World Symphony Series
Summer Season 2019
WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, 20:00. LINDER AUDITORIUM, JOHANNESBURG
20 - 21 Feb 2019
Conductor : Victor Yampolsky
Professor Victor Yampolsky studied with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory, and conducting with Maestro Nicolai Rabinovich at the Leningrad Conservatory. A recommendation from conductor Zubin Mehta led to an audition for Leonard Bernstein, who offered Yampolsky a scholarship at the the Berkshire Music Center. Yampolsky has conducted over 80 professional and student orchestras through the worlds and has recorded for Pyramid and Kiwi-Pacific records.
Soloist : Alexander Gilman - violin
Today Alexander Gilman is among the most renowned violinists and teachers, and since 2013 has been artistic director of the LGT Young Soloists. Gilman’s career has been marked by the award of numerous prizes at international competitions in Europe and the USA. In 2006 he won the WestLB Music Competition. As part of this award, the Stradivari “Ex-Croall” from 1684 was made available to him and presented by Frank-Peter Zimmerman, who had previously played this instrument.
Antonin Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Concerto for Violin in D major
Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in e minor
27 - 28 February 2019
Conductor : Debora Waldman
Debora Waldman pursued her musical studies in Buenos Aires, in the Universidad Catolica de Argentina. She is the only student in the history of this university that has been awarded two golden medals, both in orchestra conductin and composition. In 2002, she perfected her formation in Paris (where she lives) with Janos Furst, and with F.X Roth and M Levinas in the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique. Hailed as an energetic and profound young conductor, Debora Waldman was discovered by the Orchestra National de France and Maestro Kurt Masur in 2006.
Soloist : Gloria Campaner - piano
Steinway & Sons Artist Gloria Campaner is regarded by critics and public alike as one of the most interesting young pianists of the Italian new generation. Since her debut on the stage at age twelve with the Venetian Symphony Orchestra, Gloria has been the first prize recipient in more than twenty national and international piano competitions. Her rapidly advancing career has led her to be a guest of some of the most prestigious festivals all over the world. An orchestra debut CD was released in 2016 for Warner Classics.
Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1
Maurice Ravel: Concerto for Piano in G major
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major
06 - 07, 09 March 2019
Conductor : Bernhard Gueller
Bernhard Gueller took the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to the 16 th International Festival of Music in the Canary Islands, where they represented they continent of Africa. He was also principal guest conductor of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and of Victoria Symphony Orchestra in Canada. He has worked with youth orchestras in South Africa, Germany, Nova Scotia and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Dalhouse University in Halifax in recognition of his “outstanding personal achievements”.
Choir: Gauteng Choristers
The Gauteng Choristers was established in 1998. It currently boasts over 90 members, most of whom are based in Gauteng. They are primarily made up of talented youth from previously disadvantaged backgrounds nationally. Many of its current and former members are opera students and graduates from music schools in South Africa and abroad. The choir recently performed to great acclaim with the Minnesota Orchestra on the South African tour.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem
13 - 14 March 2019
Daniel Boico, Associate Guest Conductor of the KZN Philharmonic, was initially trained as a singer before joining the class of legendary Russian conducting professor Ilya Musin at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. A finalist and prize winner at the Prokofiev, Pedrotti, and Cadaques International Conducting Competitions, his innate musical sensitivity, keen ear and deep musicianship have produced exciting performances with orchestras around the world.
Soloist: Olga Kern -piano
Olga Kern is now recognised as one of her generation’s great pianists. With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovksy and Rachmaninoff, Olga Kern jumpstarted her U.S career with a Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and was the first woman to do so in more than 30 years.
Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
Edvard Grieg: Concerto for Piano in a minor
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D major