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The legendary Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. 10


[Hong Kong 8 October 2009] The legendary Russian Maestro Gennadi Rozhdestvensky will conduct the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on 22&24 Oct 2009 (Thu & Sat) at 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall in “Swire Maestro: Rozhdestvensky, the Maestro”. His son Sasha Rozhdestvensky will play solo in the first half of the concert in Beethoven’s violin concerto.

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky has been a towering figure in Russian music for half a century, a hero in his homeland and a much-loved artist on the concert platforms of the world. His affinity with the music of Shostakovich, evidenced by the Western première of the scandalous Fourth Symphony in 1962 and his fabled complete recording of all 15 symphonies, brings profound personal experience to the smoldering, violent and ultimately exuberant Tenth Symphony, written in the year of Stalin’s death.

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, one of today's greatest conductors, was born in Moscow in 1931. He studied the piano with Lev Oborin and conducting with his father, Nikolaï Anosov, at the Moscow Conservatoire. At the unusually early age of 20, still a student at the Conservatoire, he was engaged at the Bolshoi Theatre where he made his début conducting Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty. His was to be a long term relationship with the Bolshoi: he became their principal conductor between 1964 and 1970, and in 2000 was appointed their General Music Director.

At the Bolshoi, he has conducted more than thirty operas and ballets, and gave the world première of Khachaturian's ballet Spartacus and the Russian première of Benjamin Britten's opera A midsummer night's dream. From 1956 on, he toured regularly with the Bolshoi ballet in many countries in Europe, Asia and America.

For many years, he also headed the Moscow Radio Orchestra and became the first Soviet conductor, a novelty at the time, ever to be appointed principal conductor of various foreign orchestras: the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the 1970's, he headed the Moscow Chamber Opera. There he brought back to life Shostakovich’s "lost" opera, The Nose, and conducted The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky. At the same time, he created the new Ministry of Culture Orchestra with which he gave hundreds of concerts in Russia and abroad and recorded over 200 works, among which, the complete symphonies of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Glazunov and Bruckner, and a large amount of works by Schnittke, Denisov and Gubaidulina. [Full Biography]

Sasha Rozhdestvensky is considered to be one of Russia’s finest young violinists. Yehudi Menuhin pronounced him to be “one of the most talented and refined violinists of his generation”, while the legendary violinist Ivry Gitlis said,  “He belongs to the great line of outstanding artists. His approach and relationship to music and the violin are intense, highly sensitive and intelligent.”

He has appeared internationally with leading orchestras such as the Bavarian State Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of La Scala, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the West Australia Symphony Orchestra among others.

Among the conductors with whom Sasha Rozhdestvensky has worked with are Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Bashmet, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Valery Gergiev, Lois Langrée, Avi Ostrowsky, George Pehlivanian, Vladimir Ponkin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Christopher Warren-Green. He has also appeared at major festivals such as the BBC Proms and the Tanglewood and distinguished halls including the Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, La Scala, Milan, always to great acclaim. [Full Biography]

Swire Maestro: Rozhdestvensky, the Maestro

22&24 | 10 | 2009
thu & sat 8pm

HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$420 $320 $220 $160
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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky


Sasha Rozhdestvensky


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Violin Concerto

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10

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Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]

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