Special Concert on the occasion of the 10th International Schostakowitsch Days Gohrisch

Sakari Oramo Dirigent
Kirill Gerstein Klavier

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Piano Concerto in d minor, K. 466

Dmitri Shostakovich

  • Symphonie Nr. 11 g-Moll op. 103 »Das Jahr 1905«

Das Jahr 1905

Zum alljährlichen Konzert anlässlich der Schostakowitsch Tage Gohrisch kehrt Sakari Oramo an das Pult der Staatskapelle zurück. Schostakowitschs 11. Symphonie »Das Jahr 1905« verarbeitet die tragischen Ereignisse des Petersburger Blutsonntags im Januar 1905, als zahlreiche demonstrierende Arbeiter vor dem Winterpalast von Militärs erschossen wurden. Die Satzfolge zeichnet dies nach: »Der Platz vor dem Palast« – »Der 9. Januar« – »Ewiges Gedenken« – »Sturmläuten«. Zuvor erklingt Mozarts d-Moll-Klavierkonzert mit Kirill Gerstein.

Expected concert duration including an interval: 110 minutes

  • 19.06.2019
    20:00 Uhr
    Kulturpalast Dresden

Sakari Oramo

Winner of the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor of the Year award, Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor of both the BBC Symphony and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras, and Principal Conductor of the West Coast Kokkola Opera and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. Between 1998 and 2008 he was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and after a decade as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, he has now served as their Honorary Conductor since 2012. 

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include numerous concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra which includes a focus on HK Gruber’s compositions and a festival of Stravinsky’s music. He will also continue to champion the promotion of new and rarely performed works with the BBC Symphony Orchestra – this season he will conduct the UK premieres of Hillborg Concerto for Violin No.2 with 


Batiashvili, and Aarre Merikanto’s Ekho with Anu Komsi. To celebrate 100 years of Finnish Independence, he has programmed a complete Sibelius symphony cycle with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and will also lead a day featuring the works of conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen.   

Previous seasons’ highlights have included concerts with the Czech Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. During the summer of 2017, he conducted several Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, including the Last Night of the Proms (having previously done so in 2014 and 2016); and also with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (and Renée Fleming) as part of a European tour. 

Kirill Gerstein

The multifaceted pianist Kirill Gerstein has rapidly ascended into classical music’s highest ranks.  With a masterful technique, discerning intelligence, and a musical curiosity that has led him to explore repertoire spanning centuries and styles, he has proven to be one of today’s most intriguing and versatile musicians. His early training and experience in jazz has contributed an important element to his interpretive style, inspiring an energetic and expressive musical personality that distinguishes his playing.

Mr. Gerstein is the sixth recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, presented every four years to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, possesses broad and profound musicianship and charisma and who desires and can sustain a career as a major international concert artist. Since receiving the award in 2010, Mr. Gerstein has shared his prize through the commissioning of boundary-crossing works by Timo Andres, Chick Corea, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen, and Brad Mehldau, with additional commissions scheduled for future seasons. Mr. Gerstein was awarded First Prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, received a 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and a 2010 Avery Fisher Grant.

Additionally this season, Mr. Gerstein performs Busoni’s epic Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by Sakari Oramo (and returns in the 2018-19 season to play the world premiere of a BSO-commissioned piano concerto by the orchestra’s first-ever artistic partner, Thomas Adès), Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in the original jazz band version and Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra led by James Gaffigan, and both Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue with the St. Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson to be recorded for future release. He also returns to the New Jersey, San Diego, and Vancouver Symphonies, performs recitals in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center, Chicago presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Seattle, and joins the Hagen Quartet for chamber music concerts at Zankel Hall in New York and at Duke University. In Europe, Mr. Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 as part of Semyon Bychkov’s Tchaikovsky festival with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and plays with the Brno Philharmonic, Deutches-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Hamburger Symphoniker, Helsinki Philharmonic, and

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester.

Recent engagements have included performances with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston Indianapolis, Montreal, St. Louis, San Francisco and Toronto symphonies, among others. He has appeared at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony, and at the Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chicago’s Grant Park, Blossom with the Cleveland Orchestra, and with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, Mann Music Center and Saratoga. Internationally, he has played with such prominent European orchestras as the Berlin, Czech, Munich, Rotterdam and London Philharmonics, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskappelle, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and the Zurich Tonhalle, as well as with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He has performed recitals in Paris, Prague, Hamburg, London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He made his Salzburg Festival debut playing solo and two piano works with Andras Schiff and has also appeared at the Lucerne and Jerusalem Chamber Music Festivals as well as at the Proms in London.

Born in 1979 in Voronezh, in southwestern Russia, Mr. Gerstein studied piano at a special music school for gifted children and while studying classical music, taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents’ extensive record collection. After coming to the attention of vibraphonist Gary Burton, who was performing at a music festival in the Soviet Union, Mr. Gerstein came to the United States at 14 to study jazz piano as the youngest student ever to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music. After completing his studies in three years and following his second summer at the Boston University program at Tanglewood, Mr. Gerstein turned his focus back to classical music and moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky and earned both Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees by the age of 20. He continued his studies in Madrid with Dmitri Bashkirov and in Budapest with Ferenc Rados. An American citizen since 2003, Mr. Gerstein now divides his time between the United States and Germany.