Boreyko Conducts Shostakovich
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello
John Adams — Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Dvořák — Cello Concerto
Shostakovich — Symphony No. 5
Prelude at 7pm
Alban Gerhardt will conduct a master class that is free to the public on October 18.
An Artis—Free Event
Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko is one of the most exciting and dynamic conductors to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years. He is currently Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic as well as the Orchestre National de Belgique, and serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi in San Sebastian.
As a guest conductor, Boreyko has worked with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphoniker, Filarmonica della Scala, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the London Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw orchestras, and most recently The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Alban Gerhardt (born 25 May 1969, Berlin) is a German cellist. From a musical family, Gerhardt is the son of a mother who sang coloratura soprano, and his father, Axel Gerhardt, was a second violinist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for over 40 years. His brother Darius is a guitarist. Gerhardt took up both the piano and the cello at age eight, and studied with Marion Vetter and Götz Teutsch of the Berlin Philharmonic, and eventually began working under Markus Nyikos. Gerhardt has also been a pupil of Boris Pergamenschikov.
Gerhardt's first public performance came on 22 February 1987, when he played Haydn's Cello Concerto No.2 in D with a chamber orchestra in the Berliner Philharmonie. His international career was launched in 1991 when he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov. He won top prizes in several competitions in the early 1990s, including the 1990 Deutsche Musikwettbewerb Bonn, the ARD Competition that same year, and the Leonard Rose Competition in 1993. Gerhardt was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 1999 to 2001.
At the 2009 BBC Proms, he performed the world premiere of Unsuk Chin's Cello Concerto, which Chin composed for Gerhardt. He subsequently recorded the concerto commercially for Deutsche Grammophon. Gerhardt has also collaborated with other composers such as Thomas Larcher, Brett Dean, Jörg Widmann, and Matthias Pintscher.
Gerhardt has won three ECHO Klassik Awards (1998, 2003 & 2009) as well as ICMA and MIDEM Classic awards. His DG recording of Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto won the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2015 and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in 2015. He has made several commercial records for Hyperion. He has also recorded for Chandos Records.