BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van

Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 4 in G major op 58

04-August-2015

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[DURATION: 34' 56'']

Kong, Jianing

Kong, Jianing

Born in Guangdong province (China) in 1986, he has won numerous international prizes, including Sixth Prize at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition and Second Prize at the 2008 Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition. Between 2008 and 2011, he won several scholarship awards including the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship, the Musicians Benevolent Fund Educational Award and the Derek Butler Prize. Most recently, he has won the First Prize at the 2013 Valsesia International Piano Competition and Third Prize at the 2014 Scottish International Piano Competition. He studied at the Canton Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou and he was offered a full scholarship to study at the Purcell School in 2002, where he studied with the late Ronald Smith. He went on to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM), where he graduated in 2010 with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. In 2011 he was also awarded the prestigious RCM Mills Williams Junior Fellowship and the RCM Artist Diploma. His professors at the RCM included Ruth Nye, Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Dmitri Alexeev.

González, Pablo

González, Pablo

Spanish conductor Pablo González is a highly articulate and intelligent musician with a provocative wit and an infectious passion for music making. In September 2010 he took up the position of Music Director of Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. In addition to his commitments in Barcelona and guest conducting appearances with all the major orchestras in Spain, highlights of the current season include concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra and Nationaltheater Orchester Mannheim. He also enjoys a regular relationship with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, with whom he recently completed a recording project of works by Schumann, released to acclaim on Hänssler Classic. Other plans include appearances with Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège. Highlights of recent seasons include the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Danish Radio Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Winterthur Musikkollegium. In the opera house Pablo González conducted Bizet's Carmen in San Sebastian in 2008 and last season he completed a highly-successful run of performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias for Opera de Oviedo. Plans include Strauss's Daphne in concert at Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and Janácek's Jenufa in Gran Canaria. Soloists with whom González has appeared include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Truls Mork, Renaud Capuçon, Viviane Hagner, Alban Gerhardt, Violetta Urmana and Christopher Maltman. Born in 1975 in Oviedo, González studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. A previous winner of the Donatella Flick Competition, he has held the positions of Associate Conductor with both the London Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the City of Granada. He was also the winner of the Eighth Cadaqués International Conducting Competition in 2006.

Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española

Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española

Created in 1965, the orchestra was one of the youngest among European radio and television and when one speaks of musical activity in Spain in the second half of the 20th century, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE merits honorable mention as a first-rate ensemble. It made its official presentation in Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela along with its Conductor-Founder Igor Markevitch with a program that included works by Prokofiev, Wagner, Falla and Beethoven. Only a few days prior it had debuted with Odón Alonso in the Festival of the ISCM interpreting works by authors such as Webern, Stravinsky and Schoenberg. These initial public performances marked the orchestra’s main priorities: the classical-romantic repertoire, Spanish music and contemporary musical creation. After Markevitch, Antoni Ros-Marbà (1965-1967), Enrique García Asensio (1966-1984 and 1998-2001), Odón Alonso (1968-1984), Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez (1984-1987), Arpad Joó (1988-1990), Sergiu Comissiona (1990-1998), Adrian Leaper (2001-2010) were Chief Conductors. Carlos Kalmar is from 2011-2012 season the Orchestra's Music Director. A number of Maestros have also visited the Orchestra such as Celibidache (who maintained a close relationship for several years), Maazel, Rozhdestvensky, Kondrashin, Frühbeck de Burgos, Inbal, Marriner, López Cobos, Dutoit o Albrecht, to name only a few. Among the composers who have taken to the podium to conduct their own works were Nadia Boulanger, Carlos Chávez, Aaron Copland, Luciano Berio, Cristóbal Halffter, Tomás Marco, Mauricio Kagel and Kryzsztof Penderecki. Although radio and television are the natural channels through which it is heard, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE has been resident in several Madrid locations until 1998, when it was definitely based at the Teatro Monumental. In addition to its participation in all major Spanish festivals it has also been internationally presented with performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, Zurich Tonhalle, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, L'Arsenal de Metz or Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Strasbourg and the festival Warsaw Autumn. The Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE manages an interesting discography. It has largely recorded for the sound archive of RNE. In the last few years it has recorded for the label of RTVE, as well as for Verso, Naxos and Warner. In June 2007 it toured through several halls in Japan: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Music and Art Center in Niigata, Ongaku Center in Takasakishi (Gunma) and Utsunomiyashi Bunka Kaikan in Tochigi. It also recorded two sessions for the television channel Asahi at Bunkyo Civic Hall in Tokyo. The Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro de RTVE has recently received the Codalario Award to the Best Musical Body 2013. And also - in the Spanish Brass Festival of Alzira - it has received the Personality Award due to its contribution to the Spanish musical arena during its almost 50 years of fabulous work and its achievements conveying symphonic music to a wider audience. The Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.

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