Spring Season – Concert 3

Programme:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Abduction from Seraglio Overture
Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto for piano no. 3 in C major, Op.26
Johannes Brahms: Symphony no. 4 in e minor, Op.98

Conductor: Roderick Cox

Roderick Cox was named the Minnesota Orchestra’s Associate Conductor in September 2016, following a year in which he served as the ensemble’s Assistant Conductor. Before arriving in Minnesota, he served for two years as Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Roderick was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival in 2013 which led to national recognition and a return to the Festival as a Fellow. He has also held Fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as part of their Project Inclusion programme and the Chautauqua Music Festival, where he was a David Effron Conducting Fellow. Highlights for the 2016-17 season include a subscription concert debut with the Minnesota Orchestra, debut concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. Roderick also conducted a performance sponsored by Google and the Colour of Music Festival for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C.

Soloist: Antonio Chen Guang – piano

Winner of the First Olga Kern International Piano Competition on November 2016, the Scriabin Prize and the Rome Prize together with numerous other internationally renowned competitions, the twenty-three- year-old pianist Antonio Chen Guang combines his extraordinary technical capacity with a profound and mature musical sensibility and an exceptional on- stage charisma. Numerous concert associations of Europe, America and Asia have hosted him both in recitals and with orchestras performing programs ranging from William Byrd to Ligeti till composers of our time.

Antonio Chen Guang was born into a family of musicians in the province of Hubei, China, in 1994. At the age of 11 he moved to Beijing to study in the Central Conservatory. In 2012 he finished his study at the Juilliard School of New York. In 2015 he received the Diploma at the Accademia Internazionale Pianistica di Imola where he studied with Maestro Ashkenazy, as the youngest graduate in the Academy’s history and stayed one more year in the academy with Leonid Margarius. He lives now in Vienna, and is continuing to work with Prof Lilya Zilberstein.

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