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Yan Pascal Tortelier
French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier
enjoys a distinguished career as a
guest conductor with the world’s most
prestigious orchestras. A frequent guest
with the Minnesota Orchestra, he last
appeared here in June 2014, leading
performances of Orff’s
Carmina burana
with the Minnesota Chorale.
This season he conducts
concerts throughout the U.S., Canada,
Europe and Australia, appearing with such
ensembles as the San Francisco Orchestra,
Montreal Symphony, BBC Philharmonic,
St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Sydney
Symphony Orchestra.
Tortelier was chief conductor of
the BBC Philharmonic for 11 seasons
and is now the ensemble’s conductor
emeritus. Upon concluding his tenure
as principal conductor of the São Paulo
Symphony in 2011, he was named its
guest conductor of honor. He is also the
principal guest conductor at the Royal
Academy of Music in London.
Tortelier’s extensive
discography includes two recent
additions: a disc of works by Florent
Schmitt with the Sao Paulo Symphony,
and an all-Stravinsky album with pianist
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
Of interest:
His acclaimed adaptation of
Ravel’s Piano Trio for full orchestra was
performed by the Minnesota Orchestra
in 2011.
Gil Shaham
, violin
Gil Shaham, one of today’s foremost
violinists, appears regularly with leading
orchestras on prestigious concert stages
worldwide. He last performed with
the Minnesota Orchestra during the
one-minute notes
Mendelssohn: Overture to
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
This delightful overture captures the essence of Shakespeare’s comedy—magic, mishaps and humor.
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Korngold, the great film composer, also created rich drama in the concert hall, one shining example being this
glorious, eloquent violin concerto—written for none other than Jascha Heifetz.
Hindemith: Concert Music for Brass and Strings
Hindemith set himself strict limitations for his Concert Music, scored only for strings and 12 brass instruments.
The result: a brilliant piece, resonant and powerful.
Ravel: Suite No. 2 from
Daphnis and Chloe
The lovers in this ancient tale are shown in happy moments. Rippling woodwinds announce sunrise; solo flute
represents Daphnis telling the tale of Pan and Syrinx; and the couple celebrates with a joyous dance.
Orchestra’s European festivals tour in
2010, at both the BBC Proms and the
Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Recent, upcoming:
Highlights of
his current season include touring to
major venues with the San Francisco
Symphony; appearing at the Seattle
Symphony’s season-opening gala; giving
the world premiere of a violin concerto
by David Bruce with the San Diego
Symphony; and guest engagements
with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin
Radio Symphony and London Symphony
Orchestra. He also gives several recitals
and collaborates with the Knights at the
Caramoor Fall Festival.
Shaham has recorded
more than two dozen concerto and solo
CDs, including multiple Grammy Award-
winners. Last season he released the first
disc in his long-term project to perform
and record violin concertos of the 1930s;
on it are live, in-concert performances
with the New York Philharmonic, Boston
Symphony, BBC Symphony, Los Angeles
Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony,
Berlin Radio Symphony and Bavarian
Radio Symphony.
Of interest:
Shaham plays the 1699
“Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.
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