Symphony Concert N° 7

Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Augustin Hadelich Violin

Béla Bartók

  • Violin Concerto No. 2 Sz 112

Antonín Dvořák

  • Nocturne for string orchestra in B major op. 40

Arthur Honegger

  • Symphony No. 3 »Symphonie liturgique«

Between Romanticism and Modernism

It was unusual for Béla Bartók to spend almost two years writing his Second Violin Concerto. This lengthy period of gestation can be attributed to the nature of the commission: When Zoltán Székely requested the work in the summer of 1936, Bartók intended to write a one-movement set of variations, while the violinist wanted a more conventional work in three movements. The compromise between the two ideas is the basis for one of the greatest solo concertos of the 20th century. Adhering to the Romantic tradition in its melodic lushness and virtuosity, the piece simultaneously breaks new ground due to its unique, contradictory musical language.

A concert introduction will be offered 45 minutes before the beginning of each performance in the opera cellar of the Semperoper.

  • Saturday
    19:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    12 – 58 €
  • Sunday
    11:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    12 – 73 €
  • Monday
    19:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    12 – 73 €

Jakub Hrůša

Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He was also formerly Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

He is a frequent guest with many of the world's greatest orchestras and, in addition to his titled positions, maintains close relationships with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.  In the 2018/19 season he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the NHK Symphony.

As an opera conductor, he is a regular guest at the Glyndebourne Festival, where he conducted »Vanessa«, » Das schlaue Füchslein«, »A Midsummer Night's Dream«, »Carmen«, »The Turn of the Screw«, »Don Giovanni« and »La bohème«, and was Music Director of Glyndebourne On Tour for three years. He has also conducted productions for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra National de Paris and the Frankfurt Opera, among others.

Among his relationships with leading vocal and instrumental soloists in recent seasons are Behzod Abduraimov, Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lisa Batiashvili, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Isabelle Faust, Bernarda Fink, Julia Fischer, Vilde Frang and Sol Gabetta, Christian Gerhaher, Kirill Gerstein, Karen Gomyo, Augustin

Hadelich, Hilary Hahn, Leonidas Kavakos, Sergey Khachatryan, Lang Lang, Igor Levit, Jan Lisiecki, Albrecht Mayer, Johannes Moser, Viktoria Mullova, Anne Sofie Mutter, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov, Klaus Florian Vogt, Yuja Wang, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Nikolaj Znaider

As a recording artist, Jakub Hrusa has received numerous awards and nominations for his discography. His recording of Martinů and Bartók violin concertos with Bamberg Symphony and Frank Peter Zimmermann (BIS) was nominated for a 2021 Gramophone Award, and his recording of the Dvořák Violin Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Augustin Hadelich was nominated for a Grammy ® Award in the same year. In 2020, two of his recordings – Dvořák and Martinů Piano Concertos with Ivo Kahánek and the Bamberg Symphony (Supraphon), and »Vanessa« from Glyndebourne (Opus Arte) – won BBC Music Magazine Awards. Other recent releases include Dvořák and Brahms Symphonies with Bamberg Symphony (Tudor), Suk’s »Asrael« Symphony with the Bavarian Radio Symphony (BR Klassik), and Dvořák’s »Requiem« and »Te Deum« with the Czech Philharmonic (Decca).

Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where his teachers included Jiří Bělohlávek. He is currently President of the International Martinů Circle and The Dvořák Society. He was the inaugural recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize, and in 2020 was awarded both the Antonín Dvořák Prize by the Czech Republic’s Academy of Classical Music, and – together with Bamberg Symphony – the Bavarian State Prize for Music.

Augustin Hadelich

Augustin Hadelich is one of the great violinists of our time. Known for his phenomenal technique, insightful and persuasive interpretations and ravishing tone, he tours extensively around the world. He has performed with all the major American orchestras as well as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouworkest, Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, and many others.

Augustin Hadelich, now an American and German citizen, was born in Italy, to German parents. He studied with Joel Smirnoff at New York's Juilliard School. Hadelich made a significant career leap in 2006 when he

won the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis. Other distinctions include an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009); a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK (2011); an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in the UK (2017); and being voted "Instrumentalist of the Year" by the influential magazine “Musical America” (2018).

Augustin Hadelich is on the violin faculty of the Yale School of Music at Yale University. He plays violin from 1744 by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, known as "Leduc, ex Szeryng", on loan from the Tarisio Trust.