Spring Season – Concert 2


Camille Saint-Saëns: Dance macabre, Op.40
Frédéric Chopin: concerto for piano no1 in e minor, Op.11
Alexander Borodin: Symphony no2 in b minor

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: Dmitry Shishkin – piano

Born in Chelyabinsk, in Siberia, Shishkin demonstrated exceptional talent for the piano at a very young age, performing his first piano recital at the age of three and first concert with orchestra at the age of six. Three years later he entered the prestigious Gnessin Moscow School of Music for gifted children, where he studied with Mikhail Khokhlov, then the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory as a student of Elisso Virssaladze. Currently, he continues his studies in Sicily at the “Vincenzo Bellini” State Conservatory with Epifanio Comis in Catania, and in Hannover at Musikhochschule with Arie Vardi.

From a very young age, Dmitry Shishkin won many prizes at competitions, received awards, and scholarships, both in Russia and abroad. He is prize-winner of renowned competitions, such as Busoni in Bolzano (3rd Prize in 2013), Rio de Janeiro (2nd Prize in 2014), Chopin in Warsaw (6th Prize in 2015) and Queen Elisabeth in Brussels (Finalist). He is also 1st Prize winner of the Top of the World Competition in Tromsø (2017). In 2014 he became an artist of the “KNS” label, where he recorded his first CD – ‘Absolute Chopin’ (2017), which was best seller in iTunes.

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