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Music to amuse, entertain and inspire: young French conductor Alexandre Bloch’s sparkling concert shows four composers at their most jovial in beautifully crafted works full of wit and ingenuity.
Bizet wrote his exuberant Symphony in C at the age of just 17, and it clearly displays his youthful high spirits. Serbian pianist Anika Vavić is the soloist in Shostakovich’s warm-hearted Second Piano Concerto, full of rich melody and even a joke at the expense of his son, the Concerto’s first soloist. Bloch opens his concert with the intimate invention of Stravinsky’s zesty, Bach-inspired ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ Concerto.
Admired for his enthusiasm and energy, Alexandre Bloch is fast-gaining a reputation as a truly talented artist. The French conductor came to international attention as winner of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in Autumn 2012, after which he became Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Anika Vavić has performed in the some of the world’s most established concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall and the Concertgebouw. She has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev and Paavo Järvi. Her other great passion is literature and she has written a novel.