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Munich Philharmonic and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Both Return to Carnegie Hall with Two Concerts Each in Fall 2019

Music Director Valery Gergiev Leads Munich Philharmonic October 25–26 with Pianist Behzod Abduraimov and Violinist Leonidas Kavakos

Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons Leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra November 8–9 with Soprano Diana Damrau and Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

Concerts on October 26 and November 8 to Be Heard Nationwide on Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR 105.9 FM and WQXR.org

Valery Gergiev, Behzod Abduraimov, Leonidas Kavakos, Mariss Jansons, Diana Damrau, Rudolf Buchbinder

Carnegie Hall welcomes back two orchestras from the culturally rich city of Munich, Germany: Munich Philharmonic and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) this fall. On Friday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m., Music Director Valery Gergiev leads the Munich Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1. with Behzod Abduraimov and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. The following evening, Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. they return with Leonidas Kavakos playing Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Also on the program is Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Jörg Widmann’s Con brio.

Just two weeks later, on Friday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m., Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on a program that includes R. Strauss’s Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo, Four Last Songs with soprano Diana Damrau, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. They return the following evening on Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m. with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, and Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe.

Both the Munich Philharmonic concert October 26 and the BRSO concert on November 8 are part of the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series with a live radio broadcast on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and online at wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. Produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and co-hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and Clemency Burton-Hill, Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts include behind-the-scenes access to the artists and broadcast team, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.

About The Artists
Behzod Abduraimov’s performances combine an immense depth of musicality with phenomenal technique and breath-taking delicacy. He works with leading orchestras worldwide including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Münchner Philharmoniker, and prestigious conductors including Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Manfred Honeck, Lorenzo Viotti, Vasily Petrenko, James Gaffigan, Jakub Hruša and Vladimir Jurowski.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1990, Behzod began to play the piano at the age of five as a pupil of Tamara Popovich at Uspensky State Central Lyceum in Tashkent. He is an alumnus of Park University’s International Center for Music where he studied with Stanislav Ioudenitch, and now serves as the ICM’s artist-in-residence.

Leonidas Kavakos is recognized as a violinist and artist of rare quality, known for the integrity of his playing and for his virtuosity and superb musicianship. By age 21, Mr. Kavakos had won three major competitions: the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition (1985), the Paganini Competition (1988), and the Naumburg International Piano Competition (1988). This success led to his recording the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903–1904), the first recording of the work in history, which won the Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award in 1991. Mr. Kavakos was awarded the Gramophone Artist of the Year Award in 2014, and he was the winner of Denmark’s Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2017.

Mr. Kavakos recently signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical, for whom he has previously recorded Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Mozart’s violin concertos, play-conducting with Camerata Salzburg. In the 2019–2020 season, in addition to concerts with major orchestras in Europe and the United States, Leonidas Kavakos will once again join Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax for three programs in Carnegie Hall comprising Beethoven trios and sonatas. He will undertake two Asian tours, first as soloist with the Singapore Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic and in recital in the NCPA Beijing, and then in the spring he performs with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, prior to playing Beethoven Sonata Cycles in Shanghai and Guangzhou with Enrico Pace. Mr. Kavakos plays the “Willemotte” Stradivarius violin of 1734.

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. In 1978, Yuri Temirkanov appointed him assistant conductor of the Mariinsky Opera, where he made his debut conducting Prokofiev's adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace. In 1988, Maestro Gergiev became music director and, in 1996, artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre (including the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera, and Mariinsky Orchestra). Founder and director of several festivals–including Stars of the White Nights–Maestro Gergiev also served as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2016.

Maestro Gergiev's close cooperation with the Munich Philharmonic began in the 2011–2012 season. Since then, he has performed the complete symphonies of Shostakovich and a cycle of works by Stravinsky with both the Munich Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Since the 2015–2016 season, he has been chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic. As Maestro der Stadt ("The City's Maestro"), he reaches out to Munich concert audiences through subscription concerts and performances for young people, public rehearsals, an open-air concert series on the Odeonsplatz, and the MPHIL 360° festival, while reaching an international audience through regular live streams and television broadcasts from the Philharmonie Concert Hall in the Gasteig Cultural Center in Munich.

The Munich Philharmonic was founded in 1893 and has since vastly enriched Munich's musical life. Even in the orchestra's earliest years, conductors such as Hans Winderstein and Felix Weingartner guaranteed the highest level of performance. Gustav Mahler conducted the orchestra in the world premieres of his Fourth and Eighth symphonies, and in November 1911, the world premiere of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde took place under Bruno Walter's direction. Ferdinand Löwe led the first Bruckner concerts and established the orchestra's Bruckner tradition, which was then gloriously continued by Siegmund von Hausegger and Oswald Kabasta. Eugen Jochum opened the first concert after World War II with Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture. In the autumn of 1945, the orchestra acquired the services of Hans Rosbaud, an outstanding conductor who strongly supported new music. His successor, from 1949 to 1965, was Fritz Rieger, during whose administration the groundwork was laid for the Philharmonic's successful youth work.

As of the 2015–2016 season, the position of chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic is held by Valery Gergiev. Tours have taken the Munich Philharmonic to numerous European cities as well as Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and the USA. Program highlights conceived by Valery Gergiev include performances of symphonic cycles by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff as well as new formats, such as the MPHIL 360° festival. Concerts are regularly broadcast via live stream and on radio and TV. In September 2016, the first CD recordings documenting the Munich Philharmonic’s work were released under the orchestra’s own label, MPHIL. Currently, the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev are working on a complete recording of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies in the church of St. Florian abbey. By the 2020–2021 season, all of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies will gradually be released.

On October 13, 2018, the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev celebrated the 125th anniversary of the orchestra by performing Igor Stravinsky's Symphonie de Psaumes and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8.

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Soprano Diana Damrau has been performing on the world’s leading opera and concert stages for two decades. Her vast repertoire spans both lyric soprano and coloratura roles including the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor (La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and Royal Opera House), Manon (Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera) and La traviata (La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Opéra national de Paris and Bavarian State Opera) as well as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House, and Bavarian State Opera).

Invested as Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera (2007) and holder of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art (2010), Diana Damrau has forged close links with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich where she has been seen in new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Les contes d’Hoffmann (the four heroines), Ariadne auf Naxos (Zerbinetta), The Silent Woman (Aminta), Die Zauberflöte (Queen of the Night) and Rigoletto (Gilda). Other high-profile appearances have included La traviata (Violetta), Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Konstanze) as well as Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna and Contessa d’Almaviva).

One of today's legendary performers, Rudolf Buchbinder has appeared in concert all over the world with renowned orchestras and conductors for more than 50 years. For his 70th birthday in December 2016, he was celebrated in such venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Berlin Philharmonie. Other highlights of this anniversary season included concerts with the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Berliner Philharmoniker led by Christian Thielemann. In addition, at the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Mr. Buchbinder serves as artist in residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has an especially close relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which named him an Honorary Member in 2016.

Mr. Buchbinder has been the artistic director of the Grafenegg Festival since its founding in 2007. Under his leadership, it has developed into one of Europe's foremost festivals for orchestral music. He has published two books: his autobiography, Da Capo, and My Beethoven--Life with the Master. On the occasion of Beethoven 250th birthday, he plays his own cycle of the five piano concertos at the Wiener Musikverein during the 2019–2020 season.

Mariss Jansons is considered one of the most outstanding conductors of our time. Born in 1943 in Riga, Latvia, he studied at the Leningrad Conservatory, in Vienna under Hans Swarowsky, and in Salzburg under Herbert von Karajan. In 1971, Evgeny Mravinsky made him his assistant with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (known today as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra), an ensemble he regularly conducted until 1999.

Mr. Jansons is an honorary member of the Society of the Friends of Music in Vienna as well as the Royal Academy of Music in London. For his work with the Oslo Philharmonic, he was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. His other awards include the Austrian Cross of Honor for Scholarship and Art, the Three Stars Medal of the Republic of Latvia, and the Bavarian Order of Maximilian. In 2013, he was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit, First Class; made a Knight of the Lion of the Netherlands; and appointed Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest cultural award of the French Republic. On June 4, 2013, he received the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, and in March 2018, he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize, the highest music award in Denmark. In November 2017, he became the 104th winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Golden Medal.

Soon after it was founded by Eugen Jochum in 1949, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) developed into an internationally renowned orchestra. Its fame expanded and was fortified by chief conductors Rafael Kubelík, Sir Colin Davis, and Lorin Maazel. Since 2003, Mariss Jansons has set new standards as chief conductor.

In addition to the orchestra’s repertoire of Classical and Romantic works, a strong focus is placed on contemporary works, with appearances in conjunction with the Musica Viva series, founded in 1945 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. At these concerts, Munich audiences have witnessed legendary performances of contemporary works conducted by the composers themselves, who have included Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mauricio Kagel, Luciano Berio, and Peter Eötvös.

The BRSO has collaborated with renowned guest conductors, including Erich Kleiber, Carlos Kleiber, Otto Klemperer, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Kurt Sanderling, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, and Andris Nelsons.

Program Information
Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, Piano

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
ANTON BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

The Munich Philharmonic residency with Valery Gergiev at Carnegie Hall is made possible by a leadership gift from Mrs. Veronica Atkins.

Tickets: $42–$138.


Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin

JOHANNES BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

Sponsored by Breguet, Exclusive Timepiece of Carnegie Hall

The Munich Philharmonic residency with Valery Gergiev at Carnegie Hall is made possible by a leadership gift from Mrs. Veronica Atkins.

Jörg Widmann is the holder of the 2019–2020 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.

Public support for Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets: $42–$138.


Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor
Diana Damrau, Soprano

RICHARD STRAUSS Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo
JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98

This performance is proudly supported by ICBC U.S. Region.

Public support for Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets: $38–$125.


Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder, Piano

CARL MARIA VON WEBER Overture to Euryanthe
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93

The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mary Ellen and Karl von der Heyden in support of the 2019-2020 season.

Tickets: $38–$125.

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music. 

Photo of Valery Gergiev by Alexandra Shapunov; Behzod Abduraimov by Nissor Abdourazakov; Leonidas Kavakos by Marco Borggreve; Mariss Jansons by Peter Meisel; Diana Damrau by Jiyang Chen; and Rudolf Buchbinder by Marco Borggreve.


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