Yuri Temirkanov & St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform at Carnegie Hall, 2/13 & 15

This February, Principal Conductor Yuri Temirkanov leads the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in two performances in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. On Thursday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m., Mr. Temirkanov leads the orchestra, Russia's oldest symphonic ensemble, in a unique concert featuring Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23, with lauded Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin as soloist. In addition, the program includes excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov's nationalistic 1907 opera, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, and Giya Kancheli's 2000 work ...al Niente. On Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra and Mr. Temirkanov return, performing Prokofiev's folk music-inspired Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63, featuring acclaimed violinist Julia Fischer. On the second half of the concert, the orchestra plays Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27.

Since 1988, Yuri Temirkanov has been the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he regularly undertakes major international tours. Other positions he holds include Music Director of the Teatro Regio di Parma and Music Director Emeritus of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Temirkanov is a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He has appeared with leading European orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and others. Appearing regularly in the US, he has conducted the major orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. His numerous recordings include collaborations with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with which he recorded the complete Stravinsky ballets and Tchaikovsky symphonies. Maestro Temirkanov hosts the annual Arts Square Winter Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, to which he invites many of the world's leading soloists. In 2002, he received the Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Conductor, and in 2003, he was named Conductor of the Year in Italy. Recently, he was made an Honorary Academician of Santa Cecilia.

Pianist Denis Kozhukhin was launched onto the international scene after winning First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 23. He has quickly established a formidable reputation, appearing at many of the world's most prestigious festivals and concert halls, including the Verbier Festival, where he won the Prix d'Honneur in 2003. In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Kozhukhin performs with the leading ensembles, including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, and Orchestre National de Belgique. As a recitalist, Mr. Kozhukhin makes his debut appearances at the Royal Concertgebouw's Master Pianists series, Wigmore Hall, Germany's Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and the Prague Dvorak Festival. Following the release of his debut recording with Onyx Classics of Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas Nos. 6, 7, and 8, Mr. Kozhukhin returned to Japan this past spring, where he performed the complete cycle of Prokofiev sonatas at Musashino Hall. He has been awarded First Prize at the Vendome Prize International Piano Competition in Lisbon in 2009, and Third Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006.

German violinist Julia Fischer has won numerous awards, including being named Gramophone's Artist of the Year in 2007, and Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards. As Artist in Residence at the Dresdner Philharmonie during the 2013-2014 season, she performs the Brahms violin and triple concerti under the baton of chief conductor Michael Sanderling, tours Asia with the orchestra, and appears in chamber concerts throughout the season. She has appeared in recital at major European venues including London's Wigmore Hall, Musikverein Wien, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and the Berlin Philharmonie, amongst others, presenting a program of repertoire from her new Decca recording: Pablo Sarasate's works for violin and piano op. 20-24, and 26-29. In the United States this season, she performs with The Cleveland Orchestra led by Franz Welser-Möst and the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas. A highlight of the previous season was her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Coinciding with Decca's release of her recording of Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Dvorak's Violin Concerto in spring 2013, Ms. Fischer embarked on a tour of Germany with the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich led by David Zinman.

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia's oldest symphonic ensemble, was founded in 1882. In 1988, Yuri Temrikanov was elected by its musicians to become the principal conductor. In the last several seasons, the orchestra has performed several world premieres, and opened the 2005-2006 season at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble's impressive roster of past conductors includes Richard Strauss, Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Felix Weingartner, Arthur Nikisch, Alexander Glazunov, and Serge Koussevitsky. In 1926, Shostakovich made his debut as a composer when Nikolay Malko conducted his First Symphony in the Great Hall of the Philharmonia. Recent seasons have included concerts in Annecy, France at the Crescendo Festival, the Arts Square Winter Festival in St. Petersburg, and tours in France, Asia, and the US. Season highlights have included the Russian premiere of Nono's Il canto sospeso; Schubert's Seventh Symphony; the St. Petersburg premieres of Korngold's The Snowman and Violin Concerto; Berlioz's The Childhood of Christ oratorio, and Delius's A Mass of Life.

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