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Gustavo Gimeno conducts Ligeti, Dvořák and Schumann
featuring violinist Hilary Hahn

Gustavo Gimeno conducts Ligeti, Dvořák and Schumann featuring violinist Hilary Hahn

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Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno and American violinist Hilary Hahn join forces for Dvořák's Violin Concerto, composed in 1879 for the great Joseph Joachim. At times lyrical, Dvořák's concerto also contains passages of great energy based on music from his Czech heritage, especially in the delightful, dance-like finale. Also based on music from Central Europe, György Ligeti's early "Romanian Concerto" is a Bartók influenced orchestral work from early in the great Hungarian composer's career. Robert Schumann's First Symphony is bursting with energy, power, and optimism.

Featured Performers

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor View biography in full page >

From the 2015/16 Gustavo Gimeno takes up his post as Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. He begins his partnership with a focus on the first symphonies of Beethoven, Mahler, Bruckner, Schumann and Shostakovich and with singers from the Wiener Singverein he will conduct Verdi's Requiem. At the contemporary end of the spectrum he is conducting works of Rihm, Berg and Berio. His soloists in his first season include Isabelle Faust, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Leonidas Kavakos, Anja Harteros and Stefan Dohr.

After a sensational debut with Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2014 after return concerts in Amsterdam he will tour with the orchestra to Taiwan and Japan. He also returns to the Munich Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Verdi Orchestra, Milan. He will make debuts on the podiums of the Orchestra National de France, Orchestra National de Capitol du Toulouse, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the Philharmonia Zurich.

Alongside his USA debut with Pittsburgh Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival Gustavo Gimeno will also make his debut with Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the 2016 Ravinia Festival. In Japan he will also be on the podiums of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic. Recent highlights included debuts in 2014/15 season with the Leipzig Gewandhaus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

In Spring 2015 Gimeno made his debut at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia conducting Bellini's "Norma" in a new Davide Livermore production. In February 2014, on the occasion of his sensational Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra debut Gimeno conducted the European debut of Magnus Lindberg's second Piano Concerto with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Yefim Bronfman, (its' dedicatee). Gustavo Gimeno has worked closely with many composers including Theo Loevendie, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, George Benjamin and the young Spanish composer Francisco Coll.

Gustavo Gimeno's international conducting career began in 2012 as assistant to Mariss Jansons with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He spent several insightful years assisting the late Claudio Abbado with the Orchestra Mozart, Bologna, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2013 he also assisted Bernard Haitink with the Orchestra Mozart. Working closely with such mentors has had a profound impact on the formative years of his conducting career.

Gustavo Gimeno was born in Valencia, Spain, and lives in Amsterdam. Between 2001 - 2013 he was Principal Percussionist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor Hilary Hahn, violin
Hilary Hahn, violin View biography in full page >

Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is renowned for her clear and brilliant musicality, expansive interpretations of an incredibly varied repertoire, and organic connections with her audience. Her creative approach to music-making and her commitment to sharing her experiences with a global community have made her a fan favorite. She recently created the Instagram project #100DaysOfPractice for which she posted videos of herself practicing for a hundred days straight, openly sharing her behind-the-scenes work with her fans to break down perceived barriers around the creative process.

Hahn devotes much of the 2018-19 season to a thread that has bound her entire musical career together. In October she released Bach's Partita No. 1 and Sonatas 1 and 2, after the two decades of anticipation from fans and critics alike that followed her first album, Hilary Hahn plays Bach, released when she was only 17. Throughout the fall and spring, she performs solo Bach recitals in Vienna, Paris, New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Toronto, Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, London, and Munich. Also in 2018-19, she is Artist-in-Residence at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, with whom she will perform Sibelius in Austria, Germany, France, and Spain and premiere the final violin concerto of Einojuhani Rautavaara, written for Hahn and completed posthumously by Kalevi Aho. She takes Mozart's fifth concerto to Japan and Korea with Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, performs Prokofiev's first concerto with Järvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra in Germany, and returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Sibelius.

Bach has been a part of Hahn's life from the beginning of her musical studies, including with her first teacher, Klara Berkovich. At ten she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to study with Jascha Brodsky, a former pupil of Eugène Ysaÿe and Efrem Zimbalist, who dedicated part of nearly every lesson to solo Bach. She often incorporates movements of the partitas and sonatas into her free – and sometimes surprise – concerts for knitting circles, community dance workshops, yoga groups, art students, and parents with their babies. She developed these mini concerts as part of recent residencies in Vienna, Seattle, Lyon, and Philadelphia, and will continue to do so this year at Radio France, encouraging music lovers to combine live performance with their interests outside the concert hall and providing opportunities for parents to enjoy live music with their infants.

In addition to honoring the traditional violin literature, Hahn constantly delves into the unexpected. Her latest commission, her first for solo violin and her first of a set of works from a single composer, is six partitas by Antón García Abril, which she premiered in the United States, Europe, and Japan. García Abril was also one of the composers for In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, Hahn's multi-year commissioning project to revitalize the duo encore genre. Her album of those encores won a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance in 2015, and the print edition of the complete sheet music will be released by Boosey & Hawkes. Complete with Hahn's fingerings, bowings, and performance notes, the sheet music will ensure that the encores become part of the active violin repertoire.

Hahn's curiosity extends beyond music. After having completed her university requirements at the Curtis Institute at sixteen and having already made her solo debuts with the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Utah, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras; the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Budapest Festival orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic, among others, she chose to continue her studies for three more years, delving into languages, literature, and writing. She spent four summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and another four in the total-immersion German, French, and Japanese programs at Middlebury College. She holds honorary doctorates from Middlebury College and Ball State University, where there are also three scholarships in her name.

Hahn has released eighteen albums on the Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Sony labels, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, an award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. Hahn's first Grammy came in 2003 for her Brahms and Stravinsky concerto album. A pairing of the Schoenberg and Sibelius concerti spent 23 weeks on the charts and earned Hahn her second Grammy. Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, which was written for Hahn and which Hahn recorded along with the Tchaikovsky concerto, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. In 2012 Hahn launched Silfra with experimental prepared-pianist Hauschka. The album was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson and was entirely improvised by Hahn and Hauschka following an intensive period of development. In 2017 she released a retrospective collection that also contained new live material and art from her fans, in keeping with a decades-long tradition of collecting fan art at concerts.

Hahn is known for her natural ability to connect with fans, from their art projects and her YouTube interview series (youtube.com/hilaryhahnvideos), to her violin case's comments on life with a concert violinist on Twitter and Instagram (@violincase). She was an early blogger, sending her fans “postcards from the road” on her website, hilaryhahn.com, and publishing articles in mainstream media. In 2001, Hahn was named “America’s Best Young Classical Musician” by Time magazine, and in 2010, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Hahn was featured in the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to The Village and has participated in a number of non-classical productions, collaborating on two records by the alt-rock band ….And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, on the album Grand Forks by Tom Brosseau, and on tour with folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.

Hilary Hahn, violin
Program Notes Audio
LIGETI - Concert Românesc (13 min)
DVOŘÁK - Violin Concerto (34 min)
SCHUMANN - Symphony No. 1, Spring (33 min)
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