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Conductors Mischa Damev, Rafael Payare and More Among Symphony Orchestra of India's Feb 2014 Lineup

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Conductors Mischa Damev, Rafael Payare and More Among Symphony Orchestra of India's Feb 2014 Lineup

With four orchestral concerts and two solo recitals, from February 10th to 26th, the National Centre for the Performing Arts presents the 16th season of the Symphony Orchestra of India, India's first fully professional orchestra, at the NCPA's Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, Tata Theatre and Experimental Theatre.

Featuring two renowned guest conductors and two critically acclaimed soloists, the February season of SOI is a power-packed celebrity season. Swiss conductor Mischa Damev and Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare will each be working with the SOI for the first time.

Pianist Barry Douglas and guitarist Xuefei Yang will be performing solo recitals on Monday 10th and Friday 14th February respectively, in addition to performances with the SOI of popular concertos by Tchaikovsky and Rodrigo on Tuesday 11th and Sunday 16th. The recitals present an excellent opportunity to hear one of the foremost interpreters of romantic piano repertoire and the beautiful soothing tones of the classical guitar performed by one of the best young players in the world. As well as conducting a concert on Wednesday 26th, SOI Resident Conductor Zane Dalal will give a Chalk Talk on Thursday 6th February to introduce some of the key musical works of the season.

Mr. Khushroo N. Suntook, NCPA Chairman and Founder of SOI, says, "With each passing season, my dream to have a full Indian orchestra is moving closer to fruition. We have many Indians who are part of the orchestra and of a suitable calibre to perform on the same platform as conductors like Mischa Damev. I am proud to present the February 2014 season of SOI. With this season begins the western music extravaganza at the NCPA. We have the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, amongst others, coming to the NCPA in the coming months."

Barry Douglas (piano soloist) has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule. Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland in 1999 to celebrate and nurture the very best of young musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland. In recent seasons, he has made successful debuts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Indianapolis Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Romanian National Radio Orchestra at the Enescu Festival, Bangkok Symphony, I Pommerigi di Milano, Moscow Philharmonic, and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Moscow. Barry Douglas received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year's Honours List for services to music.

Xuefei Yang (guitar soloist) is the first guitarist to give a recital in Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, and the first Chinese guitarist to launch an international professional career. Ms. Yang then became the first Chinese student to be awarded a full postgraduate scholarship to study at London's Royal Academy of Music. In recognition of her distinguished career, she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music in June 2012. Ms. Yang records exclusively for EMI Classics. Her debut album, Romance de Amor, won a gold disc in Hong Kong, and her second, 40 Degrees North, was selected as "Editor's Choice" by Gramophone magazine. Since she premiered Equipoise by Timothy Salter, commissioned for her by the Park Lane Group, Ms. Yang has committed herself to expanding the guitar repertoire, with a particular interest in adding Chinese music to the repertoire.

Mischa Damev (conductor). Formerly a concert pianist, Damev took up conducting in 1991 on the advice of his mentor Mariss Jansons. After studying intensively with the Prof. Karl Österreicher he spent several years working as an assistant to Georges Prêtre and Vladimir Fedoseyev. He has conducted many leading orchestras around the world including the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra (Principal Guest Conductor), the Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna and the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Roma.He has recorded with Decca, is a successful record producer (Musiques Suisses) and has participated in numerous radio and teleVision Productions for Swiss television, Bulgarian radio and Russian radio. In 2007 he was appointed Head of Music of the Directorate of Cultural and Social Affairs of Migros Cooperative Federation in Zurich, where he arranges Swiss tours for a wide variety of internationally renowned orchestras, ensembles and soloists, whilst simultaneously maintaining his successful conducting career.

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