Monday, 2013 December 9th, 7 PM
Latvian National Opera
Two Grammy award laureate
Pinchas Zukerman (violin)
Camerata Salzburg (chamber orchestra, Austria)
Program: Strawinsky – Pulcinella suite, Mozart - Serenade Haffner, Symphonie Es-Dur KV 543, Beethoven – Romanze G-dur
Camerata Salzburg! Hitting the right note is paramount for any speaker – for musicians it is existential. The art, the challenge, the essence are to be found beyond interpreting the ‘‘visible’’, what is in the score. This is where the reality of music begins. It was this guiding principle which the legendary violinist Sándor Végh gave to the ensemble, originally founded in 1952 by Bernhard Paumgartner, and which shaped the Camerata’s stylistic identity from 1978 until Végh’s death in 1997. Sir Roger Norrington has been chief conductor from 1997 until 2006. Following to Sir
Roger Norrington, who will stay in close contact with the orchestra as ‘‘Conductor Laureate’’, Leonidas Kavakos was Artistic Director from 2007 to 2009. From the season 2011/12 Louis Langrée has been appointed Chief conductor of the Camerata Salzburg.
Over 60 years of orchestra history have matured the Camerata into a tradition-filled chamber orchestra. Yet it consists of young, motivated musicians who, according to the Swiss Neue Zürcher Zeitung, ‘‘play with a commitment and a joy in music-making which is infectious…’’.
The Camerata Salzburg is exceptional – musically, socially and organisationally. The ensemble is a mirror image of the international world through which it travels. Its over 20 nationalities reflect various their cultures, but all are united by the universal language of music. This is underscored by a considerable achievement: the 80 plus concerts which they play each year are nearly all privately financed – a rarity in Europe.
Pinchas Zukerman | Conductor, Viola, Violin has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. His enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel and Ottawa. The name Pinchas Zukerman is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician.
Pinchas Zukerman's 2012/2013 season includes over 100 worldwide performances, bringing him to multiple destinations in North America, Europe and Asia. Mr. Zukerman is currently in his 14th season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa. In his fourth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, he leads the ensemble in concerts in Switzerland, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Over the last decade, Pinchas Zukerman has become as equally regarded a conductor as he is an instrumentalist, leading many of the world's top ensembles in a wide variety of the orchestral repertoire's most demanding works. A devoted and innovative pedagogue, Mr. Zukerman chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts. In Canada, he has established the NAC Institute for Orchestra Studies and the Summer Music Institute encompassing the Young Artists, Conductors and Composers Programs.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, Pinchas Zukerman came to America in 1962 where he studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He has been awarded the Medal of Arts, the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence and was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative's first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline. Pinchas Zukerman's extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two awards.
The Los Angeles Times
Youth sticks with some people... Zukerman seems the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company.