In program: Bartok "Dance Suite", Dvorak "Wood Dove", Schubert "Symphony no.9".
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
ILAN VOLKOV, Chief Conductor
Jerzy Maksymuik, Conductor Laureate
Martyn Brabbins, Associate Principal Conductor
“One of Britain’s finest orchestras”Hilary Finch, The Times”Volkov held his players and audience in musical limbo for what seemed like minutes: testament to the strength of his relationship with the orchestra and his natural, unaffected charisma.” Tom Service, The Guardian
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, recipient of many awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society's orchestral award, two Gramophone Awards and a Grammy nomination, is now enjoying the most successful period in its 68-year history. Internationally, the orchestra has appeared in most of the great musical centres of Europe, and has toured the United Statesand China. At home it performs all over Scotland, and is in demand at leading festivals such as Edinburgh, Bath, Cheltenhamand Huddersfield, and it plays every summer at the BBC Proms. It takes live music to several towns across Scotlandevery season, and has been a frequent visitor to the St. Magnus Festival in Orkney. Most of its concerts and studio recordings are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and it produces a number of CDs every year, notably with the respected British label Hyperion.
Ilan Volkov took over from Osmo Vänskä as Chief Conductor at the beginning of last year. During the current season, in addition to regular concerts throughout Scotland, he and the orchestra will tour to Estonia(next month) and Spain. The orchestra looks forward to further exciting developments with the planned move next year to a permanent new home in the restored GlasgowCity Hallwhich is to be developed as a major centre for music performance and education. The BBC SSO is especially active in commissioning and promoting new music, having worked with many leading composers over the years from Britten and Shostakovich to Kurtág and Tan Dun, and it is especially proud of its support for Scottish composers.
"...Volkov moved into a different sphere, took the SSO with him, and produced one of the greatest musical experiences I have encountered...He is amazing to watch, the results are out of this world, and I can only beg music lovers to hear it for themselves..."The Herald (Glasgow) January 2003
Ilan Volkov succeeded Osmo Vänskä as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in January 2003. He first conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1998. As Chief Conductor of the BBC SSO he will conduct some 26 performances over 12 weeks each season, and will play an important role in the orchestra’s continuing commitment to contemporary music, especially that of Scottish composers.
Ilan Volkov’s debut at the BBC Prom season with the BBCSSOin August 2003 received great critical acclaim. The Guardian said: ’Volkov has been chief conductor of the BBCSSO since the beginning of the year, but they have already achieved a formidable partnership. His interpretation of Brahms's Fourth Symphony revealed the strength of the work's architecture, and generated an irresistible musical momentum; the finale built inexorably through the variations to a shattering coda’
Ilan Volkov, born in Israelin 1976, is one of the most outstanding young conductors of his generation. At the age of 19 he was appointed Young Conductor in Association to the Newcastle-based Northern Sinfonia. In 1997 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and two years later was invited by Seiji Ozawa to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Conductor.
Volkov’s guest conducting appearances have included concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie - Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony, NDR Symphony, Russian National, Atlanta Symphony, Hallé, Helsinki Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Residentie and Scottish Chamber orchestras. He has worked in Israelwith the Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem, Israeland Haifa Symphony orchestras and Israel Chamber Orchestra.
Future debut engagements include Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Czech Philharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras. Volkov has worked with such distinguished soloists as Daniel Barenboim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emmanuel Ax, Viktoria Mullova, Heinrich Schiff , Thomas Zehetmair, Stephen Kovacevich and others.
Ilan Volkov made his début with Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 2002, conducting Eugene Onegin and conducts Eugene Onegin with San Francisco Opera in 2004.