CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI and RADU LUPU To Return To New York Philharmonic, 1/31-2/2
Christoph von Dohnányi will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct an all-Beethoven
program that includes the Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus; Piano Concerto No. 1, with
soloist Radu Lupu; and Symphony No. 5 on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Radu Lupu and Christoph von Dohnányi last appeared together at the Philharmonic in January
2011, performing Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1. In these performances, Mr. Lupu will
continue his survey of Beethoven's piano concertos. Praising Mr. Lupu's interpretations of
Beethoven, The New Yorker wrote that "the two sides of Beethoven's personality achieved perfect balance: as if with a gunshot, the poet became a hero."
The Saturday Matinee Concert February 2 at 2:00 p.m. will include Beethoven's Overture to The
Creatures of Prometheus and Symphony No. 5, as well as Brahms's String Sextet performed by
Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Principal Second Violin Marc Ginsberg, Associate
PrincipAl Viola Rebecca Young, Assistant PrincipAl Viola Irene Breslaw, and cellists Maria
Kitsopoulos and Wei Yu. This performance continues the season's survey of Brahms, featuring
his complete symphonies and concertos and four of his chamber works on all of the Saturday
? Pre-Concert Talks
Harvey Sachs, The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic,
will introduce the program. Pre-Concert Talks are $7; discounts available for multiple
concerts, students, and groups. They take place one hour before each performance in the
Helen Hull Room, unless otherwise noted. Attendance is limited to 90 people. Information:
nyphil.org or (212) 875-5656.
? National and International Radio Broadcast
The program will be broadcast the week of February 20, 2013,* on The New York
Philharmonic This Week, a radio concert series syndicated weekly to more than 300 stations
nationally, and to 122 outlets internationally, by the WFMT Radio Network.
The 52-week series, hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, is generously underwritten by The
Kaplen Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for
the Arts, and the Philharmonic's corporate partner, MetLife Foundation. The broadcast will
be available on the Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org. The program is broadcast locally in the New York metropolitan area on 105.9 FM WQXR on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
*Check local listings for broadcast and program information.
Christoph von Dohnányi is recognized as one of the world's pre-eminent orchestral and opera
conductors. His appointments have included opera directorships in Frankfurt and Hamburg and principal orchestral conducting posts in Germany and Paris. He enjoys a longstanding
partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, where he is honorary conductor for life and served as principal conductor and artistic advisor for ten years. He is also renowned for his legendary 20-year tenure as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Mr. Dohnányi began the 2012-13 season at Tanglewood, leading the opening concert of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra's 75th-anniversary summer season and three additional BSO
concerts in August. He led season-opening concerts at Milan's Teatro alla Scala and
for Orchestre de Paris, and he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony
No. 8. In the spring of 2013, he leads the Israel Philharmonic in Schoenberg's opera Moses und Aron and returns to the Philharmonia for Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. In North America, Mr. Dohnányi leads subscription weeks with the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony in Washington D.C., and The Cleveland Orchestra, and leads multiple weeks with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony.
Recent highlights include concerts with Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; the
complete Brahms symphonies with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; a Philharmonia Orchestra
residence in Vienna's Musikverein and U.S. tour; guest appearances with The Cleveland
Orchestra; and dates with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, where he conducted two all-Brahms programs in summer 2011. Mr. Dohnányi frequently leads productions at the world's great opera houses, including Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Berlin, and Paris.
He has led the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg Festival appearances, including the world
premieres of Henze's Die Bassariden and Cerha's Baal. He appears regularly with the Zurich
Opera and with the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Christoph von Dohnányi has made many critically acclaimed recordings for London/Decca with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. With the Vienna Philharmonic he
recorded a variety of symphonic works and a number of operas, including Beethoven's Fidelio, Berg's Wozzeck and Lulu, Strauss's Salome, and Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.
With The Cleveland Orchestra, his discography includes concert performances and recordings of Wagner's Die Walküre and Das Rheingold; the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann; symphonies by Bruckner, Dvorak, Mahler, Mozart, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky; and works by Bartók, Berlioz, Ives, Varèse, and Webern.
After winning the Van Cliburn (1966) and Leeds Piano Competitions (1969), pianist Radu Lupu
made his first major American appearances in 1972 with The Cleveland Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim in New York, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Carlo Maria Giulini.
Concerts with the New York Philharmonic soon followed. In the 2012-13 season, Mr. Lupu
performs concertos with the London, Chicago, St. Louis, and Boston symphony orchestras, and Orchestre de Paris. He continues his cycle of the Beethoven piano concertos at the new concert hall in Helsinki with the Finnish Chamber Orchestra. He plays recitals in Paris, Geneva, Genoa, Turin, New York's Carnegie Hall, Aix-en-Provence, Vicenza, and the Brescia and Bergamo Festivals. He will undertake his tenth tour of Japan and will perform in Seoul, South Korea.
Mr. Lupu has made more than 20 recordings for London/Decca, including the complete
Beethoven concertos with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, the complete Mozart violin and piano sonatas with Szymon Goldberg, and solo recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert. His London/Decca releases of Schubert's Sonatas, D. 960 and 664, won a Grammy Award in 1995.
Born in Romania in l945, Mr. Lupu began studying the piano at age six with Lia Busuioceanu.
At age 12 he made his public debut with a complete program of his own music, continuing his
studies for several years with Florica Muzicescu and Cella Delavrance. In l96l he won a
scholarship to the Moscow State Conservatory, where he studied with Heinrich Neuhaus and his son, Stanislav Neuhaus. During his seven years at the Moscow Conservatory he won first prize in the l967 Enescu International Competition. In 1989 and again in 2006, he was awarded the prestigious "Abbiati" prize, given by the Italian Critics' Association. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Premio Internazionale Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli award.