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An Evening Celebrating Five Decades with the ECO

Submitted on: 18 September 2012


Introducing Behzod Abduraimov

 

While Maxim Vengerov and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the ECO's long term friends and guest artists performing in our Celebration Concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 1st October, are household names, our other headline artist may need an introduction.

 

Since Behzod Abduraimov, the 22 year old pianist from Tashkent and winner of the 2009 London International Piano Competition, caused a sensation with his superb playing on last year's ECO Mediterranean Music Cruise, he has been exclusively signed to Decca Classics and released a debut album of solo works by Liszt, Prokofiev and Saint-Saëns.

 

Reviewing his performances of some of these pieces at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2010, The Daily Telegraph wrote: “The ferocious technical challenges of the Saint-Saëns/Liszt Danse Macabre (made even more difficult in Horowitz’s edition) were dazzlingly met. And the excitement of Prokofiev’s Sixth Sonata was heart-stopping – in ways that somehow managed, even in relentless passages of brutal mechanistic bombast, to be musical as well.”

 

Hear him here: http://youtu.be/727toloD4u8

Website link: http://www.behzodabduraimov.com/en/

 

In our concert in Celebration of Five Decades of the English Chamber Orchestra, Abduraimov will be playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466.

 

This is not a concert to be missed. http://tinyurl.com/bvoc7cw


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ECO in Milano

Submitted on: 18 September 2012


After rehearsing in London on Wednesday, 19th September, ECO and Conductor Emeritus Sir Colin Davis leave for Northern Italy on Thursday for a concert at the prestigious MiTo SettembreMusica Festival on Friday 21 September.

 

The programme features three much-loved nineteenth century classics: Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony. The venue is the fabulous Sala Verdi at the Conservatorio di Milano; the city's premiere concert hall. 



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ECO Close Encounters project with Awards for Young Musicians

Submitted on: 17 September 2012


We would like to announce our brand new orchestral chamber music programme in collaboration with, and funded by, Awards for Young Musicians.  ECO musicians in the Close Encounters education and outreach team will coach and rehearse four chamber music ensembles comprising young and talented musicians in receipt of AYM awards.  Each chamber ensemble will then perform in a Prelude concert on stage before one of the ECO’s own evening concerts. 

 

This project gives the young people the opportunity to rehearse and perform in the same way that a professional chamber ensemble might do; combining concentrated rehearsal time, personal practice and a lot of fun in the process.  Each of the four projects will feature a different instrumental combination which is bespoke for the young musicians in receipt of the awards.  This autumn we begin with a string ensemble, With Strings Attached and subsequently; Ensemble Classique in spring 2013, Celebrations of Diversity in summer 2013 and Le Swing in autumn 2013.




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ECO Five Decades

Submitted on: 24 July 2012


We would like to announce the English Chamber Orchestra’s celebration of Five Decades of being a leading chamber orchestra in the international classical music arena. To launch this, we will have a Celebration Concert at the Royal Festival Hall in which we are honoured to be directed by our good friend Maxim Vengerov. We are equally excited to have the inimitable Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as a guest soloist, along with exciting young pianist Behzod Abduraimov. The Celebration Concert takes place on Monday, October 1st 2012 at London's Royal Festival Hall. Watch out on Twitter, Facebook and our Website & Blog, for interesting insights into the people and the music in the lead up to that date. Please tell us what you think along the way; we love to interact with our audiences and colleagues. Please also buy tickets so that you will be there to share it with us.



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Emma Johnson

Submitted on: 19 July 2012


'At the age of eighteen I walked with some trepidation into a recording studio for the first time. I had been invited to make a CD of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra  and  I was nervous about how it would go. The orchestra played the introduction and I came in, still a little tense, but after just two notes that tension gave way to a feeling of joyous music making. It seemed to me miraculous that an orchestra could play so effortlessly and elegantly, responding to everything I did as though we were in conversation. After the first take the players gave me a round of applause and  the rest of the session felt  relaxed and natural; the sort of music making that cannot be rehearsed but is based on an innate understanding between all the players.

 

 

We have made many recordings subsequently but thank you ECO for making my first recording experience such a happy one! The recording still sells and I am sure they will play it on Classic FM this week where I am Artist of the Week.'

 

 

Emma Johnson



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Maxim Vengerov will conduct and play in the ECO's opening concert of the 2012/13 season, with guest soloists Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Behzod Abduraimov. This special Celebration Concert will take place on Monday 1st October 2012 at London's Royal Festival Hall. See ECO concerts diary for further details.