For only the third time in 30 years The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is touring to Sydney in November with Principal Conductor the legendary Valery Gergiev and Russian pianist Denis Matsuev.
Founded in 1904, the LSO is the oldest of London’s symphony Orchestras and is regarded as one of the best in the world.
On their Australian tour, the LSO will perform music by Russian masters Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich with virtuoso Denis Matsuev joining the orchestra in Sydney for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
The LSO is resident at The Barbican in London where it presents over 70 concerts annually. The Orchestra also has a residency at the Lincoln Center in New York and at La Salle Pleyel in Paris.It has had a string of luminaries at its helm, amongst them Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, Claudio Abbado and Andre Previn.
Valery Gergiev has been Principal Conductor of the orchestra since 2007. He is one of the most prominent figures in the world’s concert halls, holding concurrent appointments as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Honorary President of the Edinburgh International Festival and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at St Petersburg State University.
The official Orchestra of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Ceremonies, the LSO has also recorded music for hundreds of films, including Philomena, Pixar’s Brave, four of the Harry Potter films, The King’s Speech, Superman and all six Star Wars movies.
The concerts by the London Symphony Orchestra are the latest in the World Orchestras Program. Previous international orchestras to tour Australia on this programme include the Vienna Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev in 2006, the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta in 2008, the London Philharmonic with Vladimir Jurowski in 2009, the Berlin Philharmonic with Sir Simon Rattle in 2010, the Vienna Philharmonic in 2011 with Christoph Eschenbach and in 2013 the Australian premiere of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons.
Tickets go on sale to the public on 12 May 2014 nationally.
Programme 1 – Monday 24 November, 7pm
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1/STRAVINSKY Petrouchka (1947)/ROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5
Programme 2 – Tuesday 25 November, 8pm
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2 (soloist: Denis Matsuev)/SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10
Programme 3 – Wednesday 26 November, 8pm
SHOSTAKOVICH Festival Overture/PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 (soloist: Denis Matsuev)/RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 3