JPO Special Spring Concerts 2021 – Concert 1

This concert will be available for viewing as follows:

Thursday 28 October – 19h30

Conductor – Daniel Boico
Soloist – Georgy Tchaidze, piano


Karen LeFrak: Gravity
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1 in b flat minor
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op.88

We start our programme with Karen LeFrak’s Gravity. Ms LeFraks works have been commissioned and performed by a wide variety of prominent institutions and artists worldwide and have been heard at esteemed venues around the world.

This performance is followed by Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B♭ minor, Op. 23. The first version received heavy criticism from Nikolai Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky’s desired pianist. Rubinstein later withdrew his accusations and became a fervent champion of the work. It is one of the most popular of Tchaikovsky’s compositions and among the best known of all piano concertos.

This final performance is Dvorak’s  Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163, composed on the occasion of his admission to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts.  In contrast to other symphonies of both the composer and the period, the music is cheerful and lyrical and draws its inspiration more from the Bohemian folk music that Dvořák loved.

Conductor: Daniel Boico

Described by critics as “Dynamic, vigorous, exciting and imaginative – an undisputed star who combines magnetic charisma with a skilled technique” Daniel Boico is the Artistic Director and CEO designate of the Free State Symphony Orchestra in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Daniel Boico’s 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, 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 shared the podium with Riccardo Muti, and was followed by his subscription debut replacing 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.

Former Music Director and Chief Conductor of the MÁV Budapest Symphony Orchestra, as well as Associate Guest Conductor of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban, South Africa, Daniel Boico also served as Cover Conductor on Chicago Symphony’s Asia tour to Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and Seoul.  Boico was editor, producer and conductor in a recording project of composer Karen LeFrak’s orchestral and chamber music, recorded at the old Melodiya recording studio in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with the Saint Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. Earlier in his career, Boico was Music Director of the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Illinois, and the Skokie Concert Choir, as well as staff conductor at the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor to Cliff Colnot with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Boico was also Visiting Professor and Director of Orchestras at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, and has served as cover conductor for the Milwaukee Symphony.  Boico was an Apprentice Conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he worked closely with, and was assistant to then Music Director Daniel Barenboim as well as guest conductors Pierre Boulez and Zubin Mehta.

Daniel Boico also has extensive experience in music administration, planning and programming, having worked as Manager of Artistic Administration of the New York Philharmonic, as executive assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony and Chicago Symphony Presents, as well as for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Born in Israel to musician parents and raised in both Paris and the United States (Boico’s father, Fima Boico, was Principal Second Violins in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, concertmaster of Orchestre de Paris and is the second violinist of the Fine Arts Quartet) Boico was initially trained as a singer before joining the class of legendary Russian conducting professor Ilya Musin at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia.

Since 1995, Boico has performed in world renown halls such as the Philharmonie in Berlin, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Chicago’s Symphony Center, War Memorial Opera House of San Francisco, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Meistersinger Halle in Nurnberg, Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Auditorium, Mexico City’s Bellas Artes Palace and Nezahualcoyotl hall, the Tchaikovsky Concert Halls in Moscow, and the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Moscow Philharmonic, National Orchestras of Taiwan, Mexico and Costa Rica, Taiwan Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the KZN, Johannesburg and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestras.

Daniel Boico was a finalist and prizewinner at the Prokofiev, Pedrotti, and Cadaques International Conducting Competitions and has collaborated with such fine soloists as Daniel Barenboim, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuliana Avdeeva, Hrachya Avanesyan, Shai Wosner, Aviram Reichert, Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, James Ehnes, Pablo Sainz-Villegas, Maximilian Hornung, Leonard Elschenbroich, Andreas Ottensamer, Alissa Margulis, Alexander Buzlov, and Lukáš Vondráček.

As a passionate educator of young musicians, Boico was a guest professor of voice performance and director of orchestras at Grand Valley State University, where he successfully produced concerts which involved all departments within the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Boico has worked with high school All-State ensembles in New York and California and works regularly with the Depaul University and Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphony Orchestras.  Boico teaches young conductors privately, all of whom held or hold current conducting positions.

Equally at home with contemporary music, world premieres have included works by Nino Rota, Steven Gerber, David Winkler, Airat Ichmouratov, Karen LeFrak, Hilda Paredes, Carlos Escalante, and Eddie Mora.

Boico has recorded a premiere recording of Nino Rota’s two cello concerti with cellist Dimitry Yablonsky and I Virtuosi Italiani for the Chandos label, Der Mondbach II by Andres Alcalde for cello and double string quartet with cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia for the Eroica Classical Recordings label, as well as Statue Dance from Pavlovsk, a ballet in 3 tableaux by Karen LeFrak for the American Ballet Theatre’s ABT II Company. Boico has also recorded Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1 with the Nürnberger Symphoniker for Bayerische Rundfunk.

Recent engagements include a debut with the Columbus Symphony, Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera at Depaul University, and a mini-tour with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion. Upcoming engagements include return engagements with the KZN and Johannesburg Philharmonics and the Nürnberger Symphoniker, and a debut with the Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia.

Soloist – Georgy Tchaidze, piano

Georgy Tchaidze possesses “fine sensibility and perfectly honed technique” according to The Telegraph in its review of the young Russian pianist’s Wigmore Hall debut. Since becoming 1st Prize Laureate of Honens International Piano Competition in 2009, Tchaidze has performed throughout Europe, North America and Asia to great acclaim, including debuts at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, BOZAR and Flagey Halls in Brussels and at festivals including Canada’s Toronto Summer Music, Ottawa International Chamber Music, Germany’s Kissinger Sommer, Young Euro Classic, Switzerland’s Verbier, Septembre Musicale, Lucerne, Norway’s Lofoten International Piano, Festspiellene i Nord-Norge and France’s Piano aux Jacobins. His performance of Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman was met with praise: “commendable clarity … unusually powerful for a performance of so little ostentation” (Ottawa Citizen). In the summer of 2015 Georgy Tchaidze was awarded 1st Prize at the 4th Top of the World International Piano Competition in Tromso, Norway and then asked to replace Sir Andras Schiff with his perfromances at the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival.

Born in 1988 in St. Petersburg, Georgy Tchaidze began to study piano and violin at the age of 7. He studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Sergey Dorensky for his undergraduate degree, and earned his master’s degree at the Berlin University of the Arts with Professor Klaus Hellwig. Since September 2016, he has been artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under direction of Louis Lortie.

Tchaidze’s reputation as a sensitive collaborative pianist is blossoming. He toured extensively with Canada’s Cecilia String Quartet and performed with the esteemed Borodin Quartet. The Calgary Herald wrote about his performance with the Borodin Quartet: “Tchaidze was magnificent, matching the experienced string players note for note to produce a performance of rare beauty and musical conviction.” His latest artistic collaborations include appearances with Cleveland Symphony Orchestra under direction of Bramwell Tovey, Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra under Aleksandre Bloch, with renowned Brentano String Quartet and also with such instrumentalists as Piotr Anderszewski, Stephen Kovacevich, Jean-Efflame Bavouzet, Marc-André Hamelin, Nikolai Lugansky and many others. Tchaidze has three recordings on the Honens label: a live recording with Cecilia String Quartet, an all-Schubert album and a disc of works by Medtner, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev

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