Philharmonia Orchestra; Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor; Paul Lewis, piano
As part of the International Orchestras Series in The International Concert Series 2012/2013
Opening work to be announced
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
Dvorák Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World
The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. Acknowledged as the UK’s foremost musical pioneer, with an extraordinary recording legacy, the Philharmonia leads the field for its quality of playing, and for its innovative approach to audience development, residencies, music education and the use of new technologies in reaching a global audience
The Orchestra’s extensive touring schedule this season includes performances in more than 30 of the finest international concert halls in Europe, and China with conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur.
Throughout its history, the Philharmonia Orchestra has been committed to finding new ways to bring its top quality live performance to audiences worldwide, and to using new technologies to achieve this. Many millions of people since 1945 have enjoyed their first experience of classical music through a Philharmonia recording, and in 2011/12 audiences can engage with the Orchestra through webcasts, podcasts, downloads, computer games and film scores as well as through its unique interactive music education website, The Sound Exchange.
Christoph von Dohnányi became Honorary Conductor for Life of the Philharmonia Orchestra at the start of the 2008/09 Season. This highly successful partnership began in 1994 when he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor and, from 1997 onwards, he held the position of Principal Conductor.
Dohnányi is also in demand as a guest conductor in the US and regularly conducts the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, The Philadelphia, New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland orchestras.
Paul Lewis is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. His many awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, the South Bank Show Classical Music Award, the Diapason d’or de l’annee and many more.
Recent and forthcoming highlights include concerts in Europe and the US with the London Symphony Orchestra, performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, Phiharmonia, NHK Symphony, Boston Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Tonhalle Orchestras.
Paul Lewis studied with Ryszard Bakst at Chethams School of Music and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. Along with his wife the Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.
Presented by The National Concert Hall