Roberto Abbado, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Schubert/Berio — Rendering
Mozart — Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5
Mendelssohn — Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, “Italian”
Acclaimed conductor Roberto Abbado makes his Naples Philharmonic debut with a program that pays tribute to his native Italy. Beginning with Italian composer Luciano Berio’s Rendering, which takes Schubert’s uncompleted D major symphony as its structural starting point, the program will reach its climax with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4. Mendelssohn’s Fourth captures the composer’s 10-month journey through Italy as a series of impressionistic reflections on the country whose festivals, religious celebrations and brilliant color inspired the composer to create what he called “the merriest piece I’ve yet written.” The program also includes another Italian, violinist Augustin Hadelich. “On the shortlist of today’s top violin virtuosos,” Hadelich joins Abbado and the orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto.
Acclaimed as “a conductor you want to hear again and again,” Roberto Abbado’s crisp, dramatic music-making, instinctive lyricism and evocative command of varied composers and styles have made him an esteemed conductor among orchestras and opera companies today. He is both a sophisticated and energetic conductor, which, combined with superb communicative skills, have made him a favorite among musicians and public alike.
A popular figure in the United States, Abbado’s most extensive relationship is currently with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where he is an Artistic Partner, a position that has now been extended into an unprecedented third three-year term. He has performed regularly with the Atlanta and St. Louis Symphony orchestras and often appears with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony and San Francisco Symphony.
In 2009 Abbado was honored with the “Franco Abbiati” award of the National Association of Italian Music Critics—Italy’s most prestigious classical music award—as Conductor of the Year, “for the maturity of interpretation and for his breadth and curiosity of repertoire.”
Consistently cited in the press for his “gorgeous tone,” “poetic communication” and “fast-fingered brilliance,” Augustin Hadelich has confirmed his place in the top echelon of young violinists. After performing a stellar debut with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood in August, he played an equally impressive subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. Over the past year, Hadelich made his debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and the Toronto Symphony.
For more information about Augustin Hadelich, visit http://www.augustinhadelich.com.