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Boston Symphony OrchestraMoritz Gnann conducts Kodaly, Mozart and Schubert featuring Conrad Tao, piano
 

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Moritz Gnann conducts Kodaly, Mozart and Schubert featuring Conrad Tao, piano

 

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Boston Symphony Orchestra
Moritz Gnann, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano
KODÁLY Dances of Galánta
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6

 

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Moritz Gnann, conductor
Moritz Gnann, conductor View biography in full page >

After three years as Kapellmeister and assistant to Music Director Donald Runnicles at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Moritz Gnann became the new assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in fall 2015. He made his successful Tanglewood debut with the BSO conducting Mahler's First Symphony. His November 2016 concerts mark his subscription series debut. In addition to his activities in Boston, Mr. Gnann continues to appear as a guest conductor with Deutsche Oper Berlin. He opened the 2015-16 season there with Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette and in the current season conducts revivals of L'elisir d'amore and Billy Budd. Following his successful debut in the 2015-16 season with the Staatskapelle Dresden, he has been reinvited to the Semperoper to lead The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel in 2016-17. Moritz Gnann's professional conducting career started in 2007, when he joined the Theater Aachen as a répétiteur and conductor. From 2009 to 2011 he was musical assistant to Julia Jones at the Teatro Nacional de Saõ Carlos in Lisbon, where he conducted such operas as Le nozze di Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, and Trouble in Tahiti, as well as concert programs. At Deutsche Oper Berlin, he conducted The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Hansel and Gretel, Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Billy Budd, and a critically acclaimed new production of Xenakis' Oresteia, for which he was nominated as "conductor of the year" by Opernwelt magazine. Mahlermania, a production that combines the biography of Gustav Mahler with his music, was recorded for the European TV channel Arte and was toured under the musical direction of Moritz Gnann to the Opéra de Rouen and to South Korea's Uijeongbu Music Theatre Festival. Born in Tübingen, Germany, Moritz Gnann studied conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts and Dresden School of Music, graduating with distinction. He gained further experience through active participation in master classes with Gianluigi Gelmetti, Sylvain Cambreling, Hartmut Haenchen, Bernard Haitink, and Diego Masson. He assisted Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner's Ring cycle at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Christian Thielemann on Der Rosenkavalier at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. He has regularly assisted Andris Nelsons on Lohengrin and Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival since 2010.

Moritz Gnann, conductor Conrad Tao, piano
Conrad Tao, piano View biography in full page >

Conrad Tao, who makes his BSO and Tanglewood debuts this evening, has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer. He is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was named a Gilmore Young Artist—an honor awarded every two years, highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. Mr. Tao's 2018-19 season began with the New York Philharmonic’s world premiere of his Everything Must Go, commissioned by that ensemble, and the inaugural concert of their curated late-night series, Nightcap. He also made his debuts with the LA Opera (in the West Coast premiere of David Lang's the loser), Los Angeles Philharmonic (performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1), and Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. In Europe he was presented by the Swedish Radio Symphony in recital and in Andrew Norman's Suspend under Susanna Mälkki; he also returned to the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, performing with Antonio Pappano. In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Tao will be presented in recital by Carnegie Hall, performing works by David Lang, Bach, Julia Wolfe, Jason Eckhardt, Carter, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann. He will also make his debut in recital at Walt Disney Hall, where he also joins the LA Philharmonic in works by Aaron Copland and Frederic Rzewski. With the Cleveland Orchestra he will perform works by Mary Lou Williams and Ligeti, as well as improvisations with pianist Aaron Diehl. Concerto highlights in the upcoming season include performances of his own work for piano and orchestra, The Oneiroi in New York, with the Seattle Symphony, as well as performances with the Baltimore, Charlotte, Phoenix, and Pacific symphonies. In addition to concert halls, he will tour to college campuses across the country. Mr. Tao's acclaimed evening-length collaboration with choreographer Caleb Teicher, More Forever, will be presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, and will make its West Coast premiere at Segerstrom Hall in Orange County. His ongoing electroacoustic collaboration with improviser and vocalist Charmaine Lee continues with an opening-night performance at the 2019 Resonant Bodies Festival. In the spring, Mr. Tao will tour with the JCT Trio—his ensemble with violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell. He will also celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday at the 92nd Street Y with Anthony de Mare, premiering a new two-piano take on "Move On" from Sunday in the Park with George. A Warner Classics recording artist, Mr. Tao has released two acclaimed discs to date, and his third, “Compassion,” featuring works by Rzewski, Copland, and Julia Wolfe, will be released this fall. Mr. Tao was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1994. He has studied piano with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago and Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York, and composition with Christopher Theofanidis.

Conrad Tao, piano
Program Notes Audio
KODÁLY - Dances of Galánta (16 min)
MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466 (28 min)
SCHUBERT - Symphony No. 6