The Scottish Chamber Orchestra makes a significant contribution to Scottish life both on the concert platform and beyond, working in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes and community centres through its award-winning Creative Learning programme.
Our Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev has made quite an impression since joining the SCO last year. Increasingly in demand with leading orchestras and opera houses the world over, in our 2020/21 Concert Season we look forward to seven programmes from him, demonstrating the extraordinary range and vision of this outstanding young musician.
Well-known for his passion and expertise in music from the Baroque and Classical eras, we will hear from Maxim as he perform Bach, Mozart and Schubert and demonstrates his love for great Russian music conducting major works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev and - in the 50th anniversary of his death – Igor Stravinsky.
He showcases the music of American contemporary giant, John Adams, with three classic works -The Chairman Dances, Shaker Loops and the Violin Concerto. There is also music from France in the shape of Poulenc’s Suite Française and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and, joining forces once again with our magnificent SCO Chorus, he brings us one of the truly great works of art from the Romantic period – Brahms’ German Requiem.
John Adams features elsewhere in the season too, with his Saxophone Concerto performed by the brilliant Jess Gillam. Jess is just one of many remarkable soloists we will welcome throughout the year, including violinists Nicola Benedetti and Lisa Batiashvili (who will share a concert with her husband, oboist and conductor François Leleux), cellist Alban Gerhardt, percussionist Colin Currie, sopranos Carolyn Sampson and Claire Booth, tenor Allan Clayton and pianists Gabriela Montero - who will perform Clara Schumann’s Concerto - and the dynamic Frenchman David Fray, who concludes the season with Ravel.
Alongside them are some of our great conducting friends. Musicians who have developed a true rapport with players and audiences alike over many years - Joseph Swensen, Emmanuel Krivine, Andrew Manze, John Störgards, Sir George Benjamin and, making her SCO debut, the outstanding Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro.
Finnish conductor and violinist Pekka Kuusisto also makes a welcome return. Pekka’s programmes are always fascinating, invariably surprising and often provocative. Never afraid to confront the most pressing issues of the day through his great artistry, over two concerts he joins forces with two of Scotland’s most exciting musicians – Karine Polwart and Pippa Murphy – to present music which addresses perhaps the most pressing issue of our time, climate change.
During the course of 23 weeks, you can hear one of the finest orchestras in the world making music with many of the greatest artists of the day, performing works from the UK, France, Germany, Austria, America, Russia, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Sweden and Finland - some of which may well be very familiar to you, some less so; some which has been unfairly neglected over the years and some that is brand new.
Find out more.