New faces on the Podium
Over the next three years the LSO is inviting a panoply of conductors to the podium to guest conduct it in repertoire synonymous with the Orchestra. The line-up includes established conductors new to the LSO but not to London.
THOMAS DAUSGAARD is a conductor dedicated to his roots in Scandinavian music and is particularly celebrated for his interpretations of Sibelius and Nielsen. As Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Honorary Conductor of the Danish Symphony Orchestra, he is deeply involved with learning and education projects and also works with several youth orchestras in North and South America.
NIKOLAJ ZNAIDER enjoys a successful career as a violinist and is quickly establishing his reputation as a conductor. He holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre, and has conducted many of Europe and America’s major orchestras. He is heavily involved in music education projects, and is Founder and Artistic Director of the Nordic Music Academy.
JAAP VAN ZWEDEN began his career as the youngest concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a position in which he remained for sixteen years. His time there had a formative influence on his development and he cites the acoustic of the of the Concertgebouw hall itself as a dominant influence on his career. He is presently Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony Orchestras and has held the position of Chief Conductor for many major orchestras in Holland.
JAMES GAFFIGAN is Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Gürzenich orchestras. He spent three years as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony orchestra, where he assisted Music Director and LSO Principal Guest Conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas. In recent years he has made debuts at many of Europe’s major opera houses and has a long-running relationship with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
DANIELE GATTI has established a reputation as a conductor equally at home in symphonic and operatic work. He is currently Music Director of the Orchestre National de France and has held the positions of Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Opera House. He has a long-standing and fruitful relationship with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, with whom he has performed at the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals and the BBC Proms.
PABLO HERAS-CASADO is Principal Conductor of New York’s Orchestra of St Luke’s. The Spanish-born conductor has previously founded an early music choir, an ensemble devoted to avant-garde contemporary music and a Baroque orchestra, and names both Harry Christophers and Pierre Boulez as particularly influential mentors. His career has encompassed everything from traditional repertoire and premieres of new works to projects devoted to the revival of little-known Baroque composers.
LEONIDAS KAVAKOS, not content with being one of the most sought-after violinists performing today, now devotes an increasing amount of his career to conducting, and held the position of Artistic Director of the Camerata Salzburg between 2007–09. After enjoying glowing reviews for his UBS Soundscapes: LSO Artist Portrait performances as violin soloist in 2012, this season marks Kavakos’ conducting debut with the LSO.
FABIO LUISI has enjoyed a distinguished conducting career for close to three decades, previously working as Chief Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, Principal Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and, currently, General Music Director of Zurich Opera. In 2011, after working as Principal Guest Conductor, he became Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
JONATHAN NOTT trained as a choral scholar at the University of Cambridge and in singing and flute at the RNCM, before moving to Germany, where he immersed himself in its Kapellmeister system and became a conductor. Since 2000 he has been Principal Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and is known particularly for his creative programmes.
MICAHEL FRANCIS was a member of the LSO’s Double Bass section before turning his hand to conducting. He now holds the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and guest conducts major orchestras across the globe, including the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony.
ROBIN TICCIATI, a British conductor of Italian ancestry, grew up playing violin and percussion in the National Youth Orchestra and took up conducting at the age of 15, receiving mentoring from Sir Colin Davis. He studied music at the University of Cambridge, where he co-founded the Aurora Orchestra, and, at the age of 22, became the youngest conductor to perform at La Scala, Milan. He is currently Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and will begin his tenure as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2014.
> Wed 25 Sep 2013
STRAUSS Burleske for Piano and Orchestra
MAHLER Symphony No 6
> Thu 5 Dec 2013
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
DVORÁK Symphony No 7
> Thu 1 May 2014
STRAUSS Don Juan
BRAHMS Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra
STAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra
Jaap van Zweden
> Sun 9 Feb 2014
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 3
RACHMANINOV Rachmaninov Symphony No 2
> Thu 13 Feb 2014
DEBUSSY La mer
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No 2
RAVEL Daphnis and Chloé – Suites
> Sun 27 Apr 2014
MAHLER Symphony No 7
> Wed 14 May 2014
RAVEL Alborada del gracioso
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No 2
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No 10
> Fri 6 Jun 2014
BEETHOVEN Overture: Prometheus
BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 3 (‘Eroica’)
> Thu 19 Jun 2014
MOZART Piano Concerto No 23 K488
BRUCKNER Symphony No 8
> Sun 22 Jun 2014
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben
BEETHOVEN Mass in C major
> Sun 29 Jun 2014
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 2
> Wed 5 Feb 2014
PANUFNIK Sinfonia Sacra
DVORAK Violin Concerto
DVORAK Symphony No 9 (‘From the New World’)
> Thu 19 Sep 2013
MOZART Rondo for Solo Piano K511
MOZART Piano Concerto No 17 K453
DVORAK Symphony No 5