Each year during August and September, the world’s pre-eminent orchestras and conductors converge on towns and cities across Europe for the summer festival season. Only the best are invited and this year the Sydney Symphony, under Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Ashkenazy, will take its place alongside the world’s finest, demonstrating its talents as Australia’s premier orchestra.
The Sydney Symphony’s full ensemble of 102 musicians will perform nine concerts over two weeks at festivals including the BBC Proms in London, Edinburgh International Festival, Lucerne Festival and Grafenegg Music Festival in Austria as well as the prestigious Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam.
According to Ashkenazy, the Sydney Symphony’s invitation to perform at the European summer festivals is a significant recognition of the artistic calibre of the orchestra. “The Sydney Symphony is undoubtedly on the same level as the best London orchestras – it’s a hidden treasure down under! I’m thrilled to be able to demonstrate the orchestra’s talents to overseas audiences and cement its place on the musical world stage,” said Ashkenazy.
Joining the orchestra on tour will be piano soloists Daniele Petralia and Hélène Grimaud performing works by Beethoven and Ravel, while Sydney Symphony coconcertmaster Dene Olding will be soloist in Ross Edwards’ Maninyas Violin Concerto.
“The breadth of music being performed throughout the tour is a testament to the Sydney Symphony’s versatility. The works we’re playing will include music by Australians like Matthew Hindson and Peter Sculthorpe, as well as music by Beethoven, Scriabin, Schumann, Ravel, Tchaikovsky and others,” added Ashkenazy.
According to Sydney Symphony’s Chairman, John Conde, international touring provides an outstanding opportunity to showcase Australian excellence overseas and focus attention on Sydney as a world-class cultural destination. “As Australia’s premier orchestra and one of the nation’s leading cultural ambassadors, the Sydney Symphony is proud to be offering European audiences the chance to witness Australia’s best classical musicians in performance and hear works by some of the world’s greatest composers. We will also feature works by arguably our most eminent composer, Peter Sculthorpe.” said Conde.
The Sydney Symphony last toured Europe in 1995. Other recent international tours have included China and Malaysia (2009), Italy (2008), Japan (2006), Malaysia (2000), USA (1998) and Japan and Taiwan (1996).
SYDNEY SYMPHONY 2010 EUROPE TOUR DATES AND PROGRAMS
22 Aug Stresa, Italy Stresa Festival BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor) Daniele Petralia, piano SCRIABIN The Divine Poem (Symphony No.3)
23 Aug Lucerne, Switzerland Lucerne Festival SIBELIUS Rakastava (The Lover), Op.14 BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor) Hélène Grimaud, piano TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony
24 Aug London, UK BBC Proms R STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier: Suite RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Hélène Grimaud, piano SCRIABIN The Divine Poem (Symphony No.3)
26 Aug Wiesbaden, Germany Rheingau Music Festival DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor) Hélène Grimaud, piano ELGAR Enigma Variations
28 Aug Bremen, Germany Musikfest Bremen Program TBC
29 Aug Amsterdam, The Netherlands Robeco Zomer Concert Series at the Concertgebouw R STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier: Suite RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Hélène Grimaud, piano ELGAR Enigma Variations
1 Sep Edinburgh, UK Edinburgh International Festival ELGAR In the South (Alassio) EDWARDS Maninyas – Violin Concerto - Dene Olding, violin SCULTHORPE Memento mori ELGAR Enigma Variations
2 Sep Edinburgh, UK Edinburgh International Festival SIBELIUS Rakastava (The Lover), Op.14 RAVEL Piano Concerto in G - Hélène Grimaud, piano HINDSON Energy R STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier: Suite
4 Sep Grafenegg, Austria Grafenegg Music Festival DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture RAVEL Piano Concerto in G - Hélène Grimaud, piano TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony