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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & John Eliot Gardiner, Yuja Wang piano

Concert programme:
Johannes BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, op. 15
Robert SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61

Yuja Wang
Critical superlatives and audience ovations have continuously followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career. The Beijing-born pianist, celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, is set to achieve new heights during the 2019/20 season, which features recitals, concert series, as well as season residencies, and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors.

Season highlights include Yuja’s year-long “Artist Spotlight” at the Barbican Centre, where she curates and performs in four distinct events: the first London performance of John Adams’ newest piano concerto (premiered by her in Spring 2019) titled Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, which they take to Boston and New York City; recitals featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon and clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer; and she concludes the residency with a solo recital.

In autumn of 2019, she tours China with the Vienna Philharmonic, presenting concerts in Macao, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Wuhan. The beginning of 2020 sees Yuja and Gautier Capuçon reuniting for a recital tour featuring eleven dates presented in Europe’s premiere venues, including the Philharmonie de Paris and the Wiener Konzerthaus. She then embarks on an extensive solo recital tour, appearing in renowned concert halls throughout North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Het Concertgebouw, running from February to April.

Additionally, Yuja will be the featured soloist with some of the leading orchestras of North America, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Andris Nelsons; the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno; the San Francisco Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas; and the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the musical direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Yuja received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She later signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has since established her place among the world’s leading artists, with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings.

Yuja was named Musical America’s Artist of the Year in 2017.


Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Soon after it was founded by Eugen Jochum in 1949, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks developed into an internationally renowned orchestra, its fame continuously expanded and fortified by its chief conductors Rafael Kubelik, Sir Colin Davis and Lorin Maazel.

From 2003 until his death in Dec 1st, 2019 it was Mariss Jansons who set new standards as the orchestra’s chief conductor.

Besides the orchestra’s repertoire of classical and romantic oeuvres a strong focus lies on contemporary works, in conjuction with the “musica viva” series, founded 1945 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. Right from the start it was one of the main assignments to foster contemporary works of composers like Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhas as well as, more recently Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mauricia Kagel, Luciano Berio and Peter Eötvös. Many of them stood on the podium themselves.

Many renowned guest conductors shaped the artistic profile of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Maestri like Erich and Carlos Kleiber, Otto Klemperer, Leonard Berstein, Georg Solti, Maria Giulini, Kurt Sanderling and – in recent times – Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons.

Besides the many performances in Munich and other German cities extensive concert tours have taken the orchestra to virtually every European country, to Asia as well as to North and South America. It makes appearances in the most renowned concert halls worldwide.

The Orchestra gives special attention to the encouragement of up-and-coming young musicians. In conjunction with the ARD International Music Competition, the Symphonieorchester accompanies young musicians both in the final rounds as well as in the symphonic closing concert featuring the prizewinners. Since October 2001 the Akademie des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks has been doing valuable educational work by preparing young musicians for their later careers and thus building a solid bridge between education and professional activity. Beyond this, the Symphonieorchester maintains a program for young people with many activities designed toward the worthy goal of bringing the younger generation closer together with classical music.

In a number of different surveys of international music critics, since years the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks is counted as one of the top ten orchestras in the world. Most recently the BRSO concerts in Japan in November 2018 under the baton of Zubin Mehta were elected by Japanese music critics as # 1 in the “Best Concerts 2018” ranking.

With a high number of CD releases on major labels and – since September 2009 – also on Bavarian broadcasting’s own label BR-KLASSIK, the BRSO obtains regularly national and international awards. Like the Grammy in 2006 for Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony as the “Best Orchestral Performance” with Mariss Jansons or – the most recent one – the BBC Music Magazine’s Award “Recording of the Year” for Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Bernard Haitink in 2018. Also in 2018, the CD with Bruckner’s 8th Symphony conducted by Mariss Jansons received the German Records Critics’ Award.