Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Lucas Debargue, piano
Glazunov — Concert Waltz No. 1
Rachmaninoff — Piano Concerto No. 4
Stravinsky — Funeral Song
Shostakovich — Symphony No. 9
Prelude at 7pm
All Masterworks tickets include same-day admission to the Hayes Hall Galleries. In addition, the doors to Hayes Hall open 90 minutes prior to this performance. Arrive early to enjoy the Hayes Hall Galleries and light fare at the cafe.
Tickets start at $29
Though he placed “only” fourth at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in July 2015, Lucas Debargue was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize. Straight after this incredible breakthrough Lucas Debargue was invited to play solo and with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls in Russia, France, Italy, the UK, Germany, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, South Korea and with such famous conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowsky, Andrey Boreyko, Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vladimir Spivakov and others.
Born in 1990, Lucas Debargue was 11 years old when he took his first piano lessons at the Compiègne Conservatory, in the class of Christine Muenier. He was quickly fascinated by the virtuoso repertoire, yet it wasn’t until 10 years later, after he had graduated from Paris Diderot University with a bachelor of arts degree, that he decided to return to studying piano at the professional level.
After a year of studies at the Beauvais Conservatory in the class of Philippe Tamborini, he was put in touch in 2011 with his current mentor, the celebrated Russian professor Rena Shereshevskaya. This encounter became decisive for Lucas: she quickly recognized in him a piano interpreter with a great future and accepted him in her class at the Alfred Cortot Paris Superior Music School to prepare him for the major international competitions. During his studies he was supported by the Cortot School, the Zaleski Foundation as well as by the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Massy (lead by Dominique Rouits) and the orchestral ensemble Les voyages extraordinaires (lead by Joachim Jousse). In 2014 he won the 1st prize at the 9th Gaillard International Piano Competition (France) before becoming one of the prize winners at the 15th Tchaikovsky Competition, when the world instantly took note of a startling and original new talent.
In parallel with the studies at the Cortot School he terminated in June 2015 the studies at the Paris National Superior Music Conservatory with a Licence degree and continued his studies at the Cortot School where in April 2016 he obtained a “Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste” and a Special Cortot Prize. At present he continues to do his post-graduate work with Rena Shereshevskaya at the same school.
Highlights of Debargue’s 2018-19 season include performing with the The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, joining the National Philharmonic of Russia on their European Tour with Vladimir Spivakov, the Kammerorchester Basel, The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, The Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie, the Dresden Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev. He will also appear in solo recitals in Manz, Moscow, UNC Chapel Hill, Paris, St. Petersburg, Lisbon and many others.
A performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, Lucas Debargue draws inspiration for his playing from literature, paintings, cinema, jazz and develops very personal interpretation of a carefully selected repertoire. Though the core piano repertoire is central to his career, Lucas Debargue is also keen to present works by lesser-known composers such as Nikolai Medtner, Samuel Maykapar and Nikolai Roslavets. He also composes his own music, and some of his works have already been premiered in Russia as well as in France.
Now in his fifth season as Music Director of Artis—Naples, Andrey Boreyko’s inspiring leadership has raised the artistic standard and brought a new intensity to the Naples Philharmonic. The driving force behind the continued artistic growth of this multidisciplinary organization, Andrey has commissioned several new works including orchestral pieces by Fazil Say and Giya Kancheli, as well as a fantasy for violin and orchestra by Gabriel Prokofiev. In the 2019-20 season, Andrey will become the new Artistic and Music Director of Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
A popular guest conductor with major orchestras across the globe, Andrey’s 2018-19 season started with a tour with the Filarmonica della Scala. Over the past few seasons, orchestras with which Andrey has worked have included the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony and others. In North America, he has conducted major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
From 2012, Andrey was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Belgique—a post he held with great commitment for five years, expanding the orchestra’s activities nationally and internationally. His first position in Europe was as Chief Conductor of Poznan Philharmonic. He has also held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Jenaer Philharmonie (of which he is now Honorary Conductor), Hamburger Symphoniker, Winnipeg Symphony and Berner Symphonieorchester, as well as Music Director of the Düsseldorf Symphoniker from 2009-14.
Andrey also received the “Best concert program of the season” award — given for the most innovative concert programming — from the Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband in three consecutive seasons.