Biss Plays Beethoven’s Emperor
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano
Haydn — Symphony No. 60, “The Distracted”
R. Strauss — Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Beethoven — Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
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
Now in his sixth 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 creative growth of this multidisciplinary organization, Andrey continues to explore connections between art forms through interdisciplinary thematic programming. During the 2018-19 season, Andrey paired the Ballets Russes-inspired contemporary visual artworks of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave with performances of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and The Firebird — elaborating upon the meaning, style and influence of art and artists upon one another. A strong proponent of modern artistic voices, Andrey has recently commissioned several new works by composers including Fazil Say, Giya Kancheli and D. J. Sparr.
This season marks the start of Andrey’s tenure as Music and Artistic Director of Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to their regular collaborations at home, this season Andrey Boreyko and the orchestra will perform at the Chopin and his Europe Festival, the Beethoven Easter Festival, and across Japan.
A popular guest conductor with major orchestras across the globe, Andrey’s highlights this season include a substantial tour of Europe with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (including Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich), engagements with National Arts Center Ottawa, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Prague Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Dresden Philharmonic and Monte Carlo Philharmonic.
Over the past few seasons, orchestras with which Andrey has worked have included Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Gothenburg Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In North America, he has conducted New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas, and Detroit symphony orchestras.
A passionate advocate for lesser-known works, Andrey championed compositions by Victoria Borisova-Ollas in an extensive concert and recording project with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra last season. As part of the Prague Spring Festival 2018, Andrey conducted the Prague Symphony Orchestra in a rendition of Jan Novak’s Dido and this season conducts Zdeněk Fibich’s rarely performed Vodnik. He returned to Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in February 2018 with a performance of Valentin Silvestrov’s Requiem for Larissa.
His first position in Europe was as Chief Conductor of Poznań Philharmonic. He has also held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Jenaer Philharmonie (of which he is now Honorary Conductor and with which he received awards for the most innovative concert programming in three consecutive seasons from the Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband), Hamburger Symphoniker, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Berner Sinfonieorchester, and Music Director of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker.
Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who shares his deep curiosity with music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. He continues to expand his reputation as a teacher, musical thinker, and one of the great Beethoven interpreters of our time. He was recently named Co-Artistic Director alongside Mitsuko Uchida at the Marlboro Music Festival, where he has spent 12 summers.
As 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, approaches, Biss continues to add lectures to his online course until he covers all the sonatas in time for the anniversary year. At the same time, he progresses in his nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas, which will also be completed in 2020. His bestselling eBook, Beethoven’s Shadow, describing the process of recording the sonatas and published by Rosetta Books in 2011, was the first Kindle Single written by a classical musician. These projects represent Biss’ complete approach to music making and connecting his audience to his own passion for the music.