Symphony Concert N° 11

Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
Sol Gabetta Cello

Robert Schumann

  • Cello Concerto in a minor, Opus 129

Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky

  • Symphony No. 6 in b minor, Opus 74 »Pathétique«

Arrival and departure

Robert Schumann wrote his only cello concerto in a new and happy phase of his life. Having just moved with his family from Dresden to Düsseldorf, where he was enthusiastically welcomed as music director, he ecstatically completed the work in just two weeks in the autumn of 1850. In her diary, Clara was full of praise: »All the lyrical passages are of such euphony and deep feeling!« Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, the »Pathétique«, on the other hand, capped a highly productive career. One of his final works, with its largely melancholy tone and the unusual choice of an impassioned Adagio as the final movement, it is still shrouded in myth.

Information on advanced ticket sale will be announced in autumn 2021.

  • 12.06.2022
    11:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
  • 13.06.2022
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
  • 14.06.2022
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper

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, or most recently in September 2020 in Schubert’s »Trout Quintet« at the Semperoper. In previous seasons in Dresden, Chung has explored the oeuvre of Gustav Mahler, conducting performances of the Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4 to 6 and 9 in the Semperoper. He has also conducted works by Gioachino Rossini, Gabriel Fauré, Olivier Messiaen, Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák 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 leading orchestras for special concert projects. Furthermore, he is Conductor Laureate of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. 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.

Sol Gabetta

Sol Gabetta, one of the leading cellists of our time, is Artist-in-Residence of the Staatskapelle Dresden for the 2019/2020 season. Recent career milestones include acclaimed debuts at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York as well as the first night of the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. A popular guest artist at the world’s top music festivals, Sol Gabetta opened the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in 2018. Since 2005 she has taught at the Basel Academy of Music.

In recognition of her outstanding artistic achievements, Sol Gabetta received the Herbert von Karajan Prize at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2018, where she performed as a soloist with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann as well as in chamber music recitals. In 2016 she was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize as Instrumentalist of the Year for her interpretation of Pēteris Vasks’ Cello Concerto No. 2, after her recordings had already received this prestigious accolade in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. This Grammy-nominated artist has also won prizes at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the ARD International Music Competition and received the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award in 2010 as well as the Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales in 2012.

Chamber music occupies a central position in Sol Gabetta’s work. Every year a large and lively circle of musicians congregates at the SOLsberg Festival in Switzerland, of which she is artistic director.

Sol Gabetta’s cello, provided by Balthazar Soulier, was built by Matteo Goffriller in Venice in 1730.