Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Date:2019-03-11      Source:ational Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: Concert Hall
Dates: April 04, 2019


Piano Concerto No. 1


Symphony No. 6


Jonathan Nott

After studying music at Cambridge University, voice and flute at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and orchestral conducting in London, Jonathan Nott began his career at the Frankfurt and Wiesbaden Operas, where he conducted the leading standard repertory, including the RingRing with Siegfried Jerusalem.

He was previously Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony from 1997 to 2002, then Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris from 2000 to 2003 and Principal Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony from 2000 to 2016. His appointment as the OSR’s Music and Artistic Director started in 2017.

His guest engagements include appearances with the Berlin, Vienna, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Tonhalle of Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the Chicago and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestras. The 2014-2015 season saw invitations from the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome.


Jean-Frédéric Neuburger Pianist

Jean-Frédéric Neuburger has rapidly established himself as one of the most gifted musicians of his generation. Having discovered music at the age of eight, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger received a musical education in piano, composition and organ before joining the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and studying composition in Geneva with Michael Jarrell. Awarded the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Prize by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 2010, and the Hervé Dugardin Prize of the Sacem in 2015, after graduation he became a finalist in the 2004 Long-Thibaud International Competition.

Jean-Frédéric Neuburger performs with the world’s most prestigious orchestras: New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Radio France Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, NHK Symphony orchestras with such conductors as Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jonathan Nott, Osmo Vanska, Ingo Metzmacher, Kazuki Yamada, and Pierre Boulez, with whom he worked closely on the composer’s Second Piano Sonata.

Regularly invited to as a guest artist at international festivals such as Verbier, Lucerne, Menton, La Roque-d’Anthéron, Saratoga, La Jolla Music Society, as a chamber musician, he performs with Renaud Capuçon, Bertrand Chamayou, Tatjana Vassiljeva, the Modigliani and Ebène quartets, etc. In 2014 the Auditorium du Louvre dedicated a series of seven concerts entitled “Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Friends” which featured him as a performer and composer.

Recent highlights include performances of Mantra by Stockhausen with Jean-François Heisser at Musica Strasbourg Festival and on tour in Brazil; Bartók Piano Concerto No. 2 in Wroclaw with Pascal Rophé, Schumann Piano Concerto in Boston with Christoph von Dohnányi and the US premiere of his piece Plein Ciel at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Jean-Frédéric Neuburger devotes a significant part of his musical activity to contemporary music, and has played the world premiere of piano pieces written by Bruno Mantovani, Phillip Maintz, Yves Chauris and of Echo-Daimonon the concerto for piano and electronics by Philippe Manoury.

Jean-Frédéric Neuburger has released many recordings on Mirare records which have received great acclaim from French and international critics.

Since 2009, Jean-Frédéric has taught the piano accompaniment class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, a chair which gained worldwide renown when it was held by Nadia Boulanger.


Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, who was its principal conductor until 1967, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR) is made up of 112 permanent musicians. It gives subscription concerts in Geneva and Lausanne, symphonic programmes for the City of Geneva, the annual United Nations Day concert and accompanies operatic performances at the Grand Théâtre of Geneva. Over the decades, the OSR has built up an international reputation thanks to its historic recordings and its interpretation of the 20th century French and Russian repertories.

The British conductor Jonathan Nott has served as the OSR’s Music and Artistic Director since January 2017, following in the steps of the OSR’s founding head and successive Music Directors: Paul Kletzki (1967-1970), Wolfgang Sawallisch (1970-1980), Horst Stein (1980-1985), Armin Jordan (1985-1997), Fabio Luisi (1997-2002), Pinchas Steinberg (2002-2005), Marek Janowski (2005-2012) and Neeme Järvi (2012-2015). Under their guidance, the OSR has been a key player in the history of music through its discovery, first performance and support of contemporary composers. Works by Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, André-François Marescotti, Benjamin Britten, Witold Lutoslawski, Heinz Holliger, William Blank, Peter Eötvös, James Macmillan Pascal Dusapin and Michael Jarrell constitute just some of the OSR’s world premieres.

The OSR’s international tours have taken it to the leading concert halls in Europe (Berlin, London, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Amsterdam) and Asia (Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing), as well as the most important music centres in the Americas (Boston, New York, San Francisco, Washington, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Montevideo). It is highly sought after by the most prestigious festivals, (Canaries, Lucerne Easter and Summer, Radio France and Montpellier, the Menuhin in Gstaad, Montreux’s Septembre Musical and the BBC Proms in London).