WHAT NOT TO MISS OUT ON IN SEASON 2019/20

SCO NEWs AMIRA BEDRUSH-McDONALD
FIRST VIOLIN

Amira picks

"SCOTLAND IS A COUNTRY WITH AN INCREDIBLY STRONG AND FAR-REACHING MUSICAL HERITAGE AND OUR ORCHESTRA IS MADE UP OF PLAYERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD."

This Season could very well be one of the most exciting for us yet! 2019/20 sees the start our new journey with Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev - the energy and dynamism of which can be heard in our forthcoming CD of Schubert Symphony No 9 ‘The Great’. We also get to hear him direct from the harpsichord in January for our ‘Baroque Dances’ concerts and then again at the piano in April for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20. Not to be missed...

I’m delighted by the return of some of my favourite conductors, violinists and directors such as Joseph Swensen, Andrew Manze, Alexander Janiczek and Pekka Kuusisto each of whom have a huge wealth and breadth of experience as phenomenal players. It’s such a privilege to work with conductors/ directors who have an immediate insight of the instrument you’re playing on. This will be also the first time I get the chance to play all the Beethoven Symphonies in one Season and I can’t wait to see what differences and perhaps even similarities each conductor will bring to these pieces.

Scotland is a country with an incredibly strong and far-reaching musical heritage and our Orchestra is made up of players from around the world. Therefore, it is always a joy to welcome back home-grown superstars such as Nicola Benedetti, Karen Cargill and Colin Currie - each one a proud cultural ambassador of the musical language we all share. 

SU-A LEE
SUB PRINCIPAL CELLO

Su-a's Picks

"PEKKA IS A GENIUS…HIS QUIRKY NATURE AND QUICK-WITTED BRILLIANCE MAKE EACH PROGRAMME AN ABSOLUTE JOY TO WORK ON."

You’re in for a treat! No weak links at all this year! It’s hard to know where to begin with picking out my highlights for the coming Season, because it’s honestly all very exciting indeed!

OK, to cut to the chase: my top two programmes both happen to be headed by the inspirational Pekka Kuusisto, closely followed by a Baroque Dance programme with our fresh new Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

Pekka is a genius…his quirky nature and quick-witted brilliance make each programme an absolute joy to work on. We have enjoyed his visits over the past 15 years but I am thrilled that he is coming in more regularly throughout this year as our ‘Featured Artist’.

Maxim is a marvel. It was definitely love at first sight for us, when he stepped in at the last minute for Robin Ticciati. Luckily for us, the feeling was mutual, and we appointed him immediately. This Season marks his official start as Principal Conductor of the SCO, and his programmes are as joyous and joyful as he is!

I am also looking forward to seeing faces that are well known to us as firm favourites, such as Joseph Swensen, Piotr Anderszewski, Alexander Janiczek, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Nicola Benedetti and Andrew Manze, to name but a few. Not to mention celebrating our very own players in solo and directing roles. As for new faces, I’m rather excited to meet the young cellist and conductor, Klaus Mäkelä!

GORDON BRAGG
SECOND VIOLIN
gORDON'S PICKS

"FROM THE MOMENT THAT MAXIM EMELYANYCHEV STARTED HIS FIRST REHEARSAL WITH US ON SCHUBERT’S NINTH SYMPHONY, THE ORCHESTRA KNEW THAT IT HAD FOUND A MUSICIAN THAT IT WANTED TO BUILD A LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH."

From the moment that Maxim Emelyanychev started his first rehearsal with us on Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, the Orchestra knew that it had found a musician that it wanted to build a long-term relationship with. His perfect balance of intellect and emotional fire is married to a superhuman attention to detail, so I am really excited about exploring Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ Symphony with him in his opening concert as Principal Conductor.

The spine of the Season is the cycle of Beethoven Symphonies; nine works of infinite depth and scope. To talk of one absolute musical ‘truth’ in performing these works implies that there is only one way of playing them, and I think this undersells any great piece of music; is there only one way to experience a Shakespeare play? With this in mind, I am delighted that Maxim, Emmanuel Krivine and Andrew Manze are sharing this Beethoven cycle: three ‘theatre directors’ with totally different approaches, yet all with the greatest integrity to Beethoven and the score.

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to play under Peter Eötvös and perform his music. He is a composer of unusual sensitivity and concentrated emotional power, so I am looking forward enormously to the UK Premiere of the Double Bass Concerto ‘Aurora’ with our very own Formula 1 bass-wizard Nikita Naumov.

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