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14 Feb 2015FESTIVAL THEATRE
3ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GREAT CLASSICS
Tonights concert will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM.
14 Feb 2015, Festival Theatre
This concert runs for approximately 120 minutes including interval.
Passionate Tchaikovsky Great Classics 1
Pre-Concert chat with Annika - one hour prior to the concert in the Piano Bar.
Arvo Volmer ConductorIlya Gringolts Violin Niki Vasilakis Presenter
Wagner Tannhuser Overture
Tchaikovsky Concerto for Violin in D Major Op 35
Allegro moderato Moderato assai Canzonetta (Andante) Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Ilya Gringolts Violin
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 in E Minor Op 64
Andante Allegro con anima Andante cantabile Valse (Allegro moderato) Andante maestoso Allegro vivace
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Welcome Welcome to the opening concert of our 2015
season and the first of four concerts in our new
Great Classics series.
Over the years, the ASOs Great Classics series
was very popular with our audiences, and for
good reason: the programs were anchored by
the major, mainstay pieces of the orchestral
repertoire. This is the music that we know and
love, that we probably first heard at an early
age and which is now an integral part of our
And so we thought it was time to bring back the
Great Classics series, lending a greater clarity
and focus to our program overall.
In 2015, all four Great Classics concerts will
be performed in the iconic Festival Theatre,
giving us the opportunity to perform some of the
largest and best-loved works in the orchestral
We are also very excited about being able to
present some of the worlds most distinguished
and exciting artists.
In June, the great American soprano Christine
Brewer will join us to sing the beautifully
poignant Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss.
Christoph Knig will also conduct the inspirational
Symphony No 1 Titan of Gustav Mahler.
In his first visit to Adelaide, the firebrand
Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko will be with
us in August to conduct a program of Russian
masterpieces including Tchaikovskys timeless
Piano Concerto No 1 played by Simon Trpeski
that will leave you breathless.
Great Classics concludes in November with
one of biggest statements (and sounds) in all of
music: Strausss Also sprach Zarathustra, with the
unforgettable brass fanfare and timpani strikes,
indelibly etched in our minds by Kubricks
2001: A Space Odyssey. That concert will also
feature the legendary American piano virtuoso
Garrick Ohlsson performing Brahmss epic Piano
Concerto No 1.
That concert will be conducted by our great
friend, our Principal Guest Conductor and
former Music Director of 10 years, Arvo
Volmer, who we welcome back this evening.
He and our spellbinding soloist Ilya Gringolts
have something special in store for you a
spectacular start to 2015.
Enjoy the concert.
Vincent CiccarelloManaging Director
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Arvo Volmer conductor
Estonian conductor Arvo Volmer is widely acclaimed for his powerful performances in both opera and concert. Particularly well-known are his interpretations of Mahler and Sibelius, German, Nordic and Russian composers and contemporary music.
Volmer made his professional debut with the Estonian National Opera at the age of 22 and has been associated with the company ever since. He became Associate Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 1989 and Music Director from 1993 until 2001. Volmer was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Finlands Oulu Symphony Orchestra between 1994 and 2005.
In 2004, Arvo Volmer became Artistic Director and Chief Conductor at the Estonian National Opera as well as Music Director of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra a position he held until the end of 2013. During this time, Volmer led the Orchestra on tours to Los Angeles and New Yorks Carnegie Hall and on projects such as the highly acclaimed, five-year long Mahler Cycle. His commitment to the Orchestra continues into upcoming seasons, having been named Principal
Guest Conductor and Artistic Adviser as of January 2014.
Arvo Volmer has been appointed Music Director of the Orchestra Haydn in Italy from the 2014/15 season onwards. Highlights of their first year together will include an exchange programme with the La Verdi Orchestra Milan, tours to Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Torino Milano Festival Internazionale della Musica and many others. Other upcoming highlights include Volmers debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and returns to the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de So Paulo.
Throughout his career, Arvo Volmer has made an extensive number of recordings, including the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius for ABC (recorded following a cycle with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) and the symphonic works of Eduard Tubin. Arvo Volmer is a graduate of the renowned St. Petersburg Conservatoires conducting class, and in 1989 was a prize-winner of the Nikolai Malko Competition in Copenhagen.
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Ilya Gringolts violin
Ilya Gringolts studied violin and composition in Saint Petersburg with Tatiana Liberova and Jeanna Metallidi, and attended The Juilliard School where he studied with Itzhak Perlman. In 1998 he won the International Violin Competition Premio Paganini, as the youngest first prize winner in the history of the competition.
He has performed with leading orchestras around the world, such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hall Orchestra. He has premiered compositions by Peter Maxwell Davies, Augusta Read Thomas, Christophe Bertrand and Michael Jarrell.
Highlights of the 2014/15 season include performances at prestigious concert halls such as the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall in London. As a soloist he has been invited to perform with the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom he will record the violin concerto of
New Zealand composer Ross Harris.
Apart from his position as violin professor at the Zurich University of the Arts, Ilya Gringolts is an International Fellow in Violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is also first violinist of the Gringolts Quartet, which he founded in 2008.
His recordings include three releases of the music of Robert Schumann; 24 caprices for solo violin by Paganini; and the Gramophone Award-winning Taneyev: Chamber Music with Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Nobuko Imai and Lynn Harrell.
He plays a 1718-1720 Stradivarius.
What do you love about Tchaikovskys Violin Concerto?
It is the evergreen quality of mainstream, the openness, the directness. Tchaikovskys music like little other (Dvork is the other example) doesnt look for detours, goes straight for the heart, no prisoners taken. Its not ashamed of anything and wears its heart on the sleeve.
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Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor Arvo Volmer
Artist in Association Nicholas McGegan
Associate Guest Conductor Nicholas Carter
VIOLINSConcertmaster** Natsuko Yoshimoto
Sponsored by ASO Chair of the Board Colin Dunsford AM & Lib Dunsford
Lachlan Bramble** (Acting Associate Concertmaster)
Supported in the memory of Deborah Pontifex
Shirin Lim** (Principal 1st Violin)
Supported in the memory of Dr Nandor Ballai
Michael Milton** (Principal 2nd Violin)
Musical Chair supported by The Friends of the ASO
Janet Anderson~ (Acting Associate Principal 2nd Violin)Ann AxelbyErna BerberyanMinas Berberyan
Supported by Merry Wickes
Gillian BraithwaiteJulia Brittain
Hilary Bruer Supported by Marion Wells
Nadia BuckJane CollinsBelinda Gehlert Danielle Jaquillard
Alexis Milton Sponsored by Patricia Cohen
Jennifer Newman Emma Perkins
Supported by Peter & Pamela McKee
Alexander PermezelJudith PolainMarie-Louise SlaytorKemeri Spurr
VIOLAS Imants Larsens** (Acting Principal)
Supported by Mr & Mrs Simon & Sue Hatcher
(Acting Associate)Martin Butler Lesley Cockram Anna HansenLinda GarrettRosi McGowranMichael RobertsonCecily Satchell
CELLOS Simon Cobcroft**
Supported by Andrew & Gayle Robertson
Supported by Barbara Mellor
Christopher Handley Supported by Johanna and Terry McGuirk
David Sharp Supported by Dr Aileen F Connon AM
BASSES David Schilling**