New York Philharmonic Kicks Off Free Insights Series October 23
The 2013-14 season of the New York Philharmonic's Insights Series - in which artists and experts explore some of the season's themes and concerts - will begin this month with two events. The series is free to the public throughout the season, and all events take place at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Columbus Avenue at 62nd Street) at 7:30 p.m.
The series begins Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. with "The Quintessential Concertmaster: Glenn Dicterow's 34-Year Tenure," when Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, who is in his valedictory season, looks back on his tenure with the Orchestra through reflections and recordings of past highlights. In conversation with Philharmonic Archivist/Historian Barbara Haws, he also speaks about the concerts that will crown his Philharmonic career, including concertmaster solos, chamber performances, and his first-ever Philharmonic performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto June 24-28, 2014, when he will be joined by Principal Cello Carter Brey and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman.
On Monday, October 28, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. the Philharmonic presents "Anatomy of a Concerto: A Collaboration Between Composer Esa-Pekka Salonen and Violinist Leila Josefowicz." Composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and violinist Leila Josefowicz will discuss the Violin Concerto he composed for her, a work that summed up his musical experiences as he was approaching his 50th birthday and the conclusion of his tenure as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's music director. They will perform the work with the Philharmonic in its New York Concert Premiere, October 30-November 5. Philharmonic Vice President, Artistic Planning, Edward Yim will moderate the discussion. After the event, Mr. Salonen and Ms. Josefowicz will sign copies of their recording Out of Nowhere, featuring the Violin Concerto and available for purchase at the event.
Insights Series will continue with "The 21st-Century Orchestra: A Conversation with Music Director Alan Gilbert and Executive Director Matthew VanBesien," March 3, 2014; "Leonard Bernstein Emerges: Defying Boundaries and Challenging Racial Politics During World War II," April 7, 2014, presented by Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Carol J. Oja; "The Pinnacle of Cycles: Pianist Yefim Bronfman on Beethoven's Piano Concertos," May 20, 2014, moderated by Carol J. Oja (in anticipation of The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman's performances during The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival, June 11-28, 2014); and discussions relating to the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, the details of which will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit nyphil.org/insights.
Insights Series Participants
Glenn Dicterow, a native of Los Angeles, California, made his solo debut at the age of 11 in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his father, Harold Dicterow, served as principal of the second violin section for 52 years. He went on to win numerous awards and competitions, including the Young Musicians Foundation Award and Coleman Competition Award (Los Angeles), The Julia Klumpke Award (San Francisco), and the Bronze Medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. He graduated from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian. His other teachers included Jascha Heifetz, Henryk Szeryng, Joachim Chassman, Naoum Blinder, and Manuel Compinsky. Mr. Dicterow frequently appears as a guest soloist with other orchestras, including those of Los Angeles, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Mexico City, and Montreal, as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.). He performed Bernstein's Serenade with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Isaac Stern at Eighty: A Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Dicterow is featured in the violin solos in Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and Also sprach Zarathustra with Zubin Mehta for CBS Records. He has recorded works by Wieniawski with Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Lee Holdridge's Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer; Shostakovich's Violin Concerto
No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Maxim Shostakovich (on a Radiothon recording); and the Philharmonic's recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade with Yuri Temirkanov (BMG). He can be heard in collaboration with violist Karen Dreyfus and pianist Gerald Robbins on his most recent CD, a recital on Cala Records' New York Legends series, featuring works by John Corigliano, Korngold, Bernstein, and Martinu?. Glenn Dicterow enjoys an active teaching career. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. Beginning in the fall of 2013, Glenn Dicterow will become the first to hold the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music, a faculty position at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious music schools.
Barbara Haws, the New York Philharmonic's Archivist/Historian since 1984, has lectured extensively about the Orchestra's past and curated major exhibitions at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (1992), London Barbican (2000), and Cologne Philharmonie (1998). In the fall of 2003 she mounted the largest multimedia exhibition on the Philharmonic's history, which opened at the UBS Art Gallery and relocated to the Grand Promenade and Tiers
of Avery Fisher Hall. She has lectured at Bard College, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Grolier Club, as well as in the New York Philharmonic's Pre-Concert Talks. In 1995 Barbara Haws became the Executive Producer of the Philharmonic's Special Editions record label, which released award-winning and Grammy-nominated CD collections, including the 12-CD set The Mahler Broadcasts:1948-1982; the10-CD set Bernstein LIVE; and the first new recording in 20 years of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: Live at the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Haws has been an archival consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Leonard Bernstein Estate, and a project archivist for the Bowery Savings Bank, the Jackie Robinson Papers, and Trinity Church. She has served as president of the Archivist Round Table of Metropolitan New York, is a founder of New York Archives Week, and is a Board Advisor to the Brooklyn Academy Of Music Archives. Barbara Haws, who has a master's degree in history from New York University, collaborated with Burton Bernstein as author of Leonard Bernstein: American Original, published in September 2008 by Harper Collins, and authored the essay "U.C. Hill, An American Musician Abroad (1835-37)," in American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century, ed. John Spitzer (The University of Chicago Press, 2012). She led the effort to digitize 1.3 million pages of archival material, funded by the Leon Levy Foundation and available online at archives.nyphil.org.
Esa-Pekka Salonen is principal conductor and artistic advisor for the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the conductor laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was music director from 1992 to 2009, when he was credited with revitalizing the organization and bringing the idea of the symphony orchestra into the 21st century. At both organizations, he has pioneered several award-winning festivals, installations, and collaborations. As a composer, his pieces Floof and LA Variations have become established modern classics, and new compositions continue to be performed around the globe. His guest conducting appearance brings him as a frequent guest of the world's top orchestras: during the 2013-14 season, these engagements include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and FilarMonica Della Scala. Mr. Salonen has an extensive recording career. As an enthusiastic interpreter of a broad range of composers (including Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Mahler, Barto?k, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Berlioz, Pa?rt, Sibelius, Jana?c?ek, Lutos?awski, Dutilleux, and Strauss), he has received broad critical and popular acclaim, including a Grammy Award and two Grammy nominations. Recordings of his own works include his Violin Concerto, with Leila Josefowicz as soloist, and his orchestral work Nyx, with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; a CD of his orchestral works performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; and a CD featuring his Piano Concerto, Helix, and Dichotomie. Esa-Pekka Salonen's many major honors have included the Royal Philharmonic Society's Opera Award in 1995 and, two years later, the society's Conductor Award;
n 1998, the rank of Officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, awarded by the French government. He was also honored with the Pro Finlandia Medal of the
Order of the Lion of Finland. To date, Mr. Salonen has received seven honorary doctorates in four different countries. Musical America named him its Musician of the Year in 2006, and he was elected as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.
Leila Josefowicz is an outstanding advocate and champion of contemporary music for the violin, which is reflected in her diverse programs and enthusiasm to perform new works. A frequent collaborator with several leading composers, she works with orchestras and conductors at the highest level around the world. Violin concertos have been written especially for her by Esa- Pekka Salonen, as well as Colin Matthews and Steven Mackey, and John Adams and Luca Francesconi have recently been commissioned to write new pieces for her. The latter will be given its world premiere by Josefowicz in February 2014, with Susanna Ma?lkki conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. She first performed the Salonen concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by the composer, before subsequent performances throughout Europe and North America; their upcoming collaboration on the work with the New York Philharmonic represent its first concert performances in New York City. During the 2013-14 season Ms. Josefowicz performs John Adams's Violin Concerto with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, conducted by the composer, as well as appearances with the BBC, Finnish Radio, and Toronto symphony orchestras, Orchestra della Scala, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai. Ms. Josefowicz also has engagements with the Chicago, San Francisco, Baltimore and National (Washington, D.C.) symphony orchestras, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. She gives recitals at London's Milton Court Concert Hall and Handelsbeurs Concertzaal in Belgium. Recent highlights include performances with the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras, London Philharmonic, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Gothenburg Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and Danish National Symphony orchestras. Leila Josefowicz has released several recordings, notably for the Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal, and Warner Classics labels. Her latest, released by Deutsche Grammophon in autumn 2012, features Esa-Pekka Salonen's Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer.
Edward Yim is Vice President, Artistic Planning, for the New York Philharmonic. In this capacity, he works closely with Music Director Alan Gilbert and Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew VanBesien on programming, artistic planning, and engaging guest artists. Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Yim was director of artistic planning for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Leading a team that worked across a wide range of musical genres - including classical, jazz, world music, and popular entertainment - he created artistic programming for more than 200 concerts per season for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, both at Walt Disney Concert Hall (where he was involved in planning the inaugural seasons) and at the Hollywood Bowl. He later served as director of artistic planning for New York City Opera and senior vice president and director of the conductors and instrumentalists division of IMG Artists North America. He is a graduate of the League of American Orchestra's Management Fellowship Program. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Edward Yim holds an A.B. degree in government from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He serves on the board of New Music USA.