5. Symphony Concert

Andrés Orozco-Estrada Conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder Piano

Giacomo Puccini

  • »Preludio sinfonico« in A major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Piano Concerto in C major, K. 467

Hector Berlioz

  • »Symphonie fantastique«, Opus 14

Pathways to fulfilment

The pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus noted that: »The most beautiful harmony is created through the marriage of opposites«. When Mozart composed his C major Piano Concerto in 1785 he was at the peak of his powers. The melody of »Preludio sinfonico«, Puccini’s second orchestral work, was used ten years later by the composer to express »desperate passion« in his opera »Manon Lescaut«. And desperate passion is also the underlying »idée fixe« in Berlioz’s »Symphonie fantastique«.


Expected running time incl. intermission: 120 min.

  • 07.02.2018
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Ticket price:
    67.00 – 82.00 €
  • 08.02.2018
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Ausverkauft

Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada was born in Medellín (Colombia) and trained in Vienna. In September 2014, he took up the positions of Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. From the 2015/2016 season, he also became the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He previously served as Principal Conductor of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, with whom he developed a highly successful musical partnership from 2009 to 2015.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts many leading orchestras worldwide, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, the Orchestre National de France, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago. In the summer of 2014, he made his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera conducting »Don Giovanni«. Following a thrilling debut the previous year, summer 2016 marked his return to the Salzburg Festival with Nicolai's opera »Il Templario« and – in place of Nikolaus Harnoncourt – Beethoven's Ninth with the Concentus Musicus Wien.
 

His engagements for the 2016/2017 season featured debuts with the San Francisco Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic. He also accompanied Colombia's outstanding youth orchestra, the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, on their first European tour, conducting eight concerts in Berlin and Stuttgart, at the Rheingau Music Festival, at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and at the styriarte in Graz. 

Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin before receiving his first conducting lessons at the age of 15. In 1997, he moved to Vienna where he joined the conducting class of Uroš Lajovic, pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky, at the renowned Vienna Music Academy. Orozco-Estrada currently lives in Vienna.

Rudolf Buchbinder

Piano

One of today’s legendary performers, Rudolf Buchbinder has appeared in concert all over the world with renowned orchestras and conductors for more than 50 years. For his 70th birthday in the 2016/2017 season, he was celebrated in such venues as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonie. Other highlights of this anniversary season were concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra led by Christian Thielemann and tours with the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. At the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Rudolf Buchbinder served as Artist in Residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra named him an Honorary Member.

Mr. Buchbinder’s repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music. He has documented this broad artistic range with more than 100 recordings, many of which have won awards. His readings of the works of Beethoven, in particular, have set new standards. With his cyclic performances of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas, he has contributed significantly to the development of the performance history of these works. 

To date, he has performed this cycle more than 50 times in cities including Berlin, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Dresden, Istanbul, Milan, Munich, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Vienna, and Zurich. In 2014, he became the first pianist to perform all Beethoven sonatas during one summer season at the Salzburg Festival. The Salzburg cycle was recorded live and released on DVD. A live recording of Brahms’ two piano concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta was released on DVD and CD in 2016.

Mr. Buchbinder’s readings are based on meticulous study of source material. An avid collector of historic scores, he owns 39 complete editions of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Furthermore, his library contains an extensive collection of first prints, original editions and copies of Brahms’ two original piano concerto scores.

Rudolf Buchbinder has been the artistic director of the Grafenegg Festival since its founding in 2007. Under his leadership, it has developed into one of Europe’s foremost festivals for orchestral music.