A record month for Intermusica in China
Between 20 October and 20 November 2018 Intermusica has a record presence in China, with 31 events taking place over just 30 days. The period sees visits from the Orchestre National de France and Music Director Emmanuel Krivine and the BBC Concert Orchestra, both organized by Intermusica's International Touring department, as well as concert appearances from soloists James Ehnes, Ning Feng, George Li, Leonidas Kavakos and Noah Bendix-Balgley. Intermusica artists and projects visit cities all over the country, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guagzhou and Nanjing. See a full list of concerts below.
Orchestre National de France and Emmanuel Krivine
Chongqing, Nanning, Beijing, Zhuhai, Nanjing and Shanghai
BBC Concert Orchestra
Shenyang, Qingdao, Taiyuan, Hefei, Shanghai and Nanjing
Recital at Shanghai Concert Hall (20 October)
Performances in Wuhan (27 October), Shanghai (31 October) and Beijing (3 November) with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin as well as recitals in Shanghai (28 October) and Guangzhou (20 November)
Performances with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (2 November), Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra (4 November) and Kunming Symphony Orchestra (9 November)
Concert with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra on 18 November
Concerts with the Guangzhou Symphony (9 November), Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra (11 November), China Philharmonic (16 November) and Shanghai Symphony (18 November), as well as recitals with Enrico Pace in Xi'an (13 November) and Nanjing (14 November).
Recital at Shanghai Concert Hall (19 November)
Louis Schwizgebel & Vassily Sinaisky perform with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Louis Schwizgebel returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a concert on 23 October 2018 at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. Schwizgebel plays Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 under the direction of Vassily Sinaisky. Sinaisky also conducts the overture to Wagner Der fliegende Holländer and Sibelius Symphony No.1.
On 5 October, Schwizgebel makes his debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jaime Martín. Schwizgebel plays Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Schwizgebel recently performed the Gershwin, in another debut, with Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France at the Festival de Radio France in July.
Vassily Sinaiksy returns to the Helsinki Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky travels to Finland to conduct the Helsinki Philharmonic at the Helsinki Music Centre on the 5 October and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tampere Hall on the 12 October 2018.
In the first concert, Sinaisky leads the Helsinki orchestra in a romantic programme with of Weber’s Overture to Oberon, Schumann’s Concerto for Four Horns and Elgar’s Symphony No.2. Following this, Sinaisky conducts the Tampere orchestra in a programme of Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela and Violin Concerto and concluding the programme with Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances.
The concert in Helsinki will be broadcast live on the Helsingin Kaupunginorkesteri radio. Click here to listen.
Vassily Sinaisky returns to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky returns to Manchester to conduct the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall on 19 May 2018. The programme presents Szymanowski Violin Concerto No.1 performed by Tamsin Little and a second half featuring Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony.
Having conducted Tchaikovsky in São Paulo earlier this year, Sinaisky received the following acclaim:
“Sinaisky is a great conductor, carved out for this type of music. He drew from each suite the intricate subtleties of the "modernist" parts illustrating the enemies; and depicted cathedrals of Russian pride in the patriotic parts of the music.”
Istoé, March 2018
Vassily Sinaisky steps in to conduct the Czech Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky steps in to conduct a series of three concerts with the Czech Philharmonic at Prague's Rudolfinum this week, on 29 and 30 November and 1 December 2017. Sinaisky conducts a programme of Berlioz Le Corsaire, Berg Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust, Franck's symphonic poem Psyché with the Prague Philharmonic Choir and Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.2.
While in Prague, Sinaisky also gives pre-concert talks prior to the performances on 30 November and 1 December.
Vassily Sinaisky returns to the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra & is announced Conductor Emeritus
Vassily Sinaisky returns to conduct the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra for a concert on 3 November 2017 at the Great Guild. The programme features Latvian composer Jānis Ivanovs Symphony No.21, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1 performed by Gonzalez Buajasan and Elgar Enigma Variations.
The concert will mark Sinaisky’s anniversary with the orchestra and bestow upon him the honorary title of ‘Conductor Emeritus’.
The concert will broadcast live on Latvian Radio, Radio Klasika.
Vassily Sinaisky conducts SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart on tour in Eastern Europe
Vassily Sinaisky joins the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart this month for a six-concert tour of Eastern Europe, beginning at the Palatin Kongresshotel und Kulturzentrum in Wiesloch on 11 May 2017. The tour then continues to Tallinn, Tartu, Tampere, Warsaw and Stettin.
Sinaisky and the orchestra are joined for the tour by cellists Daniel Müller-Schott, Andreas Brantlied and Miklos Perenyi, who perform cello concertos by Elgar and Dvorák. The rest of the programme includes Kodály Dances of Galanta and Brahms Symphony No.3.
Vassily Sinaisky returns to conduct the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Poole & Exeter
Vassily Sinaisky returns to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for concerts in Poole and Exeter on 1 and 2 February 2017. He conducts Berlioz Overture to Le corsaire and Love Scene from Roméo et Juliette alongside Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 with soloist Imogen Cooper and Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.
In November 2015 when Sinaisky conducted Elgar’s Second Symphony with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Echo wrote:
“…the BSO were crisp and precise where the rhythms were cluttered, brassy or reflective as called upon, and shone particularly throughout the powerful second movement with its strident theme. The symphony is full of contrasting moods but under Sinaisky's sure guidance there wasn't a single jarring moment."
Elsewhere this month Sinaisky conducts two concerts with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Boris Giltburg.
Benjamin Beilman makes his debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Vassily Sinaisky
Benjamin Beilman makes his debut with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in two concerts taking place on 18 and 21 January 2016 under the baton of Vassily Sinaisky. Beilman performs Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1, which he performed to critical acclaim with Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in November at Carnegie Hall:
"the young performer displayed faultless technique and responded warmly to the orchestra... Beilman held his own with the power of the full orchestra... His sense of proportion and ability to elicit real feeling from his instrument, without sinking into sentimentality, is something I hope to see and hear again."
Broad Street Review
"Beilman negotiated tricky string skips, fleet arpeggios and complicated bowing maneuvers that made the strings of his Strad dialog with each other... This is exposed stuff, with Mr. Beilman playing with great technical skill and a cool head."
The performances take place at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
Intermusica is delighted to bring the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to China for its inaugural tour of the country, which kicks off at Guangzhou Opera House on 30 December 2016. The orchestra, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky, makes its debut in four cities: Guangzhou, Changsha, Shanghai and Beijing. Also making his Chinese debut is James Ehnes, who performs Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto alternating with Sarasate Carmen Fantasy and Zigeunerweisen. The two tour programmes also include Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Suite, Elgar Enigma Variations and Dvořák Symphony No.9 'From the New World'.
Birmingham has strong ties with China and is twinned with Guangzhou, which makes the city a fitting location for the orchestra’s first ever Chinese performances. The New Year’s Day concert in Changsha also marks a first visit to this city for Intermusica, continuing to extend its pioneering reach in China. The full programme for the concert can be seen below:
30 December - Guangzhou Opera House
31 December - Guangzhou Opera House
1 January - Changsha Concert Hall
3 January - Shanghai Grand Theatre
5 January - NCPA, Beijing
Vassily Sinaisky: Concerts in Japan, Taiwan & Hong Kong
Vassily Sinaisky’s busy November schedule sees him conduct performances with across Asia, beginning with a concert with the New Japan Philharmonic at Tokyo's Suntory Hall on 14 November 2016. Sinaisky conducts the orchestra in a programme of Shostakovich Symphony No.9 and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.
He then travels to Taiwan, where he conducts the Taiwan Philharmonic in Liadov Le Lac enchanté, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 with Severin von Eckhardstein and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor on 17 and 18 November
Sinaisky then returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic on 25 and 26 November, where the programme includes Dvorák Cello Concerto with Alban Gerhardt and Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony.
Vassily Sinaisky conducts the Nashville Symphony in return to the US
Vassily Sinaisky begins November in the United States, where he conducts a programme of Tchaikovsky, Barber and Mozart with the Nashville Symphony on 4 and 5 November 2016.
The programme features the great Russian masterwork, Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony, which he conducts again later in the month with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Inon Barnatan performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.24 and the programme opens with Barber Essay No.2.
Vassily Sinaisky conducts Sinfonieorchester Orchesterzentrum|NRW in Dortmund
Vassily Sinaisky joins the Sinfonieorchester Orchesterzentrum|NRW at the Konzerthaus Dortmund on 4 June 2016, when he conducts the orchestra in a programme drawn from Eastern Europe.
The programme features Smetana The Bartered Bride Overture, Dvorák Cello Concerto played by Tamas Varga and Rachmaninov Symphony No.2.
The concert in Dortmund comes soon after performances with the Orquestra Nacional di Porto, BBC Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and Dresdener Philharmonie.
Vassily Sinaisky conducts Beethoven and Strauss with Igor Levitt & Dresden Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky returns to the Dresden Philharmonic for two concerts alongside Igor Levitt on 28 and 29 May 2016.
Sinaisky conducts Levitt and the orchestra in a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5, with the programme completed by R. Strauss Symphonia domestica. When Sinaisky performed the Symphonia domestica with the BBC Philharmonic in 2014, the Guardian wrote that “Vassily Sinaisky's performance with the BBC Philharmonic, part of Manchester's Strauss's Voice series, was something of an event. Sinaisky, a fine Straussian, conducted with great intelligence and wit”.
Earlier in the month, Sinaisky also returns to conduct the BBC Philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall on 14 May and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona on 20, 21 and 22 May. In Manchester he conducts Mahler Symphony No.2 and in Barcelona he conducts a programme of R. Strauss Horn Concerto No.2 in E-flat major and Shostakovich Symphony No.7.
Vassily Sinaisky conducts The Queen of Spades at Hungarian State Opera
Vassily Sinaisky travels to Budapest this month, where he conducts five performances of Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades from 3 April 2016. The production is directed by Vadim Milkov.
Subsequent performances of The Queen of Spades take place on 7, 9, 14 and 16 April.
Vassily Sinaisky steps in to conduct three concerts with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky steps in for three performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on 11, 12 and 14 February 2016 in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
The programme features Glinka Valse-Fantasie in B minor, Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 performed by Boris Brovstyn and Mossurgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. The concert in Aberdeen on Friday 12 February will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Vassily Sinaisky returns to SWR Stuttgart with Alice Sara Ott
Vassily Sinaisky returns to the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR on 19 February 2016 for a concert with soloist Alice Sara Ott. Together they perform Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor alongside Berlioz Le corsair and Dvorák Symphony No.6.
Further engagements for Sinaisky this season include concerts with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Orquestra Nacional de Porto.
Vassily Sinaisky returns to the Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky, former Chief Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, returns to the orchestra on 28 January 2016 to conduct Hugo Alfvén's Fourth Symphony, 'From the Outermost Skerries'. The concert opens with Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ Open Ground and completed with Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 performed by Marika Fältskog.
Earlier in the month Sinaisky conducts an all-Russian programme with the Seattle Symphony on 5 and 7 January. The concert opens with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Overture to The Tsar’s Bride and also features Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2, performed by Behzod Abduraimov, and Tchaikovsky Orchestra Suite No.3.
Sinaisky also returns to the St Petersburg Philharmonia on January 21, conducting Smetana The Bartered Bride: Overture, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Vadim Gluzman and R. Strauss Symphonia domestica.
Vassily Sinaisky conducts City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky returns to the UK on 18 November 2015, conducting concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and, later in the month, with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
On November 18 he conducts the CBSO in a programme of Schubert Rosamunde: Overture, Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major with Alina Ibragimova, and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 at Symphony Hall. He then conducts the orchestra at the Bath Mozartfest on 21 November, this time opening the concert with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture.
Sinaisky then returns to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for three concerts with Kirill Gerstein on November 25, 26 and 27. Together they perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in Poole, Exeter and Basingstoke. The programme is completed with Elgar Symphony No. 2. The concert in Poole on November 25 will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Vassily Sinaisky returns to St Louis Symphony and Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky return to the St Louis Symphony for two concerts with Ingrid Fliter on 2 and 3 October 2015. Together they perform Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2. The progamme opens with selections from Prokofiev’s Cinderella, and concludes with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3, based on the composer’s opera The Fiery Angel which Sinaisky will conduct at the Komische Opera in December.
Later in the month Sinaisky conducts the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and soloist Ilya Gringolts for a programme that includes Lyadov 8 Russian Folk Songs, Taneyev Concert Suite, Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet (overture fantasy) and Stravinsky Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss.
Vassily Sinaisky returns to Hong Kong Festival Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky returns to the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra to conduct two concerts at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall on 24 and 25 August 2015. One of the largest youth orchestras in Hong Kong, the Festival Orchestra performs two programmes that both feature the music of Hector Berlioz. On 24 August Sinaisky conducts the orchestra in a performance of Symphonie fantastique alongside Brahms' Tragic Overture and Elgar's Cello Concerto, played by Trey Lee.
On 25 August the orchestra are joined by the Hong Kong Festival Choir for a performance of Berlioz Requiem with soloist Dominique Moralez.
Vassily Sinaisky conducts programme of Armenian music with the Philharmonia
Vassily Sinaisky joins violinist Sergey Khachatryan, soprano Anush Hovhannisyan and the Philharmonia Orchestra for a concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 3 May 2015 that commemorates the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. Sinaisky will conduct a programme featuring Yekmalian Armenian Liturgy and Khachaturian Violin Concerto and Spartacus excerpts as well as works by Mozart, Górecki and Komitas. The concert is just one of many commemorations of the centenary this year, with events taking place all over the world.
Sinaisky then closes the month with a concert with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra at the St Petersburg Philharmonia. He will conduct an unusual programme that features Rachmaninov’s choral symphony, The Bells, alongside Britten Violin Concerto and Elgar Pomp and Circumstance.
Vassily Sinaisky: concerts with National & Cincinnati symphony orchestras
Vassily Sinaisky returns to America in April for three concerts at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra from 16 to 18 April, followed by performances with Cininnati Symphony on 24 and 25 April.
The Kennedy Center concerts will be Sinaisky’s National Symphony Orchestra debut, and he will conduct a programme that includes Rachmaninov The Bells, Borodin Overture to Prince Igor, and Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major with Loren Kitt.
Sinaisky will then conduct Vaughan Williams Symphony No.6, Elgar Cockaigne Overture and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with Igor Levit in Cincinnati.
Vassily Sinaisky returns to Hong Kong Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky has been invited to return to the Hong Kong Philharmonic this week for concerts on 17 and 18 October, after Jaap van Zweden withdrew from these concerts on medical advice. Sinaisky last performed with the orchestra in 2012 when he opened the orchestra’s 2012/13 season to great success.
The programme will include Mahler’s Symphony No.5 and Tchaikovsky’s Mozartiana. Free pre-concert talks will take place before both performances.
Vassily Sinaisky returns to City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky returns to both the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in October.
The two concerts with the CBSO, on 8 and 9 October, include works by Smetana and Dvorák, and Laurence Jackson will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1.
Then, on 29 October, Sinaisky performs Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 and Piano Concerto No.3 with BBC New Generation Artist Pavel Kolesnikov at Royal Festival Hall. The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Live in Concert.
Sinaisky returns again to the LPO in November, when they will perform works by Glinka, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov at the Bach Mozartfest with Christian Tetzlaff.
Vassily Sinaisky makes his debut with Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky makes his debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in two concerts at the Vienna Konzerthaus on 22 and 23 January. The programme features two Russian pieces; Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet and Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 in E-flat major with cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. The concert ends with Dvořák Symphony No.9 'From the New World'.
Sinaisky is stepping in for indisposed Estonian-American conductor Neeme Järvi.
Critical acclaim for Vassily Sinaisky’s concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky’s series of subscription concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra have been enthusiastically received in the press. The Cleveland Plain Dealer praised the performances, commenting:
“Talk about bringing music to life. In the case of conductor Vassily Sinaisky [on] Thursday, the old idiom held true almost literally. Every artist animates a score through performance. Sinaisky, however, endowed his Cleveland Orchestra program with physical, three-dimensional traits, such that one felt practically surrounded, able not only to hear but almost to touch the music. And yet for all the boldness of his performances, Sinaisky, music director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and conductor emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic, was also a consummate collaborator, guiding without domineering and enabling the ensemble to shine.”
Click here to read the full review online.
Vassily Sinaisky returns to the US for four concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
This month sees Vassily Sinaisky returning to the US where he will conduct four concerts with the LA Philharmonic.
The programme is made up of Holst’s The Planets where Sinaisky will be joined by Women of Pacific Chorale, Liadov’s Eight Russian Folk Songs and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2, performed by Leonidas Kavakos.
The first three concerts will take place at Walt Disney Concert Hall on 10, 11 and 12 January with the final concert on the 13 January taking place at McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert.