Salzburg Easter Festival: Orchestral Concert Thielemann

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Denis Matsuev Piano

Edvard Grieg

  • Piano Concerto in a minor, Opus 16

Richard Strauss

  • »Ein Heldenleben«, Opus 40

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  • 01.11.2021
    18:00 Uhr
    Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus

Christian Thielemann

Principal Conductor

Since the 2012/2013 season Christian Thielemann has been Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Following engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe, Hanover and Dusseldorf, in 1988 he moved to Nuremberg to occupy the post of Generalmusikdirektor. In 1997 he returned to his hometown of Berlin to direct the Deutsche Oper until 2004, when he became Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic, a post he held until 2011. In addition to his current position in Dresden, Thielemann has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival since 2013, where the Staatskapelle is resident orchestra.

In previous seasons Christian Thielemann has contributed greatly to the birthday celebrations for Wagner, Strauss and Beethoven. At the same time he has explored a wide range of music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina in Dresden and on tour. In the Semperoper he recently conducted new productions of »Ariadne auf Naxos« and »Capriccio« while for the Salzburg Easter Festival he interpreted »Die Walküre«, »Tosca« and »Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«.

Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, whose New Year’s Concert he conducted in 2019. Following his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000, he has returned every year to thrill

audiences with benchmark interpretations. After serving five years as the festival’s Musical Advisor, in June 2015 he became its Music Director. In addition, he has been invited to conduct the leading orchestras of Europe, the United States, Israel and Asia.

As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. His most recent projects with the Staatskapelle have been to record the symphonies of Anton Bruckner and Robert Schumann, Arnold Schoenberg’s »Gurre-Lieder« as well as numerous operas.

Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, honorary professor at Dresden’s Carl Maria von Weber College of Music and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In May 2015 he received the Richard Wagner Prize from the Richard Wagner Society of the city of Leipzig, followed by the Prize of the Semperoper Trust in October 2016 and an honorary award of the state of Salzburg in April 2022. He is patron of the Richard-Wagner-Stätten in Graupa. His recordings have been showered with awards.

Denis Matsuev

The russian pianist Denis Matsuev performs with the world's most famous orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France. He also appears regularly on stage with the most important conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Chailly, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Paavo Järvi, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, Semyon Bychkov and others.

Matsuev is a frequent guest at world-renowned music festivals such as the Verbier Festival and the Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland, the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh International Festival in the UK, and for 11 years his own series in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory »Denis Matsuev invites ...« Many famous orchestras, prominent conductors and outstanding soloists have taken part.

For many years, he has directed numerous music festivals and educational projects that have contributed to his role as an outstanding public figure. Since 2004 he has been organizing »Stars on Baikal« in Irkutsk, Siberia and since 2005 he has been the artistic director of the music festival »Crescendo«. In 2016 Denis Matsuev, as artistic director of the competition and chairman of the organizing committee, launched a new competition for young pianists in Moscow - the »Grand Piano Competition«. He is also president of the non-profit Russian foundation »New Names«, which discovers, supports and helps talented children to develop musical education in their home country.

The Mariinsky label releases with Denis Matsuev also include the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3, Shostakovich Concerti No. 1 and No. 2 and Schedrin's Fifth with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in the famous Mariinsky Concert Hall. In April 2013 Denis Matsuev presented the record (RCA Red Seal) with S. Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and »Rhapsody in Blue« by G. Gershwin, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Music Director Alan Gilbert.

Denis Matsuev is the winner of the renowned »Shostakovich Prize« for music as well as the State Prize of the Russian Federation for Literature and Art. He was appointed Honorary Professor of the Moscow State University and later awarded the State Order of Honour. In 2017 he received the Russian Government Prize in the field of culture for his International Music Festival in Irkutsk »Stars on the Baikal« and in 2019 a gold medal from Lev Nikolaev for his significant contribution to the education and popularization of science and culture.

In 2021 Denis Matsuev becomes artistic director of the renewed Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow.