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Brahms & Bartók

Friday, May 24—Sunday, May 26, 2024

Friday, May 24—Sunday, May 26, 2024
Orchestra Hall
2 hours
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German conductor David Afkham makes his DSO debut with works that show virtuosity on different scales. Violinist Veronika Eberle, "a star performer" (LA Times), shines in Brahms's monumental Violin Concerto (and on a Stradivarius made in 1693). Every musician on stage shines in Bartók's concerto, right through to one of the most exciting last movements in orchestral music.

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Program

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Violin Concerto in D Major
BÉLA BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

Artists

David Afkham

conductor

David Afkham has held the position of the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquestra y Coro Nacional de España since September 2019, following a highly successful tenure as the orchestra’s Principal Conductor since 2014. His work with the OCNE so far has featured critically acclaimed performances of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, Bruckner Symphony No. 9, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, as well as several world premieres and semi-staged projects with Wagner’s Die fliegende Holländer, Strauss’ Elektra, Bach’s St. Mathew Passion, and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1983, Afkham is in high demand as a guest conductor with some of the world’s finest orchestras and opera houses, and has established a reputation as one of the most sought after conductors to emerge from Germany in recent years.

Future highlights as a guest conductor include with the Minnesota Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

As an opera conductor, Afkham made a noted debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2014, with Verdi’s La Traviata, later reviving the production for performances around the UK and Ireland for Glyndebourne on Tour. In 2017, he conducted Ginastera’s Bomarzo at Teatro Real in Madrid in a new production by Pierre Audi, to unanimous critical acclaim, and leading to an immediate re-invitation. In the 2018-2019 season he made his German opera debut at Frankfurt Opera with Humperdinck’s Hänsel & Gretel, followed by Stuttgart Opera with Wagner’s Die fliegende Holländer. Productions since have included at Theater an der Wien with Dvorak’s Rusalka.

Afkham began piano and violin lessons at the age of six in his native Freiburg. At 15, he entered the city’s University of Music to pursue studies in piano, music theory and conducting and continued his studies at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar. Afkham was the first recipient of the "Bernard Haitink Fund for Young Talent" and assisted Maestro Bernard Haitink in a number of major projects including symphony cycles with the Chicago Symphony, Concertgebouworkest and London Symphony Orchestra. He was the winner of the 2008 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London, and was the inaugural recipient of the "Nestle and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award" in 2010. He was Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester from 2009-2012.

Veronika Eberle

violin

Veronika Eberle’s exceptional talent and the poise and maturity of her musicianship have been recognised by many of the world’s finest orchestras, venues and festivals, as well as by some of the most eminent conductors.

Sir Simon Rattle’s introduction of Eberle aged just 16 to a packed Salzburg Festpielhaus at the 2006 Salzburg Easter Festival in a performance of the Beethoven concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker, brought her to international attention. Key orchestra collaborations since then include the London Symphony (Rattle), Concertgebouw (Holliger), New York Philharmonic (Gilbert), Montreal Symphony (Nagano), Munich Philharmonic and Gewandhaus Orchestras (Langree), Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Janowski), Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester (P.Järvi), Bamberger Symphoniker (Ticciati, Nott), Tonhalle Orchester Zurich (M.Sanderling), NHK Symphony (Kout, Stenz, Norrington), and Rotterdam Philharmonic (Rattle, Gaffigan, Nézet-Seguin).

Born in Donauwörth Southern Germany, she started violin lessons at the age of six and four years later became a junior student at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Munich with Olga Voitova. After studying privately with Christoph Poppen for a year, she joined the Hochschule in Munich, where she studied with Ana Chumachenco 2001-2012.

Eberle plays on a violin made by the Italian violin maker Antonio Giacomo Stradivari in 1693, which was made available to her on generous loan by the Reinhold Würth Musikstiftung.

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