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Sibelius' First Symphony & Prokofiev

Thursday, January 19—Saturday, January 21, 2023

Thursday, January 19—Saturday, January 21, 2023
Orchestra Hall
2 hours

Experience Nordic marvels — Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir seeks to balance the beauty and chaos of nature on a knife’s edge, and Finnish icon Jean Sibelius nearly sweeps the listener away in a tide of sound. In between is Prokofiev’s supremely virtuosic and profoundly expressive masterpiece for cello and orchestra, played by the young French cellist Edgar Moreau — praised by Gramophone for his “commanding presence” and “robust, singing tone.”

Program

ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR
Metacosmos
SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Sinfonia concertante for Cello & Orchestra
JEAN SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 1

Artists

Tabita Berglund

conductor

Tabita Berglund is rapidly establishing herself as one of today’s most exciting, talented young conductors. Recently appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra from 2021/22, following her debut engagement with them in 2020, she was the 2018–20 star of the Talent Norway programme and is a past recipient of the Gstaad Conducting Academy’s Neeme Järvi Prize (2018).

Recent engagements include Nordic debuts with the Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Stavanger Symphony, Arctic Philharmonic and Norwegian National Opera orchestras. In the 2020/21 season Berglund returned to the Hallé and Norwegian Radio Orchestra, following debuts in 2019. She also appeared for the first time with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, among others.

The 2021/22 season builds on the success of previous seasons and features Berglund’s first concerts as Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra – repertoire and soloist highlights include Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Britten’s Concerto for Piano No.1 and Leif Ove Andsnes. She returns to the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hallé and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, while making her French debut with the Orchestre National de Lille and her Austrian debut with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich. First-time appearances include the Tampere Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Helsingborg Symphony orchestras, as well as the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and Istanbul Music Festival (Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra). Berglund also conducts the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra in the summer of 2022.

The ever-changing nature which surrounds her hometown in the Norwegian mountains is an inspiring influence on Berglund, and this together with other artistic and musical issues plays an important role in her programming. The inherent connection between the art of leadership and the role of a conductor is also something to which Berglund attaches particular importance: ​The goal is to become a conductor whom I would have wanted to play under myself.”

Berglund graduated in 2019 from the Orchestral Conducting Masters course at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where she studied under Professor Ole Kristian Ruud. She originally trained as a cellist and studied to Master’s degree level under Truls Mørk, performing regularly with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonique orchestras as well as the Trondheim Soloists before conducting became her main focus in 2015. She has previously participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Jorma Panula and Jaap van Zweden, as well as a BBC Philharmonic workshop in September 2018.

Edgar Moreau

cello

The cellist Edgar Moreau won First Prize in the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded six Special Prizes after capturing, at the age of 17, Second Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work at the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in July 2011 under the chairmanship of Valery Gergiev. At the Rostropovitch Cello Competition in Paris in 2009, he received the Prize for the Most Promising Contestant.

Born in 1994, Moreau began playing the cello at the age of four. He studied with Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and later continued at the Kronberg Academy under the guidance of Frans Helmerson. At the age of 11 he made his debut with the Teatro Regio Orchestra in Torino, playing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.

Edgar Moreau regularly performs in prestigious halls including Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hollywood Bowl, Paris Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Geneva Victoria Hall, Barcelona Palau de la Musica Catalana, Scala de Milano, La Fenice Venezia and Wigmore Hall. He is frequently invited to notable festivals including Verbier, Salzburg, Gstaad, Montreux, Hamburg, Edinburgh, Saint-Denis, Menton, Colmar, Lugano, and the Martha Argerich Festival.

Moreau performs with world-renowned orchestras such as the Roma Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Luzern Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with acclaimed conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Francois-Xavier Roth, Tugan Sokhiev, Manfred Honeck, Lahav Shani, Mikko Franck, Jakub Hrusa, Alain Altinoglu, Pablo-Heras Casado, Susanna Mälkki Vasily Petrenko, Jukka- Pekka Saraste, and Lionel Bringuier.

A particularly passionate chamber musician, Moreau collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Renaud Capuçon, Khatia Buniatishvili, Daniil Trifonov, Nicholas Angelich, Andras Schiff, Emmanuel Pahud, Sergei Babayan, Lisa Batiashvili, Julian Rachlin, Alexey Volodin, Bertrand Chamayou and David Kadouch, as well as his sister Raphaëlle and brothers David and Jérémie.

An Erato exclusive artist, Edgar Moreau released his debut album Play in 2014 with pianist Pierre-Yves Hodique. His follow-up, Giovincello, featured baroque concertos with the ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro and Riccardo Minasi and won an ECHO Klassik Award in 2016. He has also recorded Debussy's sonatas and trios and a duo album with David Kadouch with works by Franck, Poulenc, Strohl and De la Tombelle. His latest release is a recording of Gulda and Offenbach concertos with Les Forces Majeures and Raphaël Merlin.

Moreau is a recipient of many musical awards, the Academie Maurice Ravel Prize 2011, the Banque Populaire Foundation, “Classic Revelation” by France’s Adami, French-Speaking Public Radios Young musician Prize 2013, “New Talent of the Year 2013” and “Instrumental Soloist of the Year 2015” awards from the French Victoires de la Musique (French Grammies), and was named an Echo Rising Star in 2017.

Edgar Moreau plays on a David Tecchler cello from 1711. His bow was made by Dominique Peccatte.

Sibelius Symphony No. 1 – Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Dalia Stasevska (excerpt)

(Berglund) is considered one of the most talented conductors of her generation. ”

-Hufvudstadsbladet

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