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Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta (27’)
Double Bass Concerto ‘Aurora’ UK Premiere (c.20’) (Co-commissioned by the Karajan-Akademie Berlin, Tongyeong Festival, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and SCO)
Symphony No 92 ‘Oxford’ (25’)
THOMAS ZEHETMAIR - Conductor
NIKITA NAUMOV - Double Bass
The double bass steps into the spotlight so rarely that a new concerto by one of Europe’s most distinguished composers is big news. Eötvös’ piece comes to you hot on the heels of its Berlin premiere, and the soloist is the Orchestra’s own, Nikita Naumov.
Expect classic Hungarian passion, brilliant colour and fiery drama: a combination you also find in Bartók’s celebratory opening work. To close, Zehetmair directs a festive treat – the symphony Haydn performed to thank the city of Oxford for its hospitality.
Composer Insights, 6.45pm - 7.10pm
Free to concert ticket holders in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness
Violinist Robert McFall discusses the influence of folk music in Hungarian music
Thomas Zehetmair’s ability to skillfully blend his musical interests is unparalleled. He enjoys widespread international acclaim not only as a violinist, but also a conductor and chamber musician, making him one of the most prominent artistic personalities of today.
Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Nikita attended the Karaganda Special Music School in Kazakhstan at the age of 7 where he studied double bass with Pavel Bobrovskiy. He then studied at the Rimskiy-Korsakov Conservatoire in St Petersburg under the teaching of Alexandr Shilo.