Symphony Concert N° 5

Lionel Bringuier Conductor
Yuja Wang Piano

Peter Eötvös

    Zum 75. Geburtstag des Komponisten am 2. Januar

Robert Schumann

  • Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 54

Béla Bartók

  • Konzert für Orchester Sz 116

Hungarian heritage

Lionel Bringuier makes his debut at a symphonic concert of the Staatskapelle with »zeroPoints« by Capell-Compositeur Peter Eötvös, who composed this work as an homage to Pierre Boulez while simultaneously reminiscing about his musical socialisation in the 1950s and 60s. One important influence on Eötvös was his fellow Hungarian Béla Bartók, whose dazzling Concerto for Orchestra follows the Piano Concerto by Robert Schumann, featuring Yuja Wang as soloist, which premiered in Dresden in 1845.


Expected concert duration including an interval: 110 minutes

A concert introduction is given 45 minutes before the start of the performance in the opera cellar.


  • 12.01.2019
    19:00 Uhr
  • 13.01.2019
    11:00 Uhr
  • 14.01.2019
    20:00 Uhr

Lionel Bringuier

French conductor Lionel Bringuier is one of the most engaging conductors of his generation, heralded for his artistic maturity, emotional insight, and insightful programming. He appears frequently with the world’s preeminent orchestras, and regularly collaborates with top solo artists both in concert and on critically lauded recordings.

During the 2017/2018 season, Mr. Bringuier will serve as Artiste associé with Orchestre National de Lyon and presents three programmes with the ensemble, including works by Berlioz, Ravel, and more in November 2017 and May 2018. This season also includes engagements with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Finnish & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y León, Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra, and Malaysian Philharmonic, among others.

Bringuier debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in July 2017, with Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by pianist Yuja Wang and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. He makes his annual return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic in March 2018, with a programme featuring Dvorak’s Symphony No.8. Mr. Bringuier’s other programmes this season feature a vast range of repertoire; highlights include Dutilleux’ Symphony No. 1, Lutosławski’s Les espaces de sommeil, and Brett Dean’s Amphitheatre, alongside works by Shostakovich, Ravel, Salonen, Gruber, Varèse, Berlioz, and more.

Named Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2012, Lionel now enters his seventh season working with the ensemble. They will embark on a multi-city tour throughout Europe in April 2018, with pianist Igor Levit as soloist. Following the landmark inauguration of the Creative Chair Initiative for the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in his first season, Lionel Bringuier will collaborate with the composer Brett Dean this year. Mr. Bringuier and the TOZ open the season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Brett Dean’s Viola Concerto, featuring the composer as soloist. The first-ever TOZ Creative Chair was Esa-Pekka Salonen, followed by Jörg Widmann, and most recently Peter Eötvös. The TOZ Artist-in-Residence Initiative has also been a highly successful tenant of Bringuier’s leadership of the Tonhalle Orchestra. Previous participants Yuja Wang, Lisa Batiashvili and Martin Grubinger remain Mr. Bringuier’s frequent collaborators.

Bringuier has appeared as a guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Lionel Bringuier has conducted numerous premieres, including the world premiere of Bernard Rands’s Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra with soloist Robert Walters and the Cleveland Orchestra, the world premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the Swiss premiere of Kaija

Saariaho’s “Trans” for Harp and Orchestra in May 2017 with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and harpist Xavier Maistre. He has also marshaled regional premieres of works by John Corigliano, Marc-André Dalbavie, Magnus Lindberg, Bruno Mantovani, Gubaidulina, and more.

Lionel frequently collaborates with renowned solo artists, including pianists Yuja Wang, Nelson Freire, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Lang Lang; violinists Lisa Batiashvili, Renaud Capuçon, Leonidas Kavakos, Gil Shaham, and Ray Chen; and cellist Gautier Capuçon. His discography includes two Ravel compilations on Deutsche Grammophon, the most recent being a complete survey of the composer’s orchestral works with performances by Yuja Wang and Ray Chen. Lionel and Nelson Freire are featured on a Decca CD release featuring a curated selection of works by Chopin, as well as a DVD capture of Bringuier’s debut at the BBC Proms. Additionally, Lionel, along with violinist Renaud Capuçon and cellist Gautier Capuçon, put forth an album of Saint-Saëns concerti on the Erato label.

Mr. Bringuier has received several accolades recognizing his artistic achievements. By a decree from François Hollande, France’s Président de la République, he was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French government in May 2017. The award, considered the highest honor in France, recognizes his achievements as a conductor, pianist, and cellist, and his dedicated artistic service to his home country. He has also been lauded with the “Médaille d’or à l’unanimité avec les félicitations du jury à l’Académie Prince Rainier III de Monaco” and the “Médaille d’or” from the city of Nice, in addition to prizes from the Schweizer Stiftung Langart and the Cziffra Foundation.

In 2007, after he received an assistantship with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and an associateship with the Orchestre de Bretagne, Bringuier was selected from nearly 150 applicants to serve under Esa-Pekka Salonen as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He became (at 21 years of age) the youngest to do so in the orchestra’s history, and the youngest person to conduct at Walt Disney Concert Hall. His extraordinary rapport with the orchestra, critical acclaim, and instant connection to the audiences led to his reappointment under Gustavo Dudamel and subsequent promotion to Resident Conductor in 2011.

Bringuier embarked on a concurrent three-season tenure as Music Director of Spain’s Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in 2009, where he regularly returns to conduct.
Lionel Bringuier studied cello with Philippe Muller and conducting with Zsolt Nagy at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He received further career guidance through master classes with Péter Eötvös and Janos Fürst. Bringuier made his professional debut at the age of 14, conducting a live concert on French national television, followed by a triumph in Besançon at age 19 that launched his career.

Yuja Wang

Her singular blend of technical prowess, keen musical insight, and emotional depth have established Yuja Wang as one of the world’s finest performers.

The power of her interpretations emerges from a distinct combination of her exceptional presence on stage and a natural affinity and inquisitive approach to the repertoire, which ranges from Mozart to Gershwin and beyond. ‘Charismatic’, ‘breathtaking’, ‘flawless’ and ‘heartfelt’ are just a selection of the superlatives used frequently by critics worldwide.

Yuja’s 2017-18 season features recitals, concert series, and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors. She begins the summer of 2017 on tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas and a programme featuring Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.2, followed by a performance of the first concerto at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Lionel Bringuier. Later engagements include concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, a series of performances at the Verbier Festival, and a three-city German tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.

She also embarks on play-conduct tours with two of the best chamber orchestras in the world, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, as well as joining the inaugural tour of Jaap van Zweden with the New York Philharmonic and the final tour of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s directorship with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Other notable appearances include concerts in Hong Kong, Miami, Washington D.C., Prague, Tel Aviv, and Berlin.

Winter of 2017 sees Yuja reunite with violinist and frequent collaborator Leonidas Kavakos for a European chamber tour, whilst in the spring of 2018, Ms. Wang will embark on a vast-reaching recital tour at premiere venues in the US and Europe; New York City, San Francisco, Rome, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, and beyond.

As part of its commitment to the arts, Rolex selected Yuja Wang as one of its cultural ambassadors in 2009, a distinction she holds to this day. She has been described by the New York Times as “one of the best young pianists around” and hailed by the Sydney Morning Herald for her “blistering technique.” In July 2015 the Los Angeles Times declared: “Hers is a nonchalant, brilliant keyboard virtuosity that would have made both Prokofiev (who was a great pianist) and even the fabled Horowitz jealous.” This combination of critical acclaim, audience ovations, return engagements at leading international venues, and an exclusive recording relationship with Deutsche Grammophon confirm Yuja Wang’s status as one of this century’s most compelling and engaging artists.

Yuja’s way of making music connects with a strikingly broad demographic. It appeals to everyone, from classical music newcomers to devoted pianophiles, and has attracted an exceptionally youthful following. Her love for fashion, recognised by her induction into Giorgio Armani’s Sì Women’s Circle, has

also contributed to the popular appeal of an artist who is armed with the ability to challenge the status quo and to welcome fresh converts to the concert hall.

Yuja Wang was born in Beijing and encouraged to make music at a young age by her dancer mother and percussionist father, which served as the catalyst for the never-ending thirst for knowledge that has sustained her continued musical development.

She began piano lessons at the age of six, and her progress was accelerated by studies at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music. In 1999 she moved to Canada to participate in the Morningside Music summer programme at Calgary’s Mount Royal College, and thereafter enrolled as the youngest ever student at Mount Royal Conservatory. Wang’s exceptional gifts were widely recognised in 2001 with her appointment as a Steinway Artist, and again the following year when she was offered a place at Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Gary Graffman.

By the time Yuja graduated from Curtis in 2008, she had already gained momentum following the spectacular success of her debut three years earlier with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa. Wang attracted widespread international attention in March 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich on short notice in performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and within the span of just a few seasons she was working with conductors of the highest calibre. Over the past decade of her career, she has worked with such pre-eminent Maestros as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Michael Tilson Thomas, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit, and Zubin Mehta.

In January 2009, Yuja Wang became an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist. Her debut album, Sonatas & Etudes, prompted Gramophone to name her as its 2009 Young Artist of the Year. Her 2011 release of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto and Paganini’s Rhapsody with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Claudio Abbado was nominated for a Grammy® Award in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category. Subsequent releases for the label include Fantasia, an album of encore pieces by Albéniz, Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, Scriabin, and others; a live recording of Prokofiev’s Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, and an acclaimed coupling of Ravel’s two piano concerti with Fauré’s Ballade, recorded with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and Lionel Bringuier.

Reviewers around the world have documented the full range of Wang’s work, capturing the essence of her musicianship and observing the development of an artist blessed with consummate technical abilities, an inexhaustible creative imagination, and an unmatched artistry.