Non-subscription Concert on the Evening before the International Shostakovich Festival Gohrisch

Yuri Temirkanov Conductor
Denis Matsuev Piano
Helmut Fuchs Trumpet

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    • Festive Overture in A mor, Opus 96
    • Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra No. 1 in c minor, Opus 35
    • Symphony No. 5 in d minor, Opus 47

    Ecstasy and sarcasm

    A march of triumph or a march of death? »The rejoicing is extracted under duress ... as if we were being struck by cudgels and told to jump for joy!« explained Shostakovich, reflecting on the end of his Fifth Symphony, composed in 1937 at the height of Stalin’s reign of terror. This interplay of ideology and the individual, of collectivism and isolation, can also be detected in Shostakovich’s Festive Overture as well as in the Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra No. 1 in C minor.

    • 21.06.2018
      20:00 Uhr
      Semperoper
      Tickets
      Ticket price:
      36.00 – 82.00 €

    Yuri Temirkanov

    Since 1988 Yuri Temirkanov has been the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he regularly undertakes major international tours and recordings.

    Born in the Caucasus city of Nal’chik, At the age of thirteen, he attended the Leningrad School for Talented Children where he studied violin and viola. Upon graduation, he attended the Leningrad Conservatory where he completed his studies in viola and later returned to study conducting, graduating in 1965. After winning the prestigious All-Soviet National Conducting Competition in 1966, Yuri Temirkanov was invited by Kirill Kondrashin to tour Europe and the United States with legendary violinist David Oistrakh and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Yuri Temirkanov made his debut with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in early 1967 and was then invited to join the orchestra as Assistant Conductor to Yevgeny Mravinsky. In 1968, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra where he remained until his appointment as Music Director of the Kirov Opera and Ballet (now the Mariinsky Theatre) in 1976. He remained in this position until 1988 and his productions of »Eugene Onegin« and »Queen of Spades« have become legendary in the theatre’s history.
     

    Maestro Temirkanov has appeared with leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome and La Scala, Milan and others.

    After making his London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977, he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor, and then in 1992 named Principal Conductor, a position he held until 1998. A regular visitor to the USA, he conducts the major orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2000 till 2006, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre until 2009. 

    Denis Matsuev

    Denis Matsuev’s triumph at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow thrust him into the limelight and established his position as an outstanding representative of the great Russian pianistic tradition. Invitations quickly poured in to perform with the world’s top orchestras. Today he regularly appears in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the great American and Russian symphony orchestras. Matsuev has collaborated with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Mikhail Pletnev, Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Paavo Järvi, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit and Myung-Whun Chung.

    In addition to his solo engagements, Denis Matsuev directs a number of festivals and is committed to fostering the next generation of musicians. In his position as Artistic Director of the »Crescendo« Festival, he has travelled to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Paris and New York. In 2010 he became Director of the  nnecy Music Festival, which aims to promote cultural exchange between France and Russia. And, as President of the »New Names« Foundation, he helps talented children in his homeland. To date, more than 10,000 young musicians have benefitted from the work of the Foundation.

    In February 2014 Matsuev performed at the closing festivities of the Olympic Games in Sochi, and in the same year was named a Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO.

    Helmut Fuchs

    Principal Trumpet

    Helmut Fuchs, born in1984 in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, started his education at the age of six with trumpet lessons at the Musikschulwerk Salzburg with Martin Mühlfellner. In 2001 he switched to Igor Oder with whom he was also studying during his time at the Militärmusik Salzburg (20013-2004). In 2004 he started his trumpet studies at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Gottfried Menth. In 2005 he carried on at the University of Music and the performing Arts Vienna and studied with Josef Pomberger. In addition to his education as a concert instrumentalist he also studied instrumental education. He finished both studies in 2009/2012 with honours.

    Already during his studies up until now he is substituting in some of the most prestigious orchestras of Austria (like the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Philharmonics, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, the Vienna Symphonics, the Bruckner Orchester Linz as well as the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg).

    In 2014 he joined the Opera de Nice as trumpeter and since 2016 he is Solo trumpeter at the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.