Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Soloist: Lana Trotovšek, violin
R. Wagner: Overture Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
S. Prokofiev: Violin concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
S. Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
The London Symphony Orchestra, or LSO, is among the finest and most prestigious orchestras in the world. Hailing from a city with a rich musical tradition, the LSO is actually London’s oldest symphony orchestra. It gives around 120 concerts each year alongside some of the biggest names in music. The LSO is also committed to musical education and runs a programme called LSO Discovery that reaches more than 60,000 people every year. Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda maintains a close collaboration with the LSO, having conducted it both at the Barbican Centre (its home venue) and on tour. Over the course of his career Noseda has occupied important positions with several major orchestras, including nine years as principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic and a decade as the first guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. His appointment as Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino in 2007 ushered in a transformative stage matched with international acclaim for new productions, tours, recording and film projects. The soloist this evening is the Slovene violinist Lana Trotovšek, whose burgeoning career has already seen her work with some of the most eminent names in the classical music world. It was with a work from tonight’s programme, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1, that she enjoyed her successful debut with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the celebrated Valery Gergiev in 2012.
The honoray sponsor is the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland H.E. Ms Sophie Honey.