After special dispensation from the New Zealand authorities, and two weeks isolated in quarantine, Giordano Bellincampi will step out on stage again with his Auckland Philharmonia orchestra, as they return to live concert performances this week.

On Thursday he leads opens with Suppé’s rousing Poet and Peasant Overture, before accompanying New Zealand violinist Amalia Hall in Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Violin Concerto, and closing with Schumann’s effervescent Fourth Symphony. (Information & Tickets)

Next week’s playbill showcases the APO’s own associate concertmaster Liu-Yi Retallick in Barber’s violin concerto, among colourful rhythmic works by Kodály, Copland and Stravinsky. (Information & Tickets)

If the stars align, Bellincampi will be back in Auckland in October for performances including an appearance from IMG Artists’ pianist Ingrid Fliter playing the Schumann concerto.

Born in Italy and moving to Copenhagen at a young age, Giordano Bellincampi has been Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia since 2016, and has previously held positions with I Pomeriggi Musicali, Milan, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Duisburg Philharmonic, Danish National Opera, and the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming highlights in the 2020/21 season include return visits to the Duisburg Philharmonic, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony, and Kristiansand Symphony, as well as debuts with the Jacksonville Symphony and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem.