»Variation«: Special Concert to the 472th Birthday of the Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden

Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
Sir András Schiff Piano

Johannes Brahms

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Antonín Dvořák

  • Symphony No. 7 in d minor, Opus 70

German-Slavic connections

Speaking of his protégé Dvořák, Brahms claimed: »This fellow has more ideas than all of us. Any other composer could cobble together some main motifs from his leftovers.« The elder German master conducted the Staatskapelle in 1886 and was an hon­orary member of the orchestra’s own Soci­ety of Musicians. Together with Principal Guest Conductor Myung-Whun Chung and Capell-Virtuos Sir András Schiff, the Staatskapelle will celebrate its 472nd anniversary with a programme of works by these two composers.

expected concert duration: 90 minutes, no interval

  • 22.09.2020
    20:00 Uhr
    Kulturpalast Dresden

Myung-Whun Chung

Principal Guest Conductor

Since the 2012/2013 season Myung-Whun Chung has been the first artist in the history of the Staatskapelle to hold the title of Principal Guest Conductor, confirming the close relationship between the South Korean maestro and the Staatskapelle. Since November 2001 he has conducted many symphony concerts in the Semperoper as well as a new production of Verdi’s »Don Carlo«. In addition, he has accompanied the orchestra on tours through Europe, to the USA and Asia.

Alongside his work on the conductor’s rostrum, Myung-Whun Chung frequently performs as a chamber musician with Kapelle players, for example at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2013 when he wore two musical hats as conductor and chamber musician. In previous seasons in Dresden, Chung has explored the oeuvre of Gustav Mahler, conducting performances of the symphonies nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 9 in the Semperoper. In addition, he also conducted works by Gioachino Rossini, Gabriel Fauré and Olivier Messiaen at Staatskapelle concerts.

Born in Seoul, Myung-Whun Chung began his career as a pianist, in 1974 taking 2nd prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He launched his conducting activities as an assistant to Carlo Maria Giulini in Los Angeles, and later directed the Saarbrücken Radio

Symphony Orchestra, the Opéra Bastille in Paris and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. For 15 years he was Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Over the years he has contributed greatly to the musical life of his home country in various functions. For example, he was Artistic Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble which brings together Asian musicians from the world’s leading orchestras for special concert projects. During his career Myung- Whun Chung has collaborated with all the world’s great orchestras. His catalogue of CDs with Deutsche Grammophon features many prize-winning recordings.

In addition to his musical activities, he is highly committed to various humanitarian and ecological causes. He was an Ambassador of the UN Drug Control Programme and in 1995 was honoured as UNESCO’s »Man of the Year«. In 1996 he received the Kumkuan, the highest cultural award of South Korea. He has been appointed the first Cultural Ambassador of his country, and in 2008 became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the first conductor to hold this position.  

Sir András Schiff

One of the great pianists of our time, Sir András Schiff has attracted particular acclaim and won many awards for his complete cycles of the piano works of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Bartók. The native Hungarian is the Staatskapelle’s Capell-Virtuos for the 2020/2021 season.

Sir András Schiff performs with most of the world’s leading orchestras and conduc­tors. As conductor and soloist he frequently appears with his own chamber orchestra, the »Cappella Andrea Barca«, founded in 1999, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. His extraordinary reputation as an interpreter of Beethoven was recognized in June 2016 by his election as an honorary member of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. In addition, he has been

showered with awards, such as the Robert Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau in 2011, the Golden Mozart Medal in 2012 and the Gold Medal of London’s Royal Phil­harmonic Society in 2013. In June 2014, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. for his services to music. And in March 2018, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by his Royal Highness Prince Charles, President of the Royal College of Music.

Since his early youth, Schiff has been a passionate chamber musician. From 1989 to 1998 he directed the chamber music festival Musiktage Mondsee. Together with Heinz Hol­liger, he was Artistic Director of the Ittingen Whitsun Concerts until 2013.