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Lio Kuokman Announces Inaugural Season as Chief Conductor of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra

8 Jul 2024

Lio Kuokman and RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra have announced Kuokman’s inaugural season as Chief Conductor. During 2024/25 season, he will lead the orchestra in four of its dynamic Kromatika (Chromatics) series.

Kuokman said: “I look very much forward to the first season with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra as their new Chief conductor. Since the first encounter during 22/23 season with amazing musicians from the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, I felt sparkling chemistry between us and am very honoured to have an opportunity to be collaborating with them more regularly and to share music with the very cultured and enthusiastic audience in Ljubljana. Our next season is dominated by some of the symphonies closest to my heart including works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Sain-Saens and Sibelius. This coming season, I also look forward to sharing the stage in Cankarjev Dom with a line-up of fantastic soloists who will be either featuring as some of the audience’s favourite artists or the debuting ones.”

Maja Kojc, Artistic Director of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, said: “RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra looks very much forward to welcoming Lio Kuokman as our new Chief Conductor. During our first encounter with Lio in Ljubljana, we had the privilege to get to know him both as a pianist and a conductor. From the first moment, we all witnessed a very intense and deep musical connection between him and the orchestra. During Lio’s second collaboration as a guest conductor, the intensity of experience grew further and through this exceptional chemistry and mutual trust between Kuokman and the musicians we knew that we have discovered our new Chief Conductor. Kuokman is a wonderful conductor, profound musician, and a very collaborative and imaginative personality and we can’t wait to grow our partnership in the coming seasons.”

The first concert (25 October) in 24/25 season with Kuokman as RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra’s Chief conductor, celebrates Slovenian composer Aldo Kumar in advance of his 70th birthday, performing his early symphonic masterpiece Čelo Alp (1982). The programme also features Brahms’ Second Symphony and Shostakovich’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 with soloist Danjulo Ishizaka.

The second concert (5 December) focusses on romantic composers and their reflections of their world, nature, and society, as well as the intense internal inspiration of their dream worlds. The programme features Sibelius’ Finlandia; Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Dejan Lazić; and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5.

In February, Kuokman and the orchestra welcome young Parisian violinist Luka Faulisi for his Slovenian debut. This French programme features Ravel’s popular Bolero and Gypsies, Chausson’s Poème Op. 25; and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3.

Kuokman and the orchestra close the season on 12 June joined by celebrated South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The programme also features Slovenian composer Anton Lajovic’s A Dream and Sibelius’ Symphony No 2.

In addition to his position as Chief Conductor of RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Kuokman is Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Orchestra; Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Programme Director of the Macao International Music Festival. In the recent seasons and currently Kuokman is a frequent collaborator of many leading orchestras across the globe including Vienna Symphony,  Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, National Symphony Orchestra Ireland, NTSO in Taiwan, Tokyo Metropolitan, Kyoto Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and China National Symphony Orchestra among many others.

For more information and tickets, please visit simfoniki.rtvslo.si

24 OCTOBER – 19:30
Gallusova dvorana, Cankarjev dom
In cooperation with the Cellofest Ljubljana 2024 festival.

Performing with
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra; Danjulo Ishizaka, cello

Programme
CHROMATICS 1: KUMAR: Forehead of the Alps for symphony orchestra; SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 2; BRAHMS: Symphony no. 2

5 DECEMBER – 20:30
Gallusova dvorana, Cankarjev dom

Performing with
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra; Dejan Lazić, piano

Programme
CHROMATICS 3: SIBELIUS: Finlandia; CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2; MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 5

13 FEBRUARY – 19:30
Gallusova dvorana, Cankarjev dom

Performing with
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra; Luka Faulisi, violin; Tomaž Sevšek, organ

Programme
CHROMATICS 4: RAVEL: Bolero; CHAUSSON: Poème Op. 25; RAVEL: Gypsies; SAINT-SAËNS: Symphony no. 3

12 JUNE – 19:30
Gallusova dvorana, Cankarjev dom

Performing with
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra; Yeol Eum Son, piano

Programme
CHROMATICS 8: LAJOVIC: A dream; RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 3; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2

Photo: Tey Tat Keng