Symphony Concert N° 3

Lorenzo Viotti Conductor
Antoine Tamestit Viola

Zoltán Kodály

  • »Dances from Galánta«

Béla Bartók

  • Viola Concerto, Sz 120

Francis Poulenc

  • »Les animaux modéles«. Suite for Orchestra FP 111

Maurice Ravel

  • »Daphnis et Chloé«. Suite No. 2

Sonic legacy

Existential worries, a lack of public interest in his work and poor health sapped Béla Bartók’s creative energy during his crisis-ridden final years living in exile in the USA. He only found the strength to complete a handful of new compositions. One of his last works, the Viola Concerto written for the Scottish violist William Primrose, has survived merely as a sketch, so that today’s orchestrated scores are all posthumous arrangements. Yet the different versions clearly display Bartók’s unique tonal language, which was influenced by the folk music of his Eastern European homeland. With its virtuosity and striking melodies, the Viola Concerto is one of the most popular works for this instrument.

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  • 14.11.2021
    11:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
  • 15.11.2021
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
  • 16.11.2021
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper

Lorenzo Viotti

At only 29, Lorenzo Viotti has just recently been appointed principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera (DNO) in Amsterdam, starting in the 2021/22 season.

 Viotti made his debut with Dutch National Opera earlier than planned, replacing Sir Mark Elder in the verismo double bill Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana in September 2019.

 The young French-Swiss conductor, currently Music Director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon since the beginning of the 2018/19 season, came to international attention as winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards 2015 at the age of 25 years and of the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition and the MDR Conducting Competition in 2013.

 In 2017 he received the International Opera Newcomer Award.

 Lorenzo Viotti has already conducted numerous major international orchestras including the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the  BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France Paris, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Wiener Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra, Staatskapelle  Berlin, Netherlands Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra and others.

 The young conductor’s recent debuts in the USA with the Cleveland Orchestra and in Canada with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal have been highly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. In January of this year he stepped in for Emmanuel Krivine to lead the Orchestre national de France on concerts in Vienna and Bratislava. At the end of February Lorenzo Viotti also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time with concerts taking place in Berlin and Baden-Baden. The debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra planned for May this year had to be postponed due to the COVID19 epidemic.

 Besides numerous concerts ranging from classical to contemporary repertoire, Viotti has most recently conducted Prokoviev's Romeo and Juliet (La Scala, Milan), Manon Lescaut (Oper Frankfurt), Rigoletto (Staatsoper Stuttgart and Semperoper Dresden), Werther (Oper Frankfurt and Opernhaus Zürich), Tosca (Oper Frankfurt and New National Theatre Tokyo) and Carmen (Staatsoper Hamburg and Opéra National de Paris).

 A series of recent and future projects have been cancelled due to the COVID1-9 pandemic: Madama Butterfly (Semperoper Dresden), La Bohème (Opéra  national de Paris), Carmen (Metropolitan Opera).

 In addition to his worldwide concert engagements his future projects include Faust (Opéra National de Paris), Otello (De Nationale Opera Amsterdam) and Thaïs (Teatro alla Scala). In October and September he will conduct The Csardas Princess at Opernhaus Zürich.

Lorenzo Viotti was born in Lausanne into a Franco-Italian family of musicians. He studied piano, singing and percussion in Lyon and attended orchestral conducting courses with Professor Georg Mark in Vienna, where he simultaneously performed as a percussionist in various major orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic. He continued his conductor’s training with Nicolás Pasquet at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar.

Antoine Tamestit

Known for his innate musicality and outstanding technique as well as a much-praised beautiful and richly coloured tone, Antoine Tamestit is rightly regarded one of the leading violists of the age. Whether as a solo performer, a passionate chamber musician or professor of viola, Tamestit’s many appearances around the world are always greeted with great enthusiasm. With his Stradivarius from 1672, on loan from the Habisreutinger Foundation, whose warm sound reminds him of »an Italian opera singer«, he is always seeking a fresh and original approach to music. Since 2007 he has regularly performed as one part of the Trio Zimmermann, which he founded together with fellow musicians Christian Poltéra and Frank Peter Zimmermann. In 2019 the latter invited him to join forces for Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante (KV 364) at a concert in the Semperoper, which also saw Tamestit

making his debut with the Staatskapelle. In the 2021/2022 season he will appear several times in Dresden, also a chamber music programme with members of the orchestra (at the Salzburg Easter Festival) and at his Artist-in-Residence recital, when he will present a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach and Fauré to Rebecca Clarke.

Antoine Tamestit was born in Paris in 1979, the son of a violin teacher and composer. After studying under Jean Sulem, Jesse Levine and Tabea Zimmermann, he went on to win several prestigious prizes, including first prize at Germany’s ARD Music Competition. Harmonia Mundi have released several recordings of his large repertoire. His enthusiasm for contemporary music is evident in the large number of works that he has premiered.