yuja Wang invites the audience on a journey through the history of Western music, from Classicism to the last century, over two exceptional evenings during which, for the first time, she will conduct the orchestra from the piano.
She presents a survey of the musical terrain, creating a conversation between four of Europe’s greatest composers: Mozart and Chopin, on one side, and their anxious lyricism – a revolt against the established rules for Don Giovanni, and a transcendent virtuosity of La Grande Polonaise Brillante –, and on the other, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky and their regal authority. The young pianist brings to life these masters accompanied by one of the best ensembles in Europe.
Her taste and her ability to transcend the monuments of the reparatory are well known. Yuja Wang then reunites Beethoven’s two concertos in the same evening. The pianist delves deep, demonstrating the kinship between Beethoven and Stravinsky; two visionary composers: refusal of political dogmas for Beethoven vs scandal of the Rite of Spring in 1913 then the spectacular reversal to the neoclassical with Pulcinella in 1919 for Stravinsky.
Concert on 21 October 2017, 8.00 p.m.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni Overture
The Pulcinella Suite
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante op.22
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for piano n°1
Concert on 22 October 2017, 5.00 p.m
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto forr piano n°1
The Pulcinella Suite
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for piano n°2
“Hers is a nonchalant, brilliant keyboard virtuosity that would have made ... even thefabled Horowitz jealous”
Los Angeles Times, July 2015
Critical superlatives and audience ovations have followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career. The Beijing-born pianist, celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, is ready to register fresh achievements during the 2017-18 season which features recitals, concert series, and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors. She begins the summer of 2017 on tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas and a programme featuring Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.2, followed by a performance of the first concerto at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Lionel Bringuier. Later engagements include concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, a series of performances at the Verbier Festival, and a three-city German tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. She also embarks on play-conduct tours with two of the best chamber orchestras in the world, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, as well as joining the inaugural tour of Jaap van Zweden with the New York Philharmonic and the final tour of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s directorship with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Other notable appearances include concerts in Hong Kong, Miami, Washington D.C., Prague, Tel Aviv, and Berlin.
Winter of 2017 sees Yuja reunite with violinist and frequent collaborator Leonidas Kavakos for a European chamber tour, whilst in the spring of 2018, Ms. Wang will embark on a vast-reaching recital tour at premiere venues in the US and Europe; New York City, San Francisco, Rome, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, and beyond.
Yuja Wang was born into a musical family in Beijing. After childhood piano studies in China, she received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Two years later she signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has since established her place among the world’s leading artists with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings.
Yuja has been named as Musical America’s Artist of the Year for 2017.
© Norbert Kniat
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was founded in 1997 based on the shared vision of being a free and international ensemble, dedicated to creating and sharing exceptional experiences in classical music. With 45 members spanning 20 different countries at its core, the MCO works as a nomadic collective of passionate musicians uniting for specific tours in Europe and across the world. The orchestra is constantly on the move: it has, to date, performed in 35 countries across five continents. It is governed collectively by its management team and orchestra board; decisions are made democratically with the participation of all musicians.
The MCO’s sound is characterized by the chamber music style of ensemble playing among its alert and independent musical personalities. Its core repertoire, ranging from the Viennese classical and early Romantic periods to contemporary works and world premieres, reflects the MCO’s agility in crossing musical boundaries.
The orchestra received its most significant artistic impulses from its founding mentor, Claudio Abbado, and from Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding. Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, violinist Isabelle Faust and conductor Teodor Currentzis are current Artistic Partners who inspire and shape the orchestra during long-term collaborations. In 2016, conductor Daniele Gatti was appointed Artistic Advisor of the MCO.
MCO musicians all share a strong desire to continually deepen their engagement with audiences. This has inspired a growing number of offstage musical encounters and projects that bring music, learning and creativity to communities across the globe. Feel the Music, the MCO’s flagship education and outreach project, has opened the world of music to deaf and hard of hearing children through interactive workshops in schools and concert halls since 2012. MCO musicians are equally committed to sharing their passion and expertise with the next generation of musicians: since 2009, they have, through the MCO Academy, worked with young musicians to provide them with a high quality orchestral experience and a unique platform for networking and international exchange.
In recent years, the MCO’s major projects have included the award-winning Beethoven Journey with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who led the complete Beethoven concerto cycle from the keyboard in international residences over four years, and the opera production Written on Skin, which the MCO premiered at the Festival d’Aix en Provence under the baton of composer George Benjamin, performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and toured, as a semi-staged concert production, to major European cities. In 2016, the MCO and Mitsuko Uchida embarked on a multiple-season partnership centred on Mozart’s piano concertos. Upon the conclusion of a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies, the MCO and Daniele Gatti continue their focus on symphonic cycles in the upcoming seasons.
The MCO looks ahead to a series of distinguished projects, including outstanding collaborations with its Artistic Partners, in the first months of 2017. The year begins with a residency at the International Music Festival of the Canary Islands under the direction of Jakub Hrůša, while February sees the MCO giving its debut concert in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie with Mitsuko Uchida. The spring features the MCO’s first collaboration with pianist Daniil Trifonov, performances of Luciano Berio’s Coro under the direction of Teodor Currentzis, two tours with Daniele Gatti and the MCO’s residency at the Festival de Saint-Denis 2017.
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has been awarded the Special Mention Prize of the German Design Award 2017 in recognition of its brand identity.