Early Spring Season – Concert 2

Programme:

Barber: Adagio For Strings
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68

Conductor: Daniel Raiskin

A son of a prominent musicologist, Daniel Raiskin grew up in St. Petersburg. Recently appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Raiskin will also take on his roles as Principal Guest Conductor of Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife and Artistic Partner of St. Michael Strings in Finland from the 2017/18 season onward. His regular appearances in the opera house have included Carmen at the Koblenzer Stadttheater. Raiskin conducted the Minsk Orchestra in an acclaimed production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the St. Margarethen Opernfestspiele 2011 in Austria. Recent recordings include Mahler Symphony No. 3 and Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 with the label AVI, both to great critical acclaim.

Soloist: Susanne Hou – violin

Violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou rose to fame on the International concert scene when she unanimously won three prestigious International Violin Competitions in France, Italy, and Spain (Long-Thibaud, Lipizer and Sarasate International Violin Competitions). Since then, Miss Hou has travelled the world as a soloist with major orchestras in over 50 countries, collaborating with world-renowned Directors and Artists such as Rostropovich, Zukerman, Gilbert, Spivakov, Marcello Viotti, Andreas Delfs, Marek Janowski, and Alain Trudel, together with the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Radio-France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, among others. Born into a musical family, Yi-Jia Susanne had music surrounding her all her life.  Aged five she gave her first public performance and at nine years, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto invited her as a scholarship student.  She went on to receive a full scholarship to The Juilliard School where she received her BM, MM, and the distinguished Artist Diploma as a student of Dorothy DeLay, Cho-Liang Lin and Naoko Tanaka.

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