World Symphony Series



 

 

Winter Season 2019


CONCERTS AT 19:30 | WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

SPECIAL CONCERT ON FRIDAY, 24 MAY AT 19:30

LINDER AUDITORIUM, JOHANNESBURG

Wits Education Campus, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown

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22, 23 & 24 May 2019

Concert 1

   Conductor : Yasuo Shinozaki




In a remarkably short time, Yasuo Shinozaki has acquired a truly international reputation for his emotionally direct style of music making and his musical knowledge. Born in Japan, he studied in Vienna, Siena and the United States under Leopold Hager, Myung-Whun Chung, Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink. Yasuo Shinozaki first came to prominence on the international scene in Finland, winning the Second International Sibelius Conducting Competition in 2000. He then spent three successful years as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he conducted an unprecedented number of concerts and engaged in the education and community events and the LA Philharmonic New Music Group.

Soloist : Edith Peña, piano


Nominated for the Best Classical Album in the 2016 Latin Grammy Awards for her latest CD Danzas en todos los Tiempos, pianist  Edith Peña was born in Caracas, where she started her musical education with Lyl Tiempo at the age of four years old. Four years later she played her debut as soloist with the Orquestra Sinfonica Venezuela, the following year she moved to Philadelphia and played her debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She studied with Susan Starr and later with Sergei Babayan in Cleveland.   Programme:

 Haydn: Symphony no. 94 in G major,  Surprise

Saint-Saens:  Piano Concerto no.2 in g minor, Op . 22 

          Schumann: Symphony no. 4 in d minor,  Op. 120 

 
                                                                               


 

29 - 30 May 2019

Concert 2

Conductor : Yasuo Shinozaki 






In a remarkably short time, Yasuo Shinozaki has acquired a truly international reputation for his emotionally direct style of music making and his musical knowledge. Born in Japan, he studied in Vienna, Siena and the United States under Leopold Hager, Myung-Whun Chung, Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink. Yasuo Shinozaki first came to prominence on the international scene in Finland, winning the Second International Sibelius Conducting Competition in 2000. He then spent three successful years as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he conducted an unprecedented number of concerts and engaged in the education and community events and the LA Philharmonic New Music Group.    

Soloist : Alexander Ramm, cello 


Alexander Ramm is one of the mostgifted and sought-after cellists of his generation. His game combines such qualities as virtuosity, deep insight into the composer’s intent, emotional, respect for the sound production and artistic individuality.  

He is the winner of the silver medal of the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 2015), the winner of many other music competitions, including the Beijing International Competition   and the First All-Russian Music  Competition.    Alexander Ramm is currently the first   and so far the only representative of Russia who has become a laureate of one   of the most prestigious cello competitions   of the Paulo Cello Competition   in Helsinki (2013). 
 

             Programme:                 

Weber:  Der Freischutz Overture 

Elgar: Cello Concerto
in e minor,  Op. 85

Sibelius:  Symphony no.1 in 

e minor, Op. 39  

  



05 - 06 June 2019

Concert 3

 Conductor : Arjan Tien  








German-Dutch conductor Arjan Tien studied violin and viola at the Conservatory in Utrecht and conducting with George Hurst and Roberto Benzi in England and Switzerland. He finished his studies in Utrecht in 1994 summa cum laude. As a viola player he gave his solo debut with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists in Sao Paulo and Vitória in Brasil. Arjan Tien also was concert master at the Brabants Kammerorchester and solo violist at the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. From 1992 to 2004 he was a viola player at the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland. In 1997 Arjan Tien attended the International Conductor Master Class in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. He received First Prize „Rotary-Faller“.

Soloist: Sodi Braide, piano



 Born of Nigerian parents in Newcastle (United Kingdom), Sodi Braide started playing the piano at the age of 3. He continued his musical studies in Nigeria and then in France, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur, Paris with Jacques Rouvier and Gerard Fremy, and at the Ecole Normale, Paris with Françoise Thinat. He was admitted into the class of Dmitri Bashkirov at the Reina Sofia School, Madrid, before being granted residency at the prestigious Lake Como Piano Foundation where he took part in masterclasses by musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Andreas Staier, Alicia de Larrocha and Charles Rosen, amongst others. he also studied conducting with Claire Levacher at the Paris Conservatory and with Claire Gibault and the Paris Mozart Orchestra.  

Programme:

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro Overture 

Mozart: Piano concerto no.23 in A major 

Mendelssohn: Symphony no.3 in a minor, Op.56,  Scottish

12- 13 June 2019

Concert 4

Conductor : Robert Moody  






Equally at home in the opera pit, Moody began his career as apprentice conductor for the Landestheater Opera in Linz, Austria. He conducted early on at the opera companies of Santa Fe, Brevard Music Center, and Hilton Head Opera.  He also assisted on a production of Verdi  Otelloat the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Valery Gergiev, and at The English National Opera, where he was Assistant Conductor for Kurt Weill Street Scene.  He made his Washington National Opera and North Carolina Opera debuts in 2014, and conducted Bartok Bluebeard’s Castle, Leoncavallo I Pagliacci, and Poulenc Dialogues of the Carmelitesduring 2016-2017.   Debuts to rave reviews with Brevard Music Center for Weill Street Scene, Opera Carolina for Mozart Le Nozze di Figaroand Des Moines Metro Opera for J. Strauss Die Fledermauscame in 2017 and  2018.

Soloist: Ye-Eun Choi, violin 



Violinist Ye-Eun Choi is defined by her dynamic sound, rich with vibrant timbre, sensitivity and nuance. Her colourful, expressive lyricism and virtuosity has earned her acclaim for her engagements as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Munich-based Ye-Eun Choi was born in Seoul. She made her orchestral debut at age 10 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, she moved to Munich to study with Ana Chumachenco at the Hochschule  für  Musik and Theater.  

Programme:

Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Op.8 

Brahms: Symphony no. 3 in F major, Op.90 




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