Sol Gabetta © Julia Wesely
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Sol Gabetta © Julia Wesely
Symphony Concert 29
London Philharmonic Orchestra | Marin Alsop | Sol Gabetta
To conclude her appearances as “artiste étoile” at the 2018 Summer Festival, Sol Gabetta will present her “warhorse”: the Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar, written exactly 100 years ago, whose note of nostalgic melancholy continues to inspire audiences around the world. Gabetta performs this work 15 to 20 times a season, and she even played it when she made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2014 and, in 2016, when she opened the BBC Proms. “In no other concerto has my approach evolved more strongly,” she remarks. The conductor Marin Alsop and the London Philharmonic will present a less-well-known work by Elgar at the beginning of the concert: The Wand of Youth, in which the composer draws on melodies that he had composed as a child and young man – an ideal contribution to the Festival theme of “Childhood.” Meanwhile, the main work of the evening will be Mahler’s melodically rich First Symphony, which recounts a tragic love story: from the awakening of feelings through the greatest euphoria and then disillusionment to final redemption. The joy and sorrow of love at their most moving …
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Marin Alsop © Adriane White
The American conductor Marin Alsop was born in 1956 in New York City, studied at Yale University, and received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Her international career began when she won the 1989 Leopold Stokowski International Conducting Competition and became the first woman to receive the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize at Tanglewood, where she had completed the master classes given by Leonard Bernstein. In 1992 Alsop took over leadership of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California, which she helmed until 2016. She was Music Director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra from 1993 to 2005 and of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2008. In 2007 Alsop took on the leadership position with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the centenary of whose founding she and the ensemble are celebrating this year. Since 2012 she has additionally helmed the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, with whom she has now undertaken two European tours. As a guest conductor she has enjoyed close associations with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Los Angeles and London Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Filarmonica della Scala, the London Symphony, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 and 2015 she moreover conducted the legendary Last Night of the Proms as the very first female conductor. Alsop’s discography includes recordings of the complete symphonies of Brahms and Prokofiev. She won the Gramophone Award for her account of Bernstein’s Mass and a Grammy Award for Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto. She ranks among the winners of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since 2015 she has been Director of Graduate Conducting at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute.
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Sol Gabetta © Marco Borggreve
The cellist Sol Gabetta, who was born in 1981 to French-Russian parents in Córdoba, Argentina, studied at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Academy of Music, and with David Geringas at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. In 2004 she won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which enabled Gabetta to make her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Ever since then she has partnered with such leading ensembles as the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestre National de France, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bolshoi Orchestra of Moscow, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2014 Gabetta made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic when she performed at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival under Sir Simon Rattle. In the 2015-16 season she appeared for the first time with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She has additionally concertized with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and has undertaken tours with the Orchestre de Paris, the Ensemble Il Giardino Armo-
nico, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Sol Gabetta is a passionate chamber musician as well. She runs her own festival, which is called “SOLsberg,” at the monastery church Olsberg in the Rhine Valley. In May and June 2016 the 11th edition of the festival took place; there she has performed with such colleagues as the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the violist Amihai Grosz, the clarinetist Sabine Meyer, and the pianist Bertrand Chamayou. Her recordings have won no fewer than four Echo Klassik awards. Since 2005 Sol Gabetta has been teaching at the Basel Academy of Music. She plays a cello built by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1759.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 29 August 2001 in a concert of works by Penderecki, Schubert, Vasks, and Tchaikovsky.
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