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Cadogan Hall presents its twelfth Zurich International Orchestra Series in 2018-19


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Highlights include:

  • The Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko open the series with pianist Barry Douglas for a concert of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov
  • Winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs an English classic Elgar’s Cello Concerto, with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
  • India’s first and only professional orchestra, The Symphony Orchestra of India, make their UK debut at Cadogan Hall
  • The Mariinsky Orchestra returns to the series with Valery Gergiev for three concerts that pay homage to Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa
  • Angela Hewitt performs Beethoven’s Piano Concert No.5 (Emperor) alongside the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra and Music Director Yutaka Sado
  • Heiko Mathias Förster leads the Czech National Symphony Orchestra with violinist Jennifer Pike
  • Prize-winning Italian pianist Filippo Gorini performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3alongside the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Latham Koenig
  • The Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra perform Concerto for Cello, Soprano and Symphony Orchestra composed by Konstantin Boyarsky, considered one of the best young composers in the UK today
  • Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra give a concert with pianist Jan Lisiecki, counter tenorDavid DQ Lee and the London Voices conducted by Alexander Shelley
  • Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsy returns to Cadogan Hall to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Russian Philharmonic (of Novosibirsk)Cadogan Hall presents the twelfth Zurich International Orchestra Series with thirteen concerts performed by ten of the world’s most distinguished orchestras. The series features an array of renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Yutako Sado, Vladimir Spivakovand renowned British Music Director Alexander Shelley. This year Cadogan Hall welcomes the Symphony Orchestra of India, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Canada’s National Arts CentreOrchestra who all give their series debut. Soloists include: pianists Barry Douglas and Angela Hewitt, violinists Jennifer Pike, Marat Bisengaliev and Alexander Sitkovetsky and notably British cellist and winner of two Classic BRIT Awards in 2018 Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Across the season the orchestras, conductors and soloists perform music by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, including his late symphonies paired with music from his best-loved ballets, to works of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Russian State Symphony Orchestra opens the series on 4 October 2018 conducted by Vasily Petrenko who has recently been announced as Music Director of Cadogan Hall’s resident orchestra,the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme includes Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite andRachmaninov’s Symphony No.2. Internationally renowned pianist Barry Douglas also takes centrestage for a performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1.

Austria’s biggest and most important ambassadors, the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra returns to Cadogan Hall with their Music Director and Bernstein expert, Yutaka Sado on 31 October 2018. Theprogramme includes Bernstein’s On The Town, leading pianist Angela Hewitt performs Beethoven’sdazzling Piano Concerto No.5 and the evening concludes with Sibelius’ triumphant Symphony No.5.

The Mariinsky Orchestra returns to Cadogan Hall with Music Director Valery Gergiev for three concerts that pay tribute to two giant figures in the history of the Mariinsky Theatre, Tchaikovksy and Marius Petipa. On 5 November 2018, the programme includes excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 which was commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre and premiered in St Petersburg in 1890. The orchestra also performs his Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 which he conducted himself in 1888 in the world premiere with the Imperial Orchestra.

They continue this theme on 4 & 5 March, the first concert includes excerpts from Swan Lake, Op.71and Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36 whilst the second programme consists of excerpts fromTchaikovsky’s last ballet, The Nutcracker, Op.71 as well as the powerful Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op 74 (Pathétique).

On 4 December 2018, Cadogan Hall welcomes the Czech National Symphony Orchestra back for a concert with conductor Heiko Mathias Förster. The orchestra performs an attractive programme ofclassical favourites for all ages including: Dvorák’s Carnival Overture, Massenet’s Mediation De Thais,Smetana’s The Bartered Bride Overture, Dvorák’s Largo from Symphony No.9, Strauss’s Thunder & Lightning Polka, Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave, Debussy’s Claire de Lune, Piazzolla’s Libertango andDvorák’s Finale from Symphony No.9. Talented violinist Jennifer Pike also joins the orchestra for a performance of Vaughan Williams’ sublime The Lark Ascending.

This series, Cadogan Hall is delighted to be hosting the Symphony Orchestra of India who are based at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai. The orchestra performs two concerts on20 February 2019 and 25 February 2019. The first concert includes: Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture,Zakir Hussain’s Peshkar with Hussain himself playing the tabla and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazadeconducted by Zane Dalal. For the second concert the orchestra’s Musical Director of ten years,Marat Bisengaliev performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1. The unique orchestra also performsWeber’s Oberon under Martyn Brabbins, first premiered in 1826 three days after Weber completedthe score. Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 completes the programme.

The Flanders Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Jan Latham-Koenig return to the Hall with a programme full of vitality and drama on 15 March 2019. The programme includes: Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers Overture, Puccini’s Chrysanthemums and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.3.Filippo Gorini joins the orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, composed at a time when Beethoven was struggling to accept his declining health in 1800.

The Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 2003, unites top orchestral musicians and gifted youth under the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Vladimir Spirvakov. On 29 March 2019 the orchestra performs a programme including Shostakovich’s Symphony No.9, Konstantin Boyarsky’s Concerto for Cello, Soprano and Symphony Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5.Cellist Dali Guterieva and soprano Ekaterina Lekhina are the soloists.

Under the baton of Finnish Chief Conductor, Pietari Inkinen, a series highlight is the Japan Philharmonic making its Cadogan Hall debut on 12 April 2019. The orchestra performs Rautavaara’sIn The Beginning, Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 and a piece titled Requiem for String Orchestra, composed by one of Japan’s leading 20th-century composers Toru Takemitsu. The concert also features winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 and two Classic BRIT Awards in 2018 Sheku Kanneh-Mason as the soloist for the English classic by Elgar.

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra begins their 50th Anniversary European Tour in the UK with a performance at Cadogan Hall on 14 May 2019. The orchestra led by renowned British Music Director Alexander Shelley offers a dazzling programme of works including: Golden Slumber kiss your eyes.. a piece inspired by music from imagined immigrant childhoods by Ana Sokolović. The work sets folk songs and lullabies in seven languages, all brought vividly to life by Korean-Canadian countertenor David DQ Lee and London Voices. Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki performs Ravel’s jazz- influenced Piano Concerto in G and the evening concludes with Brahms’ optimistic forthright secondsymphony.

The Russian Philharmonic (of Novosibirsk) makes its Cadogan Hall debut on 16 May 2019 for the final concert in the series conducted by Thomas Sanderling. The orchestra has been well-known outside of Siberia for a long time and is considered one of the finest orchestras in Russia. The programme includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Spanish Capriccio, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto andMussorgsky’s richly colourful and iconic work: Pictures at an Exhibition. The series welcomes back violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky who joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s great Violin Concerto.

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Concert listings
Russian State Symphony Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko/Barry Douglas
4 October 2018, 7.30pm
Tchaikovksy Swan Lake Suite
Rachmaninov Piano Concert No.1Rachmaninov Symphony No.2

Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
5 November 2018, 7.30pmTchaikovksy Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66

Tchaikovksy Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64


Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra/Yutaka Sado/Angela Hewitt
31 October 2018, 7.30pm
Bernstein On The Town

Beethoven Piano Concert No.5 (Emperor)Sibelius Symphony No.5

Czech National Symphony Orchestra/Heiko Mathias Förster/Jennifer Pike
4 December 2018, 7,30pm
Dvořák Carnival Overture

Vaughan Williams The Lark AscendingMassenet Meditation De Thais Smetana The Bartered Bride Overture Dvořák Largo from Symphony No.9Strauss Thunder & Lightning PolkaTchaikovksy Marche Slave

Debussy Clair de Lune
Piazzolla Libertango
Dvořák Finale from Symphony No. 9


Symphony Orchestra of India/Zane Dalal/Zakir Hussain
20 February 2019, 7.30pmBeethoven Fidelio Overture

Zakir Hussain PeshkarRimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
4 March 2019, 7.30pm
Tchaikovsky Excerpts from Swan Lake, Op.20Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 in F Minor, Op.36

Flanders Symphony Orchestra/Jan Lathan Koenig/Filippo Gorini
15 March 2019, 7.30pm
Rossini The Italian Girl in Algiers OvertureBeethoven Piano Concerto No.3

Puccini Chrysanthemums
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 (Scottish)

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra/Pietari Inkinen/Sheku Kanneh-Mason
12 April 2019, 7.30pm
Rautavaara In The Beginning

Elgar Cello Concerto
Takemitsu Requiem for String Orchestra Sibelius Symphony No.2

Russian Philharmonic (of Novosibirsk) 16 May 2019, 7.30pm Rimsky-Korsakov Spanish Capriccio Tchaikovsky Violin ConcertoMussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Symphony Orchestra of India/Martyn Brabbins/Marat Bisengaliev
25 February 2019, 7.30pm
Weber Oberon

Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 Rachmaninov Symphony No.2

Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
5 March 2019, 7.30pm
Tchaikovsky Excerpts from The Nutcracker, Op.71 Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 in B Minor, Op.74 (Pathétique)

Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Spivakov/DALI Gutserieva/Ekaterina Lekhina
29 March 2019, 7.30pn
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
Konstantin Boyasky Concerto for Cello, Soprano and Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5

Canada’s National Arts CentreOrchestra/Alexander Shelley/Jan Lisiecki/David DQ Lee/London Voices
14 May 2019, 7.30pm
Ana Sokolović Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes. Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Brahms Symphony No.2

Tickets: from £18, available from Cadogan Hall Box OfficeOnline:
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ
Box Office: 020 7730 4500


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(Press Release)

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