• Monday, Mar 7, 2011

    Yuri Temirkanov Leads St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on April 13 & 14


    Soloists Are Nikolai Lungansky in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on
    April 13 and Alisa Weilerstein in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 on April 14

    Carnegie Hall presents the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Yuri Temirkanov in two concerts this April in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. On Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m., pianist Nikolai Lugansky is the featured soloist, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on an all-Russian program that also includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Liadov’s Kikimora, a fairy tale work for orchestra that tells the story of a legendary house spirit in Slavic mythology. The orchestra and Mr. Temirkanov return the next evening on Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. with cellist Alisa Weilerstein as the guest soloist in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. Also on this program is Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Prelude to Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, which combines two Russian legends: that of St. Fevroniya of Murom and the city of Kitezh, which became invisible when attacked by the Tatars.

    About the Artists
    Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky won the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1994 and has since appeared at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Vienna Musikverein, Zürich Tonhalle, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He performs regularly with the top international orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris, Münchner Philharmoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Russian National Orchestra. Mr. Lugansky collaborates with a distinguished and diverse group of conductors that includes Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Kurt Masur, Vladimir Jurowski, and Emmanuel Krivine. Forthcoming engagements include recitals at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and London's Southbank Centre, and tours of Europe (with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy), North America, and Asia. This summer he will return to the BBC Proms with the Russian National Orchestra and later in the season will perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. An accomplished recording artist, Mr. Lugansky won the Diapason d'Or for his recordings of the complete Chopin Etudes and Preludes and the Rachmaninoff Preludes and Moments musicaux, as well as an Echo Klassik prize for his recording of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3.

    American cellist Alisa Weilerstein made her Cleveland Orchestra debut in 1995 at the age of 13 and has since attracted widespread attention for performances that combine a virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship. In addition to a 15-city US tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, highlights of Ms. Weilerstein’s 2010–11 season have included performing the world premiere of a new song cycle written by Gabriel Kahane with Mr. Kahane, recitals with pianist Inon Barnatan, performing with Matthias Pintscher and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and performing Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul in Spain and Denmark. In September 2010, EuroArts released a DVD of Ms. Weilerstein’s performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Daniel Barenboim in the orchestra’s European Concert, a performance that was also televised live worldwide and broadcast on the BBC in the UK. In 2009, Ms. Weilerstein was one of four artists selected to perform at a White House classical music event that included student workshops hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and a concert for guests including President Barack Obama. In 2008 Alisa Weilerstein was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal prize for exceptional achievement. Additional awards include the Leonard Bernstein Award (2006) and an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2000).

    Conductor Yuri Temirkanov became Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in 1988. Since then, he has led the orchestra with regular performances in St. Petersburg and throughout the world. Under Mr. Temirkanov’s direction, the Philharmonic became the first Russian orchestra to perform at a Carnegie Hall Opening Night gala concert for the launch of the 2005–2006 season. Prior to his appointment with St. Petersburg, in 1976, he was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Kirov Theatre, where he created classic productions of Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Queen of Spades, as well as Petrov’s Peter I, and Schedrin’s Dead Souls. Mr. Temirkanov has also worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming its Chief Conductor in 1992, as well as with the Dresden Philharmonic as Principal Guest Conductor from 1992 to 1997. In 1998, he joined the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he remains its Principal Guest Conductor. For six seasons (2000–2006), Mr. Temirkanov was the Chief Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and from 2007–2008 he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre. Among other honors, for the 2009 Nobel Prize ceremony, he was invited to conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is Russia's oldest symphonic ensemble. The Philharmonic was originally created to serve the Russian monarchy, performing at receptions and official ceremonies, in addition to balls, plays, and concerts for the royal court. In the early 20th century the orchestra began to perform commercial concerts for the general public. Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his Symphony No. 6 with the orchestra shortly before his death. The Philharmonic has given the Russian premieres of Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Also sprach Zarathustra, as well as Mahler’s First Symphony, Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, and Skriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy. In 1918, led by the composer, the Philharmonic premiered Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony, and in 1926 Shostakovich made his debut as a composer when his First Symphony was performed by the orchestra. Additionally, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra has been led by such noted conductors and world renowned musicians as Richard Strauss, Arthur Nikisch, Alexander Glazunov, Serge Koussevitsky, Leopold Stokowski, Sir Georg Solti, and Mariss Jansons, among others.

    Program Information
    Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Yuri Temirkanov, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
    Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

    ANATOLI LIADOV Kikimora, Op. 63
    SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
    NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Op. 35

    Sponsored by KPMG LLP

    Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Yuri Temirkanov, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
    Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

    NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Prelude to Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
    DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107
    JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Debs in support of the 2010-2011 season.

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