Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester II

Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano
Tamara Stefanovich Piano

Béla Bartók

  • Concerto for two Pianos, Percussion and Orchesstra, Sz 115

Dmitri Shostakovich

  • Symphony No. 8 c minor opus 65

A dawning future

Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra from 1940 is based on the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, which the composer and his wife performed at his very first concert in America. Regarding his Eighth Symphony, Shostakovich noted that: »All that is dark and oppressive will disappear; all that is beautiful will triumph«. The composer expressed this hope in 1943 when Bartók, living in exile in the USA, was on the brink of fame. Only two years later he would be dead.

Expected running time incl. intermission: 115 min.

    Vladimir Jurowski

    Vladimir Jurowski is currently one of the Staatskapelle’s regular guest conductors. Born in Moscow to the conductor Michail Jurowski, he studied in his home town as well as in Dresden and Berlin, in which city he obtained his first top post at the Komische Oper. International stardom came in 2001 when he was appointed to the position of music director of Britain’s Glyndebourne Festival. In 2007 he took over as principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Since October 2011 has also directed the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation. In February 2012 he conducted the premiere of the Requiem »Dresden – Ode to Peace« by last season’s Capell-Compositrice Lera Auerbach at a Staatskapelle remembrance concert. Now Vladimir Jurowski is returning to the Staatskapelle for the performance of the first Violin Concerto by the current Capell-Compositrice, Sofia Gubaidulina.

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard

    Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career. In recognition of a life devoted to the service of music he was awarded the prestigious 2017 International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.

    Aimard performs throughout the world each season with major orchestras under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös, Sir Simon Rattle and Vladimir Jurowski. He has been invited to curate, direct and perform in a number of residencies, with projects at Carnegie Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, the Lucerne Festival, Mozarteum Salzburg, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Tanglewood Festival and London’s Southbank Centre. Aimard was the Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival from 2009 to 2016; his final season was marked by a performance of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux with the concerts programmed from dawn to midnight.

    Born in Lyon in 1957, Pierre-Laurent Aimard studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Yvonne Loriod and in London with Maria Curcio. Early career landmarks included winning first prize in the 1973 Messiaen Competition at the age of 16 and being appointed, three years later, by Pierre Boulez to become the Ensemble Intercontemporain’s first solo pianist.

    Aimard has had close collaborations with many leading composers including Kurtág, Stockhausen, Carter, Boulez and George Benjamin. 

    Tamara Stefanovich

    Known for captivating interpretations of a wide repertoire, Tamara Stefanovich performs at the world’s major concert venues including Carnegie Hall New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Suntory Hall Tokyo and London’s Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls. She features in international festivals such as La Roque d’Antheron, Ravenna, Salzburger Festspiele, Styriarte Graz and Beethovenfest Bonn. Stefanovich has appeared with orchestras including The Cleveland and Chicago Symphonies, London Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras, Bamberger Symphoniker, Britten Sinfonia, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

    Tamara Stefanovich has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Osmo Vänskä and Susanna Mälkki, as well as leading composers including Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and György Kurtág. She regularly leads educational projects at London’s Barbican Centre, Kölner Philharmonie and at Klavier-Festival Ruhr such as the innovative online project of interactive pedagogical analyses Boulez’ Notations: Tamara is cofounder and curator of a newly created festival »The Clearing« at Portland International Piano Series.