Dresden Philharmonic

14-22 April 2024

Conductor: Stanislav Kochanovsky
Soloist: Maria Ioudenitch (violin)


Music for everyone – the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra stands for concerts of the highest artistic quality, musical education for all ages and a view beyond the musical horizon. Guest performances on almost every continent and collaborations with guests from all over the world have established the orchestra’s reputation in the international classical music world. Marek Janowski was most recently Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Dresden Philharmonic (2019-2023). Sir Donald Runnicles will take over from the 2024/25 season. Kahchun Wong is the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor from 2023/24.

Since 2017, the Dresden Philharmonic has been at home in the first-class concert hall of Dresden‘s Kulturpalast. Here, the orchestra has the ideal acoustic conditions to further develop its sound ideal and to distinguish its programmes. The orchestra has retained its own warm, rounded sound in the Romantic repertoire. In addition, it is characterised by a tonal and stylistic flexibility for Baroque and Viennese Classical music as well as for modern works.

The orchestra was founded over 150 years ago by the self-confident citizens of Dresden. Philharmonic concerts were held regularly from 1885 until the orchestra adopted its current name in 1923. In its early decades, composers such as Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Strauss conducted their own works. Paul van Kempen formed the orchestra into a first-class ensemble from 1934. After him, Kurt Masur (who has also been its Honorary Conductor since 1994), Marek Janowski, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Michael Sanderling, among others, shaped the orchestra. 

The orchestra promotes young musicians at the Kurt Masur Academy.

The orchestra began recording in 1937. Today, the Dresden Philharmonic’s discography includes nearly 330 works. Recent recordings include a cycle of the complete symphonies of Shostakovich and Beethoven under the baton of Michael Sanderling (Sony Classical). With Marek Janowski, the Dresden Philharmonic has recorded Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana”, Puccini’s “Il Tabarro”, Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, all of Schumann’s symphonies, Haydn’s “The Creation” and Schubert’s “Unfinished” and “Great” C major symphonies (PentaTone). Most recently, Verdi’s “La traviata” has been released in a concert recording conducted by Daniel Oren and featuring bel canto arias with Lisette Oropesa (also on PentaTone).

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Stanislav Kochanovsky, conductor

Appointed Chief Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover starting with the 2024/25 season, Stanislav Kochanovsky has a refined artistic personality that has led him to be considered one of the most brilliant conductors of our time.

In recent years, he has made successful debuts with, among others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington and the Cleveland Orchestra, collaborating with soloists such as L. Kavakos, M. Pletnev, N. Lugansky, M. Vengerov, D. Matsuev, A. Volodin, K. Gerstein, S. Khachatryan, V. Frang, T. Mork, P. Ferrandez, M. Goerne.

In the 2023/24 season, he will continue his regular collaboration with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the DR Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, among others, and will meet for the first time the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Köln, the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra in Venice, the KBS Symphony Orchestra and will tour with the Dresdner Philharmonie in the UK, performing in the major cities of England, Scotland and Wales.

With his profound knowledge and experience of a wide range of symphonic and operatic repertoire, he is regularly invited by renowned orchestras and opera houses around the world, such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Danish National Symphony, the NDR Elbphilharmonie, among others. During his career, he has also collaborated with leading Russian orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

With more than thirty operas in his repertoire, recent opera engagements have included The Pique Dame and Evgenij Onegin at the Opernhaus Zürich, Iolanta at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Prince Igor at the Dutch National Opera Amsterdam, working with distinguished directors and singers such as D. Tcherniakov, B. Kosky, E. Nikitin, A. Netrebko, I. Abdrazakov, O. Borodina, L. Davidsen, P. Mattei. As a guest conductor, he performed regularly for years at the Mariinsky Theatre. Since 2017, Kochanovsky is a regular guest at the Verbier Festival where he conducted opera in concerts (Eugene Onegin, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, Hansel and Gretel) and symphonic programme with soloists Lucas Debargue and Mikhail Pletnev.

In addition to the classical repertoire, Kochanovsky has a strong interest in rarely performed works and new compositions. Over the last few seasons, he has conducted rare gems as Ligeti’s Requiem, Scriabin-Nemtin’s Prefatory Action “Mysterium”, Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus, Shostakovich’s unfinished opera “The Gamblers”; Myaskovsky’s “Silence”, Weinberg’s Symphony No. 21 “Kaddish”; and works by living composers such as Dean, Fedele, Broström, Tawfiq, Visman, Campogrande, Martinsson, Golijov, Thorvaldsdottir, Tarnopolski, Rääts, Vasks.

Stanislav Kochanovsky attended the Glinka Choir School in his hometown of St. Petersburg before going on to graduate with honours at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, where he studied choral conducting, organ and opera-symphonic conducting.

He was Chief Conductor of the State Safonov Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2007 began his collaboration with the Mikhailovsky Theatre where, from the age of 25, he had the great opportunity to conduct more than sixty opera and ballet performances.

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Maria Ioudenitch, violin

American-Russian violinist Maria Ioudenitch captured the attention of music lovers worldwide when she received first prizes in three international violin competitions – the Ysaÿe, Tibor Varga and Joseph Joachim – in 2021, as well as numerous special prizes at these competitions, including Joachim’s Chamber Music Award, the prize for Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work and the Henle Urtext Prize. In 2023, she won the Opus Klassik award in the category “Chamber Music Recording of the Year” for her debut album, Songbird, on Warner Classics.

Highlights of Maria’s 23/24 season include concerts with Camerata Bern, where she will open the season with a play-direct program, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Dresden Philharmonic, the latter to include a six-city tour of the UK. She will also feature on the Marlboro Music Festival’s US-tour, having attended the festival under the artistic direction of Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss for the third time this summer. In September, she will participate in the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival directed by Elena Bashkirova, and in February, she returns to Carnegie Hall for a chamber music concert presented by the Kronberg Academy. This season, for the first time she will also perform recitals with her father, Stanislav Ioudenitch.

Maria grew up in Kansas City and began playing violin with Gregory Sandomirsky at the age of three. She continued her studies with Ben Sayevich at the International Center for Music in Kansas City and Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Curtis Institute of Music and completed her master’s degree and Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Miriam Fried. Last year, she was mentored by Sonia Simmenauer as part of her new initiative, Currently, she is in the Professional Studies program at the Kronberg Academy, working with Christian Tetzlaff. She is also a member of the emerging US-based chamber music collective, ensemble132.

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