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Juanjo Mena conducts Anderson, Brahms and Beethoven featuring violinist Nikolaj Znaider

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Conductor Juanjo Mena leads the BSO in Julian Anderson's Incantesimi, a BSO-commissioned work that receives its American premiere with the BSO in January 2017. Incantesimi is a study in long lines, using "five musical ideas that orbit each other in ever-differing relationships." Mr. Mena and the orchestra are then joined by violinist Nikolaj Znaider for Brahms's lyrical and refined Violin Concerto. The BSO closes out the program with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, one of the composer's most popular works.

At the advice of his doctors, Maestro Christoph von Dohnányi regrets that he cannot appear with the Boston Symphony this summer at Tanglewood. He is continuing to heal from a fall he suffered earlier this year and looks forward to leading the BSO as scheduled in November. Conductor Juanjo Mena steps in for Maestro von Dohnányi on Saturday, August 12, on a program featuring violinist Nikolaj Znaider performing Brahms's Violin Concerto. The program also includes Julian Anderson's Incantesimi and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

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Juanjo Mena, conductor
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Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, United Kingdom, Juanjo Mena is one of Spain's most distinguished international conductors.

Following his recent appearances with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Montreal and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras and the Cleveland Orchestra, Maestro Mena's North America 2015-6 season includes return visits to New York, Baltimore, Boston, Toronto and Cincinnati.

His worldwide highlights this season include his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and a tour of China and South Korea with the BBC Philharmonic, as well return visits to the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras, the Spanish National Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.

A guest of international festivals, Maestro Mena has appeared at the Stars of White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Hollywood Bowl, Grant Park (Chicago), Tanglewood and La Folle Journée (Nantes). He recently led the BBC Philharmonic on two tours of Europe and Spain, including performances in Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Madrid, and performs with them every year at the BBC Proms in London.

Throughout Europe, Juanjo Mena has worked with many prestigious orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Turin, Munich Radio Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with all the major orchestras in Spain.

His operatic work includes The Flying Dutchman, Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung and productions including Eugene Onegin in Genoa, The Marriage of Figaro in Lausanne and Billy Budd in Bilbao.

He has made several recordings with the BBC Philharmonic, including a disc of works by Manuel de Falla, which was a BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month, Gabriel Pierné, which was a Gramophone Editor's Choice, and recent releases of music by Montsalvatge, Weber and Turina which have gained excellent reviews from the specialist music press. He has also recorded a collection of Basque symphonic music with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra for Naxos, and a critically acclaimed rendering of Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony for Hyperion with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.  Juanjo Mena's Messiaen interpretation is said to "utterly redefine the terms under which past/current/future Turangalîlas need to be judged". (Gramophone, October 2012).

Juanjo Mena, conductor Nikolaj Znaider, violin
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Nikolaj Znaider was invited by Valery Gergiev to become Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg where he will conduct a production of Marriage of Figaro and a number of symphonic concerts. He is a regular guest conductor with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Russian National Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony. The 11/12 season sees Znaider as Artist in Residence with the Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra and in 12/13 making his conducting debut with the Concertgebouw Orkest, Santa Cecilia Rome and Pittsburg Symphony.

As a soloist, Znaider works regularly with the world's leading orchestras and conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Ivan Fischer and Gustavo Dudamel. In recital and chamber music he appears at all the major concert halls. In the 12/13 season the London Symphony Orchestra will present an Artist Portrait of Znaider when he will play two concerti with Sir Colin Davis, conduct a large-scale symphonic programme and play chamber music with the principals of the orchestra. An exclusive RCA RED SEAL recording artist, Znaider's most recent addition to his discography is the Elgar Violin Concerto with Sir Colin Davis and the Dresden Staatskapelle. His award winning recordings of the Brahms and Korngold Violin Concerti with the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, the Beethoven and Mendelssohn Concerti with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and Prokofiev 2 and Glazunov Concerti with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerische Rundfunk have been greeted with great critical acclaim, as was his release of the complete works for violin and piano of Johannes Brahms with Yefim Bronfman. For EMI Classics he has recorded the Mozart Piano Trios with Daniel Barenboim and the Nielsen and Bruch Concertos with the London Philharmonic.

Znaider is passionate about the education of musical talent and was for ten years Founder and Artistic Director of the Nordic Music Academy, an annual summer school whose vision it was to create conscious and focused musical development based on quality and commitment.

Nikolaj Znaider plays the "Kreisler" Guarnerius "del Gesu" 1741 on extended loan to him by The Royal Danish Theater through the generosity of the VELUX Foundations and the Knud Højgaard Foundation.

Nikolaj Znaider, violin
Program Notes Audio
Julian ANDERSON - Incantesimi (12 min)
BRAHMS - Violin Concerto (43 min)
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 7 (34 min)
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