Stéphane Denève and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider embark on a 5-city North American tour with the Brussels Philharmonic in March 2019. Denève, the Brussels Philharmonic’s Music Director, will conduct the orchestra in three programmes: Connesson’s Flammenschrift (2012) and Denève’s arrangement of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet suites, with Szeps-Znaider as soloist for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre (9 March) and Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts (13 March); Ravel’s La Valse, Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Roussel’s Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2, and with Szeps-Znaider, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor at the Community Church of Vero Beach (12 March); and Connesson’s Flammenschrift, Roussel’s Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No. 2 and Ravel’s La Valse with Szeps-Znaider performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 at West Palm Beach’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall (11 March) and at New York’s Carnegie Hall (16 March), which will mark the orchestra’s debut at the storied venue. The tour is presented by IMG Artists.
Stéphane Denève is Music Director of the Brussels Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Music Director Designate (19/20) of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). He has previously served as Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Recognised internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century.
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider is virtuoso violinist of distinction and Artist in Residence with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Peter Dobrin writes in The Philadelphia Inquirer that, “you could pick out strands of [his] musical DNA – the sweetness of Fritz Kreisler, the muscularity of Zino Francescatti, and his own exquisite wisdom of setting off the poetic against the prosaic.” Also acclaimed as a conductor of rare musicality and panache Szeps-Znaider is Music Director Designate (from 2020) of Orchestre national de Lyon.
Click here to read Stéphane Denève’s feature interview by Peter Robb in Arts File in which he discusses his forthcoming debut concert at the National Arts Centre, affinity for Canada and the music featured on the tour.
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