Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra

11-17 February 2024

Conductor: Marko Letonja

Soloist: Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

Strasbourg Philharmonic is not represented by IMG Artists

Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra

Under the musical and artistic direction of Aziz Shokhakimov, the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg ranks as one of the major orchestras in France, with the label of “National Orchestra” being awarded in 1994. With 110 permanent musicians perpetuating its dual French/German tradition, the Orchestra is engaged in an ambitious project centred on symphonic music targeting all types of audiences and performs over 100 concerts every year.

The Orchestra boasts a vast repertoire from the 18th century to the present day for which internationally renowned conductors and soloists are invited, but it is also greatly attached to promoting a new generation of artists. Beyond its own activities, it takes part in the lyrical and choreographic season of the Opéra national du Rhin. Furthermore, around 20 chamber music concerts are scheduled every year in addition to the symphonic agenda.

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Marko Letonja, conductor

Slovenian Conductor Marko Letonja continues a distinguished career as Chief Conductor and General Music Director of the Bremen Philharmonic, a post he assumed in 2018. Celebrated for his particularly large and diverse repertoire on both symphonic and operatic stages, Marko attracts consistent praise for his ‘striking’, ‘masterful’ (Passauer Neue Presse), ‘smart’ (The Times), and ‘inspired’ (Bachtrack) musical direction, and for bringing ‘high level vision’ coupled with ‘highly refined style’ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) to his work with orchestras and singers alike.

Marko previously served as Chief Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg from 2012 to 2021, a tenure that featured collaborations with renowned artists such as Isabelle Faust, Stephen Hough, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Nemanja Radulović, and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. His recent recording with the orchestra and vocalist Michael Spyres, entitled Baritenor, quickly amassed critical acclaim and was chosen as one of the top 10 classical albums of 2021 by The Times and winning the 2022 Gramophone Award for Vocal Album of the Year. Marko was also awarded the Helpmann Award for Best Symphony Orchestra Concert for a concert performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton.  

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Nikolai Lugansky, piano

The pianist Nikolai Lugansky is renowned for his interpretations of Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Chopin and Debussy. He has received numerous awards for recordings and artistic merit.

He has long standing relationships with top level conductors such as Kent Nagano, Yuri Temirkanov, Manfred Honeck, Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, Lahav Shani. He is invited by leading international orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, London Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Nacional de España.

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