Early Spring Season – Concert 4

Programme:

Smetana: The Moldau from My Fatherland
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in c minor, “Little Russian”

Conductor: Daniel Boico

Described by critics as “Dynamic, vigorous, exciting and imaginative – an undisputed star who combines magnetic charisma with a skilled technique” conductor Daniel Boico is Music Director and Chief Conductor Designate of the MAV Budapest Symphony Orchestra, beginning with the 2019-2020 season, as well as Associate Guest Conductor of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban, South Africa. His innate musical sensitivity paired with a keen ear and deep musicianship have produced exciting performances with orchestras in the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, Africa and Asia.  As Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, 2009-2011, Boico lead all of the Philharmonic’s popular Young People’s Concerts, among other concerts, covering 30 weeks in each season, including all tours.  His debut with the New York Philharmonic took place in 2009, sharing the podium with Riccardo Muti, and was followed by his subscription debut in April 2011, when he replaced Kurt Masur on short notice in what the New York Times called “a smoldering performance” of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths: A dedication to Mary and Martha for two violas and orchestra.

Recent engagements include the Taiwan Philharmonic, Chautauqua Music Festival, Cape Town Philharmonic, Nürnberger Symphoniker, and a debut with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Columbus Symphony. Upcoming engagements include return engagements to the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and the KZN, Cape Town, and Johannesburg Philharmonics, Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera at DePaul University, and a debut with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion.

Soloist: Gary Hoffman – cello

He made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in London at the age of fifteen, quickly followed by New York. At the age of twenty-two he became the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music. After winning the Premier Grand Prix of the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986, he embarked on an international career, appearing with the world’s most noted orchestras, in major recital and chamber music series and at prestigious festivals. Gary Hoffman has lived in Paris since 1990. He performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the ‘ex- Leonard Rose’. In 2011, Mr. Hoffman was appointed Maître en Résidence for cello at the prestigious Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. He is a regular guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and is a remarkable and much sought-after chamber partner.

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