Say and Saint-Saëns
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Fazil Say, piano
Todd Wilson, organ
Fazil Say — Commissioned Work
Fazil Say — Silence of Anatolia (Piano Concerto No. 3)
Saint-Saëns — Symphony No. 3, “Organ”
Prelude at 7pm
This presentation is part of Artis—Naples’ 2017-18 season theme, Evolution|Revolution.
Tickets start at $29
Andrey Boreyko has been Music Director of Artis—Naples since September 2014. He has brought a new intensity to Artis—Naples and the Naples Philharmonic with his inspired leadership, commissioning new works and attracting soloists of the highest calibre. The driving force behind the continued artistic growth of Artis—Naples and the Naples Philharmonic, Andrey balances traditional repertoire with imaginative, diverse programming for which he has gained a distinguished reputation worldwide.
Andrey has forged strong long-term relationships with the most prestigious orchestras across Europe. This leads him to appearances this season with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Bamberger Symphoniker, among others. Much sought-after as a guest conductor in North America, Andrey’s versatility and broad repertoire take him to the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa, as well as re-invitations to San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Houston Symphony orchestras, where he is regular guest. A prolific conductor of the great symphonic repertoire and a passionate advocate for less widely known works, Andrey champions compositions by Victoria Borisova-Ollas in an extensive concert and recording project with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra this season, debuts with the Gothenburg Symphony and returns to the Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Fazıl Say has been touching audiences and critics alike for more than 25 years.
Say fine-tuned his skills as a classical pianist with David Levine, first at the Musikhochschule Robert Schumann in Düsseldorf and later in Berlin. This formed the aesthetic basis for his Mozart and Schubert interpretations. His outstanding technique very quickly enabled him to master the warhorses of the repertoire with masterful ease. It is precisely this blend of refinement (in Bach, Haydn and Mozart) and virtuoso brilliance in the works of Liszt, Mussorgsky and Beethoven that gained him victory at the Young Concert Artists international competition in New York in 1994. Since then, he has played with all of the renowned American and European orchestras and numerous leading conductors, building up a multifaceted repertoire ranging from Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and the Romantics to contemporary music, including his own piano compositions.
Guest appearances have taken Say to countries on all five continents. French newspaper Le Figaro called him “a genius.” He also performs chamber music regularly. For many years, he was part of a fantastic duo with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Other notable collaborators include Maxim Vengerov, the Borusan Quartet of Istanbul and the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt.
From 2005-10, he was artist in residence at the Dortmund Konzerthaus. During the 2010-11, season he held the same position at the Berlin Konzerthaus. Say was also a focal point of the program of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in summer 2011. Say has also enjoyed residences and performing at festivals in Paris, Tokyo, Meran, Hamburg and Istanbul. During the 2012-13 season, he was the artist in residence at the Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt am Main and at the Rheingau Musik Festival 2013, where he was honored with the Rheingau Musik Preis. In April 2015, he gave a successful concert with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York, that was followed by a tour with concerts all over Europe. In 2014, he was the artist in residence at the Bodenseefestival, where he played 14 concerts. During their 2015-16 season, the Alte Oper Frankfurt invited him to be their artist in residence.
His recordings of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Stravinsky have been highly praised by critics and won several prizes, including three ECHO Klassik Awards. In 2014, his recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 2 and No. 32 was released as well as the CD Say Plays Say, featuring his compositions for piano.
Todd Wilson serves as head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, he is Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall (home of The Cleveland Orchestra), and is House Organist for the Aeolian organ at the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio. Todd Wilson has appeared with many symphony orchestras around the world including the Cleveland Orchestra for whom he serves as Organ Curator, the Los Angeles Philharmonic for whom in 2004 he was featured organ soloist on the first orchestra subscription series concerts featuring the new Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, the Nashville Symphony, the Slovakian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, and with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.