New Season 2015/16

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The music of Johannes Brahms is at the heart of our programme of concerts and events for the 2015/16 Season (October 2015 to May 2016). We will be rolling out a programme which includes a wealth of acclaimed international guest artists, debuts, new commissions, premieres and soloists.

In what will be his 7th season with the Orchestra, Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati chooses to explore and celebrate the work of Brahms. Ticciati will conduct two overtures, the four symphonies, and the ground-breaking Ein deutsches Requiem with soloists Kate Royal and Matthias Goerne and the SCO Chorus, which will this Season celebrate its 25th birthday. The Chorus will also sing in Handel’s Theodora and in a further programme of Bach (Magnificat) and Mendelssohn in April 2016, both conducted by SCO Associate Artist Richard Egarr.

We are thrilled to welcome world-renowned French conductor Emmanuel Krivine as Principal Guest Conductor; he will conduct a concert featuring Karen Cargill singing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and closes the Season with Beethoven’s triumphant ‘Eroica’ and Albanian violinist Tedi Papavrami playing Sibelius Violin Concerto in his SCO debut, continuing the Orchestra’s celebrations of Sibelius and Nielsen’s 150th anniversaries. An array of loyal SCO guest conductors all return to the Orchestra including Olari Elts, John Storgårds and Joseph Swensen, while Spanish conductor Antonio Méndez and Frenchman Alexandre Bloch make their SCO Season debuts.

We welcome a host of acclaimed soloists collaborating with the SCO for the first time: young Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann brings a collection of vivid Mozart Arias and Serbian pianist Anika Vavić appears as soloist for Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2. Kit Armstrong performs Mozart’s K466 Concerto with Clemens Schuldt (a frequent SCO collaborator) on the podium, while Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi returns to play Mozart’s contrasting Concertos K503 and K537 under the baton of Andrew Manze. Violinist Isabelle Faust and soprano Dorothea Röschmann both perform works by Berg and Lars Vogt returns to play Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto.

We continue our tradition of regularly commissioning new works with two world premieres for the Season. The first is by Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski as part of an all-Nordic programme conducted by Tuomas Hannikainen, which also includes Nielsen’s Violin Concerto performed by Pekka Kuusisto and the UK premiere of the conductor’s own arrangement of Sibelius’ Maiden in the Tower Orchestral Suite. The second commission comes from Icelandic composer Hafliđi Halgrímsson and will be sung by Finnish soprano Helena Juntunen.

Following the release of their critically acclaimed album of Schumann Symphonies in 2014, the Orchestra will continue exploring Schumann (a close friend of Brahms) with Robin Ticciati: distinguished cellist Steven Isserlis returns for Schumann’s Cello Concerto, while violinist Alina Ibragimova makes her SCO Season debut with his Violin Concerto.

Explore our 2015/16 Season Brochures:
Edinburgh Season 2015/16 Brochure
Glasgow 2015/16 Season Brochure
St Andrews 2015/16 Season Brochure